When the university president walks by me
"you know what dialectic means, but LITERALLY no one cares."
What I’m thinking about doing when you’re casually sexist and you say “you know what I mean”
If you haven’t already, you should make plans to attend Socialism 2014 in Chicago. It’s the best place to go to meet and strategize with other organizers, to learn from other struggles going on today and fights from the past, to debate socialist politics and strategy among comrades who are as committed to changing the world as you are.
Feel free to message me with any questions about the conference. You can listen to talks from past conferences at wearemany.org.
Register for Socialism 2014 HERE. Register before May 23rd for Discounted Registration.
Believe me when I say you won’t regret going.
Plenty of clean energy can be generated with available technology and new technologies can take care of future needs—the question troubling the industries involved is how clean energy can be generated without gobbling up corporate profits. …
Energy companies want the government to adopt “realistic” air, water, and stripping pollution laws—i.e. Laws that will allow them to continue to ignore the real costs of energy production by charging it up on our major public asset—the environment.
If the real cost of energy production was made part of the price the consumer actually pays by adopting strict environmental laws that raised the production cost of energy to its real value a serious conflict would develop between the need for energy and the ability of the consumer to pay for it. This would force development of really clean production technologies—the only really cheap technologies.
James Stenger, a rank and file coal miner and environmentalist, 1972
In honor of the confluence of the Ludlow Massacre centennial and Earth Day during the Global Climate Convergence, I’m going to be posting about the history of environmentalism among union coal miners.
When a student asks me why I took my shoes off while teaching
If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!
James Connolly, Irish Republican and socialist, leader of the 1916 Easter Uprising
100 years ago today, 18 striking miners and members of their families were killed in what is remembered as the Ludlow massacre. But the massacre also ignited a workers’ uprising so fierce that it was called the Ten Days’ War, and workers actually inflicted more casualties than they suffered as they went on the offensive.
The strikers were a multi-racial, multi-ethnic group composed of Greeks, Italians, African Americans, Mexicans, Japanese, Slavs, Austrians, Hungarians, Poles, and more.
Only remembering Ludlow as a massacre erases this incredible history, and makes these miners and their families, who displayed such incredible capacity for action, appear to have been almost entirely acted upon.
Together, they organized and fought, bringing Southern Colorado to the brink of revolution.