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Maureen Taylor on Emergency Managers at Netroots Nation in Detroit

Maureen Taylor on Emergency Managers at Netroots Nation in Detroit

 

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Maureen Taylor, State Chair of MWRO, speaks at Netroots Nation panel on ‘Fighting for Democracy After Emergency Manager Takeovers in Michigan.’ She discusses the national narrative going on to depict Detroit residents in a way that makes it easier to blame them for poverty, and makes it easier to agree that they should not have water and other essentials for life.

 

For additional information, you can check out some of the links below.

 

Occupy Radio: Emergency Managing the Corporate Takeover of Michigan

Michigan’s Emergency Manger law was given sweeping powers over local governments in early 2011, and those powers were voted out by popular referendum in 2012. Now, in 2014, Michigan’s Emergency Manager law is stronger than ever.

Rivera Sun and Getch talk with Claire McClinton of Flint, and Sylvia Orduno, of Detroit, Michigan. We discuss human rights violations and democratic breakdowns this week on Occupy Radio.

Maureen Taylor discusses the water shut-offs on Democracy Now http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/24/water_is_a_human_right_detroit

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

https://twitter.com/mwro

http://michiganwro.blogspot.com/

By Claire McClinton

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/the-death-of-rust-belt.html

http://peoplestribune.org/pt-news/2014/03/democracy-flint-citizens-ready-live-without/

Claire in the Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/image/ap_a77f5086623a770d500f6a706700d729jpg/

Clearing the FOG Radio: What the EFM is Going on in Michigan? http://occupythemedia.podomatic.com/entry/2014-06-30T21_43_54-07_00

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law: What it is and Why You Should Care

http://ivn.us/2013/04/23/michigans-emergency-manager-law-what-it-is-and-why-you-should-care/

Contact Occupy Radio:

Twitter: @occupyradio23

Email: occupyradio23@gmail.com

Phone: (541) 632-4092

Author/Actress Rivera Sun sings the anthem of our times and rallies us to meet adversity with gusto. In addition to The Dandelion Insurrection, she is the author of nine plays, a book of poetry, and her debut novel, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, which celebrates everyday heroes who meet the challenges of climate change with compassion, spirit, and strength.        www.risingsundancetheater.com/wpblog/         http://www.riverasun.com
David Geitgey Sierralupe prefers you call him Getch. As Dr. Seuss once noted, there are way too many Daves. When not plotting to Occupy the Media through an activist, internet media hub, Getch remodels homes in Eugene, Oregon.

Child Refugees: The Consequences of the 2009 Coup in Honduras

Child Refugees: The Consequences of the 2009 Coup in Honduras

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The international community refused to legitimate the elections that brought to power a political rival of the deposed president, while the American people were focused on a golfer’s extramarital activities, allowing the U.S. government to endorse the presidency of Porfirio Lobo Sosa, whose administration subsequently committed all sorts of human rights atrocities in the name of fighting narcos.

Under the banner of the war on drugs, the U.S. government has increased military aid and training in Honduras in the years sincethe coup, providing hundreds of millions of dollars to a regime known to use death squads and attack defenseless campesinos, LGBT rights supporters, child advocates, political opponents and other critics of the regime. All the while the American people never paid Honduras any mind, which ensured that the U.S. government would never be held accountable for any of it.

To their credit, some members of Congress have voiced their concern over what’s happening in Honduras, even before 13,000 Honduran children seeking asylum showed up at the Rio Grande.

Still, it’s clear that the current refugee crisis was made possible only by the complete and willful ignorance of the American people. I say “willful” because most Americans have purposefully avoided learning anything about Central America, much less Honduras. The military coup came and went, and most Americans viewed it as they do disturbances in Sub-Saharan Africa — being of no importance or consequence to the United States and its way of life.

That’s how much of American foreign policy operates: out of sight, out of mind.

Now that conditions in Honduras have placed the country directly in sight of most Americans, suddenly everyone’s deeply concerned, wondering why and how. Now every newspaper and talk show is decrying the tragedy that is Honduras.

Which brings me to the last issue that needs to be cleared up.

Take it from the son and grandson of Honduran immigrants, the people of Honduras are not “backward.” That’s not why their government is evil, why violent gangs control their neighborhoods, and why women and children are fleeing by the tens of thousands. If Honduras seems “backward,” it’s only because it’s been kept back by the U.S. government and U.S. business interests, which have overthrown the sovereign will of the Honduran people whenever promising reforms were on the horizon.

Between the U.S. government, the American people and the Honduran government, I place the least amount of blame on the “thugocrats” in Tegucigalpa, because as the coup and the United States’ increased aid and training have shown, the Honduran government is only capable of doing what the U.S. government allows it to do.

And the U.S. government is only capable of doing what the American people allow it to do. If not, then the current state of democracy in the United States is no better than it is in Honduras.

But if the U.S. government is still answerable to the American people, then shame on them for looking the other way while their government subverted democracy in Honduras for so long.

And shame on them if they even consider turning their backs now on the children they’ve left nationless.

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Hector Luis Alamo, Jr. is a Chicago-based writer. You can connect with him @HectorLuisAlamo.

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What Will It Take to Win

10-4-2014 Teach In Flyer Final Vs1-New Logos 3-1How can workers fight the powers that are crushing them into the ground? How can we win against the forces of Corporate Dictatorship, Austerity and the Criminalization of Poverty?

That’s the subject of the next Women’s Economic Agenda Project Community Teach-In and Dialogue, set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Laney College Bistro, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland.

There will be presentations on the different ways working class rights are under attack, the value of class solutions in fighting for a better future, and round table discussions to hear ideas from members of the audience.

We will hear from special guests who are leading these battles in Michigan, the poster child of attacks on workers’ rights. The 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

10-4-2014 Teach In Flyer (PDF)

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