Demonstrations! Who Need ‘Em?
At Jacobin, Kenzo Shibata argues that the anti-Inaugural and Women’s Marches were important and best understood from the stand point of collective bargaining, specifically the tactic of a “contract rally”.
On Saturday, marchers showed their leverage over the president, essentially declaring themselves ungovernable. Trump clearly laid out an agenda of taking away the rights of every marginalized and exploited group in America while on the campaign trail. This was a preemptive show of force against that agenda.
The power of the march was in its diversity. Had only the “usual suspects” turned out — professional organizers, community leaders, political militants, and politicians — it could have been easily dismissed by Trump. Instead, it was a broad coalition, much like the most successful contract campaign rallies. The marches’ success can be measured in part by how it seemed to send the Trump campaign into a tailspin on its first full day in office.
A Welcoming Illinois
On January 14, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights put together a platform of policies to make local communities, Illinois, and the United States a welcoming place for refugees and immigrants. They are planning a lobby day in Springfield on February 15. To find out more about the platform, to sign up to lobby, and more: CLICK HERE.
In west suburban Cook County, Oak Park and Melrose Park are considering ordinances making them welcoming communities. Greater Oak Park DSA helped turn out at the Oak Park Village Board meeting and provided testimony in support.
Know Your Rights
At South Side Weekly, Meaghan Murphy writes:
Chicago is often referred to as a sanctuary city, a city that protects immigrants. But as the August 5 raid showed, the specific parameters of those protections matter a great deal. Chicago protects immigrants through city ordinance, through CPD directives, and through public services. The primary mode of this protection is “non-cooperation”: the City of Chicago and its departments will not cooperate with federal authorities to arrest, detain, or deport undocumented residents. This is what the Welcoming City Ordinance ensures. But many in Chicago are demanding more.
Poisoned at the Roots
At Religious Socialism, Adam Joyce writes:
The violence of U.S. life, from police brutality to entrenched economic exploitation, is regularly blamed on “bad apples” — individual aberrations in an overall just and good system. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States makes it plain that we are dealing with more than rotten apples or even rotten trees, but with an orchard rooted in white male supremacy and exploitative capitalism. This twisted orchard has been planted and sustained by many, but white Christians are some of its primary cultivators.
A Left Vision for Trade
At Dissent Magazine, Eric Loomis outlines the problem and has some suggestions for solutions:
…we must seek to appeal to the concerns of working-class people who either voted for Trump or were so unmotivated by Clinton that they did not vote at all. Articulating a progressive line on trade policy, following the lead of politicians such as Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders, and Keith Ellison, while also seeking to guide those politicians with new ideas need to be major goals for the labor left. Ultimately, we must spend the next four years advancing a positive agenda for global labor that both rejects the neoliberalism that has dominated national debate for the past four decades and empowers workers around the world to fight for their rights.