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The purpose of this group is to create solidarity among the left & to take action by any means necessary.

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How to Promote Solidarity? 1 Reply

I think this group is a great idea and a worthy goal, but the question is how do we achieve this or at least how do we take practical steps to it?I know of many different attempts to unify various…Continue

Started by Rhys Harrison. Last reply by Joe Balkis Sep 30, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 17, 2013 at 4:40
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 PM Climate Change and Migration Casa Michoacan, 1638 S. Blue Island Ave, Chicago Discussion of climate change and migration, implications for U.S. immigration policy, international agreements. MORE INFORMATION.
Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM to 9 PM Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes: Challenges and Opportunities Fire Department Administration Building, Main & 55th St, Downers Grove Lake Michigan faces a surprising number of threats to its health. MORE INFORMATION.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 17, 2013 at 3:54

Rachel Maddow covers our Social Security pressure:

Rachel Maddow features PCCC White House delivery

  Watch here & tell Democrats in Congress to have a spine.

Our message keeps breaking through!
First, the White House was asked about the PCCC's opposition to cutting Social Security benefits at their official media briefing.
Then, our delivery of 2.3 million petition signatures to the White House with progressive allies was covered by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Washington Post, and others.
Now, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow featured our Social Security campaign and declared: "The organized left are allowing themselves to be heard in Washington DC!"
On Wednesday, Reps. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined hundreds of PCCC members and reporters on a national media call. Some headlines:

Talking Points Memo: Progressive House Members Rail Against Obama’s Proposed Entitlement Cuts

Washington Examiner: Alan Grayson: Obama’s budget “could end up dragging down the entire party”

Market Watch: Left warns Democrats not to back Obama plan on Social Security

By fighting back together, we are being heard -- and changing the national coversation.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 17, 2013 at 3:53
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Tell HHS to stand by its decision and protect access to affordable contraception.

Dear ACLU Supporter,
In a breakthrough for women's health, the Obama administration has ensured that millions of women have access to affordable, effective contraception. But anti-family planning forces are waging an all-out campaign to prevent women from getting affordable access to this basic health care. They are claiming that your boss should be able to control your health care decisions.
We can't let them succeed. That's why I'm hoping you will immediately write to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and urge it to stand by its decision – contraception is basic health care and must be available in health insurance plans.
The deadline for public comment on the current plan is right around the corner. HHS needs to hear from you and me and all Americans who support women's fundamental right to contraception.
Please act right now by urging the Obama administration tostand firm against the anti-family planning lobby's ploy to weaken the impact of this enormous step forward. Together, we can help protect the right to contraception for millions of women across the country.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 16, 2013 at 17:33

Tuesday, April 16, 6 PM
Sex Wars
Jane Addams Hull-House
Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago
A presentation by Marge Piercy on the
turbulent times of the first wave of the women's movement. RSVP & MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 16, 2013 at 17:33

Tuesday, April 16, 7
Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St, Lombard
Angie Emara discusses a new
campaign to educate the public on the real meaning of "Jihad". MORE

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 16, 2013 at 4:00
The Department of the Interior has given the coal industry $30 billion in subsidies.
Powder River Basin Coal Mining
Tell Secretary Jewell to stand for the public interest and stop giv...
take action today
King Coal’s connections at the Department of the Interior (DOI) are paying off. In a big way.
A federal coal leasing program run by DOI has resulted in almost $30 billion in government handouts to the coal industry. The giveaway happens through noncompetitive “auctions” where the Department sells the rights to publicly-owned coal for a fraction of what it’s worth.
And there’s almost four billion more tons of this coal, primarily in the Powder River Basin, that DOI could give away in the coming years. Though it’s not a done deal. With newly confirmed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell taking over the Department, there’s hope.
Secretary Jewell has the power to put an end to these coal industry handouts for good. But she’s going to have to hear from the public first. Together we can make a strong impression during her first day on the job.
Send a message now telling Secretary Jewell to put the public inter...
What’s worse is that the publicly-owned coal that DOI is giving away isn’t even destined for use in the United States.
With demand falling dramatically in this country, coal companies like Peabody are hoping to boost profits by exporting the dirty coal overseas and selling it in places like China – where it will be burned and continue to add global warming pollution to the atmosphere.
It’s hard to see how this is in the nation’s best interest. Which is why it’s no surprise that DOI is under three separate investigations for the program.
Tell Secretary Jewell to make one of her first actions as Secretary...
The DOI's coal leasing program is undermining the Obama administration's commitment to reduce global warming
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 14, 2013 at 2:21
An ExxonMobil pipeline spewed tens of thousands of barrels of tar sands oil last week, covering an Arkansas town with toxic crude. Now it's refusing to share information that could protect the people affected.
Tell ExxonMobil to release all the information about the spill.
Sign the petition
This past weekend, an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying nearly 100,000 barrels of toxic tar sands crude spewed into Mayflower, Arkansas. Yards are flooded in black crude, a river of toxic oil flows down the street, and the nearby fishing lake is covered in black grease. Families have been evacuated, but nobody knows what the dangers to the community are, or even how much oil has been spilled. Why? Because Exxon’s not talking.
Let’s hold ExxonMobil accountable for this spill by demanding it release all the information on this spill -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- while the images of play sets and driveways overrun with crude oil are still in the public eye.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 14, 2013 at 2:21


When I started working at Juicy Couture's flagship store in New York City, I regularly worked 40 hours a week. But then Juicy Couture figured out that it was cheaper to force workers to be part-time, so they could deny us healthcare and paid time off.
For almost four years, I stocked Juicy's shelves with $200 jeans and sweaters, and watched as the company pushed out full time workers, or cut our hours.
My own hours were slashed from 40 hours a week to just 14 hours a week, definitely not enough to support my family. When I asked for more hours, they said they couldn't give them to me because I didn't have open availability – because of my daughter.
Now it looks like my situation is going to be the rule, not the exception. Juicy Couture is capping part-time employees at the flagship store at just 21 hours a week so they don't have to give us healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.
My coworker Darrell and I started a petition on Coworker.org demanding that Juicy Couture stop eliminating full-time positions and slashing hours to avoid paying benefits. Will you click here to sign?
What happens here is really important, because if Juicy Couture can get away with this at its flagship store in New York City, it may start doing the same things to workers at stores all over America.
The good news is we have reason to believe Juicy Couture will be responsive to public pressure – just a couple of months ago, the company that owns The Olive Garden dropped these same awful policies to deny workers healthcare after massive customer blowback. I know that if enough people sign Darrell's and my petition, Juicy Couture will back down, and give us #JustHours too.
Thank you,
Duane Davis
Retail Action Project member New York, NY
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 13, 2013 at 11:42
top CVS from fining employees who don't share personal medical info...
Sign Atchka's Petition

CVS Caremark Pharmacies: Stop requiring employees to turn over thei...  CVS Caremark has announced that they will require employees to disclose their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, or else pay a $600 annual penalty for "health coverage." No other healthcare information is required, such as whether employees are drinkers, drug users, or any other health issue that can be argued is a choice.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 13, 2013 at 11:40

GRAPHIC: Sign here button

The outrage is justified  President Obama wants to cut Social Security benefits. And Medicare benefits
Signing a petition is not enough Send a clear message: Any member of Congress who votes to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits does not deserve to be re-elected.
While billions go to military spending every day Democratic leaders are now pushing to cut the basic, precious safety net that protects vast numbers of Americans
You can instantly email your member of Congress and senators. Click here to send a message loud and clear: Fully defend Social Security and Medicare or I will oppose your re-election next year.
Switching to a chained-CPI calculation for Social Security cost of living adjustments "would immediately begin to cut benefits and would continue to do so year after year," economist Dean Baker points out.
We've got to be absolutely clear with members of Congress. Voting for such a change would be an unforgivable assault on Social Security. As Baker explains: "For an average worker retiring at the age of 65, this would amount to a cut of $650 a year by age 75. At age 85, this would be a cut of $1,130 a year."
Send an unambiguous message to your representative and senators: If you vote to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, I will oppose your re-election.


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