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  •  This is such a beautiful piece JayRaye! (9+ / 0-)

    I wanted to thank you for writing it for the AC meetup!

    Not only a wonderful piece on labor history but the drawing of the links from the past to the present and the fact that so much of the victories that we thought we had won have not only never applied to those in the capitalist periphery and emergent economies. The fact that MNCs moved there to avoid actually having to follow the law and that these laws (if they exist in Pakistan and Bangladesh) are never enforced. The battle is the same for underpaid workers in Walmart in the US and Canada and those that are paid to supply the goods sold there, under-paid, over-exploited, and everyone's rights undermined. You did an amazing job on an incredibly important question and the issue of international solidarity has always been compelling, but we need to talk about what it means for real, it is so much more than 2 words!

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:27:07 PM PST

    •  Thank you, NY brit expat! (5+ / 0-)

      yes we need to put international solidarity into action.

      Worker to worker visits, this takes money, of course, but nothing beats face to face visits. The unions could be doing more of this. But since they do precious little of it, we should form a group that does more of it. Lots more.

      In this latest murder of our fellow workers, there should have been stories on the front page of every US paper of labor leaders and rank and file leaders attending the funerals in Bangladesh.

      Then they should have come home and traveled the country. But complaining about what they aren't doing would take all night and into tomorrow.

      We need to stop looking to them for action, and just start doing what needs to be done. What we need is an International Solidarity Action Network of some sort with emphasis on action.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

      by JayRaye on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:41:59 PM PST

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