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I'm going Leafleting!

Can our union get ahead of the curve of Wisconsin? Can we use modern technology to win?

Tomorrow night starts the annual Washington Education Association Representative Assembly in Tacoma, WA., and I'm a delegate from Seattle.

Below the fold is the 1 page leaflet I'm handing out to fellow delegates, on my time & on my dime.

Imagine - $70++ a month times 12 months times 70 or 80,000 members =

NO way for members to use the internet to communicate! Oh well.

I'm going leafleting! I feel I'm better off using a few rolls of nickels at Kinkos than donating the nickels to ... the worthless Democratic Party!

I'm Going Leafleting!

I'm 51, I've made over 50 grand 1 time in my life, and us under 50k pee-ons have been getting our asses kicked by the right lying thieves for decades.  On the "Democratic" side we've been sold out, over and over and over, by the upper middle cla$$ political incompetents playing leafy neighborhood $alon dilettante politics, or, we've been sold out by real $ell out$ - arne, geithner, summers, bernanke  ...

I'M GOING LEAFLETING! (let's join the internet!)

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IF we all agreed, THEN no one could stop us.

IF we all worked on the same issue, THEN no one could stop us.

IF we all just phonebanked OR just doorbelled OR just leafletted OR just protested FOR / AGAINST some issue or some candidate, THEN that issue or candidate would win.

yawn.

IF everyone was nice, THEN the world would be nice.

yawn ... yawn.

IF we were all on the same page, IF people would understand our message, THEN we'd win!

yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...

What a great Myth, What a great Trap.

For decades, "Solidarity" and "Civility" have been defined to appease the upper middle cla$$ inhabitants of leafy neighborhoods, and for decades we the peee-ons of the community have been getting our asses kicked by right wing lying thieves.

How about a little "Do Unto Others as You'd Have Them Do Unto You"?

YOU don't want my hardball message pushed on you, WHY do you push your stuff on me?
YOU don't want hardball strategy and hardball tactics shoved down your throat? Well, I ain't kicking my time into your weenie whiny losing sniveling.
YOU don't want to fund my stuff, WHY should I fund your stuff?

How about having Diversity of speech and message? How about having Diversity of tactics and of strategy? How about having something beyond the upper middle cla$$ salon speak of euphemism and obfuscation with its imposed insipid "Solidarity" and wimped out salon "Civility"?

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Out here in Seattle we're blessed with lots and lots of power point enabled noble yuppies yapping at Billy's feet, pushing and jostling for the right to be the best boot licker.

Today, I went to the 46th Legislative District town hall put on by our Legislators to update residents on the grim budget news out of Olympia. Since "Waiting For Stuporman" was released to acclaim to the brain trust of Oprah, Michelle Rhee and Bill Gates in Sept., I've been to about 10? 15? different Democratic Party events & various community events to leaflet.

I went an hour early to spread my version of reality, and, as I tell people - I'm prejudiced:

I've been teaching high school math for over 5 years now,
I actually worked at Microsoft as a low level support serf for 5 years,
I was a chef for 15 years and spent a few cooking in fine dine (Boston Four Seasons Hotels form '85 to '87)

I KNOW what high priced consultants look like,
I KNOW how little they help my kids learn math AND how little they help kids at our school AND how little they help any kids in our district,

I'm prejudiced against well paid managers
and well paid CON$ultant$ who blame us working stiffs for problems we didn't create -

Bill Gates SHOULD Blame Teachers - he certainly can't blame hi$ $ocial cla$$.

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Our 3 Decades of National Rot IS the fault of:

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WORKING STIFF EARNINGS AREN’T “BENEFITS” AND THEY’RE NOT “RIGHTS”, EARNINGS ARE WHAT WE’VE EARNED.  

UNION LEADERS have to fight, today, now, for the productive use of ALL our earnings so we all have access to those earnings.  

We should ALL have earned some piece of health care access and retirement security and retraining and quality education for our young – instead of the crap most of us have and the crap all of us will have after the heirs of ronnie raygun have their way.

For the un-organized working stiffs, it is long past time for unions to throw away the formula of get organized in order to get treated better than crap.

We unionized working stiffs have to help ALL working stiffs if we want all working stiffs to help us.

This fight is going to be MORE than feel good marches and rallies, this fight has to be about the rules we work under, the rules that make sure our earnings are stolen by those at the top so those at the top can stay on top, stealing.  

OUR EARNINGS AREN’T “BENEFITS” AND THEY’RE NOT “RIGHTS”, EARNINGS ARE WHAT WE’VE EARNED.  

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EARNINGS aren't "rights" or "benefits", earnings are what belong to YOU ...

well, except someone rigged the rules to make sure YOUR earnings are in their pocket!

I wish our union leaders could come up with some messaging to stuff the ronnie raygun lies back up the stinky chute those lies came outta ... anyone out there want to start a t.v. show about proactive union leaders?? Kind of like a t.v. show about a Democratic President who should be instead of what what he was ... remember 'The West Wing'!  

Guess what we have ALL earned ... from decades of working and participating and producing?

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I'm NOT a worker cuz I am

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The buzz of this movie was out in the ether this summer. I knew I had heard Oprah was going to ... do something.

The end of August was CRAZY.  Aside from getting my room back together after it being used for summer school, aside from some contentious contract negotiations between the Seattle Education Association and the Gates-Walmart-Broad Superintendent (and her rubber stamp Seattle school board), I had to get ready for all new kids!

A few weeks back I was clicking through the channels after work, surfing along, and saw my ex-Bloated-Ego-Boss Bill Gates sitting on a couch with Michelle Rhee of Washington D.C. fame, right next to Oprah, doing the Arne and trashing teachers.

There is a leaflet I made about this blame the teacher crap, and which is below, and which I've handed out at various community/political events here in Seattle.

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I SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF

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There are 6 billion ++ people in the world who need clothing, food, clean water, sewage, transportation, housing, education for their young, care for their elderly, healthcare, retraining when their jobs go obsolete, vacation ... everyone should be able to see the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in their lives.  There is more work to do for all of us than time to do it in.  

There are not enough resources for everyone to have their own 400 foot yachts, 10 servants and 20 room mansions (um... do the math).  However, we should be smart enough to get everyone working so that everyone can get what they need, and even some of what they want.

Earth is a factory, let’s make it work it efficiently so we all have free time and we all have opportunity. We need a hard working, honest public sector, and we need a non exploitive, vibrant private sector.  

We need fair work rules that apply to everyone everywhere - otherwise we end up with what we have now - work rules which benefit the pigs at the top.

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Are You A Worker?

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Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 01:56 PM PDT

FREEDOM I$ Fair Work Rule$ For All.

by seabos84

There are 6 billion ++ people in the world who need clothing, food, clean water, sewage, transportation, housing, education for their young, care for their elderly, healthcare, retraining when their jobs go obsolete, vacation ... everyone should see the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in their lives.  There is more work to do than time to do it in.  

There are not enough resources for everyone to have their own 400 foot yachts, 10 servants and 20 room mansions (um... do the math).  However, we should be smart enough to get everyone working so that everyone can get what they need.

Earth is a factory, let’s make it work it efficiently so we all have free time and we all have opportunity. We need a hard working, honest public sector, and we need a non exploitive, vibrant private sector.  

We need fair work rules that apply to everyone everywhere.

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Does This Apply To You?

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Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 03:46 PM PST

An Urban EMPLOYED Teacher $pend$

by seabos84

On my Saturday morning running around.

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Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 08:59 PM PDT

Law & Order = NEW West Wing

by seabos84

Wife tells me that the current NBC Law & Order episode is the season opener.

WOW!

They're going after bush administration officials for TORTURE.

Remember TORTURE?

Remember what those Fascist Fucks did under OUR Flag, OUR Declaration of Independence, OUR Constitution, OUR Bill Of Rights ...

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LABOR DAY, 2009.

Which Side Are You On

My work rules for working hours need to apply to all the globe's working people.  From what I've seen in the last 3 decades of my 49 years, unless you have enough interest income and or dividend income to live on, you're a worker.  Managers are workers, if they are useful managers.

Most senior managers are most focused with rigging the system to take a undeserved huge cut of the pie before anyone else gets a fair share of the pie, and, it takes EVERYONE’S work to make the pie. Most senior managers are senior so that they can be on top, first in line, TAKING a chunk of the communities' wealth they do NOT deserve.

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Which Side Are YOU On?

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What to do about the incessant sell outs by elected Democratic politicians?

Get Mad, Get Active, Get On The Phone, Get Out The Letters To The Editor, Get Out The Letters To The Elected, Get Inspirational, Get On Your Knees ...

GET EVEN?

EVERY phone call or email to a Democratic politician,

  1. Inform him/her of a PLEDGE a certain amount of time or a certain amount of money, or of both, to his / her primary opponent, AND
  1. Keep a running tally of the pledged time, pledged money, or pledged both, AND
  1. Inform him/her of the running tally of pledged time and or money.
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I think your personality type is

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