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Latino Fear of Communism Is Really Fear of Fascism -- What Are Democrats Going To Do About That?

Outside California, Latinos believe the politically divisive messaging that will grow the Republican Party.
Mexicanos in Nuevo Mexico, however, don't buy into Republican messaging.
What makes CA and NM Latinos different from those in the rest of the country? I'll say it's longevity. That CA and NM Latinos have been in America longer than the Latino immigrants of the last six years; CA and NM Latinos have seen the destructive politics of Republicans, and newer Latinos have not.

Republicans tell Latinos that Democrats are basically communist.
Republicans tell Latinos that critical race theory is dangerous.

Republicans tell Latinos that Democrats are racistos, even though Obama is Black.
Republicans tell Latinos that Democrats have taken them for granted.
Republicans tell Latinos and Blacks that Democrats are no longer the party of FDR, and are hostile to the working class.

What Latinos believe is the conservatism of religion.
Latino immigrants identify as American.
Latinos fear communism because they have been told that Castro's Cuba is their grandparents' form of Stalinist communism, when it never was.

At the border, Latinos are told that the way they are treated is the fault of Democrats.

Republicans will deny that their history is both racist, sexist and a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate oligarchs who will say anything to keep their captured party in power. Because tonight, FOX, the Daily Caller and other RW media are taking full advantage to press their "conservative" message to Latinos, Cruz and DeSantis or no Cruz and DeSantis.

Si vemos que los latinos se mueven a la derecha, qué vamos hacer, Democratas del partido Democrático?
If we see Latinos moving to the right, what are we going to do, Democrats of the Democratic Party?

¿Vamos a conseguir trabajo? Are we going to get to work?

Where Will We Live? A Review by Bill McKibben of New Books On Climate and Earthling Migrations


Nowhere Left to Go: How Climate Change Is Driving Species to the Ends of the Earth
by Benjamin von Brackel, translated from the German by Ayça Türkoğlu
The Experiment, 278 pp., $26.95

Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World
by Gaia Vince
Flatiron, 260 pp., $28.99

Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism
by Harsha Walia
Haymarket Books, 306 pp., $19.95 (paper)

... By burning the remains of hundreds of millions of years of flora and fauna in the course of a few decades, we’re forcing the planet through changes that usually take eons; deep time is suddenly running like one of those films of a flower opening in seconds. In a geological instant we’ve raised the annual global average temperature one degree Celsius, and the second degree will come faster still; on our current course we’re headed toward a third degree. Astonishing shifts in precipitation, forest fires, sea level, and many other systems are happening month by month and season by season. The pace is truly savage.

But that experiment in time is playing out even more dramatically across physical space. The rapid rise in temperature is causing plant and animal species, and people, to move toward the poles and higher, cooler ground. This exodus has not only begun, it’s begun to overwhelm biological and political stability...

... Let us state succinctly the most obvious point: none of these crises are caused by the people suffering from them. The average Somalian, at the epicenter of that withering drought, produces barely one two-hundredth as much carbon as the average American; the average Honduran a fifteenth as much; the average Vietnamese a seventh (and much of that comes from manufacturing stuff for export to us). The US, with 4 percent of the world population today, has produced a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere; the carbon we pumped into the air during our industrialization and (especially) our suburbanization will linger there for a century or more. No country, not even far more populous ones like China, will come close to catching us. Somalian famine, Honduran hurricanes, Vietnamese inundation—these are crises caused by us, and given that many in industry and government have known the consequences of burning fossil fuels for decades, you could fairly say the climate crisis is a kind of crime Americans have been committing.

And not the first crime. The global scope and historical perspective of Border and Rule, by the Canadian activist Harsha Walia, reminds me of the impact of the 1619 Project—it forces the reader to grapple with the relentless and ongoing use and abuse of power by rich countries and their political and economic leaders. Walia is not a trained journalist, so the book is light on storytelling (and a little heavy on jargon), but it is devastating in its deployment of data and evidence.

We often hear talk of an “invasion” of immigrants creating a “border crisis,” Walia observes, but “mass migration is the outcome of the actual crises of capitalism, conquest, and climate change.” She documents centuries of coercion that have taken place along the US-Mexican border: the US annexed northern Mexico, worked to thwart the Mexican Revolution, and with the North American Free Trade Agreement began “prying open domestic industries in Mexico to a global regime of production.” This was neoliberalism at its apex, theoretically “opening” the economies of the US and Mexico to largely unhindered cross-border trade, but the results were as predictable as they were brutal: more than a million Mexican farmers were forced into bankruptcy within a decade, while corn exports from the US to Mexico increased 323 percent. This flood of cheap corn particularly damaged indigenous communities that were both economically and culturally dependent on a crop first domesticated on their lands.

“Millions of Indigenous people, farmers, peasants, and [villagers] from rural areas were dispossessed and then proletarianized into low-wage factory and farm work,” Walia writes. Employment in the maquiladora factories along the border “exploded by 86 percent within the first five years of NAFTA,” in cities that soon became deadly for women; 90 percent of these factories were US-owned, and they “set the de facto wage floor for manufacturing across the continent,” costing 700,000 factory jobs in America. It’s easy to see how this simultaneously drives migration pressure in Mexico and brews resentment north of the border. A border turns out to be a very useful device for controlling people on both sides. (You can, for instance, get undocumented people to do low-paid jobs others won’t take, and then use their status to keep them from complaining; according to one study she cites, 52 percent of companies in the US threaten to call immigration authorities on workers during union drives.)

Walia makes a similarly detailed case in country after country, demonstrating the dynamics behind Australia’s hideous island prisons for migrants and Europe’s extensive system of deals to keep African immigrants away from the continent. She demolishes one piece of conventional wisdom after another: for instance, she asks, in an exploited and rapidly heating world, what is the difference between a worthy refugee and a scheming “economic migrant”? By the end of this remarkable account, it’s hard to disagree when she writes:

More on climate driven human migrations



AG Letitia James Announces New York's Suit Against Trump and 11 Other Defendants

Copy page of the suit filing:

"The Scheme," Installment #18 by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse On Climate Costs, and What Our Executive Can Do To Get Us To Zero Emissions

The latest from the MVP of the Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse, on the political negligence and inertia we face by suffering climate cascading catastrophes, and what those catastrophes' huge costs are to Americans nationwide for subsidizing fossil fuel pollution with $660,000,000,000 per year.
DeLoitte estimates at current costs of inaction on climate catastrophes will cost the world $220 TRILLION BY 2070.


THIS IS NOT RIGHT -- A Review by Sen. Whitehouse, MVP of the Senate, on why it is not.

Amy Coney-Barrett to rule on LGBTQ case whose anti-LGBTQ attorneys paid her 5 times for speaking engagements.

Clear conflict of interest.

Coney-Barrett needs to recuse herself. But then, having a fellow justice, Clarence Thomas, who has himself refused to recuse, she'll not likely recuse from this case, either.

Our Third Branch is a captured political entity, and if that political entity rules in favor of the 'independent state legislature doctrine in Moore v Harper, they will make sure the federal government will be captured, too.

Exploring The U.S. and the Holocaust, Sept 18 -- Ken Burns calls it his most important documentary

President Joe Biden delivers Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Labor Day 2022, badass pro-union President Biden speaks about unions being key to the country's optimistic future of building back better.

Not a single Republican has voted for anything unions provide -- airports, plumbing for clean water, food service, education, roads, infrastructure materials and building standards, -- to this country.

Go, Joe!

Solidarity forever.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was founded in Chicago; John Dewey and Margaret Haley were among the founders.

About 60 percent of AFT's membership works directly in education, with the remainder of the union's members composed of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; local, state and federal employees; higher education faculty and staff, and nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The AFT has, since its founding, affiliated with trade union federations; until 1955 the American Federation of Labor, and now the AFL–CIO.

Chartered in 1937, Local #1 of the AFT is the Chicago Teachers Union -- I joined it back in 1974. It formed in the late 1800's as the Chicago Teachers Federation, than played a founding role in the AFT. It was the largest and most active AFT local until the 1960s.The CTU won collective bargaining rights in 1966 and conducted several strikes during the 1970s and 1980s. I participated in every strike.

In September 2012, the union began its first strike in 25 years. I'd retired but was on the picket lines in Hyde Park and La Salle Street, directing our "chop the top" signs at Mayor Rahm as much as to his Bd. of Ed.

In 1981 (before computers), I researched and wrote a three-part series for Substance, the teachers' paper, on our pension's funds being invested in companies doing business in South Africa, listing names, amounts invested, totals, etc. (getting that info was not like on the Internet, believe me).

The short version is that citywide, teachers were enraged and demanded we disinvest. I, my ANC friend, and his father ( long time teacher at Phillips High School Academy) appeared before the pension board's investment group, and made our case. In two months, the news hit that the pension had divested $12 million, which in today's dollars is near $35 million. It was a BFD -- not just the money, but because Mandela was still on Robbin Island and we were in the fight to release him and end corporate minority white rule in SA.
Overall, 40 years later, I feel that my pension (teachers with pensions don't get Social Security in Illinois) is now less tainted. (Doesn't mean they don't invest in hedge funds, tho'. )

Solidarity forever.

Elizabeth Warren addresses the 2022 AFT Convention -- start 25:20

President Biden's address at Independence Hall on the 'extremist threat to democracy'

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