Nomination of Larry Mosqueda for emeritus faculty at TESC, Peter Bohmer, May 20, 2015
Please join Kshama Sawant at our fundraiser Friday, June 12th from 6-9 P.M. There will be food and drink. Kshama Sawant will give a talk at this social and community event and fundraiser which is at Patty and Larry Mosqueda’s house, 2725 Westwood Dr., Olympia, WA 98502
Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Sawant has led the opposition to the corporate agenda in Seattle. An unapologetic fighter for working people, she refuses all corporate donations and only accepts the average worker’s wage. She has tirelessly advocated for workers and the environment, risking arrest standing with workers in Sea-Tac AND stopping coal trains from running through Washington. She is anti-capitalist and an advocate for socialism.
Although Kshama Sawant does not represent Olympia directly, her election to the Seattle City Council and her outspoken support for key movements and issues has furthered activism here such as the movement for a $15 hour minimum wage . Opposition to her reelection will be funded by major corporations. So Kshama Sawant’s reelection is important far beyond Seattle. That is why we are organizing this fundraiser.
Join us in our urgent fight to defend a true champion of the working class and anti-corporate politics! We hope you can make it.
Even if you cannot make this fundraisert, please make a check out to “Vote Sawant’ and mail it to the Mosqueda address above, or go to http://www.kshamasawant.org/
Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
What follows is the Powerpoint presentation on the economics of $15 an hour of the Economics for Everyone Workshop led by Peter Bohmer and Savvina Chowdhury on April 8, 2015 at Traditions Cafe at Fifth and Water Street in downtown Olympia. We followed powerful presentation by four low wage workers who are active in Working Washington, a statewide group organizing low wage workers. Our next Economics of Everyone workshop is Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 7 P.M. at Traditi0ns on “The Anti-Austerity Struggle in Greece and Spain and Lessons for the United States”.
My talk at Rally Organized by the Badass Teachers Association (BAT) against High Stakes Testing, Feb. 16, 2015February 16, 2015
by Peter Bohmer, at Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia at the “Against Toxic Testing” rally.
Here is the syllabus for the winter 2015 quarter of the Political Economy and Social Movements: Race, Class and Gender Program that I am teaching with Savvina Chowdhury and Martha Schmidt.
Political Economy of Racial Inequality: Challenging Racism
August 20, 2014, Pete Bohmer,
For Black Prisoners Caucus at Clallam Bay State Prison
Question? What has changed and what hasn’t changed with regards to U.S. racism over the last 50 years?
A.“Race” and racism central to understanding the U.S. past and present, e.g. ,immigration
B. “Race” as a social not biological construct, but socially relevant, (story)
C. Changing forms of racism, easier to criticize past than present. …
Resistance in Theory and Practice to Global Capitalism and Austerity, September 19, 2014, Gwangju, South Korea
By Peter Bohmer, faculty in Economics and Political Economy,
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
Presented at the International Symposium Lecture series, Globalization and Democracy at the at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju South Korea, September 19, 2014
I want to thank the organizers of this event for inviting me. It is an honor to be here. I also want to thank the Korean people who have struggled for democracy and for economic justice, who have resisted U.S. militarism and neoliberalism. I am inspired by the heroism of so many in Gwangju in the May, 1980 uprising against the military dictatorship, for the unification of Korea and for self-management . From May 18th-May 27th, 1980, you showed what a participatory democracy could look like. I hope to learn from you about past and current struggles in Gwangju and South Korea and to share my understanding and insights based on 47 years as an activist in struggles against U.S. imperialism, and as a college professor of economics. By economics, I do not mean neoclassical economics which justifies the obscene global inequality of income and wealth and takes capitalism as a given. I consider myself a people’s or political economist which takes as its starting point the needs of all people for food, quality health care, shelter, clothing, education, communication, transportation, meaningful and joyous work, and the ability to live in harmony with nature. Economics should investigate the role of past, present and possible alternative systems in meeting or not meeting human needs. If our current system systematically prevents these needs from being fulfilled, let us imagine and create alternatives. …