Quality Health Care is a central human necessity and should be available to all-nationally and globally.
I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union. These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. They are requesting a small increase in pay and that they cannot be fired at the will of their supervisors but only for just cause. Not having this basic right makes people less willing to speak and challenge injustices as there might be retaliation.
This is an important struggle to support. I will be picketing the campus tomorrow and urge you to do so. I wish the Evergreen administration had already accepted the contract and settled and still hope they do but more pressure is needed on them.
When Judge Wilcox asked me what happened on March 5th, I said the following:
1) Housing and shelter is a basic human right.
2) Olympia and Thurston County criminalize the poor and homeless.
3) That in response to this increased criminalization of homeless people and as someone who has organized to end homelessness, and in order to take action in solidarity with homeless people, I went onto the parking lot of the abandoned Fish and Wildlife Building on North Washington St. in Olympia on March 5th at about 6:15 P.M.
4) I saw the State Police on the property and heard their order to leave but decided to remain on the property to show my support for the on-site temporary shelter and the people there.
My reflection on Thomas Herndon’s exposé of a study often quoted to justify austerity; i.e., cutting social programs.April 22, 2013
Thomas Herndon’s purpose for studying economics was so that he could learn to more effectively criticize and challenge the unequal and unjust economic system of capitalism, to challenge its apologists and to be able to work with the 99% to develop short and long run alternatives to this unsustainable system. … I am quite sure that Thomas Herndon’s healthy skepticism for the mainstream austerity prescription led to his decision to study their data and methodology, to request their data and to carefully examine it. Thomas showed clearly and definitively their many errors and most importantly, proved that their data does not support their conclusion that austerity is the necessary medicine for countries with significant deficits and debt.
I think it is really important that we demand the U.S. government accept the victory of Maduro. His margin in the recent election was almost as big a margin as Obama in voting percentages in 2012.
On Tuesday evening March 5, 2013, seven of us were arrested for trespassing in the parking lot of the abandoned Washington State Fish and Wildlife Building on Washington Street, near the Farmer’s Market in downtown Olympia. In addition I was arrested on the charge of assault for allegedly assaulting State Trooper Wiley. I did not assault anyone.
He was a great man who has profoundly improved the lives of most Venezuelans, of millions and millions of Latin Americans in the present, and I am quite sure in the in the future for the better. Chávez totally connected with the popular classes of Venezuela …
Hugo Chávez memorial! This Wednesday, March 13th, 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. Place: Sem 2, A1105, The Evergreen State College Memorial to celebrate life of Hugo Chávez — video clip, poetry and short presentations on the significance of Hugo Chavez to Venezuela, the world and to us. There will be time for sharing our reflections. We […]
Laura Carlsen will be giving two major talks in Olympia. Laura Carlsen flyer 1) Latin America’s Challenge to Neoliberalism Monday, March 4, 2013 7-9pm Olympia Center, Room 101 222 N Columbia St, Downtown Olympia and 2) A Nation at Risk: Drug Wars, Democracy, and Dependency in Mexico Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11am-1pm The Evergreen […]
This is an interview with me about my approach to teaching with photos of protests and my comments on them. Here is the interview; open and click on it.