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Interview of Peter Bohmer with Luvva J Profresha, October 27, 2016 on Repression in Mexico

Here is a six minute interview of me by Luvva J Profresha. In this video interview, I discuss the Caravan Against Repression in Mexico of activists involved in many movements against oppression and repression.   This caravan is on  a national tour and I  spoke to Luvva J, immediately after the visit of these inspiring activists from Mexico  to the Evergreen State   College in Olympia on Thursday October 27, 2016

https://www.facebook.com/luvvajpimpizzi/videos/10153827010927665/

 

There is a Way Out of Here! Trump, Clinton, Stein and Beyond November 8, 2016

My Talk at the Post-Debate, pre 2016 Presidential Election Forum at Evergreen State College

by Peter Bohmer, October 20, 2016

I have watched the three presidential debates this year. Trump’s contempt for women, his anti-choice, anti-Mexican  and anti-Muslim immigrant stance, his stereotyping of Black and Latinos, his proposed tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations was disgusting. His toxic machismo and not so coded racism and white nationalism were on full display.  Clinton, although not as bad never mentioned poor people, and called for and bragged about continued U.S. militarism. To Trump’s racist claims about electoral rigging and fraud in Black communities, his mentioning  of Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago;  Hillary Clinton  could have but didn’t respond with the past and present actual racist voter suppression, especially by Republicans  but also many  Democrats in limiting voting by people with felonies, requiring multiple ID’s, making registration and voting difficult, especially in low income communities. Also these three debates were limited by no questions about one of the central issues of the day, climate change, and the excluding of the Green Party Presidential candidate, Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. … (see link above)

Brief Reflection on U.S. Social Forum

Peter Bohmer

July 12, 2010

Going to the U.S. Social Forum (USSF), reinforced my understanding that  we/I are part of economic and social justice movements that are active in every part of this country; it made me feel  part of a movement(s) that is alive and not insignificant  nationally. It  inspired me and gave me more hope. For example, I knew about the unemployment and poverty statistics for Detroit before arriving but much less about the activism and organizing, the fight back going on in Detroit.  I really valued the racial and age diversity at the USSF.

The contingent from Olympia, Washington numbered about 70 and we hope to share our diverse experiences at the Social Forum with each other and the broader Olympia community in the near future.

At the social forum, it was hard choosing among the many workshops and tracks.  I found very valuable attending and participating in workshops dealing with ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas), on the Cochabamba  Climate Change Conference and organizing for the Climate Change meetings in Cancun later this year, and on connecting and building solidarity between social movements in the United States and Latin America. There were some really inspiring organizers from Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and from Latino/a communities in the United States at these workshops.  I also attended a few insightful workshops dealing with developing strategies about how to get to a society that is not capitalist and the key institutions and structures of this alternative, e.g., the workshops put on by the Organization for a Free Society.

My favorite activity was the spirited march the first day of the United States Social Forum, Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd.  What stood out to me during this powerful march were the large contingents from the Domestic Workers organization and the Restaurant Workers organizing (ROC) group.  There was definitely a presence of low wage workers and good discussion about their organizing at the Social Forum.

From the people, I spoke to while in Detroit and with others whom I talked to since returning who had attended the USSF, some good networking took place, and people feel energized and with renewed purpose. Everyone is glad they attended.  On the other hand, there does not seem to have been much progress in developing a program or  strategy for moving forward towards a better society nor was the weakness of the U.S. anti-war movement addressed in any depth.

Talk Given at Howard Zinn Memorial, February 6, 2010

Talk given at Howard Zinn memorial, February 6th, 2010 at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Welcome!! Howard Zinn came to Olympia in November, 1993 and spoke to 1500 people over three days to audiences, big and small, at the United Churches, to union activists, and to an overflowing crowd in this very room. He spoke clearly about the lessons he drew from his study of history. For example, he said we might think the U.S. war against Vietnam was just a mistake or the First Gulf war was a mistake unless we saw the continual pattern of U.S. intervention and the countless wars waged by the U.S. throughout the Americas and other parts of the world—and in the westward expansion across this continent over the last 200 plus years, and the lies used to justify these continual wars planned by our leaders to benefit the elites. Howard Zinn helps us understand the systemic nature of these immoral and unjust interventions by the U.S. We have learned so much from him.

My favorite story about his visit here in 1993 was when Howard spoke at Capital H.S. to a group of 100 high school students. After he finished discussing how the U.S. economic system was organized to meet the needs of the wealthy and the corporations and was stacked against workers, blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and immigrants a few students who were immigrants themselves challenged him…

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Brief reflection on Ecovergence Conference

Econvergence was a success. There were over 80 panels, most very informative. The talk by Noam Chomsky on “Why Elites Fail” was very powerful and complete and should be up on our web-site soon. Most of the attendees were from Portland and Olympia as were most of the panelists. There were panelists from Mexico City, California, Vancouver, BC, and New York City.  Most people I spoke to felt they learned a lot and felt a little bit more part of a movement than before attending.  The outreach could have been better. We are currently discussing whether to try something similar in the future in Portland Vancouver, Olympia or some other place, and whether a regional or local gatherings make more sense.

Check out the website, Econvergence: Northwest Gathering on the Economic and Ecological Crises which we hope to maintain.

The schedule is now posted on line. So is the application for scholarships.   There are about 100 panels. The movie,  Plunder, by Danny Schecter, who will introduce it,  will be premiered Thursday night, October 1st. The conference is free except for two speakers, Noam Chomsky, Friday night and Derrick Jensen, Saturday night. There are scholarships for those two talks. Go to the website for the application. Tickets for Chomsky are $20, students and low income; $40 for living wage, and $60 for donors. Chomsky is sold out but you can get seats in rooms next to where he is speaking.  It will be shown live. For Derrick Jensen, they are $10, $20 and $30 respectively. Email me at peterbohmer@yahoo.com for more info.

Reflections from my activism and on Olympia

Reflections on activism, state of the movement in Olympia (notes)

Bio—parents, Austrian Jewish immigrants, holocaust survivors. Grew up, modest income, Queens New York, parents, values of equality but sense of powerlessness, 60’s made me feel possibility of change, activism matters—look yourself in the mirror and can effect things— Give example, nov. 69 march on WA-Nixon, was considering using nuclear weapons—people in power never admit, Victim of cointlepro Active in many movements-solidarity, anti-racist, tenants organizing, economic justice, labor solidarity, student, SDS, teaching at Evergreen since 1987

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Reflections on Activism