Live Wire #38 to 41

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January 5, 2008

Ron Carey, 1936-2008

December 15, 2008
Regular "Live Wire" episodes will resume Wednesday.

Live Wire: The Chicago Sitdown Episodes (30 to 32)

The Republic Windows workers still need our help! Go to
December 12, 2008

Happy Halloween!

A spectre is haunting Wall Street...

From Buicks to Buggies

A couple years ago I wrote a piece for mrzine on what autoworkers might produce beside autos if given the chance. Their productivity decades ago reached the point where a workweek of 20 hours or less -- at the same wages -- was technically possible, freeing them up for more socially productive ventures. Now of course the need to find such ventures -- and to take back the trillions in surplus value stolen from autoworkers to fund their reemployment -- is a matter of immediate survival.
One worker quoted in the Times this week said if they reconverted his plant to making lawnmowers that's fine by him. And on email lists autoworkers are discussing what else they might do (such as teaching, providing healthcare, building alternative energy apparatus, etc.).
The key of course is organizing to make sure they, and the rest of the millions soon to be newly-unemployed, have the right and the resources to make that choice!
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October 30, 2008


The 10/20/08 episode will appear Tuesday due to an unexpected delay.
In the meantime, check out this important art exhibit:

The Art of Palestinian Refugee Children in Lebanon:
A Traveling Exhibition and On-line Art Auction
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Laurel, Mississippi

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The graphic above is based on reporting by David Bacon; see
(Any graphic or substantive misinterpretations are of course my fault alone!)
For information on how to support the workers in Laurel, see
And see "Update from Laurel" on this blog.

Agriprocessors' Chutzpah

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Update from Laurel

Update based on conversation with an organizer at the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance:
Coworkers still working in the plant collected money for those detained. Photo 1 shows the card in which they put the donations.
One worker bought a cell phone for one of the women who was released with an ankle bracelet (Photo 2, with her daughter, looking at a photo of her detained husband) after her home and cell phone were disconnected because of lack of resources. Her husband is still detained (Photo 3) and she has become, in the MIRA organizer's words, "an incredible organizer/community leader."
The next pic (Photo 4) is of another detainee (and her niece) who also has become an organizer in response to these vents.
Said the MIRA organizer: "Many people have responded in a positive manner. A white man who owns several trailers is giving several months of free rent. One woman told MIRA that co-workers, supervisors, etc., black and white, are calling to see how they are, what they can do for them, are visiting them, etc. The grim picture of the few who applauded is just that, 'a few.'"
Photo 5 shows MIRA organizers discussing next steps.