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Cleveland ABC is Working on Building The Community
The Cleveland ABC is in need of bright minds and hard workers of this region, north-east Ohio, and work together to amplify the message, to impact the community, and to build a strong network of resistance in our area. Since the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC), has been on the frontline in supporting those imprisoned for struggling for freedom and liberty. The Cleveland ABC is currently working towards bringing like minded folks together to organize events, distribute literature, and further political learning and education.
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IWW Midwest Wobfest November 8-9
The Chicago IWW is hosting the 2008 Midwest Wobfest November 8-9. Please view the newswire article for complete details.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies) is an international union currently headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in Chicago in June of 1905, the IWW contends that all workers should be united within a single union as a class and that the wage system should be abolished.
The IWW organized workers and were a major presence in the metal shops of Cleveland, Ohio until the 1950s. After the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1950 by the US Government, which called for the removal of communist union leadership, the IWW experienced a loss of membership as differences of opinion occurred over how to respond to the challenge. The Cleveland IWW metal and machine workers wound up leaving the union, resulting in a major decline in membership once again. Current membership is about 2000 (about 900 in good standing), with most members in the United States, but many also located in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
The Wobblies believed that all workers should organize as a class, a philosophy which is still reflected in the Preamble to the current IWW Constitution:
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. ... Instead of the conservative motto, 'A fair day's wage for a fair day's work', we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, 'Abolition of the wage system.' It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism.
Cleveland Indymedia Update
The Cleveland Indymedia website will be undergoing some changes with the help of some sf-active savvy folks. We hope to continue the updates with completion within the next week. Thank you for your patience during this process.
For the last 200 years, from 1807 - 2006, it has been illegal to use the country's military against it's own citizens. But this has changed with the recent amendments to the Patriot acts. So now, the young men and women of the Army will have to arrest anyone that the president points the finger at.
According to the Army Times website, we are now officially living in a police state.
"Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1"
A "police state" is a society which obeys the laws created from political control exerted by means of a force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional republic. In other words when a society's justice system supports the activities of a police force that operates illegally with respect to the law of the land, this is a police state. In the case of the U.S., this law of the land in the Constitution. Read Full Article
Protest Bail Out & Endless Wars
On October 11th a planned protest will be held at 1:30 p.m. all will meet up at 128th & Buckeye Passport Project Comunity Center. On the 6th Anniversary of Approval by Congress for the Iraq War Resolution,
join in to demand an end to war and occupation, stop the assault on human rights and civil liberties, to foreclose on wars not homes! You can read full details on the event at the Cleveland Indymedia calendar.
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