3/21/2022, Vermont, USA -Vladimir Putin’s Russia is motivated by imperialist ambitions and is rightly condemned by most for its military aggression against Ukraine. This is not a war of ideology for Putin. Russia is no longer the Soviet Union, but rather an authoritarian capitalist state where only Putin and the Oligarchs wield power. In a word, this is a war of empire.
Image above: Soldiers of the Azov Battalion in a truck reinforced with steel plates. The flag on the side of the truck bears the emblem of the organisation Patriot of Ukraine. Image by Carl Ridderstråle. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
Continue reading Concerning Fascist Fighters In Ukraine [David Van Deusen]
As anarchists we don’t want to defend a system that pretends to be democratic and would never endorse any presidential candidate or senator. We decided to publish this submission by David van Deusen anyway, so you can read and think about what unionists write about the past Trump years and the coming Joe Biden presidency.
Continue reading The national nightmare is over – Trump’s fascist coup defeated
“We must build a mass movement from below that demands true economic equity and a foundational transformation of society as a whole.”David van Deusen
Montpelier. Vermont. On November 3rd Trump lost the Presidential election in Vermont by a wider margin than in any other State in the union. But that did not prevent a couple dozen (peaceful) pro-Trump supporter from demonstrating in front of the Statehouse on January 6th. It was also feared that Trump’s lack of support in the Green Mountains would not prevent a minority of armed extremists from committing acts of violence today in our Capital.
Continue reading 100 Anti-Fascists Rally In Montpelier – Armed Fascists Are A No-Show
Today thousands of neo-fascist Trump loyalists converged on Washington with the aim of forcing the annulment of the November election (which Democrat Joe Biden won by seven million votes). There they were met by Donald Trump himself who addressed the mob, falsely claiming that he won, that he would never concede defeat, and encouraging them to fight to keep him in power.
Continue reading The Trump Coup Must Be Stopped!
At the 2020 Vermont AFL-CIO Convention, held via zoom on November 21, delegates of this 10,000 member labor federation voted to authorize their Executive Board to call for a Vermont General Strike in the event that Donald Trump were to refuse to engage in a peaceful transfer of power or otherwise carries out a coup. Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden by any measure. By the U.S. Constitution a transfer of power is to occur on January 20, 2021.
Continue reading #Vermont AFL-CLO Votes to Authorize General Strike
Vermont AFL-CIO: United! Candidates capture all eleven leadership positions following special election. Leftist Shift In VT Labor Affirmed By Locals.
Continue reading #Vermont: #VT AFL-CIO Continues To Turn Left
This week a special election will be held for District Vice President positions within the Vermont AFL-CIO. Nominations will be done via zoom on August 12th (5:30pm). Official delegates will receive the call in information via email. Voting will be conducted on-line until Friday.
Continue reading VT AFL-CIO Members: Vote The UNITED! Slate This week!
Vermont. Demand a new deal – No to racism – No to austerity – Union yes! 20 Union demands – Picket in Burlington VT June 9. Come and fight for a union based Green New Deal for Vermont.
Continue reading 20 Union demands – Picket in #Burlington #VT June 9
Vermont. May 27. 2020. Last week I, as Vermont AFL-CIO President, talked with WGDR’s Carl Etnier (a UAW member) about COVID-19, the health concerns of Early Childhood Educators, the fight of Burlington City workers (AFSCME) to defend their pay and benefits (while not suffering layoffs), the need to rebuild the economy through a more directly democratic Green New Deal, and Labor’s support for Progressive David Zuckerman for Governor.
Continue reading Vermont AFL-CIO President Speaks: Demand A New Social Contract That Puts Workers First & Fight For A Green New Deal!
75 Years ago (May, 1945) the United States, Great Britain, The USSR, and Allies emerged victorious over Fascism in Europe; Nazi Germany surrendered. While the price was high (hundreds-of-thousands of American soldiers dead, tens-of-millions more around the world), no one can rationally argue that the sacrifice was not needed. This was, after all, a Just War; one of the few which lacked any moral ambiguity. We were on the side of right, engaged in a historic battle against evil incarnate. Fascism had to be crushed if we were to not enter a new dark age of barbarism equipped with ledgers and death camps. The drum beat of war had to be answered as no other response was capable of overcoming this existential threat to liberty.
Continue reading Honoring our grandfathers: 75 years ago we defeated Nazi Germany – The war against fascism was won in May 1945