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Women’s March General Strike Set for March 8

by Invenium Viam on February 19, 2017 · 0 comments

General Strike

Sometimes, the right idea just comes along at just the right time.


On January 31, I floated the idea of a wide-scale walk-out organized by the leadership of the Women’s March as a way of keeping up the momentum and bringing focus onto women’s issues [Code Red Walk-out: A $50 Billion Dollar Slap-in-the-Face for Trump].


I figured the Pussygrabber-in-Chief needed a wake-up call.


At the same time, I sent out a boosted post from the MN Progressive Facebook page to try to get as broad a read of that article as possible, with the hopes that maybe someone would take notice and run it by the applicable forums, but which instead sent the RW trolls into grand mal seizures and hyper-colonic hemorrhagic spasms worthy of a US Army medical training film on the effects of terminal cholera among the third-world malnourished.


On February 6, the organizers of the Women’s March announced their intention to call a “General Strike: A Day Without A Woman,” pending the announcement of a date.


On Thursday, February 16, the leadership announced a date for their action, Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day. In an Instagram post announcing the date, they had this to say:

In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy’s #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch

That Instagram post also produce a massive sh*t-storm of negative comments from many quarters including a fair sampling of antagonistic women.


Hey, guys, what’s with all the attitude? Women, and I presume supportive men, are going to take a day off work to kinda – you know – demonstrate that women have worth beyond what a cobble of pre-eminent white male racist-sexist-religionist knuckle-walkers in the White House and on Capitol Hill are willing to grant them.


What are you afraid of … that it might be successful? That political leaders and business leaders would be forced to take notice? Do you think that if women gain, men somehow will lose? Why wouldn’t it be just as likely that everybody gains and nobody loses? My advice is to put down your bananas, chill with the high-pitched anxiety displays, smooth down the guard hairs on your sagittal crests and maybe show some loving-kindness and some emotional support. You can start by sharing this post with your friends on your social media. And then maybe plan to take the day off on March 8 and attend a rally or two.


Whaddaya say? After all, these are your co-workers, your friends, your sisters, your lovers, your wives, your mothers, your teachers, your physicians, your …


Invited Guest Commentary

by Invenium Viam on February 8, 2017 · 0 comments

Time to get on-board the ERA 3-State Strategy

ERA Betty
Betty Folliard is executive producer of A WOMAN’S PLACE radio show on AM950 and
the President of ERA Minnesota.

In the largest protest the world has ever seen, millions of people rallied at #WomensMarch around a common theme: that “Women’s rights are human rights.”


The public policy expressway to arriving at equality for all people in the US is legislation to remove the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment, known as the 3-State Strategy, which will allow three more states to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), ratifying equal access to justice for all into our Constitution.


Our current patchwork laws do not hold up to the Supreme Court’s scrutiny because we do not have discrimination on the basis of gender named in our constitution. That can change by simply removing the artificial deadline imposed on women’s rights, and it can be done by a simple majority vote of Congress.


Now is the time to translate a ‘One-and-Done’ march into political action. Call, write, or tell your representatives to get on-board with the ERA 3-State Strategy.


Here’s what you need to reference:

  • At the FEDERAL LEVEL: S.J.Res.5 removes the artificial deadline imposed on the Equal Rights Amendment back in 1982; the chief author is Senator Ben Cardin; and H.J.Res.53 is the companion bill to remove the sunset on the ERA, by chief author Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
  • AT THE MINNESOTA STATE LEVEL: SF229 is a resolution memorializing Congress to remove the deadline on the ERA; chief author State Senator Sandy Pappas; and HF356 is companion bill to remove the sunset on the ERA; chief author State Representative Rena Moran.

There are also state and national efforts to pass ERA language into our constitutions. Here are the bills you can promote:

  • AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL: S.J.Res.6 is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women; chief author Senator Robert Menendez; and H.J.Res.33 is it’s companion bill – a constitutional amendment declaring that women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction chief authored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
  • AT THE MINNESOTA STATE LEVEL: SF224 is a constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law, with chief author Senator Richard Cohen; with companion bill HF189 proposing a constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law with chief author State Representative Ilhan Omar. The mirror bills to those two are SF101, a state constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law chief, authored State Senator Scott Dibble; and HF313, a state constitutional amendment providing gender equality under the law, offered by chief author State Representative Frank Hornstein.

241 years is too long a time to wait for equality in America. Finish the job: help eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender by taking action today.


Betty Folliard
President – ERA Minnesota


Trump-Respects-Women“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War.


The Women’s March on Washington ten days ago was an historic and powerful event by any measure.


Now the organizers and participants need a quick follow-up action to ensure that it isn’t just as quickly forgotten. Our elected leaders in the US, particularly those on the political right, have the collective memory of a goldfish.


A quick follow-up action will keep the energy focused and the momentum going for a movement that is likely to become a major political power-center in the future – but only if the leadership takes steps to maintain focus and momentum. Otherwise, the power-collective will be dissipated and the opportunity to build momentum will be squandered. To that end, I’m proposing for the leaderships’ consideration a one-day work walk-out on President’s Day, February 20, twenty days from now.


Call it the “Code Red Walk-out,” or something similarly dramatic, easy to remember, and media-friendly.


A “Code Red Walk-out” would be a $50 billion slap in the face to the Pussygrabber-in-Chief. A $50 billion hit to the economy would send a powerful message to business, government and media; it would be a message that can’t be ignored and won’t be forgotten. Some of the merits of the idea include:


– A work walk-out would be powerful protest that demands much less of the organization, money and logistics of planning, permits, travel, food, lodging, etc. that organized marches require. The Women’s March used social media and on-line communications to organize protests worldwide in little more than two months. Those channels of communication remain intact. A work walk-out could be similarly organized and executed in 20 days.
– A work walk-out would free participants to gather in local parks, town squares, community centers and other public places for “teach-in’s,” “love-in’s,” and “be-in’s” that would demonstrate political strength and build solidarity for future action. Political leaders, religious leaders and thought leaders could be invited to speak and to listen. It would capture media attention and distract them from their habit of “chasing rabbits.”
– A work walk-out could include students, athletes, entertainers, and others who walk-out in sympathetic action.
– A work walk-out would spotlight the enormous contributions of women to our culture and to the economy. It would draw attention to issues of equal access, equal pay, and equal rights.
– Business and finance leaders could not fail to take notice. A one-day loss of productivity directly impacts profits. A successful walk-out would prove that other walk-outs, or business boycotts, could be successfully called in the future.
– When the captains of industry feel threatened, the political leaders who support them, and are supported by them, also feel threatened – particularly those on the political right.
– Combine a work walk-out with a same-day moratorium on spending and the stock market would likely take a significant temporary hit. Women control 80% or more of household spending.
– It would draw a sharp contrast between the great president’s, who are honored on President’s Day, and the current resident of the Oval Office.
– It would signal the rest of the world that Americans are better than the worst among us, including our elected leaders. It would serve as a declaration that our values remain intact despite the outcome of the last election.
– It would be an act of courage and self-sacrifice that demonstrates to our children that the messages of greed, fear, hatred, sexism, racism, religious intolerance, and exploitation of others are not the values that we choose to uphold. Since it would be a non-violent protest, it would uphold the values of compassion over hatred and of community over greed. It would provide a better adult example of how to be a good neighbor and a good citizen than what we see among some of our elected leaders and business executives.
– Since it would take place on a federal holiday, government workers couldn’t be penalized for participating, or forced to work by executive order.
– Those who cannot participate due to the kind of work they do (e.g., police, military, health workers, etc.), or because they can’t afford it, can still participate with a work slow-down, or by scheduling a doctor’s appointment that day, calling in sick or leaving work early, etc.
– If a protest of this kind became an international event, it might help to re-direct the drift of nations toward “… preparing for war,” as former Prime Minister of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, believes is happening now.

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On Trump: Big Army, Big Oil, Big Money, Big Stick

by Invenium Viam on December 13, 2016 · 0 comments

trump silhouetteTeach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by.
And feed them on your dreams,
The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.

Teach Your Children; Crosby, Stills & Nash


It should be obvious now what President-elect Trump’s foreign and domestic policy plans are shaping up to be.


He is packing his administration with retired generals, unreconstructed Neo-con war hawks, Big Oil executives, and Wall Street bankers.


He is about to gut both the EPA and the DOE, slash federal education funding to states, roll-back Dodd-Frank and the ACA, slash Medicare, privatize Social Security and the VA, pump billions of new money into defense spending, expand the military, and enter into a new bi-lateral non-aggression and non-interference pact with Putin.


Together with Putin, Assad and Erdowan, he intends to extend a tri-partite political-economic hegemony over a parceled-out Middle-east, to hamstring OPEC, and pit the Saudi’s against Iran like a pair of pit-bulls in a dogfighting ring. Then, together with India as a South Asian proxy, and Taiwan and Japan as Pacific Rim proxies, he’ll isolate China economically and militarily to force them to bring North Korea to heel or suffer an economic crash that will destabilize the current regime. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will be given a free rein to re-militarize under the guise of a non-interventionist policy of support for our allies. India will be given a free rein to deal with Pakistan in whatever way suits them including the nuclear option. The UN will be effectively neutered by the US and Russia acting in concert.


And he’ll get the infrastructure spending and jobs bills that the GOP wouldn’t grant to Obama, which along with massive defense spending, high profile tax cuts for middle-class wage-earners (first $30K of earnings deductible) and the wealthy; and a time-limited window for the moneyed interests to repatriate off-shore holdings through the purchase of US Treasury notes, he’ll juice the economy just enough to convince voters that the country is “going in the right direction,” before engaging in another unilateral war prior to the 2020 presidential race, which will make him a sitting war president and probable shoe-in for re-election.


He can do all these things because he has all the legislative branches of government in his pocket. In a short time, he’ll have the Supreme Court in his pocket as well.


In short, we are witnessing the dawning of a very dark era of international brinksmanship and a very, very dangerous form of Big Stick diplomacy that will become known in the next few years as the Trump Doctrine. If you believe in a deity, pray.


Epic Fail: Why Clinton and the Dems Lost …

by Invenium Viam on November 12, 2016 · 0 comments

winter-is-coming“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness …” John 1:23, King James Bible


One of the things that gripes me about the political punditry on the left is how quick they are to say, “Nobody knew. Nobody saw this coming.” They are saying it now about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. It was unthinkable, so it couldn’t be true. Well, some of us said the unthinkable was something that could happen …


They said nobody saw the insurgency on the left, which drove the rise of socialist Bernie Sanders as a real contender for the Democratic nomination, which I predicted in May, 2015: Hillary Clinton has Bigger Problems Than She Knows ~ Part 1 and Part 2. They said it about the youth insurgency, which helped drive the Sanders campaign into a national challenge, which I predicted in September, 2015: Part 3 And, most recently, they said it about the election of Donald Trump, which I predicted last May, before either major party nominee had been endorsed: Why Trump Will Beat Hillary On Election Day.


I didn’t get all the details right, which is very hard to do when prognosticating. A lot can change in a day in politics and campaigns, not to mention an entire election season. I thought Bernie and his advisors would be smart enough to figure out that the Democratic establishment would do what they had to do to block his nomination and that he’d see that and run as an independent. I got that wrong. The establishment was crafty enough to string him along to the convention. The presidential race, the 2016 election, and the political landscape on November 9 would have been entirely different if he had undertaken an independent bid. He might even have won the presidency. Had he been able to bring Senator Elizabeth Warren onto his ticket, I’m convinced he would have won.



Leaked: Donald Trump’s Concession Speech

by Invenium Viam on November 8, 2016 · 1 comment

Dateline November 8, 2016 ~ Minneapolis, MN
A leaked copy of Donald Trump’s planned concession speech in video format has been obtained by Minnesota Progressive Project.

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