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Finally!

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that Al Franken is indeed the winner. Read the opinion here.  Governor Pawlenty needs to do his job now and sign the election certificate. The sooner he does that the sooner he can get back to running for president.

I have updated my side bar to reflect Senator Al Franken’s new status.

Peace & solidarity,

 

CHC

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Over the past few months I had been actively working to help elect Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. Sometimes it was tedious-setting up phone banks, door knocks, work-site visits and recruiting volunteers. As November 4th grew closer the anxiety and excitement became more intense. The poll numbers were looking good but nobody was leaving anything to chance. The final four days were intense but enjoyable. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of excited volunteers. A young African immigrant who was voting for the first time was actively participating in getting her community registered to vote and getting them to the polls, retired teachers were training door knockers, college students were volunteering, packing house workers and professionals were knocking on doors side by side. We all shared the same goal and dream. November 4th was our day to bring about change and we were successful.

While I went home that night to sip a little brandy and watch the returns and celebrations on tv and the internet, others took to dancing in the streets in America and the world.

 

Mick Jagger and David Bowie do a little dancin’ in the streets in this music video that is older than many of the volunteers I worked with.

 

 

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka delivered this fiery speech at the United Steelworkers convention in July of this year. Take the time to watch it. It is worth it.

 

 

Peace & solidartiy,

CHC

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I do…Well, at least this version.

 

 

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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Election Day is bearing down on us quickly and many people and organizations are working hard to elect their candidates. One such group is the Minnesota AFL-CIO  which has gathered over 500 delegates in Duluth this week to listen to candidates, pass resolutions, and get fired up for the remainder of this election cycle. Monday, September 15, delegates will take part in “Turn Around America” and will doorknock the city of Duluth, talking to union families about the issues and labor-endorsed candidates. WorkdayMinnesota has coverage of the convention.

I am reminded of an old Doobie Brothers tune, ‘Takin it to the streets’.

You don’t know me but I’m your brother
I was raised here in this living hell
You don’t know my kind in your world
Fairly soon the time will tell
You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me
I aint blind and I don’t like what I think I see

Take this message to my brother
You will find him everywhere
Wherever people live together
Tied in poverty’s despair
You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me
I aint blind and I don’t like what I think I see

Here is an excellent live version of the Doobie Brothers preforming performing, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, that I would like to dedicate to the brothers and sisters in Duluth.

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

 

 

 

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Priceless!

 

 

 

This video comes from the site worsethanbush.org where you can also take a fun quiz called,  Who Said It?

I have also added some videos to CornerHouseTheater. Check them out.

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

 

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The Minnesota AFL-CIO along with rank and file union members who are veterans gathered in St Paul at the capitol today, July 10, to launch the Union Veterans Council.  The AFL-CIO Union Veterans 2008 website states:

Some 2.1 million union members, or 14 percent of all union members, are veterans of military service. The AFL-CIO is bringing together union leaders and members who are veterans to speak out to and hold government officials and candidates accountable to the needs of our returning heroes—not only for Labor 2008, but beyond.

The event coincided with similar events in Milwaukee, Denver, Dayton, Ohio; and Charlston, W. VA. WorkdayMinnesota covered the event and has this quote from MN AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron:

Like all working people, veterans are worried about our future and our children’s future. Our country is headed in the wrong direction,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron, who participated in Thursday’s event. “The first-ever union veterans council will bring union veterans together across Minnesota on the issues that matter most to veterans, our families and all working people. And we’re starting by working to elect leaders who will put working people’s concerns first.”

Public News Service Minnesota also has this story and audio with MN AFL-CIO Communications Director Diane O’Brien.

The AFL-CIO will be running tv ads in selected states featuring Jim Wasser, a Vietnam veteran.

 

 

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Speaking of veterans issues, Ollie OX at  A Bluestem Prairie has two posts up today:

Click on the titles

Wa Times on hearing: “Why Does the VA Continue to Give a Suicide-Inducing Drug to Veterans with PTSD?”

and

House passes Homeless Vets bill; Bush threatens veto

 

The Veterans Council is a welcome addition to the AFL-CIO and will help bring together veterans to focus on issues and to elect reperesentatives( like 1st District Congressman Tim Walz) who will be responsive and accountable to their constitiuencies.

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

 

 

 

 

 

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