Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I publish this post every year on September 11, to remind me to keep perspective and to celebrate the day with a love story. This year, in honor of Nick Ashford, I am adding the video of "Solid as a Rock", because that describes the relationship between my husband and me, even after after 26 years of love and friendship.
Ashford and Simpson: "Solid as a Rock"
Monday, September 3, 2012
According to R. Thomas Buffenbarger of the Detroit News, more than 9.1 million Americans today -- union and non-union alike -- are categorized by the Department of Labor as involuntary part-time workers. For more than 1 million union members and more than 13 million non-union Americans, cutting back on spending is no longer an option. It is an imperative. They lost their paycheck. In far too few instances, it was replaced by unemployment insurance checks. Another 5.7 million Americans are only marginally attached to the work force, according the Department of Labor. If you add the 9.1 million involuntary part-time workers and the 14.9 million unemployed to the 5.7 million workers marginally attached to the work force, the total number of Americans idled in this recession exceeds 29.7 million. That's 19.2 percent of the work force -- or one out of five workers.
Years ago, Detroit (Motor City) was at the heart of the labor movement. Thousands of men and women struck the plants and shops and marched the streets demanding a fair shake.Upon the completion of the Erie Canal in 1837, Detroit’s population had grown to 10,000. Housing boomed and overworked carpenters became some of the first Detroiters to organize into unions. On April 3, 1837, the city’s first strike broke out among the carpenters and journeymen seeking 10-hour work days and $2 pay.
On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland, not in favor of organized labor, but under political pressure, signed a Labor Day holiday bill designating the first Monday in September for the holiday.
Organizing unions focused on skilled-trades workers of Detroit. Early organizing efforts drew sharp reactions from the employers, who formed counter organizations such as the Detroit Employers Association which identified, discriminated against, fired and blacklisted unionized workers. unionizing activity, calling them "unwanted undesirables."
The slogan of the Employers Association, "Prevention Is Better Than the Cure," struck fear in the heart of immigrant laborers seeking a better life in Detroit and helped make Detroit famous as an anti-union town.
Over the years, labor and political leaders have been the featured speakers of labor day parades. In the 1930s and through World War II, the labor movement strengthened, especially in Detroit Michigan, where Walter Reuther helped negotiate benefits such as paid vacation time and sick leave.
Meanwhile, the Labor Day march across the Mackinac Bridge, led by the governor of Michigan, became the new tradition. Today, both parades/marches are simultaneously held, and the Democratic candidates participate.
Last year, thousands of Obama's supporters, many from organized labor, jammed into Hart Plaza along the downtown Detroit riverfront to warmly welcome the Democratic presidential candidate who spoke about a different type of solidarity. He focused his speech on change and jobs as well as connected his ideas on health care reform as a tool to improve labor conditions.
Until recently, most Detroiters thought of this holiday as a last summer fling. Many Americans have forgotten the holiday's roots in unionism and equality. Relaxing at the beach or barbeque, it's easy to forget our grandparents who marched in the streets in huge parades celebrating the working man's efforts with a show of solidarity. Without union intervention, overtime pay, vacations and sick leave policies might not exist, nor workplace safety rules protect us.
Happy to Labor Day to all Americans, employed or not and be united for divided we fall!
Monday, April 9, 2012
James Hooks has owned and operated Metro Foodland in northwest Detroit in the Grandland Shopping Center for over 27 years. Metro Foodland is the only Black-owned full-service grocery store in Detroit and one of the last in the entire United States.
A proposed Meijer superstore in the location of the now-closed Redford High School less than a mile from Metro Foodland threatens the viability of the independent grocery store.
YOU can support Metro Foodland by committing to shop there 27 times this year and purchasing at least $27.00 with each visit. 27 visits and $27 in separate purchases to celebrate 27 years of success.
18551 Grand River Avenue
Detroit MI 48223
Paul Robeson was born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, NJ. He attended Rutgers University, exceled and lettered in four sports, was on the debate team, and earned a Phi Beta Kappa key for scholarship. Trained as an attorney, Paul Robeson became a world-acclaimed actor and singer. He worked tirelessly for African-American civil rights, but as an avowed Communist later in his life, his tours and passport were cancelled by the U.S. government. Mr. Robeson died on January 23, 1976.
In 1939, renowned opera singer Marian Anderson performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after being denied admission to Constitutional Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over 75,000 people attended the concert; Ms. Anderson (February 27, 1897 - April 8, 1993) has been declared as having one of the most voices of all time.
Monday, March 26, 2012
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
It's coming out next week! Make sure to go to http://barackobama.com to sign up to receive the full video!
- The POTUS Cannot Control US Gas Prices! (thedspotredeux.blogspot.com)
- Obama Campaign Releases New Footage From The Road We've Traveled Campaign Documentary (mediaite.com)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Yeah, Fox News admitted as much in 2008, and even urged the US to do more to promote mass transit options! Of course, that was when the President was a Republican while gas prices approached $4/gallon in the spring of 2008.
Now that Barack Obama is president as gas prices approach $4/gallon in 2012--it's ALL HIS FAULT!
- Fox News in 2008 - "No President can Control Oil Prices" (climatecrocks.com)
- Obama Mocks Fox Correspondent Who Asks Why He Wants Higher Gas Prices (thinkprogress.org)
- Fox News On Gas Prices In 2008 vs Fox News blaming President Obama in 2012 (tribuneofthepeople.com)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Mitt may have squeaked out a win in Michigan (mostly due to stupid statements by Santorum), but as the POTUS reminded U.S. autoworkers on Tuesday, Feb 28:
- Mitt's Detroit Appearance at Ford Field Goes Bankrupt (thedspotredeux.blogspot.com)
- The 5 Biggest Lies About Obama in Mitt Romney's Michigan Victory Speech (politicususa.com)
- Barack Obama vs. 'Folks' (a.k.a. Mitt Romney) (swampland.time.com)
- Romney Wins The Battle, But May Lose The War (usnews.com)
- Mitt Romney's decisive Michigan win won't be enough to oust Obama - The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
Friday, February 24, 2012
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- Romney Won't Receive a Hometown Welcome in Detroit (usnews.com)
- How to Make a Stadium Look Full (politicalwire.com)
- Mitt Romney's economic vision is as empty as Ford Field will be (dailykos.com)
- "Hit the Road, Mitt" Video: We don't want you in Detroit or Michigan! (thedspotredeux.blogspot.com)
- Let Mitt Go Bankrupt! (thedspotredeux.blogspot.com)
- Record PROFIT for GM in 2011 (thedspotredeux.blogspot.com)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Friday, February 10, 2012
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Monday, January 30, 2012
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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1949: Congresman William Dawson is elected Chairman of the House Expentiture Committe, becoming the first African-American to head a standing committee of Congress.
1966: Robert Weaver takes the oath of office as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and becoming the first African-American to serve in the official Cabinet of a U.S. President.
1990: Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Berry is arrested in a hotel room on a charge of purchasing and using cocaine; he was tried and convicted on the highly contested misdemeanor charge.