Wednesday, May 18th, The Miami Book Fair, Miami Dade College and Imaginart Media Productions will host former Haitian president, Michel Martelly, at the MDC Wolfson campus for a book signing and discussion of Martelly’s new autobiography, Michel Martelly Autobiographie.
“Sweet Micky,” the former compa/pop singer turned president was “elected,” or rather installed by the U.S. in 2011, among valid accusations of election fraud. His presidency and resistance to leave office have been characterized by theft, corruption, delaying elections, and ruling by executive order.
The following article is written by One Struggle in Iowa. Although they share the same name as us, as well as a strong level of unity on anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism, they are a completely autonomous organization. Their points of unity and perspectives may be different than ours. Nevertheless, the following article by Thomas Estabrook is worth sharing, as it makes great points about Bernie Sanders’ campaign and electoral politics in general.
Thomas makes a great point in explaining that radical change cannot be advanced within the capitalist framework. Bernie Sanders’ campaign aspires to create change and bring about a ‘political revolution’ through state sponsored elections. At the same time, Thomas refrains from being ultra-leftist by adding that it’s fine to vote for some short-term, more immediate gain that can possibly bring some alleviation. As the authors describes, sure go ahead and vote for Bernie, but don’t lose sight. We’ll have to continue the struggle, through the elections hysteria and after. Continue reading →
** UPDATE, 12.21.15: Since posting this announcement, we were able to interview a spokesperson for Batay Ouvriye who participated in the days’ events with garment workers from Port au Prince and representatives of the Union de Trabajadores Cañeros from the DR. Audio to come… In the meantime, here’s a video of one of the demonstrations held to demand papers for Dominican cane workers of Haitian decent, and to also demand wages for Haitian garment workers from Korean garment manufacturer, DKDR.
The chants say Long live the unity of the laborers of both countries!
Down with exploitation!
Down with domination!
We’re re-posting this 2014 OS piece on elections. It’s dated, so it doesn’t address the current election cycle/ring & circus, but is still relevant as it focuses on the re-cycled general arguments, used over and over, to validate bourgeois elections.
A “corrupted” system?
There’s a misconception by Americans that the problem with elected representatives today is that they’re ‘corrupt’ and that the whole political system is corrupt, rigged, and/or broken. The job approval rating for Congress reached an all-time record low of 9% according to a November 2013 Gallup poll. In total, there is a strong dissatisfaction with elected policymakers in Washington D.C.
Is corruption rampant in the nation’s capital? Is the electoral and political system in the United States broken? The truth is that the system works perfectly fine since it was designed this way – to serve the interests of the ruling class. Laws are written by the upper echelons to serve their interests and not yours.
Wednesday, November 14th – climate activists and organizers marched in cities around the country, demanding ‘real’ action on climate change under the banner of “The People’s Climate March.” These marches were primarily organized by big environmental NGOs like 350.org and the Sierra Club. In Miami, a rally and march was held in downtown – the financial epicenter. Almost 1,000 activists convened at Government Center, the former headquarters of Occupy Miami. Swaths of small non-profits, large NGOs, school clubs and organizations, and activists met before marching through the heart of downtown Miami.