Open thread for night owls: A working class strategy to defeat white supremacy

Gabriel Kristal at In These Times writes—A Working-Class Strategy for Defeating White Supremacy:

Ever since the earth-shaking election of Donald Trump, there have been innumerable articles arguing that Democrats brought this upon themselves by losing white, working-class voters in the Midwest. These articles have been met with a torrent of essays urging Democrats to focus on becoming the party of diversity. And, coming back from the dead like a bloated zombie corpse is Mark Penn and Andrew Stein’s New York Times piece calling for a return to Clintonian centrism.

All of these discussions imply that progressives can either fight for voters from the working class or communities of color—but not both at once. This line of thinking demonstrates a profound lack of faith in democracy and the electorate’s ability to smell bullshit.

As a seasoned union organizer, I often ask myself whether the pundits offering the aforementioned opinions have ever actually spent time talking to working-class people. By this, I mean all working-class people. Contrary to the narrative put forth in the mainstream—and even some left—media, some of the most significant work confronting homophobia, sexism and racism has been done by working-class people of all ethnicities through collective struggle in the labor movement.

My first substantive labor movement work was as a union organizer with California’s SEIU Local 250—a healthcare workers’ industrial union, theoretically representing all non-management personnel in hospitals and nursing homes. In practice, the union mostly represented those classifications except registered nurses, who were generally represented by the widely-respected California Nurses Association. Local 250’s membership was racially diverse, with strong representation from African-American, Latino, Filipino and white workers. Standards were generally good for a union workplace: free healthcare, pensions, time off and competitive wages. […]

My job was to explicitly talk about racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, homophobia and religious intolerance as specific barriers to a strong union. A good union member can’t complain about Mexicans ‘taking jobs’ while also asking Latino colleagues to make common cause with him. […]

One story stands out. In preparing for the strike, a number of the African-American kitchen workers kept telling me that the Filipino nursing assistants “were weak” and would not stand up to management. Fortunately, one wonderful African-American female shop steward, Phyllis, pulled them all aside and said that such ethnocentric discussion had no place in our union. When the strike finally happened, not a single Filipino scabbed. In fact, Filipinos were the most dedicated picketers, earning them accolades from everyone in the union.

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“Defeat should not be the source of discouragement, but a stimulus to keep plotting.”
                   ~Shirley Chisholm



I’ll repeat that the push for the Democrats to back away from protecting POC comes from centrist liberals, not the left.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 11, 2017


At on this date in 2010—Heat Wave:

From the beginning of the environmental movement, the biggest pushback has always been presented in terms of the economy. That’s been true whether it’s cod fishermen taking too big a catch in the Grand Banks, monocrop farmers sucking fossil water out of the Ogallala aquifer faster than it can be replenished, oil companies trashing indigenous land in Ecuador or loggers whacking massive segments of rain forest in the Amazon or Indonesia. When environmental advocates speak up about these matters, the first cry is invariably: what about the jobs? Not that jobs are unimportant. But too rarely is a case made for environmentally sound jobs and practices that can replace the ones causing the demolition of a particular eco-system, large or small.

The truth is that the environment and the economy are not two separate entities. They are inextricably intertwined with each other.

We’re currently witness to another example of how climate change will have that intertwined effect. In Russia. Of course, what’s happening there right now may only be weather, not a climate trend. We won’t know for certain for a while yet. But the omens aren’t good. And it’s not just Moscow smog, a few dead people, ruined crops and some burned barns and homes. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump’s emoluments machine kicks into high gear, and he thanks Putin for expelling US diplomats. If nuclear war comes, you’ll hear it first from your favorite Twitter curators. Mental health pros increasingly say Trump’s ill. Alt-right cedes the Statue of Liberty.

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As celebrities prepare for nuclear war, it’s business as usual for the U.S military and South Korea

As we head into the weekend, America’s celebrities are pretty convinced we’re all going to die, thanks to President Donald Trump. Here’s Sarah Silverman: Any ideas on how to stop this colossal boob from getting us all killed? — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 12, 2017 Joss Whedon thinks Twitter’s TOS can save us all: […]

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Chrissy Teigen wants to own a team, so let’s figure out which one she should buy

Here are some baseball teams Chrissy could own right now without needing ‘team buying money.’

After Derek Jeter reportedly sealed the deal to be a part-owner of the Miami Marlins on Friday, many people probably though “hey that seems cool, I could definitely run a baseball team.” Chrissy Teigen, because she usually doesn’t think things without tweeting them (in a good way!), tweeted that she too would like to own a team.

Of course, as is also usually the case with Chrissy, this was mostly tongue in cheek. She doesn’t have “team buying money” because realistically how many people do? Not many.

Which is fine, because even though she might not have team buying money at the top levels of each league that doesn’t mean she can’t accomplish her dreams of owning a team one day. That’s what the minor leagues are for.

To narrow her options down we’ll see what minor league baseball teams are available right now that could be suitable, mostly because this is a baseball site so that makes sense to focus on. But also because Teigen is already interested in “Mike Trout things.”

So we’ll have some fun, see what’s on the market, and maybe find Chrissy a new hobby in the meantime. All details are courtesy of The Sports Advisory Group and are anonymously listed because that’s how rich people do things.

First up…

Mid-Atlantic Region–Single A Team for Sale. Unique turnaround situation with long-established franchise located within 90 minutes of Baltimore and D.C. This team may be a candidate for a new stadium in its own market or a potential relocation. Very strong Major league affiliation. Asking price is $8.5 million.

“Unique turnaround situation” is probably not what you want, that’s like saying a house is a “fixer-upper with good bones.” You’re not fooling anyone. Plus, $8.5 is pretty steep for Chrissy as a first time owner. Next!

Ownership Opportunity in Portfolio of Affiliated Top Tier Minor League Baseball Franchises…A top tier MiLB Ownership group is seeking new partners in its Minor League Baseball investment fund. Partners will immediately own a share of two MiLB franchises (Triple-A, Single-A) with equity proceeds used to fund new team acquisitions. The current investor group is highly experienced, having a completed a successful relocation and stadium development and is eager to partner with new investors to build the portfolio. We believe this is a rare opportunity to partner alongside a highly respected team at an affordable value (the fund is currently accepting investments in $500k increments).

Two franchises at once is a lot to handle, again let’s let Chrissy ease herself into what will probably be a long and lucrative ownership career here. Baby steps though. Next!

MiLB Single-A Ownership Opportunity – Northeastern U.S. Strong MLB affiliation. Excellent potential for future opportunities. Buyers must be well-qualified and meet MiLB ownership requirements.

What are we counting as “well-qualified” and “meeting requirements” for this? Does model, author, and good-at-Snapchat count? No? Probably best to pass here then. Next!

A Top AA Baseball Team. | Rare opportunity to own one of the most recognizable, respected, and successful AA Minor League Baseball teams in the United States.

This team seems very top-tier. Either that or the listing is talking it up too much and it’s not as good as it’s cracked up to be. Plus, there’s no price range listed in the details which seems like a real “if you need to ask you can’t afford it” sitch. Probably best to let someone else take this one. Next!

MIDWEST – Independent Professional Baseball! Franchise plays in a historic stadium in one of the top leagues. Priced at $1.25 million.

This is the most promising so far! A reasonable price tag and it’s an independent team so Chrissy could go full Amanda Peet in Brockmire if she opened the checkbook for this one. With her cooking skills she could transform the concessions and modernize things with her eye for fashion and design. However, she doesn’t scream “Midwest lifestyle” at this point in her career so maybe something coastal would be a better option. Next!

Baseball Partnership Opportunities | Active Listing. We presently represent several Minor League and independent baseball teams seeking partners in their highly successful franchises. Investments as low as $100,000 per share are typically available. Strong markets. Well run operations. Solid growth and appreciation potential.

Here it is, a perfect opportunity for someone without caboodles of money but who wants to call themselves a team owner. Chrissy could dip her toe in the water with an investment of less than a million and have a piece of one team at minimum and more if she wants.

You don’t necessarily need “team buying money” to get on the team ownership train, and we think it would make a perfect addition to her Twitter bio.

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