NO LIES RADIO Live 6 Hour Broadcast Saturday from NYC: United Front Against Austerity 2012

Coming up Saturday at 9:00 am Pacific – 12:00 pm Eastern – 16:00 GMT
This event was broadcast live on October 25, 2012. See the video archives below.United Front Against Austerity

NO LIES RADIO Live 6 Hour Broadcast Saturday from New York City:
__ United Front Against Austerity 2012

Austerity – the imminent, existential threat to the American people. No matter the outcome of the November elections in the US, working families will be thrown over the proverbial “fiscal cliff” in the name of debt and deficits. Cutting Social Security, Medicare and other threads in our fragile social fabric is not only grossly unjust – it won’t work! The so-called “Grand Bargain” threatens to unleash a death spiral of unemployment and poverty which our nation is not certain to survive.

Organizing to defend our economic rights. It is for this reason that we must organize now to mobilize effective opposition to the impending austerity offensive; agitate to shift the burden of the economic depression onto Wall Street oligarchs; and to build momentum toward a genuine political revolution of, by and for the people.

Not a conference – an assembly! The UFAA Public Assembly on October 27 will not be “just another conference” that ends when the doors close. Participants will hear proposals from distinguished speakers, engage in floor debate, and vote on vital strategic matters. The UFAA intends to build on Wisconsin and Occupy – with decisions, demands and action.

See Video Archives of this Event Below….More Videos coming soon….come back later.

Amelia Boynton Robinson – Civil rights leader

Yanis Varoufakis – Political economist, Greek SYRIZA coalition

Stephen Lendman – Research Associate, Center for Research on Globalization

David Swanson – Activist, blogger and author

Part I: Reports and Proposals on the World-Wide Fight Against Austerity

  • Opening Remarks by Bruce Marshall, moderator – former Congressional candidate, Green Party of Vermont
  • Amelia Boynton Robinson – Civil rights leader (recorded)
  • Cindy Sheehan – Antiwar Activist
  • Rev. Edward Pinckney – Benton Harbor, Michigan activist (via Skype)
  • Webster G. Tarpley Ph.D. – Author, historian and economist
  • Dr. W. Randy Short – media commentator, member of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Washington DC
  • Danette Chavis, Activist against police brutality
  • Don DeBar – Founder, Community Progressive Radio
  • Prof. Anthony Monteiro – African-American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Yanis Varoufakis – Political economist, Greek SYRIZA coalition (recorded)
  • Eric Draitser – Independent journalist,
  • Dr. Jay Arena – Professor of Sociology, College of Staten Island, CUNY
  • Stephen Lendman – Research Associate, Center for Research on Globalization (recorded)
  • Prof. Murrell Brooks – Political Science, Virginia Wesleyan College
  • David Swanson – Activist, blogger and author (recorded)
  • Tom Kiely, INN World Report, New York City
  • Bruce Marshall, moderator – conclusions

Part II – Program and Intervention Debate/Discussion

Eric Draitser, moderator

Proposed planks for discussion:

Our Leading Agitational Demand: A Wall Street Sales Tax, restoring Glass-Steagall regulation, a wealth tax, or some other demand. What should be the signature agitational demand of the United Front Against Austerity (UFAA) to stop vicious, post-election “austerity” measures and restore political and economic balance?

Job creation: How can 30 million new productive jobs be created? Should it be done as part of the federal budget, or by seizing and nationalizing the Federal Reserve System to issue cheap credit for infrastructure and recovery?

Antiwar and economic-industrial reconversion measures: End the Afghan War at once, and bring all troops home from all combat zones. Draw down foreign bases. End drone attacks, renditions, black site prisons, kill lists, and assassinations. Repeal the NDAA and repudiate Obama’s suspension of habeas corpus. Hands off Syria and Iran. No more color revolutions and meddling in other nations. Reconvert the military-industrial complex to civilian production of mass transit, fast rail, energy, and the space program.

Democracy and anti-police state demands: End police brutality and repression. End violence against the black, Hispanic, labor, and protester communities. Stop mass incarceration of black men and others; end the slave labor system of the prison industrial complex. End the War on Drugs against the American people. Shut down the CIA, which runs drugs, and Wall Street, which launders the money.

Other agitational proposals:

  • No cuts in wages, social safety net benefits, or public services; no layoffs or firings, no tax increases on working people
  • Student Loan Amnesty or moratorium/payment freeze
  • Federal foreclosure freeze on primary residences (new Frazier-Lemke Law)
  • Medicare for All (universal quality single-payer health care)
  • 10% interest rate ceiling or national anti-usury law
  • Unlimited unemployment benefits and 99er relief
  • Minimum wage/living wage

    United front interventions:

    Immediate projects: supporting the Benton Harbor struggle by means of a worldwide mobilization in favor of Statewide Proposals A (referendum against the Snyder emergency manager law) and B (right to collective bargaining) on Michigan ballot in November 6 election; supporting the anti-Bain Capital struggle at Sensata Technologies, Freeport, Illinois; Walmart strike; propaganda campaign against the Grand Bargain of austerity during the November-December Lame Duck session of Congress.

    How can we institutionalize united front cooperation and operations over the coming months?

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