War on Workers

From Rightwing alliance plots assault to ‘defund and defang’ America’s unions by Ed Pilkington:

“The author of the letter, SPN’s president and CEO Tracie Sharp,describes the $8m “breakthrough” campaign as a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse the failed policies of the American left … We are primed, right now, to deliver the mortal blow to permanently break its stranglehold on our society.”

Sharp pitches the battle against unions as the start of a war on progressive politics, with the ultimate goal of winning elections for rightwing candidates. “Big government unions are the biggest sources of funding and political muscle for the left – and a major obstacle to the ability of voters to reclaim control of American government. To win the battle for freedom, we must take the fight to the unions, state by state.”

The target of such union-bashing, she openly admits, is to “defund and defang one of our freedom movement’s most powerful opponents, the government unions”. The long-term objective is to “deal a major blow to the left’s ability to control government at the state and national levels. I’m talking about permanently depriving the left from access to millions of dollars in dues extracted from unwilling union members every election cycle” (emphasis in original).

SPN will be discussing its anti-union and anti-left agenda on Wednesday at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Its morning session will look at how “labor reform” can be pursued with renewed vigor under the Trump administration.

The discussion will feature some of the key architects of SPN’s political strategy, including Vincent Vernuccio who pioneered anti-union legislation in Michigan, and Tom McCabe of the Freedom Foundation, who has sent his foot soldiers on an aggressive offensive against collective bargaining in the US north-west.

Mary Bottari, deputy director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) which tracks the rise of rightwing groups in America, said the fundraising letter and other SPN documents published by the Guardian cast light on the conservative game plan. “It’s very rare to catch conservative thinktanks talking so openly and blatantly about their long-term political aims. These documents reveal to us that SPN’s goals are entirely political – they have no concern for workers or union members, their only goal is winning elections to advance rightwing causes.”

Bottari added: “An $80m campaign to ‘defund and defang’ public sector unions is remarkable, both in its size and in its ambition.”

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What’s Happening Tonight? 8/31/17

Depth Charge Presents
S.F. Eagle  /  398 12th Street @ Harrison St.  /  San Francisco
GET DEAD  (on Fat Wreck Chords / 1st show since returning from their European tour in April!)  –  headliner
NO ALTERNATIVE  (old school punk since 1978!)
THE ATOM AGE  (on Asian Man Records)
8:30pm door  /  9:00pm show
$10.00 Admission  /  21+

Starlight Room Cabaret

450 Powell St.San FranciscoCalifornia

Show Details
  • When: Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 8:45 PM (Doors open at 8:00 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $10.00 $350.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Live Show
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
Join us for an evening of burlesque and variety between the stars and cable cars at the historic Starlight Room.
Featuring Buresque Sensations….
Red Bone
Dasha Cayenne
Hunny Bunny
Vixi Vale
Life of the party, Bri Crabtree
Sultry songbird, Sevon Caeri
Comedy by Samantha Gilweit
DJ Limbs Akimbo
Drake’s Gems
and more!

Seating ends at 8:45pm sharp  Doors open at 8:00pm.  Latecomers are welcome to join us in our unseated gallery.  Kitchen open until 10:00pm.
Dress to impress at this star-studded affair.  Our Best Dressed Guest takes home something extra special!

What’s Happening Tonight? 8/26/17

SATURDAY, Aug. 26th! — Uptown Cabaret w/the Pine Box Boys!
TICKETS! https://uptowncabaret-august26.eventbrite.com/

DEARLY BELOVED… Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment, and Hubba Hubba Revue, invite you to a rollicking evening of gorgeous ghouls, dapper cadavers, funeral parlor tricks, & the best in BURIALESQUE! — We’re just DYING to have you at this, our last UNDERTAKING — Get your SEATED TICKETS online now!

Porcelain (Seattle, WA)
Harvest Moon
Dorian Dietrich
Lula Applebruise
Lady Monster
Gabriela Starchild
Ophelia Coeur de Noir
PLUS! troupe performances by
Ooh La La Bellydance
AND special musical guests,
The Pine Box Boys,
Lester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet,
& “Gentleman” Jimmy Hadley!

Hosted by
Lonesome Lester T. Raww, MC Kingfish & Maggie Motorboat!

SHOW 10:00PM
21 & Up

$22 SEATED (*limited quantity* — Get yours ONLINE now!)
$12 General Admission/SRO
Hubba Hubba Revue‘s UPTOWN CABARET!
at The Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland Ca
(just 1 block from 19th Street BART!)

GOT TICKETS? https://uptowncabaret-august26.eventbrite.com/

SEATING is *limited* — RESERVE yours *online* now!

They’re just now figuring this out?

“California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not be so rosy: They found that transportation-related emissions have begun to rise due in part to longer commute times for California workers who can’t afford to live in the cities where they work.

The report cautioned that the affordable housing issue must be addressed by policymakers for the state to meet its ambitious longer term emissions goals.”

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What’s Happening Tonight? 8/21/17

Monday, August 21
And Every Monday
9pm – 11:30pm.
$7 Gen. Adm.;
$12 Reserved Seating.
at DNA lounge
375 11th st
San Francisco

Monday August 21 2017
8:30PM doors — music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES

Bottom of the Hill 
1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri) 

San Francisco, CA 94107

The Tet Holiday
pop punk rock & roll

The Head
Rock and roll
The Radio Fliers
rock & roll