Randy Shannon is a lifelong activist in civil rights, peace, youth, labor, and economic justice movements. His first political act was an editorial in the Darlington, SC High School newspaper supporting integration. A student activist in the late sixties, he withdrew from Duke University to work as an organizer for the Southern Student Organizing Committee. In the 1970's he was a national board member of the US Peace Council and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. He was a leader of the rank and file movement in Local 327 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a volunteer organizer for the Nashville, TN chapter of the National Welfare Rights Organization. In 1972 he ran as a progressive in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 5th CD in TN. In the early 1980's he led the Pittsburgh Youth Movement for Jobs and the Pittsburgh Society for American-Soviet Friendship. In Beaver County in the mid-1980's he helped organize Beaver County Fightback to stop foreclosures on the homes of laid off steelworkers. He organized the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign in two districts of western PA and later helped Dennis Kucinich win ballot status in PA. He is a long time activist in Beaver County Peace Links and helped organize the PA 4th CD Chapter of PDA. He is the treasurer of his PDA chapter and also serves as the western PA organizer for PDA. He is also a founder of CCDS - the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and a member of its National Coordinating Committee.
President Obama has asked Congress to provide “Fast Track” authorization for consideration of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a new “free trade” deal.
The negotiations for this new “free trade” agreement have been conducted in secret. Members of Congress as well as the public have no factual information about the contents of this deal.
The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay.
Thanks to a loophole that subsidizes CEO pay, McDonald's, Yum Brands, Wendy's, Burger King, Domino's, and Dunkin' Brands trimmed $64 million from their tax bills in 2011 and 2012.
The fast food industry is notorious for handing out lean paychecks to their burger flippers and fat ones to their CEOs. What’s less well-known is that taxpayers are actually subsidizing fast food incomes at both the bottom — and top — of the industry.
In December 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came tantalizingly close to getting the U.S. Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon's choice for secretary of agriculture. A coalition of grass-roots farmers, consumers and scrappy public interest organizations (like the Agribusiness Accountability Project that Susan DeMarco and I then headed) teamed up with some gutsy, unabashedly progressive senators to undertake the almost impossible challenge of defeating the cabinet nominee of a president who'd just been elected in a landslide.
Progressive voices were heard loud and clear at Saturday’s Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) State Committee Meeting in Maricopa, Arizona.
Unlike some past ADP meetings where progressives were ignored or where progressive resolutions were tabled and not heard by the full ADP membership, the Maricopa meeting was dominated by progressives.
Tucson is one of the most impoverished cities in the country—for many reasons. The Arizona Legislature—driven by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and short-sighted, “small government” ideology—has routinely swept funds earmarked for counties and cities to “balance” the state’s budget or fund pet projects like lower corporate taxes. Beyond the Legislature’s negative impact on Baja Arizona, the Tucson economy is not diversified enough. Manufacturing is nearly non-existent in Southern Arizona. There is an over-reliance on defense spending, University of Arizona spin-offs, tourism, low-wage service jobs, and growth/development.
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