We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Working families say: We’ll fight Bush agenda

by Fred Gaboury Saturday, Nov. 09, 2002 at 3:49 PM
pww@pww.org 212-924-2523 235 W 23st., NYC 10011

WASHINGTON – Despite setbacks in the Nov. 5 elections, the AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women and other grassroots organizations vowed a determined fight to block the Bush administration from railroading its ultra-right agenda through Congress.



WASHINGTON – Despite setbacks in the Nov. 5 elections, the AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women and other grassroots organizations vowed a determined fight to block the Bush administration from railroading its ultra-right agenda through Congress.

At this writing, the Republicans held 51 seats in the new Senate, and the Democrats 47 with one independent and one still undeclared. Republicans are expected to hold a 227-206 majority in the new House with one independent and one race undecided at press time.

It was the first national election since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and President Bush succeeded in capitalizing on the tragedy by wrapping himself in the mantle of Commander-in-Chief in the “war against terrorism” and hiding his role in corporate fraud and the worsening economy under a blanket of warmongering. Because they are split on the issue of war with Iraq and last year’s tax giveaway to the rich and super rich, the Democrats were unable to present a strong alternative to Bush’s pro-corporate economic policies.

In his opening remarks to a “morning after” press conference, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney pointed out that right-wing control of both houses of Congress and the White House presents the nation with a “very dangerous time.”

Sweeney said the 2002 elections were a “clear lesson” for Democrats: “They have to be crystal clear about what they stand for and present an alternative vision that creates excitement among the disenfranchised and inspires hope. They have to have a strong economic message for 2004.”

The AFL-CIO spent million in the 2002 election cycle and assigned 1,750 full time organizers to election activity in 25 gubernatorial races, 16 Senate races and 47 House races.

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said, “With Trent Lott running the Senate and George W. Bush in charge of the White House and Supreme Court, the health and welfare of women and their families have never been in greater jeopardy. … Women are bracing for an onslaught of judges and legislation designed to undo our many hard-won gains. And we intend to fight!”

Gandy warned that Roe v. Wade “hangs by a single vote.” She said Bush’s “fetal protection” legislation is “stealth legislation” aimed at stripping women of reproductive freedom.

The struggle for Capitol Hill came down to a handful of House and Senate races that were decided by a few thousand votes. Only one third of eligible voters cast ballots. Thus there was no “landslide” in the sense of a major shift to the Republicans by masses of voters. Rather, the winners were candidates who succeeded in turning out their main constituencies, leaving the electorate sharply divided.

There were some victories for the Democrats – former three-term Sen. Frank Lautenberg was decisively elected in New Jersey, after taking over when incumbent Democrat Bob Torricelli resigned. Democrat Mark Pryor defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson in Arkansas, the only Republican incumbent defeated by a Democrat.

“When Congress addresses an issue like Social Security, I’ll be there to make sure it’s not privatized,” Pryor said in his victory speech. “When we debate the minimum wage, I will cast my vote to help 100,000 Arkansans. When it comes to senior citizens, I’ll make sure they are not forgotten.”

At press time, Timothy Bishop, a Working Families Party (WFP) candidate in the First Congressional District in New York, was running ahead of GOP incumbent, Felix Grucci. The WFP reaped well over 50,000 votes, insuring it continued ballot status.

Chellie Pingree, a former State Senator and member of the United Auto Workers, was defeated by Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins in Maine. But Michael Michaud, a union paperworker from Maine won election to the U.S. House. Christopher Van Hollen and Dutch Ruppersberger defeated Republicans in Maryland House races.

In Southern California, Linda Sanchez will join her elder sister, Loretta, as the first sister team in the House, both with strong AFL-CIO backing. Linda served as president of the Orange County AFL-CIO.

In a joint interview with Katie Couric of MSNBC, Linda Sanchez said Congress “has just barely begun to reflect the diversity that makes this country great.” Asked about Republican gains she replied, “We need to go back to the drawing boards and figure out what we did right and what we did wrong. I do not believe the Republican agenda is good for working families.”

Also reelected, with 81 percent of the vote was Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who cast the lone vote against the Afghanistan war resolution. A year later, 133 housemembers voted no on the Iraq war resolution.

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said her landslide reelection “is a mandate” in support of her vote against Bush’s Iraq war resolution. “They did not give me any information to cause me to change and vote for war,” she said. She also hailed Florida voters for defying Gov. Jeb Bush in their approval of Question 9, a ballot measure to reduce class size in Florida’s public schools. “Prescription drug benefits is a major issue in my district,” she added. “We don’t go for this make-pretend Republican plan.”

Tony Hill, a community organizer for the Service Employees International Union, won election to the Florida Senate. He expressed regret at Jeb Bush’s reelection but added, “Progressives need to fight the good fight so that in 2004 we’ll be back. … We always have our backs to the wall but we will prevail.”

The viciousness of Republican tactics is illustrated by the case of Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm during the Vietnam War. He was defeated by Republican Saxby Chambliss who ran attack ads with side-by-side pictures of Cleland and Osama bin Laden denouncing the decorated war veteran as “soft on defense” in voting 11 times against Bush’s so-called anti-terrorism program.

The Democrats scored victories in several gubernatorial elections, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, where voters elected Jennifer Granholm Michigan’s first woman governor. But the GOP picked up state houses in New Hampshire, Maryland, and Georgia. California Gov. Gray Davis eked out victory over the GOP’s William Simon, Jr.

The Republicans swamped the Democrats in the amount of money raised from corporations and wealthy individuals. Bush crisscrossed the country in Air force One campaigning at taxpayer expense. GOP candidates posed as moderates hiding their plans to destroy Social Security and Medicare under promises to “save” it.

Tim Wheeler, Noel Rabinowitz and Sue Webb contributed to this article.

Originally published by the People’s Weekly World

www.pww.org



Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
yeah prole Saturday, Nov. 09, 2002 at 5:03 PM

Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Actor Patrick Kilpatrick Discusses and Signs his New Book Dying for Living J23 10:57PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen Heads to the Lincoln Center J23 8:45PM

WILLIE BROWN, YOU TALK TOO MUCH J23 7:00PM

FUZZY MATH J23 4:36PM

MR PUSH, WHERE IS YOUR WIFE? J23 4:32PM

Paraphysique du burnout post-démocratique J23 9:06AM

911 : establishment terror J22 11:18PM

Actor Patrick Kilpatrick Discusses and Signs his New Book Dying for Living J22 10:42PM

The Attack of Corporations and the Rich on the Rest of Society J22 2:36PM

bataclown J22 12:32PM

bataclone J21 8:08PM

VAN ATTACK HOAX J21 7:35PM

Mobile Royale Hack Online Generator - Get Unlimited Crystals J21 3:03PM

Unification, séparation et fragmentation J21 2:48PM

Testing Upload J21 7:10AM

FARCELONA.2 J20 7:18PM

FAKE NEWS POR SOROS J20 6:11PM

Chemtrails and Prince J20 2:43PM

Wages For Housework J20 2:41PM

Tutelle comportementaliste J20 9:18AM

A Mistake: Jesse Jackson-Toyota deal-in Lexington -Ky is .8 billion over 10 years 2018 J20 1:17AM

If Trump Declares a AantionalEmergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law J20 12:47AM

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM

FAKE NEWS J19 2:31PM

MACROTHSCHILD.2 J19 11:03AM

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM

BATACLOWNS J18 9:28AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy