[lbo-talk] New labor plan: Nationwide protests

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 12:01:11 PDT 2011

And the electoral alternative in 2012 is what exactly? Compared to the "protests are European, let's lobby inside the Beltway more" approach, it's hard to say that this isn't a positive development.

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM, Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> wrote:

> On Apr 22, 2011, at 1:47 PM, SA wrote:
> > The plan does not revolve as centrally around the 2012 elections as the
> SEIU’s political program did in 2008, when it was the largest outside
> supporter of candidate Obama. It does, however, aim to organize public
> campaigns for economic issues around “national flash points” including this
> August’s recess, corporate shareholder meetings next spring, and the debates
> and conventions next year. Henry was elected last year with a promise to
> reorient the union, and some Democratic officials worry the change will mean
> a less intense focus on their party’s needs.
> >
> > Not the case, said Henry, who insisted that SEIU will put similar
> resources into the coming elections as in the most recent presidential
> cycle. SEIU reported spending $85 million on politics in 2008, including the
> independent expenditure program and a massive mobilization of its own
> members.
> Public campaigns in 2011 = campaigns for Dems in 2012. Does anyone doubt
> this for a second?
> Doug
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