Have the Marxists/Progressives Co-Opted the U.S. “Day of Rage” or are they ONE and the SAME?

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From Portside a Newser from Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism website:

10th Annual ‘Fighting Bob’ Fest Aims to Honor Workers,
Light Fire Under Obama
BY ROGER BYBEE
SEP 14, 2011

In These Times

Wisconsin’s labor and progressive movements are getting
restless again, and that will become obvious with the
10th anniversary of the “Fighting Bob” Festival that
will gather thousands this Saturday, Sept. 17, in
Madison, Wis.

The festival will focus on support of public-employee
rights and demanding more progressive policies from the
timid Obama administration.

The event is named after Wisconsin’s most towering
historic figure, Governor and later Senator “Fighting
Bob” La Follette, who thoroughly embodied Wisconsin’s
Progressive tradition from the 1890s into the 1920s.

La Follette was the state’s leading voice for a host of
reforms on workers’ rights, fair taxes, quality public
education, the environment and campaign
finance–essentially, much of the legacy that Wisconsin’s
Gov. Walker is seeking to eradicate.

An all-too-brief summary of recent events in Wisconsin

Recently in Wisconsin, two Republican senators, who had
voted for Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that makes it
virtually impossible to sustain a union among public
employees, were replaced by two pro-labor Democrats,
narrowing the Republican majority to 17-16. And the
labor-led, politically independent We Are Wisconsin
coalition built extensive organizations in six
Republican Senate districts.

But right-wing State Supreme Court Justice David
Prosser, despite his record of combative, bullying
practices on the court and previously in the
Legislature, somehow avoided legal charges for putting
his hands on the throat of fellow Justice Ann Walsh
Bradley.

Meanwhile, the Walker administration is moving ahead to
unfairly and deceptively discourage voting in 2012
through what Common Cause calls “the most restrictive,
blatantly partisan and ill-conceived voter
identification legislation in the nation.” Walker and
his allies have topped off their assault on democracy
with a blatantly pro-Republican redistricting plan.

Most troubling, the new anti-union law has stripped
public-sector unions of the legal status to they had
used since 1959 to effectively protect and represent
their members through traditional bargaining and
grievance procedures.

But given the creativity and non-violent militancy
displayed by Wisconsin’s public workers, I would expect
that the coming months will produce an epidemic of
non-cooperation with management whenever and wherever
the bosses’ authority is not clearly spelled out in
written work rules.

The workers’ spirit of determination and successful
outreach to non-labor groups–capturing worldwide
attention and support, especially when crowds of 100,000
or more gathered at the State Capitol for weeks on end
earlier this year–will be honored at Bob Fest, held all
day Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center. (A smaller
event will kick off the festival Friday night at the
Barrymore Theatre.)

Cornel West, Bernie Sanders, Jim Hightower among
speakers

This year’s line-up of progressive orators will include
noted activist and author Prof. Cornel West, Vermont’s
democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, populist radio
host Jim Hightower, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, 9 to 5
founder and author Ellen Bravo, investigative journalist
Greg Palast, author and TV host Thom Hartmann, former
congressman Dave Obey, Wisconsin’s new candidate for the
U.S. Senate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, local public-employee
union leaders, and family farmer Tony Schultz, who
electrified a rally at the State Capitol with his speech
in support of the workers’ struggle against Walker’s
bill to deprive public workers of their voice.

Virtually all off the leading speakers have become
increasingly harsh about their disappointment with the
Obama administration, most recently with its approval of
the hazardous Keystone XL pipeline through the U.S. and
Canada , suspension of some key environmental rules,
concessions to Republicans on Social Security, Medicare
and Medicaid, and a too-modest jobs bill that does not
measure up to Obama’s powerful rhetoric.

Festival organizer Ed Garvey sees this year’s 10th
anniversary celebration as honoring and emboldening the
public-employee union members and increasing the heat
from labor and the Democratic base on President Obama.
Garvey warns that, unless Obama–who has taken guidance
from Wall Street insiders and abandoned the populist
anti-corporate rhetoric that helped him to win Wisconsin
by 14 points in 2008–reverts to the fighting stance he
took during his presidential campaign, he could lose the
enthusiasm of his long-neglected Democratic base.

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