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Retirement Plans Trashed by Wall St. Banks – Now they’re after Social Security

Posted by randyshannon on September 15, 2010

Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short

Published: Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET
By: Scott Cohn
Senior Correspondent, CNBC

A new study obtained by CNBC says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.

The study, conducted by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, says savings have been squeezed by declines in stock and housing values.

The study was commissioned by Retirement USA, a coalition of organized labor and pension rights advocates that hopes to use the study to push for a more stable retirement system. The group plans to unveil the study at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday.

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Vigil at Cong. Altmire’s Office for Jobs Noon Wed. Sept. 15th.

Posted by randyshannon on September 14, 2010

Pass the Local Jobs for America Act

Jobs with Justice Declares Jobs Emergency Day of Action


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Showing of “Life in Occupied Palestine” and Discussion at Fellowship Methodist Church in Ambridge

Posted by randyshannon on September 14, 2010


Israel / Palestine Teaching Event

View Film:

Life in Occupied Palestine

by Jewish American Anna Baltzer


Eyewitness Accounts from Visitors to the West Bank from our area


Wednesday   September 22  @  7:00pm

Fellowship United Methodist Church

235 Merchant Street

Ambridge, PA  15003

For more information contact

Rev. Todd M. Davis


Sponsored by

Beaver County Peace Links

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Beaver County’s Big Knob Fair Meets the Peace and Jobs Movement

Posted by carldavidson on September 11, 2010

Lessons Learned at the

Big Knob Grange Fair


By Randy Shannon and Carl Davidson

Beaver County Blue

The Big Knob Grange Fair, held Aug. 30 through Sept. 4 up in the lovely rolling hills above Rochester, PA, a distressed mill town at the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio rivers, is a “big doin’s’ in Beaver County, and has been for 70 years or so.

It features blue grass and country rock bands, tractor and truck ‘pulls,’ a demolition derby, dozens of rides for kids, booths for local politicians, hunting clubs, garden clubs, home improvement vendors, and local artisans. The Grange members serve delicious home-cooked food, display prize-winning livestock, fowl, and garden produce. The oldest and the latest in farm equipment are also on display. In recent years, the Fair draws from 30,000 to 40,000 semi-rural farmers and blue-collar workers with their families, and a horde of young people, and this year, with glorious weather, was no different.

This year the Fair had a new feature co-sponsored by Beaver County Peace Links and the 4th CD Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America. Near the middle of the big striped circus tent was a table with a large banner hanging behind it: ‘War Is Making You Poor!’ Many of the hundreds of passersby on any one of the five days stopped and did a double take. Some ambled on, but a good number stayed to chat and see what it was all about.

“We were there every day from 4pm until 10pm,” said Randy Shannon, treasurer of the 4th CD Progressive Democrats of America. “People start flowing in after work. In addition to our banner, there was a giant 4ft x 5ft poster showing that Beaver County taxpayers have shelled out $54 million per year for the last ten years for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is almost the same amount as the county’s annual general fund tax collections.”

Carl Davidson explained his contribution: “We set up an internet connection with a cell phone. With a monitor and a laptop I showed some antiwar videos picked by Beaver County Peace Links, including a looping video of an apple pie being divided like the US budget. The military got half the pie.”

Todd and Emily Davis made a unique contribution to the table. Todd, a Methodist pastor, is the chairperson of Peace Links. They labeled 10 jars with the main categories of the federal budget. They were arrayed in front of a small backdrop that read: ‘Take the penny poll: how would YOU spend your tax dollars.’

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Income Growth Rates vs. Political Party

Posted by randyshannon on September 9, 2010

This chart shows that people in lower income brackets experienced much higher income growth under Democratic presidents than under Republican presidents. People in all income brackets experienced higher income growth under Democrats than under Republicans.

Conversely, under Republicans, people in high income brackets experienced much higher growth of income than people in low income brackets. However, under Republican presidents, people in all income brackets experienced lower growth than under Democratic presidents.

The conclusion is that under Republican presidents, corporate and especially financial corporate income increased while personal income at all levels decreased relative to Democratic presidents.

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Oct 2 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice – Why We Should Participate

Posted by randyshannon on September 8, 2010

Why we should participate in the Oct 2 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

by Peter Deutsch, Secretary

PA 4th CD Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America

September 8, 2010

As you may already know the NAACP has called a national march for jobs and justice on Oct 2, 2010. The AFL-CIO, La Raza, SEIU, and the United Auto Workers have now joined in support with One Nation United serving as an umbrella organization.  The Progressive Democrats of America and over 190 other organizations are involved with other organizations joining in.

Why should we who focus on peace join a labor and justice march on Washington this fall? Don’t issues of peace and justice connect intimately through economics?

Peace is necessary in order to have an effective impact on the issues of jobs and justice being taken up by those organizing the October 2nd march. Competition for resources from the war machine needs to be exposed. To date the U.S. has spent cumulatively over $1 trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq1. Total annual U.S. defense spending is around $1 trillion dollars2 ,. Little is left over in the annual federal funds either on or off budget to recover economic rights or safety net structures of the past, let alone to address new social needs.

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60,000 March in Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

Posted by randyshannon on September 7, 2010

Labor Day parade draws small but enthusiastic crowd
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
By Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette
Tony Lerrew of Munhall watches the Labor Day parade along Grant Street with daughter Brianna, 2.

When it was first proposed more than 130 years ago, Labor Day was envisioned as a day to celebrate “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”

That is still the thrust of the day for many, as evidenced by the estimated 60,000 participants who paraded through the streets of Pittsburgh in Monday’s Labor Day parade — even if the marchers outnumbered the parade-watchers, who had their choice of curbside viewing along the length of the mile-long route.

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National Jobs Emergency Day of Action Sept. 15 – Noon at Cong. Altmire’s Aliquippa Office demand jobs and hands off social security

Posted by randyshannon on September 7, 2010

Sept. 15 Day of Action: We’re in a Jobs Emergency!

by James Parks, Sep 3, 2010



With their six-figure salaries and government-paid health care, members of Congress may not feel the pinch of a 9.6 percent unemployment rate. But millions of Americans are in pain, and on Sept. 15, they will shout loud and clear that we are in an emergency and Congress must act immediately to create good jobs.

Sept. 15 is the day workers, students and community and religious groups in dozens of cities across the country will revive one of the key demands of the 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” by calling for full and fair employment and demanding the government declare a national “jobs emergency.”

“It’s time for corporate apologists in the Senate, who are blocking a recovery for the rest of us, to recognize what workers already know: we are in a jobs emergency that requires a bold, emergency response,” says Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice, the main organizer of the protests.

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The Truth Is Coming Out On the Need to Regulate Gas Drilling

Posted by carldavidson on September 7, 2010

‘Gasland’ Film Sweeping Pennsylvania

‘A force to be reckoned with’


Sunday, September 05, 2010

News from Cumberland, Harrisburg, York

The movie “Gasland” — about the environmental hazards of drilling and “fracking” shale for natural gas — has become a national sensation.

The documentary has aired repeatedly on HBO in recent months. Critics, including some Pennsylvania government officials, say it’s a piece of propaganda riddled with inaccuracies. Fans say it opened their eyes to what really happens when drillers come to town.

Either way, it has become a force to be reckoned with in the ongoing political debate over Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. The film will be shown outdoors Tuesday in Reservoir Park.

Director Josh Fox is a native of Wayne County, and much of the film focuses on Pennsylvania problems and policies. In an interview last week, Fox spoke about the film’s impact.

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A Labor Day Bouquet from Florence Reece

Posted by randyshannon on September 6, 2010

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