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3. Principles of Solidarity

Sarah van Gelder Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THE OCCUPY WALL STREET GENERAL ASSEMBLY

What follows is a living document that will be revised through the democratic process of general assembly.

On September 17, 2011, people from all across the United States of America and the world came to protest the blatant injustices of our times perpetuated by the economic and political elites. On the seventeenth, we as individuals rose up against political disenfranchisement and social and economic injustice. We spoke out, resisted, and successfully occupied Wall Street. Today, we proudly remain in Liberty Plaza (also known as Zuccotti Park) constituting ourselves as autonomous political beings engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance, and love. It is from these reclaimed grounds that we say to all Americans and to the world, “Enough!” How many crises does it take? We are the 99% and we have moved to reclaim our mortgaged future.

Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:

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10. The Reagan Era and the Restrained Polity

Ballard C. Campbell Indiana University Press ePub

REMINISCENT OF GROVER Cleveland nearly a century earlier, Ronald Reagan warned about the crisis of his time. Rampant inflation, unfair taxation, and chronic budget deficits, he said, were sapping the nation’s spirit and stifling its economic growth. “Government is not the solution to our problem,” the president stated in his inaugural address (1981); it “is the problem.” Citing the “unnecessary and excessive growth of government” as the cause the country’s troubles, the president proposed to “curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment.” Reagan entered the White House declaring war on the modern polity.

Mimicking Cleveland’s attack on the tariff and unnecessary taxation, Reagan’s plan of action began with Federal finances. “The Federal budget is out of control,” he said, and “we face runaway deficits.” Reagan urged the reduction of taxes, spending, governmental waste, and counterproductive regulations as ways to lower the cost of government and stimulate private enterprise. Removal of impediments to entrepreneurial incentive would promote economic growth and, according to “supply-side” economic theory, generate greater public revenue even with lower taxes. “Wasteful administrative overhead” should be scaled back by shifting programs to state and local control and to private management (“privatization”).1 Reagan’s vision of a scaled-down Federal establishment, a decentralized political system, and economic policy based on free-market principles would have pleased Grover Cleveland.

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Chapter 14 | Let’s Try This Again

Carol O’Keefe Wilson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 14

Let’s Try This Again

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n August 1, 1917, the special session met with 118 members of the House of Representatives in attendance. Speaker of the House Frank Fuller wasted no time in taking the floor where he began to read the thirteen charges he had drawn against Governor Ferguson. It was soon apparent that the pro-impeachment forces were in control even though Ferguson loyalists attempted to stall them.

Within a few days, Fuller, working with other like-minded representatives, had established a Committee of the Whole to investigate the evidence against the governor. The impeachment process would be a two-part undertaking beginning with an investigation by the House, a critical first step that could abruptly end their course of action. Based on its findings, the House would decide whether or not to submit a bill of impeachment to the Senate. To the dismay of those who were anxious to move forward with a trial, serious issues with the first step of the impeachment process soon emerged, issues so significant that they had the potential of jeopardizing the entire process.

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The Credit Card Industry

Howard Jacob Karger Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Money can’t buy you love, but a credit card can get you started.
–Robert D. Manning, Credit Card Nation

A profound revolution is taking place in the way we are meeting our financial needs. Although it is occurring largely off the radar screen, this change represents a fundamental shift in how a growing number of us access financial services and manage our day-to-day money matters. The basis of this revolution is the widespread expansion of credit.42

Credit is the cornerstone of the modern U.S. economy. We can use it as a cushion for unexpected medical expenses, car repairs, the replacement of an appliance, an emergency family loan, or a trip to visit ailing or dying relatives. It is also a bridge between real household earnings and consumption decisions.1 Credit allows us to purchase products or services immediately, some of which we would otherwise be unable to afford. Payment options are flexible for those of us with good credit, and collateral isn’t required. Middle-class people can purchase goods or borrow cash while they retain their possessions, since loans are secured by the borrower’s creditworthiness. Neither trust nor the presumption of goodwill exists in the fringe economy, however. A low-income or credit-challenged consumer who applies for a loan typically must provide collateral such as a secured bank account, a postdated check, household goods, or a car title.

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72. Negotiate Deadlines and Details

Debra Dinnocenzo Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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101 Tips for Telecommuters

✔ Review your supplier criteria and service specifications for a critical service you’re currently outsourcing.

✔ If all aspects of the relationships and the delivered results are satisfactory, ensure that you’re applying the same level of specificity in expectations to other outsourced projects.

✔ If not, clarify your criteria and expectations, prepare written specifications, and schedule a meeting with the supplier to establish expectations, requirements, and consequences.

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Negotiate Deadlines and Details

Depending upon the nature and volume of your subcontracted work, you may have a wide range of details involved and more than one deadline to manage. Since telecommuters function somewhat like entrepreneurs in terms of independence from many corporate support services, you may secure contracted services in areas such as photocopying, administrative support, telemarketing, printing, or technical services. Negotiating the terms for these services is an additional responsibility you may have as a telecommuter that your central office colleagues don’t need to handle for themselves.

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7 Realistic Expectations: South Dakota’s Experience with the Voting Rights Act

Daniel McCool Indiana University Press ePub

For thirteen years, from 1989 through 2002, I served as the election supervisor for the state of South Dakota. In 2002 I was elected secretary of state in a three-way race with 56 percent of the vote. In 2006 I was unopposed for re-election, which was the first time in the history of South Dakota that a candidate for secretary of state was unopposed. My involvement in election administration ended in 2011 when term limits prevented me from running for re-election. I mention these facts only to establish with the reader my long-term and respected involvement in administering elections in South Dakota.

Native Americans are the largest minority population in South Dakota. The 2010 census reported that 8.8 percent of our population was American Indian. Of South Dakota’s 814,180 residents, 71,817 reported being full American Indian. An additional 10,229 residents report some American Indian racial background.1

Approximately one-third of the time I spent on election-related responsibilities as secretary of state was devoted to Native American voter needs. Some of that time involved compliance with the temporary provisions of the Voting Rights Act such as Section 5 (preclearance) and Section 203 (minority-language provisions). Significant amounts of time were involved defending the state in ACLU-inspired lawsuits involving Native American voting issues.

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2 The Dilemmas of Conscientious Consumerism

Tim Bartley Indiana University Press ePub

IN 1995 AND 1996 SWEATSHOPS WERE HITTING THE HEADLINES IN American news media. Federal agents had found indentured Thai immigrants working in an apartment in El Monte, California, producing apparel to be sold at major retailers. Soon after, labor rights activists had shown that child workers in Honduras were producing Kathie Lee Gifford’s line of clothing for Walmart. Amid the surge in attention, several researchers began asking Americans if they would pay more for clothes to be made in decent conditions. One study found that 84 percent of respondents would pay a dollar more for a twenty-dollar garment (Marymount University Center for Ethical Concerns 1999). Other studies found that 76 percent would pay five dollars more (University of Maryland 2000) and 33 percent would pay as much as ten dollars more (Hertel, Scruggs, and Heidkamp 2009). With markets for organic food, fair trade coffee, and a variety of green products growing, many observers hoped that a market for “sweat-free” apparel would follow (Elliott and Freeman 2003). But could these survey responses be taken seriously? Would consumers really pay more, or would they revert to a search for low prices once they were in the store? Furthermore, if some consumers were actually willing to pay more, what exactly would this mean? Would it represent a deep concern about working conditions and social justice around the world, or would sweat-free just become a status symbol, a way for well-off consumers to feel superior to those who shop at Walmart and other discount retailers?

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Chapter 3: Weaning off Wall Street

Hal Brill Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The Three Investment Strategies:
Close to Home, Sustainable Global Economy, and Evolutionary

AS WE TURN OUR FOCUS TOWARD THE COLUMNS OF THE RESILIENT Investing Map, it is time to recall our quick survey of the VUCA world—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—in which we live. There’s an unfathomable intertwining of relationships that underlies the global economy and the physical world, making predictions virtually impossible. As financial advisors it has not been easy for us to overcome our desire for certainty about where the world is heading. But once we acknowledged that the world as it is may not be sitting on the most solid of foundations—and that our clients hold a range of views about our possible futures—it became essential to explore strategies that speak to both emerging innovations and local resilience.

Even a few years ago, such a multifaceted approach would have been impractical, as there were few opportunities to invest our money in either the close-to-home or evolutionary strategy. Now we are energized by the explosion of creativity taking place in virtually all the RIM zones—particularly for one’s financial assets, where it is increasingly possible to select options that do not come from Wall Street. In recent years formerly obscure niches, such as international microfinance, local food systems, and “social purpose bonds,” have catapulted into categories recognized by institutional investors. The World Economic Forum describes these outside-the-box approaches as moving “from the margins to the mainstream.”1 And while some of the ways to invest in personal and tangible assets are timeless, here too there have been exciting innovations, many of which—such as the sharing economy—have been empowered by technological advances.

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CHAPTER 9: A Passion for Learning

Don M. Frick Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

So my search shall bear fruit—not in final accomplishments on which I shall rest—but in ever widening horizons. My satisfaction shall derive from the contemplation of these horizons and in the satisfactions that accrue from expanding my powers to explore them. Life then is growth; when growth stops there is atrophy. The object of the quest is the capacity to grow, the strength to bear the burden of the search and the capacity to live nobly—if not heroically—in the situations that develop. 1

ROBERT GREENLEAF

They called it The Great Depression, but there was nothing great about it, at least not for most stockholders. Owners of AT&T stock, however, were the exception. There was no reason for them to expect that the company would continue paying pre-Depression dividends of $9.00 per share. In 1932, net earnings were only $5.96; in 1933, $5.38; 1934 figures were again $5.96; and in 1935, per share earnings totaled only $7.11. 2 AT&T had laid off 20% of its work force. At its most desperate time, Western Electric had 110 laid off 80% of its employees.3 Still, like clockwork, shareholders got their $9.00 per share checks from AT&T.

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APPENDIX II: ADHD/ADD adults who are adopted or who grew up in care

Randy Lee Comfort Karnac Books ePub

Throughout this book, I have emphasized that many ADHD/ADD adopted/looked after children do well as adults, but I T have also alluded to the fact that most of them still need some sort of adjunct help such as secretaries, partners, technology, and so forth. Below are some examples of why they do.

Kevin, aged thirty-three, and Brian, aged thirty-six, have left for their summer holiday at a beach resort. Upon arriving, they discover that neither has brought a brush or comb. Kevin remembered to bring sandals, but no shorts; Brian has shorts, but neither sandals nor swim-ming trunks. Brian has “lost” his toothbrush and toothpaste between home and the resort.

At the end of his four-day visit with a cousin who lives across the country, Larry, aged twenty-nine, is about to get out of the car at the airport when he discovers that he does not have his flight information with him. He knows the airline, but neither the time it leaves nor the flight number.

Georgia, aged thirty-seven, is due to go to a formal dinner directly from work. Half hour before the end of the work day, her secretary mentions that she hasn't seen Georgia's dress for the evening and asks where it is. Georgia, who lives forty-five minutes away from work—and from the location of the dinner—remembers that she has left the dress and all accessories on her bed at home.

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Chapter 5 Policy Implications and the Public Investment Imperative

Brian Miller Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As has become clear throughout this book, the simplistic self-made myth of the past is woefully inadequate to describe reality. More importantly, it has a destructive impact on our public policy debates.

It is time that we talk about business success in a way that acknowledges and incorporates all its contributing factors. The built-together reality acknowledges a central truth overlooked by the self-made myth: We are not islands. Rather, our prosperity is deeply intertwined with the broader society around us. As Gun Denhart stated, “You can’t have a healthy business in an unhealthy community.” Every business, no matter how successful, is operating within a framework that was built by generations of public investments in the common good. That legacy in now part of what Peter Barnes calls the “commons,” and it is at the heart of every business success story today.

There is a nugget of truth in the self-made story. That is, business leaders and entrepreneurs make groundbreaking innovations, take major risks, sacrifice short-term gratification, and exercise leadership in ways that rally the energies of many around them. In doing so, they help propel their business ventures forward down the road to success and, in many cases, strengthen the communities they serve in the process.

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CHAPTER THREE Participatory Peace and Glocalization

Savir, Uri Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

GLOBALIZATION WAS CELEBRATED AS THE PEACE OF OUR generation. It promised a world without borders, a global village in which communication, travel, trade, and consumption would be universal. By wearing jeans, eating at McDonald’s, and watching MTV, the people of the world could reconcile under the umbrella of a single megaculture and advance a common experience of peace and prosperity.

True, globalization has produced important achievements in the developed world as well as in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, but it has not created the anticipated paradise. The blanket of globalization simply did not cover everyone. Much of the world’s population remains deeply entrenched in poverty, disease, and violence; these populations struggle beyond the walls of the revolution. Moreover, in many cases these societies not only were deprived of the benefits of globalization but also fell victim to it. Globalization had, at least in their eyes, usurped their identities and attempted to impose upon them a cultural, political, and economic system that was at odds with their traditions, values, and capacities.

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We Never Know Who We Are

Margaret J. Wheatley Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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3 Empire of Reason, 1773–1855

Charles R. Steinwedel Indiana University Press ePub

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EMPIRE OF REASON

1773–1855

IN ORDER TO win support among Kazakhs and to build loyalty among her Muslim subjects, Catherine II (the Great) appointed Akhund Mukhamedzhan Khusainov to the position of mufti, the head of the new Orenburg Muhammadan Ecclesiastical Assembly, in 1789.1 Mufti Khusainov’s speech at the official opening of the OMEA in December 1789 emphasized that Muslims could become privileged members of the empire’s elite due to Catherine’s policies of toleration, support of Islamic institutions, and acceptance of Muslims as nobles: “The Russian (rossiiskii) son celebrates that Catherine reigns over him…. But who is this lover, devotee of happiness? Is it really only he whom the Evangelist’s spirit directs? Those who think so, do not think correctly. The sagacious mother does not consider various faiths, just loyalty of the heart.”

Khusainov urged Muslims to respect “the common good and tranquility.”2 Privately, Khusainov wrote to St. Petersburg to explain in Islamic terms the legitimacy of a Christian empress’s rule over Muslims and the need for Muslims to honor their oaths of loyalty.3 Members of the Muslim elite could become “sons of the empire” and participate in Catherine’s “Age of Gold.” New institutions for Bashkirs followed the new institutions for Muslims. In 1798, imperial officials organized Bashkiria into eleven Bashkir, five Meshcheriak, five Orenburg Cossack, and two Ural Cossack cantons.4 The cantonal system (kantonnaia sistema) built upon a half century of Bashkir military service by creating regionally defined units led by Bashkir officers, who would organize Bashir service and much of Bashkir life as well. The new institutions’ effectiveness showed itself in 1812, when Orenburg governor-general Volkonskii included Bashkirs when conveying Alexander I’s invitation to “all loyal (vernopoddannykh) sons of the Russian Empire” to defend it against Napoleon. More than ten thousand Bashkirs responded to the call.5

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The Sweet Tooth of Slavery

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

THIS PAST SPRING and summer, in an installation by artist Kara Walker, a sugarcoated sphinx gazed upon visitors with a blank and inscrutable stare in the defunct Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. At the entrance to the installation, thirteen statues of brown children, made of resin and coated with molasses, toted the sugar to construct the giant statue. This display drew upon stereotype and caricature—the sphinx sporting a headkerchief and exaggerated lips and butt, the children’s swollen heads copied from racist figurines—but this grotesquerie did not mitigate, but rather heightened, the unease that the installation inspired. Through the contrast between these figures, one monumental and thirteen diminutive, one dusted with refined sugar and the baker’s dozen oozing molasses, Walker suggested that the empire that erected and displayed the sphinx also excreted wounded black bodies.

Both works insist upon the centrality of sweetness and sugar to the exploitation of black bodies in the pursuit of white pleasure. The slave body becomes a kind of candy.

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