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Labor organizer: American unions lack internal radical, political education

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Labor organizer and author Jane McAlevey said Monday that unions’ experience in Wisconsin last year showed the need for political education.

“I think the top lesson in our view is that there is not enough internal radical, political education taking place inside of America’s unions,” she told Laura Flanders. “If there was one thing we had to do differently, it’s actually trust that our rank and file can handle a lot of the information and that the rank and file will know what to do with real facts, real information, and what’s really happening.”

McAlevey explained that in her 20s she worked for the Highlander Center, which was part of the Congress of Industrial Organization’s official labor education school. The CIO later merged with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1955, making the AFL-CIO the largest federation of unions in the United States.

“With that background to my early years of work, by the time I hit the labor movement, I had a very strong philosophy that I trusted the workers,” she continued.

“If you trust the workers, and you actually present a framework for education that helps workers begin to understand that this isn’t just about the boss on the third shift, by the way, it’s the corporation you’re working for, and then … you help workers connect the dots to this larger system of oppression that’s taking place in this country dressed up as free enterprise.”

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.

At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.

Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.

"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.

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C-SPAN caller poisoned by Trump says congresswomen in The Squad own ’27 million black African slaves’

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A Republican caller told C-SPAN on Monday that four non-white congresswomen own "27 million black African slaves."

On C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, a woman in Washington called in on the Republican line to rant against members of the so-called Squad: Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI).

Lara began her call by chastising the media.

"There's a lot of facts that are being walked around," she complained. "For example, regarding the Russia-Mueller thing, it's a proven fact that there was false evidence bought by Obama, Clinton and all the rest... those are facts. That's not an opinion."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chokes up responding to Trump: ‘Time to move on from his conception of America’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump after he told her to "go back" to her country of origin -- even though she was born in the U.S.

"It's unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color," Ocasio-Cortez explained to NBC News. "It's unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not."

"What I would tell him is that it's time to move on from him," she continued as she seemed to choke up. "And it's time to move on from his conception of an America that we tried to move past for a long time."

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