Alliance for Democracy

Corporations always profit from war whether “we” win or lose

Posted in anti-war rally, Korea Free Trade Agreement, military-industrial complex, South Korea Free Trade Agreement by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on January 13, 2011

President Obama will soon deliver his third State of the Union address. We need to be prepared to remind him following that address of the campaigns promises not kept, of the hope that is no longer felt by those middle class people who volunteered their time and gave their money to see that he was elected as the agent of change. Instead the wars drag on in Iraq and Afghanistan, with continuing killing of American soldiers as well as the people of those two nations. Since Obama assumed office, the war on terror has grown , expanding to Pakistan and Yemen. The wars continue to drain our economy, costing America over a trillion dollars in increased debt each year. All while we continue to suffer growing unemployment, and state and local governments face growing budget crises, growing ever larger with no aid from Washington. The states and cities now will be on their own. And Obama is set to explain that we all need to make sacrifices, that we are all responsible because we have expected too much., we have lived beyond our means. As he explains how we must share in making sacrifices, he will introduce another corporate driven free trade agreement, this one with South Korea which the federal U.S. International Trade Commission concluded would increase the US trade deficit. That increase, according to the Economic Policy Institute, will cost the US almost 160,000 jobs. . (more…)

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Taking Action, not just thinking and talking‏

Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war rally, Employee Free Choice Act, Financial crisis, Too Big to Fail by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on September 12, 2010

If you are anything like me, you are tired to thinking that political leaders will show us the way forward toward some better world.  Some of you (not me) thought that Obama would be such a leader, leading us to a world of health care for all instead of health care corporate profits, an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, strengthening of the social safety net of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, job creation with a return of manufacturing to America, real solutions to the fiscal crises – you know things like reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, breaking too-big-to-fail-banks up – elimination of tax breaks and tax cuts which benefit the wealthy, changes to the food system to make it healthy, renegotiation of “free” trade agreements, passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.  Shall I go on? (more…)

16 House members back Kucinich’s debate on Obama’s AfPak war‏

Posted in Afghanistan, Kucinich by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on March 9, 2010

Hi, AfDers and friends,

The wars continue and Rep Dennis Kucinich continues to be the congressional leader of the opposition to those wars.  He has now introduced a privileged resolution to force congress to have a debate about our actions in Afghanistan.  Not a single representative from Oregon or Washington is on the list of Co-sponsors.  Get them a call.  Tell them to co-sponsor. (more…)

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Progressive monthly calendar and questions for Sen Wyden.‏

The Portland Or area progressive events calendar is below. Also some suggested questions for Sen Wyden during his townhall meeting on Jan 4th, Monday. (more…)

Europe models future for US workers‏

Posted in Afghanistan, Employee Free Choice Act, Glass-Steigall, Obama, Sen. Sanders, Tobin Tax by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 27, 2009

  Moody’s released their notorious “misery index” — the nations that are most sunken in debt and least able to pay it back, requiring that “special measures” be taken to prove to investors that these governments are able to repay their loans.  The biggest losers of the misery index were not surprises and included the above-mentioned European countries.  However, ranking right behind bankrupt Iceland was the United States: the once-proud super-power is now a debt-ridden carcass, with investor vultures circling overhead. (more…)

Obama peace prize vs increasing military presence

Posted in Afghanistan, Kucinich, military arms exports, Obama, troop surge, troops, War profits tax, War tax by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 12, 2009

 During the past week President Obama went to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize.  Some have commented that he has not done much for peace and is not deserving. (more…)

Protest Escalution in Afghanistan/Cindy Sheehan Statement

Posted in Afghanistan, Alliance for Democracy by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 29, 2009

The Alliance for Democracy has endorsed a rally in Portland to denounce Obama’s war escalation in Afghanistan.  This rally has been organized by Portland Peaceful Response (http://www.pprc-news.org/) (more…)

Raise taxes to pay for more war and increase opposition to war.‏

Posted in Afghanistan, Rep. David Obey, Sen. Carl Levin, Share the Sacrifice Act, troops, War tax by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 26, 2009

Congressman David Obey, (WI) and Senator Carl Levin have proposed the Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010 (sorry, no bill numbers yet) which would place a surcharge tax on the wealthy to pay for additional troops Obama seems set to send to Afghanistan. (more…)

Call Obama: No more troops for Afghanistan

Posted in Obama, troops, White house by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 23, 2009

 Obama will be making his decision on further escalation of the America’s longest war (Afghanistan) soon.  American Friends Service Committee and other faith based groups have organized a national Call-the-White-House with the message:  No more troops for Afghanistan.
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