SF Bay Area, California,
Banner courtesy of RicTresa, OS blogger and graphic artist extraordinaire - thank you, Ric! I am a middle-aged professional woman who needs to remain anonymous on the web for job-related reasons. I used to be a hippie peacenik, and still am a socialist. If you like my blog posts and/or my comments on those of others, I strongly encourage you to check out the link below under "My Political Matrix." Thanks for looking!


This was written for the December 12, 2011 port shutdown in Oakland, California, but its basic message remains important.


Why Workers Should Support the December 12

West Coast Port Shutdown, and What We Need To Do Next


The Occupy movement’s decision to shut down the ports on the

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 This is the text of a flyer I handed out at Occupy events in Oakland and San Francisco on Friday January 20, which was billed as a day of protest against the Citizens United decision.


Abolishing Corporate Personhood Is Not Enough!

Form a Fighting Workers’ Party to Lead Our

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DECEMBER 9, 2010 12:04AM

Disappointed in Obama?

I have read so many news stories and blog posts about how people who consider themselves progressives are deeply disappointed in Obama that I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Didn't you KNOW this would happen? I certainly did, and I tried to tell you.

Folks, I've said it before,… Read full post »

I've been shamefully neglectful of Open Salon lately, for the usual reasons (i.e., being overwhelmingly busy with other things). But just in case you thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth, here's a slightly edited version of a little piece on health care reform I wrote about two months… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2010 1:06PM

March 4 Update: Demands

As an update to my previous post about the March 4 Day of Action, below are the demands adopted yesterday by the East Bay March 4 Outreach Committee in Oakland, California. I recommend them to organizing committees for March 4 actions elsewhere as a model.

 All Out on March 4!

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Last October 24, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, a conference of several hundred teachers, students, workers, and parents came together to plan a response to the cuts in the state's financial support for public education, and the resulting tuition hikes, layoffs, increases in… Read full post »

Workers who follow news stories about labor relations have probably noticed a disturbing trend in recent years. In workplace after workplace, when the union’s contract has expired and negotiations for a new contract are going nowhere fast, the union “leaders” call for a strike authoRead full post »

Here's the text of a flyer that my co-thinkers will be distributing at some of the antiwar actions taking place around the country on October 17. Food for thought, I hope! 




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OK, so I went to see the latest Michael Moore movie (Capitalism: A Love Story) last night. It was basically what I expected - progressive politics presented through an effective mixture of laughter and pathos. As always, Moore asks good questions; has good points to make about the shortcomings of our… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 10:18PM

Message to the Workers of NUMMI

As OS readers may know, Toyota announced about a month ago that it plans to pull out of the plant in Fremont, California that it operates together with GM under the aegis of a joint venture called NUMMI. This plant employs thousands of people. Supplying the needs of the plant, its… Read full post »

By Charles Rachlis and Organian

The authors are California state employees currently experiencing mandatory furloughs, as well as members of Humanists for Revolutionary Socialism.

In his quixotic quest for ways to balance the deficit-ridden California budget without imposing any part of the burden on… Read full post »

Sorry I've been away so long from OS. I've missed a lot, I'm sure, and there's no way I can catch up. My "political matrix" has acquired an international connection, and that has taken up a lot of my time. Here's a sample of the sort of thing we've been working on.  … Read full post »

Rather than repeat here what Charles Rachlis posted on this subject - which is a collaborative effort among Charles, me, and two others - I will simply link it here and ask my readers to click over to Charles's OS blog and read it - and comment - there. I've turned… Read full post »

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(UTLA's "No Layoffs" Logo)

The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), which represents 48,000 public school teachers and health and human services professionals in the Los Angeles area, has voted overwhelmingly to hold a one-day strike on May 15 to protest against the school district's planned l/… Read full post »

In many countries all over the world - not just in the former USSR - today, May Day, is celebrated as International Workers' Day. Even here in the US, today will be marked in many cities with marches, rallies, speeches, and other events in honor of working people. May Day has… Read full post »

As the economic crisis continues, unemployment and foreclosure rates rise, and government programs are threatened with drastic budget cuts, many people are looking for some way they can fight back and preserve their standard of living against further erosion. By now it must be clear even to those who… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2009 12:44PM

Erotico-Political Haiku Thursday

 I managed to come up with two this week.

How to get me hot?
Whisper these names in my ear:
Marx, Lenin, Trotsky

Mingling of bodies
Each lusting, each lusted for
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In the picket line,
Surreptitious caresses.
Now, private union. Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2009 4:14AM

I'm back

In case there's anyone out there in the OS community who has wondered where I've been for the last - well, almost a week now: Thanks for thinking of me. I'm back. I missed you, too. Medical issues - pressing and temporarily debilitating, but minor, eminently fixable and not at all serious,… Read full post »

Inspired by the (relative) success of yesterday's political sonnet, I am following it up today, in honor of Dirty Haiku Thursday, with the following political dirty haiku:

 "Obscene": What is it?
Hard cock meets welcoming cunt
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MARCH 25, 2009 7:22PM

Sonnet Fest: My Contribution

Normally I don't participate in the purely fun-and-games stuff on OS - though I do enjoy reading it when I have time (gotta love that Freaky Troll!). But the sonnet thing that's going around now gives me a chance to participate without breaking my vow only to post politically related blog entrie… Read full post »

Almost three months ago, I (among others on Open Salon) blogged here about the occupation of the Republic Windows & Doors factory by its workers, who were laid off without the severance pay legally owed to them by the owners. Three months later, it appears that the workers have come out… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2009 9:21PM

Worker Fightbacks in France and LA

On Thursday January 29, France experienced what the UK Guardian termed "the first general strike to hit a major industrialised nation since the start of the global financial crisis." Millions of workers stayed off their jobs and took to the streets instead, demanding that the French government h… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2009 9:55PM

Obama's Agenda: Where Is Labor?

Just a quick note - with apologies - I haven't had much time to spend here lately, and there are a lot of things I would have like to say that have gone unsaid. But here's one I couldn't pass up.

Just out of curiosity, I took a look at the… Read full post »

I was asked recently, in response to a comment I posted on someone else's blog, what I am doing to effect positive change in society. I answered the question there (see this link), and also addressed the same issue in a comment on another blog (here), but it does raise a… Read full post »