Draft presentation material on the TPP

Here are our main points from the petition. We are opposed because this deal would: Permit foreign corporations to sue the U.S. government in private tribunals and order unlimited sums of taxpayer funds to be handed over to these corporations (Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS agreements). Make it easier for corporations to ship jobs to … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 26, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed Senate: Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table House: Legal Challenges to Federal Rules House: Identify Assets of Top Iranians House: Defer Taxing Stock Options for … Continue reading »

Mega Vote September 15, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill House: Prevent Government Settlement Donations to 3rd Parties – … Continue reading »

More sources on the TPP and other trade agreements.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt black and Hispanic workers even more than white workers By Robert E. Scott • Economic Policy Institute, September 8, 2016 The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History, By Chris Hedges on TruthDig Nov. 6, 2015

Which is More Dangerous for America, ISIS or ISDS?

By Grania Marcus and John Huber Everyone knows about ISIS, the Islamic State that has produced horrific videos of beheadings and executions in the Middle East, and nearly everyone agrees that ISIS is extremely dangerous. ISDS? You’ve never heard of it? That’s no surprise, because multinational corporations and the politicians that benefit from their political … Continue reading »

McConnell Signals No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP

Published on Friday, August 26, 2016 by Common Dreams ‘Good News,’ Says Sanders, as McConnell Signals No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP read full story at this link. Senate Majority Leader punts corporate-friendly trade deal to next administration by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the U.S. Senate will not vote on the 12-nation, … Continue reading »

What’s wrong with trade agreements?

Opponents of TPP (and other trade agreements) Six things to know about the TPP from Public Citizen Eyes on Trade Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t by Dave Johnson Campaign for America’s Future The Movement for Black Lives Economic Justice Agenda opposes TPP Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — … Continue reading »

Advancement Project “Right to Vote”

When leaders from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) put it all on the line in the fight for voting rights, they did not imagine that in 2016 we would still be fighting the same fight all over again. In a dramatic new Advancement Project video, SNCC leaders join contemporary racial justice voices to discuss … Continue reading »

Witness Palestine Film Festival 2016

Download PDF flyer here.  The fifth annual Witness Palestine Film Festival starts in one month, on September 15, 2016. This may be our most interesting one yet. But you need to be the judge. Please consider attending the seven different programs, each presented once between September 15 and October 21. Two programs are free. As … Continue reading »

Being an Ally with #BlackLivesMatter

Many of us were at the #BlackLivesMatter rally on July 8th. The Band of Rebels will continue to support the 74 people arrested in to join in further events organized by the #BlackLivesMatter coalition. Rochester Contacts Enough is Enough Rochester   Enough is Enough Facebook BLACK Facebook   BLACK website (coming soon) Be a Co-conspirator: (from Advancement … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 19, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Opioid Programs – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Motion to Concur in the House Amendments to the Senate Amendments to the Bill Senate: Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report Senate: Fiscal … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 14, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: “Sanctuary Cities” – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Cloture on the … Continue reading »

Black Lives Matter Rally

Shut this Shit Down Black Lives Matter Rally Facebook Event Link Friday, July 8, 2016 4:00 pm Liberty Pole 1 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604 IF BLACK LIVES MATTER TO YOU…..THEN BE HERE!!!

Mega Vote June 28, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of … Continue reading »

Paul Ryan’s Health Care Plan 2016

  Link to Paul Ryan’s plan on his U.S. House of Representatives website. “Paul Ryan’s Promised Obamacare Replacement Plan Shockingly Turns Out Not to Exist Again” New York Magazine, Daily Intelligencer, June 16, 2016 “GOP health insurance plan would make workers pay tax on benefits” USA Today, June 22, 2016 “Paul Ryan’s ‘Better Way’ points … Continue reading »

Mega Vote June 21, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill House: IRS and Free Speech – Passage House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations House: … Continue reading »

Band of Rebels Signs

We have a number of old signs from the days we met on the street every Monday at noon. Anyone who wants to have some or all of these signs to use, reuse, or repurpose, just let us know by email. Any signs not claimed by September, will be thrown away.

Celebration of the Retirement of Matt Fusco and Denise Young

  Workers United Union Hall, Rochester, NY June 16, 2016 I have the task of introducing our other honoree Denise Young.  I was told  to keep my remarks short; a most difficult assignment when describing her incredible contributions to the movements for social and economic justice.  Although the leaflet announcing this event said “no speeches,” it appears that was … Continue reading »

Mega Vote June 14, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Domestic Issues Money Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Defense Money Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Bill House: Ozone Standards – Passage House: Puerto Rico … Continue reading »

Orin Hatch attacks Social Security Works

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, just singled out Social Security Works for our “unreasonableness on Social Security.” He’s right. We won’t stand quietly by while Senate Republicans attempt to cut our earned Social Security benefits. Support Social Security Works!

Mega Vote May 31, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term “Fiduciary” – Passage Senate: Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed House: Zika Vector Control – Passage House: … Continue reading »