How to Win

Without unions to institutionalize them, waves of activism dissipate. As the nation and the labor movement shift to the left, progressives need to push forward policies and politics that strengthen those working-class organizations. The 2018 election reinforced the critical role unions play in electing progressive, pro-worker candidates. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, union-household voters made up … Continue reading »

Infinite Frontier

The eternal return of American expansionism. By Jedediah Britton-Purdy Review in The Nation of Greg Grandin’s The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America “Grandin’s book demonstrates that American myths about open frontiers have always been dangerously simplistic, covering up inequality and violence both at home … Continue reading »

The War on Healthcare Continues

Healthcare Education Project Headline April 2, 2019 The Healthcare Education Project is a collaborative initiative of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Follow @Rebels_Band

Blue Wave?

Check out the Blue Wave Facebook page. What do you think of this? Follow @Rebels_Band

Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser

Multimillionaire former President Barack Obama, 2017’s Kennedy prize winner, traveled all the way to Germany over the weekend in orderto scold what he called American health care “purists” who have the crazy nerve to challenge the status quo. He called the current battle between Congressional centrists, like Pelosi, and progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pramila … Continue reading »

Are Ilhan Omar’s tweets anti-semitic?

Following the Ilhan Omar controversy, it’s incredibly important to be able to decipher between real antisemitism and basic political facts Read this opinion piece by Alex Kotch in the Guardian 13 February 2019A Follow @Rebels_Band

Minority Credit Unions

Band of Rebels A great way to support the black community is to keep your money in a black-owned bank. With Black History Month coming up, we published a guide with a list of all the minority credit unions across the United States. Our guide uncovers the financial benefits of banking with minority credit unions, … Continue reading »

Campaign for New York Health

Metro Justice Healthcare Committee, which is the Rochester branch of the Campaign for New York Health, held their December meeting at Equal Grounds Cafe to welcome new members into the fight for single-payer healthcare in New York! They learned about the New York Health Act, and the next steps to achieve universal health care in our state. … Continue reading »

Ronald G. Linville Memorial

Ronald G. Linville Dec. 11, 1948 – Jan. 8, 2018 “If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable” —Murray Bookchin Thursday, January 3, 2019 7-9 pm Metro Justice The Hungerford Building, 1115 E Main St, Rochester, NY Maria Scipione 138 Sanford St Rochester, NY 14620 If you are unable … Continue reading »

First Hand Account of the Crisis at Our Border

You Are Invited to learn……. –Why did The Caravan come to our Southern Border? –What can we do about resolving the humanitarian crisis at the border? These are questions that inspired Bob Ames and Lew Montemaggi to go to Nogales, Arizona from November 7 -20. You are invited to their presentation and discussion on Wednesday, … Continue reading »

NPR Planet Money Podcast on Modern Monetary Theory

I know this sounds like a boring wonky economics topic, but this 22 minute podcast is anything but boring. Unusual for NPR it gives voice to a left-wing analysis of government spending that makes conservative economists (and liberals) object. It makes clear that economics and politics is about choices. Things could be done differently. That’s … Continue reading »

The Freedom Come-All-Ye

The Freedom Come-All-Ye Roch the wind in the clear day’s dawin Blaws the cloods heelster-gowdie ow’r the bay, But there’s mair nor a roch wind blawin Through the great glen o’ the warld the day. It’s a thocht that will gar oor rottans – A’ they rogues that gang gallus, fresh and gay – Tak … Continue reading »


New York State United Teachers Hall 30 Union Street Rochester, NY 14607 March 3, 2018 10 AM to Noon. The U.S.Supreme Court has just taken up the case of a union member who claims that having to pay dues violates his rights. If he wins, unions will have to represent both workers who pay dues … Continue reading »


REMEMBERING THE MY LAI MASSACRE 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL Sponsored by VETERANS FOR PEACE FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 4:00 P.M. KENNETH B. KEATING FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE 100 STATE ST. ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Please join Chapter 23, Rochester New York, Veterans For Peace in a solemn memorial in remembrance of the approximately 500 innocent men, women, … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, December 22, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations House: Supplemental Disaster Appropriations Editor’s Note: The House … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, December 18, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Grasz Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Willett Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Ho Nomination – Confirmation House: Mortgage Lender Escrow Requirement Exemption House: Iranian Asset Report Requirement House: Privacy Notice Requirement Exemption House: Iranian Aircraft Purchase Transactions Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: … Continue reading »

Mega Vote December 11, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Nielsen Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Balash Nomination – Confirmation Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Request Conference House: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Between States House: Small Business Mergers Regulatory Exemption House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 … Continue reading »

Mega Vote December 5, 2017

In this MegaVote for New York’s 23rd, 25th & 27th Congressional Districts: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed Senate: Tax Overhaul – Education Savings Accounts Senate: Tax Overhaul – Passage House: National Forest Mining House: Federal Workforce Probationary Period Extension House: EPA Brownfields Program Reauthorization House: Manufactured Housing Lending Regulation Upcoming … Continue reading »