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Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-Op—And They Own Their Jobs


Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-Op—And They Own Their Jobs

Abigail Savitch-Lew

In 2013, Judith Daluz was a nanny making $650 a week, waiting for her four children to arrive from the Philippines. With her hard-earned savings, she had started paying $1,500 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in the New York borough of Queens that she hoped would be big enough for all of them. She hadn’t seen her children in years.


Dignity and respect in cooperative models is like a socioeconomic version of agroecology. By taking the old trope 'its a jungle out there' and turning it on its head - it becomes 'Its a garden out there!' and flourishes only if we all tend it.

Who are our teachers? Not just those in the academy anymore. The school of public life that these women, the dedicated supporters and policies enacted are enriching are reason for Jubilee!

Thanks CD for seeing that this story got posted on Christmas - and hey.... best wishes to all of you who are making the site happen every day.


Damayan’s members envisioned an enterprise that both protects their rights as workers and is guided not by profit but by their needs and those of the community.undefined> “They’ve already played the ... capitalist global economy game. And that’s what they got,” said Tiffany Williams, director of the Break the Chain anti-trafficking campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies. “Why not create something that will be more egalitarian, more restorative?”

Under capitalism, these workers were exploited and oppressed. They had no future or hope.

Under a worker-owned cooperative -- a cornerstone of socialism -- the workers now have hope, purpose, and a vision of life beyond servitude.

This article clearly and simply illustrates the living difference between capitalism and socialism.

It is important to realize that all workers who are subjects of the capitalist oligarchy suffer the same oppression and exploitation ... only the the number of crumbs received as wages determines any difference. Just enough wages are allotted to the worker to suffice for the day. The wage is low enough to assure the worker returns to work the next day to continue his/her life in servitude for the purpose of increasing the vast fortunes of the capitalist ruling class.

Workers produce the wealth while the capitalist ruling class collect and accumulate the wealth. I will fight this injustice, oppression and exploitation until the day I die.


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They still don't own their health, it's still captive to the vulture Insurance Industry. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate proposing single payer Medicare for all.


This is a known false narrative since Dr. Jill Stein's Power To The People Plan includes:

Health Care as a Right

Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.



You and three other people have even heard of Jill Stein: Get over it, the Green Party is as dead as the proverbial door nail. In Illinois they haven't made headway in twenty years. Bernie has said many times, for years actually, that healthcare is a right.


Edit: When clicking on the link provided it will say "missing link" and another link will take you to oped, the article is easily found.


As is typical, you ignored the material content of my post. You previously sated:

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate proposing single payer Medicare for all.

Well ... Senator Sanders is NOT the ONLY candidate advocating for a Medicare-For-All single payer health care system. These are the facts for all to see. You cannot divert from these as the facts are documented.

You presented a false narrative as truth ... either by intent or by willful ignorance. I called you on it.

To add to my previous post, Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik, Socialist Party-USA (SPUSA) candidate, also calls for a single-payor system as included in the SPUSA Platform (2013-2015) as provided below for your review:

Health Care
The Socialist Party stands for a socialized health care system based on universal coverage, salaried doctors and health care workers, and revenues derived from a steeply graduated income tax.
We give critical support to the demand for the immediate abolition of all private health insurance companies through the creation of a single-payer health system. We see single-payer as an important step in the direction of a fully socialized national health program with full standard and alternative medical, dental, vision, and mental health coverage for all. This system would be publicly funded through progressive taxation and controlled by democratically elected assemblies of health care workers and patients. The National Health Program should improve, and replace, Medicare and Medicaid.
• We call for a health care system that emphasizes preventive care, respects patients' privacy, gives special attention to the needs of the physically and mentally disabled, and conducts treatment and research unimpaired by sexism, racism, or homophobia.
• We call for full funding for AIDS research, prevention, and treatment. We demand full civil rights for people living with AIDS.
• We call for public ownership and worker and community control of the pharmaceutical industry.
• We call for educational programs to help prevent drug addiction; for voluntary treat- ment programs for addicts and alcoholics; and for the availability of free, sterile needles for those still using IV drugs.
• We call for the reinstatement of funding to community mental health services so that low-cost or no-cost treatment is available on a voluntary basis, with clients' rights respected. We oppose involuntary incarceration for treatment without due process.
• We support the right to choose or refuse medical treatment, the right to die, and the right to assisted suicide.
• We call for full community decision-making regarding the creation, organization or elimination of public health care facilities.


By the way. It only matters if a candidate's name is on the ballet. Dr. Jill Stein will be on the general election ballet for the Green Party.

It is not yet know who will be on the general election ballet for the Democratic Party. While you and many others hope that Senator Sanders is the Democratic nominee, this will be determined via the primaries.

I understand that it pisses you off that some of us will not support your candidate of choice ... a candidate running within the corporately-owned and controlled two-party system. Too bad -- get over it!

We have the right to promote and vote for the candidate of our choice ... a candidate that is not part of the two-party political system that is doing all it can within its vast powers to completely terminate democracy.

You cannot and will not control us. We will not allow you and your ignorant, arrogant ilk to limit and control democracy.


Enough said.


See SPANOhio.org


Who? I've never heard of this person. Why waste your time on obscure non-players who have never held Federal Office? HisStory was clearly talking about front-runner candidates.

ALL third-parties COMBINED don't even get one percent of the popular vote!

Let's get real. Feel the Bern, cuz you ain't going to get another progressive this radical as long as you live.


You have the right to support to support Senator Sanders. I have the right to support Dr. Jill Stein. Democracy allows us to disagree and support a candidate that most reflects our own personal beliefs.

I understand and respect your personal decision to support Senator Sanders. At no time, in any of my posts, have I belittled or mocked anyone for supporting Senator Sanders, a candidate on the Democratic Party ticket who is struggling to be known by the entire electorate and is fighting to be "covered" by the mainstream media.

I expect to be given the same consideration and courtesy.

I will continue, as I did in another thread earlier today, expose false narratives being presented as truths by the supporters of Senator Sanders. I will also provide documentation to counter the false narratives with the "real" truth.

I encourage you to view the following 25-minute video in which Abby Martin, host of the Empire Files, recently interviewed Ralph Nader. Their discussion includes such topics such as:

  • The corporate-owned duopoly political system,

  • How the duopoly electoral process prevents third parties from exposure and growth,

  • Secretary Hillary Clinton, and

  • Senator Bernie Sanders.


Thanks. Good reply. I'll watch the video after holiday guests leave. :relaxed:

Happy New Year!