Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

“Why I Joined the NOC”

First Published: The People’s Tribune (Online Edition), Vol. 21, No. 18, May 2, 1994.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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Sonja Blutgarten, board president of the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP), and member of her local WEAP chapter, the San Francisco Low-Income Support Network:

“From experience, I see how this system is really pitted against poor women and children – not only to keep us down, but to destroy us on the way down. I’m not going down and I’m not letting my kids go down.

“The NOC is the only organization that not only represents our needs, but it’s also made up of us. The program of the NOC is to make sure that all people have what we need to survive and to thrive – to go beyond survival. We’re the only organization that has a program and a plan on how to achieve that.”

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Fran Cleaves, a member of UAW Local 659 in Flint, Michigan, also participates on a board of education committee on violence prevention in Flint:

“The people who fought in 1776 knew they had to change the whole system. That’s the way I see the NOC, as a revolutionary organization that has a clear goal to restructure society in a way to provide everybody with a decent life – not just basic needs, but enable people to reach their potential and contribute to society.”