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MAY DAY: Hope, resistance, solidarity

first_imgHope and resistance are rising on International Workers’ Day 2018 as waves of striking education workers spread through U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Thousands of teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, school counselors, janitors, classroom aides and more are on a defiant march.They are streaming out of their schools into the streets, into the halls of state government, to confront the vicious attacks of “right-to-work-for-less” right-wing billionaires intent on gutting public education and on attacking the public good. They are marching from West Virginia to Kentucky, from Oklahoma to Arizona, Wisconsin to Georgia and beyond.Will this surge of action continue and spread to other workers in other jobs and locations? The answer is in our collective hands.First and foremost, we can and must build unbreakable strength in workers’ struggles by forging solidarity with other workers. We must be at each others’ sides in the battles against white supremacy; assaults on refugees and im/migrants; woman-hating, Islamophobia, anti-LGBTQ attacks; disrespect and barriers for people with disabilities.We must pledge to each other: “I will fight for you as if your struggle is my very own. Because it is!”That means providing material and real solidarity to refugees and im/migrant workers being kidnapped and jailed every day by Immigration and Customs Enforcement from California to upstate New York. That means joining with Black Lives Matter to demand justice for victims of police terror; to defend Black workers, being targeted by white supremacists, who are arrested for just sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia; or shot down while working at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn., or worshipping in the very church of freedom fighter Denmark Vesey in Charleston, S.C.We must defend women who are given the inhuman choice of rape and sexual assault or their jobs, from farm workers to film actors. We must fight to guarantee workplace protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people and to overturn still-existing, vile anti-LGBTQ laws.As the U.S. government and military continue to mobilize anti-Islam bigotry to ramp up attacks on people in the U.S. and also build for war on Syria and Iran, we must expose how the war budget bleeds the life out of all workers, draining money for health care, education and retirement hopes.We must spread the word to all workers that people with disabilities are endangered to the point of losing their lives by such austerity measures as requiring people to work to get Medicaid, cutting school budgets so there are fewer special education aides or slashing accessibility in public transportation.On a practical level, this May Day solidarity can be carried out in everyday actions, with support for workers’ rights in pro-worker “picket lines” wherever we are, to marching and rallying weekly in solidarity with local struggles. We can make visible that “I am fighting for your struggle as my very own.”Hope is already visible in how connections between struggle movements are being made in every current of liberation. In the Black Lives Matter movement, the entwined violence facing women of color has been brought to the fore by #SayHerName actions. Many of the overwhelmingly female striking education workers in West Virginia and Oklahoma have cited the 2016 women’s marches as inspiration. In the recent demonstrations sparked by the massacre at a Florida high school, young people have militantly raised issues of school-to-prison pipelines, racist police, state violence and U.S. imperialist war as inextricably tied to “gun violence.”Indelible lessons in resistance come from Indigenous people still fighting for their land and the Earth, opposing the exploitative and polluting pipelines of Big Oil at Standing Rock and elsewhere. Five hundred years after the seizure and colonization of Indigenous homelands, financed by European capitalists of that early era, Indigenous people still fight on.We can study and learn from the hundreds of years of resistance recorded in rebellion after rebellion of enslaved people of African descent in the U.S. — Stono in South Carolina, 1739; New York City, 1741; the German Coast in Louisiana, 1811; Nat Turner in Virginia, 1831; and countless unrecorded others. We can learn resistance from Haiti in 1804 — when enslaved people won their freedom by waging their own war of liberation.We can take heart in the resistance of May Day 2005 by the Million Worker March Movement. Begun by class-conscious Black labor unionists on the West Coast, East Coast and U.S. South, and endorsed by Workers World Party, this action targeted May 1 to affirm that workers must fight independently in their own name, unchained from the Democratic and Republican parties. (See the flier in this issue about the port-closing action this May Day by the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 10.)We can take heart, lessons and inspiration from the historic revival of May Day 2006 with strikes led primarily by low-wage and im/migrant workers throughout the U.S., ignited by the reactionary Sensenbrenner bill. The state of California was essentially closed down in a general strike that May Day, while millions marched nationally. This massive action was organized by workers from the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, who were battle-honed in the struggle against devastation in their home countries by U.S. economic and military imperialism over two centuries of blockades, “free trade” monopoly, invasion and occupation.Now all workers in the U.S. are attempting to survive the ruin from those same “austerity” economics. The privatization schemes of big banking and finance are stealing systems that had been won for the people’s common good. Capitalist exploitation is destroying water systems, transportation systems, education systems from Detroit and Flint, Mich., to Puerto Rico.Meanwhile, white supremacy is being viciously mobilized by the anti-worker forces of capitalism in a last-ditch attempt to keep us from uniting and fighting for each other. We have to topple white supremacy as surely as the freedom fighters of Durham, N.C., toppled a racist monument!May Day is an international call to abolish capitalism and replace it by a socialist system that will empower all workers regardless of nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, skills, whether employed or unemployed, in a union or fighting for one, working in the home or working in the gig economy.As more and more of our class — the multinational, multigenerational working class — develop a deeper hatred of capitalism and more openness to building a socialist society that puts human needs first, solidarity is our best tool and our best weapon.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New business chief optimistic for region

first_img Previous articleThe expert comment – Neill KellyNext articleAll in place for festive weekend admin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsNew business chief optimistic for regionBy admin – March 12, 2009 561 Facebook THE PROTECTION of existing jobs, stimulation of investment, an ending to the structure of three local authorities governing the urban area of Limerick and the development of an international logistics hub that would become a major driver of employment in the future, are priority issues for the incoming president of Limerick Chamber, Harry Fehilly, who succeeds outgoing president, Sean Lally.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Fehilly is managing partner of Holmes O’Malley Sexton.Highlighting the need to focus on developing a local industry that can become a world leader, he pointed to the region’s high level of expertise in the area of logistics.“With the deep sea port at Shannon Estuary and the Customs Pre-Clearance at Shannon Airport, there is huge potential for this area to become a key international logistics hub, which would be a major driver of employment in the future,” he said.The new business sector leader said it is imperative to build a competitive city, road infrastructure projects, Shannon Airport and an innovative economy.“Our geography gives us a unique advantage in the area of renewable energy production – we have an abundance of tidal wind, wave and biomass energy resources and it’s imperative that we exploit this advantage to its fullest”.Other priority issues include the completion of the N 18 to Galway and Shannon Airport, as a key driver of investment to the region. Printcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases surpass 30,000 mark

first_imgThe distribution of the cases by Counties is as follows;Nairobi 126, Busia 14, Kirinyaga 13, Machakos 12, Narok 12, Kiambu 11, Kajiado 10, Kitui 10, Nakuru 10, Kisumu 8, Samburu 8, Garissa 8, Mombasa 6, Nyeri 4, Trans-Nzoia 4, Taita Taveta 3, Lamu 3, Kakamega 2, Kisii 2,Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentBungoma 1, Kilifi 1, Makueni 1, Murang’a 1, and Siaya 1.The cases are distributed in Sub Counties as follows; in Nairobi, the 126 cases are in Westlands 16, Kamukunji 14, Ruaraka 11, Kasarani, Lang’ata and Roysambu have 9 cases each, while in Embakasi West and Starehe have 7 cases each, Dagoretti South, Embakasi East and Makadara have 6 cases each. Dagoretti North, Embakasi South and Kibra have 5 cases each.Embakasi Central and Embakasi North have 4 cases each and Mathare 3.In Busia, the 14 cases are in Matayos 11, and Teso North 3. All Kirinyaga’s 13 cases are in Kirinyaga East.The 12 cases in Machakos are in Machakos Town 7, Athi River 3, Kangundo and Yatta have 1 case each.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesNarok’s 12 cases are drawn from Narok North 10, Narok East and Trans-Mara West 1 case each.In Kiambu, the 11 cases are in Kabete and Ruiru have 4 cases each, Kiambaa, Kiambu Town and Kikuyu have 1 case while in Kajiado all the 10 cases are in Kajiado North.In Kitui, the 10 cases are all in Kitui Central while in Nakuru, the 10 cases are in Naivasha 5 and Nakuru East 5.The 8 cases in Kisumu are in, Muhoroni and Nyando 3 cases each and Kisumu West 2 while in Samburu all the 8 cases are in Samburu Central.The 8 Garissa cases are in Garissa Town.Mombasa’s 6 cases are in Mvita 4, Jomvu and Kisauni have 1 case each. In Nyeri, the 4 cases are in Nyeri Central 3 and Mathira East 1.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayTrans-Nzoia, the 4 cases are in Saboti 2, Cherengani and Kiminini have 1 case each. The 3 cases in Taita Taveta are all in Voi while in Lamu the 3 reported are cases in Lamu Town.In Kakamega, the 2 cases are in Ikolomani 1 and Lurambi 1. In Kisii all the 2 cases are in Kitutu Chacewater South.The following Counties Bungoma, Kilifi, Makueni,Muranga and Siaya have 1 case each in Kanduyi, KilifiTown, Makueni Town, Maragua and Ugunja respectively.686 patients have recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 16,656.From the discharge, 60 were from various facilities and 626 from home-based care programme.Two more patients succumbed to the diease to bringing the number of fatalities to 474. In terms of gender, 170 were male and 101 were female. The youngest case is an 8 months infant, while the oldest is 86 years old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kenya has recorded 271 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country’s total number of infections to 30,120.In a statement Sunday, Health cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe says the new cases were drawn from 3,746 people whose samples were tested in the last 24 hrs. This brings the country’s cumulative numbers of those tested to 391,416.From the new cases, 268 were Kenyans and 3 were foreigners.last_img read more

USC opens new neuroimaging institute

first_imgThe USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging, a new neurological research building that contains the world’s largest repository of brain data, opened at the Health Sciences Campus Thursday afternoon. The facility was designed by Arthur Toga, a professor of ophthalmology and the director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, and was made possible through a donation from USC Trustees Mark and Mary Stevens.The ceremony began with a ribbon-cutting by President C. L. Max Nikias, who then invited guests to tour the new building. Nikias also delivered a speech regarding the impact he believes this building will make on research and innovation in the field of neuroscience.“We are on the verge of ushering in a golden age of medicine and biology,” Nikias said. “Neuroscience and brain sciences in particular hold a unique place for us within medical science because within the modest space of the human brain rests a vast and infinitely complex universe of its very own.”Stevens Hall currently houses the world’s largest bank of information about the brain, with 2,867 terabytes of data from every continent other than Antarctica. In the coming year, the institute will receive the world’s only Siemens 7T magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine to conduct detailed and accurate brain scans. The new building also houses the Data Immersive Visualization Environment presentation theater, where researchers can project sets of data and highly magnified images on a 12-by-15-foot screen in ultra high definition. These high-tech features, Mark Stevens said, will allow the institute to conduct further research into the causes of several illnesses.“The dream for all of us is … via the research that will go on here in this new facility, to find solutions to a whole range of diseases that ravage all of our families,” Stevens said. Nikias ended his speech by thanking the Stevens family for their contribution once more.“Mark and Mary have earned the Trojan Family’s enduring respect and gratitude,” Nikias said. “For their commitment to this university and its Trojan Family, for your compassion for those who suffer, for your commitment to unleashing the best within the human mind and spirit, we thank them once again.”last_img read more