Lessons of May Day & the migrant rights movement

first_imgWORKERS WORLD PARTY CONFERENCETalk by Teresa Gutierrez to the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City.WW photo: G. DunkelNot too long ago, the movement in this country hardly remembered, much less commemorated, May Day. In 2005, however, a wonderful grouping of labor activists and communists sought to revive May Day and organized a Union Square demonstration.May Day 2005 was a great start in flexing working-class muscle: a call to the movement to break the stranglehold of the Democratic Party and to orient instead toward the struggle; hit the streets instead of the voting booths.But it took the uprising of migrant workers in 2006 to thoroughly revive May Day.What the bourgeoisie had tried to erase from class history was brought back by the very sector that had fought and died for it in the 1800s. Migrant workers once again took center stage in the class struggle and reminded the capitalist class that it is the workers who have the real power in society.Some 200 cities were part of the Great American Boycott of 2006 — “El Gran Paro Americano.” Over 2 million workers participated in demonstrations on May Day in what some say was the largest single day of protest ever in the U.S.But this was not just a demonstration. Construction sites were shut down. Schools were empty. Ripe fruit spoiled on the land, restaurants had no workers, and the machines in meat processing plants were turned off.Some reports indicate that Wall Street lost billions in profits.This was a general strike, not against an employer but against the capitalist government.Everything that Sam Marcy wrote in “High Tech, Low Pay” and everything we have written since came to light that spring in the first major uprising of low-wage workers.“Capitalism at a dead end” means enormous overproduction with increased exploitation abroad and less need for cheap labor. It means massive incarceration of Black and Latino/a youth, lower wages for all, and the drive of migrants underground or out of the country altogether.Now, why do I bring this up? Why review May Day 2006? Well, much can be said about the immigrant struggle then and now.As Comrade Holmes wrote in his document, “In all likelihood, migrant workers will start the revolution.” This point alone demonstrates why we can never exhaust the discussion on immigrants.But the main reason I raise these important developments is because Mexican migrants were central to the 2006 uprising. At this very moment, the very workers who helped revive May Day are again making history at U.S. imperialism’s front door.As we meet, the possibility that the Mexican government could be shaken up in a way not seen since the early 1900s is very real, including the possible resignation of the current president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Mexicans are declaring ¡Ya basta!” The disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa School in Iguala, Guerrero, is the drop of water that has shattered the oppressor’s vase.It evokes the events of 1968 at Tlatelolco, where hundreds of students were brutally murdered in Mexico City. That incident is forever burned into the minds of young revolutionaries around the world.Forty-three young people studying to become teachers are now missing. They may be dead.But from Mexico to the U.S., throughout Europe and Latin America, and as far away as Australia, demonstrators are demanding: “¡Vivos los llevaron, vivos los queremos!” “Alive they took them, alive we want them back!”The Ayotzi students were political activists, rooted in the community, part and parcel of the Mexican working class. Revolutionary slogans and pictures of Che Guevara adorn their campus.They are the drop of water that shattered the vase because the masses have had enough. At least 100,000 Mexicans have died since the so-called war on drugs began in 2006. Thousands more are missing. Extreme repression against unionists, journalists and activists accompanies miserable economic conditions.Mexicans are dying from hunger. Or from protesting. Decapitations and bodies hanging from bridges are all too common.Never to be forgotten are the women of Juárez, where hundreds if not thousands of women have been tortured and killed in the shadows of the maquiladora factories. No one has been punished for this femicide.We must blame U.S. imperialism for all of this. In 2006, the Bush administration passed the Mérida Initiative, an aid program described as a “counternarcotics, counterterrorism and border security initiative for security forces to fight drugs.” The U.S. has spent approximately $3 billion to fund this war on the people!The Mexican state has evolved into a narco-state doing the bidding of the ruling class in the most crass, brutal way. Mexico is running red from the blood of the people.But it is also red with righteous rage. Government offices have not been occupied, they have been burned down. Major airports in Acapulco and in Michoacán, prime tourist areas, have been shut down for hours by protesters. Marches are taking place throughout the country and schools shut down as students walk out day after day.The country is becoming ungovernable. The governor of Guerrero was forced to resign and the Iguala mayor and his wife have been arrested, not just for corruption but as part and parcel of the narco state.With this kind of corruption, who can be counted on to find justice for the 43 students? No one but the masses.Developments in Mexico demand our complete attention. If the ruling class was worried about an Arab Spring, imagine their response to an “Arab Spring” at their front door?What imperialism has done to sabotage and undermine revolutionary developments in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia will pale in comparison to what they will do in Mexico. Mexico is on fire. And this is a fire Washington will stop at nothing to put out.But the people are picking up arms. They are beating up cops. And winning! In many areas, the people have formed their own police and have run drug dealers out of their communities. This is real community control!It also sounds like emerging dual power, a situation we must monitor as it is very fluid.There appears to be a call for a massive shutdown on Thursday, Nov. 20, just five days from now.The families of the 43 are traveling throughout Mexico in caravans right now. They plan to end their caravan in Mexico City on Nov. 20. This could be a huge day of struggle right in our front yard.Finally comrades, let me return to the point that Comrade Holmes made in his document: “In all likelihood, migrant workers will start the revolution.”It could very well be immigrants, it could be women, it could be the people of Ferguson, it will certainly be youth!We can agree that there are important lessons right now that cry out for the party’s intervention.Mexico demands of us to imagine a near future when we should shut down an airport. For example, LaGuardia Airport, to protest the Veolia corporation in defense of the Boston bus drivers.I know, conditions are not quite there. I am saying, however, that this should be our party’s orientation for the future.And we might not be able to shut down LGA, but we can all try to go to Boston on Nov. 24!Mexico demands of us to demonstrate our internationalism on an even higher level. It urges us to collectively develop an advanced strategy to link our struggles. To continue to fight for left unity despite any differences.Workers are under attack, economically and socially. And youth in particular are being gunned down in unprecedented waves.How about developing an international campaign — “From Gaza to Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: Hands up, don’t shoot!” — and demand that the police be disarmed?How about that the next caravan we organize be one on immigration and mass incarcerations together? If debtors’ prisons are back — and they are — then how about a campaign to break the chains of ankle monitors?Isn’t it possible that another more advanced strike can happen some May Day in the future on the heels of 2006? Will we be part of it? Hell, yes!World events cry out for the Party and all revolutionaries in the U.S. to come together immediately and deepen our influence among the working class. To figure out basic transitional demands as well as higher political ideological work.In the words of the Mexican movement, “Fue el estado” — it was the state behind the missing Ayotzi students. It is the colonialist settler state that occupies Palestine. It is the racist occupying state that allows killer cops to walk free in Ferguson. It is the state that we revolutionaries, young and old, must target, fight against and crush.Mexico and the immigrant movement show us that the imperialists can militarize the border all they want, but they will never stop the rising tide of revolution on our doorstep and in the barrios and neighborhoods of this country.Gaza, Ferguson and Mexico are the flames of revolutionary class upheaval. Let us fan those flames.Down with U.S. imperialism! ¡Vivos los llevaron, vivos los queremos!From Gaza to Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: Hands up, don’t shoot!All power to the people! All power to the workers!Socialism or death!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CUNA continues engagement as CHOICE markup proceeds

first_imgThe markup of Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act continued Wednesday with votes on a number of amendments, most of which did not pass. During discussions, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) cited a credit union member who wrote to her about the importance of regulatory relief for credit unions.Wagner quoted an employee of First Community CU, Chesterfield, Mo., who said she was unable to meet the mortgage needs of a longtime member looking to purchase a new house.“[The credit union] wrote to me and wants to know why they can’t give, under CFPB rules, a loan to a member in good standing, with credit that was perfect, a home mortgage loan?” said Wagner, who chairs the House Financial Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations.The committee considered, but ultimately voted down, an amendment that would remove language from the CHOICE Act that would repeal the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule.CUNA backs repeal of the rule, as it has concerns about the possible impact on credit union members’ ability to receive services to invest and save. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFO Focus: Robust employment propels the current economy

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In my October market outlook, I incorrectly projected that the U.S. economy would be entering recession by December. While manufacturing and business investment have continued to slow consistently, our robust employment picture continues to lead us forward.Indeed, the November jobs report was solid across the board. It featured a large payroll increase, better-than-expected wage increases, a lower unemployment rate and a higher workforce participation rate. Simply put, it was a great report. Moreover, since economic growth is now being powered predominantly by consumer spending, a great employment report is a good sign.However, I continue to believe that further economic expansion rests precariously on a great deal of leverage for consumers, business and the federal government. According to the St. Louis Fed, total public debt sits at 103.2% of gross domestic product as of June 30. . Because we know the federal budget deficit has increased since the end of the second quarter and consumer and business borrowing remains robust, the ratio is probably higher as we come to the end of 2019. High leverage means that relatively small downturn can have much larger negative effects.last_img read more

Cosmologists Lurk in the Dark

first_imgCreepy cosmologists, who think everything came from nothing, have a fascination with darkness.Watch out for creatures who love darkness rather than light. Their deeds are evillusion.Dark Matter: It Sneaks Up on YouPlacing another piece in the dark matter puzzle (Phys.org) “Very little is known about the exact nature of dark matter,” this article begins. Actually, nothing is known. The only thing cosmologists can say they “know” is what dark matter is not, because every candidate so far has been a no-show (30 May 2019, 26 July 2019). They keep looking, nevertheless, for mysterious unknown stuff that MUST exist, because their pet theories require it. The latest candidate is the axion, a ghostly particle that eludes detection. But is CASPEr really a friendly ghost?Photograph of dark matter. White background provided for contrast.Budker’s group is searching for dark matter through the Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment (CASPEr). The CASPEr group conducts their experiments at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM). CASPEr is an international research program that uses nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to identify and analyze dark matter….This particular form of sideband analysis enabled the scientists to search for dark matter in a new frequency range. No dark matter signal was detected, as the CASPEr team reports in the latest edition of Science Advances, allowing the authors to rule out ultralight dark matter with couplings above a particular threshold. At the same time, these results provide another piece of the dark matter puzzle and complement previous results from the CASPEr program reported in June, when the scientists explored even lower frequencies using another specialized NMR method called comagnetometry.They didn’t find it in June, either. Whatever they are looking for, they keep not finding it. To them, it counts as a success.Daily briefing: Why the search for dark matter depends on ancient shipwrecks (The Atlantic). Lead (the metal) is a good shield for radiation. There’s a lot of it down in sunken ships. It might help in the search for dark matter: that is, if they can get the lead out.Particle-physics experiments look for the most fundamental building blocks of the cosmos, including dark matter, an as-yet unseen substance that acts like glue within and between galaxies. This ancient lead, then, is helping humanity unlock the secrets of the universe—but obtaining it often presents practical and ethical uncertainties.Read on to learn about World War II, atomic testing, and historical artifacts. But don’t expect any scientific facts about dark matter. There’s only empty promises about a “discovery [that] will revolutionize our future,” if they ever find the dark stuff.Axion particle spotted in solid-state crystal (Science Daily). Did they really spot a particle of dark matter? Did the hopeful monsters at Max Planck actually see an axion? Can cosmologists celebrate, now that “Scientists have spotted a famously elusive particle: The axion – first predicted 42 years ago as an elementary particle in extensions of the standard model of particle physics”? Well, it depends on what they mean by “spotted.” If you raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index sufficiently high, you can propose that a particular quantum properties of a charge-density wave of a dark crystal might be consistent with the predicted features of the theoretical particle. It’s like an eager hunter saying he spotted a tiger. Other striped things could also be be consistent with what he thought he saw.Beware the Dark Energy, My Son5,000 Mini-Eyes Just Blinked Open to Scan the Skies for Dark Energy (Live Science). It’s downright spooky. “Thousands of tiny eyes just blinked open and will soon scan 35 million galaxies for evidence of dark energy.” The ghost of DESI is prowling about on Kitt Peak.These 5,000 mini-telescopes make up the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which was installed on the Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Astronomers recently completed the first test run of the nearly-complete DESI, which, from its high mountain perch, will soon scan the cosmos for dark energy, beginning early next year.Dark energy is a ghost, they say. “Dark energy is an invisible force that’s thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe and is thought to make up 68% of it, according to the statement.” Who thought that? Did you? Welcome to the spooky use of Tontologism, employed frequently by true believers in occult physics.Does this pie chart represent reality?Probing the Universe’s Dark Energy with a super-telescope (BBC News). A video clip with spooky music tries to convince you, like a Twilight Zone episode, that all we know, love and experience is only a small fraction of a dark, ghostly reality out there. But there’s a moment of comic relief when astronomer Ofar Lahav says, “It’s just embarrassing to live in a Universe where we understand only 5% of it.” Speaking of dark energy, Pallab Ghosh admits, “Scientists… haven’t got a clue what it is.” More spooky music, then a woman scares the children with thoughts of parallel universes in a multiverse. Maybe more mysterious unknown stuff is leaking out of those universes and driving ours to rip apart! [Cue sound of scream.]A crisis in cosmology: New data suggests the universe expanding more rapidly than believed (Phys.org). If Keck Observatory scientists keep looking in the dark, they might find something: darkness.The team’s results add to growing evidence that there is a problem with the standard model of cosmology, which shows the universe was expanding very fast early in its history, then the expansion slowed down due to the gravitational pull of dark matter, and now the expansion is speeding up again due to dark energy, a mysterious force. Spider in shale still glows (Tae-Yoon S Park / Paul Seldon)Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe’s greatest mysteries (The Conversation). Like Dad reading a scary story to the kids on Halloween, Bob Nichol tells about DESI and other hunters in the dark, ending with a photo of astronomers in clean-room suits peering through a lens, looking like ghosts.The ‘Dark’ Legacy of Nobel Prize Winner Jim Peebles (Space.com). Astrophysicist Paul Sutter tells his ghost story about Jim Peebles, one of the culprits behind the dark matter mystery story. “Peebles and his friends led the way to explaining the origins of the cosmic web, finding that structures in our universe grow slowly over time, building up from smaller bits to larger bits with every passing eon.”Oh, great. Now we have to worry about the Cosmic Spider.If you’re tired of mystery stories in the dark, come out into the light and learn about Reformation Day, October 31. It’s the day that opened the doors in a world of darkness, tradition, authority and superstition, to bring in the light of God’s Word. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).Recommended Resource: Illustra DVD “Call of the Cosmos” talks about real things out there. See sample clip below.Now on sale: 50 DVDs for $75. Give copies to family and friends!Episode from this DVD: see it also on TheJohn1010Project.com (Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Win sparks US football frenzy

first_imgThe outcome of the 2009 FifaConfederations Cup is now an Americanaffair.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe US football team’s entry into the Confederations Cup final after their shock win over heavyweights Spain has sparked enormous American interest in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, according to officials.“There is huge demand for World Cup tickets. Already 93 000 have been sold and the response since last night’s victory has been incredible,” Jermaine Craig, the 2010 Local Organising Committee’s media officer, said at a media briefing at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Thursday.“There’s phenomenal excitement from the US,” he added.The initially disregarded US team trounced European champions Spain in a 2-0 victory in the Confederations Cup semifinal at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.The win would do much to boost football in the US, said Nicolas Maingot, Fifa’s head of media, pointing out that the sport had been developing there for many years. “A result like this can only help,” he said.The US media spared no adjectives in its reaction to the victory. The prestigious New York Times ran with the story in its digital edition almost as soon as the final whistle had blown. Under the headline “US Victory Was a Miracle on Grass”, the newspaper compared the win to the “Miracle on Ice”, the famous victory by its amateur ice-hockey players over the mighty Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics.Reporter George Vecsey ranked the win as “Probably the greatest victory by the men’s national soccer team”, before going on to compare the result to some of the greatest performances in US soccer history.“But for these 90 minutes on Wednesday, the Americans were better than the Spaniards – brave and smart and lucky, too. And they will always have this result, like the Americans who shocked England in the 1950 World Cup, a simpler time, and the Americans who demoralised Mexico and then nearly beat Germany in the giddy quarter-final in the World Cup in 2002.”Putting the shock scoreline into perspective, Vecsey wrote: “Nobody in the American soccer federation will dare to claim that this was the day the country came of age in the world’s most important sport.“But this was a step.”Meanwhile, South Africa coach Joel Santana has said his team could take much encouragement from their semifinal performance against Brazil on Thursday night, despite being knocked out of the tournament by the 1-0 score.Bafana Bafana looked inspired at a packed Ellis Park Stadium, with their determination and creative midfield play causing the Confederations Cup defending champions plenty of trouble. But home hearts were broken two minutes before the end when substitute Daniel Alves rifled in a free kick to silence the near 50 000 crowd and book the South Americans a date with US in Sunday’s final.“My players looked very balanced for most of the game,” Santana said. “They looked very calm and relaxed without much nervousness. It seemed like we would hold on, but Brazil used their experience in the set-piece at the end and won the game.“The important thing is that we are very proud to have played in the way we did against a national team that is recognised as one of the best in the world. We were able to hold our own, which was quite noteworthy. With the World Cup in mind, we should remember that we still have another year to prepare ourselves.”Santana, a Brazilian, said he enjoyed the “emotional night” of his players taking on his fellow countrymen, but preferred to focus on his newly adopted country, which he believes has the potential to make further headway in 2010.Do you have queries or comments about this story? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Fargo: A Scheme-like Programming Langauge That Runs on Node.js

first_imgklint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes Developer James Coglan has created Fargo, a small experimental programming language for a asynchronous systems in JavaScript. It works in both Node.js and in browsers. Fargo is a modified version of Scheme, a dialect of LISP.Considering that Douglas Crockford once called JavaScript “LISP in C’s Clothing,” why exactly do we need another Scheme-like language for working with it? According to the ReadMe, Fargo is “designed to ease asynchronous functional programming by providing features missing in JavaScript, namely tail recursion and some form of continuations.”“The main experiment here is that Fargo supports Ruby-style fibers for pausing and resuming async work,” Coglan writes on the Fargo site.According to the ReadMe, Fargo features the following syntax elements from Scheme:define for binding variables and creating functionsbegin for bundling blocks of code as single expressionsif for conditional branchinglambda for creating first-class anonymous functionsquote for defining immutable listsand and or for boolean logicIt also adds more predicates, operators, list primitives and library functions.Fargo is available under an MIT license. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#Tools center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheet

first_imgMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”I tried [to score a hat-trick] but it is difficult,” said Gabriel.”I am so happy with the performance of the team. Everton have amazing players.”They played very well. I am so happy because of this. We played very well and won the game.”My confidence is back because my family is here and it helps me a lot. I need my family in this moment.”This year it [the title] will be more difficult because the clubs will play better. I think it is very important we have come back to first position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoPrandelli angry Genoa denied late penalty for Roma defeat

first_imgPrandelli angry Genoa denied late penalty for Roma defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli was furious over the manner of defeat to AS Roma last night.Prandelli felt Genoa had a “really clear” penalty in stoppages as they lost 3-2.He stated, “It’s strange, because from the bench the push was really clear. It was obvious. We feel somewhat defrauded. I don’t understand why it wasn’t viewed again on VAR.“We knew that Roma were in a difficult situation psychologically and wanted to start strong to take advantage of that.“Football is a fast-paced sport and it is essential to always be concentrated, as the smallest errors can make a big difference, especially inside the penalty area and on set plays.“We had a lot of scoring opportunities and attacking moves, but our final ball wasn’t always correct. I think we lost the game five seconds from half-time, as we were caught in possession, they went on the counter and equalised.“We knew Roma were playing a new system and they hadn’t practiced it much, so inevitably their preventative marking and defensive movements weren’t well-oiled and we tried to take advantage.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Teck Resources lowers Q1 coal sales guidance works to complete Elkview repairs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. lowered its guidance for steelmaking coal sales for the first quarter as it worked to finish repairs to its coal drying complex in B.C. that was damaged earlier this year.The company says steelmaking coal sales volumes for the quarter are now expected to be about six million tonnes compared with earlier guidance for 6.3 million to 6.5 million tonnes.The coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview operations was damaged in January in what a union executive described as an explosion.Teck says the coal dryer has been recommissioned after a “pressure event” and full commercial production is expected to resume early next week.Production lost due to the incident was estimated to be about 200,000 tonnes of clean coal and repairs were estimated at less than $10 million, in line with earlier estimates.Teck says coal sales continued to be hurt by logistics issues during the quarter, particularly ongoing poor performance at Westshore Terminals.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,100.94, down 36.63 points).Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $2.87, or 15.53 per cent, to $21.35 on 20.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $8.19 on 19.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21, or 20.5 per cent, to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down eight cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $3.54 on 9.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $1.95, or 2.85 per cent, to $66.52 on 9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 26 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $23.20 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Industrials. Down $1.64 or 5.23 per cent to $29.71 on 481,000 shares traded. The commercial printer and packaging company said its third-quarter revenue soared to $757.9 million but its profit plunged by 60.6 per cent to $19.3 million, mostly because of the printing and media company’s acquisition of Coveris Americas in May. Adjusted net earnings fell to $52.1 million, down 1.5 per cent from $52.9 million last year.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21 or 20.5 per cent to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares traded. An activist investor urged the marijuana company to launch a review of its strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company. Riposte, its second-largest shareholder, praised the work of management at the firm formerly known as Hydropothecary, but noted that its shares trade at a discount compared with its peers.last_img read more