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Taking back Black history from the 1%

first_imgMonica Moorehead speaking on International Women’s Day in New York.WW photo: Monica MooreheadKarl Marx said in 1845: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.”Marxist theory applies to all contemporary issues, including the unfinished revolution known as Black Reconstruction, an outgrowth of the Civil War. Marx characterized that war as a struggle between two social systems — slavery and capitalism — which could no longer exist side by side. In supporting the North, he said in his famous work “Capital” that “Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded.”Black Reconstruction represented the aspirations of millions of formerly enslaved people to win bourgeois democratic rights. This radical period was violently cut short by a terrorist counterrevolution, led by the former slavocracy with complicity from the federal government.Black History Month is an important concession, rooted in this ongoing liberation struggle, but it has been reduced to a shameful tool for making profits at all costs by the 1%.Take this example: “Henry Ford recognized the value of a skilled workforce — regardless of race. And when Ford became the first major corporation to pay African-American workers equal pay for equal work, it helped give birth to the Black middle class.” (“Black History and Ads Don’t Mix, Activists Say,” Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2005)What they don’t say is that Ford founded the segregated cities of “Inkster” for Black workers and “Dearborn” for whites, presently an Arab and Muslim immigrant city. Ford was also a well-known Nazi sympathizer.Many Fortune 500 corporations, including those which employ low-wage workers or are non-union, exploit Black History Month — like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Walmart.History books have demonized militant anti-slavery fighters like Nat Turner and John Brown as “fanatical.” Denmark Vesey and Gabriel Prosser, who led heroic rebellions against their slave masters, are marginalized or erased from bourgeois history. Marcus Garvey, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association — a 1-million-strong worldwide organization that promoted the Back to Africa movement — was politically targeted because he dared to promote the right of Black people to separate from their racist oppressors. Defending this right on the part of the movement shows class solidarity based on the struggle against racism and national oppression.Bourgeois historians downplay the historical role of African-American women like Ida B. Wells, a leader of the anti-lynching struggle, and Civil Rights pioneers Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer. Joann Robinson of the Women’s Political Council, which organized the historic Montgomery bus boycott, wrote: “The Women’s Political Council will not wait for Mrs. [Rosa] Parks’ consent to call for a boycott of city buses. On Dec. 2, 1955, the women of Montgomery will call for a boycott to take place on Monday, Dec. 5.”Linking anti-racist, class solidarityThe legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X have been co-opted. While being on opposite sides of the political and ideological barricades, they both supported reparations for people of African descent. Both were expanding their world view by linking economic and political issues, while exposing capitalism as a system. They were equally targets of the FBI’s repressive COINTELPRO, leading to their assassinations.Before Malcolm X was developing an anti-imperialist perspective, he advocated the right to self-defense to win national liberation, which was the basis for his “By Any Means Necessary” message. The Black Panthers credit Malcolm X for their view of the right to armed self-defense in relationship to police repression. The Panthers exposed the inability of the capitalist government to meet the needs of the Black community by establishing free breakfast programs, free health care clinics, free liberation schools and much more.In King’s speech in 1967 — “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” — he condemned the U.S. as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” He also stated, “When the bombs are dropped in Vietnam, they explode in our communities.” He called for the U.S. to pay reparations to the Vietnamese.Revolutionaries and activists should use historic events like Black History Month, International Women’s Day, May Day and Gay Pride to help push forward class unity.The historic election of the first Black president in 2008 did not signal a post-racial society. Capitalist relations are more entrenched today than before, due to the irreversible global capitalist crisis. Black people, like immigrants, remain a super-exploited sector within an exploited working class.It is important to support the ongoing struggle for Black liberation within the overall goal of overthrowing capitalist relations inside the U.S. and replacing them with a socialist society based on meeting the needs of human beings and the planet and winning full democratic rights.To quote the great anti-slavery fighter, Frederick Douglass, “Without struggle, there is no progress.This article is based on a speech given at Black History Month forums in Detroit and New York City in February 2014. To see the podcast, go to workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Passenger numbers continue to increase at Shannon Airport

first_imgBusinessNewsPassenger numbers continue to increase at Shannon AirportBy Editor – April 26, 2017 1308 Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport WhatsApp Print Twitter TAGSfeaturedShannon airportShannon Group Linkedin New Shannon Group property shortlisted in major national awards to select the Building of the Year 2021 Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” center_img Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFrom classics to mod for Summer PromsNext articleUL to host International Rugby festival Editor Shannon AirportMatthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group plcShannon Airport has seen an increase in passenger numbers for the fourth year in succession, leading to a turnover of €67.2 in 2016, up by over 2% on 2015.Announcing his first annual results as CEO of Shannon Group following his appointment last year, Matthew Thomas said that a continuation of the company’s improving financial performance is necessary to enable it to undertake critical investments across its business units.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The Shannon Group has a unique mix of complementary businesses that, more than any other commercial entity in the region, gives it the potential to positively influence economic development.  For example, 16 companies who announced new or expanded operations in 2016 in the Mid-West, which was the fastest growing region outside of Dublin last year, cited the global connectivity at Shannon Airport as a key influencer in their decision to invest here,” he said.Said Chairman Rose Hynes: “Shannon Group plays a pivotal role in both the regional and national economy. We provide the essential connectivity service within our wider region enabling the continued development and growth of commerce and tourism.  Shannon Group strongly supports the National Planning Framework. It is critical to delivering the environment to achieve effective regional development.  The Framework will create an environment that promotes effective economic development across the regions and relieves the pressure on Dublin.”Shannon Group confirmed that its passenger numbers  increased for the fourth consecutive year since independence in 2013, with over 1.748 million passengers flying through the airport, a 2% increase on 2015 and a 24% increase since separation in 2013.  Shannon Airport currently operates services to 35 destinations in 11 countries and last year gained new routes including to Edinburgh, winter services to Fuerteventura and Malaga, additional flights to Lanzarote and additional capacity on a range of existing routes.2016 was a positive year in terms of new business development for the airport, with four airlines – Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air International and Kuwait Airways – all announcing operations at Shannon. This is the first time in 10 years that four carriers, new to the Shannon schedule, announced services in one year.Shannon Heritage experienced significant growth in 2016, with visitor numbers at its day-time attractions and evening entertainment venues in Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin growing by 30% overall. In all, over 904,000 people visited the popular visitor attractions, which include Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, King John’s Castle and Malahide Castle and Gardens. Also included in these figures, for the first time, is the Shannon Heritage managed GPO Witness History visitor centre, which opened in Dublin at the end of March 2016 and attracted over 160,000 visitors in its first nine months. Facebook King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

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Lightning Rule.

first_imgSpring and summer in Georgia means outdoor activities and thunderstorms. In the United States, lightning kills more people than hurricanes or tornadoes. And using a simple “30-30” rule can help keep you safe during thunderstorms.The 30-30 rule for thunderstorm safety is simple: when you hear thunder within 30 seconds of a lightning flash, seek shelter and stay there at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash.Start counting as soon as you see a lightning flash and keep counting until you hear the thunder associated with the flash.Since sound travels at about 5 seconds per mile, a 30-second count means lightning has struck within 6 miles of you. That’s within the striking distance of lightning.If less than 30 seconds elapses between the lightning flash and the sound of its thunder, seek shelter immediately.The Best ShelterThe best shelter is a sturdy building. A hardtop car is a fair second choice. But small sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts and bleachers don’t offer adequate protection from lightning.Once you’ve found shelter, remain there until the threat of lightning has passed — generally 30 minutes. More than half of all lightning deaths occur after the storm has passed.An important part of lightning safety is to remain aware of weather conditions. While outside, be aware of dark and threatening clouds that may be forming thunderstorms. Being aware will give you more time to seek shelter.Danger Before the StormYou may not hear thunder before the storm is close enough to cause damage. Lightning can exit a thunderstorm cloud directly to the ground, or can strike to the side of the cloud long distances away.Besides the 30-30 rule, there are other lightning safety rules everyone should follow during thunderstorms.If you’re inside, stay away from doors, windows and metal indoor plumbing fixtures and electrical devices.Electricity from lightning can enter a building along telephone or power lines, television cables or water lines. Avoid taking baths or showers, washing clothes or dishes or using wired telephones or electrical devices such as computers, televisions or stereos.If You’re Outside…If you’re outside, avoid water, open high ground and isolated large trees. Lightning often, but not always, strikes the highest point in the area, so don’t let yourself be the highest object around.If caught on the water, get to shore as quickly as you can. If the watercraft can’t make it to shore fast enough, make yourself as low as possible without touching metal.Swimming or wading in the water during a thunderstorm is very dangerous.If caught outside, it’s best not to huddle together in groups. Individuals should squat several feet apart in low places away from trees and other tall objects.Shun Lightning ConductorDon’t stand near a tall and isolated lightning conductor, either, since the lightning current can travel through the ground and through water for some distance. Avoid metal, including tractors, fences, golf clubs, towers and antennas.Don’t lean against metal objects such as fences, cars or bicycles, either.If you see someone hit by lightning, summon emergency aid as soon as possible and go to that person’s help as soon as you can.Help Lightning VictimsMany lightning victims are only stunned or have their hearts temporarily stopped. They can often be saved by the timely application of rescue breathing, CPR or defibrillators. As many as 90 percent of lightning strike victims survive with prompt emergency care.Following simple lightning safety rules can help ensure that your outdoor activities are safe and worry-free.More lightning safety guidelines may be found at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Lightning Safety Web page (www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.htm).A web page for lightning safety for children is at www.azstarnet.com/~anubis/sabintro.htm. And the National Lightning Safety Institute Web page is www.lightningsafety.com/. Photo: C. Clark/NOAAlast_img read more

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Eric Hall: Former football agent dies aged 73 | Football News

first_imgHall, believed to have suffered with underlying health issues, died peacefully with his nephew Michael by his side. Eric Hall worked closely alongside former England boss Terry VenablesImage:Hall worked closely alongside former England boss Terry Venables He also represented former England manager Terry Venables.- Advertisement – Former football agent and music promoter Eric Hall has died aged 73 after a short battle with coronavirus.Hall, often spotted with a cigar and using his catchphrase ‘monster monster’, began his career in the music industry as a record promoter and worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Marc Bolan, the Sex Pistols and Queen.- Advertisement – Lord Alan Sugar led tributes on Monday, posting on Twitter: “Football agent Eric Hall has passed away. He was a real character RIP.”Former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Paul Walsh added: “Very sad to hear of the passing of monster monster Eric Hall a real character. My thoughts are with the family, a monster RIP to Eric.” Former footballer agent Eric Hall has passed away Image:Hall was often spotted with a cigar and using his catchphrase ‘monster monster’ He then returned to his original passion of music and up until his death, worked as a radio presenter on a weekly show playing classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s.- Advertisement – He then got his break in football after a chance meeting with former Tottenham player Steve Perryman and went on to represent some of the biggest names in the early years of the Premier League.Players on his books included Dennis Wise, Tim Sherwood, Paul Walsh, John Fashanu and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. – Advertisement – Football agent Eric Hall has passed away. He was a real character R.I.P.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) November 16, 2020 As a football agent, Hall claimed to have secured the first-ever goals and appearance bonuses for players – even securing a goal bonus for Newcastle United goalkeeper Dave Beasant.In 1997, he was forced to take six months off work after contracting E.coli and that put an end to his career in football.last_img read more

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