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Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group [Religion News Service] Tackling issues like climate change or protecting the environment often requires a lot of boring, behind-the-scenes work, far from the spotlight.But sometimes you have to let your light shine, said the Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, president of Interfaith Power & Light.For California faith communities, that means taking a public role in the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week (Sept. 12-14), offering an interfaith service and faith-based workshops among other events.The three-day summit, co-chaired by Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has drawn international and local government, business, science and nonprofit leaders. Hendershot Guy said it is important for the faith community to show up as well.“Every major faith tradition calls us to care for the Earth,” she said. “And every major faith tradition calls us to care for our neighbors and those who are most vulnerable. And climate change impacts both of those.”The summit has been a chance for these congregations to raise the profile of their faith efforts.“There are a lot of people beginning to connect the dots between faith, the environment, climate change,” said the Rev. Ambrose Carroll, co-founder of Green the Church, a campaign to motivate environmental action in the African-American church community.For many congregations, the environmental focus is nothing new. Many local houses of worship have community gardens or encourage members to write letters to the editor of their local newspaper. An Interfaith Power & Light program called Cool Congregations helps congregations reduce their carbon footprint while saving money.Some faith leaders have taken time to call or meet with local policy makers — an important step, said Hendershot Guy. “We can all change a light bulb,” she said. “But at the end of the day we need the right policies in place in order to get where we need to go as quickly as we need to get there.”Recently a number of faith-based organizations backed a new California law, signed by Brown this week, that requires the state to get all its power from renewable sources by 2045.Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California said his denomination has been working on corporate and individual action. The Episcopal Church remains committed to the Paris climate accord, even though President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. The denomination has also passed a number of resolutions focused on creation care.The resolutions include encouraging churches to serve and promote locally grown food, promoting energy and water efficiency and advocating for ocean health through public policy advocacy.Keeping those resolutions, Andrus said, is easier said than done, which is why the church is helping create an app to assist people with keeping their commitments.The app, Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home, will help people make five changes in their life and then tracks their progress. The app is expected to go live in January.Kristin Barker, co-founder of One Earth Sangha, which brings practices from the Buddhist tradition to ecological issues, said it’s important to personally commit to the Paris agreement and not wait for the government to enforce regulations.But she also acknowledges the difficulties of living a sustainable life and wants others to feel they can acknowledge it too.“This is hard. It takes me longer to get to work when I have to take a bus. Or, I really miss eating hamburgers,” she said.Andrus said many faith-based groups are working on sustainability and environmental justice is very large. But they seem to be flying under the radar.“Many of them don’t know about each other,” Andrus said. “And the larger body of the church and the general public don’t know about them either.”Both Andrus and Hendershot Guy are working to organize and support these communities through interfaith events at the summit.“It’s one planet and it’s one people,” Andrus said. “We inspire each other, we learn from each other.”Lately some faith groups in California have found themselves at odds when it comes to environmental issues.A local environmental coalition called STAND-LA — which includes faith-based groups — is working to shut down the the Murphy oil drilling site in Los Angeles, arguing that its wells pose a danger to the community. It is one of two such sites located on property owned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.“We stand with the archdiocese when it comes to immigration reform. We stand with the archdiocese on several other social issues,” said the Rev. Kelvin Sauls, faith community organizer for STAND-LA. “On some we disagree.”The land was donated to the archdiocese in the 1950s by descendants of Edward L. Doheny, one of Los Angeles’ early oil barons, according to the Los Angeles Times. AllenCo Energy bought the oil production facility on the site in 2009.AllenCo voluntarily suspended oil production in 2013 after public opposition. An investigation led to more than $99,000 in fines, according to the Times.The site has remained closed. But AllenCo officials have discussed reopening it.STAND-LA and other south LA residents want the diocese to help shut the site down permanently. Last year, Sauls sent a letter to Archbishop José H. Gomez asking for a meeting. The letter cited Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology.“We also see it as a tremendous opportunity to transition to a more sustainable economy that will create jobs for local residents, income for local institutions, and ensure a healthy community for our children and future generations,” the letter read. “We believe the Los Angeles Archdiocese can play a transformational and catalytic role in this transition.”Gabriela Garcia, who lives near the AllenCo drilling site, has been part of grassroots efforts for several years. She said the efforts came together when neighbors started asking one another about strange odors and whether their children were also getting nosebleeds.She also spoke during a rally at the Murphy site on Saturday (Sept. 8). Acknowledging that the issue is complex, Garcia said nonetheless that the archdiocese has a responsibility to shut down the site.“We know that that would be the best outcome for our community and for the health of our community,” Garcia said.In an email statement, the archdiocese told Religion News Service that it “does not have the right to shut down the site.”“That said we are working with the City and AllenCo to find an alternative use for the site that is in the best interest of the community, royalty holders and all other stake-holders,” the statement continued.The rally also promoted legislation for a 2,500-foot buffer between extraction sites and homes, said Niki Wong, director of policy and organizing at Redeemer Community Partnership, a local faith group.Wong knows these rallies can make a difference.In August, the faith-based group learned the owners of a drill site on Jefferson Boulevard would be shutting that facility down in the face of neighborhood opposition.Now the nonprofit is working to make sure the closure and cleanup are done in a timely manner and that it isn’t left as an “orphan well,” abandoned by the company.Then, she said, it’ll be up to the community to decide what to do with the land next. 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Lan House / H2Save this projectSaveLan House / H2 Mixed Use Architecture Photographs: Quang Dam Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/908950/lan-house-h2 Clipboard Lan House / H2 Manufacturers: TAICERA, Toto, -, Acor, Philip Save this picture!© Quang Dam+ 31Curated by María Francisca González Share 2018 Lighting:Mr Duong + Mr VuongExecution Of Wood Interior:H2Country:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang DamRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. Lan’ house is located at Road 5, Phuoc Tinh Ward, Long Dien Town, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Viet Nam. When discussing with the owner, H2 ourself caught two main problems which be called body and soul of the house. First about the body of Lan’ house that our architects solved the needs of using which divided two parts of space clearly: the first floor for rice business and second floor for living most comfortably. All space of the first floor is in front of Road 5 so it’s suitable for developing Vietnamese traditional business best which along the large street or we call façade house.Save this picture!Section 1The second floor holds enough functions of a home. There are two sides of the house that are separated with stair and lobby. Cause of facing large street where happens much noise and dusty business activity and want to avoid them, we use ventilation bricks to make style while close space. The architects also make a garden and void to get sunlight inside. The front side is the kitchen, dining room, living room and restroom with laundry. All rooms are bounded with a green garden. The behind side is two bedrooms with its own restrooms and a large terrace that connects two bedrooms each other and with grandparents together in a precinct.Save this picture!© Quang DamSave this picture!Second Floor PlanSave this picture!© Quang DamThere’s a big shape of wood which holds restroom and laundry between the living room and kitchen to avoid seeing thoroughly from each room to the rest. Every corner is a small green one for relax. The space from front to behind is closed and opened continuously to make interesting and conveniences. Such as the face of house is a closed cube for reducing dust and noise; the main space like kitchen, living room and dining room are opened freshly; bedrooms are closed privately; the terrace, in the end, is opened to connect bedrooms to bedrooms, house to house and connect three generations in a big family.Save this picture!© Quang DamThe soul of Lan’ house is pressed with two values: time and religion. The ground had an existing old house with a wood structure of roof that is still strong and was along owner’ childhood. So she wants to remain it as a present of time. Our architects treat architecture inside as traditional style combining with modern function to connect old roof structure and new building while respecting all detail of the roof structure. The owner is a Catholic so we research to repeat the details concerning about the church or crucifix. On the large wall, we make the color glass window, chink of light and dome of the wall, all combine with sunlight to celebrate a psychical and mysterious space.Save this picture!© Quang DamProject gallerySee allShow lessEst64 / Silp ArchitectsSelected ProjectsTraditional Kominka Renovation in Jonan / Takashi Okuno & AssociatesSelected Projects Share Tran Van Huynh, Nguyen Thi Xuan Hai, Do Trong Nhan Kiet Vietnam ArchDaily Year: Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/908950/lan-house-h2 Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” Architects: H2 Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyMixed Use Architecture, Houses, Commercial Architecture•Vietnam Projects CopyAbout this officeH2OfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesCommercial ArchitectureVietnamPublished on January 08, 2019Cite: “Lan House / H2” 08 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Japan Photographs: MOv（モブ） 明直樹 Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project M House / BAUM Manufacturers: Duravit, Laufen, Panasonic, Toyo Kitchen Architects: BAUM Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Photographs Daisuke Kishina CopyHouses•Katsuyama, Japan City:KatsuyamaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹Recommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. M house is a two storey-residence for a young couple and their son. The site, bounded on the north and south by a three storey-apartment building, is located in a traditional Japanese setting in Katsuyama, Fukui prefecture. Due to the strict local building regulation, BAUM design office realizes a geometric wooden-structure volume (mokuitabari) clad into cedar wood boards panels.Save this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹Despite the exterior design emphasizes a distinctive historical character of the area, the interior reflects a very simple and minimal aesthetic. The kitchen, living room and Japanese tatami room are arranged on the first floor. More privacy has been given to the bedrooms, placed on the upper floor.Save this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹LDK has been organized around a double-height living space to allow natural light to trickle in. “Natural element played a key role in the spatial configuration” explained the studio, which is led by architect Daisuke Kishina.Save this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹Project gallerySee allShow lessBaan 33 Apartment / Stu/D/O ArchitectsSelected ProjectsK11 MUSEA, Hong Kong / KPF + RLPSelected Projects Share “COPY” Year: Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927346/m-house-baum Clipboard Projects Lead Architect: 2017 Area: 108 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927346/m-house-baum Clipboard M House / BAUMSave this projectSaveM House / BAUMSave this picture!© MOv（モブ） 明直樹+ 27Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officeBAUMOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookKatsuyamaJapanPublished on October 29, 2019Cite: “M House / BAUM” 28 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
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PIST activist Johnnie Stevens speaks at news conference.Photo: Raven Rakia, 1181: A DocumentaryTwo weeks after the school bus strike ended here, parents were still trying to guarantee satisfactory bus service while protecting the rights of bus drivers and matrons in Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181. To do this, Parents to Improve School Transportation organized a delegation of parents and supporters to deliver a message to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on March 1, asking her intervention to protect these rights.PIST activist Johnnie Stevens, who spoke at a news conference outside Quinn’s office at 250 Broadway, told WW that he delivered the letter to Quinn through her executive secretary, Barbara Scafiddi.Local 1181 decided to end its strike after five Democratic Party mayoral candidates — Quinn is one — promised that if elected mayor they would restore job protections for the workers — the main issue of the strike. The parents are calling for them to deliver their support now to the workers and children, not after a future election.The challenge prompting PIST’s news conference and letter was that two companies are running buses with “replacement” drivers and matrons, rather than hiring the experienced union members who worked there before the strike. PIST’s letter to Quinn, which is excerpted below, explains this issue:“[T]here are dozens of replacement drivers taking the jobs of experienced drivers and matrons at the Rainbow/All American/Citywide companies owned by Mrs. Ray L. Fouche and at Tufaro Buses owned by Joe Tufaro.“We are aware that the Department’s Contracts Division authorized companies to hire ‘an extra driver in lieu of an escort’ for ‘one month or until the strike has ended, if that is sooner.’ There is no excuse for students, especially those who use wheelchairs, to receive second-class treatment now that the people with expertise are available to work.“In the interest of safety, efficiency and a return to normalcy, we say the fully certified, experienced, familiar matrons and drivers should be reassigned to the routes they had before the strike. In the case of students with IEPs [Individualized Education Programs], we know that the service of transportation with an attendant who is trained in the needs of students with disabilities is a mandate under civil rights laws such as IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act].“The above-named companies’ possible violations of this and other federal laws — such as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), which requires companies with more than 100 workers to give 60-day notice before closing a plant or enacting mass layoffs — must be addressed. New York State has similar laws for companies with 100 or more workers.“As one of New York’s Democratic candidates for mayor who have expressed support for the school bus union and the importance of seniority hiring, you belong in the lead of an investigation of these violations. As Speaker of the City Council, you are in a position to propose emergency legislation that would give the city enforcement powers, i.e., a WARN Act with teeth.”The letter was signed by PIST members and other school, community and disability activists, including parents of pupils using Rainbow school buses. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Data are everywhere. In 2020, technology is a ubiquitous part of everyday life for many workers in this country and around the world. We use social media and email to keep in touch with family and friends. We watch livestreams of events and activities that take place across the globe. We text and stream music on our commutes to work. The list goes on. Growing surveillance like this challenges the political movement.In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, technology has played an even greater role in our everyday lives as a means to maintain social contact in an era of social distancing.The incredible development of technology in even the last 20 to 30 years has ushered in a number of changes to global capitalism, largely to the advantage of capital. (Read “High Tech, Low Pay” at workers.org/books. In the book, published in 1986, Workers World Party Chairperson Sam Marcy showed how these developments affected workers and globalized the economy.) Technology has increased capital’s ability to put workers into direct competition with one another for jobs — and drive their wages downward and worsen their working conditions, irrespective of the country in which they reside. It has given rise to higher levels of automation and led to many other developments. On the other hand, technology has given the working class the ability to communicate and organize itself on a global basis; that was not possible even a short time ago. Driving down wages and working conditions lays the objective basis for the further politicization of the multinational working class.Profits, power surge for ‘Big Five’These technological developments have been tremendously profitable for the capitalist class. The Big Five tech giants — Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet (Google) and Facebook, as they are collectively known — have had a 184% increase in market value in the last three years. (tinyurl.com/y2vudh2h) This has occurred while the value of the rest of the stock market during the same period has more or less stayed the same. In turn, these five corporations wield an incredible amount of political power and influence, which are woven into many facets of our lives in more ways than we may realize. Along with the militarization of police departments has been their increasing reliance on and use of high-tech tools for surveillance and repression. They are employed in large part against working-class and communities of color, as well as the political movement. The federal forces now being mobilized by Trump to put down the righteous rebellion against white supremacy across the U.S. have a battery of these tools at their disposal.Major tech corporations are not only making software and other products that are used by police agencies, but they are actively cooperating with many state agencies to develop sophisticated tools for their use. The list of such collaborations is numerous. They include Amazon’s sharing video and images captured by their Ring doorbell devices, Microsoft’s development of databases for use by police departments in major cities, and the development of racist facial recognition software and “predictive algorithms,” to name a few.At the same time, workers at these giant tech corporations have engaged in a new wave of organizing in recent years, not only around their own working conditions. They have increasingly opposed the role their corporate employers play in society — from providing technology for the Pentagon to collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the police, contributing to climate change and enabling workplace sexual harassment and violence faced by women and gender-nonconforming workers.Notably, many Google workers have objected to the company’s collaboration with ICE and the U.S. Border Patrol. Also, the company’s rewarding sexual abusers with multimillion-dollar severance packages led to a global walkout by employees. Executives retaliated against some organizers of the protests.Harnessing technology to aid the struggleAs organizers, activists and revolutionaries, we make every attempt to harness these tremendous developments to strengthen our ability to communicate with one another, to reach our class, to propagandize against the system — and ultimately to aid in the development of struggle-oriented organizing. Our first instinct should always be to figure out how to politicize and organize our class however and wherever we can. Naturally, we use many of these tools in our day-to-day work — setting up Facebook events, sending mass emails and communicating via text messages and phone calls. During the pandemic, we have regularly used Zoom to conduct webinars to put forward our perspective on the pressing political questions of the day.While we must continue to do this work, it’s worth taking a critical look at how our movements use technology and then assess dangers presented to our work and our class by the development of technology and the use of regular massive data collections by these corporations, particularly now. Consideration should be given to what is needed to protect ourselves in the short term and move toward a longer-term strategy to break our reliance on these corporate tools altogether.Assessing the risks of using social media Examples of egregious collection of data by police agencies and the active use of and collaboration by law enforcement with these giant tech corporations for the purposes of repressing our class are numerous. In one instance, FBI agents arrived at the home of Lore Elisabeth Blumenthal in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia on the morning of June 16 with a warrant for her arrest. Blumenthal is being held without bail by the federal government on charges that she allegedly participated in burning two police cars during protests on May 30 in response to the heinous police murder of George Floyd. She faces up to 80 years in prison. In identifying Blumenthal, federal agents used photos and publicly available information from such popular social media sites as Etsy, LinkedIn and Poshmark. This is only one of many examples of police forces increasingly using social media and other technological tools to surveil and repress the current Black Lives Matter uprising, in addition to the outright mobilization of federal agents to attack and repress righteous demonstrations, such as those in Portland, Ore.U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been purchasing access to automated license plate reader databases since 2017. The agency stores images collected from public and private license plate readers on roadways across the U.S. This information gives CBP the unprecedented ability to track and target the movement of nearly anyone. This is on top of CBP and other police agencies’ regular and well-documented purchases of cell phone location data, which the Wall Street Journal reports has been used by ICE to terrorize and detain migrant workers.According to research conducted in 2016, the Big Five tech corporations complied with roughly 70% to 80% of requests from law enforcement agencies to share user data with them. Additionally, Google reports that in 2019, it received over 52,000 requests for user data affecting over 140,000 accounts, and the company complied with 82.5% of these requests. (tinyurl.com/yy5z4qk6) In some cases, these “requests” were accompanied by a National Security Letter, essentially an indefinite gag order that prevents the recipient from even saying they received such a letter. These examples are in addition to regular and ongoing surveillance, terror and repression faced every day by working-class communities, particularly those composed of Black and migrant workers. They are subjected to regular interruptions conducted by state agencies and right-wing forces which use social media, cell phone location data, facial recognition software and other high-tech tools for repression.What can organizers do?So what should we do about the threats we face every day, not only in our political work, but also when members of our class leave their homes or connect on the internet? Are these challenges so vast that we should simply acquiesce to the fact that our information is being regularly collected and troved by big tech and police agencies alike? Or should we retreat into only using the latest encrypted apps and leave social media altogether?Both acquiescing and retreating are incorrect responses. Considerations around security must be balanced against the necessary tasks of intervening in the living class struggle and building a broad mass movement that brings in workers, particularly now during the uprising that continues to break out around us.Adopting organizational and personal practices around security, and advancing broader consciousness about the myriad ways that the state, the right-wing and technology corporations collaborate to surveil and impede our movements, is paramount. Several guides on how to do just that have been developed by movement organizations and are readily available online. Raising demands and engaging in the struggle to defend our movements against political repression, which include pushing back against the arsenal of high-tech tools, will become increasingly important. So too is connecting this fight with active worker struggles inside these corporations.In the long run, our movements must be more concerned with our overreliance on corporate-owned technology tools. We must take seriously the task of developing left technology that can support our work and help build our movements, while avoiding the pitfalls and risks associated with our overuse of corporate-owned technologies.To be sure, such a task is much easier said than done. But as these issues become more widely understood and addressed in a serious way by our movements, this task should orient our long-term interventions around them. This will aid in the development of a revolutionary movement of the working class that can fight for and win socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The large demonstration of fascist, white-supremacist forces in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 brought back memories for this writer of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., over three years ago. Aug. 12, 2017, was filled with the most horrible racism and violence and the murder of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer. And that day this writer saw the fightback of working-class and oppressed people overcome the fascists and send their movement into disarray. As far-right forces are increasingly emboldened and organized in the U.S., it’s worth looking back on Charlottesville for lessons we can apply today.San Francisco, Jan. 9.Lesson one: Kops and Klan go hand-in-handThe police and far right have a long history of collaboration, evident on Jan. 6 and in Charlottesville. In both cases the police stood by and even assisted as far-right violence escalated. Why? Because police and fascists serve similar roles for the ruling class: deploying violence and intimidation against the most oppressed — especially Black, Brown and Indigenous people — in order to keep the whole working class down. Once we understand this relationship, it will be clear we can never rely on the police to counter fascist violence.Police function inside the structure of the state, and fascist groups outside of it. Their similar roles explain why so many cops are members of fascist organizations and vice versa.Only rarely will police arrest the occasional white supremacist to cover their real role. Revolutionaries must continue to expose the link between the police and the far right, dispelling the liberal notion that we can count on the cops. (For a deeper look at the connections between the police and the far right, read ‘The Klan & the Government: Foes or Allies?’ by Sam Marcy at workers.org/books.)Lesson two: The working class is not the base of fascismThe common stereotype of a white supremacist is a dirt-poor white worker, often from a rural area. In Charlottesville, it was immediately clear the fascists were coming from a different social strata: The majority had substantial disposable income, enough to buy expensive uniforms, tactical equipment, guns and vehicles and to travel from across the country for the rally.A similar pattern could be seen Jan. 6, with many of the rioters being businesspeople and at least one arriving on a private jet! While fascist movements draw in some white workers, their primary base is the petty bourgeoisie: small business owners and self-employed sectors. These elements are anxious on the one hand about the rising power of workers, especially from oppressed nations, and on the other hand the power of large capitalists, who threaten to grind them down into the working class. The far right does not speak for the working class. The exploited class is not only white — it is Black, Brown and Indigenous. It is undocumented migrants, Muslims, women and gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQ2S+ people, seniors and individuals with disabilities. It is primarily the most oppressed sectors of society, whose labor is most brutally exploited for profit by the capitalist class. The working class is comprised of the very people most targeted by a fascist movement — those who have historically led the resistance against it. Lesson three: Workers and oppressed people need to respond independentlyNo elected politicians or sections of the Democratic Party showed up in Charlottesville to oppose the far right. The opposition consisted of various left political forces (Marxists, Anarchists, Social Democrats), Black activists and unaffiliated workers.The common liberal response to fascists is to ignore them, asserting they will disappear if they don’t draw attention. This dangerous notion allows white-supremacist ideas to flourish unchallenged. The ruling class deliberately encourages a passive approach, because they know that a large anti-racist, anti-fascist movement will ultimately condemn capitalism as a whole. The ruling class goes along with the violence of the far right because it aligns with their class interests. On the other hand, they denounce the resistance of workers and the oppressed that endangers their rule.While the Democratic Party may disagree with the right wing on how to keep working-class and oppressed people in line, the two are united in their goal of doing so. We must build an anti-racist, anti-fascist movement deeply rooted in the working class and independent of the Democrats. We must also overcome the fear, entirely understandable, of directly confronting fascists in the streets.Lesson four: The fascists are not invincible!The morning of Aug. 12, 2017, began with left and right forces gathering and the balance of forces still unclear. As far-right violence increased, militant, disciplined resistance pushed them back until the police were forced to intervene, preventing the rightists from holding their rally. The seemingly all-powerful fascists scattered and fell into bickering and infighting. Those who arrived in Charlottesville to unite the various factions of their movement left divided and demoralized.When it seemed that the right might overwhelm the left, revolutionaries played a key role by conveying confidence that we could fight back. Organization, discipline and communication boosted morale, playing a decisive role in turning the tide. It is the duty of revolutionaries to instill this confidence — in the streets, in meetings and in our propaganda. As Mao Zedong famously put it: “All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying; but in reality, they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are powerful.” Lesson five: Seize the moment!Charlottesville provided an opportunity to speak about the prevalence of white supremacy in a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the enslavement of Africans. One could show the connections, for example, between open white supremacy and the more veiled white supremacy of a liberal politician rezoning a Black neighborhood for gentrification. Or how little difference is to be found between police lynchings and Klan lynchings.In periods of crisis, people are more open to new ways of thinking. The opportunity to win people to revolutionary ideas is greater than ever, but revolutionaries must seize it. We must deepen our roots in the working class, encouraging working and oppressed people to defeat the fascist movement and ultimately the capitalist system itself. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter SHARE Media Drumbeat Against SB373 ContinuesWith SB373 which would protect farmers from unauthorized videotaping on their farms moving to the full Indiana House for a vote, the media drumbeat against the legislation continues. Indiana media outlets and radical activist groups are working hard to drum up opposition to the legislation. This week an IU law profession got widespread coverage when he suggested the bill would be unconstitutional. Seth Lahn said he believes the bill violates the First Amendment, “Whether you come at it from a position of food safety or working conditions or animal cruelty – it gets into a number of areas that, I think, the courts have always recognized – and common sense tells you, is an issue the public has an interest in hearing about.” National celebrities with no connection to Indiana also continue to pressure lawmakers to vote against the bill. National GOP strategist Mary Matalin, in an unlikely pairing with the animal-rights group PETA, released a video message directed at Hoosier lawmakers. She said that this time she agrees with her husband, Democratic party strategist James Carville. Joe Miller with Rose Acre Farms has had firsthand experience with undercover videos. He related to the House Ag Committee how activists used these videos in Iowa, “We had an employee who falsely gained employment on our farm and worked for us for about 3 weeks. He had a hidden camera and took hours of video images. He then quit and went to another farm in the area and did the same thing.” Miller said 3 months later the edited video was published on the internet and picked up by media sources. “The video intermingled the farms so much we had trouble telling what was taken on our own farm,” Miller testified. He added that the video made claims that were totally false and, in the end, the only claim of animal abuse was that chickens were kept in cages, a standard and approved practice in the industry. This video cast aspersion on all egg farms and resulted in a decline of egg consumption. Miller said, after the release of the misleading video, Rose Acres invited the media to come to the farm to see for themselves. Only one TV station bothered to show up. Very few of the stories published ever talk to Indiana agriculture sources to get the other side of the story. Josh Tranery with Indiana Pork told the House Ag Committee this bill is about protecting all farmers from exploitation, “Video footage is used to create the false impression that all pork farmers are doing something wrong. When something illegal occurs on a farm all pork farmers should not be punished for the actions of a few. We need to focus on punishing only those responsible.” That is what SB373 does. The bill, amended in committee by House sponsor Representative Bill Friend, makes it a Class A misdemeanor to photograph at a farm or business without written permission from the owner. Home News Feed Media Drumbeat Against SB373 Continues Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA Farm Labor Data Collection Later this MonthNext articleSlight Increase in Retail Food Prices to Start 2013 Gary Truitt SHARE Media Drumbeat Against SB373 Continues Indiana Farm Bureau is asking farmers to contact their lawmakers to voice support for SB373. By Gary Truitt – Apr 4, 2013
News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific AustraliaSaudi ArabiaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedExiled mediaPredators Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Australia government to show some responsibility and decency by granting asylum to two gay Saudi journalists instead of its disgraceful response to their arrival nearly two months ago, which has been to hold them in an immigration detention centre. Organisation RSF_en The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – who this journalist knew well and had worked for in the past – was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month later, on 2 October 2018. The two journalists were separated two weeks ago, when one of them was transferred to a hospital for treatment. The other journalist, who speaks poor English, described being approached in the detention centre by another Saudi detainee who asked him lots of questions, making him suspect that he might be a Saudi agent. Help by sharing this information News Flight “I was arrested by state security and was brought in for interrogation about a CBC report I partially worked for. State security threatened me, saying that that if I didn’t stop working with foreign media, they would reveal to our families that we are gay, leading to a death threat against myself.” “Saudi Arabia has people everywhere,” he said. “He might well be in touch with the embassy. The threat of our deportation looms over us still. If we are to be deported, we will be made to disappear upon returning to Saudi.” to go further Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom When they arrived in Australia on tourist visas on 13 October with the intention of requesting asylum, they initially went through immigration without any problem, but then customs officers detained and handcuffed them, and handed them over to the Australian Border Force, which unilaterally rescinded their tourist visas and transferred them to an immigration detention centre. Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton is spearheading the hardline policy on migration espoused by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government. Its victims include two Saudi journalists who fled their country in September (photo: AFP). June 2, 2021 Find out more The journalist with whom RSF is in contact also described the circumstances of their decision to flee Saudi Arabia. “On 5 September, my partner, who is a cameraman, and I both received calls asking us to turn ourselves in for questioning. On the same day my partner’s family said they would kill me. We escaped Saudi two days later.” News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News November 20, 2019 – Updated on November 21, 2019 Australia urged to grant asylum to two Saudi journalists facing death threat According to the account that RSF obtained from one of the two journalists, conditions in the detention centre are appalling, the detainees impose their own law and large amounts of drugs circulate. June 7, 2021 Find out more “The welcome that Australia has given these two Saudi journalists is absolutely disgraceful,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “They are very frightened of being sent back to Riyadh and we clearly do not want Canberra to be responsible for another ‘Jamal Khashoggi.’ So we urge home affairs minister Peter Dutton to ensure that they are given bridging visas so that they can be granted asylum.” At least 32 journalists and bloggers are currently detained in Saudi Arabia, twice as many as in 2017, when Mohammed bin Salman took over as Crown Prince. Saudi Arabia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, while Australia is ranked 21st, two places lower than in 2018. This journalist, who worked both for international media such as CNN, CBS News and the BBC and for the Saudi media ministry, had received an initial warning in September 2018. Receive email alerts Disgraceful welcome Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists AustraliaSaudi ArabiaAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedExiled mediaPredators The two men, who are not being named by RSF for security reasons, fled Saudi Arabia amid growing threats to their safety in September after a state security official exposed their gay relationship, which is tantamount to a death sentence in the country’s oppressive Wahhabi society. RSF wrote to Australia’s home affairs minister on 6 November to alert him to this situation but has yet to receive a reply. June 2, 2021 Find out more