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Tidbits - Mar. 21, 2019 - Reader Comments: Saving the Planet - Youth Climate Strike; White Nationalism; New Zealand-How Governments Should Respond; Setting the Record Straight: Prof. Joseph Wilson; resources; announcements...

Reader Comments: Saving the Planet - Youth Climate Strike; White Nationalism Deep Roots; New Zealand - How a Government Should Respond; Setting the Record Straight - Prof. Joseph Wilson; lots of resources and announcements...

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Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources and Announcements - Mar. 21, 2019, Portside

Re: Playing Hooky to Save the Planet: Why Students are Striking on March 15 (Bruce Wilson; Karla Marsh; Carol Henderson)
Re: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots (Sarah Grey; Michelle Alexis Apps; Donna Furneaux)
Re: Jacinda Ardern is Showing the World What Real Leadership Is: Sympathy, Love and Integrity (Sue Zipp; Our Voices)
Re: Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric (Bill McLaurin; Jim McMahan)
Re: Trump’s Wall Is a Symbol With a Long and Toxic History (Jean Mulvey)
Re: To Ensure Every Vote Counts, Elizabeth Warren Says Amend the Constitution and 'Get Rid of the Electoral College' (Harold Dyck)
Grounded  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: 'Defy the Thought Police', Stand With Assange (Linda Kurtz; Christopher Martin; Seymour Joseph; Mary Penniman; Nancy Schimmel)
Re: Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late (Mali Martha Lightfoot)
Re: Dying of Whiteness (Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime)
Re: Abolish Billionaires (Bob Fearn)
Colleges: Carrying a Full Load  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
Re: Europe’s Fight Against the Far-Right (Stan Nadel)
Re: Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change (Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime; Greg Robinson)
Re: US Bars Entry to International Criminal Court Investigators (Patricia Fornera; Wayne Gravelle; Jan Schwartz; Idwell Twiss Shanon; Ronald Vander Bosch; Robert Guzman; Joshua Gordon)
Re: Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela (Cher Lunn; Jim Price)
Re: Islamophobia is a Global Crisis — And It’s Time We View It That Way (Dave Ecklein)
Re: Frida Kahlo: Communist, Feminist, Global Commodity (Judy Darida-O'Neal)

Follow-up to previous Portside posts:

Setting the Record Straight - Brooklyn politicians and scholars demanding details in case of professor who says CUNY lost some of his $12M worth of black history research items (New York Daily News)

Resources:

Free Chelsea Manning - AGAIN! Poster of the Week (Center for the Study of Political Graphics)
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement  --   - all 14 hours - FREE live-streaming (Facing History and Ourselves)
Transformative justice in an era of mass criminalization, Mariame Kaba and Victoria Law - The Activist Files ep. 12 (Center for Constitutional Rights)
The My Lai Memorial Exhibit - Now on 2019 Tour (Veterans for Peace)

Announcements:

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Kiddush - New York - March 23
108th Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration - New York - March 25
Webinar:  Celebrating Women's History Month - March 25 (CCDS Socialist Education Project)
The Past, Present, and Future of Organizing: A Conversation with ACORN Founder Wade Rathke - Washington, DC - March 25 (Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor)
Jazz and Self Determination - New York - March 25 (The People's Forum)
Cesar Chavez Day Justice for NY Farmworkers  -  New York  - March 31
The Art of Cecil Taylor - New York - October 24 - 26 - proposal deadline?- May 3 (CUNY The Graduate Center and the Hitchcock Institute for the Study of American Music at Brooklyn College)

 

Re: Playing Hooky to Save the Planet: Why Students are Striking on March 15
 

What a little heroine. The future is hers.

Bruce Wilson
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Good for these young people-letting us know they want action. Their futures depend on what we do know to fight climate change.

Karla Marsh
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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And now the need to work out how to pay for it who better than the up coming youth that will be stuck in the future, with the knowledge to make it happen

Carol Henderson
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots
 

For those of us who are appalled by repeated racist atrocities here and across the world, who are disgusted by this president and his colleagues, here is a reminder of American history we cannot ignore.

Sarah Grey

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“Robert Bowers wanted everyone to know why he did it.

“I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered,” he posted on the social-media network Gab shortly before allegedly entering the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27 and gunning down 11 worshippers. He “wanted all Jews to die,” he declared while he was being treated for his wounds. Invoking the specter of white Americans facing “genocide,” he singled out HIAS, a Jewish American refugee-support group, and accused it of bringing “invaders in that kill our people.” Then–Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing that Bowers would face federal charges, was unequivocal in his condemnation: “These alleged crimes are incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.”

The pogrom in Pittsburgh, occurring just days before the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, seemed fundamentally un-American to many. Sessions’s denunciation spoke to the reality that most Jews have found a welcome home in the United States. His message also echoed what has become an insistent refrain in the Donald Trump era. Americans want to believe that the surge in white-supremacist violence and recruitment—the march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us”; the hate crimes whose perpetrators invoke the president’s name as a battle cry—has no roots in U.S. soil, that it is racist zealotry with a foreign pedigree and marginal allure.”

Michelle Alexis Apps
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Its always been there. The civil war did not eradicate it.

Donna Furneaux
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Jacinda Ardern is Showing the World What Real Leadership Is: Sympathy, Love and Integrity
 

And NZ just took Quick, Accurate Action and is stopping the sale of automatic weapons!

Sue Zipp
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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New Zealand bans military-style rifles, prime minister says just six days after 50 killed in mosque attacks

"On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”

Ardern also announced a buyback scheme to encourage people who already own such weapons to surrender them.

Our Voices
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
 

Any religious persecution, subtle or vicious , threatens humanity itself. The scale is becoming world-wide but the errors will not prevail. Truth is here and will survive

Bill McLaurin
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Along with all the anti-Islamic statements there is the U.S. war and occupation regime of U.S. imperialism. This includes war and genocide against Islamic peoples. In the case of Iraq it has included total war against Iraqi people. This includes house to house searches throughout Iraq, with the US soldiers frequently seizing a family member and taking him away to prison, frequently to never be seen again. It includes massive use of torture in Iraqi prisons, of which there were many under US occupation. There were check points set up throughout Iraq, and cars with Iraqi occupants frequently came under murderous US fire. There were also blatant massacres such as at Haditha and massive US aerial bombing everywhere in that country. All this requires a Truth Commission to bring out the true facts, assign responsibility and establish justice.

Jim McMahan

 

Re: Trump’s Wall Is a Symbol With a Long and Toxic History
 

I agree 100% with this article.  What we need today globally as well in America is to build bridges not walls.  And as Pope Francis said several years ago on a visit to the USA referring to Trump "Anyone who constantly talks only about building walls is not a real Christian."

Jean Mulvey

 

Re: To Ensure Every Vote Counts, Elizabeth Warren Says Amend the Constitution and 'Get Rid of the Electoral College'
 

Abolishing that insane electoral college system is not enough. The U.S. is probably the only country where voting in national elections are controlled by 50 state governments with 50 different voting systems, instead of one consistent national election system. It is at the state level that the voter suppression, gerrymandering, and other manipulations take place. And that single national system needs to be overseen by a truly independent national election commission. Look north to Canada for a good model.

Harold Dyck
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Grounded  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
 

Rob Rogers
March 16, 2019
Rob.Rogers.com

 

Re: 'Defy the Thought Police', Stand With Assange
 

He helped Trump.

Linda Kurtz

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John Pilger and Assange were both for Trump. F*** 'EM. They can both rot in hell.

Christopher Martin

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Since Julian Assange was in cahoots with Roger Stone to help Trump win the presidency, why did Portside reprint John Pilger's praise of Assange?

Seymour Joseph

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Assange  is a rapist 

Mary Penniman

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But not too close, if you're female.

Nancy Schimmel
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late
 

“The recent military clash between India and Pakistan underscores the need for the major nuclear powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, and France — finally to move toward fulfilling their obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Treaty’s purpose was not simply to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, but to serve as a temporary measure until Article VI could take effect: the “cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”

The 191 countries that signed the NPT — the most widely subscribed nuclear treaty on the planet — did so with the understanding that the major powers would de-nuclearize. But in the 50 years since the Treaty was negotiated, the nuclear powers have yet to seriously address eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

While over the years the Americans and the Russians have reduced the number of warheads in their arsenals, they — along with China — are currently in the midst of a major modernization of their weapon systems. Instead of a world without nuclear weapons, it is a world of nuclear apartheid, with the great powers making no move to downsize their conventional forces.

For non-nuclear armed countries, this is the worst of all worlds.”

Mali Martha Lightfoot
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Dying of Whiteness

(posting on Portside Culture)
 

In this interview, author Jonathan M. Metzl, a physician and social scientist, talks about traveling through Trump country to find that the politics of "white racial resentment" is poisoning and sickening GOP voters as well as our politics.

Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Abolish Billionaires
 

Please thank Farhad Manjoo for his billionaire article. Billionaires should not exist for many reasons but one of the most compelling, IMO, is because billionaires never make their money by themselves. In fact no one has even made a million by themselves. Making a lot of money ALWAYS depends on others and the others are simply denied a fair share of the money they helped to create. For example if your house goes up in value and you become a millionaire this is a result of many people in your society and yet you get all the money. The way billionaires get rich is invariably more egregious.

Bob Fearn

 

Colleges: Carrying a Full Load  --  cartoon by Lalo Alcaraz
 

Lalo Alcaraz
March 15, 2019

 

Re: Europe’s Fight Against the Far-Right
 

This is a pretty good survey.  But Americans may think that Antifascist activists means AntiFas and they are only a small part of the movement.  Some of the AntiFas do excellent work and serious political education while some others are just thugs who like to fight but who chose our side.  Beyond the AntiFas there are numerous antifascist organizations like 88 Against the Right here in Salzburg who mobilize much larger numbers for demonstrations than do the AntiFas. Mass demonstrations are often more effective than streetfighting commandos.

Stan Nadel

 

Re: Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change

(posting on Portside Labor)
 

We already know that the ruling class’ answer to climate change is doomsday bunkers for billionaires, while the vast majority become climate refugees. For the rest of us, every labor victory in recent years has involved worker militancy and broad demands that link workers with their communities. Similarly, throughout history, every significant social movement has found an expression in labor struggles. The climate crisis will be no different. Climate science gives us a new deadline and an opportunity to show that we’re up to the task. We have 12 years.

Disraelly Gutierrez Jaime
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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"...unions must have a right to bargain over climate change, especially in the public sector." Why, "especially in the public sector"? Surely it's in the private, industrial sector where unionized workers can make the most difference? Auto workers ought to have been laying down their tools decades ago, demanding they build fuel-efficient vehicles; but instead the unions were only too happy to work hand-in-glove with automakers, ushering in a disastrous trend of bigger, heavier SUVs and trucks. Bigger = more time, parts, materials = more hours, more money in members' pockets. It's the simplest arithmetic of greed. Unions and bosses alike have to get with the program, NOW.

Greg Robinson
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: US Bars Entry to International Criminal Court Investigators
 

Because they are guilty!

Patricia Fornera
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Americans consider themselves to be above the law.

Wayne Gravelle
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Not all of us. Many of us are fighting like hell against this administration. I'm ashamed of my country, but I keep protesting and voicing my opinion.

Jan Schwartz
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Scared aren't they

Idwell Twiss Shanon
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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USA is afraid what they'll find

Ronald Vander Bosch
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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Why do they fear questions?

Robert Guzman
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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We hold everyone to a higher standard...time to look at ourselves...

Joshua Gordon
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela
 

So happy to see this come to light. I was researching the events and found all kinds of propaganda being spread by the US and guardo lobbyists. There are many videos by the people reporting that all the mess was brought on by the US wanting more access to the oil. Glad to see NYT finally caught on. What the US interference is doing to that country is incorrigible!

Cher Lunn
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

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it's about the oil

Jim Price
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Re: Islamophobia is a Global Crisis — And It’s Time We View It That Way
 

Hard to believe there is no mention of Israel with its attitudes and policies toward Palestinians in this otherwise comprehensive survey of worldwide Islamophobia.

Dave Ecklein

 

Re: Frida Kahlo: Communist, Feminist, Global Commodity

(posting on Portside Culture)
 

Yes, She was honest, talented and so
brave , under extremely difficult personal circumstances. Rare!

Judy Darida-O'Neal
Posted on Portside's Facebook page

 

Follow-up to previous Portside posts:

Setting the Record Straight - Brooklyn politicians and scholars demanding details in case of professor who says CUNY lost some of his $12M worth of black history research items (New York Daily News)
 


Prof. Joseph Wilson has filed suit against CUNY, claiming it wrongfully terminated him and trashed his $12 million treasure trove of African-American research in the process. 
Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News

Brooklyn beep Eric Adams, Cornel West among pols and scholars demanding details in case of professor who says CUNY lost some of his $12M worth of black history research items

By Ginger Adams Otis
February 27, 2019
New York Daily News

A trio of high-profile black scholars and politicians on Tuesday called for more details in the case of embattled Prof. Joseph Wilson, ex-staffer in Brooklyn College’s political science department who was fired three years ago for financial misappropriations.

Wilson, 67, is now the plaintiff in a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against the City University of New York that was filed after an intense battle to clear his name. Wilson alleges in his suit that CUNY scooped up decades worth of his black history research, books and personal papers as part of its initial investigation into his finances — and didn’t properly document or track it.

Two independent scholars valued the items at anywhere from $12 to $14 million.

City Councilwoman Inez Barron (D-East New York), chair of the committee on higher education, said she plans to hold hearings on Prof. Wilson’s allegations, which were first reported by the Daily News Tuesday.

Read full story here.

Previous Portside posts:

 

Free Chelsea Manning - AGAIN! Poster of the Week (Center for the Study of Political Graphics)
 

Free Chelsea Manning
Whistle-Blowing is not a Crime
Image based on a painting done by Alicia Neal
Digital Print, 2014
San Diego, CA

Chelsea Manning is an activist, a trans woman, and a hero. From 2010 to 2017, Manning—then U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning—was imprisoned and tortured, including 10 months in solitary confinement, for leaking a classified video of US war crimes to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website. It showed a U.S. Apache helicopter crew killing unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists in Iraq. 

Originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, President Obama commuted her sentence shortly before he left office. She is now back in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. If Manning continues to resist questioning, the government can imprison her for up to 18 months.

Many compare her with Daniel Ellsberg who released the Pentagon Papers exposing U.S. government lies about the Viet Nam War. Ellsberg calls Manning a patriot:

She’s a very patriotic person. I know no one more patriotic, actually, willing to risk and even give her own freedom, her own life, in order to preserve our constitutional freedoms and the Constitution. I admired her then. I admire her now. And right now she’s refusing to take part in basically a conspiracy against press freedom in this country, led by the president of the United States and the secretary of state.

Free Chelsea Manning - AGAIN!

Sources: 

“I Know No One More Patriotic”: Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again, Amy Goodman & Daniel Ellsberg, Democracy Now! 3/11/19

Image:

Chelsea Manning Study for T-shirts, Blog by Anoki Casey

Center for the Study of Political Graphics
3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 103
Culver City, CA 90230
310.397.3100

cspg@politicalgraphics.org

 

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement  --   - all 14 hours - FREE live-streaming (Facing History and Ourselves)
 

14 episodes on 7 DVDs, 55 minutes each
Source: PBS Video

A comprehensive television documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement, utilizing rare historical film and present-day interviews.

The full 14-hour Eyes on the Prize series will be streaming — FREE and indefinitely — on the Facing History webpage.  Facing History is a Boston-based organization that works with teachers on issues related to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights.
 
The advantage of this stream is that it provides a description of the stories contained in each hour, not just the videos themselves.
 
To access:
 
 
- Register (very simple - just provide your email address and pick a password)
 
- Scoll down till you see: Stream the Eyes on the Prize Video Collection  
 
- Click on whatever segment you want to watch
 
It’s as simple as that!
 

Facing History and Ourselves  
16 Hurd Road
Brookline, MA 02445

 

Transformative justice in an era of mass criminalization, Mariame Kaba and Victoria Law - The Activist Files ep. 12 (Center for Constitutional Rights)
 

What does working toward transformative justice really mean? That’s one of the topics our Senior Legal Worker Leah Todd discusses with educator, organizer, and director of Project NIA Mariame Kaba, and journalist, author, and organizer Victoria Law, in the 12th episode of The Activist Files, titled “Transformative justice in an era of mass criminalization, Mariame Kaba and Victoria Law.” Their conversation touches on Mariame and Victoria’s work on issues of violence, incarceration, gender, and criminalization.

Mariame and Victoria share their personal experiences that brought them to their social justice work. They discuss the cycles of violence created by carceral solutions to social problems, and talk about the growing phenomenon of mass criminalization, including how the term allows us to think beyond just the impacts of incarceration and see ways that surveillance and punishment affect people's lives even outside of prison walls
 


 

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, NY 10012

phone: 212-614-6464
Fax: 212-614-6499

 

The My Lai Memorial Exhibit - Now on 2019 Tour (Veterans for Peace)
 

Click here to view.

Ask if the Vietnam war was necessary, just and moral. Ask, “Do  we continue to make the same mistakes in our wars today?“ Our wars now cause death, destruction, and floods of refugees, just like in Vietnam. Make amends for the damage Americans caused the Vietnamese people. Renew your commitment to work for peace and social justice in the world today. Explore organizations that are doing remediation work in Vietnam and initiatives working for social justice.

HONOR

… the tragic impact of our political and military actions on the people of Vietnam though our panels on the My Lai Massacre and the Vietnam War. Experience the Vietnamese as a proud and cultured people with long history of resisting foreign domination. A people who in the midst of the American War were wounded, killed and had their villages, their homes, their livelihood and their social fabric torn apart. Learn how our governmental and military policies and practices developed, nurtured, implemented and then covered-up a campaign that led to the killing of 2 million Vietnamese civilians during the course of this war; a military campaign that allowed and encouraged the atrocity at My Lai, and other mass killings on the ground and from the air with bombs and artillery shells.

SHARE YOUR ART

Engage in a unique and powerful artistic process developed by VFP member/ artist Mac MacDevitt. Give voice to your thoughts and feelings by building a sculptural collage, engage in dialogue, and share your artwork and comments with other participants and on social media.

ACT FOR JUSTICE & PEACE

Ask if the Vietnam war was necessary, just and moral. Ask if we continue to make the same mistakes in our wars today. Wars that cause death, destruct, and floods of refugees, just like in Vietnam. Make amends for the damage Americans caused the Vietnamese people. Renew your commitment to work for peace and social justice in the world today. Explore organizations that are doing remediation work in Vietnam and local initiatives working for social justice.

MY LAI MEMORIAL EXHIBIT NOW PLANNING 2019 TOUR

We are now stitching together the Memorial Exhibit tour schedule for 2019. We plan to visit another ten cities on the tour starting with a trip down the East Coast in March to New York City, Chapel Hill and Gainesville.

My Lai Memorial Exhibit - Chicago Veterans for Peace

 

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Kiddush - New York - March 23
 

Saturday, March 23  --  9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

180 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002-1705

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Kiddush
Saturday, March 23rd
Morning prayer services at 9:30am
Kiddush at noon

 
The Stanton Street Shul invites the public to remember with us all those who perished in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Please join us to honor their memory with a traditional Lower East Side Yurzeit kiddush (repast) to mark the anniversary of their death. Most of those who perished were young women and girls who lived in the Lower East Side and Little Italy, in close proximity to our historic Lower East Side immigrant Shul built in 1913. Their ongoing struggle to earn a living as poor immigrants reminds us of the necessity of defending immigrant rights, and the rights of poor people today. May their memory be a blessing for all of us.
 
The kiddush (or light meal) will be held at noon right after the Saturday Sabbath morning prayer services that start at 9:30am. All who participate in the yurtzeit kiddush are most welcome to attend services. Come join us in remembrance as we join the past to the future.
 

More information at http://www.stantonstshul.com/

 

108th Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration - New York - March 25
 


 

Monday, March 25  --  11 AM – 1 PM

The Corner of Washington place and Green Street
New York City

Join us for the 108th Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration. We honor those lost with our memory of their sacrifice. Presented by Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU). 

The Triangle Waist Company was located one block east of Washington Square Park. There were over 500 employees – most were young women, most were recent immigrants. On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the 8th floor. Workers ran to the fire escape. It collapsed, dropping them to their deaths. On the 9th floor a critical exit was locked. People on the street watched as the workers began to jump out the windows. Fire trucks arrived but their ladders only reached the 6th floor. The elevators ran as long as they could as workers pressed into the cars; some tumbled down the elevator shaft.

In the end 146 people died. There was a trial but the owners, long known for their anti-union activities, got off. The fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement. Many of our fire safety laws were created in response to this tragic event. 

We remember because we are still fighting for social justice for all.

 

Webinar:  Celebrating Women's History Month - March 25 (CCDS Socialist Education Project)
 

March 25, 9-10:30 pm (eastern time) -- 6-7:30 pm (pacific time)

"Marxist Feminism for a Global Women's Movement against Capitalism" presentation by Ligaya McGovern

"Health Care Challenges of Today in the Trump Administration" presentation by Mildred Williamson

Global neoliberal capitalism challenges the women's movement, it divides women by class, and men and women based on gender and class.  Ligaya will suggest that the Marxist Feminist frame can analyze the global exploitation of women by neoliberalism and help shape the resistance of transnational women's movements.  Examples are the peasant women's movement, the militant movement in the Philippines, the International Women's Alliance, and the migrant domestic workers.

Mildred will address the devastating impact on Trump administration policies, with a focus on healthcare and women's issues. Hardest hit are states where Medicare expansion did not occur and the traditional programs are eliminated or poorly funded.  Women's access to health care services has also been cut along with single individuals with low income.  

Presentations followed by discussion.

  • Ligaya McGovern is professor of sociology at Indiana University.  She is a longtime human and women's rights advocate and has done extensive research in the Philippines.  She is author of Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance and Filipino Peasant Women: Exploitation and Resistance.
  • Mildred Williamson is a health care worker who lives in Chicago.  Her interests focus on women/race/class, intersectionality, and healthcare rights/HIV.  A longtime community activist, she is a member of the national coordinating committee of CCDS.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Organizing: A Conversation with ACORN Founder Wade Rathke - Washington, DC - March 25 (Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor)
 

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, March 25, 2019
Mortara Center | Georgetown University

3600 N Street, NW in Washington, DC, 20057
 

Join us for a dinner discussion with renowned organizer Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN, ACORN International, and Local 100 United Labor Unions. Rathke is the subject of the 2018 film The Organizer and author of Nuts & Bolts: The ACORN Fundamentals of Organizing.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
 
Accommodation requests related to disability can be made at kilwp@georgetown.edu

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
Georgetown University 
Maguire Hall 209
37 and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C., 20057

 

Jazz and Self Determination - New York - March 25 (The People's Forum)
 

March 25 at 8 PM

The People's Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, New York 10018

Third session in the series, "Jazz and Self Determination" conducted by Ras Moshe Burnett at People's Forum

March 25- Jazz and the Black Arts Movement: "The John Coltrane Black Arts Connection" presented by Prof. Hank Williams.

The second installment of "Jazz and Self Determination" continues in June with another kick off panel discussion on June 1st, participants TBA. Then the free classes resume on the 3rd and 10th, 6pm-8pm

 

Cesar Chavez Day Justice for NY Farmworkers  -  New York  - March 31
 

Sunday, March 31  --  3 PM – 5 PM

B'nai Jeshurun New York
257 W 88th Street
New York, New York 10024

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day--Join us for an afternoon of spirit, song and social justice featuring Latin Grammy Award Winners Flor de Toloache!  This is a Free Event and Open to the Public!

 

The Art of Cecil Taylor - New York - October 24 - 26 - proposal deadline?- May 3 (CUNY The Graduate Center and the Hitchcock Institute for the Study of American Music at Brooklyn College)
 

Call For Proposals

Unit Structures: The Art of Cecil Taylor

Thurs. Oct. 24 – Sat. Oct. 26, 2019

The Graduate Center and the Hitchcock Institute for the Study of American Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York

The late Cecil Taylor was a giant in the arts, a unique figure not only within jazz, but one of the most genuinely protean artists of our times. This conference aims to build upon Taylor scholarship in jazz and American music studies, and also to expand it into a broader range of disciplines in order to reflect more accurately the scope of Taylor’s own praxis. We explicitly seek to recognize scholarship in an expanded context, one that welcomes creative responses to Cecil Taylor’s work. We are additionally accepting proposals for new works in sonic discourse with Taylor’s 1966 poetic prose essay “Sound Structure of Subculture Becoming Major Breath/Naked Fire Gesture,” to be premiered at the Friday evening concert. The conference will celebrate Cecil Taylor the educator by hosting a large ensemble workshop led by bassoonist/improviser Karen Borca, who will pass on a composition dictated to her by Taylor.

In sum, proposals are called for:

  • Spoken papers of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions.
  • Composition/improvisation in discourse with Cecil Taylor’s 1966 essay “Sound Structure of Subculture Becoming Major Breath/Naked Fire Gesture” (liner notes to the album Unit Structures). Please note that we expect composers to perform their own works. The concert will take place at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Hall on Friday evening and will be recorded. The submission should include a clear description that can function as detailed program notes. Also include a biography and links to audio demonstrating past works.
  • Participation in the large ensemble workshop led by Karen Borca. Include reason for interest, instrument, any experience with improvisation, and biography.

The keynote speakers are Nahum Dimitri Chandler, David Grubbs, Fred Moten, Fumi Okiji, and Ben Young, and the Thursday evening concert and discussion will feature Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, and Matthew Shipp.

Please send all proposals as .doc or .pdf attachments to myom@gradcenter.cuny.edu. Be sure to clearly indicate whether they are for a spoken paper, composition/improvisation, or participation in the workshop, and please include the following: title (if spoken paper or composition/improvisation), author(s), affiliation(s) (if any), email address for contact, and technical requirements. The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 3, 2019.

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Conference venue: The Graduate Center and the Hitchcock Institute for the Study of American Music at Brooklyn College, City University of New York