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1974 March Against Racism: ‘An important experience for a young revolutionary’

first_imgHere are edited excerpts from a talk given by Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes in Boston Dec. 14 on the 45th anniversary of the 1974 Boston March Against Racism. Larry Holmes speaking in Boston Dec. 14. (WW photo: Liza Green)I was living in New York at the time of the march, as I have most of my life, even though I was born right here in Boston, in Roxbury. I was a 22-year-old ex-GI during the Vietnam War. For about a year and a half I had been a member of WWP, which supported me and other soldiers who were struggling against the war. The thing about the march which was so incredible to me personally was how it demonstrated how powerful a revolutionary can be, especially if they are in an organization with other revolutionaries, when there is a crisis. This is an important experience for a young revolutionary. It is one of the markers that influences their revolutionary path for the remainder of their life. This was a very racist, fascistic, dangerous situation. People in more recent years recall Ferguson, Mo., and all the other places where Black and Brown people have been slaughtered by police and how there are not only local mobilizations but national mobilizations. But back in 1974 Boston was the center of the anti-racist struggle, like no other region, including the South. It was an experience that in this city they had not seen: these mobs of white thugs attacking children on buses, beating them up, throwing rocks at them, attacking people on the street. It was quite something. My recollection is that the movement, with a lot of progressive anti-racist people, somehow was paralyzed. So at the invitation and urging of our comrades in Boston, we decided we were going to intervene — we were going to have a national march. We were a small party. We did not have that many members in that many branches, but this had to be done. The state was against us; most of the politicians were against us. “We don’t want outsiders coming here” — all that stuff. But we did this, and it changed the party in an incredible, historic, meaningful way. Obviously it is not only an important chapter for the Boston branch of the party; it was a transformative chapter. You can talk about the bus drivers union [United Steelworkers Local 8751] and how it came out of the defense of the children, etc. We were coming, no doubt, to the defense of the Black community, to Black children, to Black parents — being in solidarity with them. That was one aspect. Another aspect is that we are a workers’ party and we understood how, historically, racism is used to divide workers and that intervening in Boston at that period against racism was a way to assert unity for our class. It is important because some people say, “You want unity, then don’t talk too much about racism and everything will be nice.” That does not work. That’s evading the subject. That’s cowardly. Our view has always been that to have unity you confront the racists and you explain to everybody — including progressive white people and white people who may not be so progressive but are susceptible to changing — that this is necessary, not only for equality and fighting racist oppression here. If the working class is going to do bigger things — ultimately defeat capitalism — then we are going to have to have this unity. So that class message was very important to us. I was thinking about the period; that was one year before the official end of the Vietnam War, but the U.S. was already losing. The Vietnamese had already won. The war was winding down, and it was the beginning of the first capitalist economic recession in the post-Vietnam era. The war expenditures had artificially pumped up the economy and the stock market, but that was running out and the capitalist recession and crisis were beginning in the 1970s. Anti-racist class unity needed nowThat was before Reagan and before Thatcher in Britain, who were sort of two sides of the racist, reactionary ruling class on both sides of the Atlantic. They imposed attacks on the working class: deindustrialization, the closing of auto and steel plants, the busting of unions, austerity, and more and more attacks. What is the ruling-class strategy? To derail the working class, to divide it, to try to stop it from fighting back. Racism is one of those things they use. And you can see from Trump that that strategy is just as potent and just as dangerous, if not more so, because of the world economic crisis, austerity and inequality, and all the other things that working people are fighting. I’m going to try now to contextualize the lessons of Boston and the importance of unity against racism for today. On Dec. 12 there were elections in the north of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. It was the Tories (the main conservative bourgeois party) against the Labour Party. And the program that it has all been mobilized around — Boris Johnson, the Conservatives — is this racist Brexit. Brexit won out and what we are dealing with is racism winning. The left there is down now, very demoralized, but that will pass. This is one of the bad things that happened like the election of Trump. As the capitalist crisis deepens, the working class will find a way to fight itself out of demoralization, out of confusion and to push aside this racism. I am not worried about the future. We had the same struggle here. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Driver in New York City crash that killed 2 children charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide

first_imgLeah Finnegan/Twitter(NEW YORK) — The driver in a New York City crash that killed two children — including the 4-year-old daughter of Tony award-winning Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles — has been indicted on several charges relating to the deaths.Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced today that 44-year-old Staten Island resident Dorothy Bruns was indicted on 10 charges, including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.On March 5, Miles and her friend, Lauren Lew, were walking in a crosswalk with their children in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood when a 2016 Volvo S60 accelerated through a red light, careened out of control and struck them, authorities said.Miles and Lew were injured, while their children, 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew, were killed, according to police. Another pedestrian was also injured in the crash.The decision to indict Bruns came after a “thorough investigation,” Gonzalez said, describing the children’s deaths as “horrific” and “avoidable.” Doctors had allegedly instructed Bruns to not drive following multiple incidents earlier in the year, prosecutors said.“Her alleged insistence on driving despite doctor’s orders and serious medical conditions that prevented her from safely doing so was not only irresponsible, it was unlawful,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “I intend to now hold her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a car when told not to.”After striking the pedestrians, Bruns allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic before slamming into a parked vehicle, a New York City Police Department source told ABC News. Joshua’s stroller was dragged down the street before the Volvo came to a stop, according to the district attorney’s office.Witnesses told investigators that Bruns had her head hanging back when she drove into the intersection, and first responders observed her to be foaming at the mouth, confused and unsteady on her feet, according to the district attorney’s office.Bruns later suffered a seizure in the ambulance and again at the hospital, the district attorney’s office said, citing the investigation.The investigation also revealed that on Jan. 8, Bruns allegedly had a medical episode while driving her car on Staten Island and was subsequently hospitalized for two days, according to the district attorney’s office. Bruns had suffered a seizure during that hospitalization and was instructed by doctors upon her discharge to not drive for one year due to her medical condition, prosecutors said, citing medical charts.Doctors repeated those instructions during follow-up appointments on Jan. 16 and Feb. 13, prosecutors said. Bruns’ car was also allegedly involved in a fender bending on Staten Island on Jan. 20, in which the driver at the time allegedly left the scene, according to the district attorney’s office.ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for Bruns.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Blossom end rot

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaIn the garden, you see the perfect shape of a red-ripe tomato, and your mouth starts to water. But your feathers fall when you see its blackened, sunken bottom.You’ve been the victim of blossom end rot on tomatoes. And while it happens to some degree almost every year, the extended drought and now hot weather complete a recipe for an avalanche of blossom end rot this summer.Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency in the fruit. There’s usually plenty of calcium in the soil. A tissue analysis would probably show that there’s ample calcium in the leaves, too.The lack of calcium that causes BER is actually in the fruit itself. And by the time you see it on the tomato, it’s too late to do anything for it. What’s even worse is that it’s also hard to correct the problem on the developing fruit, too.Tomatoes are predisposed to BER very early in their development. When they’re hardly visible, they have a critical need for calcium. If the calcium doesn’t get to the fruit at that critical stage, the die has been cast for BER.Calcium is an immobile element in plants. Once it becomes part of the leaves or stems, it isn’t going to move to newly developing parts of the plant, such as the fruit.As it takes up water, the plant takes up calcium from the soil. Under hot, dry conditions, the plant is taking up great amounts of water, which is quickly transpired through the leaves to keep the plant alive.The plant is acting almost like a chimney as it sucks water from the soil and moves it through the plant and out through pore-like structures in the leaves. Unfortunately, this doesn’t allow for a lot of lateral flow of calcium to the developing fruit. And they can become deficient.So, what can you do?Sometimes there isn’t much that will actually help. The biggest factor is moisture. It’s hard to keep the soil moist when it’s this hot and this dry. And too much water can be just as bad for BER as too little.A consistent supply of moisture is the best course of action. Avoid cycles of very wet followed by excessive drying. This will help keep calcium flowing into the plant.Many people try foliar calcium sprays to help reduce blossom end rot. But there’s little evidence that these applications help.Some people add gypsum to the soil at the start of the season, too, to make sure there’s enough calcium. This, along with maintaining the proper soil pH, can ensure that calcium is in the soil, but the problem remains getting it to the fruit.BER is very hard to control and very frustrating if you get it. In some years, you almost just have to live with it and hope you’ll get enough good fruit to make it worth it.last_img read more

Firefighters’ conditions improving, remain hospitalized after Middlefield fire

first_img3:59 P.M. UPDATE: MIDDLEFIELD, N.Y. (WBNG) — Officials with the Cooperstown Fire Department tell 12 News that firefighters Jon Roach and Scott Monington’s conditions are improving. MIDDLEFIELD, N.Y. (WBNG) — Following a garage fire in Middlefield Wednesday night, two firefighters are still being treated for injuries. In a release sent out, the firefighters were identified as James Tallman, Jon Roach, and Scott Monington from the Cooperstown Fire Department and John Sears and Ryan Smith of the Middlefield Fire Department. There were multiple explosions involved with the fire which caused the firefighters to be injured. Officials say they believed the fire was caused by a propane tank that exploded inside of a wooden structure. Roach and Monington were later transferred to Upstate Medical for further treatment while Sears, Smith and Tallman were released. —–center_img According to Otsego County Emergency Services, five firefighters were sent to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after the two story garage fire, which was fully engulfed in flames. The two remain hospitalized at Upstate Medical. The fire departments that responded to the fire include, Westford, Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, and Milford along with Mt. Vision and Springfield and Cherry Valley and Cooperstown ambulances responded as well. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Stay with 12 News for further updates.last_img read more

Photo of Syracuse police without masks causing police chief to speak out

first_imgOfficials say the photo in question was taken at the scene of a crash Thursday. Syracuse police officers and Onondaga County deputies appear in the photo. Police Chief Kenton Buckner says the photo is under investigation. The issue is following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings in the state to 10 people. Chief Buckner said, “I’m responsible for these 401 police officers. It appears we have not been following our own rules and again, if I can confirm that, there will be consequences for it.” SYRACUSE (WBNG) — A photo of police officers in Syracuse is causing the city’s top cop to speak out because none of the officers pictured are wearing masks while on the job. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and close to 5,000 new cases and 21 deaths were reported on Wednesday, the photo is causing residents and the Syracuse police chief concern. Chief Buckner said there are 14 officers that currently have the coronavirus. Buckner also said the virus is the number one killer of police.last_img read more

USC looking to rebound against Bradley

first_imgFour Trojans from the men’s basketball program are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Sam Barry, Jack Gardner, Alex Hannum and Bill Sharman. This weekend, there will be significantly more.In progress · Freshman guard Maurice Jones is averaging 18.3 points per game, but shot only six-of-15 in USC’s loss against Rider on Wednesday. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan As a result of competing in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, the Trojans (2-1) will take a tour of the Hall of Fame on Friday in Springfield, Mass., allowing them to witness the plaques honoring former Trojans.After visiting the “Hoop Hall,” the Trojans will play two games in two days at the MassMutual Center, located just minutes from the Basketball Hall of Fame.On Saturday, USC will play Bradley. The game will be the first road contest for the Trojans and the Braves (3-0).The Braves are coming off a narrow victory against Loyola-Marymount, who beat the Trojans last season in the Galen Center.Less than 22 hours after tip-off against the Braves, the Trojans play New Mexico State Sunday afternoon. The Aggies (2-1) are a high-scoring team, averaging 94 points per game in their first two games. As a team, the Aggies shoot 43.5 percent from 3-point territory, and 52 percent overall.More than a quarter of the Aggies’ points have come from forward Troy Gillenwater. Gillenwater is averaging 25.5 points per game, and has made seven of his 13 3-point attempts. He leads the team with an average of eight rebounds per game.The Trojans are hoping to play better in the tournament’s final two games than they did in the first. On Wednesday, the Trojans lost at home to Rider, 77-57. The Broncs (2-1) shot 60 percent from the field, and 63.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, while USC only made 37.7 percent of its shots and one of its 15 3-point attempts.“We obviously have a lot of growing up to do,” said USC coach Kevin O’Neill. “In my two years, that was the worst we have been defensively. To give up 60 percent is unacceptable.”The young Trojans, who have three freshman playing significant minutes — forward Garrett Jackson and guards Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones — hope to use the first road trip of the season as a chance to regroup and bond as a team.“It seemed like nothing went right [against Rider],” senior forward Alex Stepheson said. “Hopefully we can learn from that and get some wins on the road.”USC is three games into a stretch of eight games in 17 days, the most games the Trojans have had in a 17-day period since the 1983-1984 season. Depth has been an issue for USC, with only seven players earning any playing time. Against Rider, the third game in a five-day stretch, the Trojans seemed fatigued. Maurice Jones, Bryce Jones and junior forward Nikola Vucevic — who all average 32 or more minutes per game — entered the Rider game averaging a combined 56 points per game, and yet only managed to score 27 against the Broncs.The Trojans return home to face Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Northwood woman pleads not guilty to cancer fraud scheme

first_imgNORTHWOOD — A Northwood woman accused of receiving gifts and money after falsely claiming she had cancer has pleaded not guilty. 43-year-old Jennifer Mikesell is accused of claiming she had cancer and was being treated through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Authorities say in a criminal complaint that when a search of the Mayo Health System records was done that Mikesell was never diagnosed with or treated for cancer. Mikesell received a bedroom makeover from the non-profit group My Happy Heaven, as well as other money, gift and food donated to her. Mikesell was previously convicted after being accused of writing checks from a Girl Scout account for her own personal benefit in January and February of 2015. She received ten days in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree theft. Mikesell in the cancer scheme has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent practices, second-degree theft and four counts of forgery. Mikesell filed a written plea of not guilty on Monday in Worth County District Court. Her trial is scheduled to start on April 1st.last_img read more

6-Year-Old Girl Killed By Dad’s Golf Ball

first_imgA six-year-old girl in Utah is dead after she was hit in the back of the head by a golf ball her father sprayed off the tee. Police say she was sitting inside a golf cart when her dad teed off at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem Monday.The ball struck Aria in the back of the head about 20 yards away.She was flown to the hospital in critical condition, but died Monday night.Police are investigating it as a tragic accident.last_img

Cheers! Donegal bar scoops Irish Pub Award

first_imgCelebrations are underway for The Rusty Mackerel pub after their victory in the Irish Pub of the Year Awards.The South Donegal pub scooped the Best Newcomer award in the 2019 awards, which are hosted by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA).The Rusty Mackerel in Teelin is a popular stop for locals and tourists alike who enjoy the traditional Irish pub atmosphere near Sliabh Liag. The Rusty Mackerel – TeelinThis year over 1,700 applications were made to the Irish Pub Awards. Paris Texas in Kilkenny was named National Pub of the Year.Speaking at the Irish Pub Awards: Padraic McGann, VFI President said: “All winners faced very stiff competition to reach the final.  Irish pubs are the hub of any community – a warm destination to meet friends where they can enjoy good food and drink, music and entertainment and where tourists can mingle with locals to experience an Irish atmosphere at its best.  These awards reflect the high quality of our pubs across Ireland, their ongoing investment in raising standards and their importance as community centres,” he said.   Cheers! Donegal bar scoops Irish Pub Award was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A’s need to get road monkey off their back after Astros sweep

first_imgBALTIMORE — The A’s would like to get on the level of the Houston Astros in 2019, but the first series between the two showed they are still a bit behind.Oakland was swept out of Minute Maid Park after Jose Altuve’s walk-off walk against Blake Treinen sealed an Astros 9-8 victory Sunday. With that loss, the A’s remained winless on the road, having also lost two “home” games in Japan to begin the regular season. They will look get that road monkey off their back in Baltimore Monday night.It …last_img read more