May Day actions show global class struggle

first_imgBarcelona, SpainProudly, the workers of the world marched on May Day. Millions walked out of the factories, fields and offices to stand with their class sisters and brothers. As members of the global multinational, multigendered, multigenerational working class, they showed their strength and solidarity.As capitalists the world over impose austerity programs, with layoffs, speedups and salary cuts — and try to weaken the power of organized labor — workers are standing up. Where imperialist companies super-exploit workers to maximize profits, paying semi-starvation wages, many are defying the bosses, demanding unions, livable salaries, permanent jobs and basic rights. Migrant workers, many of them women, confronted by racism and abuse, are making their voices heard.May Day began during the period of labor militancy in the 1880s in Europe and the U.S., when workers demanded the 8-hour day. Unions organized a general strike; hundreds of thousands of workers joined U.S. rallies on May 1, 1886. Some 30,000-40,000 workers left their job sites in Chicago alone.At Chicago’s Haymarket Square, police killed workers demonstrating for the 8-hour day. After the massacre, the movement picked up steam, as the call for the 8-hour day resonated at home and abroad. The First International Socialist Congress in 1889 recognized International Workers’ Day to commemorate the Haymarket massacre.For many in the global workforce, the fight for the 8-hour day continues. On this May Day, labor unions, social justice groups, socialists, communists and other progressive forces organized and joined demonstrations. Some red flags, posters of Che Guevara and portraits of Karl Marx were visible. Notably, defiant workers rallied, despite police attacks. Here are highlights of global May Day actions.‘No to austerity!’Hundreds of thousands marched across France to protest pro-corporate Macron government austerity measures, attacks on public sector unions and transit privatization plans. Workers also marched across Germany to defend their rights against globalized capitalism’s ravages, protesting service cutbacks and demanding secure jobs and decent working conditions. The German Trade Union Federation said 340,000 joined 500 events.Organized by major labor unions CCOO and UGT, tens of thousands opposed austerity in 70 cities across Spain. In Madrid, workers waved red union flags, demanding higher pay, secure jobs and pensions. Chants of “general strike!” resounded. Women held purple flags representing their struggles for gender pay equity and an end to misogynist violence.Thousands of workers marched through Athens, Greece, in three separate marches, one organized by the Communist-affiliated PAME labor union, and in Thessaloniki. Work stoppages shut down museums and transportation systems. Protesters denounced European Union banker-imposed austerity policies and criticized the SYRIZA government.Elsewhere in Europe, workers marched in Italy and Austria, carried red flags in Denmark, and rallied in former socialist countries, including Poland and Russia.Enemy: ‘monopoly capital’More than 7,000 members of the General Union of Tunisian Workers celebrated in Tunis. They hailed their union’s commitment to fighting for their right to secure jobs and benefits and its opposition to privatization, abuse and oppression. The union has 750,000 members from many industries and public sectors, and is organizing agricultural workers, mainly women.The Congress of South African Trade Unions organized 14 marches, with a major rally in Nelson Mandela Bay. Speakers included COSATU President S’dumo Dlamini, SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimandi and African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa. Dlamini asserted the workers’ enemy was “monopoly capital.” COSATU called for an alternative development strategy to tackle poverty, unemployment and inequality.The South African Federation of Trade Unions held several marches and rallies. SAFTU’s statement deplored the country’s crises of unemployment and economic inequality.‘Long Live May 1!’Thousands of workers and activists rallied across Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul, for higher pay and improved working conditions — and denounced the Erdoğan regime’s repression. Left-wing unions protested privatization and other anti-labor policies. Sixty people were arrested as they chanted, “Long live May 1!” and attempted to defy a government ban by marching to Taksim Square, site of a 1977 police massacre of 40 demonstrators.In Damascus, Syria, the General Federation of Trade Unions celebrated May Day, honoring workers, including martyrs of today’s civil war. Also honored were Syrian army victories in this war.In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians called for an end to the horrific U.S.-backed Israeli siege and the resulting “humanitarian disaster” — deteriorating economic conditions of their people.Iraqi Communist Party members marched with red flags and hammers in Baghdad.Communist parties organized workers’ meetings, marches and rallies throughout India. The All-India Central Council of Trade Unions mobilized, too. Banner slogans called for an 8-hour workday, jobs, higher wages and social justice.Dhaka, Bangladesh, was the site of many demonstrations. Thousands of workers, backed by 14 organizations, demanded a monthly minimum wage of 18,000 TK ($213), unionization, an 8-hour day and workplace safety. The Communist Party of Bangladesh waved red flags. The government denies garment workers’ calls for higher wages in order to benefit profit-seeking global brands.More than 10,000 Korean Confederation of Trade Unions members assembled in Seoul, South Korea, demanding a higher minimum wage and change of “non-regular employees” to “regular employee” status, with equal pay and treatment. A slogan was: “Rewrite the constitution based on labor rights!” The KCTU-Migrant Trade Union held a separate rally on April 26 for migrant workers.In Hong Kong, 5,000 workers pressured employers to stop using their pension funds, set regular hours and provide paid maternity leave at a march organized by the Federation of Trade Unions; 200 subsidiary unions participated. Also addressed were migrant and disabled workers’ rights.Thousands of chanting labor unionists and other workers, dressed in red and waving red flags, marched in Manila, Philippines, to decry President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic policies. They denounced short-term employment contracts, which deny workers decent pay and job security, as well as low wages, unemployment and repression of labor unions.Elsewhere in Asia, workers rallied for their rights throughout Pakistan; garment and shoe factory workers marched in Yangon, Myanmar; thousands of union members were out in Taipei, Taiwan, while 10,000 unionists demonstrated in Jakarta, Indonesia, for better wages and working conditions, permanent jobs and free health care.Haiti: ‘Holiday of Agriculture and Work’Workers marched on May 1 through Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to demand a three-fold increase in the daily minimum wage from 350 gourdes ($5.38) to 1,000 gourdes ($15.36). The Confederation of Haitian Workers, the National Central of Haitian Workers and other unions led the demonstration. (Haiti Liberté, May 2) The Trump administration has intensified racism against Haitians in the U.S.In San Juan, Puerto Rico, tens of thousands marched in the Golden Mile financial hub against drastic U.S.-imposed austerity measures and posthurricane neglect and abuse. Coordinated marches took place throughout the island. Police tear gassed and attacked young protesters. But the people vow to keep fighting local and U.S. attacks on their living conditions. (See WW, May 10; tinyurl.com/yal6tw6r)In socialist Cuba, 1 million people honored workers, former Presidents Fidel Castro and Raúl Castro and their new leader, Miguel Díaz-Canel. (See article, page 9)In Guatemala City and Mexico City, thousands demanded jobs and improved pay and working conditions. At the same time, the bigoted, anti-immigrant Trump administration stopped a caravan of Central Americans, mostly women, LGBTQ individuals and children, at the U.S.-Mexico border.Police used tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In that city and two others in the country, workers protested the fraudulent Nov. 26 election of pro-U.S. President Juan Orlando Hernández.Stop U.S. attacks on Venezuela!Thousands of workers from throughout Venezuela gathered in Caracas for a massive march and rally supporting President Nicolás Maduro’s reelection and the Bolivarian Revolution. They said “No” to imperialist sanctions and interference.Maduro hailed workers’ gains, particularly those outlined in the Organic Law of Work and Workers, and announced a 95 percent minimum wage increase. He vowed, “We are going to contain [imperialism’s] brutal economic war and we will move forward.” (TeleSUR, May 1)Demonstrators in Curitiba, Brazil, yelled “Free Lula!,” while demanding the release from prison of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, jailed there on false corruption charges.Union and social movement activists protested slashes in government services and energy subsidies (prices have soared 1,000 percent in two years!) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the Macri administration’s austerity policies. Similar forces marched peacefully through Santiago, Chile, opposing President Sebastián Piñera’s reactionary program. Riot police attacked them.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

MLP celebra la primera asamblea plurinacional

first_imgEl día 29 diciembre 2018 se reunieron en Santo Domingo, Suchitepéquez representantes de los pueblos originarios y movimientos sociales de Guatemala para celebrar la primera “asamblea plurinacional” del Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos (MLP). En la asamblea se eligió un comité ejecutivo.MLP es una iniciativa impulsada por el Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA) y apoyado por las comunidades originarias donde CODECA y otros movimientos sociales operan. En noviembre, el MLP fue inscrito en las elecciones presidenciales que se celebrarán en 2019, pero según CODECA “No se está construyendo un partido más, sino un instrumento político llamado #MLP, para impulsar el ESTADO plurinacional y el buen vivir.” (tinyurl.com/y7gkx5sl)Las propuestas planteadas en la asamblea plurinacional se debatirán en nuevos procesos en los departamentos antes de finalizarse.Objetivos y métodos del MLPEn los casi dos meses entre la inscripción del MLP y su primera asamblea plurinacional hubieron asambleas regionales para determinar las prioridades del instrumento político. Además de las asambleas a nivel regional, hubo un encuentro nacional de la juventud de MLP.Entre las propuestas del MLP se incluyen bajar los salarios de los diputados y renunciar la inmunidad parlamentaria, algo que ha sido el enfoque de la lucha contra la corrupción en los últimos años.También se propone la nacionalización de los servicios privatizados, recuperar las tierras, territorios, y el agua para consumo humano, e impulsar un proceso de asamblea constituyente popular y plurinacional, para construir un estado plurinacional con autonomías indígenas.El estado plurinacional se motiva por la experiencia de los pueblos originarios en los casi 200 años de la República de Guatemala. Segun Thelma Cabrera, defensora de derechos humanos de CODECA que habló en la asamblea,  “nos tienen como esclavos, nos tienen de rodillas, si defendemos derechos, nos llaman terroristas, si defendemos la madre tierra, nos ofrecen balas, si protestamos nos llaman bochincheros.” (tinyurl.com/ybgbop82)Los asesinatos de líderes indígenas y campesinos fue otro tema de la asamblea, y es una de las razones por la que MLP cree tan necesario la construcción de un estado plurinacional. Como dijo Vicenta Jeronimo, los acuerdos de paz en Guatemala solo se firmaron en papeles, “nos siguen matando de hambre, nos ofrecen balas cuando defendemos los ríos, la madre tierra, nuestros niñ@s mueren huyendo de la pobreza.” (tinyurl.com/y82q98jp)Se reiteró durante toda la asamblea que el estado plurinacional y los cambios sociales tenían que venir desde las mismas comunidades que se han unido para formar el MLP.El estado plurinacional y la migraciónEn las últimas semanas han muerto por lo menos dos niños Guatemaltecos en centros de detención en la frontera de los Estados Unidos. En mayo murió Claudia Patricia Gómez González por disparo de un agente de la patrulla fronteriza. Los tres, como muchos de los migrantes que cruzan esa frontera, eran de pueblos originarios.En Guatemala siempre han sido los pueblos originarios quienes han sufrido lo peor de la pobreza y de la violencia, desde el genocidio durante la guerra civil hasta los asesinatos de defensores de la tierra y los derechos humanos.Hoy en día los fondos que entran a Guatemala desde el extranjero para supuestamente desarrollar la economía del país se usan para construir nuevas mineras y otros proyectos que destruyen el medio ambiente. Los grandes empresarios roban las tierras para construir estos proyectos, y las comunidades son criminalizadas si protestan. En este sentido, el proceso de “desarrollo” que impone la inversión extranjera es nada más que una continuación de la colonización.Los mismos salarios de hambre en las grandes fincas y en estos proyectos extranjeros que denuncia MLP son lo que impulsa a los migrantes. El racismo de la oligarquía contra los pueblos originarios y la corrupción de los políticos tradicionales títeres del imperialismo bloquean cualquier solución a la crisis migratoria, incluso cuando Trump amenaza con terminar la ayuda monetaria.La única solución para Guatemala es “romper el alambre de la finca CACIFERA” (CACIF es la organización de los grandes empresarios) y empoderar a las comunidades y los pueblos.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Will Nathan Lane Return to Broadway in The Front Page?

first_img View Comments Related Shows (Photo by Bruce Glikas) Star Files Nathan Lane Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien will helm a revival of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page on Broadway this fall. According to an Equity casting notice, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s show is aiming to play a limited engagement September 20 through February 5, 2017, officially opening on October 20. No word yet on theater.Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane was rumored to be eyeing headlining a revival of the classic play back in 2011, when he starred as fiery editor Walter Burns opposite Billy Crudup as Hildy Johnson in a reading of the show, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Lane most recently appeared on Broadway in 2014’s It’s Only a Play, which was helmed by O’Brien.The Front Page, which follows tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat, has been revived on Broadway four times since its 1928 debut, most recently by Lincoln Center Theater in a 1986 mounting that starred John Lithgow as Walter Burns and Richard Thomas as Hildy Johnson.A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane also received Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and The Nance. The Front Page Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017 Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Five steps to turbo charge your purchase mortgage business

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the past decade, credit unions have revved up mortgage lending and quadrupled market share, according to The New York Times.These gains have been powered largely by low-rate refinancing. But to gain speed, mortgage departments must power their engines with a different fuel: purchase home loans.As rates rise and housing sales continue to rebound, five best practices can help build purchase loan volume by delivering on the expectations of homebuyers and key gatekeepers in real estate.1. Determine what homebuyers wantOne way Altra Federal Credit Union, Onalaska, Wis., has become a top mortgage lender in western Wisconsin, commanding a 27% share, is tailoring its products and services to its market.When millennials participating in a focus group said they didn’t have time for two-hour home-buying seminars and wanted to be kept better informed during loan processing, Altra Federal responded. continue reading »last_img read more

Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_img1BUPGRADE CUPGRADE SPC. Paddack (R)[email protected] 10:10T. Roark (R)$9100$8500$45UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Thursday’s SP rankings | Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, April 18                                                                                                             Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPD. Germán (R)[email protected] 6:35H. Bailey (R)$8600$9000$33UPGRADE UPGRADE1BE. Encarnación (R)[email protected] 10:07C. Stratton (R)$4600$3700$22UPGRADE SPH. Bailey (R)[email protected] 6:35D. Germán (R)$5600$6700$26UPGRADE SPF. Hernández (R)[email protected] 10:07C. Stratton (R)$7700$7000$26UPGRADE RPH. Wood (R)[email protected] 7:10A. Cashner (R)$4000$5500$25See below UPGRADEHunter Wood, SP, Rays vs. Orioles. Wood is the opener for Tampa tonight, but he could rack up two-plus innings and a number of strikeouts versus a bad Orioles lineup. He is only $4K on DraftKings, which allows you to spend more money on offense. Seriously, this pitching slate is bad.Jonathan Lucroy, C, Angels vs. Mariners. Lucroy has been one of the few catchers in baseball that is hitting for average, and he gets a solid matchup today with King Felix. Lucroy doesn’t have much upside, but he has a decent floor for a catcher and is very cheap.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO ToolsLuke Voit, 1B, Yankees vs. Royals. Voit has been up and down all season, but the power in the bat is undeniable. He has a great matchup today versus Homer Bailey and is guaranteed to be in the lineup because the Yankees have no one left.Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Phillies @ Rockies. Hernandez blasted a homer yesterday and appears to be turning things around. With Jean Segura hurt, Cesar should bat higher in the order than he has been, so this is a good time to use him, especially in cash games where his floor is high.Tim Beckham, SS, Mariners @ Angels. Beckham has slowed down in the power department since his early-season barrage, but he is still hitting for average and there is obviously power in the bat. He has hit the majority of his home runs away from Seattle, and today he is on the road versus Chris Stratton and is pretty cheap. OFUPGRADE UPGRADEOFUPGRADE CJ. Lucroy (R)[email protected] 10:07F. Hernández (R)$3100$2300$8See below CJ. Realmuto (R)[email protected] 8:40K. Freeland (L)$5000$3700$19UPGRADE SPZ. Eflin (R)[email protected] 8:40K. Freeland (L)$6800$6900$30UPGRADE UPGRADESST. Story (R)[email protected] 8:40Z. Eflin (R)$5300$4400$23UPGRADE UPGRADE1BUPGRADE UPGRADE2BB. Lowe (L)[email protected] 7:10A. Cashner (R)$4400$3900$21UPGRADE 2BUPGRADE UPGRADEOFUPGRADE Justin Turner, 3B, Dodgers @ Brewers. Turner is a cash game favorite of mine. He hasn’t hit for power yet, but that will come eventually. What he does do is get on base. He has a nice matchup in a great park today, making him a solid playCody Bellinger, Dodgers @ Brewers. Bellinger returned to the lineup yesterday after sitting out a day with a sore knee. Since he is now good to play, he should be in your lineup if you can afford him. Only Christian Yelich has been hotter this year. Bellinger is hitting .429 with a 1.412 OPS and nine home runs and is playing in Miller Park today.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! UPGRADE2BC. Hernández (B)[email protected] 8:40K. Freeland (L)$4500$3600$18See belowcenter_img UPGRADEOFC. Bellinger (L)[email protected] 8:10Z. Davies (R)$5500$5100$27See below SSUPGRADE 3BUPGRADE UPGRADEOFUPGRADE 2BUPGRADE 1BL. Voit (R)[email protected] 6:35H. Bailey (R)$4600$4200$25See below SST. Beckham (R)[email protected] 10:07C. Stratton (R)$3900$3200$20See below UPGRADESSUPGRADE UPGRADE1BUPGRADE 3BN. Arenado (R)[email protected] 8:40Z. Eflin (R)$5400$4600$22UPGRADE UPGRADESSS. Kingery (R)[email protected] 8:40K. Freeland (L)$4000$3500$10UPGRADE UPGRADEOFUPGRADE SPJ. Urías (L)[email protected] 8:10Z. Davies (R)$8000$7200$35UPGRADE UPGRADEOFUPGRADE 3BJ. Turner (R)[email protected] 8:10Z. Davies (R)$4300$3400$17See below UPGRADEOFA. Judge (R)[email protected] 6:35H. Bailey (R)$5300$4600$27UPGRADE OFUPGRADE UPGRADE2BUPGRADE It’s Thursday, so that means a light six-game MLB DFS slate on FanDuel and a five-game main slate on DraftKings. The pitching is rough (as highlighted in these SP rankings), so I don’t I will play a ton on DraftKings given the pitchers onthe main slate, but if I do, I will likely pay up..Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN last_img read more