Baltimore Workers World Party Regional Conference resounding success

first_imgThe atmosphere was vibrant and exciting at the hall packed with young activists attending the April 8 all-day regional conference organized by the Baltimore Chapter of Workers World Party. The themes of the gathering focused on socialism, revolution and fighting national oppression.Less than an hour into the program, organizers had to set up more tables and chairs at the 2640 Space to accommodate the 120 people who registered. Many expressed interest in joining WWP and attending membership classes.Participants came mainly from Baltimore and throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula (includes sections of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia). Delegations from New York City and Philadelphia brought new WWP members.The conference was an opportunity to discuss revolutionary socialism with the emerging, young, anti-Trump forces who have been marching in the streets. It was also a place to strategize on the next steps given that the gathering was held three weeks before the “Global May Day Strike.”Baltimore NAACP Secretary Sherelle Witherspoon opened the conference with the Assata Shakur chant. The Rev. CD Witherspoon welcomed attendees to Baltimore. He denounced the two-party system and explained the continuing oppression of the city’s poor communities.‘Next Step May Day’There were two keynote presentations: Monica Moorehead, WWP’s 2016 presidential candidate and secretariat member, talked about the revolutionary history of Lucy Parsons, a Black, Indigenous, Mexican labor leader and a founder of May Day in 1886.Larry Holmes, WWP first secretary, spoke on “Resistance in the Epoch of Trump — Next Step May Day.”  Holmes emphasized the need to fight U.S. imperialism, a timely topic since the conference came just one day after the Pentagon bombing of Syria.Rebecka Jackson and Rasika Ruwanpathirana led a special section on “The Artist’s Role in Revolution” and previewed “Up. Rise. The Film.” Both revolutionary organizers are filmmakers, artists and WWP leaders.The conference played a special audio message from prisoners incarcerated  at Vaughn Prison, site of a recent rebellion in Delaware. Steven Ceci, Baltimore WWP organizer, explained the party’s history of supporting prisoners’ struggles, beginning with the 1971 Attica prison rebellion.In addition, there were three panels and floor discussions. The topics were:  “Fighting racism, police terror and the war against immigrants — fighting for Black, Indigenous, women’s and trans liberation;” “Capitalism is at a dead end, socialism is the future;” and “Stopping the war at home and abroad.” Topics included U.S. imperialism and the war on Syria, fighting racist and neofascist forces in the U.S., the struggle at home and the impact of governmental budget cuts.Representatives of Anakbayan-USA, the National U.S. Chapter of Filipino Youth & Students for National Democracy in the Philippines, attended. Obasi, member of Ujima Peoples Progress, spoke from the podium following a special presentation by Cuba solidarity activist Cheryl LaBash, who spoke on “Defending Cuba and Venezuela.”Emily Fields, Towson State University student and Women’s Fightback Network representative, and transgender liberation activist Jamie Grace Alexander spoke on the opening panel. Taryn Fivek of WWP gave a presentation on the need to unite anti-capitalist forces, socialists and anarchists against state repression and capitalism. She appealed for support for more than 200 Jan. 20 protesters who face heavy charges stemming from the Washington, D.C., counterinaugural protests.The floor discussion was lively and interesting. GG, an organizer with Sex Workers Organizing Project, challenged the socialist movement to learn more about sex workers’ issues. A student from the Maryland Institute College of Art asked about WWP’s definition of socialism versus Bernie Sanders’ “socialism.” Another young activist wanted to know about WWP’s view on armed struggle.Join Workers World Party!  Students from Johns Hopkins University reported on worker exploitation on their campus and were eager to learn more about socialism. The group connected with a presentation by Jennifer Garrison, of Philadelphia WWP, who spoke on organizing coffee shop workers to participate in the May Day strike.At the closing session, the audience rose to their feet to applaud the rousing talk given by Tawanda Jones, whose brother was killed by Baltimore City Police. Lee Patterson, Baltimore WWP organizer, told of members’ weekly work and stressed the need for regular WW newspaper distributions.Sharon Black ended this session with an appeal to participants to reject capitalist ideology based on individualism, which only leads to alienation and powerlessness, and to join WWP and the revolutionary struggle. She called on everyone to defend immigrants and fight racism, explaining that when a room of your house is on fire, it is critical to fight that fire or you risk the entire housing burning to the ground.Baltimore organizers reported that even holding the conference was remarkable given that WWP members were in the streets protesting the U.S. missile strikes on Syria the day before the event.  They organized two protests, one in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon Metro Station during the day and another that evening in downtown Baltimore.Everyone agreed: The conference was a huge success!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

UL students donate €16,000 to Limerick charities

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list Print Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous article1000 waiting for speech and language therapy in LimerickNext articleMurray fit to face Benetton after neck injury scare Staff Reporter Email Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Lucy O’Hara (Limerick Suicide Watch); Dr Lucy Smith(Rape Crisis Mid-West); Danielle McCarthy (Clare’s Wish Foundation); Ciara Jo Hanlon, Matthew Murphy, Yvonne Cook (Limerick Suicide Watch) and Lorcan O’Donnell at UL Student Life Charity cheque presenatation.Photo: Don MoloneyAN opportunity to give something back, is how students from the University of Limerick described their donation of €16,000 raised by a series of events organised in conjunction with UL Charity Week.Limerick Suicide Watch, Clare’s Wish Foundation, Rape Crisis Mid-West and the Peter McVerry Trust were the four Limerick-based charities who were presented with €4,000 each by student representative group UL Student Life.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up President Ciara Jo Hanlon said it gave them the opportunity to give back to the wider Limerick community by handing over the money raised by UL students to our four very deserving charities”.This year’s charity week events included bucket collections, chocolate egg eating competitions, shave or die, egg and spoon races and leg waxing.Welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell said that they had concentrated on “bringing the values and focus back to what Charity Week is all about.“For students, the week is always a major event in their social calendar, we encouraged our students to have fun, be safe but most importantly, not to forget what the week is really about”.An additional €1,000 was donated by UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald to Limerick Suicide Watch after students selected the charity through an online poll.The student body announced that Pieta House and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue would be the charity partners for next year.center_img Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp NewsCommunityEducationUL students donate €16,000 to Limerick charitiesBy Staff Reporter – April 29, 2019 1124 TAGScharity weekCommunityeducationFundraiserLimerick City and CountyNews Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Jesus’ new port tradition cut short

first_imgJesus College’s Port Monday, designed to boost the attendance of the College’s bar, has been shut down after its first week.According to an email sent to undergraduates, the JCR recently introduced Port Mondays to “increase numbers at the bar.” This involved offering “a free bottle of Port to the first group of 5 people in the bar.”However, this was to be short-lived, as a later email said, “Port Mondays have ended. Giving away port is discouraged because you’re all such lightweights.”The JCR member who organised the promotion stated, “It was all sorted out very amicably between myself and college staff.”Likewise, Alexander Proudfoot, Vice President of Jesus College’s JCR Committee, concurred that, “I don’t think there was actually any issue with it from college or anybody else.”Following the incident’s resolution, the event’s organiser emailed students saying that Port Mondays have been “changed to Wine Monday[s], which is the same deal but on a bottle of wine. So that’s the first 5 people in the bar get a free bottle of wine.”last_img read more

Teach your kids to go for the gold with a financial decathlon challenge

first_img continue reading » Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be watching some of the Summer Olympics with my four-year-old son. I hope watching the games together will expose him to different sports and their rules, different cultures, and the thrill of competition.Bank of America Better Money Habits has some tips for getting kids engaged in another kind of challenge: teaching kids some practical life lessons including basic money management skills. Below, they’ve provided 10 financial exercises to teach kids about personal finance, helping them on the path to “financial gold.” 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Help set a savings goal: One of the best ways to teach your middle or high school student about saving is to put those concepts into practice by encouraging them to set a savings goal. With just a few simple steps, your middle or high schooler can be well on his or her way to accomplishing this goal and learning a skill that will be useful for years to come.last_img read more

Catching the development train

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Superlatives from Syracuse’s 1-0 loss to Michigan in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 14 seed Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 3 seed Michigan (20-2, 8-0 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 1-0. The first half was a stalemate and Syracuse held firm in the second half even after going down a player to a red card. In overtime, though, U of M won on a sudden-death goal from Meg Dowthwaite.Here are superlatives from the game:The Big Moment: Meg Dowthwaite’s game-winnerUnder 90 seconds into overtime, Michigan crossed the ball toward the penalty spot. Dowthwaite reached out with the side of her stick and deflected the ball at Borg van der Velde. It went to the right of Syracuse’s keeper and into the goal. Senior defender Lies Lagerweij dropped to a squat and put her head in her hands.Syracuse had to play overtime with just five field players after an earlier red card to Elaine Carey and the open space proved too much to defend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLowlight: Elaine Carey red cardCarey tipped a shot over the goal with just under 20 minutes left in the game. As the ball moved the other way, one official blew his whistle and pulled a red card from his pocket, directed at Carey. She possibly tangled up with the defender on her near the penalty spot but it was unclear what specific action drew the red.Syracuse had to play 19:30 of the game down a player after the first red card given to the Orange all season. It left the Orange playing in a formation lacking a forward as SU kept its defense intact. There weren’t many outlet options for Syracuse for the rest of the game.Stud: Laura HurffSyracuse needed to defend for much of Saturday’s match and Hurff was central to that plan. While much of the team stayed around a set spot, Hurff appeared to have free reign to cover ground and go win the ball. She jumped passing lanes to intercept the ball, tracked back on defense to catch up to odd-player rushes for Michigan and proved vital on defending corners.With under a minute left, Michigan was awarded a corner and looked to score a decisive goal. But Hurff flew off her goal line when the ball was inserted and got to the shooter to get a piece of her shot. She stifled the play Michigan drew up and gave the Orange a shot to force overtime.Dud: Syracuse offenseMichigan entered the game with the second-best goals against average in the country. Much of its effectiveness at limiting SU offensively was possession. U of M possessed the ball for a majority of the game at even strength, and then controlled the ball for almost all of the last 20 minutes once Carey was sent off.Even when Syracuse had the ball, it was unable to create any chances. SU had two corners but didn’t create much from open play. Roos Weers had a strong shot that Michigan keeper Sam Swenson saved with her right leg to deny the Orange in really its only chance on goal.Highlight: Emma Tufts’ through ball to Jennifer BleakneyLate in the first half, Tufts picked up the ball just past midfield. Two defenders closed in on her but she flipped the ball between them to lead Bleakney down the left side of the field. After making it all the way into the arc, Bleakney was able to direct the ball across the center. Neither Erin Gillingham nor Carey were able to get a clean shot on goal, but Syracuse eventually drew a corner.SU couldn’t convert off the corner when Weers’ shot was deflected wide, but the Tufts through ball may have been Syracuse’s best play – and ensuing best chance — of the first game. Commentslast_img read more

What is New in Glaucoma?

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Stephen Reck, M.D. Clarus Eye CenterThe Clarus Eye Centre team includes nationally recognized and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists (from left) Drs. Stephen Reck, Penny Reck, Jay Rudd, and Gary Scholes.January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so I wanted to provide a little information on some new developments in glaucoma diagnosis and management at Clarus Eye Centre.  Before I do, I should explain what glaucoma is and provide a few helpful links for additional information.Glaucoma is what we call the group of conditions that cause progressive loss of nerve tissue at the end of the optic nerve, where it enters the back of the eye.  Eventually, this nerve damage can result in loss of vision, usually starting in the periphery and advancing toward the center over time.  Glaucoma is the leading cause of permanent blindness globally, and it is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States, behind macular degeneration.  Fortunately, most people who have glaucoma never go blind.  The key to preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection and treatment.Glaucoma is usually painless and the vision loss usually goes unnoticed until the disease is very advanced.  The best way to detect glaucoma and preserve vision is to have eye examinations at the appropriate intervals. Young, healthy people should have exams every few years.  People over 60, who need glasses or contacts, have hypertension, or diabetes, or have had eye surgery should be seen at least once a year.   People who have certain medical conditions may require more frequent exams, so it is important to follow-up as advised by your physician.People often worry about getting glaucoma and want to be tested for it.  First, measuring the pressure in the eye does not tell if a person has glaucoma.  The eye pressure reading tells nothing about the health of the optic nerve.  The best initial test for glaucoma is a complete eye examination with an ophthalmologist or optometrist.  In most cases, this is all that is needed.  However, if there are noted risk factors for glaucoma, additional testing may be recommended.  This testing usually includes measurement of the peripheral vision and laser scanning of the optic nerves.  Testing is non-invasive and completely painless.  With these results, we can determine the level of severity and rate of progression of the glaucoma.Treatment is recommended for people whose glaucoma presents a significant risk of vision loss. Many mild cases of glaucoma do not require treatment.  For those who do, prescription eyedrops are usually tried first.  Your doctor will work with you to find a therapy that is effective and tolerable.  Sometimes, laser treatment is recommended, such as trabeculoplasty, or iridotomy   In other cases, surgical intervention is indicated.  The surgeons at Clarus Eye Centre are seeing excellent results with a minimally-invasive surgical procedure, called iStent, which is performed in combination with cataract surgery.  We also perform trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage tube implants which are still the most commonly used, and most effective surgical procedures for controlling glaucoma.Early detection and effective treatment are the key to preventing vision loss from glaucoma.  If you have not been in to see us recently, please call to schedule an appointment with any one of our doctors.last_img read more