Joining Workers World Party

first_imgFrom a WWP Conference welcoming talk.Before two years ago, I’d never imagined making a speech about how I came to join a revolutionary party. I grew up in a conservative rural town in western New York. History lessons were a crash-course in anti-communism, with textbooks the Pentagon itself could have authored. All this, against the backdrop of 9/11 fear mongering.Throughout grade school I witnessed what the imperialists could do as live footage of Iraq’s destruction was broadcast worldwide. Images of Baghdad burning, the utter lack of humanity, the callous destruction of a sovereign country … haunted me. It was at that point that I stopped trusting what I was being told and began questioning the real motives behind these wars.I read about other U.S. wars and quickly realized who the real terrorists were, beginning with geno­cide against the Native peoples of the Americas and the horrific history of slavery, which manifests itself in today’s mass incarceration of people of color and racist police brutality.During university I became involved politically, but quickly became frustrated. I kept hitting brick walls because I was still working within the constraints of capitalist politics. Eventually it became clear that a system evil to the core cannot possibly be reformed for good.In 2011, when the U.S. began its bombardment of Libya, I found new political consciousness. I saw footage of the deaths and the destruction of the country, the murder of Gadhafi, the lynching and ethnic cleansing. I found Workers World when searching for a perspective that respected the sovereignty and right to self-determination of Libya.I was invited to attend the Party conference last year, where I met many of my dear comrades and gained a deeper political analysis that has guided my perspective ever since. But it wasn’t just a deeper understanding of political theory, of Marxist-Leninist analysis that was important at that conference.Putting politics into practiceLast year Gaza was being bombed mercilessly by Zionist occupying forces, and I was able to get out into the streets with Palestinians and other anti-war activists as we shouted in Times Square: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”It was the experience of being out in the streets and putting those politics into practice that I first experienced solidarity — solidarity with those resisting imperialism, those defending their sovereignty against occupying forces, those being exploited.I learned the real meaning of the word “revolution” at that conference. It means smashing the ruling class, smashing our oppressor. It means organizing against them. It means taking control of the means of production to create a just society. It means joining a revolutionary party.I decided to join Workers World Party because I knew it stood staunchly with the poor, the oppressed and exploited here in the U.S. and around the globe. I experienced a feeling of unity. I became part of the struggle.Workers World Party has always represented a party of solidarity, unity and struggle, one of complete support for the most oppressed, raising their struggles to the forefront. The Party’s perspective is critical to the movement for liberation and socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Oireachtas committee to hold hearing into N2-A5 improvements

first_img By News Highland – January 14, 2011 Oireachtas committee to hold hearing into N2-A5 improvements Previous articleMc Hugh wants new A&E unit to open immediatelyNext articleDonegal projects being judged at BT Young Scientests Exhibition News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Google+ The Oireachtas Transport Committee is to hold a publicv hearing into some of the proposed improvements on the N2 – A5, including the Slane bypass and the government’s promise to co-fund the A5 section between Ballygawley and Derry.The hearing is taking place at the behest of Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Joe Costello, who sought the hearing after meeting a number of campaigners with concerns about the road this week.Letterkenny Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle has already successfully proposed the council here make positive submissions to local enquiries, and he says, that should be extended to this latest hearing……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/germc1pm.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Facebook Twitter Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Wild Virginia is Ready for the 10th Year of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

first_imgWednesday, May 1st, The Violet Crown, Charlottesville. 6:30pm “If you’re an adrenaline junkie, environmental advocate, avid hiker, a laid-back recreationist, or wildlife identifier, these nights you won’t want to miss,” says Publicity & Outreach Chair, Katie Keller. “There is nothing like discovering beautiful images and visuals of our world, and finding out ways you can become an advocate yourself.” Wild Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is protecting and connecting your favorite wild places. We educate citizens, landowners, and other stakeholders about threats to our forests through hikes, outings, and events. We advocate for the connectivity and integrity of Virginia’s forests and waters. We influence decision makers by mobilizing citizens. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place at the following locations: Local business support for the Wild & Scenic Film Fest plays a huge role in the life of the Festival; we feel privileged to partner with some of Virginia’s organizations whose contributions enhance the festival experience. Sunday, April 28th, The Visulite Cinema, Staunton, 6:30pm The festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them. The film festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.  The festival is HERE, and it is just as exciting as our first film circuit ten years ago! Wild Virginia is excited to announce our film selections, locations, and information on how you can be a part of the environmental community.  This year, we will be putting on an extra show here in Charlottesville! Thursday, May 2nd, Vinegar Hill (Lighthouse Studios), Charlottesville, 6:30pm ———- We are extremely grateful to our community relationships and are excited to raffle off items from Ducard Vineyards, Bring Your Own LLC, Rebecca’s, Hot Cakes , Redwood and Co. , Shenandoah Pizza and Taphouse, Yelping Dog, Latitudes,Smooth Sailing Ballroom, American Shakespeare Center, Blue Ridge Bucha , Sigora Solar, and Shenandoah Mountain Guides.  A special sponsor thanks to the Violet Crown, Vinegar Hill Theatre, & the Visulite Cinema for hosting our festival over three nights this spring. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival started with the South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL), a hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed in California. This annual celebration of the environment brings together recreation / outdoor enthusiasts, filmmakers and activists to discover the best in the wild places of our planet. So come learn about Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, our National Parks, Mexican Fishing Bats, and fragile wilderness. You’ll even see a film about a musician that travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds. For tickets, please visit: http://wildvirginia.org/our-programs/recreation/film-festival/.  last_img read more

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GUMDAC annual Open Doubles Badminton tournament concludes

first_imgTHE Guyana Badminton Association’s annual GUMDAC Open Doubles tournament concluded last Friday night with the presentation of prizes,which was held at the National Gymnasium. The tournament was played between February 1 and 3.The highlight of the evening was the Men’s Doubles finals, where National and Caribbean Champion, Priyanna Ramdhani teamed up with Avinash Odit to compete in the event.The duo took the top men’s pair of Nicholas Ali and Jonathan Mangra to a three-setter. They lost the first game: 21-14, but came back to win the second: 21-19. However, they lost the third game: 21-13.In the Open Mixed Doubles finals, Priyanna Ramdhani and Jonathan Mangra defeated Nicholas Ali and Greer Jackson: 21-17, 21-15.In the Ladies Doubles finals,Priyanna Ramdhani and Greer Jackson defeated Pricilla Moore and Angelica Holder.Meanwhile, other matches played during the evening saw Marlon Chung and Ronald Chang Yuen defeating Gokarn Ramdhani and Javid Rahaman: 21-16, 21-19, in the Open Men’s Doubles third place playoffs.In the Open Ladies Doubles round-robin segment; Priyanna Ramdhani and Greer Jackson defeated Angelica Holder and Pricilla Moore: 21-9, 21-10, while Angelica Holder and Pricilla Moore defeated Ayanna Wickham-Watson and Emelia Ramdhani: 21-17, 21-12, while Ronald Chang Yuen and Pricilla Moore defeated Avinash Odit and Angelica Holder: 21-13, 17-21, 17-21 in the Open Mixed Doubles third place playoffs.A release from the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) indicated that plans are on stream for the Mash tournament later this month.The presentation of prizes was done by GUMDAC Managing Director Mr. Darrell Carpenay,who has been sponsoring the tournament for the last five years.last_img read more

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