Workers’ assemblies

first_imgThis is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the“What Road to Socialism?” webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16.The U.S. claims to be a democracy, but this claim is totally divorced from the reality of class struggle. The wealthy ruling class, which owns most of our economy through the stock market and banking system, also has complete ownership of our electoral process. The politicians we elect are the servants of capitalists, who will never do anything to harm the interests of their masters.This is not a democracy; it is a dictatorship of the rich. True democracy would reflect the popular will of the masses, the bulk of whom belong to the working class. Socialist revolutions aim to take control of the means of production — the levers which control our economy — and establish rule by the working class. That’s why workers’ assemblies are so important, because they can become an engine of workers’ democracy and workers’ control over the economy.The history of socialist revolutions is the history of political base-building. Before the October Revolution of 1917, workers organized into political bodies to control their political and economic lives. This went beyond unionizing. Workers’ councils, even without the sanction of the government, decided the most important political questions of the time. They were the government of a state unto themselves, a workers’ state that fought for the interests of their class.Just as in 1917, the problems we face today can only be solved by a united working class. We need workers’ assemblies to take control of our economy. We need health care and housing to fall under the control of workers’ assemblies. If a business decides its workers are essential, then it’s essential that workers’ assemblies control that business. This is what we mean when we say, “All power to the workers’ assemblies.”Comrades in Workers World Party’s Durham branch have already taken the lead in building workers’ assemblies. There, workers are banding together and vowing to organize the South. And that movement is spreading.The movement is spreading because workers understand that if we don’t organize, we won’t win. Workers understand that if we turn away from building a mass base, we are conceding victory to the ruling class. And workers understand that, in this moment in history, we can’t accept defeat. We have to demand victory.We have to do this now. Nonunion workers must be unionized, and unionized workers must be radicalized. Tenants, apartment blocks and entire neighborhoods must be brought together to fight landlords, developers and police oppression. Socialists must seed ourselves throughout the working class to provide political agitation, education and organization.This is our moral duty — to unite the working class, to build a workers’ democracy, to use all our energy to defy the capitalist ruling class.Motema (he/him) is a contributing editor of Workers World Newspaper and a member of  Workers World Party’s New York City branch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Scheme to reduce vacant property rates

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleShannon figures soarNext articleWind weather alert downgraded John Keogh Printcenter_img NewsScheme to reduce vacant property ratesBy John Keogh – January 15, 2015 690 TAGSbusinessCllr James Collinscommercial rateslimerickLimerick City and County Councilvacant properties Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick County Council meet for the last time after 115 years in existence A NEW Business Incentive Scheme aimed at providing some financial relief for the owners of vacant properties was introduced as part of Limerick City and County Council’s 2015 budget.Rather than a universal bill of 50 per cent of the going annual commercial rate, as had already been the case in Limerick city, a sliding scale of charges will now be introduced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a move that is aimed at softening the blow for the owners of smaller or rural commercial properties, charges will now be dependent on the rate that the property would be liable for if it was occupied.Properties that incur a commercial rate of less than €2,500 will now pay nothing, those liable for rates of €2,500 to €9,999 will pay 50 per cent, while those eligible for rates in excess of €10,000 will pay 75 per cent of the commercial rate.It is hoped that the scheme will be of benefit to the owners of small businesses that have ceased trading, who do not have the means to pay high commercial rates.Cllr James Collins, leader of the Fianna Fáil metropolitan group, told the Limerick Post: “The rationale behind this is there is a belief that there are people who own large commercial properties in the city centre, and they’re happy to sit on those properties and leave them vacant rather than allowing their competitors to move in.“So we asked if we could devise a sliding scale where the larger properties pay a higher percentage and smaller properties with a smaller rental value pay a lower percentage, if any.” Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: flooding hurricanes Natural Disasters Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a $1.6 billion storm and flood resilience plan. Abbott signed the bill Thursday in Houston, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in two years ago.“Thanks to the work of the legislature, we are rebuilding Texas stronger and more resilient than ever,” said Governor Abbott, CBC DFW reports. “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we saw the unshakable spirit of the Lone Star State through the generosity of Texans helping their neighbors. These important pieces of legislation are a symbol of that spirit, as well as a sign of Texas’ commitment to improving the way we respond to natural disasters.”The legislature also voted to appropriate $3 billion in relief for Harvey-impacted areas from the Rainy Day Fund, and Abbot notes that the storm cleanup and readiness package will mitigate damage from the next catastrophic storm. “Thanks to the work of the legislature, we are rebuilding Texas stronger and more resilient than ever,” Abbot added. “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we saw the unshakable spirit of the Lone Star State through the generosity of Texans helping their neighbors. These important pieces of legislation are a symbol of that spirit, as well as a sign of Texas’ commitment to improving the way we respond to natural disasters.”Nationally, President Donald Trump recently signed a bill which provides $19.1 billion in recovery funds for disaster-affected areas. The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”According to the Texas Tribune, Texas has already received billions of dollars for Harvey recovery, but each bucket of money is designated for a specific purpose. The $4.3 billion that Congress approved for Texas last February is part of a HUD grant program designed “to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas.”The Five Star Conference will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners. The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. June 13, 2019 1,840 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago flooding hurricanes Natural Disasters 2019-06-13 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Choosing Real Estate Agents With an Investment Edge Next: Michael Blair Joins LoanCare as Chief Administrative Officer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Full Stokes modeling of marine ice sheets: influence of the grid size

first_imgUsing the finite-element code Elmer, we show that the full Stokes modeling of the ice-sheet/ice-shelf transition we propose can give consistent predictions of grounding-line migration. Like other marine ice-sheet models our approach is highly sensitive to the chosen mesh resolution. However, with a grid size down to <5 km in the vicinity of the grounding line, predictions start to be robust because: (1) whatever the grid size (<5 km) the steady-state grounding-line position is sensibly the same (6 km standard deviation), and (2) with a grid-size refinement in the vicinity of the grounding line (200 m), the steady-state solution is independent of the applied perturbation in fluidity, provided this perturbation remains monotonic.last_img read more

BYU G Hardnett To Transfer

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Provo, UT)  —  BYU guard Jahshire Hardnett is leaving the program.  He was limited to just 20 games this season due to a hand injury. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Jahshire Hardnett Hardnett has announced plans to leave as a graduate transfer from the program.  Hardnett averaged 9.7 points per game for BYU this season and is set to graduate in April.  March 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU G Hardnett To Transfer Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Gazprom completes construction of gas pipeline branch to town of Tsiolkovsky

first_img Alexey Miller and Vasily Orlov. Photo: courtesy of Gazprom. The parties discussed issues related to enhancing their strategic cooperation in light of the start-up of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline. It was noted that the project is creating additional opportunities for the acceleration of socio-economic development in the Amur Region, primarily through gas grid expansion.This year, the Company completed the construction of a pipeline branch with a gas distribution station (GDS) to the town of Tsiolkovsky. Both facilities are being prepared for commissioning. Efforts are underway to build an inter-settlement gas pipeline stretching from the GDS in order to supply gas to a boiler house in Tsiolkovsky and to the facilities of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. Design work is finished for a pipeline branch, a GDS and an inter-settlement gas pipeline towards the town of Svobodny. The Company will start building these facilities as soon as it receives positive conclusions as a result of state expert review.Gazprom developed a draft Program for gas supply and gas infrastructure expansion in the region until 2026. The document envisages bringing gas to 38,000 households and 33 boiler houses. The draft Program is pending approval by the Government of the Amur Region.The parties paid particular attention to the development of the employment market. Specifically, the construction project for the Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the world’s largest gas processing facilities, which is currently being implemented by Gazprom, will help create about 3,000 permanent jobs. The first start-up complex of the facility is expected to come onstream in 2021. Source: Company Press Release A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region, took place today in Blagoveshchensk.last_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: If the election was held today for Governor of Indiana who you vote for?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS.Also take time to read BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sturgill Simpson Bucks The CMA Awards By Busking On The Sidwalk Outside The Arena [Video]

first_imgSturgill Simpson is a rare breed in the world of country music, part of a relatively recent crop of artists whose work is rooted in country but inflected with elements of rock, blues, and soul, making it appealing to a broader demographic of fans than the more traditional Nashville fare. In addition to winning this past year’s GRAMMY Award for “Best Country Album”, Simpson’s 2017 album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was nominated for the overall “Album of the Year” honor, alongside Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Drake–although we get the distinct feeling he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t really give a shit about awards.Watch Sturgill Simpson’s Rocking Performance On Saturday Night LiveBeyond the music, a big part of Simpson’s appeal is his devil-may-care swagger and down-to-Earth demeanor. Last night, ahead of the CMA Awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena–country music’s biggest night–Simpson made light of the evening’s pomp and circumstance by taking to the street outside the venue for an impromptu busking session. You can watch the full video of Sturgill Simpson’s laid-back busking session outside the CMA Awards below via Simpson’s Facebook page:Just one more reason we can’t get enough of Sturgill Simpson…[h/t – Wide Open Country][Cover photo – Adam Gold] As Simpson remarked to begin the session, streamed live on his Facebook page, “Finally made it, guys…the big show. They’re all out of seats, I couldn’t get a ticket, so I thought I’d come down here and play some country music, since we’re celebrating it tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.” He had come to the arena armed with an acoustic guitar, his GRAMMY statuette in his guitar case (according to him, the first time he’d taken it out of the box) and two signs–one reading “I don’t take requests, but I take questions about anything you want to talk about because fascism sucks” and one reading “Struggling’ country singer. Anything helps. (All donations go to the ACLU.) God Bless America.”Taking things at a leisurely pace, Simpson spoke briefly about the awards show going on in the arena behind him, laughing about how little he knows about who’d actually been nominated as a megaphone-weilding preacher on the street droned away. He did, however, give a nod to Jason Isbell as his choice for “the big prize” (Album of the Year) and remarked on how “it’s even cooler that he’s not here” (Note: Isbell wound up losing out on the award to Chris Stapleton, member of country’s eclectic new guard).He also shot the shit with a small group of fans on the sidewalk (and thousands via his Facebook page) and played a few tunes, including his own “Turtles All The Way Down The Line,” which featured a hilarious off-the-cuff interjection: “The world would be a lot better place if Donald Trump would smoke some DMT.” Simpson also spoke about various polarizing political topics as gun violence in the wake of the Las Vegas attack, while the CMA Awards only briefly referenced the recent and devastating events.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held on March 9

first_imgOn March 9 the members of the Faculty Council met with Provost Garber to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty. They also heard a proposal on course scheduling and a report from the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Programs Task Force.The council next meets on March 23. The preliminary deadline for the April 5 meeting of the faculty is March 15 at noon.last_img

Me, steal? Impossible

first_imgImagine you’re getting hungry at work and you see a candy bar on a co-worker’s desk. Why not just eat it while she’s out of the room?Some people might not do it because they know it’s wrong; risk might dissuade others. But a new study suggests that for many people, the immediate response might be that taking the candy isn’t even possible.The study, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Fiery Cushman and postdoctoral fellow Jonathan Phillips, suggests a surprisingly common default in human behavior: the view that immoral actions are simply impossible. The research is described in an April 17 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“When people do something immoral, people tend to say things like, ‘No, that can’t be right,’ or ‘I can’t believe it,’” Phillips said. “There’s a sense that the brain treats these kind of things similarly to how it would react if someone told you it is possible to turn your hat into a candy bar, or something equally impossible.”There may be good reason for the brain to react that way, Cushman said.“We think this might actually help people act morally in the real world,” he said. “Maybe it’s easier to do the right thing if your brain is designed to treat the wrong thing … as if it were impossible. Because if you admitted something was possible, it might start to feel pretty tempting.”In some sense, he said, it’s as though every person has two voices in their heads that propose possibilities ― an intuitive one that respects the laws of morality, and a more deliberate one that sticks to the laws of physics.“Part of what we’re learning is why people call things possible or impossible,” Cushman said. “It turns out we don’t do this like a scientist or philosopher, with the goal of being perfectly accurate about the world. Ordinary people want to be practical about the world, and practically speaking, you shouldn’t be doing immoral or irrational things. So a practical approach to decision-making is to simply call all those things impossible, and only focus on the set of things that are worth investing your time in.”To test how people reacted to both immoral and impossible events, Cushman and Phillips created an experiment using the online labor market Amazon Mechanical Turk.Participants were presented with situations where people were seeking solutions for problems. The participants saw scenarios that were either immoral, such as a mugging, or physically impossible, like turning a hat into a candy bar, and were asked whether each was possible.The rub, Phillips said, was that half the participants had to respond quickly — inside 1.5 seconds — while the other half were told to wait 1.5 seconds before responding.The results were dramatic. When participants were given more time for reflection, Phillips said, they called one-quarter of immoral actions impossible. When participants were given less time, however, as many as half were called impossible.“If people have time to reflect on this, they’re going to use their well-formed, reasoned understanding of which things are possible and impossible,” Phillips said. “But when they have to answer quickly, they don’t have time to do that, so they have to rely on this default idea of which things could even happen in the first place.”The study raises a host of additional questions — and could eventually open the door to a new understanding of why some people repeatedly commit immoral actions, the researchers said.last_img read more