New! 3 free pamphlets from Workers World: Red revolution, women, workers

first_imgA library of revolutionary literature is available for free download at under the “Books” tab.This spring, three new important pamphlets were added to that digital collection. All are collections of articles that appeared in the pages of Workers World newspaper. All have crucial, timely insights to offer about how to advance on the road to socialist liberation.100 Years Later: Some Lessons of the Great Bolshevik RevolutionHope and interest in revolutionary change that can bring down capitalism and result in socialism is growing in the U.S. Such a historic event occurred in Russia in 1917. These articles, “100 Years Later: Some Lessons of the Great Bolshevik Revolution,” written by Deirdre Griswold, editor of Workers World newspaper, mark the centennial of that event.The series examines the Bolshevik Revolution within the framework of Marx’s view of social evolution and also looks at some of Lenin’s theoretical contributions on the transformation of capitalism into its final stage, imperialism, and the impact on the working-class movement. Other topics covered are the social gains within the early USSR, the relation between the state and nationalities there, as well as internal and external advances and setbacks. The pamphlet ends with an “Open Letter to Revolutionaries Everywhere” from Larry Holmes, first secretary of Workers World Party.Every Struggle Is a Woman’s StruggleThe Workers World 2016-2018 articles selected for “Every Struggle Is a Woman’s Struggle” show the wide range of organizing that women in the U.S. are actively involved in: against racism and white supremacy; for the right to quality, comprehensive health care and self-determination of our own bodies; for ending the pay gap and for union representation and workers’ rights; and for recognition of transgender people’s rights. Articles on women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Cuba reveal what’s possible for women building socialist workers’ states.The editors say in their introduction: “These articles … reflect a Marxist perspective about the role of women in society. Women are seen as a vital, integral component in the overarching struggle to end capitalism and classism. The basis of women’s oppression and inequality is rooted in patriarchy, which arose at the same time as classes developed.”Today’s fight for women’s liberation is essential to the overthrowing of patriarchal capitalist class society and establishing egalitarian socialism. Check out this Marxist perspective on women rising up, as a resource in that united struggle.Class War in West Virginia: Education Workers Strike, WinThe uprising of education workers in spring 2018 began with the thrilling, relentless and victorious West Virginia strike.This pamphlet — most of its articles written by organizers on the ground — documents each step of the rank-and-file actions.All spring in West Virginia, famous for earlier pitched battles between union miners and coal barons, class war raged. It was teachers, school workers, students, parents and communities on one side and right-wing capitalist politicians and owners on the other. The struggle was for the right to public education, for better wages and health care for school workers, for improved funding for students and against union-busting attacks. In addition to the pamphlet’s nitty-gritty organizing reports, its articles include a moving open letter to West Virginia educators from an out-of-state teacher, an inspiring look back at the historic 1920s’ “Battle of Blair Mountain” and its impact today on worker organizing, and a pithy “Lessons of the West Virginia strike.”Download this pamphlet as a resource in making your workplace and community organizing more effective. Use it to get ready since, to quote the old labor song, “Which Side Are You On?”: “There are no neutrals.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Twin towns turn pink for breast cancer

first_imgVolunteers needed for Limerick Daffodil Day Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk A SEA OF PINK at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith Wiseman Print Previous articleGarda vow on feuding gangsNext articleSwimming – Medal haul for Limerick Swimming Club John Keogh Stay SunSmart come rain or shine Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk 6 year old Lilly Mowat from Killaloe dances through the Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Cannonball Run is coming back to Limerick A sea of pink at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith WisemanA sea of pink at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Picture: Keith WisemanA SEA of pink washed over the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina on Sunday as they hosted the sixth annual Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer.This year proved to be the biggest event to date, with more than 1,000 walkers and runners and crowds in excess of 1,600 joining in the celebrations afterwards at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Niamh Briggs, captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby Team and this year’s Killaloe Pink Ribbon Ambassador, led out the army of pink t-shirts on the 10k route from the Lakeside Hotel.She said: “It is an honour to be asked to support such an amazing charity. It’s so important to spread the good word, fight the fight and some day they will find a cure.”The first to cross the finish line with a time of 45.02 was Martin Pearl of Ballina, and right behind him was the first lady to pass the line, Mairead O’Callighan of Effin, Co Limerick with a time of 46.17.Carmell DeMello. event chairperson said on Sunday: “I am absolutely thrilled with today’s turnout. It is such an amazing cause, and I’m very proud of the residents of the town for all their effort in making today what it is.”Local businesses once again got involved dressing shop windows, and flying flags and balloons, while a bunting of pink bras swung proudly across the bridge joining the two counties.The funds from the walk go directly to Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that supports vital services including the National Cancer Freephone Helpline (1800 200 700) staffed by specialist cancer care nurses.In 2011, specialist cancer nurses supported 22,120 callers to the National Cancer Helpline. A total of 741 of these calls came from the Mid West region of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.The Society’s advocacy service provides a voice for women with breast cancer in Ireland, while financial assistance is also available for those experiencing difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Other vital services include: health promotion, providing community and workplace programmes on breast cancer awareness and early detection; night nursing for critically ill patients.Some 8,110 nights of care were provided to 2,014 families in 2011, 996 nights of which were provided in the Mid West region.In addition, more than 688,266 cancer information booklets and fact sheets were provided to people concerned about cancer across the country in 2011 with 58,553 distributed in the Mid West. Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Picture: Keith Wiseman Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Picture: Keith Wiseman Facebook Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Chris Dudley singer with the Mogley Mob during the warming up.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.The Finish Line.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Mogley Mob & DFN entertain the walkers as they cross the bridge.Picture: Keith Wiseman Niamh Briggs appointed as UL Bohs Women’s Head Coach Twitter Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon WalkCarmell DeMello, Chairperson of the Killaloe Pink Ribbon with Niamh Briggs, Ambassador of the Killaloe Pink Ribbon and Captain of the Irish ladies Rugby Team at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk. Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk 6 year old Lilly Mowat from Killaloe dances through the Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman TAGSAction Breast CancerballinaIrish Cancer Societykillaloeniamh briggsPink Ribbon Walk WhatsApp Linkedin NewsTwin towns turn pink for breast cancerBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 1393 10 marathons in 10 days for Cancer sufferers Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk A SEA OF PINK at the Lakeside Hotel before the start of the walk.Nicola Wood and the pink panters…Picture: Keith Wiseman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk at the Lakeside Hotel.The Finish Line.Picture: Keith Wiseman Thousand’s turn out for Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Mary O’Sullivan, Killaloe hanging Pink Ribbons at the Lakeside Hotel.Picture: Keith Wiseman Email Limerick woman scores €33,000 on Winning Streaklast_img read more

Southern Surge Leads Record Home Sales Forecast

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Southern Surge Leads Record Home Sales Forecast 19 days ago 479 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save A new analysis by Redfin has found that, for the calendar year 2021, a record $2.53 trillion worth of home sales will transact in America—a 17% year-over-year gain and the largest annual increase in percentage terms since 2013.Fueled by record-low rates, strong demand, and a wave of migration made possible by remote work, the market comes into a strong spring season after suffering some weather-related setbacks to start the year. These factors helped March become the hottest month in housing history, with home values, price growth and selling speed all hitting new heights.”We expect 2021 to be an even more active year for the housing market than 2020 because homebuyers have a better sense of what the future looks like,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Employers are providing clarity on permanent remote-work policies, the economy is recovering and mortgage rates remain low. All of these factors mean that we’ll likely see even more buyers enter the market this year and in 2022.”According to Fairweather, home prices could grow more slowly if mortgage rates rise, resulting in a more balanced housing market, which could actually lead to more home sales.The Southern part of the U.S. is expected to lead the charge, with $1.09 trillion of home sales forecast for 2021, followed by the West with $696.3 billion, the Midwest with $422.6 billion, and the Northeast with $322.8 billion.Fairweather noted that the South has consistently held the top spot, but has inched further ahead in recent years, likely because it has more vacant land on which to build, and has attracted scores of out-of-town homebuyers who are in search of affordability and space.And proof of a rising market in the South is evident in markets such as Atlanta, where Redfin Real Estate Agent Andrew Kolodey unprecedented bidding wars.“Offering above a seller’s asking price was never the norm in Atlanta like it was on the West Coast, but now it is. Today, it’s typical for a buyer to bid $50,000 or $70,000 over the list price in order to win,” said Kolodey. “We’ve never experienced this level of competition. A bidding war here used to mean up to five offers. Now it means 15 to 20 offers.” Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Report Reflects Steady, Low Level of Forbearance Requests Next: Ginnie Mae Reports Record MBS Issuance in April  Print This Post About Author: Eric C. Peck in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Southern Surge Leads Record Home Sales Forecast Sign up for DS News Daily Andrew Kolodey Daryl Fairweather Redfin 2021-05-11 Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Andrew Kolodey Daryl Fairweather Redfin The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Google to expand edX’s open source platform

first_img Read Full Story EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world.In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate, a new site for non-xConsortium universities, institutions, businesses, governments and teachers to build and host their courses for a global audience. This site will be powered by the jointly developed Open edX platform.last_img

Sharing the Success of Dell’s Diverse Suppliers in EMEA: OrangeDoor

first_imgHaving recently joined Dell as the lead for Corporate Sustainability in EMEA, one of the areas I wanted to learn more about was how Dell supports women- and minority-run businesses by integrating them into our supply chain.Women-owned entities represent more than 30 percent of registered businesses worldwide (International Finance Corporation). Yet according to WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world, those women-owned businesses are earning less than one percent of the money large corporations and governments spend on vendors. It’s just one example of how these diverse businesses are missing out on opportunities.At Dell, we are working to change this. Our customers come from every nation, culture and walk of life, so it’s important all aspects of our business reflect that diversity – including our supply chain. In FY16, we spent more than US$4 billion with small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Plus, over the last decade, we have provided mentoring, training and networking programs to help thousands of our diverse suppliers to scale their businesses and find success.To understand how this relationship is helping women-owned businesses to succeed, I sought out one of our women-owned suppliers OrangeDoor founder, Elizabeth Heron (pictured above).Here’s what she had to say:Tell us a little bit about OrangeDoor, how did you get started?I originally started out in a very corporate environment alongside Boots Pharmaceutical on the launch of Nurofen in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Those were incredibly tough yet exciting and formative years which broadened my knowledge of the industry.Before I knew it, I was running fully integrated, highly innovative marketing campaigns for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. However, it was a hard, heartless environment and I soon realised it wasn’t what I wanted. It was clear, 16 years ago, that something was missing.I took the plunge to start OrangeDoor from my back bedroom in Bromley. Over 16 amazing years we have grown and built our reputation, becoming specialists in integrated marketing and events while creating a positive work environment – especially for women. I now have the pleasure of leading a team of 30 people providing that powerful secret ingredient clients look for: opening up emotional and targeted insights and delivering amazing results through attention to detail.What were some of the challenges you faced when you started out?The corporate environment was a completely different one to today. It was the era of power dressing, shoulder pads and women who fought their way into business. Women had to be, or at least look, invincible. Of course this wasn’t sustainable and we all felt pressured into presenting a hard, “iron lady” façade – and even worse, we were discouraged to discuss family or loved ones within the work place.We have a more modern mindset for the way we work at OrangeDoor. We have nurtured and developed many young women, giving them countless opportunities, showing them respect, and encouraging them to always push their limits with confidence.As a small business owner, there were some very quick learning curves to be understood without the support of senior departments and specialists, but corporate mentors help fill that gap. I stick with it because the rewards are so immense: the agility and flexibility of your business, the sense of family and cohesion within the team, the quality of the work environment… All these elements are simply irreplaceable and are at the core of who we are as a business.How did you first connect with Dell?In March 2000 I was contacted by a former colleague working in Dell’s EMEA PR team to take part in a competitive pitch for a press event in New York. I was tasked with taking a group of 30 pan-EMEA media members to a conference with CEO and founder Michael Dell, and Joe Tucci. It was a baptism of fire but proved successful!To this day we’ve had continuous year-on-year growth with Dell across the UK and the rest of EMEA, which has helped me grow my team and expand our capabilities to include fully integrated campaigns and engagement programs.How did working with Dell help you grow your business?I always endeavored to surround myself with supportive and likeminded business people and Dell has helped me unlock so many helpful relationships. Today I am supported by WeConnect, which has provided not only excellent professional networking but also exposure to other business owners who face similar challenges.A year and a half ago, we were selected to join Dell’s mentoring programme, which has given us invaluable insight into the way a corporation works. Through this programme, we have gained major understanding of Dell’s procurement issues and processes while strengthening one-on-one relationships with key figures in the business.How important do you think it is for companies to have a focus on supplier diversity?As a female entrepreneur outside the “old boys’ network” you want to show the world you can succeed on your own. But soon you realise that standing on your own feet doesn’t mean having to give up guidance, support and valuable relationships.Dell’s Supplier Diversity programme has provided the support we needed to grow and develop as a business. Dell’s commitment and passion are evident across senior management and there is a genuine desire to recognise opportunity and enable change. It is a privilege to be involved – in fact we now donate some of our time and services at OrangeDoor to extend the program and help other diverse suppliers.Is diversity something you think about when looking for suppliers for your own company?WeConnect unites not only corporates, but also suppliers. As a business at the forefront of our industry, we have a desire to engage with other companies in the group and build relationships that may prove fruitful for both parties. Not only does this add value to the network but allows for smaller companies, who might not otherwise get the chance, to enter the supply chain at a secondary level.If you had one piece of advice for women business owners who are just starting out, what would it be?Put trust in your team and embrace every challenge as a learning curve. Keep learning, growing and surround yourself with like-minded passionate people with integrity. The top of the mountain is a lonely place and the view is much better if you have someone to share it with!To learn about other ways Dell’s Legacy of Good goals are paying off for suppliers, customers, communities and the planet, visit Dell is committed to continually enhancing social and environmental responsibility in our supply chain. Learn more at read more

Mets TV crew slams unapologetic Jason Vargas: He left ‘stain’ on organization

first_imgPunches weren’t thrown, but Vargas reportedly “charged” at Healey and had to be restrained by Carlos Gomez and Noah Syndergaard. The reporter left the locker room shortly after. “It was an unfortunate confrontation,” Vargas said Wednesday (via ESPN). “I don’t think all the information is really out there. I don’t think this is a time to get into that. But I think that anybody that knows me, anybody that has played with me, there’s never been a situation like that. So to think it happened out of the blue, it’s foolish.”The Mets apologized for the incident in a statement Sunday and Callaway said he spoke with Healey privately before Monday’s game against the Phillies. The reporter also said he received an apology call from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon late Sunday. “The only person who has not apologized or expressed any regret or remorse for the incident is the only person who physically threatened another individual, and that was Jason Vargas,” Cohen began.”Now, you know Jason has the right to do or not do whatever he wants to do,” he said. “He’s 36 years old. He’s a husband and a father. And you would think he would understand that the best way to take all the air out of the situation like this is to simply go to Tim Healey, shake hands, apologize, make some kind of public statement. Something. But he has chosen not to do that.“But it doesn’t sit well at the end of the day that somebody can physically threaten a person in his place of work and not have to feel some sort of consequence from that action,” Cohen said. “And as somebody who cares deeply about this organization and has for a long time, my fear is it leaves a stain and even more so that it gives entrée to the next player who feels in the heat of the moment he needs to vent like that to do the same thing.“Now, we all say things in the moment that we regret later. But the way you take the air out of it is to apologize and move on. And for whatever reason, Jason Vargas has chosen not to take that route.”Hernandez then jumped in, expressing similar concerns as Cohen for the younger generation of players. He also shared some of his own experiences with media in the Mets’ clubhouse when he played for New York from 1983-89.“This is a young nucleus out here playing in a Mets uniform … I would hate to see any animosity between the media and these young players going forward,” Hernandez said. “I’m hoping that the well hasn’t been poisoned.”“I think it’s just part of being a ballplayer that you cooperate with the press,” Hernandez said. “I had writers I didn’t like. Most of them I did. But it never interfered with my cooperating.“Let’s just hope that this is over with and we move forward. Hopefully this ball club can turn this season around at some point. That’s the main issue. The team is really struggling.”The incident took place after the Mets blew a late lead and fell 5-3 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Manager Mickey Callaway cursed out Newsday’s Tim Healey following the loss and requested for him to leave the clubhouse. Vargas then stared down the same reporter and words were exchanged.  Mets broadcasters Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez slammed Jason Vargas for his apology — or lack thereof — after he was involved in a heated exchange with a reporter earlier this week. “I think everybody is aware of the situation that happened yesterday, I think it’s unfortunate for all parties. An unfortunate distraction,” Vargas said Monday. “Tonight, we got the Phillies to play. The team addressed the situation, the organization has a made a statement, and that’s really all there is to it.” Mets fine, but do not suspend, Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas after incident with reportercenter_img If you thought Mickey wasn’t contrite, here’s Vargas— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) June 24, 2019The Mets TV crew, however, ripped Vargas during the third inning of Wednesday’s game against the Phillies. Cohen said he believes Vargas has left a “stain” on the organization and gave credit to the Mets for how they responded (including fining Vargas $10,000).Gary Cohen on how Jason Vargas handled his appearance with the media on Monday.— SNY (@SNYtv) June 27, 2019Take a look at Cohen and Hernandez’s on-air exchange, in part, as they discussed the incident (per The Athletic): Related News Mets apologize after Jason Vargas threatens, charges at reporterlast_img read more