Meeting: ‘Why the working class is the most revolutionary class’
Brynmill Community Centre, St Albans Road, Swansea UK
7.30pm - 25/9/19
Why do socialists go on about the working class so much? In a #capitalist world driven by profit those that make the profits - the working class - also have the potential power to transform society.
It is that potential class power we need so much at present: to combat austerity and finish the half-dead #Tories . But we have to go much further, for workers to bring a #revolutionary transformation of society that ends the root cause of #exploitation and #oppression .
We also need to break from any old stereotypes: the working class is black, white, gay, straight, men, women, public sector, private and those in the gig-economy - it is all of us who do not control what we produce or the services we run.
Come to the meeting to discuss class, class struggle and bringing about a socialist society.
Picure: women mine-workers from the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa ( #Numsa ) who went on strike against sexual harassment and in solidarity with dismissed co-workers. June 2019. (All our meetings also have a second half discussion about current political events, national and local campaigns, forthcoming demonstrations)
“After his return from Vietnam, Geronimo Pratt moved to L.A. and attended UCLA, where he met Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter, the leader of the Slauson’s and the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party. After Bunchy was murdered in 1969, Pratt joined the BPP.
In the BPP, Pratt was minister of defense and head of the Los Angeles chapter. Now affiliated with a political party that was deemed a threat to national security, Pratt became a target. .
The FBI and its counterintelligence, surveillance, and distribution program, COINTELPRO, kept a close eye on Pratt.
He was accused of the 1968 murder of schoolteacher, Caroline Olsen. Olsen was shot and killed during a robbery in Santa Monica.
Johnnie Cochran was on Pratt’s legal team and argued Pratt was 350 miles away attending a BPP meeting during the time of the murder.
He was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Eight of those years were spent in solitary confinement. .
Cochran worked tirelessly to ensure that Pratt saw justice. In 1996, he was granted a new trial and was released in 1997.
Pratt also won a wrongful imprisonment suit and was awarded $4.5 million. He died in 2011.
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World through our eyes!
Please no more destruction! "If you heard the stories of the poor, the neglected.. It would break your heart like it did mine" - Shahin badar, Mumbai
They believe in oneness and do not believe in faith that causes any type of destruction and know it's disrespectful yet have to live with it. They are forced to clear up the mess off the streets after the festivities. They do not believe in the atrocities caused around the world ,condemn it , it affects their lives too .They have more knowledge and understand gratitude with grace but are oppressed for being poor !The areas around the homes of the poor are used as dumping grounds. It's unheigenic and unsafe for the Children and the community .Air in unclean . Some of the roads are constructed so badly that the Rikshaw's wheels get stuck in the pot holes and the driver loses his life and the passengers are injured.Worse during the rain! Filth must be cleared especially when so much of money has been provided for change!! There must be a change ... Government crisis hits the poor first!
Hindu brother who recently lost a member of his family was so emotional and said to me "Didi no one cares here in Mumbai , it"s been going on for years, they will not listen and do nothing about it, what is our life worth , we are poor .I am leaving mumbai,how much can we shout about it?And when we do we are told to shut up. The groups formed to support our territory our country has gotten worse " Negligence has caused a greater mess then perceived! It has affected majority lives and due to the truth being portrayed many have lost their jobs !
Do not hate a country or the people when you are not aware of the negligence of a certain system! My heart goes out to the people.I honestly pray that the government makes changes due fast for the welfare of the people and the country.
Heartfelt prayers for the poor and those who are suffering.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a Q&A with the remarkable Canadian author @annahiddashtgard moderated by @devyanisaltzman for her book Breaking the Ocean - A memoir of race, rebellion, and reconciliation. I can't wait to read her book!
Annahid recalled her childhood experience of sitting in class and those teachers having difficulty pronouncing her name. Something both I, and many of our students deal with, hiding our full identity to make it easier for others. #systematicracism#systematicdiscrimination#oppression#inclusion#equity
Today we face a world fraught with political, environmental, and social change. It’s in times like this, that humanity seeks out leaders to turn to -- who inspire us to muster the courage to speak out and take action.
Throughout history, from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. , Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubbman and Ghandi -- Activism has played a major role in ending slavery, challenging dictatorships, combatting racism, protecting the environment, promoting gender equality, and many other important issues. And It’s through the heroic persistence of activists, that we’ve always demonstrated the capacity to mobilize masses of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary, seemingly impossible things.
It’s in this spirit that we are building Axtivist, a global community committed to championing the efforts of today’s activists striving to help shape a better world across the issue spectrum of human rights, gun violence, racism, climate change and inequality.
Follow us on our journey as we profile these heroes on the front lines and their messages, so that we all can participate in pushing forth a better more resilient world. . “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
---- Margaret Mead
Well Let's hear from Sally Hunt who satates that she is "An affluent white woman, saving people of oppression, racism, misogyny, microaggressions and themselves" (as stated on her #twitter profile). #repost credits go to @pushing_black edited by @theblackhistoryuk ;The full video can be found on #youtube
I’ve shared these infographics before, but considering my previous post about A.G. Bell, I felt it was a good time to reshare considering how he played a big role in the banning of sign languages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To get a very brief glimpse into the history of the oppression of sign language and it’s impact on the Deaf community’s perception of the Hearing society, swipe through these next few slides.
It begins with the banning of sign languages in favor of oralism at the Milan Conference of 1880. For the next century, children in deaf education experienced horrendous oppression by being forced to utilize speech only (even if they physically couldn’t do it) and were punished for attempting to use sign. While these harsh practices began to decline in the 1960’s, I have friends who experienced this type of punishment in the 1980’s. It wasn’t until 2010 that the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf made a formal apology for the atrocities that resulted from the Milan Conference of 1880. And now in 2019, a mere nine years later, ASL has become a fad in the hearing community. People think it’s cool without knowing the history of it nor understanding that even today our society still continues to favor oralism over sign language. Resulting in the continued language deprivation in many deaf children. Many hearing people/companies profit off of sign languages when not too long ago it was banned from use by those very individuals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hopefully, these slides clarify why we feel the way we do when we see hearing society appropriating our culture and language. It should be understandable that the perception that the Deaf community has towards the hearing society (especially the older generations who had first hand experiences with these harmful educational practices) isn’t always the most positive given the dark history of the oppression of sign language. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #signlanguage#oppression#languagedeprivation#asl#americansignlanguage#oralism#culturalappropriation#learnthehistory#respectthehistory#educateyourself#supportdeafownedbusinesses#deafcommunity#deafpride#deafculture#deafawareness#deafawarenessmonth#deafeducation
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We enter Gate 47, Line 6 at 19:25 UT today, September 14, 2019.
Hexagram 47- Line 6: Futility (Quote) The ajna center, like the splenic center and like any awareness center, is a center of fear. In the mind, we call it anxiety. The fear of the 47th gate is the fear of not being able to realize, the fear of not being able to make sense out of life, the fear of not being able to relieve oneself of the oppression. When you come to the sixth line, all sixth lines carry with them the potential for depression. You are getting to the top of the house. You are on the roof and you looking out beyond, and what your hexagram represents is not what you are looking for. The 47.6, the next line is the 6.1, directly into the wave of the 6.1, directly into the line of not wasting your resources. This is a line of Futility. It is futile and it can be the most deeply depressive of all lines. Because it is on the mental plane, it can involve deep anxiety. Futility. A difficult position, for which there is no exaltation. The Sun in detriment, where the strength of will alone may find a way to adapt and survive, but without hope of ever overcoming the oppression. Here in the white book: Life as an ordeal stripped of realization. That means, from the mental plane and perspective, for these people, it is truly futile. Why bother to make sense out of that? What is the truth? The depression that lies in this sixth line, at this place, what it really wants is the truth. It does not just want something that makes sense because it knows that that does not work. It is futile. Something that makes sense today makes different sense tomorrow or no sense at all, and the sixth line knows that because it knows that it is just a wave. What it is really looking for is something beyond that. It is looking for the truth. What is the truth? What is it to be human? The truth comes in the next line: Don't waste your resources on relationships that are not of value to you. That is its truth. #thegenekeys#transmutation#genekeys#transfiguration#magic#humandesign#humandesignprojector#oppression#realization
🔎 Was going through some old documents and got this Gem.
About 90-100 years ago during 1920s when Palestine-Israel conflict was on rise, meeting of around 300 important people from all over United India(then) took place in Shahjahani masjid, dargah ajmer sharif. All those wise minds,then itself, knew how severe that problem can turn out to be like it is today. All raised their voice against the oppression there and wrote letter to British power holders.
Alhamdullillah proud to mention that letter was undersigned by our great grandfather as can be seen in image.
Imam Hussain a.s. shown us to be on the path of haq(truth) and oppose injustice and oppression. And we, alike our ancestors, from darbar of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz r.a., been flag bearers to raise voice against injustice for centuries. May Allah swt keep bestowing blessings in current day and age.
Hum Kare Baat Daleelon se to Radh Hoti Hai,
Unke Hoton Ki Khamoshi Bhi Sanad Hoti Hai,
Kuch Na Kehne Se Bhi Chin Jata Hai Aijaz-e-Sukhan
Zulm Sehne se Bhi Zaalim Ki Madad Hoti Hai #ajmer#hussain#haq#truth#speakup#oppression#palestine
This master piece will be familiar to many lovers of the Ahlulbayt ع. It was painted by Iranian artist Mahmoud Farshchian in 1976 and titled “The Evening of Ashura”. This is a copy of that painting made using wooden pieces, displayed in the museum at the haram of Imam Reza ع. .
The artist has depicted the horse of Imam Hussein ع, which has returned from the battlefield without its rider 💔. The women and children have left their tents and are seen mourning and crying next to the horse. Each woman is bent over under the heavy burden of the sufferings of the past days and the pain of losing their family members, especially Imam Hussein ع. Even the horse itself shows distress in its eyes and expression, Dhuljanah is mourning his rider just as the women of the Ahlulbayt are. 😔
you can trust yourself and your body.
you are a complex human
and you get to have compassion for yourself in your complexity.
regardless of what culture and
oppression and abuse
have taught you to believe,
you can trust yourself in your complexity.
you can believe yourself
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LES PRISONNIERS DE LA LIBERTÉ de @lucadifulvio_ parus aux éditions @slatkineetcompagnie ✒️
1912 : 3 histoires et 3 destins.
Celui de Rocco qui essaye de fuir l’enrôlement forcé dans la Mafia sicilienne et il a pour ambition de devenir mécanicien.
Celui de Rosetta, une jeune paysanne de 20 ans qui a vu son troupeau de brebis morts égorgées car elle refuse de vendre ses terres à un riche baron.
Et enfin Raechel, une juive russe qui a 13 ans, qui fuit sa marâtre à la mort de son père.
Ces 3 destins vont fuir leur enfer respectif pour les Amériques, « le Nouveau Monde » et être réunis en Argentine. Leur vie sera-t-elle pour autant meilleure? La fuite est-elle une solution ?
COUP DE COEUR ❣ C’est avec beaucoup d’émotions que j’ai lu ce chef d’œuvre. Une écriture enivrante et captivante pour parler de sujets prenants. Ce roman est touchant et bouleversant. Des vies meurtries, des horreurs, des inégalités et malgré tout ça, ce livre est magnifique. L’auteur nous transmet son amour, ses mots résonnent et sont un hymne à la liberté pour réaliser ses rêves. Courage et détermination sont les maîtres mots, lorsque ces personnages sont tentés de sombrer dans la résilience. Être une femme reste compliquée au début du XXème siècle, entre viol et prostitution, les personnages braveront les épreuves.
Cynique et impitoyable, leur vie les amène vers l’Argentine. Passé douloureux et avenir compliqué, l’auteur nous envoûte pour ce voyage au delà des frontières. 10 ans après le gang des rêves, Luca di Fulvio s’impose dans l’art de nous écrire des histoires exceptionnelles. 🚢
Vous pouvez trouver ce livre à la librairie Page et plume à Limoges (www.page-et-plume.fr)
So whenever you share a degrading video like the ones mentioned before, or done any of these, it is a direct slap in the face of the community including me. Because everytime we see this, it makes us feel undervalued just because we can’t function like you, so therefore our ability to communicate doesn’t matter to you unless we are not deaf. Be reminded. Hearing devices we wear to hear is essentially to benefit you, not us because not all sounds can be received accurately by us. Filtered background, noisy, more. Often times, it is a trigger for me because I’ve endured almost every aspect of ignorance and oppression as growing up and (still do). So whenever it happens again, a question always appears, have it been like this in my community for as long as we are alive? Even with my circle of friends who are deaf and hard of hearing? Even the youth? Obviously I am not alone. And that is why I’m sharing this message to educate anyone who meets a deaf/hard of hearing person out of nowhere and how to be more respectful to our community. It is also important to be aware because this is literally how we adapt and function as a thriving community in order to navigate in a hearing dominated society. It’s probably better to connect with someone and learn a new language than over glorifying those videos and pictures which is considered ignorant without understanding its negative impact to our community as such reducing our accessibility as well as our existence as a community. Maybe instead of over glorifying us, start learning our language? The only way you gain from us is a new language and a new perspective. Everytime you use it, it benefits us because you’re essentially creating a better world for us to be seen more and be treated with respect.
And again, I ask you. Can you glorify this? Can you say that to the face of your deaf peer?
Thank you for listening. (2/2) #languageacquisition#deafculture#deaf#deafcommunity#oppression#deafrights#ADA#hardofhearing#deafblind#queer#nonbinary#nonbinaryartist#cochlearimplant#deafawarenessmonth
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Remember those videos about a deaf baby/people with cochlear implant hearing/hearing aid for the first time, or some ridiculous articles discussing about cure for deafness. Or even invent costly ridiculous prototypes to make our visual language “hearable/understandable” for them when they can just learn from online or sign language class or from an actual deaf person? (Keep in mind, ASL itself is made up of facial expressions and body language, etc. It is impossible for such technology to be able to capture all of these.) Or have you ever met a deaf person who actually speaks so well that you could speak with them instead of signing? We are not your profit, medical miracle, nor a miracle in any form. Or something to pray/pity about. Why? Because we have a big community that’s been around for a long time, constantly fighting for our rights to be recognized as such accessibility. (1/2) #languageacquisition#deafculture#deaf#deafcommunity#oppression#deafrights#ADA#hardofhearing#deafblind#queer#nonbinary#nonbinaryartist
Madras Heritage is not just century old buildings or steaming filter coffees.
These faces are more representative of Madras than any historical building, British official or brahmanical figure. But sadly the working class of Madras are nowhere to be seen in the populist narrative of Madras day. Getting to know the heritage of Madras over the last few years has really been an eye opener but it would be unfair if we didn’t mention the irregularities and patterns that we have noticed in the narrative. A pattern that comfortably leaves out the voices of the common man.
Once on a heritage walk on the High Court campus, the guide explained about the plight of Indian advocates who weren’t allowed to wear shoes like their English colleagues. They rule wasn’t relaxed even during the rainy season when they suffered from health issues. This helps us understand how privilege operates in our society. The history which puts a Brahmin advocate on a pedestal, makes us pity their working conditions, ignores the scores of people who weren’t allowed to wear shirts or even drink from common taps and wells.
These people probably were labourers in the construction of our famous heritage structures. We take efforts to preserve even the demolished buildings, ruined plaques and forgotten nooks. But the only people we hear about are those who commissioned or funded these buildings.
So when the heritage of Madras is always viewed through filter coffees and sambar that originated only 60- 70 years ago. It is infuriating. History is often just used to toot the horn of the ruling classes. It is important to understand the subaltern perspective of our history. It is time we question our history textbooks instead of just memorising dates, places and names.
This Madras day, we want to honour the unsung heroes of Madras whose hard work glimmers in the buildings and roads of our beloved Madras. We truly believe that the working community will get it’s due credit some day. “ உழைக்கும் இனமே உலகை ஜெயித்திடும் ஒரு நாள்” Content: Krithika #madeinmadras#madrasday2019#mim#madras#madrasday#chennai#tamilnadu#india#tamil#instagram#heritage#history#oppression#blackandwhite#oldmadras
Unfortunately these days there are always new tradgedies that are happening. This time it is the mas shootings in Texas and Ohio, as well new and continued oppression throughout the world. Our prayers go to the victims and their families that were affected in these tragedies.
Let us not make these kinds of tragedies and events "normal" thing.
May Allah make them strong in these times of trials.
Over the years, NIT Calicut has sustained a draconian administrative culture that is hostile towards students' freedom of speech, and has often resorted to oppressive measures in order to protect the administration's interests and primitive views.
To read further, click the "NIT Calicut's longstanding culture of institutional sexism and oppression" article in the link in our bio.