Democratic socialist – Gurugama http://gurugama.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:27:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://gurugama.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-16.png Democratic socialist – Gurugama http://gurugama.org/ 32 32 Australia: The way forward for striking New South Wales nurses http://gurugama.org/australia-the-way-forward-for-striking-new-south-wales-nurses/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:27:25 +0000 http://gurugama.org/australia-the-way-forward-for-striking-new-south-wales-nurses/ On Wednesday, some 50,000 public sector nurses and midwives in New South Wales (NSW) went on strike for 24 hours in their fifth statewide shutdown this year. Nurses demonstrate in Westmead, western Sydney on July 18, 2022 [Photo: WSWS] The nurses are demanding nurse-to-patient ratios per shift, staff increases and opposing state government demands to […]]]>

On Wednesday, some 50,000 public sector nurses and midwives in New South Wales (NSW) went on strike for 24 hours in their fifth statewide shutdown this year.

Nurses demonstrate in Westmead, western Sydney on July 18, 2022 [Photo: WSWS]

The nurses are demanding nurse-to-patient ratios per shift, staff increases and opposing state government demands to take a massive pay cut. The nurses’ vote in favor of strike, at 94%, is an expression of their determination to fight under conditions of complete collapse of the health care system, which has been brought to the brink by COVID “let’s tear it up” from all governments.

The Health Workers Rank-and-File Committee (HWRFC) fully supports the striking nurses. But we warn that another limited, union-controlled shutdown will solve nothing. The horrific conditions facing nurses – including grueling shifts, massive understaffing, wages that don’t even keep up with inflation, and the continued threat of COVID infection – will only get worse.

As with every previous strike, the union is dividing the nurses, with different rallies at different times of the day. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is determined to prevent a unified mobilization of nurses, let alone all healthcare workers, or the hundreds of thousands of public sector workers who face identical attacks on their employment, wages and living conditions.

The HWRFC puts forward a real perspective of struggle, in opposition to these union attempts to appease the anger of the workers, while blocking any real struggle.

Nurses, and all other workers, must take stock of their struggle. It will show that at every stage of the process the NSWNMA has isolated and divided them, while appealing to the Liberal-National government and harboring illusions in the pro-business Labor party.

This is because the NSWNMA, like all other unions, is not a workers’ organization in any real sense. Instead, it is a corporate agency of governments and corporate management, determined to impose the dictates of big business and the banks to make the working class pay for the capitalist crisis.

HWRFC is calling on nurses to take matters into their own hands by forming rank-and-file committees, independent of the unions, which the workers themselves control. This is the only way to unite nurses with other health care workers and reach out to other workers.

The HWRFC, together with the Committee for Public Education, is fighting for a common struggle of educators and health care workers, two key sections of the working class on the front lines of the COVID disaster “let it rip” and of the associated assault on wages and conditions.

The urgency for nurses to embark on a new path is demonstrated by the NSWNMA’s clear preparations to inflict another sold-out industrial deal that will not solve a single problem they face.

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Ambassador Federico Salas presents credentials to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Adaderana Biz http://gurugama.org/ambassador-federico-salas-presents-credentials-to-the-president-of-the-democratic-socialist-republic-of-sri-lanka-adaderana-biz/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:36:01 +0000 http://gurugama.org/ambassador-federico-salas-presents-credentials-to-the-president-of-the-democratic-socialist-republic-of-sri-lanka-adaderana-biz/ Ambassador Federico Salas Lotfe presented his credentials to His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, during a ceremony held on Friday, November 11 at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. During his working visit to Sri Lanka, Amb. Salas also met Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, Prime Minister; Mr. Ali Saby, Minister […]]]>

Ambassador Federico Salas Lotfe presented his credentials to His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, during a ceremony held on Friday, November 11 at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

During his working visit to Sri Lanka, Amb. Salas also met Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, Prime Minister; Mr. Ali Saby, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Mr. Nalin Fernando, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Food Security.

Additionally, Amb. Salas held meetings with Sri Lankan business leaders to help foster trade between the two nations, including Vish Govindasamy, president of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Regarding education, Amb. Salas met with Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman of the University Grants Commission. Both are committed to improving student and scholar exchanges, expanding Mexico’s cultural footprint in Sri Lanka, and exploring joint scientific research opportunities.

The presentation of the credentials of Amb. Salas, along with all related working meetings, was part of a larger effort to strengthen ties between Mexico and Sri Lanka. In these difficult times, both nations look to the future through education, people-to-people contacts, science and trade. Moreover, these interactions are aligned with Mexico and Sri Lanka’s common pursuit of renewed political dialogue and the creation of economic opportunities for the benefit of both peoples.

Statement by Federico Salas, Ambassador Designate of Mexico:

On the occasion of the presentation of his credentials to the President of Sri Lanka on November 11, Federico Salas, Ambassador-designate of Mexico, announced his objective of giving “new impetus to bilateral relations between Mexico and Sri Lanka by improving existing trade levels and exploring new business opportunities; promote people-to-people exchanges in areas such as academic cooperation and tourism; promoting Mexican culture in Sri Lanka with exhibitions, performing arts and food festivals; intensify high-level contacts for a more solid political dialogue; and expand our cooperation in multilateral forums.

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Global crisis || Can the UN bring stability to Haiti? • IS A http://gurugama.org/global-crisis-can-the-un-bring-stability-to-haiti-is-a/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:54:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/global-crisis-can-the-un-bring-stability-to-haiti-is-a/ The United Nations is currently debating whether to send a non-UN military force to “bring stability” to Haiti. Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of Haiti, pleaded with the UN to send a “specialized” task force to eliminate the gangs. The United States and Mexico are the main voices of support for this military intervention, which seems […]]]>

The United Nations is currently debating whether to send a non-UN military force to “bring stability” to Haiti. Ariel Henry, Prime Minister of Haiti, pleaded with the UN to send a “specialized” task force to eliminate the gangs. The United States and Mexico are the main voices of support for this military intervention, which seems extremely likely.

Haiti is in a state of complete social chaos. Gangs are numerous in cities as well as in rural areas. The most influential gang, the G9, led by Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, blocked the main fuel depot in Port-au-Prince, on which the inhabitants depend. Many are left without electricity. Nurses and doctors rush to ration the few days of fuel that remain.

Now the US imperialist bloc is preparing to make matters worse by posing as the “police force” of the capitalist world. It was the grip of US imperialism on the island that led to this horrific situation in the first place. The Haitian working class faces a crisis so extreme that the only way out requires a total liquidation of the current Haitian political regime and breaking the neocolonial subjugation of the island by the United States by breaking with capitalism.

Life situation pushes young people to the brink

The average Haitian worker faces the immense crisis of food insecurity, high prices for basic necessities and constant threats of violence. Many found themselves unemployed when COVID shut down factories and supply lines. Haiti’s mighty garment industry – employing more than 60,000 workers – has laid off tens of thousands during the pandemic. While avoiding the brunt of the pandemic in terms of actual COVID cases/deaths, most simply did not have the money to prepare for this international inflation crisis, which in Haiti is around 30%.

The majority of the Haitian population is under 25 years old. Faced with almost no other option but to join the growing mass of unemployed or take dead-end jobs, many young Haitians are turning to crime for a living. Kidnappings for ransom are so common in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, that they have become an industry in their own right. There have been more than 628 kidnappings this year, an average of two to three a day.

These gangs have taken a political advantage with young people joining their ranks. The largest confederation of gangs, the G9, and its leader Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier demanded the resignation of Ariel Henry in exchange for the lifting of the blockade. Chérizier is a former Haitian police officer who indiscriminately attacked Haitian protesters and working-class communities. While the militant anger of Haitian youth toward political elites forces Chérizier to embrace populist rhetoric (murals of Che Guevara adorn the walls of neighborhoods under his control), he is no friend of the downtrodden.

Without a real expression of the organized Haitian working class with a clear mass political organization with concrete demands, these gangs will continue to grow in membership and influence. Haitian workers are using class struggle tactics to find a way out of this situation, such as nurses striking to demand more funds and an end to gang violence. Without more strikes of this nature, many young Haitians will flock to these gangs to regain control over their lives, only to be used as tools by politically connected gang leaders like Chérizier, or as an excuse by the capitalist class to crush the dissent.

Dependence of the Rotten Haitian State on Imperialism

Ariel Henry’s call for resignation overshadowed by gang violence has been a blessing for Haiti’s political elite. Henry became Haiti’s interim president after the assassination of Jovenel Moïse last year, which created a power vacuum between rival political cliques. Henry canceled his initial plans for an election after taking power and publicly questioned the need for such elections, causing the anger of the Haitian masses to spill out into the streets. There was back-to-back eventsincluding general strikes led by various unions, calling for Henri’s resignation. The Haitian state has responded with outright repression using a mixture of police and gangs to violently suppress protesters.

The Haitian political elite is in utter disarray, with many having no idea how to get out of the current dilemma. It’s clear that elections are probably not on the cards anytime soon, as Ariel doubles down on his position. It is the same situation under Moses, when he refused to step down from his presidency and continually postponed election after election. The purpose of these regimes is to ensure that Haitian exports to the United States continue unimpeded, not to improve the lives of ordinary Haitians.

The fact that Haiti is trapped in neocolonial subjugation to the United States and other imperialist powers diminishes the power of its domestic capitalist class. Haiti’s business elites depend on raw materials and energy like fuel and agricultural products like rice to keep their profits afloat. What they offer in return is a young workforce that can be pushed to the brink of exploitation. Haitian garment workers make clothes for more than 60 American fashion companies and are forced to face sexual harassment with no way to fight back.

Calls for military intervention in Haiti are not new. Last year, Colombia did so at a meeting of the Organization of the Americas, the right-wing Pan American organization led by the United States. Both the United States and Canada have a long history of military intervention in Haiti. The former have regularly intervened in the affairs of the island since their initial occupation from 1915 to 1935. The longest period that US imperialist forces have not been launched directly on the island is when it was under the control of murderous dictators like Papa Doc and Baby Doc. This is the fate of neo-colonial countries under capitalism – either to live under total repression or in total chaos.

Ariel Henry attempts to compensate for the Haitian state’s weakness in crushing dissent by calling in an international military force to do so, while targeting rival political gangs. It should be clear that sending an international military “stability” force to bring “peace” to the island has only ever achieved its opposite.

UN peacekeepers who operated in post-earthquake Haiti committed sexual violence and introduced cholera on the island, creating an epidemic that resulted in the death of thousands of people. At present, the non-UN military operation that the bigwigs of the UN are thinking of will mainly involve the United States and Canada. These are the two nations that have benefited enormously from their enslavement of Haiti.

A non-UN military force will not solve this crime and poverty crisis in Haiti. In reality, the situation will get worse as these foreign military forces wreak havoc among the working people and the poor of Haiti. The only way out of this hell is through the initiative of the Haitian working class and the oppressed masses.

Desperate need for mass organization

Tens of thousands of people are still protesting against Henry’s government and the twisted political elite despite the chaos and violence surrounding them. Henry’s demands for resignation and the holding of fair elections are placed at the center of this movement. Behind these demands is the desire of the Haitian working class for stability, a higher standard of living and peace. The Haitian government and its imperialist masters have fought and will continue to fight against the Haitian working class every step of the way towards realizing these demands.

The recent mass strikes and demonstrations in Port-au-Prince are important developments but are limited in that there are no mass organizations leading the struggle. This weakness allows gangs like the G9 not only to discredit the broader movement to force Henry out of power, but also to direct the violence of those same gangs against protesters. The UN investigating whether to send military personnel or equipment to the deadly Haitian police, should sound the alarm for the Haitian working class. Now is the time to launch a mass working class party to organize committees to fight and defend against foreign military violence and gang attacks.

A mass party of the Haitian working class would be an excellent tool in the context of calls for new elections. This would mobilize Haitian youth into an active political project that seeks massive social change to overcome their dire living conditions. Such an organization must be rooted in the active Haitian labor movement and the massive union of garment workers who have staged impressive demonstrations of action this year, flexing the muscles of the organized working class.

The strength of the Haitian working class, when properly harnessed, is the most potent force in the struggle for democratic rights. But to achieve lasting peace and put an end to the misery of the Haitian masses, a struggle must be waged against capitalism itself. That is why such a new mass political force must arm itself with a socialist program, which aims to remove the commanding heights of the economy from the hands of local and foreign capitalists and hand them over to democratic public ownership. This way, production can be planned based on need, not plunder and profit. Of course, such measures would meet with fierce resistance from the imperialist powers. Repelling them would require deepening and extending the struggle throughout the region and fighting for a voluntary and egalitarian socialist federation of the Caribbean within the framework of a socialist Latin America and a socialist world.

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Review of American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild http://gurugama.org/review-of-american-midnight-the-great-war-a-violent-peace-and-democracys-forgotten-crisis-by-adam-hochschild/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 12:32:19 +0000 http://gurugama.org/review-of-american-midnight-the-great-war-a-violent-peace-and-democracys-forgotten-crisis-by-adam-hochschild/ Comment this story Comment Too many Americans are indifferent to their own history and know it too little. This ignorance makes the present more confusing than it should be. Adam Hochschild has written a beautiful book about a dark time a century ago that has largely faded from national memory but seems painfully relevant to […]]]>

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Too many Americans are indifferent to their own history and know it too little. This ignorance makes the present more confusing than it should be. Adam Hochschild has written a beautiful book about a dark time a century ago that has largely faded from national memory but seems painfully relevant to 2020s America.”American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and the Forgotten Crisis of Democracyvividly depicts a time when racism, white nationalism, and anti-foreign and anti-immigrant sentiment were rampant. Reading it is almost therapeutic. To realize (thanks to this book) that American democracy survived that dark moment and that a decade later began a half-century of democratic renewal made this reader feel more optimistic than he has in a good while. moment.

Hochschild’s account demonstrates the folly of believing that Donald Trump and the era he gave us are departures from normal trends in American history. What is normal in our past is American vulnerability to mythical enemies, demagogues and ignoramuses. These dangerous forces abounded in the years described by Hochschild, from 1917 to 1921.

We remember an event from that time: the First World War. For the European powers involved in this slaughter, the war began in 1914, but an isolationist America remained on the sidelines until April 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson finally declared war on Germany and its allies. . Seventeen months later, after millions of American aggressors had taken up arms in Europe and 117,000 had been killed, the Germans surrendered.

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Victory in war came at a high price that we chose to forget. The war justified a brutal period in America that featured “mass imprisonments, torture, vigilante violence, censorship, murders of black Americans… [and] a war against democracy at home,” writes Hochschild. Its powerful 12-page prologue grabs readers by their setbacks and confronts them with an ugly America poles apart from the pink and patriotic versions.

The nation’s delayed entry into the war spurred intrigue and violence in the United States that pitted Americans sympathetic to Germany against those sympathetic to our traditional allies in Britain and France. Wilson initially sought to distance himself from propaganda on both sides, and he campaigned for re-election in 1916 on the ultimately misleading slogan “He Kept Us Out of War”. In 1917, when the Germans began indiscriminate submarine warfare in the Atlantic that sank American ships, Wilson went all out for the war.

Wilson is at the center of Hochschild’s narrative. He is one of the most complex and contradictory characters in American history. Raised in Augusta, Georgia, by a family that supported the Confederacy, Wilson clung his whole life to the ugly racial views of a Southern segregationist. The first and last holder of a doctorate to occupy the White House, he was president of Princeton University before becoming governor of New Jersey in 1911. Governor and then president (elected in 1912), he was a progressive reformer on the questions economic. and an internationalist. But once he led America into war, he became a dedicated jingoist. Hochschild denounces its many shortcomings.

Wilson signed the Espionage Act in 1917 and the Sedition Act in 1918, two laws that authorized restrictions on free speech that were draconian by today’s standards. Once America joined the war effort, Wilson had no apparent qualms about jailing American dissidents, including the Socialist Party candidate who had run against him for president in 1912 and won 6% of votes, Eugene V. Debs. Debs was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving a speech in 1918 that the Wilson administration interpreted as discouraging participation in the war. Debs’ sentence was commuted by Wilson’s Republican successor, Warren G. Harding, in 1921.

Wilson allowed his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, a former Texas congressman, to deny left-leaning and pacifist magazines and newsletters the use of special low U.S. mail rates for printed matter, which forced several widely read publications to close their doors. He banned a publication called the Gaelic American because it favored Irish independence from America’s ally Britain. Burleson’s legal director, William Lamar, explained wartime censorship to Oswald Garrison Villard, editor of the New York Evening Post. “I know exactly what I’m looking for,” Lamar said, “pro-Germanism, pacifism and high-browism.” Burleson also separated the labor from the post office, with Wilson’s explicit approval. Wilson himself earlier resegregated the federal workforce in Washington.

How right-wing ravings went from ‘not normal’ to ‘dangerous’

Race, immigration, and labor unrest, especially when promoted by socialists, were the most inflamed national issues of those years. Anti-union sentiment was fierce. The main target of anti-worker hostility was industry Workers of the World (the Wobblies), a union that attempted to organize women workers, blacks and unskilled workers ignored by the American Federation of Labor. The prosperous classes viewed the IWW as a grave threat to the country, a threat further aggravated by the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917. This unexpected event sparked the first Great Red Scare in the United States.

A. Mitchell Palmer, a Quaker from Pennsylvania who had served three terms in the House, became Wilson’s attorney general in 1919. On June 2, 1919, three months after taking office, Palmer was the target of one of eight bombs triggered. almost simultaneously in the cities of the Northeast. He and his family were inside their home on R Street NW in Washington when the bomb collapsed the front facade.

Surviving the bomb left Palmer “deeply transformed”, writes Hochschild, and “signaled the beginning…of a war at home the likes of which the United States had never seen”. The infamous “Palmer Raids” of November 1919 and January 1920 rounded up and imprisoned thousands of leftist, black and union activists. The perpetrators of the eight bombings have never been identified.

Palmer’s raids secured him a place in American history, but another contribution he made to his country was perhaps more consequential. As he rushed to respond to the June 2 attacks, Palmer decided he needed a new “radical division” in the Justice Department. As division chief, he chose a 24-year-old Washington native already working in the department. Thus began the career of J. Edgar Hoover, who would serve eight other administrations in various capacities, eventually as Director of the FBI, his tenure ending upon his death in 1972.

Palmer nominated Hoover on August 1, 1929. Two months later, Wilson suffered a massive and debilitating stroke and never really served as president again. The country was not told the severity of the stroke that had crippled him, one of the great scandals in American history.

Wilson’s condition made it easy for Palmer to pursue the presidential ambitions he had long nurtured. He and Hoover concocted an ambitious plan to round up thousands of new American immigrants and deport them, a ploy obviously intended to appeal to then-burgeoning anti-immigrant sentiments. in America.

Hochschild, who wrote 10 previous books, skillfully juggles several narrative threads. His story includes an unexpected happy ending that might encourage contemporary American readers.

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With Wilson permanently sidelined after his stroke, Hoover and Palmer felt free to arrest and deport thousands of immigrants in the most aggressive plan since slavery to suppress residents of the United States. But a legal “roadblock,” to use Hochschild’s term, disrupted their efforts.

By law, deportations of immigrants living in the United States had to be legally approved by the Department of Labor. Acting Labor Secretary Louis F. Post was a liberal civil libertarian and one of the founders of the NAACP. That Post, who served as assistant secretary of labor, found himself wielding the authority of the secretary of labor to approve or block evictions was kind of bad luck. He did not hesitate to seize the opportunity. He prevented Hoover and Palmer from carrying out their plan.

Palmer had heightened fears of a possible revolutionary uprising by socialists and trade unionists on May Day, 1920, but May Day passed quietly, without an American Revolution – and without mass deportations either. Like the elected Republicans who blocked Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Post rose to the occasion with steadfast dignity and determination. Harding, elected to succeed Wilson in 1920, abandons the ferocious anti-immigrant and anti-socialist crusade. Calm has returned. Soon, as is our custom in this unique country, we turned the page and found ourselves swept away in the Roaring Twenties, dancing the Charleston and drinking illegal gin.

Robert G. Kaiser is a former editor of the Washington Post.

The Great War, a violent peace and the forgotten crisis of democracy

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Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore says MAGA can’t ‘define what it means to be a patriot’ http://gurugama.org/maryland-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-wes-moore-says-maga-cant-define-what-it-means-to-be-a-patriot/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/maryland-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-wes-moore-says-maga-cant-define-what-it-means-to-be-a-patriot/ Wes Moore, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland.Bryan Dozier/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore seeks to reshape the way patriotism and service are discussed in the public arena. Moore, a Democrat, told Insider he wouldn’t cede the definition of patriotism to any group or movement. The former nonprofit executive offered a […]]]>

Wes Moore, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland.Bryan Dozier/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore seeks to reshape the way patriotism and service are discussed in the public arena.

  • Moore, a Democrat, told Insider he wouldn’t cede the definition of patriotism to any group or movement.

  • The former nonprofit executive offered a service year option for high school graduates.

FREDERICK, Maryland – In the banquet hall of Asbury United Methodist Church, one of the oldest black churches in the historic city about an hour’s drive west of Baltimore, the Democratic candidate for Gov. Wes Moore last week began his message to party loyalists by emphasizing service.

Moore – who served as a captain and paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006 – told attendees it was imperative that all Marylanders benefit from the progress of the state, a driving principle of his campaign.

“They taught us something on our first day of military training, whether you’re army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard… It was simple . Don’t leave anyone behind, ever,” Moore told the crowd. “If you get one of my men, I’ll send a battalion to pick them up if necessary. We’re not leaving anyone behind.”

As Moore spoke alongside his running mate lieutenant governor, former state Del. Aruna Miller, he linked this theme to tackling child poverty and reducing disparities in health care, reaffirming that their potential administration would be shaped by tackling some of the most persistent issues affecting citizens of the world. ‘State.

In much of the country, Democratic candidates campaigned against the Supreme Court’s decision to to spill Roe v. Wade, while touting the impact of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan bill on infrastructure in their respective states and emphasizing the need to ensure free and fair elections in the United States.

But Moore has crafted a deeply personal campaign pitch, with the first political candidate speaking forcefully about patriotism in a way that can appeal to voters across the ideological spectrum while refusing to cede ground to the GOP on the issue — especially in the wake of the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol.

As we rode the country bus from Frederick County, a new swing in Hagerstown, a Republican-leaning town in western Maryland, Moore noticed a property displaying both an American flag and a flag touting the “Make America Great Again” movement personified by former President Donald Trump.

“Here you have a guy with an American flag and a Trump flag, and for so many people in our society, they think those two things are synonymous with each other. Right?” Moore, 44, told Insider. “That’s what we’re against. The idea that we’ve kind of allowed this MAGA movement to control this idea of ​​patriotism and try to define what it means to be a patriot and what it means to defend his country.”

“And I’m like, and I’m sorry, you mean the people who tried to destroy it?” He continued. “Is it the patriots? Those who claim to be the defenders of freedom?

During the general election campaign, Moore – a Valley Forge military college and Johns Hopkins-educated Rhodes Scholar who wrote best-selling book of 2010 “The Other Wes Moore” – linked his commitment to service with policies he believed would improve the lives of Marylanders.

Moore’s opponent, GOP State Del. Dan Cox, is a Trump-backed conservative who represents parts of Frederick County and chartered three buses to Washington, DC, to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6; he tweeted that day, then-Vice President Mike Pence was a “traitor.” Cox later spoke out about the violence that occurred at the Capitol and said he did not walk to the building, and also apologized for his comment about Pence.

Both men are running to succeed two-term Governor Larry Hogan, an anti-Trump Republican who won in 2014 and 2018 by positioning himself as a consensus builder who could provide political balance in the staunchly Democratic state. Hogan, who is considering a possible presidential campaign in 2024, said decreases to endorse Cox’s candidacy for governor.

Moore, who would be Maryland’s first black governor if elected next month, says it’s critical the next leader makes it clear that no political party or movement has a monopoly on service to the country.

“We’re going to have to deal with some very real generational challenges — economic, educational, housing,” he told Insider. “But I also believe that one of the prerequisites for the next chief executive is that we have to step up and end this idea that a fringe group has claimed and seized on a country’s mantra of patriotism.”

“I refuse to let anyone try to fight this,” Moore continued, “or claim that they have a higher stake or a higher claim than me or my family or the people I served with or the members of my community.”

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Moore helps out at a food distribution center at the Ruth M. Kirk Recreation and Learning Center in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 16, 2022.Win McNamee/Getty Images

“We must repair this rupture of division”

After winner a competitive multi-candidate Democratic primary featuring Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Moore honed his message of patriotism, proposing a year of service that could provide essential job training and career opportunities. mentorship to Maryland high school graduates. He envisioned the year of service option as something that could potentially be funded in partnership with federal, state and local government entities.

Moore, the former chief executive of the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty relief nonprofit, said “those who serve together will usually stay together”, alluding to the deep divisions that define many aspects of the modern American culture.

“I believe part of the job of government is to find what works, make sure it’s supported, and then build on it,” he said. “We have to fix this brokenness of division and this vitriol that we have in our society. Why not really address these two things at the same time?”

“Give them the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves. And the reason I know it worked is that’s exactly what I saw in the movie. ‘army,” Moore added. “We all had very different backgrounds. But when you gave us a collective connection, it’s amazing how it changed the perception and often many of the biases that we had coming into the situation.”

For Moore, traveling to western Maryland reflects how he would need to govern if elected, listening to people in places where Democratic candidates don’t always fare well.

During the ride, Moore pored over a state-level child tax credit program he hopes to implement that will be similar to the one that lapsed at the federal level last December; it’s a policy proposal that could potentially attract some Republican support.

a september survey co-sponsored by Goucher College, WYPR Public Radio and The Baltimore Banner found Moore leading Cox by 22 points (53%-31%) among likely voters.

And in the last Washington Post-University of Maryland investigationMoore held a 60% to 28% lead among registered voters, to attract the support of 86% of Democrats and 22% of Republicans – a reversal from 2018 when it was Hogan who garnered considerable cross support.

Mileah Kromer, associate professor of political science and director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College, told Insider that Moore’s conversations about patriotism and service have been “incredibly effective messaging for him.”

“If you look back to 2018, Hogan was so successful because he was able to attract a wide spectrum of voters that included full support from his base, but also a ton of Democrats and strong support from independents. “, she said. “Wes Moore’s campaign is in many ways so different from that of the last Democratic nominee, who really focused on the progressive wing of the party. And he spoke about patriotism and his military service in a way that helped him get the attention of independents, older voters and more conservative Democrats who may have voted for Hogan in the past two cycles.”

“Politically, it also isolated Wes Moore against Dan Cox trying to say he’s some kind of far-left socialist. None of those attacks stuck in any meaningful way because that’s not It’s not who he is,” Kromer added.

Moore pointed out that, if elected, he would put together a state-like government.

“I want everyone in Maryland to be able to look at the administration that we’re going to build, cabinet secretaries, agency heads and everything to look up and say, ‘I see myself around the table,'” he said. he declared. . “I want to say that.”

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Socialist regimes seek to suppress Christians | Opinion http://gurugama.org/letter-to-the-editor-socialist-regimes-seek-to-suppress-christians-opinion/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 19:03:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/letter-to-the-editor-socialist-regimes-seek-to-suppress-christians-opinion/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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Launch of a popular political party – L’Echo http://gurugama.org/launch-of-a-popular-political-party-lecho/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 20:03:04 +0000 http://gurugama.org/launch-of-a-popular-political-party-lecho/ Santi Esposito launched the Democratic Socialist Party – Democraticsocialistpartyaustralia.com. Photo provided. Byron Shire is known as a hotbed of alternative politics, and the next generation is stepping up. Youth leader Santi Esposito, 25, has launched a political party which he says aligns with the values ​​of democracy, equality and the preservation and enhancement of our […]]]>

Santi Esposito launched the Democratic Socialist Party – Democraticsocialistpartyaustralia.com. Photo provided.

Byron Shire is known as a hotbed of alternative politics, and the next generation is stepping up.

Youth leader Santi Esposito, 25, has launched a political party which he says aligns with the values ​​of democracy, equality and the preservation and enhancement of our precious environment.

As the founder of the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP), he says he is looking for 1,500 like-minded supporters to be put on the ballot by the election commission.

Esposito says: “As we barely emerge from three years of bushfires, floods and a global pandemic, it’s not hard to see that the systems around us are failing on a global level.”

“One way to solve our collective problems is to organize the local community through the democratic process.

Locally born and raised

“I was born and raised in the rivers of the North, and I see inequality everywhere, it’s clear that capitalism just isn’t working for the people. There’s a lot of homelessness in Byron County right now, people and even moms with kids who have to sleep in their cars or vans, people are really struggling to pay their rent right now .

“There was not even a housing guarantee for people who lost their homes in the floods. I believe that housing should be a human right, it is a central issue for the Democratic Socialist Party”.

Housing accessibility, wealth inequality and environmental degradation

Mr Esposito said he wanted to see issues such as housing affordability, wealth inequality and environmental degradation given more airtime in the public debate.

“I was really inspired by Bernie Sanders’ campaign in the United States.

“It just showed that there really is this grassroots movement of people who want change.

“You have to remember that most media is owned by corporations.

“So if it’s not about celebrity glitz and glam it’s just swept under the rug, the struggles that people are facing in the community should be front page news.”

Mr. Esposito continues: “It’s a celebration for the people.

“I think there is so much hope for making our communities a better place for everyone to live.

1,500 supporters needed for EC

“1,500 supporters must be registered on the ballot papers by the electoral commission.

‘If you would like to register your support for us, please visit www.democraticsocialistpartyaustralia.com Where call me on 0427 220 932′.

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New audio leaks reveal behind-the-scenes dealings of LA Democrats http://gurugama.org/new-audio-leaks-reveal-behind-the-scenes-dealings-of-la-democrats/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 19:30:50 +0000 http://gurugama.org/new-audio-leaks-reveal-behind-the-scenes-dealings-of-la-democrats/ A Los Angeles City Council meeting scheduled for Friday was canceled due to protests calling for the resignation of City Council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, two prominent Democratic Party officials who made racist comments during a redistricting meeting last fall. Workers hold signs during a protest in Los Angeles demanding the resignation […]]]>

A Los Angeles City Council meeting scheduled for Friday was canceled due to protests calling for the resignation of City Council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, two prominent Democratic Party officials who made racist comments during a redistricting meeting last fall.

Workers hold signs during a protest in Los Angeles demanding the resignation of LA city councilors Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo on October 15, 2022. [AP Photo/Richard Vogel]

Former City Council Speaker Nury Martinez and AFL-CIO County Leader Ron Herrera were also implicated, leading to their swift resignation from their posts after calls for the resignation were made by Biden’s White House and other top Democratic Party officials. In audio recordings released last week, Martinez is heard denouncing Oaxacans, Armenians, Jews and whites. She attacked rival politicians for being “for black people” and called the African-American child of another city council member a “little monkey” who should be beaten.

Several hundred protesters, many of them of Oaxacan descent, demonstrated in downtown Los Angeles on Friday carrying signs saying things like “Fuera Racistas!” (Racists out!) and denounce the racism of council members against all different ethnicities.

These protests have prompted the crisis-ridden Los Angeles City Council to hold virtual meetings instead of in-person meetings on the false premise of COVID-19 precautions, citing a recent revelation of a positive COVID-19 case. at last Tuesday’s meeting.

“The virtual meeting is due to the diagnosis of COVID-19, and that’s it. We know Angelenos still feel pain and anger, and they have every right to weigh in and express those feelings,” Dan Halden, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Council Speaker, said in a statement. email Friday evening. “We will take public comments so that people have ample opportunity to make their voices heard.” At the last in-person meeting, protesters who publicly commented on the meeting took the opportunity to condemn the council, and riot police were called in to quell them.

Using COVID as an excuse is utterly hypocritical, as Los Angeles’ anti-science approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 96,000 unnecessary deaths in Los Angeles, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, problems term health issues due to Long COVID and the complete collapse of the health care system.

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Uproar as Labor bloc activist refuses to run for parliament http://gurugama.org/uproar-as-labor-bloc-activist-refuses-to-run-for-parliament/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 15:39:13 +0000 http://gurugama.org/uproar-as-labor-bloc-activist-refuses-to-run-for-parliament/ A POPULAR anti-racism campaigner barred by Labor from becoming an MP has slammed the ‘factional’ decision made by officials behind the scenes. Maurice Mcleod – who was backed by MPs Diane Abbott, Bell Riberio-Addy and John McDonnell – was kicked out of the selection contest in Camberwell and Peckham, a seat with Britain’s largest black […]]]>

A POPULAR anti-racism campaigner barred by Labor from becoming an MP has slammed the ‘factional’ decision made by officials behind the scenes.

Maurice Mcleod – who was backed by MPs Diane Abbott, Bell Riberio-Addy and John McDonnell – was kicked out of the selection contest in Camberwell and Peckham, a seat with Britain’s largest black population.

Labor officials had scoured Mcleod’s social media and found ‘offences’ such as liking a tweet from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas several years ago before Mcleod became a councilor at Wandsworth.

Abbott said The voice: “I am shocked and saddened to learn that Maurice Mcleod was not long registered by the National Labor Party for Camberwell and Peckham.

“Maurice was a local man, a great activist with a long track record of serving his community. If the national party does not even allow it to be considered, it is very worrying. »

The decision to block Mcleod angered party members and prominent figures in the community.

Mcleod, a former director of the Race on the Agenda charity, posted a statement slamming the ‘frivolous’ reasons given for excluding her from the long list to replace retired veteran MP Harriet Harman.

He had won the support of Unite the Union and a local left-wing caucus, including Peoples Momentum, who endorsed him as their candidate.

Local members were thought to be sharply left wing, despite the presence of a centrist MP in the rock-solid Labor seat for the past 40 years, and were big supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

In his statement, Mcleod said: “I am deeply disappointed by this unfair decision taken behind closed doors, which deprives local members of the opportunity to vote for me.

“I am sad that the Labor Party sees no place in its ranks for black and brown socialists like me who have fought tirelessly for racial justice.”

Islington Councilor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie predicted there would be a “massive uproar” over the decision to ban Mcleod.

She said The voice: “I’m shocked. It’s really, really sad. He’s such a healthy candidate, an anti-racist who’s always at the forefront of the community. It’s a shame. We’re already lacking black male representation .

“It shows that Labor doesn’t really want outspoken people and actually wants to speak out against racism.”

It is understood that Mcleod is considering all options over the weekend.

There are only three black Labor MPs, fewer than the Tories who have four black men on the green benches.

Labor has already chosen candidates in the general election in 36 held or winable seats where there is a vacancy, and none of them have a black African or Caribbean candidate, male or female.

The row in the south London seat comes after months of dissatisfaction with Labour’s lack of real action to tackle the anti-black racism identified in the Forde report. Labor responded by saying “Starmer is in charge now”.

The party also tried to ignore the Job files Al Jazeera documentary that exposed instances of racism against Black and Asian members, including harassment and surveillance.

Former Shadow Chancellor McDonnell said: ‘This decision to stop Maurice standing is shameful. If those who made this appalling decision don’t appreciate your tireless work for your local community and your decades of courageous anti-racism campaigning, I want you to know Maurice that I, and thousands of others, certainly do.

Fellow MP Riberio-Addy added: ‘We are a democratic socialist party and the members of Camberwell and Peckham should have been given the opportunity to decide.’

Other MPs who sent their solidarity to Mcleod include Nadia Whittome, Zarah Sultana, Florence Eshalomi and Fleur Anderson.

Chantelle Lunt from Black Lives Matter Merseyside told The voice“Looks like Labor is purging the Left Party. It reminds me of what happened to Anna Rotherywho was absolutely loved by the community with a strong left wing policy, and I feel like the Labor leadership sees that as a threat.

Black Labor Socialists said: ‘Mauritius blocking seems to suggest that having strong support in the community you want to represent in parliament could be a reason not to be selected.’

Author Gary Younge wrote on Twitter: “@UKLabour message to the black community: those who have worked tirelessly for your interests for decades, representing the party at the grassroots level, should not run for parliament. We want your votes but not your voice.

Labor has been approached for comment.

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30 Florida sheriffs denounce socialist organization for causing ‘unspeakable violence’ against officers http://gurugama.org/30-florida-sheriffs-denounce-socialist-organization-for-causing-unspeakable-violence-against-officers/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 05:43:48 +0000 http://gurugama.org/30-florida-sheriffs-denounce-socialist-organization-for-causing-unspeakable-violence-against-officers/ Thirty Florida sheriffs have denounced the left-leaning organization Florida Rising for advocating for the Democratic police defund program, saying that by “demonizing” law enforcement, they have provoked violence against officers. In a note cited by local media outlet Florida’s Voice, the sheriffs refer to Florida Uprising as the largest socialist “anti-cop” group in the state […]]]>

Thirty Florida sheriffs have denounced the left-leaning organization Florida Rising for advocating for the Democratic police defund program, saying that by “demonizing” law enforcement, they have provoked violence against officers.

In a note cited by local media outlet Florida’s Voice, the sheriffs refer to Florida Uprising as the largest socialist “anti-cop” group in the state that spreads “hate speech” against law enforcement and compares them to the KKK.

“The past few years have brought out of the shadows a radical agenda to demonize law enforcement and given voice to dangerous attempts to defund and defame the police. Both have led to unspeakable violence against officers in our state and across the country,” the memo reads.

Sheriffs denounce the fact that the left-wing organization defenders “anti-law enforcement sentiments” and that he believes in defunding the police as “the only way to keep” Florida communities safe.

“On behalf of our state’s hardworking law enforcement and the communities we serve and protect, the Florida Sheriffs signed below denounce hate speech against Florida Rising law enforcement and rescind the program of the font,” the text reads.

In the letter, officials “strongly” urge citizens to dismiss the organization and the Democratic candidates it supports as a “threat to Florida law enforcement” and state security.

The memo also praises Republican leaders who have increased funding for law enforcement by incorporating “common sense policies.”

“Here in Florida, our leaders have stood by our law enforcement heroes in the face of aggressive pressure from activists and the media – not just because it’s the right thing to do – but because the one and only responsibility government is to protect its citizens,” the missive stresses.

Socialism in Florida?

Florida Rising is a ‘proudly’ socialist organization that promotes the fight against capitalism, advocates ‘racial and economic justice’, supports the extremist group Black Lives Matter and advertises for Democratic candidates whose speeches call for defunding the police .

The socialist organization is affiliated with the Center for People’s Democracya group that advocates removing police officers from schools, says the nation’s drug abuse crisis should be solved through “public health measures” and urges Congress to cut funding for law enforcement to prevent the incarceration of dealers.

“Congress must heed the urgent call to defund the police and change its priorities by canceling funding for programs that support state and local law enforcement and increasing its funding for programs that support real security. public,” the band said. in a report.

According to the memo, Florida Rising endorsed Democratic primary candidates who made it to the general election. Among them are gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and his running mate, left-wing radical Karla Hernandez-Mats.

Through its social networks, the organization has promoted the candidacy of Val Demings to “replace” Marco Rubio of the Federal Senate.

The signatories of the memo are:

Sheriff of Baker, Scotty Rhoden
Sheriff of Bay, Tommy Ford
Sheriff of Bradford, George Paul “Gordon” Smith
Sheriff of Brevard, Wayne Ivey
Sheriff of Clay, Michelle Cook
Sheriff of Columbia, Mark A. Hunter
Sheriff of DeSoto, James F. Potter
Sheriff of Dixie, Darby Butler
Sheriff of Escambia, Chip Simmons
Sheriff of Franklin, AJ Smith
Sheriff of Gilchrist, Bobby Schultz
Sheriff of Glades, David Hardin
Sheriff of Gulf, Mike Harrison
Sheriff of Hardee, Wind Crawford
Sheriff of Hendry, Stephen H. “Steve” Whidden
Sheriff of Highlands, Paul Blackman
Sheriff of Holmes, John Tate
Sheriff of Indian River, Eric Flowers
Sheriff of Jackson, Donald L. Edenfield
Sheriff of Lafayette, Brian N. Lamb
Sheriff of Lake, Peyton C. Grinnell
Sheriff Lee, Carmine Marceno
Sheriff of Liberty, Buddy Money
Sheriff of Martin, William Snyder
Sheriff of Pasco, Chris Nocco
Sheriff of Pinellas, Bob Gualtieri
Santa Rosa Sheriff, Robert Johnson
Sarasota Sheriff, Kurt A. Hoffman
Sheriff of Volusia, Mike Chitwood

Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in social communication. Wrote for international media. Currently lives in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Currently resides in Colombia.

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