AndyWW photo: Ben CarrollAndy is a student activist and public sector health-care worker in North Carolina. He is currently working as part of the movement to build Student Power Unions, the organizing model used by students in Quebec, Puerto Rico and elsewhere, across North Carolina. He is a member of the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party.I spent most of my teenage years indifferent to politics of any kind, but that didn’t mean I didn’t learn a few things about how capitalist society works. I learned to fear the police after my friends and I were arrested and charged with four different felonies for an act of vandalism on the back wall of a shut down, abandoned grocery store. Around the same time, I learned about how many people are executed every year in the U.S. I saw that capitalist laws highly value even the unused property of business owners, while considering human lives expendable.In my late teens, I was invited by a friend to see a feminist film screening, and it really opened my eyes! The understanding of women’s oppression I got from that film was the first thread that I pulled at to unravel the rest of the fabric of my prior understanding of society. I got involved in a community group fighting sexism. As I worked with other activists, I came to see that women’s oppression, racism, capitalism and LGBTQ oppression are interlinked. I began to work with several different groups fighting around different issues. I didn’t know it yet, but I had already met several of my future Workers World Party comrades in these groups.I was raised to think that communism was the worst evil that humanity had ever known, and that communists were robot-like villains bent on world domination! Today, I know that’s the furthest thing from the truth. I decided to join WWP after I attended a class on the Marxist understanding of the state presented by a young leader of Workers World Party. I was captivated by the systematic and historical analysis that he presented, and I was moved by his personal experiences with police brutality and home invasion. Here was one organization that had a crystal clear, objective understanding of the various struggles and oppressions I had fought against and the connections between them all.But Workers World Party’s politics went further. They had a vision of building a society without capitalism or oppression, and a proven strategy to make that vision a reality. And I saw on the streets and in the community that Workers World Party comrades were working hard to carry that strategy out.I spent the better part of the next year investigating other socialist organizations, and reading opposing viewpoints. I learned a lot in that time. And, having looked into the alternatives I might have chosen, I’m all the more confident that Workers World Party is a communist organization that is really doing the work necessary to bring about a socialist revolution in the U.S. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
As the Rev. Edward Pinkney approached the start of his second year in prison, a powerful show of support was displayed in Detroit on Dec. 12 for Michigan’s political prisoner. The Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Pinkney drew over 70 participants from across Michigan and several other states. Longtime supporters of Rev. Pinkney were joined by many who had only recently heard about the jailed Benton Harbor civil rights activist. Many were meeting each other for the first time.Dorothy PinkneyWW photo: Bryan G.PfeiferDorothy Pinkney opened the conference. This is the second time in eight years that she has been separated from her spouse due to totally outrageous frame-up charges. She inspired the crowd by reading from Rev. Pinkney’s message to the conference: “They tried to destroy me, but I am still standing. They attempted to silence me by taking away my telephone rights, but I am still standing. They tried to harass me, they tried to intimidate me, they tried to threaten me, but I am still standing.”Attorney Tim Holloway, Rev. Pinkney’s appeals lawyer, exposed the wildly unconstitutional procedures used by the prosecutor, Michael Sepic, and allowed by Berrien County judge, Sterling R. Schrock, to get the all-white jury to convict Rev. Pinkney despite having, admittedly, “no evidence” linking him to the charges of altering five dates on a mayoral recall petition.Longtime supporter and organizer Marcina Cole linked Rev. Pinkney’s ordeal to the regime of racism, police misconduct and mass incarceration of African Americans across the country. A call to elevate the profile of Michigan’s political prisoner in the media nationally and internationally was made by Abayomi Azikiwe, a leader of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice. He reported that radio shows had recently given substantial coverage to Rev. Pinkney in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. The Final Call newspaper and CounterPunch online magazine have also given coverage to this case. Regular coverage of the struggle to free Rev. Pinkney is found in Workers World newspaper and the People’s Tribune.Send a greeting to Rev. PinkneyA widespread campaign was launched to show support for Rev. Pinkney and let Marquette Prison officials know that they are being watched by many. People are being urged to send a holiday greeting card to Rev. Edward Pinkney #294671, Marquette Branch Prison NE-93, 1960 U.S. Hwy. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855. A table at the conference had dozens of holiday cards laid out so people could sign them or send a brief message on the spot.An open microphone allowed widespread discussion. A woman who explained that she was a dues-paying member of Amnesty International let people know she was pressing the London headquarters of AI to take up Rev. Pinkney’s case. Lamont Lilly from North Carolina, the Workers World Party candidate for vice president in the 2016 national elections, promised to raise Rev. Pinkney on the campaign trail as he travels the country. A young autoworker, Tom Michalak, reported on important trade union support coming for Rev. Pinkney. A taped message of support was shown from the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly.In the days following the conference, an important development emerged that may add to the efforts to keep Rev. Pinkney safe from vindictive and racist prison officials at the remote Marquette prison. Several Michigan state legislators, pressed by their constituents, have agreed to contact the Michigan Department of Corrections director to express their concern for the health and safety of Rev. Pinkney. They also have approached the legislative corrections ombudsman to ask him to look into the concerns that Rev. Pinkney has expressed about abusive treatment. It is hoped that such inquiries will, at the very least, make officials more cautious about how they treat this embattled political prisoner.Calls to the Michigan legislative ombudsman, Keith Barber, expressing concern for Rev. Edward Pinkney, #294671 at Marquette Branch Prison, can be made to 517-373-8573. PayPal donations to help finance the defense of Rev. Pinkney can be made online at bhbanco.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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Half of the Exeter students who are currently living in Jury’s Inn are being forced to move in and out of the hotel up to three times before the end of term, owing to unavailability of rooms.40 students will have to stay in alternative accommodation on six occasions before the end of Michaelmas term due to prior bookings at Jury’s Inn Hotel in Wolvercote.The provisional check out date of October 31 for the 86 students, including finalists, had been further delayed until 3rd December, as their planned college accommodation in Cohen Quad remains incomplete.Exeter College has arranged bed and breakfast accommodation for students on November 10, 12, 19, 20, 25 and 26 November.Alternative accommodation is being provided at Cotswold Lodge Hotel and Linton Lodge Hotel in Summertown, as well as the Travelodge Abingdon Road and Holiday Inn in Wolvercote. The college has found 25 rooms owned by Lincoln, Keble and Worcester.The Keble Accommodation is located near Headington, whilst the Worcester and Lincoln accommodation is near Cohen Quad. There are also 15 rooms in college from which no one has to move. The College is compiling a priority list to put into a ballot for the no move hotel rooms and the 25 alternative college rooms.Priority will be given to students with health issues, then those with English coursework this term, followed by Earth Sciences and History coursework over the holidays, international students and finally all other students.Students will be moved in groups according to the areas of Jury’s Inn they are currently staying in, in an effort to minimise disruption.Exeter College has said each student will be contacted individually with the dates they would have to move out, stating it would be unlikely that anyone would have to move more than three times. A spokesperson for Exeter College told Cherwell, “Having informed our students that they would be unable to move into Cohen Quad during this term, we have been working with Jury’s Inn to secure the students’ accommodation there until the beginning of December. The hotel team have been as helpful as possible but are unable to accommodate all students continuously over the next four weeks due to other group bookings which they had previously agreed.“Consequently, we have had to make some alternative accommodation arrangements including moving some of our students into other colleges for the duration of term, and moving a small number of students, still at Jury’s Inn, into alternative hotels for two weekends this month. Student welfare remains our highest priority in providing alternative suitable accommodation and all assistance will be given to provide physical and emotional and academic support over the remaining weeks of term.”JCR President Harry Williams commented, “I am disappointed that, yet again, our accommodation is not ready, which ultimately creates further disruption for students throughout the rest of term. The college are working hard however to find solutions to minimise the disruption and particular thought is going to those with imminent coursework deadlines.”Finalist Alex Doody, also living at Jury’s Inn, said, “I, like many fellow Exonians in this situation, cannot say I am pleased with this development. I understand that the hotel has to cater to other guests, but I think we have endured more than enough disruption and I will be overjoyed when Cohen Quad finally opens and we don’t have to put up with this inconvenience.”Exeter College is providing transport to the hotels and has organised storage space at Jury’s Inn for students’ personal belongings.Exeter College is covering all accommodation costs until students take up occupancy at Cohen Quad and students have received free breakfasts, as well as bus passes to travel into central Oxford.
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Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Co #2 will host its annual fundraiser, “Make it a Full House for Colts Neck Vol. Fire Co. #2’s Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will serve as honorary chair, and will be attending the event.The fundraiser will take place in the Triple Crown Room at the company’s firehouse, 50 Conover Road. Players will participate in tournament-style play, with a $150 buy-in for advanced registration, and $175 at the door, with pay-out prizes for the top 10 finishers. A 50/50 raffle will also take place on the night of the event.“We’re all very excited to be re-introducing the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament back into our fundraising plan,” says Art Raskin, event co-chair. “The event has been a huge success in past years, and we’re looking forward to making this our best year yet, with the addition of Assemblywoman Casagrande.”Funds raised at the event will go towards covering costs to maintain the firehouse and all of the mandatory equipment that is needed for the volunteer firefighters to continue doing their job effectively.For more information on advanced ticket purchase and event details, visit the event’s website at coltsneckfireco2.org or find them on Twitter @CNFireCo2 or Facebook by searching the event name.
JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, GORMLEY, WINNER: “It was nice yes. I expected him to run the way he ran today. I know he’s still improving but I think he only gets better and better. Hopefully, he gets a lot better, but with this race and his next, he has a lot of potential to keep growing.“It didn’t surprise me how well he broke out of there today. When he’s feeling good, he breaks quickly and already running. In the Breeders’ Cup he broke slow but today he came into the race in really good shape and got into it right away.” JOHN SHIRREFFS, GORMLEY, WINNER: “That was a great race. He’s still young. You never know what they’re going to do so it’s always interesting. We’re very proud of him.“He’s quick. He starts quick, he gets away quickly. But then he checks himself as he gets into the race and he relaxes. It was great to see him pick it back up again and get it done.“Chantal (jockey, Sutherland who has been working him in the mornings) has given me a lot of confidence in how he’s doing. She’s a rider who really understands what is going on underneath her and is very expressive about it, so she’s been a big help.” JERRY MOSS, OWNER GORMLEY: “This type of thing never gets old. He’s got a lot of heart and I know he’ll go further than this. John’s doing all the right things as usual. This was a beautiful horse race and the fans got a thriller. No idea where we’ll run next.” MIKE SMITH, AMERICAN ANTHEM, SECOND: “For only his second time out, that was pretty impressive. If we’d been on the outside…I think that probably would’ve helped a little bit getting beat a half a nose.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, reside in Beverly Hills, CA.
Chelsea are ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barcelona striker David Villa, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed interim manager Rafael Benitez is planning a £12m raid for his fellow Spaniard.The Daily Mail say Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle remains a serious target but Villa is available, possibly on loan until the end of the season, which means he would not interfere with Chelsea’s long-term pursuit of Radamel Falcao.Frank Lampard has been told his Chelsea career is over and that he can find a new club in January, according to The Sun.A source is quoted as saying: “Frank is absolutely distraught. He wants to keep playing for Chelsea but they’ve told him to find another club in the January transfer window.“He can’t believe it. All he wants to do is play for Chelsea. This club means everything to him.”The Daily Star say John Terry’s contract will not be renewed because club owner Roman Abamovch has not forgiven the captain and Lampard for failing to back former boss Andre Villas-Boas.Meanwhile, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is determined to deliver the signing of Newcastle striker Demba Ba for manager Harry Redknapp, the Mirror reports.It is claimed Fernandes is prepared to include a clause in any deal allowing Ba to leave for a minimal fee if he joins Rangers and they are subsequently relegated.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
QPR made a lively start at Loftus Road, where the teams have had to contend with wet conditions – and a squirrel on the pitch that has twice held up play.Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved from Gary O’Neil following Matt Phillips’ low cross and the Leicester keeper also kept out a stinging drive from Niko Kranjcar.And after ‘Suarez’, as he was dubbed by the home fans, halted play for a second time, Clint Hill’s header from Phillips’ corner was cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky.Recent signing Yossi Benayoun is among QPR’s substitutes.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Barton: Phillips, Kranjcar, O’Neil; Austin. Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Practical advice on composting toiletsDon’t get a small one. You know, the kind that’s an all-in-one unit that just sits on the floor in any bathroom. It has a small tray at the bottom that you slide out to remove the waste. I had some friends in Florida who had one, and they hated it. You have to empty it far too frequently, and it doesn’t really get enough mass to get the composting going. And unlike the one I had, they’re smelly. [Edited 23 May 2013: I may have rushed to judgement without enough data here. See the comments from Lloyd Alter and Bruce Lepper below.]Use compost starter. When you read the instructions for composting toilets, they tell you that you have to put some starter microbes in the tank to make the composting happen. They give you two choices: Buy their special starter or throw a shovelful of soil in the tank. We chose the latter and had a plague of little fungus gnats living in the tank. (I could write a whole article just about my battle with those annoying little critters.) I suspect that using the soil from outside was the source of our gnat problem.Consider a foam-flush or micro-flush toilet. Some people are squeamish about doing what comes natural into a tank where they can see that other people have also been doing what comes natural. Crazy, I know, but it’s true. These types of toilets also give you the flexibility to install the toilet in locations other than directly above the tank.In case you’re wondering, we went with the Phoenix composting toilet by Advanced Composting Systems in Whitefish, Montana. The owner had previously worked for Clivus Multrum, the big name in composting toilets. I was pleased with the design, sturdiness, and functionality of the toilet. It was also fairly easy to assemble and install (for someone who’s handy with tools and used to doing this kind of stuff, that is). I recommend checking out both of those brands.If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can check out the Clivus Multrum with a foam flush toilet at Southface Energy Institute’s Eco Office near downtown.Because the tank was so large and there were only two of us living in the house (for the first three years anyway), we didn’t have to empty the tank until it had been in use for four years. At that point, I wasn’t living in the house anymore but went back to help with the first removal of the compost in 2007.It was nice stuff! The Phoenix has two access doors, an upper one and a lower one, as well as two large axles that run the length of the tank, each with several tines. When you open the lower door, you can pull out all the old stuff from the bottom and the axles and tines keep the newer stuff from falling. Cool!Finally, for those of you who think these modern composting toilets are too fancy or expensive, I recommend The Humanure Handbook. I don’t think you’ll ever get their design approved by a building department, but it’s definitely low-tech and cheap. All you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet seat, and some sawdust. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Collection and Use of UrineGBA Product Guide: Composting Toilet SystemsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Plumbing SystemsDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work?Strategies: Consider composting toiletsNatural Building In NicaraguaQ&A: Experiences with grey-water and composting toilets? Ten years ago I was building a green home. It had passive solar features, was built out of structural insulated panels, sent all the greywater out to the back yard to water fruit trees, and was going to be super energy efficient. One feature above all others, though, captured people’s attention when I described the house to them — the composting toilet. The first reaction of many of them was:“Ooh. Won’t that stink?” OK, composting toilets are about a lot more than bathrooms that don’t stink. The main reason that people who consider themselves environmentalists install them is to prevent problems associated with waste treatment plants and septic tanks. In this age of “going local,” they keep the organic matter at home (unlike a sewer system) without polluting the ground water (unlike many septic tanks).But let’s skip over all the big picture, environmental stuff. If you’re considering a composting toilet, you want practical information, so here’s my advice to you, based on the three years I spent living in one … uh, I mean living in a house with one. Why bathrooms with composting toilets smell betterWe installed the kind of composting toilet with a large tank in the basement. The tank had a small fan that constantly exhausted air from the tank through the vent on the roof. So, whenever anyone went to the bathroom and … uh … did their business, the bathroom smelled better than before they went in there. The reason is that as soon as they opened the lid on the toilet, air from the bathroom was being pulled down through the toilet, into the basement tank, and then sent out through through the roof.A lot of people are down on negativity (Say NO to negativity!), but actually it’s a good thing when channeled properly. Negative pressure inside a composting toilet means you never have to worry about walking into a bathroom that’s had all the oxygen sucked out of the air (as I heard it described once). RELATED ARTICLES