Unions, unity and Standing Rock

first_imgWorkers all over the world are in the fight of our lives to keep predatory, profit-hungry capitalism from killing us, our loved ones, our jobs and work, our communities, and the very earth and water.The epic struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) gathers together and upholds the struggles of poor and working people for survival while fighting to protect the water and defend Indigenous sovereignty. Led by people from the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) and hundreds of other Indigenous nations, the encampment has been joined by many non-Native people from many communities.The #NoDAPL battle at Standing Rock embodies the old union slogans, “An injury to one is an injury to all” and “Solidarity forever.”But at the height of this battle, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, has issued a statement attacking Standing Rock. He defends DAPL, he says, because it provides “family-supporting jobs” and “makes the U.S. more competitive.” He demonizes the Standing Rock resisters, claiming they are “attackers” who are holding workers’ jobs “hostage.”In those phrases, Trumka ignores centuries of European colonization and U.S. government genocide and exploitation of Indigenous nations — the settler and military massacres, the seizure of resources and land, even the theft of Native children from their families and their cultural and physical torture at government schools.Trumka’s words are a betrayal of the working class. He is siding with big business as it fracks over workers and leaves behind devastation in communities. These words deny that Indigenous people and people of other oppressed communities are integral to the multinational working class that has built the infrastructure of the U.S., from colonization to capitalism — built the canals, the railroads, the interstates, erected the skyscrapers and put up the telephone lines, laid the digital cables and now answers the phone calls when we need assistance.This is the same old business-unionism mistake — supporting corporate privatization in the hope of getting short-term jobs instead of fighting for the long-term progress that solidarity between the workers and oppressed communities can win for unions.Many unions support Standing RockBut Trumka isn’t speaking for all the unions in the federation. Others have come to the defense of Standing Rock with solidarity statements affirming the unity of demands of workers and oppressed people: the ATU transit workers, the California Faculty Association, the Communication Workers, the National Nurses United, the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981, the UE electrical workers, and locals from across the U.S., including the San Francisco region of the Inlandboatmen’s Union/ILWU and the homecare and public-service workers of SEIU 503 in Portland, Ore.Labor for Palestine has started a petition demanding the AFL-CIO reverse its pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-Indigenous support for DAPL.The AFL-CIO should never be backing business interests oiling their way across North Dakota and the rest of the country to get megaprofits as federal and state governments ease their way.Because the intent of capitalists will always be to cut jobs and break unions. Certainly there are enough unmet human needs and deteriorating infrastructures to provide work for millions for a long, long time.As Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabe author and activist from the White Earth Nation, has said: ”Flint, Michigan, has a problem. … What we need is those skilled laborers to be put to work in Flint.”She says, and we wholeheartedly agree, ”Pipelines for people!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market…

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleLimerick mother makes impassioned appeal for funds to include son (3) on US cancer trialNext articleWATCH: “The girls have done everything to get here”-Donal Ryan Meghann Scully LimerickNewsPick up Christmas Cheer & Stocking Fillers at Boutique Christmas Market in an Historic SettingBy Meghann Scully – November 20, 2020 819 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Emailcenter_img SET in a beautiful historic 18th Century courtyard at Holycross, Bruff, Co. Limerick, the Rockbarton Garden Centre’s boutique Christmas Market is set to ignite a wonderful Christmas atmosphere while making ‘shop local’ easy.The outdoor Christmas market will feature 30-plus stalls selling high quality produce and gifts created by very talented local craftspeople and artists.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This one-day event is as much about the shopping as it is about soaking up the Christmas atmosphere in a beautiful outdoor setting. Warm your hands around a mulled wine as you follow the one-way system and browse the myriad of artisanal handicrafts and delicious homemade foods on display as Christmas music plays in the background.Take a break from the online shopping and find the perfect gifts or stocking fillers for everyone this Christmas from handcrafted or handmade soaps, fairy doors, jewellery, quilts, pottery, cakes, breads and so much more.Popular local artisan producers such as Happy Food at Home, Our Daily Bread, Lough Gur Pottery, Willow Crafts, Knitting, RnR Quilts, Mary’s Fairies, Mulberry Rose, Cookie & Crumb, Allo Craft & Design will all have stalls at the market.Christmas Trees, Handcrafted Wreaths, Table Centres and Christmas Planters will also be available on the day. And children will be thrilled to know that hot chocolate and crépes will be on offer from the Café cart.Now in its fifth year, the Christmas market will be taking place with a number of additional safety measures.  In adherence with Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, there will be a one way system in place, numbers entering will be monitored and hand sanitiser will be available on all stalls as well as at entry and exit points.  The cafe will also move outdoors to a café cart to ensure social distancing.Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre, said, “It is always a lovely day out with the family where you can embrace some Christmas cheer while picking up an unusual gift for a friend or relative – something that you’re not going to get anywhere else!”“Everyone involved is very excited about the market going ahead, particularly after a very tough year for many local producers.  The market will obviously be different to previous events but we’re doing everything that we can to ensure there is a festive atmosphere and a warm welcome is waiting for you in a safe environment,” she continued.Event detailsDate: Sunday 6th December,Time: 09.30 – 15.30Venue: Rockbarton Garden Centre, Holycross, Bruff, Co Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Twitterlast_img read more