The Civil War: Lessons for today’s struggle

Below are excerpts from the book “The Klan and the Government: Foes or Allies?” written in 1983 by Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers World Party. The entire book can be read online at workers.org.In the Civil War in the U.S., the bourgeois democratic revolution was aborted. It did result in ending involuntary servitude. It freed the Black people from their legal ties to the slavocracy. But it failed to carry out the rest of the basic and revolutionary measures which were necessary for formal equality with the white population.Nevertheless, as a result of the revolutionary prosecution of the war against the Southern slavocracy, the Southern slave state governments were immensely weakened and in part replaced through federal intervention and military occupation by the central government.These measures were made necessary in order to defend the rights of the Black people and to insure that the Southern slave-state governments did not violate the new federal legislation which the U.S. government had promulgated.The Southern state governments were thus under the jurisdiction of the U.S. military and had to obey its orders. Unable to do anything legally to subvert the new status and rights of the Black people, the Southern planters resorted to building a conspiratorial terrorist organization to supplement the Southern states’ legalized governments.We see therefore that the KKK arose as an illegal, extra- governmental secret apparatus, nourished, promoted, and organized by the then legalized governments of the South. …Need for people’s militiaThe duty of the federal government in the South under Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, and Hayes was not merely to juridically proclaim and defend the rights of the freed men and women. Its duty was also to train, educate, and organize them, above all on a military basis so they would be able to properly defend themselves against the violence instigated and perpetrated by the revival of the slavocracy’s political power.It was not enough to have subdued the slavocracy militarily. There had to be a counter-force or a parallel force as against the armed forces and repressive organs still wielded by the Southern states, notwithstanding the breakup of the old Confederacy.It’s true that the Confederacy seemed crushed and powerless, insofar as exercising its political sway against the Northern bourgeoisie. But the old planter aristocracy was permitted to rebuild and revive on the basis of retaining all its private property and land as well as whatever financial and commercial assets it still had.Under these circumstances, the economic and state power of the planter aristocracy remained an overwhelming force as against the Black people, notwithstanding the gains made — including those in the state legislatures of the South. What the Black population needed to resist the growth of the KKK was an organized militia, trained, armed, and financed by the federal government to protect and defend their newly won rights and also to contest the planters’ right to the land — which the former slaves were entitled to no less than the serfs in Europe during the bourgeois revolutions there. …Treachery of Northern bourgeoisieThe federal government retreated under pressure from many of the capitalists in the North who felt that they had got what they wanted. … As a result the treacherous bourgeoisie withdrew the federal troops from the South and left the Black people defenseless against the KKK. The Southern aristocracy thereafter began a large-scale campaign to secretly recruit, organize, and promote the Klan as a mass terror weapon with an extra-legal and extra-state character, in order to destroy the ability of the Black people to utilize their newly won legal rights as proclaimed by the Constitution. The right of self-defense was virtually nullified by the withdrawal of federal troops from the South. …Bourgeois scholars of Reconstruction, especially the more reactionary ones, underestimate the tremendous role played by the Black people in achieving the victory over the Southern oligarchy. They do everything to belittle the role of Black people and only rarely is there any mention of what W.E.B. Du Bois in his great book “Black Reconstruction” calls the general strike of Black people, that is, the abandonment of service on the plantations and the support it rendered to the Northern army, which was indispensable for the victory over the plantation aristocracy. …FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more

eStatement adoption strategies and best practices

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Banyas Brad Banyas is CEO of OMI, a leading cloud-based customer communication management service and platform provider. OMI delivers cost-effective solutions for marketers and brand managers to connect with customers through … Web: www.omi.co Details Many credit unions offer electronic statements and paperless correspondence to their members. But despite advances in online technology, and in the face of popular sentiment to “be green,” most continue to struggle to increase paperless adoption. The aim is to save trees, save money, and improve member communications; but the key to success is getting members to opt-in to the idea of going paperless.Are you still printing and mailing thousands of pages of member correspondence every month despite having an electronic solution? Without a well-defined strategy to drive paperless adoption, you may find that you continue to struggle to manage the burden of paper-bound communications.How can you encourage your members to go paperless? Here are some strategies and best practices you can use to increase adoption rates, improve communications, and maximize the value of your paperless strategy.Real World StrategiesNew AccountsIt makes sense to start your paperless initiative with all your new accounts. Since you are starting a new member relationship, now is the time to set the expectation of a paperless standard. Flag all new accounts and set the default in your system for paperless correspondence only. Remember, while you are encouraging members to go paperless, be sure to provide an option to choose to go back to paper if they wish. In this case, you may want to consider charging a fee for the paper. You may also consider designing new products that minimize or eliminate fees by virtue of going paperless.Voluntary Opt-InThe gentlest approach for existing accounts is voluntary opt-in. But asking customers to proactively choose paperless requires proactive marketing on your part. This strategy starts with a thoughtful effort to build awareness. Are your members even aware that they have an option to opt-out of paper in favor of an electronic alternative? What kind of incentives are they given to do so? Does the member experience, both online and in person, encourage them to go online instead of in the mail?Make Enrollment EasyIt is important to make it easy for your members to enroll in a paperless alternative. 366 Degrees by OMI provides a single sign-on and seamless integration to all paperless platforms. But best of all, it’s a simple enrollment process and easy for those customers that want to go paperless to do so with just one click. For organizations, managing enrollment through this automated feature has the added benefit of providing a quick and easy way to track the effectiveness of paperless initiatives. Reverse Opt-InUnlike the voluntary method, reverse opt-in is a hard line approach to raise paperless adoption. Turning off printed statements at a pre-defined future date, for example, is an effective, but potentially risky strategy. It is important to work diligently to communicate to all of your members well in advance so that they are aware of the pending change. It is important also to provide a way to opt back in to receive printed communications, but you may want to consider charging a fee for the service.Online CustomersAnother approach that falls somewhere between voluntary and reverse opt-in is one that focuses on your current online customers. Since these customers are already comfortable with your online services and the online experience, turning off printed correspondence is a natural progression. It is easy to access their statements, notices, letters and communications through the existing online customer portal. Again, you can always provide an option to opt back in for paper if they wish.Proven Best PracticesThe strategies above are great ways to increase eStatement adoption. Here are a few best practices to add to the mix to further your success.Give-Aways and DiscountsEveryone is attracted to a give-away, and you may find giving members a little something for their effort is a convenient and affordable way to entice them to go paperless. Give-aways and other incentives have shown to increase electronic adoption, and these include everything from inexpensive promotional items, to gift cards, or even a sweepstakes for a new iPad.Raise AwarenessOften, members who still receive printed statements are unaware that they have an option to turn the paper off. It is important to keep proactively promoting your paperless initiatives to keep your members informed. The best way to raise that awareness is to use all the channels available including direct mail, web banners, e-mail and other touch points. Certainly this should also include any printed correspondence as well with envelope backer ads, statement inserts, and so forth.Promote InternallyEvery time a member interacts with your service representatives they should be encouraged to go paperless if they have not already done so. This requires a thoughtful and consistent effort to educate all internal staff, especially member facing personnel, about why your paperless adoption campaign is important and valuable – to both your customers and your organization. Track your staff’s progress and make the drive toward going paperless a visible goal. For example, post a graph on progress, praise the results, and host an internal competition. Continue to encourage this internal promotion through rewards and recognition that keep the paperless effort moving forward.Going GreenMany organizations find that going paperless is a great way to be green and save green at the same time. Often, there is positive attention paid to organizations that are going green and that resonates with members. Make your customers part of the experience by promoting the “green” aspects of your efforts and how they can help the paperless cause.                                         Know your DemographicsMore than 95% of all member statements are read every month. Knowing who to target and how to communicate with them in your paperless initiatives gets you one step closer to your goals. Communicate through all accessible channels to understand and overcome hesitations in moving to paperless communications. The more you know the more you grow.Moving ForwardAre you ready to adopt strategies and best practices to increase your eStatement adoption rate? It will take thoughtful effort and the right tools to get the job done. Look for providers and solutions, like our own 366 Degrees, that have the right mix of capability, vision and experience that will allow you to make the most of electronic statements and other paperless correspondence.last_img read more

Uganda’s Moses Magogo gets top CAF ExCom job

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Magogo speaks at a recent FIFA meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino listeningUganda’s top football official Eng. Moses Magogo has been appointed to the powerful Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Magogo becomes the first Ugandan onto the executive committee.In wide ranging changes, Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya was named Chairman of the CAF Technical and Development committee, while the continental body’s first and second vice-presidents and another representative to the world soccer governing body FIFA were named.The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president Magogo was also named a member of three other CAF committees at the ongoing CAF Extraordinary General Assembly Congress in Bahrain.  FIFA president Gianni Infantino is attending, as CAF is also naming new officials to the ExCom of the world soccer governing body. (SEE FULL LIST ON PAGE 2)“In recognition of the progress of football development in Uganda and contribution towards African football, I have been appointed a member of the CAF Executive Committee 2017 – 2021 and a member of the CAF Reforms Committee,” Magogo said soon after the decision had been taken.Magogo was thrown into the limelight last year as Gianni Infantino campaigned for the top job in FIFA. The FIFA president visited Uganda in February, on a trip that many said was a campaign to unseat then CAF president Issa Hayatou.Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad eventually won the CAF top job.The Bahrain meeting is the first for the newly elected CAF administration led by Ahmad.Many more changes have been put in place and are expected by the Ahmad new administration, that in March ended the  Hayatou’s 29-year reign at CAF. At the ongoing Bahrain meeting, Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Constant Omari Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been chosen as CAF vice-presidents, the African football body said Tuesday.A statement said the two officials, who had been widely tipped for the posts, were elected by acclamation during an executive committee meeting in Bahrain.They succeed Guinean Almamy Kabele Camara and Suketu Patel, a Seychellois who quit CAF in March after long-serving Issa Hayatou of Cameroon suffered a shock presidential election defeat.It was the first meeting of the executive since Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad beat Hayatou 34-20 in a vote for the top CAF post.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Lucky Eagle Casino July 9th – Nick Nicholson is coming to…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Tennessee native and rising country star Nick Nicholson is coming to the Northwest for a benefit concert for Lungs for Jake, a group raising money for Jake Drewry’s life-saving double lung transplant surgery. Nicholson grew up at the knee of his musical father and has been performing since he was twelve-years-old.After serving in the United States Air Force for ten years, Nicholson has returned to his passion – music, while still performing and volunteering at various veterans’ events throughout the year.Nick has performed with many other big country stars including Travis Tritt, Rodney Atkins, Trent Tomlinson, the Bellamy Brothers and Michelle Branch, just to name a few. Recently while performing at Toby Keith’s own bar, Keith himself joined him onstage for several songs.The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on July 9th at the Lucky Eagle Casino, just south of Olympia. Tickets are $35 and the show is 21 and over.Tickets are available at variety of locations including: The Olympia Fire Department (station 1), Lacey Fire Department (on Franz St.), Tumwater Fire Department, Littlerock Fire Department and Fire District 6 (Station 61 onNormandy).For more information on tickets or for ordering information contact Cherie Leyva at 360-791-2231.For more information on Lungs for Jake, or its soon-to-be nonprofit counterpart, Return to Life visit www.returntolife.org or check out Lungs for Jake Facebook page.For more information on Nick Nicholson visit www.nicknicholsonmusic.com.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Soccer

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers made it look easy in capturing the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer title this past week in Creston by dumping the host Prince Charles Comets 3-0 in the championship final. The Bombers now advance to the B.C. High School tournament November 7-9 in Burnaby against the best the province has to offer at the AA Division.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Bombers Team of the Week.The squad, coached by Jamie and Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest, includes, coach Jamie Spendlove, Dylan Bennett, Shota Ida, Luis Loeschnick, Simon Sheppard, Andrew Tranfo, Andrew Woodward,Cole Sutherland, Nick Wethal, Cormac Southam, Ethan Perkins, Jef Vreys and Greg Syvertsen.Front, Ryan Lewis, Lucas Burrows, Bruno Moro, James Miller, Daniel Rodman, Trace Cooke, Theo Bakas, Nigel Ziegler and coach Dave Spendlove.last_img read more

SA welcomes SADC infrastructure plan

first_img20 August 2012 South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who met in Maputo at the weekend. The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in the Mozambican capital. The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide the creation of efficient, cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, ICT and transport. The region’s infrastructure in critical sectors is said to be so poor that a deficit was estimated to be to be about US$100-billion. Speaking to SAnews in Maputo, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies noted that the new plan would put emphasis on the cross-border infrastructure that South Africa identifies in its own Strategic Infrastructure Plan, adopted recently by the government. “Our own infrastructure programme, particularly the 17 SIPs, will be strongly supporting the SADC plan, and we have already identified a few projects that we are highlighting, and the SADC plan will help us to get a bigger broader picture,” Davies said. He welcomed the fact that a connected SADC infrastructure would strengthen regional integration and add meaning to the free-trade area agreement that many countries in the region were battling to implement. “As South Africa we have always argued that the biggest barriers to promoting a more equitable pattern of inter-regional trade … has always been a lack of a common plan that links all of us. “We think that the way forward now is to address the supply capacity issues as well as infrastructure challenges that are blocking inter-regional trade,” Davies said. “This means we have to find agreement on a whole host of things within the SADC region as part of SADC’s supported infrastructure programme, with the main focus on cross-border projects.” It’s still not clear how funding for the infrastructure plan will be structured, considering that countries are still battling to put together even the Regional Development Fund (RDF) that was agreed to in previous summits. The RDF was intended as a financial mechanism to mobilise resources from member states and the private sector to finance projects for regional development and integration. Last week, the African Development Bank proposed that a funding mechanism in the form of an infrastructure bond be established to speed up the plan. The bank asked SADC countries to put five percent of their foreign reserves, estimated at US$22-billion, towards the establishment of the initiative. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Anthony Joshua wants stricter rules for drug cheats in boxing

first_imgView comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue British boxer Anthony Joshua wraps his hands prior to the media session at the English institute of Sport, in Sheffield, England, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Anthony Joshua has called for tougher rules to be put in place when boxers fail drugs tests in the wake of Jarrell Miller’s six-month ban.Joshua was set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, but his opponent reportedly tested positive for a number of performance enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Andy Ruiz Jr has stepped in as the replacement for Miller, whose relatively short suspension from the WBA convinced Joshua to question whether enough is being done to combat doping in boxing.“Maybe there needs to be more of a situation where it’s not just a random six-month ban,” Joshua was quoted as saying by British media on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know, for instance, if I carry a bladed article I’m going to get x amount of time in jail, if I carry a weapon of destruction I’m going to get a certain amount of time in jail, so you know (the consequences of what will happen).“Six months is news to me, it’s like ‘why did he only get six months?’ It should be ‘Miller’s definitely getting this’, that’s my opinion on it. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives PLAY LIST 01:15PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles He cited Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez, a world champion in several lighter classes, and former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.“This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category.”“I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives, my life and all my kids.”Ruiz’s only defeat came in a world title challenge against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.Joshua, 29, who has won all of his 22 fights, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace,” said Joshua.“We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There should be something where people know if they mess up, this is exactly what is happening.”When Joshua gets back in the ring for the first time in over eight months, he will now face Ruiz Jr, who is bidding to become Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.California-born Ruiz Jr has won 32 of his 33 professional contests.“The chills — I’m really excited for this fight,” he said in a statement released by Matchroom Boxing.‘Chance to make history’ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA D-League: Diliman College squeaks past Marinerong Pilipino in thrillerlast_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at http://t.co/x610tIOIt0— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Says Alabama Is The “Wal-Mart Of College Football”

first_imgColin Cowherd discussing something on his show.YouTube/Colin CowherdColin Cowherd has moved on from his weekly trolling of Iowa to find a new target. This week, Cowherd is apparently taking a few shots at Alabama. The FOX Sports radio host isn’t a fan of how “bland” the program has been during the Nick Saban era.Cowherd called Alabama the “Wal-Mart of college football” when discussing the team’s lack of quarterback success at the next level. He also doesn’t think that Saban’s excessive use of Derrick Henry will benefit the running back in the future.Where @ColinCowherd perfectly compares Alabama to Walmart. #RollbackTide #HerdHere https://t.co/mwfBwTGISE— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 15, 2015Obviously, it’s hard to argue with how much success Saban’s had in Tuscaloosa. We imagine that he doesn’t really care whether he’s winning with enough style points.last_img read more

College Spun Media Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Writer This Summer

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209We are expanding!College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over four million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time writer to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. We’re looking for candidates who are obsessed college sports and understand the ever-changing digital journalism landscape. Ideal candidates will also have relevant experience. As an employee of College Spun, you will help dictate the site’s editorial direction.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be a great writer who can spot an interesting story and have the personality to tell it in an entertaining way.You must be well-versed in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).You must be able to edit and manage other writers; team players only.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume and two writing samples.last_img read more