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Signs of Hope – A continuing series January 22, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

<blockquote>I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.</blockquote>

Any contributions this week?

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1. Klassenkampf Treehugger - January 8, 2021

The Biontech vaccine is effective against the new UK B117 variant of the COV-SARS-2 virus in laboratory tests.

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WorldbyStorm - January 8, 2021

Phew.

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2. Klaasenkampf Treehugger - January 8, 2021

Did we celebrate the achievement of feminism in Argentina on achieving abortion rights enough?

If not, here’s to the successful culmination of decades of struggle!

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3. EWI - January 9, 2021

At least four years too late, but Twitter has taken action against Trump and his most prominent supporters (more action than the US Congress has). The wags are up already:

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4. jc - January 22, 2021

1,400 low-paid (largely immigrant) workers on strike for the last five days at New York’s main wholesale food distribution centre in the Bronx. Demanding a one dollar wage increase. Union drivers are honoring the picket. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez missed the inauguration to go there.

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CL - January 22, 2021

“Daniel Kane, Jr., President of Teamsters Local 202, condemned the arrests of several peaceful Teamster strikers on the picket line at Hunts Point Produce Market on Monday night.”
http://teamsters.nyc/2021/01/19/teamsters-condemn-arrests-peaceful-hunts-point-strikers/

” Six workers at Hunts Point Market died from Covid, and hundreds fell ill. They say they deserve higher wages after risking their health to supply New York City with food….
The dispute raises questions about how employees are treated at a time when the pandemic has set off a stark divide between people who have had to keep showing up to work and others who have been able to work from home…..

Several prominent politicians, all Democrats, have waded into the dispute. Representative Ritchie Torres and Andrew Yang, who is running for mayor, rallied in front of the market terminal on Monday. And on Wednesday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez distributed hand warmers and coffee to strikers….

Despite the strike, the market remains open, and the cooperative has hired temporary strike-breaking workers to load and unload trucks, prompting angry outbursts from strikers whenever a truck arrives at the market’s entrance.”

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - January 22, 2021

Kudos to AOC and power to the strikers!

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CL - January 24, 2021

” Teamsters Local 202 members voted this morning to approve their new union contract with the largest raises in the history of their bargaining unit. Over 97% of workers voted in favor.
The win caps a week-long strike that went viral online and gained support across the city and country. After several peaceful strikers were arrested on the picket line on Martin Luther King Day, hundreds of New Yorkers joined the Teamsters on the picket line through the rest of the strike”
http://teamsters.nyc/2021/01/23/teamsters-win-hunts-point-strike/

“The union representing 1,400 workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market popped open champagne bottles as they celebrated the end of a nearly weeklong strike for increased pay in their next three-year contract.
The warehouse workers and drivers that collectively make up Teamsters Local 202 hailed the ratification of the contract on Saturday. This came after the vote was taken at 10 a.m. at a so-called neutral zone within the distribution hub’s property. The contract was approved by 97% of the union’s members.”
https://gothamist.com/news/we-fought-em-hard-hunts-point-produce-workers-toast-victory-after-approving-contract

” THE BRONX’S OWN Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped draw broader attention to Hunts Point, eschewing Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day to join the picket line. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., while iterating as a thousand mitten-clad memes across social media on Wednesday, tweeted his support for the strike. “Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay,” he wrote….
The focus of their thanks and praise, however, went toward other unionized workers who had joined the picket line and contributed supplies and funds: from nurses and teachers to sanitation workers.
“The message this solidarity shows to workers in the city, in the whole country, is very powerful,” said Danny Kane, the president of Local 202 since 1999.”
https://theintercept.com/2021/01/23/covid-nyc-hunts-point-strike/

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5. CL - January 24, 2021

” In or out of government, Europe’s rightwing populists are not having a good pandemic. One reason is their trademark scorn for expertise, which enthuses a minority of voters but unsettles many more who are worried about their health and livelihoods. But a deeper cause is the special talent that the populists display for embroiling themselves in unsavoury scandals and internal disputes…..
It may be premature to write off the European far right altogether, but at present it is doing a perfectly good job of discrediting itself.”
tony.barber@ft.com

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - January 24, 2021

It certainly is premature. The AfD is holding a steady 10% in Germany.

I suspect the right will re-invent itself as opposing action on the climate catastrophy and as defender of the ‘rights’ of the motorist etc.

On the longer term that will combine well with anti-immigrant hate, because we’ve hardly begun to get started with the climate-driven migration of millions of desperate people.

But I guess a real sign of hope is that the liberal states at least are beginning to wake up to right-wing paramilitary units and units of fascist sympathisers within the military, and the wider security state.

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WorldbyStorm - January 24, 2021

That’s key, very much agree KT. The inability/unwillingness to do so so far has been disheartening (and of course has given heart to precisely those formations). So any moves however late are welcome.

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CL - January 25, 2021

” US President Joe Biden ordered law enforcement and intelligence officials to investigate the risk of domestic terrorism following the attack on the US Capitol, his spokeswoman said on Friday.”
https://www.dw.com/en/joe-biden-orders-review-of-us-domestic-extremism-threat/a-56321162

The Big Lie, an incitement to these groups, continues to be widely disseminated,

” His president and No. 1 client, Donald J. Trump, is no longer in office. His claims of election fraud, unfounded and disproved, were dismissed in courts across the country. He may still face criminal charges, and now there is a move to disbar him in New York.
But Rudolph W. Giuliani still has a voice, amplified by a 50,000-watt radio station nestled in Midtown Manhattan. And there, Mr. Giuliani is his usual, unrestrained self.
Think Mr. Trump lost the election? Mr. Giuliani vehemently disagrees.
“He won that election,” Mr. Giuliani said last week on his radio show on WABC-AM (770). ” NYT.

” Leaderless but united by racist ideology that has been supercharged by social media, extremists have built a web of real and online connections that worry officials….

Within days of the U.S. election, German QAnon followers were spreading disinformation that they said proved that the vote had been manipulated from a C.I.A.-operated server farm in Frankfurt, though millions of votes were cast by paper mail-in ballots.
The disinformation, which the German researcher Josef Holnburger traced back to a German-language account, was amplified by at least one local chapter of Alternative for Germany, the far-right political party known by its German initials, AfD. It also ended up being highlighted by U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert and Rudy Giuliani, the Trump ally and former mayor of New York City.
From there, it went viral — a first for a German QAnon conspiracy in the United States, Mr. Holnburger said….

The transnational links are inspirational rather than organizational, said Miro Dittrich, an expert on far-right extremist networks. “It’s not so much forging a concrete plan as creating a violent potential,” he said.

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Fergal - January 25, 2021

It may be useful for people like Macron to have Le Pen around… I’m the only candidate who can beat her?

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - January 25, 2021

It is remarkable how supporters of the glory, uniqueness etc of the nation and its assigned Volk allow them to be driven by agendas that ooze out of the US.

You really wonder why Irish or German conspiratists and German ‘Schwöblers’ get so het up about what’s happening in the US.

I guess it’s a global movement and global outlook. Your conspiracy has to be at least global, or even better, interplanetary, for it to matter.

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WorldbyStorm - January 25, 2021

Yeah, one of the great contradictions of far-right ‘nationalism’ – they all want to be linked in to one another but all tend to hate each other, while all looking to Washington or Moscow or wherever the next great one is going to come from. I guess there’s the old eye for the main chance dynamic – and funding, and without question Trump galvanised some even by the exemplary effect. Mind you can’t imagine many think the Capitol stuff was much cop.

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6. sonofstan - January 27, 2021

People can change: Priti Patel, after a decade trying to kick people out of Britinw no doesn’t want them to leave…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55821702

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sonofstan - January 27, 2021

‘Britain’ Obv.

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