Harry Haywood, Black Bolshevik

first_imgFebruary 4 was the birthday of Black Communist Harry Haywood, one of the great Marxist-Leninist thinkers, leaders and revolutionaries of the 20th century. Although Haywood was born over 100 years ago and has been deceased for over 30 years, his contributions to Marxism-Leninism and the struggle for Black Liberation and self-determination remain central in the fight for revolutionary socialism. Haywood, a leader of the Communist Party (CPUSA) and member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), developed and popularized the theoretical concept known as the Black Belt thesis, which explains that Black people in the U.S. make up an entire nation that is nationally oppressed by capitalism and U.S. imperialism. Although enslaved Africans forced into bondage in the U.S. were from different places with different cultures, Haywood argued that their multicentury experience of slavery forged them into a distinct people bound together by their economic super-exploitation in the development of the Deep South — geographically defined by Haywood as south from Virginia and Washington, D.C., and west to Texas. V.I. Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet Union until his death in 1924, recognized African Americans as a distinct, oppressed nationality. In 1920, he wrote that there is a “clear distinction between the oppressed, dependent and subject nations and the oppressing, exploiting and sovereign nations.” (Draft Theses on National and Colonial Questions for the Second Congress of the Communist International)The abrupt and violent end to Reconstruction — which had provided a 12-year period of some relief for Black workers following the end of chattel slavery and the Civil War — resulted in the construction of Jim Crow laws tying Black workers to the land again in new forms of slavery — prison and agrarian work. The former exists to this day in the prison-industrial complex. The era of Black sharecroppers and tenant farmers and their revolt against white supremacy and capitalism-imperialism is heavily documented in Robin D.G. Kelley’s groundbreaking book, “Hammer & Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression.”Haywood, viewing Reconstruction as an unfinished bourgeois democratic revolution in the South, saw the end of Reconstruction through the Compromise of 1877 as a betrayal by the bourgeoisie, which plunged Black workers back into super-exploitation. This led to decades of heightened reaction, including the founding of the KKK, the “separate but equal” legal doctrine and Jim Crow segregation.Haywood connected this repression to the rise of U.S. imperialism at the end of the 19th century. He tied it to the oppression and super-exploitation of landless Black workers in the South, who still worked the land they and their families had worked while enslaved. A lifelong advocate for Black liberationHaywood, from the 1920s until his death in 1985, advocated for the self-determination of all Black people — an oppressed nation within the U.S. — and full liberation from capitalism-imperialism, up to and including the right to separate from the U.S. Haywood theorized that the struggle for Black Liberation would come from the “national territory” of Black people — the Deep South. The Black Belt thesis, presented by Harry Haywood to the Soviet Union and the CPSU, was adopted at the Sixth Congress of the Communist International in 1928, under Joseph Stalin’s leadership. However, it was less than popular in the U.S. and earned Haywood the contempt of many of his “comrades” in the CPUSA, who viewed racism simply as a moral problem and not as a problem of economic and political oppression. Though Haywood became a leader in the CPUSA for some time until his expulsion in the late 1950s, his position on the Black Question was routinely criticized for many years while he remained in that party. Today Harry Haywood’s thesis still resounds with history: that Black people are an oppressed nation within the U.S. Currently, there are uprisings at prisons all across the state of Alabama and disruptions of the prison-industrial complex in surrounding Southern states, led by incarcerated Black workers such as those in the Free Alabama Movement and the Alabama Resistance Movement. But this struggle is carried out as well by incarcerated and paroled workers in California, Pennsylvania and across the country. The majority-Black Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., are now fighting for a union, which would be the first ever Amazon union in the U.S. There is no doubt that if this union drive wins, it would have a ripple effect, with Amazon workers unionizing countrywide and worldwide, tearing a hole through the seemingly impenetrable armor of Amazon. Black workers are still fighting for their liberation and self-determination in an era of capitalism at its most chaotic free fall yet. Harry Haywood’s words — and the struggles of Black liberation and self-determination — truly live on. Devin Cole is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida, and a member of the Workers World Party — Central Gulf Coast (Alabama, Florida and Mississippi) branch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Dana Gioia, the USC Judge Widney Professor Of Poetry And Public Culture, has been named the recipient of Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.Gioia, celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, joins a who’s who list of the greatest contemporary American poets who have already been bestowed this national prize honoring lifetime achievement.“I wanted to combine the past and the present—to take the richness of literature and combine it with the energy of movies and popular song to create a new sort of poetry,” Gioia said. “I was not interested in writing just for academics or intellectuals.”The Aiken Taylor Award will be presented Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. Poet Laureate of Colorado David Mason will lecture on Gioia’s poetic career the previous day.“Drawing on his array of talent—as a creative artist, scholar, and advocate—Professor Gioia shines a spotlight on the world of American poetry, while establishing his own poetic voice as one of the most profound and distinctive of our time. Our academic community is delighted to celebrate this well-deserved recognition,” said USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett.Sewanee Review, the poetry journal at the University of the South which administers the award, cited not only Gioia’s poems but his impact on poetry itself.“Perhaps no other poet in recent times has, with a combination of criticism, policy, and, above all, exemplary poetic work, sparked as much conversation on the role of poetry in society,” the Sewanee Review writes.Many of the previous 27 winners—including W. S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins—are part of the pantheon of poets who have become part of the popular culture.“Dana has been a good observer and critic of recent American poetry and we’ve profited from that,” said two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur from his home in Massachusetts. Wilbur was the second winner of the Aiken Award in 1988. “Dana is two things: He is a practical man who exists in the practical world. He can run a government agency with honor and at same time focus altogether on writing poems and do them very well indeed.”Gioia has garnered much acclaim for his mix of business acumen and his ability as an artist.Gioia’s time leading the National Endowment for the Arts—and founding such initiatives as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and Jazz Masters—led Business Week magazine to dub him “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”For many years, Gioia was called “the business poet” because after earning an M.B.A. from Stanford University, he became vice president in marketing for the General Foods Corporation.But the lasting mark that Gioia will leave is on the written word. The New Formalism movement that Gioia sparked exemplifies a freedom of style that can happily include the discipline of structure or the cadence of everyday language. That mash-up of styles is de rigueur today. Gioia’s poetry has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. It has also been widely reprinted, including in the Norton Anthology of Poetry and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.Gioia has released four books of poetry; translated two collections of poetry; penned three collections of criticism and three opera libretti; and served as an editor for over thirteen anthologies and handbooks. His third collection of poems, “Interrogations at Noon,” won the American Book Award.Gioia’s approach to poetry has much to do with his childhood in Los Angeles, where he was raised by a Sicilian father and Mexican mother and became the first in his family to go to college.“When growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, how can you not recognize the cultural energy around you?” Gioia said. “How do you transform that level of intensity to the solely verbal form that poetry requires?”Not only did he strive to allow poetry writing to be more dynamic, but also to make poetry accessible. In his controversial and influential essay, “Can Poetry Matter?”—published in The Atlantic in 1991—he laments the confinement of poetry to academic circles.That philosophy led to some of the accomplishments Gioia is most proud of. The Poetry Out Loud program engages 400,000 high schools students every year. “Exploring Form and Narrative,” which he co-founded with Michael Peich, is now the largest annual poetry-writing conference in the U.S.“When literature is cut off from popular culture, it atrophies,” Gioia said. “I wanted to get poetry out of the classroom.” More Cool Stuff Top of the News last_img read more

WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 Won by Lillie Keenan

first_img SIGN UP Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z. (Sportfot photo)Fierce competition was on display in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 CSI3* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z besting a field of 73 combinations on Thursday, January 14.Competition rolls on during Week 1 at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with the $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic on Friday and Saturday night under the lights with the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3*. You can catch all the action and tune in to the free livestream of feature classes. Competition at WEF continues for 11 more weeks, through April 4.The scope of international attendance was well represented in the jump-off with riders from seven different nations contesting the shortened course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU). Last to go, Keenan piloted the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion owned by Chansonette Farm, LLC around the track flawlessly for a double clear effort in a time of 39.95 seconds.“I had a different plan if no one had been clear,” she said. “I knew I could do six down to the combination where a lot of people opted to do seven. In the first round I did seven; my horse is ridiculously talented so really my job is to stay out of his way. So, in that kind of situation with the speed I would be going in a jump-off, the six was simpler, because I was going to do less. Obviously, Shane [Sweetnam] was not only fast but also clear, so what changed was that I not only had to go fast, I had to try to be faster than him and clear.”Returning to the International Arena for the second round, Sweetnam (IRL), aboard Indra Van De Oude Heihoef for The Blue Buckle Group, was the first to execute the jump-off without fault, finishing the day in second place with a time of 40.51 seconds. Cassio Rivetti (BRA) guided Genesis for Neil Jones Equestrian Inc to a third-place finish in the class with a clear effort in 43.15 seconds.Keenan has had the stallion since he was six years old, and their journey to today’s win has been anything but ordinary. If it weren’t for her mom, Pam Keenan, the successful pair would likely have never ended up together.“Honestly, when I tried him, I didn’t want him,” said Keenan. “I knew that he was very talented. He has been winning since he was four years old with his previous riders, always a winner, but I felt that I didn’t necessarily suit him very well. My mom was the one that picked him and was like, ‘You are learning to ride this horse, and we are buying him.’ My mom rides him every single day for me. She was a very successful junior [rider], and then stopped riding for a long time. She’s actually a really tiny lady and awesome rider, and he’s the one horse in the barn I can always trust to put her on even if he’s had some easy days. She does an unbelievable job keeping him happy and keeping him fit, so my job in the ring is really easy.”A native of New York City, NY, Keenan has now relocated to Wellington, FL, full-time as she continues to pursue a career in show jumping. With a farm nearby, Keenan is right around the corner from WEF making it easier to execute her plans for the show season.“I’m very fortunate to have a few different horses, not only my own but for some other people that have chosen to support me, and I’m really lucky with that opportunity that I can kind of diversify my string and try to spread my horses out,” she said. “Right now, it’s full steam ahead and we’re really glad to be back in Wellington.”$37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 AGANA VAN HET GERENDAL Z: 2011 Zangersheide stallion by Aganix Du Seigneur x NaminkaLILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm, LLC: 0/0/39.952 INDRA VAN DE OUDE HEIHOEF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), The Blue Buckle Group: 0/0/40.513 GENESIS: 2011 KWPN gelding by El Dorado Vd Zeshoek x Buminka BCASSIO RIVETTI (BRA), Neil Jones Equestrian Inc: 0/0/43.154 AMEX Z: 2009 Zangersheide Mare by Andiamo Z x LandarisTODD MINIKUS (USA), Bit By Bit Group: 0/4/38.385 FINE LADY 5: 2003 Hannoverian mare by Forsyth x Drosselklang IIERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines: 0/4/38.696 QUIBELLE: 2009 Hannoverian mare by Frh Quaid x SherrySPENCER SMITH (USA), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/4/41.057 UNE DE L’OTHAIN: 2008 Selle Français by Conterno Grande x CentoHARRIE SMOLDERS (NED), Evergate Stables, LLC: 0/4/42.028 CALLE 67: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Carell x Cleo N.w.RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC: 0/4/44.949 UPSILON DE LA LINIERE: 2008 Selle Français gelding by Tinka’s Boy x Querlybbet HeroTAYLOR ST. JACQUES (USA), Taylor St. Jacques: 0/8/38.9510 NORTHERN LIGHT: 2011 SWB mare by Plot Blue x ContenderTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC and Tiffany Foster: 0/8/41.90 Tags: Eric Lamaze, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Fine Lady 5, Lillie Keenan, Agana Van Het Gerendal Z, WEF Challenge Cup Round 1, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. 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Late defensive mistakes doom Syracuse despite otherwise strong back-line performance against Bryant

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 12, 2014 at 1:24 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Eventually it had to crack.Bryant’s Kevin Massa won 4-of-5 faceoffs in the first quarter, 4-of-6 in the second then 4-of-4 in the third. The Bulldogs were offered possession after possession and when they had the ball, they made a deliberate effort to keep it for as long as they could.The Syracuse defense was set up to crumble, but didn’t – until three back-breaking goals in the final eight minutes softened an otherwise strong showing by the Orange’s back line.“Our (defense) played pretty well,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Anytime we did make a mistake, Bryant capitalized and scored on it and that’s basically how the game went.”The Bulldogs (16-4, 5-1 Northeast) beat second-seeded Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 10-9 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night, eliminating the Orange from the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Chris Daddio struggled at the faceoff X for most of the game and SU committed 10 first-half turnovers, its defense kept the game close. But then Bryant’s Tucker James found the net twice in three minutes and Shane Morrell’s running shot past Bobby Wardwell proved to be the winner 2:51 after it hit the back of the net.“In the first half we made a lot of mistakes on our own,” Bryant midfielder Colin Dunster said. “We knew that there were a lot of opportunities there. We just needed to calm down and get our nerves together and we knew we could explode like that.”Bryant’s offensive approach was clear as soon as a Daddio violation granted the Bulldogs the game’s first possession.Whereas the Bryant defense huddled into a zone when Syracuse attacked, the Orange’s back line had to counteract the visitors’ slow pace by extending its pressure. And when it did, the Bulldogs threw errant passes out of bounds and couldn’t get into any kind of groove.“Early in the second half, thanks to the coaches and the older kids that kind of took charge,” James said, “we slowed the game down, which worked in our favor.”When the Bulldogs eased the pace of the game and started to move the ball around the arc, they gave themselves the opportunity to hand-pick scoring opportunities.As the game clock ticked below eight minutes, Collins Gantz saw his chance. Tom Grimm gave him space to dodge and he took it, darting past the SU defender and into space on the right wing. The move forced Sean Young to step up and leave James and when he did, Gantz tapped it to his teammate who faked twice before giving the Bulldogs an 8-7 lead — a slight cushion it wouldn’t give up.What the Syracuse defense had taken away all night cost SU the fourth quarter and consequently, the game.“I think every possession seemed like three or four minutes long,” senior defender Matt Harris said. “Just a little mistake, like Coach said, they capitalized on. All the credit to them, all the credit to their coaches.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories UNDERDOGS: Bryant upsets Syracuse 10-9 in NCAA tournament 1st roundBryant goalie Waldt turns in career performance, fuels 1st-round upset of Syracuselast_img read more

Broward Firefighter Accused of Attempted Murder

first_imgA lieutenant with the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department was arrested Thursday morning on an attempted murder charge.Lorne Brown allegedly fired a gun into a car, hitting a man at a neighborhood block party in Cooper City last weekend. Authorities say the man who was shot, 22-year-old Simeon Brown, survived.At about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Simeon Brown drove through a neighborhood near Southwest 91st Terrace and Southwest 52nd Court. He then turned down a road that was blocked with cones, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Brown’s friend was following in another car, and they both drove around the cones through the block party, the Sheriff’s Office says.An argument ensued between neighbors in the street and the men in the cars. One of the neighbors kicked one of the cars as they started driving away, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Simeon Brown and his friend later returned to the block party, where the neighbors and fire lieutenant Brown had their firearms drawn.The people in the street ordered the men to get out of the car, the Sheriff’s Office says. Shortly thereafter, Lorne Brown shot into the car, striking Simeon Brown in the arm.Despite being hit, the victim continued driving through the block party, hit a few cars, and then stopped in a yard. The Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue took him to a hospital.Lorne Brown was processed into the Broward Main Jail on Thursday morning. He is facing charges of premeditated attempted first-degree murder, shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.Records show that Margate’s commission recognized Lorne Brown last summer for his 15 years of service with the agency.He has been suspended with pay from the fire department.last_img read more

Only three trafficking arrests on Super Bowl week, FBI says

first_imgIt could be possible the number of arrests will change. One anti-trafficking advocate said it was quote, “disappointing” that only three arrests were made. According to the F.B.I, only three people were charged with sex trafficking in the week leading up to the Super Bowl in Miami.Officials say they arrested a man and a woman from Miami, and a Connecticut man on charges of trafficking women.The FBI also says law enforcement located four missing young women who were trafficking victims.Last year, reports state that there were 6o arrests for Super Bowl week in Atlanta.Leading up to Super Bowl week there was a lot of attention brought to trafficking, but the agency won’t confirm if that is why the numbers are so low.Florida Lt. Governor Fighting Against Human Trafficking During the Super Bowllast_img read more