Political organization of the working class: A strategy for the coming crisis

first_imgThis is a slightly edited version of a document prepared for the May 11-12 Workers World Party national strategy meeting in Newark, N.J. Holmes is WWP’s first secretary.  Chances are that some time before the 2020 elections, the next global capitalist economic crisis will arrive. The crisis has been coming for a long time, and managers of the capitalist system no longer have the means to stop or delay it. That crisis will be more severe than anything we’ve experienced, and it will change everything. The chances of a wider imperialist war, along with the prospect of all kinds of wild political gyrations both in the U.S. and around the world will increase exponentially. The class struggle will intensify in ways that we can only imagine. Material basis for challenges facing the working-class movementThe challenges facing the working class, both the small percentage of organized workers and the much larger unorganized working class, should not be a surprise or a mystery to revolutionaries who have a real understanding of Marxism. Some believe that the reason that organized labor has lost ground is because it’s not militant enough. Of course that’s true, but it is a variable within a larger problem.The latest phase of capitalist development, including the impact of new technology on the productive forces, a more globalized organization and the even greater role of finance capital over productive capital, has objectively strengthened the hand of capital over labor. Economic developments have rendered the working class more atomized and unable to defend its interests — that is, at least until labor transforms itself in a revolutionary direction, enabling it to turn weaknesses into strengths. The expansion of precarious or gig work and the contraction of union-wage jobs, especially in manufacturing, has made it far more difficult to organize workers through traditional unionization and collective bargaining toward the end of getting an incrementally larger portion of the wealth that workers create.Marx’s solution? Organize politicallyMarx predicted the crisis that the working class is in today, and he showed the way out of the crisis. In the orientation documents that Marx prepared for the first workers’ international convened in 1864, he warned that in due time the labor movement must evolve beyond merely attending to the immediate economic demands of workers in the workplace into a movement that encompasses the entire working class. Marx advised that the labor movement must not remain static and narrowly focused on industry and geography, but become international in scope and organization, and that labor must become not just a supporter, but a leader in all the issues facing the working class. Most importantly, Marx declared that as soon as it was able to do so, the labor movement must lead the struggle to end capitalism and not merely fight capitalism over workers’ demands. In essence, Marx foresaw that the only way forward for labor was to become a revolutionary political movement.A central tenet of Marxism that even many who consider themselves Marxists tend to forget in the course of the day-to-day struggle is that while we fight for reforms, we must be able to see past them. Ultimately, there is only so much that the capitalist class can concede to the working class and still hold on to their system. The concessions that workers force capitalism to make in the course of the class struggle are not permanent and are bound to be reversed so long as the capitalist system remains in power. This contradiction is truer as capitalism sinks into a deeper crisis. Our opposition to the notion that capitalism can be reformed is because that notion is false. If capitalism could be reformed, then there would be no need for the class struggle or socialist revolution. Actually, the fundamental reason why capitalism is so unpopular right now, and the ruling class is so fearful of the working class rising up to make revolution, is precisely because after a very, very long time, the masses are realizing that capitalism can’t be reformed in such a way that everyone’s needs can be met. All this speaks to the urgent need to open up a new phase in the organization of workers. That phase is the organization of workers on the basis of political consciousness.From class consciousness to revolutionary consciousness There are several overlapping levels of organizing on the basis of political consciousness. The most basic level of political consciousness — but a nonetheless critical form of consciousness, especially now — is the understanding that most of us are workers. From that understanding, consciousness advances to the realization that we are part of a class that is not bound by geography or circumstances — and that it is essential that we support and defend our class. Such understanding reflects a more advanced form of class consciousness. A higher form of political consciousness is anti-capitalist, socialist and revolutionary consciousness.Political consciousness, from a basic to a more advanced level, is on the rise. This rise in political consciousness is a factor in the upsurge of the workers’ struggle globally, the universal unpopularity of capitalism and the growing popularity of socialism, especially in the U.S. It is why today, the super-rich are scared to death of the prospect of class struggle and revolution. The need now is for this political consciousness to be nurtured, organized and focused in a way that helps the growing class struggle and the further development of revolutionary consciousness.If the mass growth of political consciousness can be turned into concrete solidarity with the workers’ struggle, then it becomes one of the factors that can reverse the advantage that capital has over labor, due to the vast changes in capitalist development. There are recent positive and negative examples of how transforming political consciousness into solidarity affects the outcome of a struggle.Difference between low-wage organizing campaign and education workers’ revoltImagine if the unions involved in organizing low-wage workers for $15 and a union would have called on the entire working class to rise up in support of these demands. There were good things about the low-wage worker organizing campaign, and concessions were won on the local level, but it never realized its potential because of the narrow orientation of most of the leadership in the organized labor movement. Consider how turning this struggle into a truly mass militant struggle would have helped fast food workers feel more powerful. Unfortunately, the unions involved in organizing low-wage workers, for the most part, kept tight control over the campaign, limiting its militancy and its expansion to wider sections of the entire working class. Several years ago, the AFL-CIO had managed to get over 3 million people to join something called Working America, ostensibly organized for the purpose of supporting working-class struggles. Wouldn’t it be something if even a small percentage of those 3 million people were mobilized to join picket lines, support strikes and union drives? Instead, Working America was mobilized to support Democratic Party candidates and nothing more.The more recent rebellion of teachers and education workers, which started a year ago in West Virginia, spread across the country and continues today, provides a positive example of the potential role of mass solidarity. The teachers and education workers used new communication technology to go around the conservative labor leaders and organize active participation of the community. Consequently, their strikes turned into mass revolts.The strategy of Workers’ Solidarity Days:  growing mass solidarityThe proposal for Workers’ Solidarity Days on a monthly basis, and the establishment of an International Workers’ Solidarity Network, is an attempt to assist in pulling more workers into active solidarity with workers’ struggles. It is an experiment in organizing workers based on political consciousness.The purpose of Workers’ Solidarity Days and an International Workers’ Solidarity Network is neither to replace or oppose traditional labor unions. We must be in the organized labor movement and fight on a rank-and-file basis to push organized labor in a revolutionary direction. However, especially at a time when conditions are creating the potential for revolutionary transformation, revolutionaries can influence the trade unions from the inside as well as the outside.The extent to which Workers’ Solidarity Days will succeed is something we can’t know yet. If it is flawed or premature, we may need to change our strategy, but we cannot change our direction and that is to intervene more consistently and methodically in the working-class struggle. If Workers’ Solidarity Days are successful, that could create the basis for organizing Workers’ Assemblies, as well as become a source of recruitment into the party.The period that we are in is bound to give rise to calls for a mass workers’ party. It is likely that the harsh lessons that many activists will learn from the outcome of their efforts to push the Democratic Party to the left in the 2020 presidential elections will become a catalyst for the formation of a mass workers’ party. This is merely speculative at this time, but the work beginning now with the International Workers’ Solidarity Network could become part of a real mass movement for a mass workers’ party. Such a development would reflect a higher level of organizing workers on the basis of political consciousness. For now, the approach to Workers’ Solidarity Day is to take small steps, learn and adjust tactics.The June 1 Workers’ Solidarity Day will be in solidarity with migrant workers, because the war against migrant workers is by far the biggest weapon that the capitalists are wielding in order to thwart the development of the class struggle.  What are Workers’ Solidarity Days? The answer to that question, at least for the moment, is that they are whatever conditions allow them to be. Workers’ Solidarity Days could be something as simple as organizing a few workers to support a workers’ picket line. It could be organizing others to go to a progressive event, like a Pride march, with leaflets and placards that raise a local workers’ struggle.  It could be holding a meeting, including a political meeting, to discuss the workers’ struggle. Where solidarity days can be more than this, they will be. We must also use solidarity days to show that all the struggles — the women’s struggle, the anti-racist struggle, the LGBTQ2S struggle, the struggle against war and fascism, the struggle for accessibility and the climate change struggle — are ALL workers’ struggles and that it’s important that these struggles be waged in the name of the multinational, multigender and multigenerational working class.A global general strike this fall about climate change:  What an opportunity! Students all over the world have been walking out of classes and holding fairly militant protests to save the planet from climate change. The forces in this movement are now calling for a global general strike on Friday, Sept. 27. This could provide an extraordinary opportunity for left forces in the working-class movement. It is interesting that forces organizing around climate change have chosen to call this global general strike in September, as the culmination of their protests this year. It reflects, at least in an incipient way, an appreciation for the potential power of the working class. One of the weaknesses of this movement is that it seems to be indifferent to the economic and social demands of the working class, especially to those of the most oppressed. If revolutionary left forces intervene in this global general strike in a big way, perhaps through the International Workers’ Solidarity Network, that weakness could possibly be rectified. Onward to building global working-class solidarity!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Another sign of failure for Human Rights Council in resolution on Lebanon

first_img The UN’s new Human Rights Council (HRC) has definitely begun badly. The special meeting on Lebanon on 11 August in Geneva was further illustration of this, in case there was any need after the chaotic inaugural session at the end of June and the equally depressing spectacle a few days later in the form of an initial special session on the Palestinian situation requested by the group of Arab states and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).Although hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel had been raging for nearly a month, these countries waited for a green light from the hastily-convened OIC special session on 3 August in Malaysia before demanding an HRC special session on Lebanon. The 16 countries that supported this request included China, Cuba and Russia, as a third of the council’s 47 members are needed to convene a special session. The outcome was a foregone conclusion. The resolution presented by a score of IOC countries that criticised only Israel was passed by 27 votes to 11 with 8 abstentions, and in the absence of Djibouti. Plus or minus one or two votes, the score was identical to the votes on the HRC’s previous two – equally one-sided – resolutions on the Palestinian situation.It was a repeat of the worst moments of the defunct Human Rights Commission, whose shortcomings and excesses the new council is supposed to address, with an automatic, blocking majority imposing its will and doing as it pleases. What’s more, the council, which is an offshoot of the General Assembly, had not hesitated to hold a special session on the same day that the Security Council was examining the situation in Lebanon and was poised to adopt resolution 1701 calling for a cessation of hostilities. This was a flagrant breach of article 12 of the UN Charter, which says: “While the Security Council is exercising in respect of any dispute or situation the functions assigned to it in the present Charter, the General Assembly shall not make any recommendation with regard to that dispute or situation unless the Security Council so requests.”The HRC meanwhile indulged in sterile excesses without any relation to the reality on the ground. Rejecting the least debate on this serious issue and refusing to consider the substance of any amendments, the resolution’s promoters turned the special session into a series of monologues and declamations in complete isolation from the outside world. The resolution condemned Israel unilaterally without the least reference to Hezbollah attacks on civilian targets in northern Israel. At most, a paragraph added by Pakistan to the initial draft urged all the parties involved to respect the rules of international humanitarian law.In the only positive point, the resolution said the council was “concerned at the targeting of communication and media networks in Lebanon.” It was decided to urgently dispatch a commission of enquiry to investigate “the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon.” The resolution took absolutely no account of Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour’s call for an investigation not only into the Israeli air strikes but also into the firing of rockets into northern Israel and the “repeated allegations of the use of human shields by Hezbollah.”Explaining its vote against the resolution, Finland said on behalf of the European Union that it regretted that the text dealt with the concerns of only one of the parties. France deplored that fact that it had not been possible to discuss the content of the resolution, in order to make it more even-handed: “We hoped the Council’s creation would be a new departure for the treatment of human rights issues, and we do not accept that a resolution should be presented on a basis of take it or leave it.”From the outset, Canada and the United States – which were there simply as observers – rejected any consideration of the resolution as “pointless and counter-productive” inasmuch as it could undermine the Security Council’s efforts. Four African countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria) abstained as they felt the HRC did not show the same interest in Africa’s recurring tragedies such as Darfur.The UN’s new-style Human Rights Council is doing its utmost to perpetuate the excesses that sank the Human Rights Commission, taking the same perverse road of exploiting human rights for political ends. Already weakened by growing divisions, the council is falling into the UN routine of taking every opportunity to get bogged down in rhetoric and generate piles of useless documents. It may already be time to say: “Too bad.”Jean-Claude Buhrer, journalist, for Reporters Without Borders Organisation August 12, 2006 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Another sign of failure for Human Rights Council in resolution on Lebanon RSF_en Convened by the group of Arab states, the UN’s new Human Rights Council adopted, without any debate, a resolution on Lebanon that said nothing about Hezbollah’s rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Reporters Without Borders condemns this use of the council for political ends. News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Landgraf prepares for state budget debate

first_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Odessa American – April 21, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Local NewsGovernment Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Twitter AUSTIN State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) is preparing for the state budget debate on the House floor, a press release detailed.Senate Bill 1, the state’s budget for 2022 and 2023, is set for debate on the House floor on Thursday.“I’m fighting for resources for the Permian Basin,” Landgraf stated in the press release. “So much of the state’s business is funded by what we do out here in West Texas, and it only makes sense for us to get our fair share of state resources so we can keep the state rocking and rolling. At the same time, I’m laser focused on keeping state spending as low as possible and only on items that are a priority for Texans.”The Texas Constitution reportedly requires the legislature to meet every two years for one primary reason: to pass a state budget for the next two years. This session’s budget bill has already passed out of the Texas Senate.Provided the budget bill is passed by the House, it will then go to a joint committee of members from the House and Senate who will iron out differences between our two versions of the budget before it is sent along to the governor, the press release stated. The Texas governor cannot veto an entire budget bill approved by the Legislature, but the governor does have authority to veto specific line items in the budget.“I have filed amendments to the budget to restore funding for UTPB to pre-pandemic levels and set aside additional funding to help police commercial vehicle traffic around the Permian Basin to make roads safer,” Landgraf stated in the press release. “We are the most productive energy producing region on earth and an integral part of the Texas economy. These facts should be reflected in the state budget.” Previous articleGOOD NEWS: Raising Child Abuse AwarenessNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: April 21 Odessa American Pinterestlast_img read more

Hauliers having huge problems in delivering goods in Letterkenny

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Hauliers having huge problems in delivering goods in Letterkenny Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleTwo Councillors oppose Budget in protest to GovernmentNext articlePringle and SF clash over Brexit Withdrawl Deal “vote” News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twittercenter_img Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Donegal County Council is being urged to extend parking time for hauliers in Letterkenny for the run up to Christmas. Currently, hauliers only have a two hour window to make deliveries from 9-11 each day with loading bays used as general car parking spaces thereafter.The local authority is being asked to consider extending this until 1pm on a temporary basis to facilitate extra deliveries in the coming weeks.Local Cllr Gerry McMonagle says hauliers are having problems in getting goods to local shops and that has to be addressed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/gerrhjghjghjghjgyahuliers.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Facebook By News Highland – November 22, 2018 last_img read more

Veterans market opens soon

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Veterans market opens soon Latest Stories Ross said some veterans have no idea about the services that are available to them so they miss the benefits.“There are cases where veterans didn’t apply for benefits until they were in advancing ages and they could have been drawing all those years,” he said. “That’s sad but it’s just a matter of not knowing. The Veterans Benefits and Health Fair Supermarket is the place where veterans can go to make sure that doesn’t happen to them or their families.”Ross said the VA will often pay for assisted living or nursing homes for wartime veterans and many veterans don’t know that. Print Article Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like CHHS names new principal Messenger photo/Stacy GraningSuperintendent Lee Hicks, left, stands with Charles Henderson High School’s new principal, J. Brent Harrison. The Troy City… read more Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Cramton Bowl Multiplex is located at 1022 Madison Avenue in Montgomery.For more information, call the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office at 334-566-1780. Published 3:00 am Saturday, June 6, 2015 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Wives and dependents may be eligible for pensions or benefit and there are services for homeless or displaced veterans,” he said. “At the ‘Supermarket,’ service offices will be available to assist veterans with information about benefits for which they are eligible and to help them file claims. Information will also be available on filing for unemployment.”Ross said veterans can have the blood pressure check at the Supermarket or even get a hair cut.”“Even if veterans are not eligible for benefits at this time, they should take advantage of this opportunity to learn about VA benefits,” he said. “Situations change and the information will be valuable to know if and when the need arises. Because things are always changing, it’s always good to know about the latest benefits that are available for veterans.”The agencies that will participate are the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama Career Center, Social Security, Veterans Center. Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, American Red Cross, Trenholm State Technical College, Alabama State University, Offices of Homeless Veterans, Alabama National Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity and the Office of Alabama GI Dependent Scholarship Program. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen The 2015 Veterans Benefits and Health Fair Supermarket will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 24 at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery. All veterans are encouraged to attend.“Our veterans have served their country with pride and honor and the Benefits and Health Fair Supermarket provides an opportunity for them to find out how to get their much-deserved benefits,” said Randy Ross, Pike County veterans’ affairs officer. “The information that will be made available is information they may not know about otherwise.“The event is going to be just like going to a large supermarket where you can go around and pick out what you need. There will be a large number and variety of agencies there that provide services of benefit to veterans.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library to host car show

first_img The Show Off Car and Truck Show and other events will be held on the library grounds and surrounding areas from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Barbecue sandwiches and drinks will be available from 11 a.m. until noon.“You don’t have to pre-register to enter a vehicle in the car and truck show,” Trawick said. “Registration will be the morning of the show and this is a ‘show.’ It’s not a competition; it’s a show-off show.”Trawick said everyone is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a fun day in celebration of National Library Week and Family, which is sponsored by the City of Brundidge, the Robert E. Barr Nutrition Center and the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library. Skip The National Library Week will also be observed at the library’s April Brown Bag program at noon on Tuesday, April 18.Trawick will present “A History of Libraries Through the Ages” which will be an interesting and entertaining look at how libraries have changed as times have changed.The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library will host a “Digitizing History Party” from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 29. “Everyone is invited to bring their photos and documents about Brundidge community history, Brundidge family history and Brundidge church history and watch as we make digital copies of these historic items,” Trawick said. “The Digitizing History Party is an effort to bring our community together, as adults and students, to share our community and family histories and to increase our appreciation of history, community and family.” By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library to host car show Latest Stories Print Article You Might Like Long distance friends finally meet at prom Christopher Clark and Timara Foster met on Instagram. She perceived him to be a nice young man and he thought… read more Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen In other areas of interest at the library, Trawick announced the winners in the library’s adult reading event –Barbara Joachim, grand prize, and Ann Baker and Jeanne Jones.The Saturday Movie Morning for April will be “Moana” and will be shown at 10 a.m.The library’s regular programs will continue as scheduled with pre-school programs at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, home school programs at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Teen Time Tuesday at 4 p.m. and After School Tutoring for grades one through six from 3:30 until 4:45 on Thursdays.For more information about programs at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, call 334-735-2145. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library will celebrate National Library Week with a Show Off Car and Truck Show and a whole lot more on Saturday, April 8.Theresa Trawick, library director, said the car and truck show will be a main attraction of the National Library Week celebration but there won’t be just one main attraction.“This will be a ‘Family Day’ event,” Trawick said. “We will also have an Easter egg hunt for young children. The Easter Bunny will be here and parents are invited to bring their cameras for photos. We’ll have different games for children– and we’ll have food and music for everyone.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Email the author By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Brundidge Council accepts lot, BOE plans to build recreation complex

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The council voted for the mayor and city manager to prepare the documents necessary for the ATRIP II grant application.Thomas also informed the council of the progress on the city’s sidewalk project on the north side of town. He said poles, fencing and shrubs on the city’s right-of-way have to be moved before the work can be completed. Once that is done, the project can move toward completion.In other business, the council nominated Henry Wilson for consideration for the vacancy on the Pike County Board of Equalization that has been held by Jim Medley.Boyd announced that a Town Hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17 at Brundidge Station.Boyd said the purpose of the meeting will be to give residents an opportunity to express their views and concerns about the immediate future of the city.“The city will be open to all ideas,” Boyd said.Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport thanked all agencies that participation in the investigation of the robbery of the J&S Buy Rite and the murder of station attendant Neil Purush Kumar on July 24.“It took all of the agencies working together to make an arrest,” Davenport said.“The suspect is in custody.”Davenport said the theft of automobiles continues to be a concern. Those involved are thought to be teens who take the cars, hide them in the daytime and ride them at night. Davenport said anyone who sees anything suspicious related to the taking of automobiles or any other activity is asked to call the Brundidge Police Department at 334-375-3333.The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Brundidge Council accepts lot, BOE plans to build recreation complex “The total amount of the ATRIP II funds to be allocated in FY2020 is $30 million,” Thomas said. “The maximum funding to be provided to an individual project is $2 million.”Thomas suggested that the council consider applying for the ATRIP II funds for the purpose of making improvements to Veterans Boulevard.Thomas said the council has previously discussed the need for improvements to the connector street to Highway 231. Veterans Boulevard is the street that would be most costly for the city to improve. He estimated the cost of the improvements would be $500,000.If approved, the project would be 100 percent funded and at huge cost savings to the city, Thomas said. He suggested that the city’s application could be enhanced if the city contributed money of its own to the project. Next Up“Nobody has done anything with the property and now we have the opportunity for a miracle,” Boyd said. “The Pike County Board of Education will take an eyesore and build something of great value to our city.”Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas discussed an opportunity available to the city through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program II.Thomas said applications for the ATRIP II-funded project may be submitted for improvements to any state-maintained highway systems, which would include U.S. Highway 231 and State Highway 93. Boswell, Reed recovering after wreck that killed 3 Around 10:30 p.m. Monday night, July 29 a car carrying three friends, who were all rising high school seniors, struck… read more The Brundidge City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to accept property consisting of 28 acres on the city’s South Main Street from the Brundidge Industrial Development Board. The council’s next move will be to consider making the property available to the Pike County Board of Education.Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said the Pike County BOE has expressed a desire to build a recreation complex on the site.Boyd told the council the property, which is located behind the former Junior Foods store, has been in the city’s possession since 1953. Published 3:00 am Thursday, August 8, 2019 Print Article By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Breaking down New York real estate’s path to sustainability

first_imgHow do you start getting to that problem?When the law was first proposed, there were caps based on three building categories. We got that expanded to 10. I think there should be 80, which is what Energy Star is. Offices have one cap, that’s it, it doesn’t matter what goes on in the office. So if you have a building that has high density, that has data centers and trading floors, it is held to the same carbon standard as the building next door, which could be law offices and insurance headquarters. I love them too, but they’re typically bigger office spaces, conference rooms, not operating 24-7. There is societal value for what’s happening in the building that has data centers, it’s keeping the internet alive, it’s keeping banking going. So we have to find a way for those buildings to comply, when right now they can’t just because they have these energy-intensive operations going on.In your report, you focus on the technologies available now. How much of the problem is adaptation and implementation, and how much is development of brand new technologies?We need both. Energy efficiency is always your first and best friend. If you upgrade the efficiency of your building, you’re improving the asset by investing in yourself and you’re also lowering your costs. The big technology breakthroughs we need are in understanding how the building operates, the building management systems and in the data.The pandemic has laid bare some interesting facts about buildings. In Manhattan today, we’re still operating at about 10 percent occupancy, meaning buildings are 90 percent vacant. Energy usage in those buildings is down [only] 30 percent, meaning there’s a 70 percent base load for empty buildings. How is that even possible?“Pension funds are the invisible hand moving the sustainability real estate market.” The Real Deal’s Hiten Samtani and Urban Green Council CEO John MandyckWhen John Mandyck met with Brazil’s largest pension fund a few years ago, he wanted to understand the thinking behind its radical declaration that it would only invest in certified green buildings.“I was completely blown away because I was thinking they were going to say, ‘We have social pressures, we have ESG goals,’” recalled Mandyck, now the CEO of Urban Green Council, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for improving buildings’ energy efficiency. “It had nothing to do with that. They were trying to future-proof their portfolio.”The pension fund, Previ, was convinced that properties would not hold their value over the next decade unless they were green. Similar dynamics, Mandyck argues, are beginning to play out in New York City, the world’s most valuable real estate market.ADVERTISEMENTThe Real Deal caught up with him to discuss New York’s milestone climate policy, climate tech’s potential to create healthier and more equitable neighborhoods and Urban Green’s vision for a market to trade carbon credits.Real estate’s culpability in the climate crisis hasn’t been a major focus. Why is that?I would argue that’s no longer the case in New York City. We have a landmark law [Local Law 97] that will deliver the largest carbon reduction of any city in the world. You’re pointing to a bigger issue though, in how other cities and jurisdictions are looking at climate change.I’ve seen far too often the classic pie chart of a jurisdiction’s carbon emissions. It’ll say: transportation, residential, commercial, industrial, waste. And [politicians] will say, “Oh, transportation is our largest source, so that’s where we have to put our priorities.” I’ll say, “no, buildings are your largest source — what do you think residential, commercial and industrial are? They’re buildings.” Once you do that, there’s an aha moment. This has happened at the highest levels of government that I’ve been working with over my career. Once you reframe the data, it becomes obvious where you need to focus attention.In New York, where large-scale real estate ownership is so dynastic, is there more openness to the idea of transforming buildings?The family-owned real estate enterprises think generationally. That’s their business model. And they are within sight of the generation where New York City will not function because of climate change. New York Harbor is up one foot over the last century. On top of that, New York has $3 trillion of insured coastal properties. That is twice the GDP of Canada. You can understand that this is a risk that needs to be managed.One of the big opponents of some aspects of Local Law 97 was, and remains, the Real Estate Board of New York, which represents these owners.We worked together with REBNY in the lead-up to the law. We met 80 times over eight months with 70 people from 42 organizations (Urban Green’s board includes top executives from Rudin Management, Brookfield, SL Green Realty and 32BJ SEIU). What we together recommended was an energy-efficiency law to be the backbone of Local Law 97. The city and the City Council decided it should be a carbon law. That was a major detour from what was expected. It gets you to the same place, but it leads to many other issues.“Density should be your friend for sustainability. Under Local Law 97, it’s not.” In this commercial building I’m in right now, when I turn that light on, the building is using energy, but it’s not directly emitting carbon. That carbon is being emitted at the power plant supplying the electricity, which could be five miles away, it could be 100 miles away. And every power plant burns at a different rate of efficiency. Some use different fuels. And so you have to understand exactly what’s happening at the power plant to understand the carbon emissions that are being driven. When it comes to electricity, building owners don’t exactly control carbon. They have no ownership over that power plant.So what we’ve been working hard at is … how do we make it work? Because the last thing we need is some trophy law that we can all feel good about, but if it doesn’t work, then we don’t get the carbon reduction.You make a great point about trophy laws. I was thinking about something related, which is the LEED standard. Every major building has some LEED designation. But that’s not going to move the needle. Is there an element of tokenism with some of these standards?Right there is a good example of the difference between energy efficiency and a carbon cap. We have many LEED-platinum buildings in New York City that will never, ever comply with the law. They use energy super-efficiently, but if they have 15,000 people working in the building, you can’t get around the fact that the building as a whole just uses a lot of energy. So there is a disincentive for density that we need to find a way to fix. Density should be your friend for sustainability. Under Local Law 97, it’s not. It’s easy to understand and it’s easy to calculate, but it’s a pretty blunt instrument that’s blind to what’s going on inside the building.Read more from The REInterview – In depth conversations with industry leaders and newsmakersVishaan Chakrabarti on the real estate implications of a New York less reliant on private cars Real estate’s climate reckoning, with Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace and Greg Smithies Portrait of a deal junkie: The Joseph Tabak story Share via Shortlink Climate ChangeLocal Law 97The REInterview Tags How do buildings become solutions to some of these issues? When you do electrification, for example, and you replace those steam radiators with a heat pump, the heat pump keeps you nice and warm in the winter, but guess what? The heat pump also cools. Now all of a sudden, you’ve provided social access to cooling during heat waves, which has been a growing issue in New York. And so you can see how you can start — if you think differently — to optimize for climate, health and equity together. When you try to do it separately, you compromise one for the other.One of your ideas I find fascinating is this idea of carbon trading, where carbon credits become a commodity that you can buy and sell.Let’s go back to the example of the building that is super energy-efficient, but still can’t comply with Local Law 97 because it has 15,000 people working there. There are very few choices on the table right now. They’re kind of left with paying a fine. A fine is a failure, a waste. It’s a lose-lose situation.Instead of paying a fine, doesn’t it make sense for the building owner that can’t comply for legitimate reasons to pay somebody else to go below their cap? Maybe the building next door is in a different capital cycle, maybe they’re replacing all the windows in the building, or maybe they’re replacing their entire chiller plant. And rational investment will say, “I’m going to invest [just] to meet my cap.” Well, what if … you could keep going? There’s no financial incentive to do so now — unless somebody else is going to pay you to do it. That’s the essence of how carbon trading could work.(Credit: Urban Green Council)Now back to equity. I actually think if we’re going to create a new currency and a new capital market, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to point it in a direction for good. We could provide incentives through the design of this program to drive those investments into environmental justice communities and low-to-moderate income communities.Is there a concern the sort of market that you’re talking about could be gamed? That rather than moving the needle on climate change, it mostly just becomes another way to make money?The way I would do it is you don’t trade a credit until you generate a credit. And so nobody does nothing unless you reduce carbon somewhere. I’m across the street from the world’s most sophisticated trading house that there is — this is what New York does. We can find a way to make this market work and work well.Could we have a global carbon trading market at some point? Real estate is local, but climate change is a global problem.I don’t think we would ever get to the point where if you own a building in New York, you could trade with a building in London. We could get to a point where if you own a building in New York, you could trade with a building in Newark, but even that would be a Herculean task. We think trading is an answer here [because Local Law 97] is a breakthrough city-level policy tool. Cap-and-trade is not new, but what we have [with this law] is cap with no trade. So if you add the trading element, we think that can actually unlock carbon savings around the world.We’re going to do our part. We’re the largest city in the country. We’re going to reduce our emissions. But guess what, after we do all that, and we spend the $20 billion, if no other city acts, New York Harbor still floods, because climate change is a global problem. So we have a responsibility to do it, but also to do it in a way that other cities can follow. And I think that’s why we’re spending so much time on carbon trading. It’s because it’s a new tool that other cities can use.This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.(Write to Hiten Samtani at [email protected] To check out more of The REInterview, a series of his in-depth conversations with real estate leaders and newsmakers, click here.) Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink We did a program on this with several owners and engineers to look into what’s going on. We’re learning things like, if you don’t have a cloud-based system, and you work from home, all your computers are on in your office, because they’re connected to a server. We talked to one office that said that their desk energy load is exactly the same pre-Covid as during Covid when nobody was in.Second issue is that in a lot of buildings, there’s either one person or two people in the office and there isn’t the ability to split the air-conditioning system. Somebody goes somewhere, somebody goes someplace else, pretty soon you’re cooling and heating the whole space.How are you encouraging investment in climate technology?We did an analysis exactly for this reason, to say: What would happen to the retrofit market in New York City if every building owner chose energy efficiency as its compliance path to Local Law 97? What that data show is that we would create a $20 billion market for energy retrofits by 2030, it would be the largest retrofit market in the U.S. Now, the reason why we put that number out there is I’m convinced there are technologies in people’s basements and garages with entrepreneurs who are just trying to find a market. Here is the market.Real estate operators don’t really change their ways until there’s a financial incentive. Capital markets are now waking up to sustainability.They’re starting. There’s a lot farther we can go. Risk should be built into payback — that $3 trillion of assets that are at risk to climate change, that should be part of the payback that we’re reducing that risk. We’re starting to see mechanisms and instruments like C-PACE. We need more financial instruments like that to help building owners do the investments that are needed.Could you see a time where a major lender says, “Hey, you know what, your building isn’t green enough. Your rate’s going to be higher than the other guy’s rate.”It’s happening in asset-class valuation. We clearly see that green buildings have a premium, or said differently, that there is a brown discount. We’re starting to see, in other parts of the world, preferential lending based on the sustainability of a property. The greatest place we see this playing out globally is with pension funds. They are the invisible hand moving the sustainability real estate market. Ten years ago, the No. 1 reason people weren’t building green was lack of access to capital.There is now a triple threat: pressure from legislation, from capital markets and from the occupiers. But how would you respond to those who say given the pandemic, now is not the time for the city to invest in sustainability?I’m completely sympathetic to the financial crisis that we’re in. At the same time, I’m not willing to accept that we have to sacrifice health for climate or climate for health, and I would actually throw equity into the equation too: For too long, we have been presented false choices where you can either have climate but you can’t have health and equity, or you can have health but you can’t have equity and climate. Those days have to be over. We have to find a way to optimize our decisions, particularly in real estate, for climate, health and equity, and do all three.This concept of equity in buildings — is that racial, social? Break that down.I’ll give you a great example. The single largest source of carbon emissions in New York City comes from burning fossil fuels at the building for heat and hot water. So 40 percent of all carbon emissions come from that. For comparison, all transportation, combined, is 28 percent.You’re burning fossil fuel in the basement of a multifamily building. Yes, it’s releasing CO2, which is the climate issue, but it’s also releasing PM2.5 [fine particulate matter], nitrous oxide, [pollutants] that impact lung health. So we need to find a way to transition those sources to something renewable, not only for the climate, but to improve air quality in many of our neighborhoods.“For too long, we have been presented false choices, where you can have climate, but you can’t have health and equity, or you can have health, but you can’t have equity and climate. ”last_img read more

Former Utah State Head Football Coach Chuck Mills Dead At 92

first_img Written by January 19, 2021 /Sports News – Local Former Utah State Head Football Coach Chuck Mills Dead At 92 Tags: Chuck Mills/USU Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-This past weekend, former Utah State head football coach Chuck Mills passed away at the age of 92.Mills, the 16th head coach in Aggies history, coached the squad from 1967-1972 and amassed a record of 38-23-1 (.621). This included a 17-7 (.708) mark at Logan.Mills also went 8-4 against BYU and Utah and his 38 wins rank third all-time in school annals.Mills led the Aggies to four winning seasons, including successive 8-3 campaigns in 1971 and 1972.Mills also made history in taking the first American collegiate football team to Japan in 1971 as the Aggies played a pair of games against Japanese All-Star teams.The Japanese equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, known as the Mills Trophy, is annually presented to the top college football player in Japan.Mills coached five All-Americans at Utah State: defensive linemen Phil Olsen and Bill Staley (1st team All-Americans), quarterback Tony Adams (2nd team All-American) and receivers Mike O’Shea and Tom Forzani (honorable mention).Mills was born December 28, 1928 at Chicago, Ill. and was a 1950 graduate of Illinois State University.From 1950-1997, Mills coached at various levels of football and was inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. Brad Jameslast_img read more

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first_imgProductivity needs to meet or exceed standards as set bytheSection and/or Department.Keep up with continuing medical education as per college andsection requirements.Renewing and meeting all required licenses and certificationrequirements.Familiarize with EPIC- electronic medical records and documentall patient encounters as needed.Complete all documentation in a timely manner so that billingand other administrative tasks can happen smoothly to ensure arobust operational system.Maintaining credentialing at all times to ensure practice isnot disrupted. Education Requirement: M.D.Licensure Requirement: Licensed by the Texas Medical BoardBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5401CA; CH SummaryThe Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking a qualifiedphysician to provide coverage for patient care for EmergencyMedicine at Ben Taub Hospital.This is a critical piece of the clinical service that will helpmaintain coverage within the Emergency Center and provide residentsupervision. This position has already been approved by AMS and isfully funded by the district. The physician is expected todemonstrate competency in following areas:last_img read more