‘Socialism and the Black Liberation Struggle’ at Oakland, Calif., meeting

first_imgFrom left, Monica Moorehead, Pierre LaBossiere, Jeremy Miller.Oakland, Calif. — “Socialism and the Black Liberation Struggle” was the topic of the forum held in Oakland on Feb. 11, which opened the Black History Month California Tour sponsored by Workers World Party.  Monica Moorehead, WWP’s 2016 presidential candidate and a managing editor of WW newspaper, is the tour’s featured speaker.Moorehead explained: “Capitalist bourgeois democracy in the U.S. has proven incapable of resolving the 20th century crisis of the ‘color line,’ to quote W.E.B. Du Bois, which is white supremacy as well as other forms of oppression.  Capitalism had the opportunity to redeem itself a century and a half ago since Black Reconstruction but failed miserably.”Discussing the current situation, Moorehead said: “The productive forces are overripe for socialism in the U.S. but have to be extracted from private hands.  Winning socialism in the U.S., through revolutionary solidarity with the most oppressed, will cause a huge rippling effect throughout the world in terms of washing away all forms of inequality, war and exploitation worldwide.”Pierre LaBossiere, leader of the Haiti Action Committee, opened the forum.  He talked about the historical role Haitians played in the struggle to overturn slavery, not just in Haiti, but throughout the Americas. He expressed concern about how the ongoing  struggle for democracy in Haiti — with daily demonstrations in the streets  — is largely ignored by mainstream media and much of the “progressive” media, too.LaBossiere pointed out that Haitians in the U.S. have been involved in the working-class struggle here, but now face deportation because Trump rescinded the temporary protected status agreement. TPS was originally provided after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti.Jeremy Miller, of the Idriss Stelley Foundation and the Last 3 Percent of San Francisco, closed the forum. He described the influence of Black socialist leaders in the struggle in the U.S., including in Black churches in the late 1800s. Miller raised the role of Black workers in the workers’ struggle here and explained how the absence of higher-paid jobs for Black workers affected their role in that struggle.The tour moves on to Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, 5278 W. Pico Blvd.; and then to San Diego on Sunday, Feb. 18 at noon at UNITE HERE Local 30 at 2436 Market St.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Amazing new Milestone Tracker app for parents

first_imgIs your child’s development on track for his or her age? Now you can find out with CDC’s new free Milestone Tracker app. The app makes it easy for parents to track, support, and celebrate their young child’s development.“Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving ‘bye-bye’ are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider.”The new Milestone Tracker app offers:Milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos.Tips and activities to help children learn and grow.Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about a developmental concern.A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers.Reminders for appointments and developmentalAvailable in IOS and Android devicesThe Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android devices, was developed by CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program to help parents, early care and education providers, and healthcare providers track developmental milestones in young children.Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.In addition to the app, CDC offers free children’s books, milestone checklists, and other resources that can be downloaded or ordered online. Most materials are available in English and Spanish, and some are available in other languages. For more information on the Milestones Tracker app, visitwww.cdc.gov/MilestoneTracker. For more on CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and other free tools for parents, visit www.cdc.gov/ActEarly.For recent news on the CDC, click the link: CDC reports rising death rate from drug overdoselast_img read more

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