Police terror, COVID-19 are women’s issues

first_imgJustice for Breonna Taylor protest, Louisville, Ky., May 29.These slightly edited remarks were given by Monica Moorehead at a June 7 International Women’s Alliance webinar: “Building our militant global women’s movement to resist imperialism in the time of COVID-19.” This series of International Women’s Alliance webinars could not have come at a more opportune time. A wave of rebellion is sweeping the globe. Who would have thought six months ago that the epicenter of this rebellion would be the U.S. — the imperialist belly of the beast? It is both shocking and not surprising that this is happening. The billionaire ruling class, their Wall Street investors and the Trump government are having nightmares, fighting among themselves, knowing that their entire system is under attack — first for ignoring all the early signs of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the lack of testing and health care for everyone, including essential workers — and with the unemployment rate approaching Great Depression levels, not counting 2 million incarcerated workers in prisons and detention centers, undocumented migrant workers, working-class and oppressed youth. Workers are resisting with strikes, sit-ins, car caravans and even resisting armed neofascists who want to reopen businesses.  The second pandemic is the rebellion ignited on May 25 by the horrific torture and police lynching of the 46-year-old Black man in Minneapolis, George Floyd. It took five days for the cop who asphyxiated Floyd to be charged and several days later for the three other cops to be arrested. That rebellion will reach two weeks tomorrow (June 8). This rebellion against police terror has brought together Black, Latinx, Indigenous and white people of all generations, genders and abilities with marches, rallies, shutting down bridges, interstates, carrying out civil disobedience and expropriation — all in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, with people risking their health to be in the streets in all 50 states, in large and small cities. This inspiring rebellion has spread around the world on almost every continent in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, which is an international struggle. Underneath these two unprecedented pandemics is a dying capitalist economic system based on making profits, not meeting human needs. Capitalism has been in a permanent economic crisis since the housing market crash in 2008. It never has and never will fully recover. This crisis is reflected in low-wage jobs, lack of housing, closings of hospitals and clinics, mass incarceration, a rise in domestic and sexual violence, attacks on reproductive justice, police brutality, environmental racism, lack of healthy foods, etc.  For working-class people and people of color, there has always been a generational social crisis for years before 2008. But COVID-19 has made these issues more acute, especially with the genocidal numbers of people of color dying, at a rate 50 percent higher than whites due to institutionalized racism. Women are resisting on all frontsIn my organization, International Working Women’s Coalition, our main slogan is “Every issue is a woman’s issue.” We have a 10-point program that begs the question: Can we live without all the basic human needs like health care, jobs, housing, food and more? We say that in order to win these rights, you have to unite and fight capitalism and imperialism, which propagates white supremacy in all forms. And patriarchy and gender oppression are used to divide women and all sectors of our class.Who are on the front lines in the COVID-19 crisis? Mainly health care workers, the majority being women who put their lives on the line to save lives, but are dying because they don’t have personal protective necessities, access to ventilators and other lifesaving equipment. Women, especially women of color, have seen their numbers swell as incarcerated workers. Many are single mothers.Women have also been victims of police violence, like Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT worker, shot eight times by Louisville, Ky., police while sleeping this past March. Her 27th birthday was on June 5. She is just the latest victim of police terror. There’s Sandra Bland in Texas, Rekia Boyd in Chicago, Shantel Davis and Kyam Livingston in New York, and countless other women of color whose lives have been tragically cut short. None of the police involved have been arrested or charged.  But women are resisting on all fronts. Women of color, Black, Latinx and Indigenous, as well as anti-racist whites, a vast majority of them young, are on the front lines of this rebellion, not backing down from the police. Health care workers are rallying and marching against their terrible conditions, fighting both COVID and saying Black Lives Matter. Women are on the frontlines fighting these and other neoliberal policies emanating from the imperialist system both at home and abroad. The COVID-19 virus may be keeping a lot of us off the streets due to age and preexisting health conditions, but we can still show solidarity in other ways to fight any isolation, including women’s assemblies. We need to agree on some global united days of action on issues that most impact women, because despite where we live and struggle, we face the same struggles and the same fight against the same oppressive system. A good start is to defend this global rebellion against police and military terror, however long it lasts, because it is a woman’s issue. As the Assata Shakur chant says, as it applies to women and gender-oppressed people, “We have nothing to lose but our chains.”  Monica Moorehead is an executive committee member of IWA. She is also a coordinator of the International Working Women’s Day Coalition in New York City.  Moorehead is a managing editor of Workers World newspaper and a contributing writer for the 1995 pamphlet, “Capitalism’s war on women: Why the system is responsible for violence against women.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream is a Cool Place

first_imgChill Hand Rolled Ice Cream is located at 508 E. Eighth Street in Ocean City. By PHOEBE PRETTYMANAnyone looking for a treat to cool down or in need of something sweet should check out Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream.This unique ice cream shop is located on Eighth Street between Central and Wesley avenues in Ocean City. There is another one in Sea Isle City at 3500 Boardwalk.Both locations are an ideal place to indulge in a frozen treat. Locally owned and operated by husband and wife team Michael Conroy and Anita Pugliese and their children, the shop is in its third summer in Ocean City. They opened the store in Sea Isle two years ago.Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream stands out from the rest due to the unique versatility within its creations. Customers can choose from six flavors as a base and then select their own toppings.The menu shows many options to choose from to build your own creation.There is a menu of just about a dozen ideas of combinations. However, most customers choose to create their own.Much like the ice cream, the experience is cool. The employees make the ice cream right in front of you. This aspect allows them to manipulate the flavors.Anita Pugliese explained how they use “all premium and fresh products” and then add mix-ins to create different flavors, depending on a customer’s preference. There is an endless amount of possibilities.Employees make the ice cream by hand while customers watch on the other side of the glass.To top it all off, Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream adds a generous amount of its fresh, homemade signature blue whip cream to finish each creation. It’s called “Chill Whip.”There are also options that vary from the traditional ice cream. They include a vegan option in the flavor of sorbet and a lactose-free vanilla flavor. There really is something for everyone.New flavors and creations are always welcomed. Customers’ creations can become the “Flavor of the Day” and if it is popular, may even become an option on the menu. The employees at the shop are always looking to give customers exactly the creation they desire.Imagination is encouraged at Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream. A new type of treat was recently added to the menu after the owners learned of the creation. It is called an Aussie Bowl. This invention includes ice cream, cereal and fruit. Similar to the hand-rolled ice cream, this is also completely customizable.Siblings Amanda and Eric are among the employees who make the ice cream.When they opened the shop in Ocean City three years ago, Conroy and Pugliese were inspired to pursue the new fad of hand-rolled ice cream.This Asian-inspired cuisine originated in Thailand and then made its way to the U.S. When Conroy and Pugliese learned of the new type of dessert, they knew they wanted to try their hand at it.Now, all three of their children, Michael, Eric and Amanda, work at the shop alongside their parents. The Sea Isle shop is mostly operated by their eldest son, Michael.Be sure to add Chill Hand Rolled Ice Cream to the top of your list of places to go in Ocean City and Sea Isle. When you see Chilly, their penguin mascot, you will know you are in the right place.Visit the website at http://chillhandrolledicecream.com/ or call (609) 840-6899 in Ocean City or (609) 478-6086 in Sea Isle City.The store is in the heart of downtown Ocean City.The “C” Turtle from the menu contains chocolate ice cream with caramel, “C” salt, and is topped off with “Chill Whip.”last_img read more

Global installed solar capacity tops wind for first time in latest BNEF data

first_imgGlobal installed solar capacity tops wind for first time in latest BNEF data FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Solar energy stormed ahead last year to become the leading new power-generating source in the world, carrying clean-energy technologies including wind and hydro to overtake coal in global installed capacity, according to latest calculations by research consultancy BloombergNEF (BNEF).PV added 118GW of new plant in 2019 on its way to reaching 651GW of capacity, outpacing wind’s total 644GW, to become the fourth largest power source on the planet, behind coal’s 2.1TW, gas’ 1.8TW and hydro’s 1.2TW.Solar and wind together accounted for 67% of new capacity added globally in 2019, while fossil fuels slid to 25%, according to BNEF’s new Power Transition Trends 2020 report, which tracks capacity and generation data over the past decade. Taken together with hydro dams, the clean-energy sector has built out some 2.5TW of plant worldwide.“Sharp declines in solar equipment costs, namely the modules that go on rooftops and in fields, have made this technology widely available for homes, businesses and grids,” said Luiza Demôro, BNEF analyst and lead author of the study. “PV is now truly ubiquitous and a worldwide phenomenon.”PV eclipsed all-comers in new-build terms and was the most popular technology deployed in 33% of nations, with 81 countries building at least 1MW of solar during the last calendar year and representing nearly half of all new power generation capacity constructed worldwide.Renewable-energy engines wind and solar totted up to over two-thirds of the 265GW of additional capacity deployed worldwide in 2019, up from less than a quarter of new plant in 2010, while for the first time the two technologies accounted for the majority of new generation recorded.[Darius Snieckus]More: Solar outshines wind to become world’s biggest new power source: BNEFlast_img read more