I could not stand the condescending, paternalistic attitudes of some of the white people in [some socialist] groups. Some of the older members thought that because they had been in the struggle for socialism for a long time, they knew all the answers to the problems of Black people and all the aspects of the Black Liberation struggle. I couldn’t relate to the idea of the great white father on earth any more than i could relate to the great white father up in the sky. I was willing and ready to learn everything i could from them, but i damn sure was not ready to accept them as leaders of the Black Liberation struggle. A few thought that they had a monopoly on Marx and acted like the only experts in the world on socialism came from Europe. In many instances they downgraded the theoretical and practical contributions of Third World revolutionaries like Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Augustino Neto, and other leaders of liberation movements in the Third World.
Another thing that went against my grain was the arrogance and dogmatism i encountered in some of these groups. A member of one group told me that if i was really concerned about the liberation of Black people i should quit school and get a job in a factory, that if i wanted to get rid of the system i would have to work at a factory and organize the workers. When i asked him why he wasn’t working in a factory and organizing the workers, he told me that he was staying in school in order to organize the students. I told him i was working to organize the students too and that i felt perfectly certain that the workers could organize them selves without any college students doing it for them. Some of these groups would come up with abstract intellectual theories, totally devoid of practical application, and swear they had the answers to the problems of the world. They attacked the Vietnamese for participating in the Paris peace talks, claiming that by negotiating the Viet Cong were selling out to the u.s. I think they got insulted when i asked them how a group of flabby white boys who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag had the nerve to think they could tell the Vietnamese people how to run their show.
Arrogance was one of the key factors that kept the white left so factionalized. I felt that instead of fighting together against a com mon enemy, they wasted time quarreling with each other about who had the right line. Although i respected the work and political positions of many groups on the left, i felt it was necessary for Black people to come together to organize our own structures and our own revolutionary political party. Friendship is based on respect. As long as much of the white left saw their role as organizing, educating, recruiting, and directing Black revolutionaries, i could not see how any real friendship could occur. I felt, and still feel, that it is necessary for Black revolutionaries to come together, analyze our history, our present condition, and to define ourselves and our struggle. Black self-determination is a basic right, and if we do not have the right to determine our destinies, then who does? I believe that to gain our liberation, we must come from the position of power and unity and that a Black revolutionary party, led by Black revolutionary leaders, is essential. I believe in uniting with white revolutionaries to fight against a common enemy, but i was convinced that it had to be on the basis of power and unity rather than from weakness and unity at any cost.
Nihigaal bee Iina, or Our Journey for Existence is a prayerful walk orchestrated by fellow Diné youth seeking to address a variety of issues occurring across Diné Bikeyah (Navajo land). We have walked and seen the destruction of our land and people’s psyche resulting from resource colonization.
We have also witnessed our people— especially Diné youth— awakening to their original selves. This collective effort seeks to strengthen communities in the form of prayers, presentations, and community exchanges to create a shift in consciousness that will empower communities and remind us of the activation needed to restore self-determination.
As Diné, we walk to each of our sacred mountains with such hope. We are slowly realizing cultural revitalization and its importance as we begin to shape our stories individually and collectively.
‘Authentic’ leadership could not come from the outside or above; rather, the people who were most oppressed had to take direct action to change their circumstances. At best, national organizations could offer activists the resources that they lacked: financial support, media attention, and political education.
Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby
October 10, 1917 - Canadian PM Robert Borden Forms Unionist Party
Pictured - Borden lays down the law.
1917 was a difficult year for Canada. In Europe, the Canadian Expeditionary Force had taken serious casualties and needed replacements. Back home, however, the stream of volunteers had dried up. Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden pushed hard for conscription, but met with serious resistance from French Canadians, who opposed the war.
The Canadian election of 1917 was called to decide the issue. Borden offered a political alliance to Liberal Party leader Sir Wilfred Laurier. Laurier refused, as to accept meant abandoning the French Canadian vote. However, the right-wing of the Liberal Party split to join with Borden, creating a coalition, the Unionist Party.
Borden also passed several acts that would make the election easier. The first was the Wartime Elections Act, which disenfranchised conscientious objectors and Canadian citizens born abroad before 1902. This stroke eliminated two blocs less likely to vote for the Unionists. The second act was the Military Voters Act, which established that the votes of Canadian soldiers could be counted in whichever constituency their party decided, allowing Borden to shore up his votes where they were most needed. The Military Election Act also allowed Canadian women to vote for the first time, although only those in uniform. The election was held on December 17, 1917, and Borden’s party, and conscription, won a large majority.
“Catalonia restores today its full sovereignty,” says the document, called “declaration of the representatives of Catalonia.”
“We call on all states and international organizations to recognize the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state. We call on the Catalan government to take all necessary measures to make possible and fully effective this declaration of independence and the measures contained in the transition law that founds the republic.”
Puigdemont told the assembly earlier that the effects of the declaration would be suspended to allow time for talks to reach a negotiated solution to the standoff over the northeastern region.
Could you analyze takada kenta and kim taedong? I really appreciate your pd101 analyzing, thank you!
hey there! i can definitely do takada kenta but unfortunately, dont got much (read: anything) on kim taedong
kenta though wow, underrated as heck amirite. i didn’t even notice him until i was bored one time and searched up the rest of the trainee auditions in the first episode and realised that he covered taemin’s sayonara hitori???? it’s such a hard song to sing and dance to at the same time because WHEN DO YOU BREATHE
what im coming to here is - he’d talented. like a perspeverance and hardwork kind of talented not plain old gifted. which is great because thats a great PR strategy to work anyone’s way up to the top in this show. if only he knew how to use it this poor boy has no idea about manipulating the public does he?
its truly unfortunate that he doesn’t have any sad stories that would catch the eye of mnet’s editors because he is just straight up talented and hard working idol. a young boy away from home, knows what he wants to do and working hard at it. so there is no evil story spin on him or an emotional one. but i truly did like his dynamic with hong eunki. the two of them show a lot of behind the scenes hard work you know? like they’re cool with not getting the limelight. they seem to be the show to genuinely learn and grow as artists. from what i see, kenta feels like a “lets focus on the task at hand” kind of person. probably not a fan of thinking of the bigger picture, likes to go through his day one thing at a time. such a simple minded ajhusshi he is
also a very good and liberal leader material. he isnt as fiercely leader-ish like some of the other trainees are probably because he’d do it for his group members and not for himself. but what i can see clearly is that he has a strong grasp on the seniority hierarchy in korea, he respects people older or younger than him and that says a lot about his character.
such a baby squish, one of the innocent ones on this show along with the musical genius in the “If It Were You” team (seriously though, how did he not make it through the eliminations??? he knew musical theory!!!1)
Filming has been completed in Vancouver of the remake of ‘Lost in Space’.
Sporting the ‘Lost in Space’ hoodie:
newtoronto.com were clearly impressed by Toby’s performance, writing “Stephens is quietly wonderful in the corners as the equivocating, self-serving Blair and Hurt, in one of his final screen performances, matches him scene for scene as a professional cynic slowly rediscovering his sense of optimism.”
Likewise, stuff.co.nz wrote, “In support are terrific performances from a range of well-known and unknown British faces, notably Toby Stephens (a TV, film and theatre actor, and Maggie Smith’s son) who nails Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech and mannerisms to provide some of the film’s many lighthearted moments.”
wcbe.org wrote, “Although actors like Toby Stephens as Tony Blair and John Hurt as Harry Patterson could command any screen at any time, Spall and Meaney are so believable as to make you forget all other performances. Their job to let you see the growing friendship by small increments is marvelous to behold.”
On 14th July, the Daily Mail reported that Toby would be joined by Lydia Leonard to star as the Norwegian couple who helped bring Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation leader Yasser Arafat together in a bid to achieve Middle East peace. It went on to say that “Director Sher told me Stephens was cast first because he possessed ‘the agility, intelligence and charm to play almost anyone … but especially Terje Rod-Larsen, whose creativity and diplomacy helped bring about the only peace agreement in the Middle East in 25 years. Sher said the actor could embody the ‘wicked charm, insane bravery and forceful wit’ needed to lead the show.”
In honour of present day TV ‘mustaches’, tvovermind.com listed their top 5, with Captain Flint taking first place, “Toby Stephens plays the role of Captain Flint in the television series “Black Sails.” He looks the part with a full ginger mustache and beard to go along with it. Previously, he was clean shaven but grew the mustache so he would be more presentable for his role as the rough and tough character that he portrays in the series. His appearance is so changed by the addition and although he’s handsome clean shaven, the mustache gives the character a stronger presence.”
decider.com announced that ‘Vexed’ was showing on Netflix.
Be wary of liberal leaders who will try to hide their allegiance to DeVos’ destructive education agenda. As soon as he sad he supports “accountable school choice initiatives”, it should be a dead giveaway.
Behind closed doors, politicians like this will be more than happy to help Devos gut public schooling and destroy teachers unions. They try to hide it, but they can’t hide their actions and their records.
What exactly does it mean now we've got a hung parliament?
Britain has a hung parliament after Theresa May’s political gamble to call a general election and get a clear mandate backfired. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is a hung parliament?
A hung parliament is when no political party emerges from an election with an overall majority of 326 seats of the 650 in the House of Commons.
This snap general election has drawn a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost several seats while Labour made substantial gains.
What does Theresa May do now?
May could do a deal to bring her incumbent Conservative government past the 326 line – most likely with the Democratic Unionist Party, which has boosted its number to 10 with two gains.
Although 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority, in practice a working majority requires just 322 MPs. This is because the Speaker doesn’t vote and Sinn Fein has so far declined to take up its seats.
So May would be able to pass this crucial figure with the support of the DUP – but the party will demand significant concessions in return for propping up her administration.
Are there any other options?
May could go to the Queen to tender her resignation and that of her administration.
Jeremy Corbyn, as leader of the largest opposition party, may then be invited by the Queen to form a government either as a minority or in coalition with another party or parties.
Labour would then likely explore the potential for co-operation with other “progressive” parties like the Lib Dems, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party’s sole MP Caroline Lucas.
Has this happened before?
In 2010, Gordon Brown held onto the premiership for six days as frantic negotiations took place, resigning only when it became clear that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had reached agreement on a viable coalition.
It seems likely that May too will hold back on any resignation until she has had time to test whether she has the support to attempt to continue in office.
Will forming a coalition be straightforward?
A whole host of parties have already opted out of any involvement in a formal coalition, which is a very different state of affairs compared to 2010.
Labour has said it will not seek a coalition, instead seeking to govern as a minority government if possible.
And Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pledged during the election not to go into coalition with either the Tories or Labour.
What about a “supply and confidence” arrangement?
Another arrangement short of a coalition could involve a “supply and confidence” agreement.
Under this, smaller parties would pledge to back the Government’s budget and programme without actually taking up ministerial positions in the new administration.
Can a party actually rule with a minority government?
The Conservatives or Labour could both attempt to govern as a minority administration.
But it would be hard work – the party would have to seek to win support in the Commons for their programme on a vote-by-vote basis.
What are the big dates in May’s diary now?
The first milestone would be June 13, when the House of Commons is due to return after the election.
But a far more significant deadline is the Queen’s Speech on June 19, when the sovereign will read out the legislative programme of the new government.
Any PM would be unlikely to ask the Queen to present a programme if they did not believe it would secure the support of a majority of MPs in the Commons.
And what, if after all that, no viable administration can still be formed?
If all else fails, voters could well be asked to return to the polling stations for the third general election since the UK found itself in a similar situation in 2010.