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Vince Copeland, co-founder of Workers World Party, speaks at an organizing meeting in Chicago in the early 1980s.

Former steelworker, brilliant orator and writer, and founding editor of Workers World newspaper. When he was fired from Bethlehem Steel’s Lackawanna plant, then the biggest U.S. steel mill, during the Cold War witch-hunt, 18,000 workers walked out in support of him.

Via Jeff Sarles

Many of the currently employed state-sector workers are the children of the “old workers” [what workers from the Maoist era are referred to in China]; or they have had experience working together with the old workers; or they live in the same working-class neighborhoods. Thus, the currently employed state-sector workers have been influenced by the old workers’ struggles and their political experience. This was illustrated by the Tonghua Steel workers’ anti-privatization struggle in 2009.

Tonghua Steel was a state-owned steel factory in Tonghua, Jilin Province. In 2005 Tonghua Steel was privatized. The state assets, once worth 10 billion yuan, were appraised at only 2 billion yuan. Jianlong, a powerful private company having connections with high-ranking officials in Beijing, actually paid only 800 million yuan and took over the company. After Jianlong’s takeover, twenty-four thousand out of thirty-six thousand workers were laid off. Wages for the workers on “dangerous tasks” (with high rates of work-related injuries) were reduced by two-thirds. The managers could impose various arbitrary penalties and punishments on the workers.

In 2007 the Tonghua Steel workers started to protest. During the protests, a Maoist-era worker, “Master Wu,” emerged as the leader. Wu made it clear to the workers that the real issue was not about any particular problem, but about “the political line of privatization.”

July 2009 found the workers on a general strike. When the Jianlong general manager threatened to fire all workers, the enraged workers beat the manger to death. Although the provincial governor and thousands of armed police were at the scene, no one dared to intervene. After the beating, Jilin Province was forced to cancel the privatization plan.

The Tonghua Steel workers’ victory was a huge inspiration for workers in many parts of China. Workers in several other steel factories also protested and forced the local governments to cancel privatization plans. Worker-activists in other provinces saw the Tonghua victory as their own and regretted that “too few capitalists have been killed.“

Minqi Li, “The Rise of the Working Class and the Future of the Chinese Revolution” (2011)

Chicago Police open fire on striking steel workers and their families killing 10 and wounding around 100. Anarchist Dorothy Day, who was present at the March and massacre, is quoted “On Memorial Day, May 30, 1937, police opened fire on a parade of striking steel workers and their families at the gate of the Republic Steel Company, in South Chicago. Fifty people were shot, of whom 10 later died; 100 others were beaten with clubs.”

Contained within is a list of career path choices for each Zodiac sign.  This list pertains to having the zodiac sign on the 10th house cusp (midheaven) of your birth chart.  These can also work for overall sign dominance in a chart.  Your 2nd house cusp sign can also show areas where you can gain income with these signs for alternate possibilities.



Careers involving the military, protecting and serving
military, soldier. defense department, security
law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical technician

Careers centering around sports and athletics
sports, competitive sports, coaching, training
athletic director

Careers involving physical force
industrial, construction, factory work, hunting, general labor

Careers involving working with metals
weapon making including design, manufacturing and testing,
engineering, mechanic, butcher (knives), steel worker,
iron worker, machinist, millwright, sheet-metal, welding,
boilermaker

Careers that involve initiative
Generally competitive careers, pioneering careers, business owner, sales



Careers that involve art and creativity
painting, drawing, sculpting, creative writing
advertising design, typographer, book and magazine layout coordinator
website design, blog design, prop design (for plays)
working with stage design, set director, urban planner, architect
floral design, florist, art therapist, glass blowing, mosaics, tattoo artist
working in art gallery or being an art dealer, art auctioneer, art professor
interior decoration

Careers that involve visual arts
digital design, animation, 3d modeler, video game design, special effects design
photographer, nature photographer, aerial photographer, wedding photographer

Careers that working with fashion
designing clothes, Jeweler, hair stylist, make up or modeling
buying and selling clothes, jewels, wigs, manacurest

Careers and jobs that involve working with music
dance, singing, opera, music composition
buying, selling, distributing music

Careers dealing with finance and money
banking, loan officer, title officer
administration, accounting

Careers working with sensual pleasure goods
clothes, shoes, seating, bedding, luxuries, perfumes
buying, selling, auctioning, or trading these goods

Careers involving home and gardening
landscape design, grounds keeping, gardening, green houses, flower shops, planet nurseries
interior design, home renovation, home design

Careers involving working with food
chef, pastry chef, pastry design, cupcake designer, restaurant management



Careers involving communication
Mass media, journalism, broadcasting,
radio, TV, telecommunications, announcing
sales, advertising, marketing, public relations,
teaching, acting, stenography
diplomats, politics, advisers

Career involving writing
writing, editing, blogging
copy-writing, secretary work

Career involving language
linguist, speaking, interpreting

Careers involving short distance travel, delivery and transportation
truck driver, cab driver, bus driver
post office, post man, courier



Dealing with the general public and nurturing others
social work , occupational therapist, Human resources, CEO, directors
careers involving medical nurturing at the forefront
being a nurse, therapist, hospital worker or doctor

Working with children, child care, teaching, preschool
nurturing children and taking care of them through pediatrics, babysitter or nanny

Careers with women in mind or feminine products or hygiene
being a midwife, OBGYN, working with and protecting abused women

Career dealing with water or working in a water environment
maritime industry, oceanographer
buying and selling boats, repairing boats, working on a dock, fishing
being in the navy, working in marine or navy engineering

Dealing with cooking and food
like a chef, short order cook, or working in a restaurant in general
catering and setting up social food engagements
working with baking or pastry design
may like to nature others’ lives by being involved with food
dietitian or a clinical dietitian who helps people in hospitals meet their needs

Working with things revolving around history
buying, Selling or Refurbishing Antiques
working as a historian, advocate, researcher, educator

Working with details relating to Home
buying and flipping real estate, selling real estate as an agent
homemaker, maid, butler
home based business



Careers centering around leadership
administration, government and politics, employees of a government service
management of various kinds, motivational speaker, CEO

Careers involving children
teach children, day care, nursery, preschool teacher, baby sitting, pediatrics

Careers involving hobbies, or fun
bring a hobby to their career
work with creative self expression professionally
being a consultant to some capacity

Careers involving Self Expression
art, acting, singing, music,
hairstylist, jeweler, clothes
movies, TV, radio, public personality, publicist

Careers centering gambling and speculation
Gamble professionally, Work in stock/day-trading, forecasting

Careers dealing with sports
play sports for a living, Work with sports in some capacity
be a sports manager, teaching sports



Careers involving detail oriented work
system analyst, archivist, statistician,
tax auditing, research, book keeping, librarian
auditor, financial planing, loan officer
executive assistance, executive director
mathematics, physics, surveying
public education, human resources

Careers involving critique
Film reviewer, music reviewer, art critic

Careers involving writing or use of the hands
editor, graphic design, welding, engineering

Careers centering around health and fitness
nutritionist, natruopathic, education and health research
health care worker, nurse, doctor, dentist, disease control,
environmental health, health advocacy, health education, community health organization
occupational therapist, fitness instructor, personal trainer,

Career working with animals and small pets
vet, vet technician, animal breeder, dog trainer, groomer



Careers that involve art and creativity
painting, drawing, sculpting, creative writing
advertising design, typographer, book and magazine layout coordinator
website design, blog design, prop design (for plays)
working with stage design, set director, urban planner, architect
floral design, florist, art therapist, glass blowing, mosaics, tattoo artist
working in art gallery or being an art dealer, art auctioneer, art professor
interior decoration

Careers that involve visual arts
digital design, animation, 3d modeler, video game design, special effects design
photographer, nature photographer, aerial photographer, wedding photographer
desktop publisher,

Careers that working with fashion
designing clothes, Jeweler, hair stylist, make up or Modeling
buying and selling clothes, jewels, wigs

Careers and jobs that involve working with music
dance, singing, opera, music composition
Buying, selling, distributing music

Negotiations, diplomacy, mediation and law career fields
working in public relations, being a go-between, escrow, arbitrator
working in human resources, supervision, moderating
diplomats, consultant
being a Court room specialist, Paralegal who works with clients directly, court writer, A judge

Careers involving customer relations
customer Service, retail specialist, retail management

Working with marriage or relationships couples, or guidance in general
marriage counselor, relationship counselor
wedding design, planning, wedding photographer
guidance counselor, occupation or career therapist



Careers involving digging deep and research
police work, detective, private eye, criminal investigator
chemist, engineer, archaeology, paleontology
pharmacology, science research, military intelligence
information broker, technical writer, recycling researcher

Careers that involve water
fishing, boating, oceanographer, maritime industry, marine biology,
marine scientist, shipping, dock worker

Careers that involve healing
doctor, surgeon, psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist
paramedic

careers involving positions of power or control
politics, presidency, prime minister

Careers involving intensity or protecting
security, firefighting, homeland security

Careers involving death
funeral director, coroner, mortician, embalmer, forensics

Careers involving transformation
recycling, Fixing up distressed properties, recycling product designer

Careers involving the taboo
occultist, secret society, astrology, witch, tarot reader
palm reader, alternative healer, psychic

Careers that involve sex
sex therapist, sexual educator, adult film industry

Careers that involve others resources
tax industry, tax collector, auditor
insurance, life insurance, inheritances
bill collection, economist, risk management



Careers involving higher education
teacher, college professor, tutoring
sociolinguistics

Careers involving long distance travel
travel industry, pilot, flight attendant, travel agent
tour guide,

Careers involving foreign culture
diplomat, foreign affairs, international commerce
imports and exports

Careers involving expansive communication
radio broadcasting, television host, salesman,
motivational speaking, promoter, marketing, advertising
interpreter, public relations, administration, comedian

Careers involving religion
theology, priest, preacher, clergy
missionary, minister

Careers involving philosophy
philosopher, working for non-profit organizations, public policy

Careers involving law
Lawyer, judge, paralegal
magistrates

Careers involving the military
soldier, sniper, general

Careers involving publishing
writer, author, publisher
editor

Careers involving animals and nature
animal husbandry, horse jockey
forest ranger, nature

Careers involving sports
athlete, coach, trainer, PE teacher
racing, broadcaster, reporter



Careers of being an authority
boss, management, ceo, chief executive, chairmen
chief economist, adminstrator, team management
entrepreneur, supervisor

Career involving government and politics
government officials, president, mayor
smithsonian instuation, national security agency
central intelligence agency, government accountability office
center for disease control, homeland security, parliament
public defense, criminal prosecution

Careers involving business
business owner, property management, landlords
market research analyst, business operations manager,
bookkeeping, marketing, compliance officer, management anaylst

Careers involving finance
dinancial planing, resource director, accounting
economnist, banking, appraisal, stockbroker

Careers involving history and time
historian, antique dealer, genealogist

Careers involving science and technology
IT, computer consultant, coding
science, researcher, analyst

Careers involving building structure
architect, real estate developer, engineer, contractor
masonry, construction, foreman, site manager, building inspector

Careers involving the Earth
mining, farming, agriculture, horticulture, forest and timber industry
earth science, geology, paleontology, space science, astronomer, geophysics



Careers involving science and technology
computers, IT fields, robotics, technical writer
astronomy, esoteric science, astrology,
physicist, rocket scientist, aeronautics
research scientist, architectural design,
communications, electrician

Careers in innovation and engineering
bio engineering, civil engineering, cryo engineering
material engineer, industrial engineer, safety engineer
environmental engineer, electrical engineer

Careers in politics
congress, government representative, political activist
entrepreneur, political commentator, state legislator
campaign worker, congressional research, public opinion analyst
city manager

Careers in humanitarianism and social reform
social worker, civil rights activist, mediator
aid worker, make a wish foundation, volunteer work
environmental activist, labor relations specialist
consumer advocate

Careers involving groups or teams
consultant work, advisory, performing in a music band, sports team, group project

Careers in creativity
art, music, actor, directing, creative writing
photography, digital art, digital business
Urban development, strategic planning



Careers dealing with creativity
artist, painter, photography, graphic editor
music, writing songs, music industry
creative writing, fantasy novelist, poet
acting, dancing, performing, choreographer
graphic design, video production, video game design
beautician, designer, decorator, stylist

Careers that involve computer visual arts
Digital design, animation, 3d modeler, video game design, special effects design

Careers in hidden places of society and retreat
prisons, hospitals, monasteries, jails, penitentiaries
asylums, mental hospitals, rehabilitation clinics

Careers in spirituality and religion
theology, astrologer, mystic
priest, monk, minister, spiritual counselor

Careers in holistic healing
holistic healer, shaman, energy healer
acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, naturopathy
herbalist, art therapist, music therapist

Careers that involve working with chemical substance
chemical engineer, chemist, pharmaceuticals,
alcohol, bar-tending

Careers that involve water
fishing, boating, oceanographer, maritime industry, marine biology,
marine scientist, shipping, dock worker

Careers involving helping and serving others
psychologist, therapist, counselor, social work
Masseuse, caretaker, nurse, aid worker, non-profit career
philanthropy

TORONTO REPORTBACK: Big unexpected shout-out to the United Steel Workers and the teachers and other unionized workers who participated in today’s anti-racist counter-demo, y'all made a big difference in terms of everyone’s safety and success. Shoulder to shoulder with various organized socialists, anarchists, anti-racists and anti-fascists we were able to successfully surround and prevent (twice) the march of a far-right mob.

The opponents side was comprised of anti-Muslim hate groups/Alt-right woman-hating nerds/Trump fans in MAGA hats/what’s left of Soldiers of Odin, the JDL, “Proudboys”, and ‘don’t tread on us’ flag III%er militia types in camo and tactical vests. This time some of their side came with sticks, at least one bat (disarmed and confiscated by some of ours) and helmets, thinking they were gonna beat us up like in Berkley.

But shit luck they had cause we brought out 250+ and they brought ~60. At least 5 messy melees broke out today because of police incompetence or indifference, during which we seemed to give as good as we got overall and never lost ground.  Two or three arrests were made, seemed to be all on our side.

If you believe it, during all this a group of Muslim women and their dozen or so adorable children came and formed a circle and sang songs and chanted right at the barricade fence. As the day wore on and their march attempts were blocked, the right-wing dwindled down to ~35 and a line of riot cops formed up to allow the glum remains of their demo to escape out the north west corner and disperse. I was good with that ending but usually we’d all taunt them as they left and frustrate the dispersal, unfortunately only our crew and and a few other people figured out what was happening in time and went around the west building to flank the cops, so instead of a large crowd following their walk of shame it was like 12 people, but we saw inbound horses and called it a day.

Some interesting tactical lessons learned, good connections made, and conversations about where to go from here.“

AT&T WORKERS STRIKE FOR A FAIR CONTRACT & AGAINST OUTSOURCING

Beginning at 3pm, Friday, May 19, 2017, AT&T workers, members of Communication Workers of America (CWA) , supported by allies in Jobs with Justice, teachers, 1199SEIU, United Steel Workers, Boston School Bus Drivers, a representative from the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, and other unions, picketed the AT&T mobile retail store at 699 Boylston St in Boston, cheering AT&T employees / CWA members as they walked out on strike, their union having been at the bargaining table for months.

The 3pm walk-out initiated a 3 day strike , joining with 40,000 striking workers from coast to coast, demanding AT&T, which is the largest telecom company in the country which brings in nearly $1 billion a month in profits, come to the negotiating table with proposals that provide for affordable benefits, fair wages and job security.

CWA is demanding that AT&T cease and desist it’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

Many AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and DC joined picket lines in the 3 day strike, along with wireline workers in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada.

Photo by Howard Rotman

The asshole attorney is SO WEIRD. We had an issue come up on a deal and I asked for clarification. He took me to a conference room and drew on a white board. He drew a steel worker with tears and asked me if it looked like a steel workers hat. Then asked if I could recognize what he drew as a bulldozer. I said no so he added the chains/wheels thing.

We were talking about mechanic’s liens. The drawings were pointless. I appreciate him explaining it to me instead of saying I don’t need to worry about it but don’t treat me like a first grader!

Jeff Pott     Two Union Brothers from the United Steel Workers Local 675 (Middle-Aged White Workers, Just the Sort of People the Talking Heads Punditocracy Constantly Tells Us Are ALL Trump Supporters) Waiting for Their Contingent to Arrive, May Day March, Los Angeles     May 1, 2017

nytimes.com
Opinion | When Communism Inspired Americans
American Communists had a noble cause, until they learned the truth.
By Vivian Gornick

Most Communists never set foot in party headquarters, laid eyes on a Central Committee member, or were privy to policy-making sessions. But every rank-and-filer knew that party unionists were crucial to the rise of industrial labor; party lawyers defended blacks in the South; party organizers lived, worked, and sometimes died with miners in Appalachia; farm workers in California; steel workers in Pittsburgh. What made it all real were the organizations the party built: the International Workers Order, the National Negro Congress, the Unemployment Councils. Whenever some new world catastrophe announced itself throughout the Depression and World War II, The Daily Worker sold out in minutes.

theatlantic.com
The Dangerous Myth That Hillary Clinton Ignored the Working Class
To many white Trump voters, the problem wasn’t her economic stance, but the larger vision—a multi-ethnic social democracy—that it was a part of.
By Derek Thompson

“She detailed plans to help coal miners and steel workers. She had decades of ideas to help parents, particularly working moms, and their children. She had plans to help young men who were getting out of prison and old men who were getting into new careers. She talked about the dignity of manufacturing jobs, the promise of clean-energy jobs, and the Obama administration’s record of creating private-sector jobs for a record-breaking number of consecutive months. She said the word ‘job’ more in the Democratic National Convention speech than Trump did in the RNC acceptance speech; she mentioned the word 'jobs’ more during the first presidential debate than Trump did. She offered the most comprehensively progressive economic platform of any presidential candidate in history—one specifically tailored to an economy powered by an educated workforce.”

SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Shipping Container Homes That Don’t Skimp on Style
By Charlotte O'Malley


Sarah House Utah is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to implementing innovative, affordable housing solutions in the Salt Lake region. The organization is a part of Crossroads Urban Center, where Jeffrey White (president of Sarah House Utah) has volunteered for over 30 years.

White’s first project, “Sarah House” was spurred by an encounter he had with a homeless artist in San Francisco, who was about to be evicted from the abandoned property she called home. Sarah was surrounded by materials that White knew could easily be re-purposed to provide basic, low-cost housing. In 2008, White set out to make his vision a reality, and constructed a model home in his own driveway made of two 20-foot shipping containers.

A self-claimed “unrelenting idealist,” White was determined to show his community how shipping containers could easily be converted into green-minded, safe, and affordable housing. Despite the bureaucratic obstacles White had to overcome to get necessary permits, local government officials (and the community) responded extremely well to the project. The first Sarah House was put up for sale in 2013 (available solely to low-income buyers), with an initial listing price of $135,000. Unlike the model home, Sarah House was constructed with two 40-foot shipping containers, but with the same low-cost, seismically sound, and eco-friendly materials as the model

Sarah House Utah has expanded their portfolio in the past year with The Sarah House Mini, introduced in April. The Sarah House Mini is described as a hybrid build (20 foot container and traditional framing) ideal for an accessory dwelling. You can keep tabs on Sarah House Utah’s projects and progress on Facebook.


I think that two units, stacked and offset front to back, would make a great camp. An upstairs deck, a downstairs covered entrance. Set the nice house door / entrance behind the container doors, cut in a few windows using the cutouts for shutters. Close this unit up when not using the camp and the animals, human or otherwise, would have a time doing any damage. Those steel workers I worked with, would be right at home cutting this thing up. Problem being delivery back in the woods which could double the costs.
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The Pinkerton Detective Agency

In the mid to late 19th century, there were few police forces, few public security forces, and the US Military was quite small.  Such times allowed for private security, law enforcement, and military forces to thrive.  The largest and most powerful private security firm in the world at the time was the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton.  During the later half of the 1800’s, if you needed a stagecoach full of valuables guarded, needed to protect a train from robbers, needed the services of mercenaries, needed a private detective, or even needed a bounty hunter to hunt down a notorious outlaw, “The Pinkerton Guards” were your go to guys.

Most of the Agency’s services focused on providing security guards to protect wagons, trains, and stagecoaches transporting valuables, especially bank and payroll funds.  However the Pinkerton Agency could provide a large number of special agents for a variety of services.  During the American Civil War, the US Government hired Pinkerton Agents as bodyguards for Abraham Lincoln, other politicians, and Union Generals.  Unfortunately for Lincoln the man assigned as his bodyguard the night of his assassination was not a Pinkerton Guard, but an incompetent local police officer.  Pinkerton Agents could also serve as detectives, trackers, and bounty hunters.  In 1895 a Pinkerton Detective named Frank Geyer became famous for tracking down and apprehending the infamous serial killer H. H. Holmes, who operated a hotel in Chicago where he tortured, mutilated, and murdered somewhere between 27 to 200 people.  Perhaps the most famous case of the Pinkerton Detective Agency was their nationwide hunt for the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, a pursuit that was so dogged Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was forced to flee to South America.

At its height the Pinkerton Detective Agency had tens of thousands of employees and sported more armed men than the US Army.  In fact, in some cases the Pinkerton Agency could provided uniformed soldiers for private military contracts.  Despite the Agency’s wide variety of services, the Pinkerton’s became most notorious for their use by wealthy industrialists as strike breakers.  In the 1870’s Pinkerton Agents successfully infiltrated and broke up the “Molly Maguires” in the Pennsylvania coal mines.  Pinkerton Agents also took part in breaking mining strikes in Colorado and West Virginia, including the infamous Ludlow Massacre.  In 1892 300 Pinkerton Agents were hired by Henry Frick to protect Andrew Carnegie’s steel factories from striking workers in Homestead near Pittsburgh.  It is unknown who fired the first shot, but the agents opened fire on the strikers, killing 16 and wounding 23 others.

By the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Pinkerton Detective Agency began to decline as local, state, and federal government agencies began to take over their duties.  The Agency saw a revival during World War I and Prohibition.  Today the Pinkerton Detective Agency is now called “Pinkerton Corporate Risk Management” and operates as a security company under ownership of the Swedish company Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc.