The Declaration of Independence is Philadelphia’s proudest claim to fame. It was written by the Virginia slave master and future U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, who sold his own flesh and blood — the product of his rapes — upon the auction block.The “unalienable rights” that Jefferson’s original draft mentioned were “life, liberty and property.” This expression was lifted from the writings of John Locke, a philosopher of the English bourgeoisie.Both John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, members of the declaration’s drafting committee, knew that “the embattled farmers” who had “fired the shot heard round the world” weren’t going to die for the rich man’s property. So they changed this phrase to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass, who had escaped from slavery to become a leader of the Black struggle for freedom, told a Rochester, N.Y., audience in 1852 what “America’s national holiday” meant to millions of enslaved people:“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on this earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.”Yet there would be one magnificent Fourth of July. Four score and seven years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, two big Confederate armies would be defeated at Gettysburg, Pa., and Vicksburg, Miss.These great battles — which culminated on July 4, 1863 — constituted the turning point of the U.S. Civil War. Interestingly, two of the four armies engaged in them were commanded by “Proper Philadelphians.”Black soldiers need not applyGen. George Gordon Meade was the commanding general of the Union Army at Gettysburg. Meade came from a prominent Philadelphia family of merchants who had fallen on hard times. Born in Cádiz, Spain — where his merchant father “moved in the highest social circles” — Meade went to West Point because it was free.In the summer of 1863, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia invaded the North. While marching through Maryland and Pennsylvania, Lee’s troops kidnapped African Americans and enslaved them.If the Confederates could have seized the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge spanning the Susquehanna at Harrisburg, the East of the Union would have been largely cut off from the Midwest.Diplomatic recognition of the slave masters’ regime by Britain and France would probably have followed. Large sections of the capitalist class in the North might have thrown in the towel as well.While Lee and the Confederacy were playing to win, Meade was trying not to lose. Meade originally wanted to withdraw from Gettysburg. After the battle — despite pleas from other Union generals — Meade refused to pursue Lee’s army.Meade’s unwillingness to go on the offensive wasn’t based on faulty intelligence. Information had been received about demoralization in Confederate ranks and that they had lost a good deal of their artillery. Nor was it a question of personal cowardice.Even after two years of bloody warfare — and six months after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued — Meade hesitated to destroy the Confederate Army. Along with much of his class, he was still hoping to strike a deal with the slave masters. Lee was allowed to retreat across the Potomac.While white soldiers in the Union Army at Gettysburg were being slaughtered on Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge, Black soldiers were not allowed to fight beside them. “A company of Black volunteers from Philadelphia who took the train to Harrisburg … were turned back because of their color,” wrote history professor Allen B. Ballard. (New York Times, May 30, 1999)Jim Dwyer reported that the racist Bally Corporation didn’t want African Americans to buy their shoes. (New York Daily News, Nov. 17, 1996) Here was the United States government prohibiting Black soldiers from dying for it.Yet Black soldiers and sailors were indispensable for the Union’s victory. Nearly 200,000 Black soldiers fought in the Union Army and a quarter of the Navy was Black. Just for this participation in rescuing the Union from the Confederacy, reparations are owed Black people.This was also a case of the bourgeoisie fearing their own revolution. For Meade-the-merchant as well as Lee-the-plantation-owner, Black soldiers with guns represented a slave insurrection that could threaten capitalist rule too.Vince Copeland, founding editor of Workers World newspaper, pointed out this contradiction in his introduction to “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry”:“The Black regiments were revolutionary in that they struggled against their own and their relatives’ slavery. But their creation and existence was also a subordination of the Black freedom struggle to the discipline of the anti-slave master capitalist class. It was a subordination of the revolutionary Black soldier to the moderate or often only half-revolutionary white Northern officer.”Philadelphia traitorThe other “Proper Philadelphian” commanding an army that Fourth of July came from a much richer family than Meade’s. Gen. John Clifford Pemberton was a descendant of Israel Pemberton II — the King of the Quakers — who along with Benjamin Franklin had founded the first fire insurance company in the country.On July 4, 1863, Gen. Pemberton surrendered his besieged Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg. The Confederacy had been split in two.Lincoln declared that “the father of waters flows unvexed to the sea.” But it took Black troops to help capture Port Hudson a few days later to put the entire Mississippi River in Union hands.After the war, the traitor Pemberton was welcomed back into the folds of Philadelphia’s capitalist class. He “spent the rest of his life with his sisters and brothers in Proper Philadelphia’s most exclusive rural-suburb of Penllyn,” according to historian E. Digby Baltzell in his book, “An American Business Aristocracy.”The descendants of these and other Philadelphia capitalist families put fascist Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo in City Hall as mayor from 1972 to 1980, sent Mumia Abu-Jamal to death row in 1982 and are keeping both Mumia and MOVE 9 in jail.But at least during the Civil War the ranks of Philadelphia’s business elite included the anti-slavery abolitionist Matthias Baldwin, whose factories eventually turned out 50,000 steam locomotives.New York’s worse recordNew York City had a worse record than Philadelphia. Little more than a week after the Battle of Gettysburg, a pro-slavery insurrection broke out in NYC on July 13, 1863. Two orphanages filled with Black children were set on fire. To this day it’s uncertain how many African Americans were lynched.This pogrom in Manhattan was no more spontaneous than the protests would be in 1974 in Boston of racists trying to stop busing of schoolchildren to desegregate public schools. Both were the result of racist agitation supported by important sections of the capitalist class. Particularly vicious in 1863 was the New York Herald, the Fox News of its time.At City Hall Park, New York Gov. Horatio Seymour actually addressed members of this lynch mob as “My Friends!” Behind Seymour — who would be the Democratic presidential nominee in 1868 — was a host of millionaires. Among them were the railroad lawyer Samuel Tilden, who later became the Democratic presidential candidate in 1876, and the banker August Belmont, an opponent of the Emancipation Proclamation.Probably the most important figure on Wall Street at the time, Belmont was head of the Democratic National Committee. He was son-in-law of Louisiana senator and plantation owner John Slidell.Slidell was described by Civil War historian Bruce Catton as “running” the just pre-Civil War administration of President James Buchanan. Usually considered the worst president in U.S. history, Buchanan’s administration practically turned over army forts to the slave masters.Slidell also played a major role in setting up the Confederacy. When he was en route to Europe seeking diplomatic recognition for the slave masters, Slidell was taken off a British vessel by a U.S. Navy captain. War almost broke out between the two countries as a result.None of this harmed Belmont’s reputation within the capitalist class. Belmont Park, just east of NYC, and the Belmont Stakes, part of horse racing’s “triple crown,” are named after him. Belmont’s son became head of New York City’s first subway, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company — the I.R.T.In 1992 — 129 years after the so-called “Draft Riots” — another racist mob gathered at City Hall Park. Ten thousand mostly drunken cops cheered Rudolph Giuliani as he denounced David Dinkins, the first and only African American mayor of New York City. These cops — and campaign contributions from Wall Street — would elect Giuliani as New York’s mayor the following year. Giuliani imposed eight years of increased police terror and kicked a million New Yorkers off public assistance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top StoriesSupreme Court Bar Association Divided Over Resolution Condemning Andhra CM’s Complaint To CJI; President Dave Calls It “Premature” LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 Oct 2020 7:06 AMShare This – xDushyant Dave, Senior Advocate and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association has disagreed with the resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the SCBA condemning the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, for making public his allegations against judges.Dave, who had recused from the EC meeting which passed the resolution, said that he had “strong reservations”…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDushyant Dave, Senior Advocate and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association has disagreed with the resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the SCBA condemning the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, for making public his allegations against judges.Dave, who had recused from the EC meeting which passed the resolution, said that he had “strong reservations” on passing it at such an early stage.He pointed out that the complaint was made by a Chief Minister to the Chief Justice of India and that no one had any idea about the truthfulness or otherwise of the allegations. Stating that truth will emerge only after an inquiry, he opined that it was “premature to pass any resolution”.If the allegations are found to be false after an inquiry, contempt proceedings must be initiated against the Chief Minister, he added.Dave also maintained that the judiciary has been following an opaque approach while dealing with complaints against judges. He cited the Kalikho Pul issue and the sexual harassment allegations against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi as instances supporting his opinion.He bemoaned that the bar remained a “mute spectator” at such instances and said that everyone must introspect on ways to strengthen the institution.The resolution, which “strongly condemned” the Andhra CM for releasing the complaint to the media, was passed unanimously in a meeting chaired by SCBA Vice President Kailash Vasudev.All EC members, except the President, were on board in the passing of the resolution, SCBA Acting Honorary Secretary Rohit Pandey said.The SCBA had said in its resolution that such action by constitutional functionaries is opposed to conventions causing serious inroads impacting the independence of the judiciary as enshrined in the Constitution of India . Several other bar bodies such as the Bar Council of India, Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association etc, have also condemned Reddy’s action.It was on October 6 that the Andhra Chief Minister send the complaint to the CJI, alleging that certain judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh were biased towards the main opposition party in the State, the Telugu Desom Party.A striking feature of the complaint – details of which were revealed to the media in a presser by Ajaya Kellam, the advisor of the CM, on October 10 – was that it accused senior Supreme Court judge, Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, of influencing the administration of justice in the High Court.The explosive complaint alleged that Justice Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the High Court including the roster of a few judges in matters that are important to the TDP.He requested the CJI to look into the matter and consider initiating steps “as may be considered fit and proper to ensure that the state judiciary’s neutrality is maintained”.Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking action against Jagan Mohan Reddy for his move against the judges.Next Story
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday afternoon, BYU men’s basketball hosts San Diego State at the Marriott Center with the former Mountain West Conference and WAC rivals reconvening in a traditional rivalry game.The Cougars are coming off of a 76-58 win over Cal State Fullerton Tuesday and the Aztecs are also coming off a Tuesday win as they routed Texas Southern 77-42.Arizona transfer Alex Barcello posted 17 points on 7-9 shooting for the Cougars Tuesday, with TJ Haws also posting 17 points on 7-12 from the field.San Diego State was led by junior guards Malachi Flynn and Jordan Schakel (15 points apiece) Tuesday as the Aztecs built a 42-18 lead at the half over the Southwestern Athletic Conference-affiliated Tigers.The Aztecs are coached by Brian Dutcher who is 44-24 (.647) in his third season at San Diego State, after taking over for Steve Fisher.The Cougars lead the Aztecs 48-25 all-time and are 29-3 all-time against San Diego State at home. Tags: Alex Barcello/BYU Men’s Basketball/Jordan Schakel/Malachi Flynn/San Diego State Men’s Basketball/TJ Haws November 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Basketball Hosts San Diego State Saturday Afternoon Brad James
Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. The company said the launch followed research that showed eight out of 10 consumers were more likely to buy a cake from a supermarket if it had Mary Berry’s name on it.Finsbury added that the range “caters to every budget and occasion from celebrations and parties to afternoon tea”.Berry herself said of the launch: “I am extremely proud of every single one of the cakes in the range I have created with the team at Finsbury Food Group. “Together we have ensured that all the cakes taste great and are faithful representations of many of my favourite recipes. I hope people enjoy eating them as much as we have enjoyed creating them.”The research found twice as many consumers want to see Mary Berry’s name on a range of ready-to-eat cakes over any other name, and the consumer perception was that Mary Berry had the best cake recipes.Dougie Partridge, brand manager for Finsbury Food Group, said: “We have put a lot of work into the project to ensure that we have stayed faithful to Mary’s own recipes and ensured every cake in the range looks and tastes as close as possible to something she would produce in her own kitchen.”All the cakes in the range will be available widely this spring….
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: CDC / Debora CartagenaWASHINGTON – President Trump says manufacturer 3M will produce more than 166-million masks for healthcare workers fighting the Coronavirus outbreak.Administration officials said trump did enforce the Defense Production Act with the company.Trump made the announcement at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing Monday evening.“I can also announce today that we have reached an agreement, very amicable agreement, with 3M for the delivery of additional 5.5 million high-quality face masks each month, so we are going to be getting over the next couple of months 166.5 million masks for our frontline healthcare workers, so the 3M saga ends very happily, we are very proud now to be dealing now with 3M,” said the President. President Trump had blasted the company last week for continuing to sell some masks overseas.3M had said it was necessary to do so to maintain overall supply levels in the United States, fearing retaliation from international companies the U.S. relies on for imports of masks.The company can now use the DPA to explain to foreign clients why they have no choice but to divert their supply to the United States.
Cayuga coal plant in New York plans natural gas conversion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Lansing Star:Cayuga Operating Company announced today that they have submitted applications to allow them to close a 155 megawatt coal-fired burner in order to repower it with natural, and that plans are still in motion to construct an 18 megawatt, 75 acre solar farm on its 434-acre site in northwest Lansing, making it one of the largest solar farms in upstate New York.Company officials say compressed natural gas (CNG) will be conveyed to the plant by truck, eliminating the need for a gas pipeline. If approved, the conversion will not be paid for at ratepayers’ expense. The company submitted an air permit modification application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) May 1st that will, if granted allow the conversion of one of the plant’s two burners to natural gas. Traffic statistics from a 2017 report by the Tompkins County Transportation Council shows that the 25 to 60 trucks per day used to bring CNG to the plant would only add 2% more traffic at most. The trucks are also fueled by CNG, which is cleaner than gasoline and diesel trucks, and will reduce the transport of coal by train.Cayuga Solar has applied for over 1.5 million NYSERDA Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to help pay for construction of the solar farm. This is the company’s second try to obtain the credits, and company officials are optimistic they will qualify in this summer’s round. Applications are due by August 15th, and awards are scheduled to be announced in October of 2018.A major advantage Cayuga Solar has over other solar projects is the existing infrastructure that connects the facility to the power grid. While many solar farm projects stumble on just finding a location that makes sense for connecting, as did a proposed solar farm that would have powered the Lansing schools (that was one of the obstacles), the existing power plant connection can also be used for the proposed solar installation and future renewable projects on the site.If Cayuga Solar is able to obtain the credits company officials estimate the solar farm could begin operating by July 2020. Company officials anticipate it may take up to a year for the DEC to make a determination on its air permit modification application. Once approved, Goodenough estimates that the conversion, paid for by the company, will take four to five months to complete.More: Power Plant to Repower With Natural Gas
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Albert DibernardoSuffolk County police have apprehended a suspect in the Dix Hills hit-and-run driver that killed a bicyclist on Labor Day morning.A passing motorist called 911 upon finding a dead man on the side of Express Drive North, ¼ mile east of Burrs Lane, shortly after 10 a.m. Police are not sure what time the crash occurred.The bicyclist has been identified as 44 year old Ricardo Fernandez, of Amityville.Police identified Albert Dibernardo, 28, of Melville as the driver who allegedly struck Fernandez. Dibernardo has been initially charged with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting Involving a Fatality. He will be arraigned on September 3.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions prepare for audit and supervisory activities much like we prepare for the flu or allergy season. We take proactive steps to prevent contact, sanitize items we touch, and get flu shots.Think about the way you treat your audit/supervisory function. From anecdotal evidence and scientific surveys, the large majority of organizations view the audit/supervisory role as a necessary evil—understanding that at times, we must expose ourselves to viruses to garner immunity.At best, we appreciate a second set of eyes to cover our backside. At worst, we manipulate that role and the information to ensure the desired outcome. Too often we fail to leverage an integral function of our organization that could otherwise deliver significant value—and actually contribute to our competitive advantage.This neglect stems from a concern some supervisory committee members and auditors aren’t positioned—nor do they possess the necessary expertise—to function in this value-added role today. Some have limited their skills to reviewing controls and financial statements, relegating themselves to their current limited role. continue reading »
Tomorrow is the Military Lending Act (MLA) compliance deadline for credit card products. Compliance officers have been working hard to implement this rule – and several others for that matter like mortgage servicing amendments and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). As you endeavor to get through the next few months, be careful with the coffee so you don’t end up like this guy:via GIPHY continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr