Militant Black union leader honored

first_imgChris SilveraLos Angeles — The achievements of union and community organizer Chris Silvera were celebrated on March 10 when he was honored here with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Teamsters National Black Caucus of Southern California.Silvera, based in Long Island City, N.Y., is a leader greatly admired throughout the U.S. for his militancy and strategic actions. He is the secretary-treasurer and principal officer of Teamsters Local 808. The local represents a diverse group of workers, including railroad, building maintenance, factory and public sector. Silvera is the longest serving principal officer in the Teamsters union.The Teamsters have a long, revolutionary history in the Black liberation struggle. TNBC was formed in 1971 to ensure that Black workers are represented in key leadership positions in the union, and to promote affirmative action and educate Black communities in and out of the union.The effectiveness of this work is apparent, as the Teamsters have a wonderful representation of Black leadership, including women. They are a powerful lesson in how a progressive union can lead by example.The TNBC SoCal branch is nationally recognized as a revolutionary, progressive branch, so it was fitting that it chose to honor Silvera. The event was organized by Robert Turner, a major progressive force in fighting for the rights of Black workers.Silvera was introduced by Sen. Maxine Waters, who highlighted the importance of Silvera’s victory in having International Workers’ Day (May Day) proclaimed as an official holiday for Local 808 workers.In his acceptance speech, Silvera stressed the importance of revolutionary leadership. He opened with a quotation from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”Silvera used this quote to highlight the work that SoCal TNBC does on a continual basis to make change through class struggle. He confronted Trump’s attacks on the working class and stressed the importance of all workers remaining united as the working class rather than hiding behind the safety of “middle class” labels.The Local 808 leader stated that it is the union’s duty to organize and move its workers to understand that Trump is not for them, that Trump is explicitly anti-worker. He explained that the union should be used as a vehicle for advancement, not complacency, and that taking a risk to fight for rights earned by the unions is both necessary and needed.He emphasized that union business agents must not accept tokens and trinkets for their silence and compliance, but rather be true representatives in uplifting Black communities all over the world, most especially in times of need. He spoke of global Black communities suffering because of U.S. imperialism, including Haiti, Nigeria and the Sudan — all needing solidarity from the TNBC.Silvera highlighted the importance of recognizing the transformation of the U.S. from an industrial country to a service economy, and the need for service workers to demand and earn the same wages, securities and benefits as other unionized workers.He called on the Teamsters as a whole to be responsible as leaders in the labor movement to uplift the working class. He defined the role of the TNBS as increasing the participation of Blacks in the working-class struggle in order to manifest true equality and dignity for all workers.Silvera was accompanied by his longtime friends Clarence Thomas and Dolores Lemon Thomas. Thomas, a union organizer and retired member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 from the Bay Area, played a key role in the historic closings of San Francisco ports to protest South Africa’s apartheid regime. Chris Silvera and Clarence Thomas were leading organizers of the landmark Million Worker March in 2004.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick rediscovers its Georgian roots

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick rediscovers its Georgian rootsBy Guest Writer – May 26, 2014 691 Advertisement TAGSartscultureheritagehistoryLimerick City of CultureMuseum Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Martha EwenceUNDER the direction of Cáit ní Cheallacháin, conservation architect and project manager, and Dr. Ursula Callaghan, historian and curator, one of Ireland’s first pop-up museums is ready for business. Volunteers have been working hard into evenings and at weekends so that Limerick’s newest Georgian house can open its doors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Georgian Society which played an instrumental role in the project’s coming into being, says that No 5 Rutland Street is one of the first Georgian houses built in Limerick in the 1770s.The project has also had support from Limerick city and county council along with Limerick City of Culture. The project is generating a lot of interest with 50 people already having visited the museum at No 5 and a local artist volunteering to interpret 18th Century Limerick in a series of drawings.The society is hosting an outing to Birr Castle on Monday June 2, departing from Pery Square at 9.30am. Previous articleTalks get underway for Limerick – Shannon freight transport opportunitiesNext articleDeath of Gerard Bourke Guest Writer The last dance for a Limerick cultural institution center_img Email Print Linkedin WhatsApp Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Free admission to Desmond Castle Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 awardlast_img read more

Sign up for Slattery & Unifine baking day

first_imgThere are only a few places left for the jointly run Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients and Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatier bakers’ open day.Taking place on Tuesday 19 July, at Slattery’s in Manchester, tuition will be given by Unifine’s chef patissier Graham Dunton.Dunton will be demonstrating new skills and techniques using Unifine’s range of bakery ingredients and newly launched products.The day starts at 10am and will finish at 3.30pm. Lunch is provided. Call Julie or Lisa on 01908 264833 or 01908 264836, or email [email protected]last_img

Men’s soccer enjoying productive offseason

first_imgAs the spring season is getting underway for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, the improvements and confidence are already beginning to show.To start the spring season, Wisconsin got out to a quick start in its first game by beating Green Bay 3-2. Nick Janus, Chris Prince and Joey Tennyson scored the goals for the Badgers in the March 25 contest.The Badgers followed that up with a 0-0 tie against Louisville, a perennially national top-10 team. The team is scheduled to meet with Western Illinois, Marquette and DePaul before the spring season concludes in early May.Despite being able to only watch the Badgers play against Louisville, head coach John Trask has been impressed with the way the team has performed this spring. Trask spent some time away from Madison by lending his hand as an assistant coach for the U-23 Men’s National Team alongside Akron head coach Caleb Porter.“It is always nice because everyone there is a professional,” Trask said. “Coach Porter was fantastic.”In the short time he’s been back, Trask is already using the knowledge he gained from Porter to improve his team. After a brief stint with one of the nation’s best coaches, he has much more knowledge to teach the players and help them improve. And he wouldn’t have been able to go without the support of his assistant coaches and UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.“I am very fortunate in having two great assistant coaches in Keith Tiemeyer and Phil Presser,” Trask said. “I left the program for almost four months with the National Team.”Trask was not the only person from the team who received a special treat this offseason, as sophomore A.J. Cochran was chosen to participate in the U-20 Men’s National Training Camp. The weeklong camp is held in Florida and invites the top 36 players in the age division, giving Cochran a chance to improve his skills with the country’s best.Cochran started in 18 of the 20 games for the Badgers last season and was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.“It was great just going and playing with the best kids in the country,” Cochran said. “Not only did it get me in shape, I was able to come back and help the rest of the team get in better shape.”Wisconsin is coming off a 10-8-2 season before falling to Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.The loss was difficult, but the Badgers knew they had made strides and could use that as momentum coming into the spring season, where the confidence has already gone up after the first two games.“We want to be able to dictate the game to the other team,” Trask said. “We want to make our own plays.”“We had a good record last year by going 10-8-2,” Cochran added. “We have a good confidence going into next season.”The team is a tight-knit group of players who, after being together for at least a year now, are beginning to coalesce and become a fluid unit. But, as in any sport, true team chemistry is developed not during the season but well before it.That’s why the coaching staff is working the team hard and can see it paying off.“The guys have been working hard,” Trask said. “This allows me to be tougher on them.”Trask has also been pleased to see next year’s leaders emerge on a team brimming with youth. The Badgers anointed forward Prince, defender Kyle McCrudden and defender/midfielder Paul Yonga as team captains. Both Prince and Yonga are going to be juniors next year, while McCrudden will be one of four seniors left on the team.“[Being a captain] is a huge responsibility,” said Yonga, who started 35 games in 2011. “But at the same time, it is a big honor.”last_img read more