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An article I wrote for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice (http://pjvoice.org) about the recent Israel Independence Day festivities has been published. Please check it out, http://pjvoice.org/2019/05/13/israel-independence-day-celebration-at-thomas-paine-plaza/#.XN7wFo5KiM8 .

Showdown Coming?

Would trump rile up his followers-including the white nationalists and neo-fascists-to fight any attempt to remove him from office, either by impeachment or voting out? I wouldn’t put it past him; trump has no knowledge or regard to the political system or American history, no idea of respect for the rule of law or human rights-he is simply a self-centered plutocrat, no different from the crowd around Putin in Russia, who definitely assisted trump in the election of 2016. If he goes down, he’ll try to take the nation down with him, and we must see he doesn’t.

In standing up to trump, the signals are mixed from the Democratic congressional leadership, but other voices are entering the mainstream. Nancy Pelosi originally stated that trump wasn’t work the bother of impeaching-he was the zero he is-a jab at his vanity, which would anger him; now she’s indicated that impeachment is on the table. Is she genuinely warming to the impeachment idea? Is this a subtle threat to trump? I don’t think he has the brains to take the hint, all he understands in brute power, by the State or by the fist.

Our political system is geared towards avoiding violence but towards compromise and working things out to keep things from going too far; but HAVE things gone too far? We are not in normal times.trump wont’ take defeat, and neither will his acolytes.

Poetry Reading, May 6, 2019

This evening, my friends at A Novel Idea on Passyunk, 1726 E. Passyunk Avenue (https://anovelideaphilly.com/) will hold a poetry reading at the Lucky 13 Pub, 1830 South 13th street in South Philadelphia (https://anovelideaphilly.com/ ) Please come and watch fine area poets-like me-read their material.

A mysterious conspiracy theory from the far-right fringe is fueling terrorism — and Donald Trump’s Twitter feed

Source: A mysterious conspiracy theory from the far-right fringe is fueling terrorism — and Donald Trump’s Twitter feed

This articles covers the origins of the conservatives’ complaint about “cultural Marxism” (however the conservatives define it) which leads to further complaints about “multiculturalism” and “political correctness,” which leads to the neo-fascist terrorist attacks and murders. the so-called “mainstream” conservatives on the old New Right movement are complicit in this. (Oh, did I offend anybody, tough darts!)

May Day in Philadelphia

I went yesterday, May 1, to the May Day USA Rally and Celebration in Elmwood Park, 71st Street and Buist Avenue in South West Philadelphia. This was sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH), the May Day USA Education Committee, and the Pennsylvania Labor History Society (of which I’m a life member).

This is part of a movement to tell the true story of May Day, how it emerged from the Labor struggles in this country-in this case, the movement for the eight-hour work day in the Nineteenth Century and the Haymarket incident of May 1886, where labor activists were accused of taking part in the murder of policemen and were unjustly hanged, after a campaign of fear about “anarchists.”

We assembled around the Labor Monument, a series of brass stands designed like old union buttons, that were set up to commemorate the milestones of Labor History in the United States: Eugene V. Debs and his organizing railroad workers, the campaign against child labor, the founding of the IWW, the organizing of farm workers under Cesar Chavez, to name a few. We honored the work of Cathy Brady, longtime Labor and community activist who passed away last year, and who worked hard to have the Labor Monument installed in the park.

The commemoration for my friend and longtime Labor and Community activist, Cathy Brady.

Food was provided by the Veterans For Peace’s “Precision Grill Team.” Entertainment was provided by Xtreme Creations and hip-hop artist Joie Kathos. Poetry was provided by Irving Courrtley Jones and the The Bread Is Rising poetry collective. Kids’ activities were provided by the Philadelphia Child Care Collective.

I encourage you all to read the real story of May Day-beyond the Cold War scares of the “Communist Menace”-and of US Labor History in general.