Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

09 March 2008

International Women's Day: How and Why We Celebrate

By Sue Katz
Consenting Adult

Friday 07 March 2008
To view original click here.
On Saturday, women around the world will celebrate our progress and plans for the future. Where will you be?

It's annoying that International Women's Day gets a mere whisper compared to the retail shout-out that Mothers' Day receives in this country. Although I'm not a big holiday/ritual/ceremony kinda girl (no, you can't ignore my birthdays), I do think this particular annual event is special, so I try to celebrate each year.

Let's start with some history.

In February, 1909, following a march for labor rights by many thousands of women workers the year before, the Socialist Party of America declared International Women's Day (IWD) in the United States. The next year, at the Second International, in Copenhagen, women from 11 countries adopted the Day in the hopes of furthering women's suffrage.

In 1911, over a million women and men marked the Day around the world, but only a week later the crime known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took the lives of over 140 women in the rag trade - mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants - and the struggle against sweatshop conditions became forever associated with IWD.

Russian women imprinted their own radicalism on IWD in 1917 when their strike for "bread and peace" over the death of two million Russian soldiers led to the abdication of the Czar and governmental embrace of women's voting rights.

Soon the UN adopted International Women's Day and in 1975, in recognition of the second wave of feminism, held a global International Women's Year. This meant that, just like the men, we could gather from around the world, compromise bitterly after difficult debate (say, over the inclusion of queers or abortion rights), make resolutions that no one is entirely happy with and be unable to get our governments to put any resources into meeting the goals, anyway. Wow, finally we've got a seat at the table of world-level frustration.

While there's hardly even an official murmur in the States over IWD, there is a website that lists an exhilarating range of world locations and activities - giving the sense that International Women's Day is not as moribund elsewhere as it seems to be here. This website keeps a tally of events (and provides the photos I've used in this posting), including the following.

In Saudi Arabia, they're holding a two-day workshop on integrating women into the economy. A domestic violence group in Albania offers an event they call a Manifestation. Likewise, Tanzania's having a mother-daughter fundraiser for their domestic violence organization, while the funder in Fiji goes towards building a scholarship fund for "young women studying Automotive and Electrical Engineering at the Fiji Institute of Technology" - the event has the charming name of Women in Celebration of You. In Lebanon they'll be looking at women's health. Icelanders are planning to talk about women's world-wide friendships and about children's rights, while the Kenyan's are having a musical festival and handing out prestigious awards.

So what are you doing? I'm going to an annual tea with 90 other women in the afternoon and in the evening to a screening of the as-yet-unfinished film, "Left on Pearl", about the 1971 takeover that started on IWD of a Harvard University building by the vibrant Boston women's movement. I was there, so I was interviewed for the film. I'm going to celebrate old victories, because lately it feels like those are the only ones we have.


Sue Katz has published journalism on the three continents where she has lived; her topics range from Middle East peace movements to the impact of ageing on sexuality. Visit her blog, Consenting Adult, at www.suekatz.com.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to post some of the history. i've just been reviewing some of the news on the day and i feel like i've been missing out. Sure i've seen posters at work for women history month, and events listed but there's a lack of contextual feel to meaningfulness. I am inspired by what happened elsewhere in the world.


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