Helen Keller: Socialist, anti-racist, disability rights activist

first_imgHelen Keller is perhaps remembered by most people in the U.S. for one moment in her life, dramatized in the play and movie “The Miracle Worker.” Seven-year-old Helen, without sight or hearing because of an illness at 19 months, stands with arms outstretched as her teacher, Annie Sullivan, pours water over her hands and finger-spells W-A-T-E-R over and over into her palms. As consciousness of the connection between word and substance comes to her, Helen is transformed.“I am a Socialist because only under socialism can everyone obtain the right to work and be happy.” – Helen Keller, in black hat, supporting actors’ strike, 1919.That dramatic moment is typical of how Helen Keller’s complex radical life has been reduced to a stereotypical symbol of “heroic disability” and also distorted by the sexist and ableist notion that she was only a blank slate for others to write their ideas upon.Keller was decidedly a person who thought for herself. She was born in 1880 near Tuscumbia, Ala., to a Confederate veteran — a plantation owner who had previously enslaved people of African descent. Keller was raised on the farm during the violently racist post-Reconstruction era when Southern plantation owners and Northern capitalists were striking deals for de facto re-enslavement of recently freed Black people.Yet Keller as an adult became a staunch anti-racist, an outspoken supporter of the recently founded NAACP and writer for its magazine, “The Crisis.” She demonstrated through the 1950s, into her elder years, in anti-segregation protests and rallies. (“Helen Keller: Selected Writings,” 2005)Her growth as a thinker and activist was no miracle. It was rooted in her access to the extensive political library of Annie Sullivan’s socialist spouse, John Macy. By 1908, after her graduation from college, Keller was reading Marx, Engels, socialist publications and Marxist economics, often in German Braille. (tinyurl.com/ntwp4gd)Keller called Rockefeller a ‘monster of capitalism’In 1909 Keller joined the American Socialist Party and campaigned for its candidates, including Eugene Debs, the SP leader who ran for U.S. president from his prison cell in 1920. She supported striking workers, including those murdered in 1914 in the Colorado Ludlow Massacre by hired mercenaries, and called owner John D. Rockefeller a “monster of capitalism.” She defined herself as a “militant suffragist,” campaigning for women’s right to vote because she believed this was linked to the struggle for socialism. (D. Hermann, “Helen Keller,” 1999)Throughout her life, Keller continued to be a dedicated socialist, over time shifting her focus to the mass-based Industrial Workers of the World after becoming dissatisfied with the SP’s electoral tactics. She celebrated the triumph of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution, named Vladimir Lenin one of the three greatest men of her era and regularly wrote articles for Communist Party newspapers and journals. (tinyurl.com/h6dt7y4)Keller identified her Marxist analysis and her socialism as deeply interconnected with her disability activism. As she studied economics, she visited factories and felt the very vibrations of the brutal industrial conditions that resulted in worker injuries. She concluded that the main causes of disability in the U.S. were industrial and workplace accidents and sickness from owners placing profits above worker safety.In her writing Keller indicted capitalism for causing most disabilities and for amplifying the misery of disabled people through increased poverty and isolation. Her 1913 “Out of the Dark: Essays, Letters, and Addresses on Physical and Social Vision” articulated this analysis. Other political writings included “Social Causes of Blindness” (1911) and “The ­Unemployed” (1911).Contemporary critics lambasted Keller for her socialism. In a 1924 letter to social reformer U.S. Sen. Robert La Folette, she replied: “So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a ‘modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics — that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world — that is a different matter!”The U. S. government took her seriously. By the time Keller died in 1968 at 87, the FBI had kept her under surveillance for most of her adult life.In Women’s History Month, let us honor Helen Keller for her anti-racist, disability rights activism — and her socialism. At the height of McCarthy anti-communism, she affirmed in an interview that she was still a socialist. She hastened to add that she still owned a copy of Marx and Engels’ “Communist Manifesto” — in Braille. (New York Times, June 25, 1950)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Some bagged salads from Aldi have been recalled

first_img Previous articlePurdue University student expelled after “racist and despicable” statements made on social mediaNext articleSome Hoosiers overpaid unemployment benefits, state wants money back Network Indiana By Network Indiana – June 25, 2020 0 487 Google+ Facebook Some bagged salads from Aldi have been recalled WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter (95.3 MNC) STATEWIDE — Aldi is recalling bagged salad mix because it might make people sick.Aldi said its Little Salad Bar Garden Salad could be contaminated with Cyclospora, a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fatigue.The salad mix was sold in 12-ounce bags and the bags have Best If Used By Dates of May 1 through June 29.The salad was distributed throughout the Midwest by Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco stores.As of June 22, the salad mix has sickened 122 people in seven states, according to the CDC.If you own any of the recalled salad, you should not eat it. You should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund. Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNewslast_img read more

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‘The Christmas Experience’ draws in hundreds of families

first_img“What an event. It’s truly unique to our area,” said hotel assistant general manager Eddie Bello. The annual holiday extravaganza turned the hotel into a winter wonderland for more than 3,000 families across four nights. Bello told 12 News the hotel prepared more than 200 rooms to accommodate families, but that it’s all worth it to help spread a smile this holiday season. The experience includes rides in a horse-drawn carriage, scavenger hunts, nutcrackers, Christmas decorations, hot cocoa and cookies, breakfast with Santa Claus, and so much more for participants to choose from. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Families and children put on their Christmas pajamas, sweatshirts, Santa hats and more, making their way to the DoubleTree Hotel to celebrate ‘The Christmas Experience.’ Bello emphasized the event not only is beneficial to helping bringing families closer during Christmas, but helps generate close a quarter of a million dollars in revenue for the Binghamton area. “The countless number of hours that go into this event, whether it’s planning or setting up the decorations, once you see the children’s faces makes it all worthwhile,” Bello said. “We’re really delivering a magical moment for families and they’re creating a tradition here that’s worth it all.”last_img read more

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Blackburn Rovers ready to finish Championship season – Adarabioyo

first_img “Playing in our home stadium without any fans, it’s something we’ll have to get used to. “It’s going to be different, but with nine games to go, we’ve just got to get our head around it and get on with it. We all played in empty grounds when we were kids, so it’s not something that we have ever done before. “They are massive games for us, every game is important for us to get into those play-off spots. There are only a few days until our game against Bristol City, we’re all really looking forward to it.” read also:Leeds join Everton, Wolves in Adarabioyo’s pursuit Blackburn Rovers are 10th in the Championship table with 53 points from 37 matches, three points adrift of the relegation zone. The Manchester-born defender said he had initial fears about the abrupt end of the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted the global economy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Tony Mowbray’s men welcome Bristol City to Ewood Park on Saturday and Adarabioyo is looking forward to helping Rovers end the campaign well with nine league fixtures left to go. The 22-year-old defender who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City, has played 28 games for Blackburn Rovers across all competitions this term, and he has two goals to his name. As part of the steps to control the spread of Covid-19, football matches in England will be played without fans in the stadium but the Anglo-Nigerian does not see the restriction as a new thing as he shifts focus to the ‘massive games’ ahead. “It was brilliant to be back at Ewood again, having a game between ourselves, it was great to be back on the grass,” Adarabioyo told the club website.Advertisementcenter_img Blackburn Rovers centre-back, Tosin Adarabioyo, has stated the team’s readiness to resume the 2019-20 Championship season after the three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Lo Cicero calls for Italian revenge

first_imgIreland must prepare for a World Cup warning shot from Italy in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations opener in Rome, according to former Azzurri prop Andrea Lo Cicero. “They have to show to Ireland and France, and others in the tournament, that they can compete, and win, again.” Argentina pulled off a 20-18 win over Italy in Genoa in November, but Lo Cicero believes despite defeat the Azzurri finally started their recovery in the autumn. Reigning Six Nations champions Ireland have turned the driving maul into one of their chief weapons under Kiwi coach Schmidt with Lo Cicero admitting Italy could struggle against the ploy. The former Toulouse and Racing Metro front-rower believes Italy must find new ways to combat revised laws and exploit their scrummaging power. “The young players showed lots of encouraging signs against Argentina,” said the 38-year-old former Test prop, speaking on behalf of Land Rover. “But you have to show this commitment, this aggression, not just for one or two games, you have to show it for every game. “It’s not enough to show it for one game or one match. “Ireland have been very strong in the maul, so Italy must be prepared for that challenge, and it’s going to be a tough one. “Italy can be strong in those areas but this will be one of the toughest battles of the match. “Now the scrum is not as strong as it was before. “It’s very difficult to go to the scrum when you have some refereeing that goes against it. “It’s more difficult to use the scrum as a weapon now and that’s tough for Italy. “That’s something they have to understand and try to work out ways around.” :: Andrea Lo Cicero is an ambassador for Land Rover, a worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2015. Keep up to date with the latest Land Rover rugby activity by following @LandRoverRugby on Twitter. Press Association The 103-cap front-rower has challenged Italy to produce a Six Nations backlash to act as a springboard to facing Ireland and France again in Pool D at the World Cup. “I hope the Italian players remember what happened in Dublin when they come into this game,” Lo Cicero told Press Association Sport. “They’ve got to take the frustrations from that game and bring them into this match. “Italy aren’t in the best shape at the moment, but during November things did improve slightly. “There’s a lot of young players coming through, but they don’t have experience and they haven’t gelled well yet with the experienced players. “They will need a good Six Nations to boost their chances at the World Cup, but they will have to be at 100 per cent all the time for that. “Ireland and France, in their minds they will feel they can beat Italy. “That will be tough for Italy to change, but that’s what they need to try to do before the World Cup. Lo Cicero believes Italy must harness the hurt of last year’s 46-7 defeat to Ireland that proved a dream Dublin send-off for Brian O’Driscoll to have any chance of beating Joe Schmidt’s tournament favourites. Italy lost all five matches last year en route to the wooden spoon and Lo Cicero believes a strong Six Nations will be vital to the side’s World Cup chances. last_img read more

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TENNIS: Nadal suffers shock defeat in Qatar

first_imgRafael Nadal’s ability to make a quick recovery from multiple ailments was thrown into doubt Tuesday as he lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Michael Berrer in Qatar.This first round match was Nadal’s first of the 2015 ATP World Tour and he appeared to have had insufficient time to recover from an appendectomy and far too little match practice over the last two months.Nevertheless, it was a humiliating outcome for one of the most successful players of all time, who had won the first set at a canter before his game crumbled.Berrer is a 34-year-old qualifier ranked outside the top 100 who is playing the last season of his career.Nadal has also been suffering from back and wrist injuries, which reduced his service speed greatly.And he appeared to cast doubt on his ability to take part, let alone be a contender at the Australian Open, which begins in less than two weeks. “Little things didn’t quite work out for me today,” he said. “This is the third comeback of my career after injury, so we will see how it goes in a couple of months. I wanted to start well, but it was not the case today.”I also want to play in the Australian Open which is a tournament I like a lot. I don’t know if that will be the case either, but I am going to work for it. If not I will be playing at Rio and Buenos Aires.”The season is long. After coming back from injury you can’t see the immediate moment, you have to look further ahead a little bit.”Now in my mind I have to practise well and try to be ready for Australia, but I know it can happen that I will go there and lose. Perhaps I will win a couple of matches there, I don’t know.”Raised his game Berrer had only taken four games in four sets off Nadal in their previous two meetings but recognised a career-greatest opportunity and in patches responded by raising his standards to new heights. He was also admirably frank in his assessment.”It’s one of the matches which will stay in my memory forever, but let’s be honest it was the first match for Rafa after injury,” he said.”In the first set it felt like the other matches against him,” he added. “Then it became easy to attack because it was the only chance I had.”It’s also my last season and I had nothing to lose, and I’m enjoying it here – so why not?”Berrer broke early in the final set and led 3-1, sometimes finding angles which perhaps only a fellow lefty could manage against Nadal. The French Open champion almost broke back immediately, but a Hawkeye decision showed his ground stroke to have landed a millimetre beyond the baseline, and his only real chance after that came in the final game.That saw Berrer slip to 15-40, only to produce two good first serves, and then go break back point down by delivering a double fault, before attacking the net on each of the last three points and finding Nadal unable to come up with any of those rasping passing shots for which he has become so renowned.Earlier Novak Djokovic, who succeeded Nadal as World number one in June, made a satisfactory start with a 6-1, 6-4 win over his Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic.”I didn’t know during the last couple of days whether I would be able to play,” Djokovic said, referring to the fever he has had. “So in the circumstances it was a very good start.”Djokovic next plays Sergiy Stakhovsky, the world number 57 from Ukraine, while Berrer will face Ivan Dodi, the world number 89 from Croatia. Two seeds went out – Philipp Kohlschreiber, the number five from Germany, beaten in three sets by his 58th-ranked compatriot, Jan-Lennart Struff, and Leonardo Mayer, the number eight from Argentina, who was beaten 5-7, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-4) by Andreas Seppi, the world number 45 from Italy.last_img read more

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Most consecutive games played in NHL history — Top 10

first_imgPatrick Marleau is set to become just the sixth player in NHL history to play 800 consecutive games Tuesday when the Sharks play the Chicago Blackhawks. Here are the top 10 longest games-played streaks in league history. Numbers listed are for before Tuesday’s games.Rank    Name           Position    Streak     Start date       End date  1. Doug Jarvis            C               964        10/08/1975    10/10/19872. Garry Unger           C              914         02/24/1968    12/21/19793. …last_img

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Pingoy downplays record-setting performance in win over FEU

first_img“I’m just going to do my job, my role as a point guard,” said Pingoy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ll just do the little things, and it’s a good thing my teammates made their shots so the credit goes to them.”READ: Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo third FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPingoy terrorized FEU’s defense with pinpoint passing, most of which went to Jerrick Ahanmisi who had 17 points in the game, nine coming off from beyond the arc.The point guard’s spirited play allowed the Falcons to establish their dominance as early as the first quarter when they took a 21-8 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Adamson’s lead eventually ballooned to 61-40 by the break.Pingoy added he wanted to repay the trust his coaches gave him when he got the starting point guard job.“My spot in the starting lineup is not a permanent one,” said Pingoy as his team ended the first round at third seed with a 5-2 record. “I still have to work harder in the future because everyone in the lineup deserves a starting spot.”“I’m just happy to be named as a starter and I’ll do everything what the coaches tell me.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NU gains finals, outlasts Arellano in grueling comeback win LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by TristanAdamson guard Jerie Pingoy had just set the single game assists and steals record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but he was quick to defer his success to his teammates’ play.Pingoy orchestrated the Soaring Falcons’ offense in their 95-79 win over Far Eastern University as he finished with 10 points, 10 assists, and three steals with the two latter figures the highest marks in the tournament so far.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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10 months agoMurillo: Mina advice key to Barcelona move

first_imgMurillo: Mina advice key to Barcelona moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeison Murillo admits Yerry Mina convinced him about moving to Barcelona.Mina left Barca for Everton last summer and urged his Colombia teammate to accept the move when the Catalans approached Valencia about a loan deal.Murillo was unveiled by Barca yesterday and he confirmed Mina’s influence.”I am very friendly with Yerry. He recommended to me several things, he advised me,” said the defender.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan to June with a permanent option. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months agoMorata arrival could see Diego Costa sold by Atletico Madrid

first_imgMorata arrival could see Diego Costa sold by Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Costa could be squeezed out of Atletico Madrid if a deal for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is closed.AS says Morata has already agreed terms with Atletico, which are now weighing up how to make room. Nikola Kalinic and Gelson could make way, but they do not rule out the possibility of Diego Costa departing.A move to China could be revived for the former Chelsea striker.Morata’s arrival could force Costa to the bench and there is concern that such a situation could see the striker kick up a fuss.Meanwhile, Atletico for now are pushing Chelsea to release Morata on a straight six month loan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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