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Ocasio-Cortez: An upset for the establishment

first_imgWhen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party primary vote in a district covering parts of Queens and the Bronx, N.Y., which is usually considered a shoo-in for Democrats in the upcoming general election, it was a wake-up call — in many ways.Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old teacher of Puerto Rican heritage, describes herself as a “democratic socialist.” She told an interviewer before the vote: “I’m a candidate that doesn’t take corporate money, that champions Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee, the abolishment of ICE, and a green New Deal.” She has also spoken out strongly against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.Her opponent was Joe Crowley, a buddy of rich donors, chair of the House Democratic Caucus and the Queens Democratic Party, who had been routinely elected to the House every two years since 1998.So this was an amazing upset in a district nailed down for decades by the Democratic Party establishment.What will happen next? If she makes it into the House, which seems taken for granted now — although we should remember “It’s never over ‘til it’s over” — Ocasio-Cortez will have the opportunity to really shake things up. No one in the House or the Senate, including Bernie Sanders, had called for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement before she won the primary. None took a strong stand in defense of Palestine, even after the recent massacre in Gaza.She will also face the intransigence of a party that speaks in the name of the people, but is as much a creature of the billionaire ruling class as the Republicans are.She will have to be a brave person in a den of thieves.We cannot predict how all this will play out. But one thing is clear: The people who voted for her want a big change, and they’re not at all afraid of the word “socialist.”They are confirming what polls have shown for quite a few years now, but the corporate media have studiously avoid mentioning: More people in the U.S. have been telling pollsters that they favor socialism than prefer capitalism. That is a huge change from the past.Capitalism has become a dirty word for many as this economy turns millionaires into billionaires and workers into paupers.Generally, “democratic socialists” do not prepare the people for revolutionary struggle, the kind that would truly break the capitalist rulers’ hold over the wealth of society and the means of production. Whether here or in Europe, they spread illusions that real change can come through the “democratic process” — even though that process is overwhelmingly bought and paid for by the ruling class, and has all kinds of tricks to disenfranchise the workers, especially those most oppressed.But history has shown that to reach the point of really being ready to chuck the system into the garbage heap of history, the mass of people need to see with their own eyes that there is no easy way to do it — that it takes organization, mobilization and revolutionary leadership.If Ocasio-Cortez is able to stick to her program once she’s surrounded by the slick compromisers in Congress, she could help show people that capitalism always works to corrupt the political process supposedly “of the people, by the people and for the people.” She could be part of the process of people understanding why they need to mobilize independently of the system’s political machinery.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police Still Search Neighborhood for Shooting Suspects

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Police, Fire & The Courts Police Still Search Neighborhood for Shooting Suspects Published on Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 4:18 pm Community News Community News If you live or work in the area located within the perimeter of Wilson/Orange Grove, Hill/Orange Grove, Maple/Hill, and Wilson/Maple, we ask that you please avoid going into that area.At 5:00 p.m., a police representative will be available at Jefferson Elementary at 1500 E. Villa St. (This is for residents of the affected area only, please)If you are a resident that is unable to get to your home because of a street closure, you can go to Jefferson school to wait, and there you will get police updates as they become available. Please do not call the Pasadena Police department for updates or to obtain further information on the status of the investigation.See full Nixle msg https://local.nixle.com/alert/4973089/?sub_id=919061 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Top of the News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Fragrant Thai green curry

first_imgPrint NewsFragrant Thai green curryBy admin – January 30, 2009 636 WHAT YOU NEED1 tbsp peanut oil2 shallots, finely choppedSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed6 skinless chicken thighs, cubed3 cups coconut milk1 cup water3 tbsp fish sauce1 tbsp sugar2 lime leavessmall bunch of basil leaves1 cup of peas1 large red pepper1 bunch corriander WHAT TO DOPlace oil in wok set over medium heat allow this to heat 10 – 20 seconds. Add shallots and curry paste. Cook shallots until opaque, do not brown.Add chicken followed by milk, water, fish sauce, sugar and lime leaves. Stir ingredients together. Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Reduce heat and continue to cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and chicken to cooked through.Reduce heat to low add Thai basil, snow peas and red pepper. Let cook for 2 – 3 minutes and serve. Serve over Jasmine rice Linkedin Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Email Previous articleSticky fried riceNext articleSticky coffee brownies adminlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts fair to promote students’ physical, mental wellness

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its first student health and wellness fair, called “Win with Wellness,” on Friday in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. Funded by a gift from alumna Kristine Anderson Trustey (’86), the fair was intended to generate more health and wellness programming on campus, Julie Schroeder-Biek, Saint Mary’s director of athletics, said. “[Trustey] gave a gift to the College, and with that gift she has charged us to do some more programming for health and wellness, so we thought that we would start it off with a wellness fair,” Schroeder-Biek said. Schroeder-Biek said this will be the first of many programs to provide students’ health and wellness education, which will begin to be introduced this academic year and will be kicked into high gear in the 2018-2019 academic year.The student health fair was structured around five prongs of health and wellness, Schroeder-Biek said. “We are focusing on five basically: mind, body, spirit, emotional and financial,” she said. “Those are kind of the prongs that we are really focused on.”Schroeder-Biek said in terms of focusing on the wellness of the mind, her goal was to provide students with methods of handling the stress they may be facing. “Because we are an institution of higher learning, we definitely wanted the mind and all the stress that you all deal with and try to give you guys options on how to calm down, how to deal with stress,” she said. In order to provide spiritual resources, Schroeder-Biek said she called on campus organizations for their assistance. “With the spirit, we have all these partners on campus, so we could pull in Campus Ministry and have them help us,” she said. The most unique aspect to the wellness prongs was promoting financial wellness, Schroeder-Biek said. In order to give students the tools to succeed financially, campus organizations such as Career Crossings attended the fair. “The other prong that we did add which was interesting was financial, because as our women are leaving Saint Mary’s we want you all to have those tools in your toolbox on how do you know what insurance to get, how to fill out your tax forms and there’s a lot that we’ve got resources on this campus that we could help you with,” Schroeder-Biek said. Due to the inclement weather Friday, there were concerns about the amount of people who would attend, but the fair ultimately did not see much of a setback, Schroeder-Biek said. “We were pretty nervous with the weather, we did have some vendors back out on us understandably because of the weather,” she said. “We didn’t almost know what to expect on a Friday afternoon, so I’ve been happy so far to see the people come through.” The fair had over 25 booths set up advertising the five prongs of wellness, and Schroeder-Biek said she was particularly excited about the Save a Life Tour booth that addressed distracted driving. “I love the distracted driving [prevention] that we have, the Save a Life Tour, because it’s dealing with distracted driving — being texting or drunk driving — and I think that these are really important booths to safely see how distracted it actually is,” she said. Schroeder-Biek said she would like to host this fair annually, and hopes to see it improve over the years.“We’d love to have feedback from the students,” she said. “We want to continue this annually, we would love to hear feedback on how we can make it bigger and better every single year.”Tags: funding, health, wellnesslast_img read more