US GULAG – Notice of Slavery Award
NEW YEAR GREETINGS – WISDOM TO GUIDE IN 2018
I wish all my readers a Very Happy New Year. At any given place, and time, the external circumstances impacting our living conditions vary as all of us have individualistic life experiences even while sharing common living environment.
I seek Emotional Equilibrium or Emotional Balance or Mood Balance while preparing to face challenges posed in New Year 2018. I seek Wisdom shared by Septuagint, Greek version of Bible known to Jesus during His lifetime. He cautions people about hardened hearts, spiritual blindness and deafness that makes people unresponsive to human pain and suffering. I should not hope or desire to find people who have the heart to know my problems, who have eyes to see my difficulties, and who have ears to listen to my pitiable groans.
It helps me to secure my Emotional Equilibrium by knowing Septuagint, the ideas shared by Prophet Isaiah which guided Jesus during His very difficult Life Journey.
I am not surprised to find that people do not understand the pain that I reveal in my writing. I am not surprised to find that people do not perceive the hardships that I endure. I am not surprised to find that people cannot hear my voice filled with desperation.
I am not perturbed for I live among people whose hearts have become dull. At least for now, I have to live without the benefit of healing promised by Jesus.
Jesus speaks of conversion that leads to healing of hearts. Time has healing power of its own. Both physical wounds and emotional injuries heal under the influence of Time. In 2018, I need to wait with patience and ask for blessings of perseverance for the healing process to manifest its results.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 48104-4162
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LABOR DAY MUSINGS – DEFINING AMERICAN WORKPLACE
In the United States, Labor activists, and Labor Unions made great progress to defend the rights of Working Class. Unfortunately this progress was totally undermined by the US Congress which enacted legislation that took away the dignity of unskilled, hourly wage earners who perform painful toil on the US soil. For example, US President Bill Clinton on August 22, 1996 signed into Law, Public Law 104-193, ‘The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act’ (PRWORA) which places restrictions on the payments of monthly retirement income benefits to workers in the US under Title II of the Social Security Act. Refer to Section 401(b) (2) of PRWORA.
For many unskilled, hourly wage earners performing labor in the US, American Workplace is defined as Work until Death for they have no Retirement option. For those who have no Retirement option, American Workplace is defined by the Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, verses 17 to 19.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 48104-4162.
IN 1882, LABOR DAY ORIGINATED WITH A PARADE HELD IN NEW YORK CITY
Posted on Monday September 04, 2017 by EMILY NONKO
An illustration of the first Labor Day parade, via Wiki Commons
Though Labor Day has been embraced as a national holiday–albeit one many Americans don’t know the history of–it originated right here in New York City. The holiday is a result of the city’s labor unions fighting for worker’s rights throughout the 1800’s. The event was first observed, unofficially, on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, with thousands marching from City Hall up to Union Square. At the time, the New York Times considered the event to be unremarkable. But 135 years later, we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of every September as a tribute to all American workers. It’s also a good opportunity to recognize the hard-won accomplishments of New York unions to secure a better workplace for us today.
According to Untapped Cities, the holiday has its roots in a common 19th century tradition in which laborers held picnics and parades to draw awareness to worker’s rights. Organized unions emerged from there, and New York City became a hotbed for labor activists by the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s.
View of South Street during the Industrial Revolution, via the Metropolitan Museum of New York
Back then, laborers were fighting against low wages, unfair hours, child labor and unsafe working environments. (Most workers at the time worked six days a week, 10 or 12 hours a day, and Sunday was the only day off. There were no paid vacations, no sick days and very few breaks during a day.) Two labor groups, the Knights of Labor and the Tailor’s Union, established a city-wide trade consortium–known as the Central Labor Union of New York, Brooklyn, and Jersey City, or the CLU–in January of 1882 to promote similar goals. They called for things like fair wages, an eight-hour workday and an end to child labor. The group also proposed that for one day a year, the country celebrate American workers with parades and celebrations. The CLU went ahead and organized the first parade for the September 5th of that year.
According to Brownstoner, two different men within the labor movement were credited for the parade. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed a holiday and parade in 1882. He was the secretary of the CLU. But that same year, Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, also proposed a parade. The debate between the original founder of Labor Day was never settled, though Matthew Maguire usually gets the credit.
The parade began outside City Hall, with the CLU advertising it as a display of the “strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” It was important to the event that the men gave up a day’s pay to partake in the festivities. And they did arrive in droves, with banners and signs with slogans like “NO MONEY MONOPOLY” and “LABOR BUILT THIS REPUBLIC AND LABOR SHALL RULE IT.”
No drinking was allowed at the parade, which featured everyone from the Jewelers Union of Newark to the typographical union, which was known as ‘The Big Six.’ Along the route, which passed Canal Street on its way to Union Square, hundreds of seamstresses hung out the windows cheering the procession, blowing kisses and waving their handkerchiefs. It’s said as many as 20,000 men marched that day.
The party after the marchers hit Union Square was celebratory, according to the New York history book Gotham. Here’s a passage from the book:
Finally, after passing by a reviewing stand filled with labor dignitaries, the participants adjourned, via the elevated, to an uptown picnic at Elm Park. There they danced to jigs by Irish fiddlers and pipers and were serenaded by the Bavarian Mountain Singers while the flags of Ireland, Germany, France, and the USA flapped in the autumn air.
Labor Day parade float in New York City, early 20th century, via New York Department of Labor
Labor parades began in other cities around the county, and for a while the day was known as “the workingman’s holiday.” By 1886, several cities had an annual parade, with legislation in the works to make the day a state holiday. Though New York was the first state to introduce a bill to make the holiday official, Oregon was the first to actually pass it as law in 1887. New York quickly followed suit that same year, as did New Jersey, Massachusetts and Colorado.
Labor unions, of course, went on to secure rights like the eight-hour work day, collective bargaining, health insurance, retirement funds and better wages. These days, the holiday is better known as a marker to the end of summer than a celebration of the working class. But it’s a nice reminder such hard-fought battles, which brought accomplishments that now define the American workplace, took root in New York.
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THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE – LIVING UNDER THE SHADOW OF AMERICAN GULAG
‘The Great American Eclipse’ of Monday August 21, 2017 symbolizes ‘The Black Day to Freedom’ for it reveals the reality of American Living Experience; the fact of Americans ‘Living Under the Shadow of American Gulag. Americans no longer find protection from values of Freedom, Democracy, and Individual Rights. These values were totally compromised by 37th US President Richard M Nixon on July 15, 1971 when he announced his plan to befriend Communist China.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN??? ‘GULAG’
In my analysis, Monday August 21, 2017 represents reality of the United States Living Under the Dark Shadow of Communism that blocks perception of true values of Freedom, Democracy, and Individual Rights.
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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF AUGUST 21, 2017
Clipped from: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/
Fly over the Great American Eclipse
Tour the entire path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina. Built with advanced GIS software and data and utilizing precise figures of the Moon’s shadow by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, this animation shows you all the great spots to view the total solar eclipse.
71st INDEPENDENCE DAY – JOURNEY FROM FREEDOM TO AMERICAN GULAG
To celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day on August 15 as “SANKALP DIVAS” or “RESOLUTION DAY,” I resolve to share experience of my Life’s Journey from Freedom to ‘American Gulag’.
‘GULAG‘, Russian acronym for Glavnoe Upravleniye ispravitel’no-trudovykh LAGerei, stands for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies of the Soviet Secret Police. Gulag means a Prison or Forced Labor Camp especially for political prisoners as in the Soviet Union. Gulag represents any place or situation that generates experience of Incarceration, Forced Labor under State Patronage. The System of Soviet Repression involves, 1. Arrest, 2. Interrogation, 3. Incarceration, 4. Transportation, 5. Forced Labor, 6. Break-up of the Family, 7. Exile, and 8. Death. Gulag stands as a vivid symbol of Slavery, Servitude, Serfdom, Involuntary Labor sponsored by State to coerce citizens to change behavioral attitudes that are not consistent with State’s Monopoly of Power.
It may be true to claim that Communism represents Dictatorship of Proletariat or the Working Class. Communism preaches a doctrine that lays emphasis on the requirements of the State rather than on Individual Freedoms or Personal Liberties.
To perform my Life’s Journey, I arrived in Mylapore, Madras, Chennai breathing fresh air of Independent India. United States Information Service or USIS of the US Consulate in Madras preached the virtues of Freedom and Democracy to counter the spread of Communism in Asia.
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, I am in a situation that does not let me experience the fruits of Freedom and Democracy of ‘Free World’. I ask my readers to contemplate on the realities of ‘American Gulag’, Slavery, Forced Labor practiced by the US to abridge Individual Rights, Individual Freedoms, and Personal Liberties. In fact, the United States institutionalized practice of Slavery, Serfdom, Involuntary Servitude, and Forced Labor.
INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017: TOP QUOTES, PHOTOS FROM PM NARENDRA MODI’S SPEECH
BY GAYATHRI ANURADHA ON 8/15/2017
India celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping up with the tradition of addressing nation from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. India won freedom from the British rule on this date in 1947 after a prolonged struggle by the people of the nation.
On July 30, Modi asked citizens of the country to send him a list of subjects they felt he should address in his speech on the Narendra Modi app, an application that provides updates on the activities of the prime minister. Some of the popular suggestions included the quality of education, Clean India (a campaign by the Modi government to clean the streets, roads, and infrastructure of the country’s cities and towns) and digitization as a tool to end corruption.
In another tweet, he shared a video saying he received complaints regarding his speeches with many saying they were too long. He promised to keep it short and this time he delivered a short speech for the first time in four years. This year Modi’s Independence Day speech was 56 minutes long, said reports.
Modi’s tweet also read: “When I address nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th August, I am merely the medium. The voice is of 125 crore Indians.”
Here are some quotes from Modi’s address to the nation:
- We remember the great women and men who worked hard for India’s freedom.
- We have to take the country ahead with determination of creating a ‘New India.’
- In our nation, there is no one big or small…everybody is equal. Together we can bring a positive change in the nation.
- This is a special year – the 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, the 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav.
- Good governance is about speed and simplification of processes.
- India’s stature in the world is rising. The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us doing so.
- We are nurturing our youngsters to be job creators and not job seekers.
- I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to ‘Tripe Talaq’- I admire their courage. We are with them in their struggles.
- Violence in the name of astha (faith) is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India.
- India is about shanti (peace), ekta (unity) and sadbhavana (goodwill). Casteism and communalism will not help us.
- We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir. Neither with foul language and abuses nor with the bullet — Kashmir’s problems can only be solved by embracing Kashmiris.
- There is no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists.
- 1st January 2018 will not be an ordinary day; those born in this century will start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas (Creators of destiny) of our nation.
On Sunday, in his address on the radio show “Man Ki Baat”, Modi urged every Indian to celebrate Aug. 15 as “Sankalp Divas” (Resolution Day) and take an oath to do something for the society, the family, or for the government.