Wednesday, June 12, 2019

New issues of Unity and Struggle and Revolutionary Democracy released

Also from the ICMLPO ( ), the May issue of their journal Unity and Struggle is out, as is the April issue of the independent Indian Marxist-Leninist historical and political journal Revolutionary Democracy ( ).  The US cost for each is $6 dollars or $10 for both, and backissues are available for another $2.  Send checks, money orders, or cash to:

George Gruenthal 
c/o Red Star Publishers
PO Box 1641
Manhattanville Sta.
New York, NY 10027
See Red Star Publishers ( ) for PayPal information and contact Comrade Gruenthal for the shipping cost if outside the USA.  Below are the current issue contents:  

Contents, Unity and Struggle #38, May 2019

The Platform of the Communist International

It Is Time to Settle Accounts: The Communists, Che and the Path of the Bolivian Revolution
Revolutionary Communist Party – PCR
The Struggle of the Workers in Defense of Social Security in Brazil
Revolutionary Communist Party of Brazil – PCR-B
Burkina Faso
The PCRV Proposes to the People and the Popular Youth the Political Struggle for a Revolutionary Change
Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta – PCRV
Dominican Republic
The Second International and the Leninist Theory of the Revolution
Communist Party of Labor – PCT
The Communist International and the Struggle for the Proletarian Revolution in Latin America
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador – PCMLE
Red Flags on the Streets
Revolutionary Democracy
The Italian situation and the tasks of the revolutionary proletarians
Communist Platform – For the Communist Party of the Proletariat of Italy
Lessons of the Recent Strike Waves of the Proletariat and Workers in Mexico
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)
To Hide the Class Character of the Party Leads to Deviationism
Democratic Road
The Winning of the 8-Hour Day in Peru, the Third International and the PCP (M-L)
Peruvian Communist Party (M-L)
The Fascist Beast and Its Litter Advance
Communist Party of Spain (M-L) – PCE (ML)
The Communist International and the Arab World
Workers’ Party of Tunisia
On the Hundredth Anniversary of the Communist International
Party of Labor (EMEP)
The Third International, Imperialism and the Bourgeois-Democratic Processes in the Dependent Countries
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela – PCMLV

Revolutionary Democracy, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 2019

Red Flags on the Streets, C.N. Subramaniam
Joint Statement by the National Committees PIPFPD of India and Pakistan

Agitation Against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, Malem Ningthouja
The Poor Have no Political Godfathers, K.B. Saxena
Self-Certification Kills Again This Time at Mumbai’s ESIC Hospital, NTUI
Vedanta Again Gets State Forces to Attack Workers and Displaced People, NTUI
Need to Safeguard Scheduled Tribes of India, Adivasi Council & NACDIP
Lawful Government, Unlawful Acts: Revoke the Ban on the JKLF, PUDR
On the Latest Developments in the U.S. Working Class Movement, Ekim Kiliç
The Crisis of American Empire and the Presidency of Donald Trump, Anthony Monteiro
The Events in Venezuela, Marxist Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela
On the Political and Social Situation in France and the Movement of the Yellow Vests, PCOF
Solidarity with the Struggle of the Workers and Popular Masses of France, ICMLPO
The Strikes in Mexico, CPM (ML)
Pakistan: Labour from the Grave, Chaudry Shaukat
Ecuador: The Results of the Elections, MLCPE
Declaration of the Revolutionary Communist Party of the Ivory Coast: On the Crisis in Education, (March 19, 2019

No to the EU – the Union of European Monopolies, ICMLPO
NATO: Seventy Years of War, Terror and Political Reaction, Scintilla.
It is Time to Settle Accounts: The Communists, Che and the Road of the Bolivian Revolution, Tinta Roja
Did Socialism Fail in Albania? Interview of Faik Hito Islami, Laver Stroka
Book Review: Political Economy of Health in India, KBS
Correspondence: Zbigniew Wiktor, Amar Kant

Letter to V. I. Lenin and N. K. Krupskaya, (November 10, 1915), J.V. Stalin
Organising for the Victory of the Spanish People, (March 5, 1937), José Díaz

Roots of the Mistakes of the Polish Party Leadership, (1948), Boleslaw Bierut
The Discussion Between Velio Spano and P.A. Shibayev on the Situation in the People’s Republic of China, (December13th, 1949)

On the Situation in the Communist Party of India, 1949, V. Grigoryan
On the Question of Lavrentiy Beria – II, (2nd July 1953), V.M. Molotov
Draft of a Letter from Lavrentiy Beria to Aleksandar Rankovic

Defeat New Imperialist Plan to Partition Kashmir, Resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India, (August 2, 1953)

On the Policy and Strategy of the Trade Union Front of the Party, (1960), Parimal Dasgupta

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

PCOF and PCE (M-L) on EP elections and ICMLPO Europe declaration

Below are some related documents on the situation in the European Union and its relations with other imperialist powers, such as China and Russia.  First is a translated article from the Parti Communiste des Ouvriers de France ( ) on the recent election for French members of the European Parliament (but votes are being held throughout the EU, including in the UK).  Their website has a related article from the Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist) translated into French:  The second article is a statement from a meeting of European members of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO, ) held in Spain at the end of May.

The main lessons we draw from the European elections

The stakes at the elections revolved around who, Macron's party – LRM La République en marche (The Republic on the Move) allied with MoDem (Democratic Movement), or the Rassemblement National [RN – National Rally] of Marine Le Pen, would be in the lead after the first round. The "European" stakes were put at the service of this confrontation. The participation rate of 50.7% has certainly increased (7 points more compared to the record of abstentions in 2014), but this is primarily related to the national issue, and does not reflect any renewed membership in the popular strata of European construction, for the EU and its parliament and its plethora of deputies. It is in the popular circles that the abstention rate is strongest.

This "duel," wanted by the two protagonists, was largely orchestrated by Macron. From this point of view, he suffered a failure: not only is his list not in the lead, but his score, compared to that of the first round of presidential elections, did not increase. He is more and more a right-wing candidate, who has won a part of the right-wing electoral base that does not recognize itself in the line of Wauquiez (head of The Republicans – translator’s note). The collapse of the LR (The Republicans) list, led by the very right-wing Bellamy (who increased his reactionary statements in the last days of the campaign) testifies.

The RN list got 23.3% of the votes, which is obviously worrying. It garners a lot of voices among the sectors that are close to the yellow vests. It is in these areas and regions that the RN gets its highest numbers and it is also where the electoral mobilization has been stronger.

It also attracted the votes all the tendencies of the extreme right and reaction that could, through several candidates, during this campaign, show their hatred of migrants, of Muslims, etc. These candidates served as spokespersons of positions that Marine Le Pen herself preferred not to put forward.

The political current that can speak of victory is undoubtedly the EELV (Europe Ecology – The Greens), which achieved a high vote. The protest movement of some of the youth, who were still mobilized in "climate" marches the day before the elections, has in many EU countries contributed to the high votes of the ecology parties that were running. If all the parties tried to capture the votes of this mass movement, by "greening" their program, it is the parties or movements that mobilize mainly and for a long time on these questions which appeared the most legitimate to bring this question, especially at the European level. Macron tried in a rough way to "win votes of the EELV," announcing on the eve of the elections pseudo-measures for the preservation of the environment: he failed, so great is the distance between some of his words and the reality of his policy, serving the monopolies of agribusiness, pharmacy chemistry, not to mention nuclear power.

The Socialist Party "kept itself afloat" by exceeding the 5% mark that allowed it to have seats in the European Parliament. Its main campaign argument was: do not let us be left out of the [European Parliament in] Strasbourg. They want people to forget the years in which it supported the European Socialist Group (PSE) and its policy of alliance with the right of the EPP (European People’s Party) to co-manage the European authorities, at the service of the interests of the monopolies. It is not with some Members of the European Parliament that it will get out of its increasing marginality.

France Insoumise (France Unbowed) led an active campaign to achieve a double-digit vote, like the result of J.L. Mélenchon in the first round of presidential elections. Very active in support for the yellow vests, it tried to the end to present itself as the only "useful” vote, by claiming the leadership of the left opposition pole to Macron. The vote achieved, while not negligible, did not allow the FI to claim this leadership.

We are not happy to see the PCF miss the 3% mark that would have allowed, at least, the reimbursement of its campaign expenses. That said, its campaign for "another Europe" is neither clear nor credible in popular circles. This is also true for other forces that cling to this idea.

In conclusion

The campaign was dominated by distorted and divisive themes, such as "nationalism against progressivity," giving rise to a reactionary escalation against immigration, for more "Security," more "control," etc.

It served Macron to continue to reduce the entire political debate to a clash between his current and the RN. The majority of workers, working people, women, young people, etc. do not identify themselves themselves in this choice. If the movement to the right of political forces, in their speeches and positions, is a reality, if the level of electoral influence of the RN and company is worrying, we are in opposition to all the theses that want to convince us that reaction would be hegemonic in working-class and popular circles: if more than 5 million votes were won by the RN, it also means that the vast majority did not make this choice.

The workers' and people's interests, the first victims of the neoliberal governments and the EU, were absent from this campaign. They will not be represented in the European Parliament.

Paris, May 27, 2019

Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Workers of France

Some figures

Votes: 47,344,857

Abstentions: 49.88%

RN 5,281,734 23.3% 23 elected
LRM-Modem 5,076,464 22.4 23
EELV 3,052,533 13.5 13
LR 1,920,601 8.5 8
FI 1,428,480 6.3 6
PS 1,402,129 6.2 6
Hamon 741,252 Not elected but reimbursed for campaign costs
PCF 564,741 Not reimbursed for campaign costs
The European elections of 2014 were organized in 7 large regions. The abstention rate was 57.5%

Successful meeting of the Marxist-Leninist parties and Organizations of the ICMLPO in Europe
May 27th, 2019
In May, representatives of the Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations of Europe of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO) met in Spain. In intensive discussions the political and economic development in Europe was discussed and conclusions were drawn from it, which were incorporated in the statement printed below.
Declaration on the Situation in Europe and our Tasks
We, Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations of Europe, met in Spain as guests of our brother party the PCE(m-l). We thoroughly discussed the current situation in Europe and our tasks.
The process of building up Europe is taking place in the general context of the crisis of the capitalist-imperialist system: the EU is totally integrated into this system and is a part of it.
The crisis of building up Europe is an expression of the contradictions inherent in the capitalist-imperialist system:
  • the contradiction between capital and labor;
  • the contradictions among the monopolies and among the imperialist powers;
  • the contradictions between the imperialist powers on the one hand and the oppressed nations on the other.
The building up of Europe is a battlefield among the main imperialist powers USA, China and Russia, which are competing and fighting against each other: they are also interfering in the EU to hinder its development as an imperialist competitor.
Today the nationalist policies and protectionism applied by US imperialism, which is still the strongest and most aggressive power, are deeply destabilizing the world and are deepening the contradictions among the imperialist powers. It is continuing to increase the tensions between its European allies in Europe, which are NATO members, and Russia by strengthening the military encirclement of the latter through the stationing of missiles, the deployment of more troops, and large-scale maneuvers in the Nordic countries.
The economic and political conflict with Chinese imperialism deeply affects the EU.
China is developing an active economic policy with political and geo-strategic ambitions, with the aim of expanding its influence in Europe and opening up new markets for its monopolies. The so-called "New Silk Road" concretizes these goals. Taking advantage of the internal contradictions of the EU, China is proposing "deals" on investments with various governments – Greece, Italy and Hungary, but also France and Holland; it also promises the possibilities of exports to its own market. This policy is creating divisions and political as well as economic tensions among the various states of the EU, but also with US imperialism.
China is also extending its influence to Africa, claiming to make a "just" contribution to the economic development of those countries, especially to their infrastructures (roads, railways, bridges, etc.). China is taking control of minerals, oil and land at the expense of the peasants and rural communities. The so-called "equal relations" are not at all equal and in fact are a cover for its imperialist robber-policy and for opening up new markets for its goods. Under the guise of "non-interference in internal affairs," it supports reactionary regimes that oppress their peoples.
Russia is also very active in exploiting the contradictions among European imperialists and capitalists, especially on the issue of gas exports.
Because of its character and its structure, made up of different imperialist and capitalist states, the EU is also subject to the law of uneven development inherent in the capitalist and imperialist system. All these contradictions are developing and working together. They came to light, for example, in the Brexit process, which has not yet been resolved. In any case, the Brexit, whether carried out or not, is weakening the build-up of Europe.
Nevertheless, the crisis affecting the European Union is not stopping the establishment of supranational institutions, such as the European agencies (energy, transport, services, etc.), directives, decrees and laws issued by the European Commission and the Council of Europe (consisting of the governments of the member states), which continue to promote neoliberal policies in favor of the big monopolies.
These mechanisms limit and even suppress the national control and regulatory capacity of the states in important areas such as energy, transport, etc.
The anti-worker and anti-people measures continue to be applied and increase social dumping, the competition of "all against all" and the competition among the workers, etc.
German and French imperialism are pretending to lead the process of the build-up of Europe – in the interests of their own monopolies. But they are also competing with each other. In the current situation, they propose to solve their crisis by expanding their military-industrial base (planes, tanks, drones, missiles, etc.) with the development of a European "defense policy". So far the policy is still in agreement with NATO, especially with the dictate to spend 2% of GDP on the war budget, in particular at the expense of social budgets. This also leads to the "neutral states" of the EU being involved in militarization through their participation in PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation).
This tendency towards militarization is spreading all over the world and the EU is participating in it; the EU is not a factor for peace, on the contrary, it is a factor for war.
In order to enforce the reactionary attacks on the workers and people, the bourgeoisies of the European states are developing a policy of repression of social protests: the police state, ever more repressive laws, ever fewer political and social rights, increasing arrests of militant workers, etc. At the same time they promote reactionary, fascist movements and parties that stand for election. They benefit from the crisis of the traditional right-wing and social-democratic parties, which all support the EU and its neo-liberal policies. The aim of these extreme right-wing and even fascist parties is to divide, promote racism and xenophobia and spread reactionary nationalism.
"Africa is our future," say some EU leaders and heads of government. They mean that Africa should be the exclusive market for their products, that mineral resources, water, food, land, energy resources, etc. of the African countries should be there for their monopolies. They even see it as their right to export all kinds of waste (industrial waste, chemical and nuclear waste, etc.). In short, they regard Africa as their property and defend it against the greed of other imperialist powers.
The military presence of some European states in Africa is increasing. French imperialism is the most important military power present in the Sahel and sub-Saharan regions with thousands of soldiers, military bases, etc. It puts pressure on the EU and its member states to send troops and logistical support and to put more and more money into the so-called "war on terror".
This whole policy is the main cause of the spread of misery and of the economic crisis that is afflicting the African countries with consequences that are far more devastating for the workers, peasants and peoples of Africa.
This is also the main cause of the large flows of migrants that affect millions of people, first of all in Africa itself. A small part of them succeed in crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
The EU is developing an aggressive policy against these migrants and is turning into a 'fortress' by organizing military maritime surveillance, causing thousands of deaths. It is also increasing the harassment of migrants within Europe. This is the "European policy of solidarity".
The resistance is growing throughout Europe
We can observe the development of the resistance of the workers and peoples, the resistance of the women and youth against the policy of poverty, which is promoted by every bourgeoisie as well as by the EU as a whole. The struggles for increasing wages and pensions, which have been greatly reduced by the neoliberal policies, to defend the public service (health care, education, public transportation, social security, etc.), which are being attacked by the policy of privatization, against the reduction of the social budgets, the struggles against dismissals, against the expansion of precarious work are increasing. There are also struggles against policies that want to restrict the rights of workers such as collective bargaining, the right to strike, the right to demonstrate, etc.
New sections of the people are joining the struggle against the consequences of the policy of austerity, the increase in tax, which are mainly paid by the workers and the lower strata, as we see in France with the "yellow vests". The organized labor movement is interested in taking over the social demands of this kind of movement in order to strengthen the general movement against capital and the government in the service of the big monopolies.
The struggles are facing aggressive police and judicial repression: The nature of the state and the class character of the violence that it uses against the workers' and people's movement is becoming more and more clear. At the same time, the legitimacy of the resistance of the workers, youth and people in all forms is self-evident.
The mobilization of women for equal and better wages, equal rights and against sexual harassment is developing, as the growing participation of workers, women and men, in the powerful March 8 mobilization shows.
Young people, especially in Europe, have tackled the question of the responsibility of the governments and their policies, as well the large monopolies, for climate change and its catastrophic consequences, especially for the peoples of the poor countries. Some sections of the youth that the view that "it is not the climate that must be changed, but the system". Of course, this is a first step in the consciousness that the capitalist-imperialist system is mainly responsible for the environmental catastrophe.
Resistance is also growing against the expansion of racist and fascist forces in many European countries. This resistance is expressed in different ways and is gaining special strength among sections of the youth.
The danger of an imperialist war is also leading to greater mobilization of the people. The anti-NATO movement, the movement against US bases in Europe and against nuclear weapons in Europe is getting stronger. It is also important to develop the opposition to all forms of the European "defense policy", which only defends the interests of monopolies, especially those of the military-industrial complex, against the peoples. At the same time, we must always clarify the nature of the policies of other imperialist powers such as Russia and China, which are also part of the inter-imperialist struggle. They are not "peaceful" or "possible allies" for the movement against war and imperialism.
In this general context of the intensification of the class struggle and the deepening of the main contradictions of the epoch, we Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations of Europe propose the following important tasks:
  • The development of an active policy for the unity of the workers on the basis of their class interests and for the unity and struggle of the workers and lower social strata against the offensive of the monopolies and capitalists, the reaction and the war policy of imperialism.
  • To develop active solidarity with the workers and peoples of the world, especially the people who suffer and fight against imperialist oppression, aggression and plunder.
  • To strengthen our support for the Palestinian people and their organizations in the struggle for their national rights, against Zionism and imperialism.
  • To continue and strengthen our solidarity work with the peoples of Turkey against the reactionary Erdogan regime and with the democratic, revolutionary and communist forces. We condemn the attempts of the Erdogan regime to silence the leaders of EMEP through criminal and financial sanctions.
  • The fight against the wall of silence over the legitimate struggle of the Sahauri people for self-determination.
We pay special attention to and support the peoples and their revolutionary organizations who are fighting to eliminate their reactionary regimes and for bread, freedom and popular sovereignty, as is the case in Algeria and Sudan. We condemn all attacks and interference of the imperialist powers and reactionary regimes and forces that want to repress these strong popular movements.
We support our brother parties in Africa (especially in Tunisia, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Benin) who are fighting to give the struggles of their peoples for a "change" a revolutionary character and lead them to national and social liberation,.
One of our special tasks is to build up our organizations, the build-up of vanguard parties of the working class, to help in the creation of M-L parties and organizations in Europe and the strengthening of international solidarity.
We reaffirm our commitment to the revolutionary struggle, for a revolutionary break with the capitalist-imperialist system and for socialism.
Spain, May 2019
Regional Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations, Members of ICMLPO
Workers’ Communist Party Denmark (APK)
Communist Party of the Workers of France – PCOF
Organization for the Construction of a Communist Workers' Party of Germany (Arbeit Zukunft)
Communist Platform, for the Communist Party of the Proletariat of Italy
Marxist-Leninist organization Revolusjon of Norway
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninists) – PCE(m-l)
Party of Labor of Turkey – EMEP

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Reportback from Mayday in Durham and some summer events and anniversaries

Rallying in front of the downtown Durham McDonald's ©. 

Reportback from the Durham May 1st March

I wasn't there for the entire event, but I saw groups or people from Fight for $15, IWW, Durham Workers Assembly (the initiating organizer of the march), the Socialist Party (there were several flags and their 2016 presidential candidate supported it), the NC Green Party, and probably the WWP.  There must have been more groups represented (see the cosponsor list).  I didn't count, but there seemed to be roughly 50 people (possibly more, but fewer than 100) at the ending rally, which is small compared to events elsewhere, but large for a local labor demonstration on a Wednesday and maybe transportation is an issue or local activists went to the larger statewide teacher demonstration all day in Raleigh.  I think some Fight for $15 organizers went into the McDonald's while the main rally stayed on the road that evening.  As we arrived someone, possibly the manager, was gesturing futilely from inside for the marchers to go away.  I don't know of any mainstream media coverage.  Marchers were in the street but the Durham Police stayed out of view.  The organizers plan to march again next year.

Midsummer Calendar

This calendar lists regional events of general left interest and cultural events, along with notable historical anniversaries and news.  More items will be added during coming weeks.

RSN article:  "Why is NPR Carrying Water for Trump on Venezuela?"

NPR station WUNC 91.5 FM's FCC license is coming up for renewal after 8 years this December, and comments can be made (until November) about whether it is serving the public interest, such as in its coverage of the plot against Venezuela, attempts to cool down relations with the DPRK, and attempts to inflame relations with Iran. 

Library booksales

The Friends of the Durham Library will have booksales June 1 - 2, August 3 - 4, October 5 - 6, and December 7 - 8, and the hours for all of these sales will be 10am - 12pm members only and 12 - 4pm open to all on Saturdays and 1 - 4pm $10 paper grocery bag sales open to all on Sundays.  The sales are at a space inside Northgate Mall, next to the former location of Sears (with Sears closed, people will probably have to enter through a side entrance and the FODL store's back service door won't be open).  There are small satellite sales inside the library branches daily ( ).   

The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library will have book sales September 13 - 15 and December 6 -8 ( ).

Friends of the Lee County Library has a continuous book sale: 

During the Tulsa Race Riot May 31 - June 1, 1921 in Oklahoma there was fighting on the ground and firebombing using private airplanes.

National Trails Day is June 1st.

Controversial project 751 South (Ryan Homes) near New Hope Creek has an opening event Saturday, June 1st 12 - 4pm at 812 Watercolor Way ( ).

World Bicycle Day in June 3rd ( ).

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is June 4, and was created in 1982 following the deaths of many Palestinian and Lebanese children due to Israeli aggression.

General Francisco "Pancho" Villa was born June 5, 1878 (under the name José Doroteo Arango Arámbula).  He sent a raiding party into Columbus, New Mexico March 9, 1916 during the Mexican Revolution, and was accused of being behind raids in Texas.  A US Army force was sent into Mexico for a year and was the first to use motorized transport and aircraft, but failed to find Villa.  He was assassinated July 20, 1923.

Irish revolutionary James Connolly was born June 5, 1868 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He was executed by firing squad May 12, 1916 after the Easter Rising against British rule was crushed.

Naksa Day is June 5th, marking the beginning of the Six-Day War. 

World Environment Day is June 5th ( ) and the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, for example the plundering of fisheries around war-torn or weak countries that can't adequately patrol their coastlines ( ).

The first playable version of Soviet videogame Tetris was created June 6, 1984.  It went on to become one of the most popular videogames ever made and may be useful therapeutically and have health benefits.

World Food Safety Day is June ).

Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats repeatedly attacked the signals intelligence gathering ship USS Liberty in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, killing 34 and injuring 171 personnel.  The ship was decommissioned and later scrapped.  Israel provided compensation for the casualties and the damage to the Liberty. 

World Oceans Day is June 8th ( ).

Italian-American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti was born June 11, 1888 in Villafalletto, Italy and was executed with Nicola Sacco August 23, 1927 for an alleged armed robbery and murder. 

The World Day against Child Labor is June 12th ( ).

Chapel Hill Town Council to discuss coal ash dump 

The Friends of Bolin Creek ( ; includes a petition on the coal ash) is asking people to attend the Town Council meeting Wednesday, June 12th at 7pm at the Town Hall (405 MLK Jr. Boulevard) and demand that there be regular monitoring, a long-term solution to the problem, and budgeting to solve the problem instead of putting it off again.  The coal ash is buried at the Chapel Hill Police headquarters up the road from the Town Hall and near Bolin Creek and a trail, and apparently there is a cliff of toxic coal ash bordering Bolin Creek and in places the layer of coal ash is 40' thick.  The government of Chapel Hill wants to let a company build social service facilities or housing on the site under the Brownfields Program.  I haven't been following the issue closely, but I wonder if the ash is from UNC's Co-Generation Plant, in a residential area on Cameron Avenue, the only place burning coal that I know of within a large area ( ).  A train can occasionally be seen trundling slowly through crowded central Carrboro carrying loads of coal, a still active remnant of Carrboro's industrial past.  It's possible that UNC isn't the only entity that still uses coal, for example there is a cement plant nearby.  Under an agreement with student groups many years ago, UNC's coal-burning was probably supposed to have been ended by now or soon (Missy Comley Beattie's article posted on Counterpunch refers to an end in 2020, but I don't know if that is the same agreement).   

Coal Ash Disposal Site Remediation Project webpage:

BAJ's June meeting:  Climate Action Confronts Economics of Crisis

From Balance and Accuracy in Journalism:

"7:30 PM Wednesday June 12, at the 
Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road
           Balance & Accuracy in Journalism
      Tana Hartman Thorn and Betsey Downing
                          of the local 
         Citizens Climate Collective (CCC)
            Economics Driving the Crisis
The smallest of climate response groups can draw on the strongest and clearest analysis to support responsible action.  Tana Hartman Thorn, a member of the local Citizens Climate Collaborative (CCC), will introduce a video spotlighting a deep problem:  the current market system that promotes insatiable growth, profligate production of cheap goods, gluttonous consumption, and generation of toxic waste.  In the words of Douglas Brown, “Insatiable is not sustainable.” Tana and climate educator Betsey Downing will lead the discussion.
Australian military researchers now say drastic large scale changes are necessary if human civilization is to survive.  What are those changes and what can individuals and communities do to counter the disinformation spread by Fox News and much social media plus mainstream media indifference?  
Can Greta Thunberg and our own children save us? 
What can we do to protect their future?  
We make the path by walking.

    [ ]
Balance & Accuracy in Journalism
Alternative Radio’s recent broadcast of Dahr Jamail’s talk,
Climate Disruption, presents the realities seen by the scientists 
most closely tracking the melting of ice. We’ll share CDs of his talk.
106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill
Community Church, Unitarian Universalist       
take 15-501 [or 54] to the 15-501 Pittsboro exit
As you exit, TURN at the traffic light toward Chapel Hill.
Almost immediately TURN RIGHT just short of the convenience store.
That's PUREFOY ROAD, and you take it almost half a mile,
passing two stop signs as it curves left  up the hill
until you can - just - see the third stop sign ahead of you.
At that point, there is a driveway on the left
with a subtle, tan sign for the church.
That driveway takes you to the parking lot and the Community Church.
~~~~~~~~ "

June 14th is the USA's Flag Day, marking a resolution by the Second Continental Congress in 1777, the US Army was founded June 14, 1775, and apparently Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946.  Americans often have issues with people burning or otherwise mistreating the national flag in protest, even though it is also put on all sorts of things, often violating official flag etiquette and even civic virtue.  Other countries don't seem to have so many controversies over how their national flag is treated, or it is rarely reported in English-speaking media. 

Ernesto (Che) Guevara was born June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, but became famous for his role in the Cuban Revolution, and also fought in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bolivia, and traveled to many other countries.

CommunEcos:  "A Simpler Way:  Crisis as Opportunity" screening

From CommunEcos:

"Friday June 14, 6:30 pm Join us to watch: 
'A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity'
In 2014 a call was put out in Australia for volunteers to join a 12-mo. project called 'A Simpler Way,' with the goal of finding alternatives to modern society in response to environmental and economic crises. The participants formed an intentional rural community in Gippsland, Victoria. This 2016 film uses interviews and discussions with residents to tell the story of their motivation and discoveries. Their thoughtful commentary, combined with input from experts like permaculture expert David Holmgren and Nicole Foss (The Automatic Earth), help make a  compelling case for rethinking our way of life. 1 hr. 19 min. Location: The EcoLounge. 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705.  The spring green house (across from ABC Store) w/ 'Friends of the Earth' sign (although they are not us);  Use side entrance (to right of porch);  Park next door in supermarket lot for best lighting. Light refreshments served, and we pass the hat for suggested donations, no one turned away.
Next week:  Fri. June 21, 6:30 pm – Screening of a new and highly controversial film Sexy Killers, exposing the devastating impacts of the still expanding coal industry in Indonesia. The film has “gone viral” with millions of viewers despite attempts by authorities to suppress it.  (scroll down for more)
CommunEcos, (former home of the Recyclique creative reuse shop) is a non-profit that hosts films and educational events on sustainability and community empowerment!
2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705
Community News:
From Dogwood Alliance: Just days after woodchip industry giant Enviva settled a lawsuit over its air pollution practices,  NC's Department of Environmental Quality released draft permits for yet another expansion at one of Enviva's facilities in Sampson County, NC (public hearing - July 15th). The Dogwood Alliance continues to push back against the expansion of this harmful, climate-disrupting industry, and they need your help. Read Dogwood Alliance's full statement here.  Amplify on Twitter! 
Join Common Cause NC at the home of Eric and Erika Braun for a Supreme Court Countdown house party on June 27 in Raleigh! Visit our website for more info and to register to attendOn the eve of a momentous Supreme Court decision in Common Cause v. Rucho, our lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, join us for the latest updates and hear what happens next.  We will get a Supreme Court decision in June and we remain optimistic that we’ll get a favorable ruling forcing new, fair districts for 2020.
In the news: From the UK:  New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms
CommunEcos Calendar
Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm Sexy Killers-- A new documentary exposing the devastating impacts of the coal industry in Indonesia. The film swept the country with millions of viewers and over 1000 spontaneous community screenings in a two week period, despite attempts by police and local authorities to ban the screenings. The film has clearly struck a chord in a country facing huge expansion of a polluting and irresponsible industry that is impacting communities land rights, agriculture, fishing industry, health and safety. A whopping 58 new coal-fired power stations are due to come online between now and 2027. Don Nonini will introduce the film and set it in the context of environmental advocacy and violence in Indonesia.
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Unless otherwise noted, events are at 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham 27705.  Most events have suggested donations, usually $5, or as noted. Park in rear or next door in Food Lion lot.


CommunEcos is a non-profit environmental education organization
The Magna Carta Libertatum was enacted June 15, 1215 near the English town of Windsor.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th ( ).

Pollinator Festival at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree County Park (1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville in Wake County) is hosting its 7th annual Pollinator Festival Saturday, June 15th 10am - 2pm, with exhibits, expert talks, games, crafts, giveaways, prizes, and food vendors:

June 16th is Father's Day in the USA, and seems to be more of a holiday for retailers than Mother's Day, but according to Wikipedia it could relate to a major coal mine disaster in Monongah, West Virginia December 6, 1907 that killed 361 people, many immigrants from all over Europe, and leaving about 250 widows and 1000 children.

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space, on June 16, 1963, piloting Vostok 6 and spending about three days in orbit.  According to Wikipedia, with this mission, Tereshkova logged more time in space than the entire US astronaut corps at the time.  

The International Day of Family Remittances is June 16th ( ).

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is June 17th ( ).

National Pollinator Week is June 17 – 23 ( ).

Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov was born June 18, 1882 and was a general secretary of the Comintern during the struggle against fascism, often quoted on the definition of fascism, and was later prime minister of Bulgaria.  

Juneteenth is June 19th, marking the declaration of abolition throughout Texas in 1865 by the Federal occupation force that landed in Galveston following the surrender of most of the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi on June 2nd (a Cherokee regiment surrendered June 23rd). 

R (Rajani) Palme Dutt, a leading official of the Comintern, general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and editor of the CPGB's Weekly Worker and founder of the Labour Monthly, was born June 19, 1896 in Cambridge, England, UK.  He is well-known for his analysis of fascism.  

The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is June 19th ( ).

World Refugee Day is June 20th ( ).

The summer solstice is June 21st. 

The Korean War officially began June 25, 1950, but fighting was already going on between revolutionary and counterrevolutionary forces; for example the Jeju Uprising officially began April 3, 1948.  

Where Was Scott's Hole?  A Chapel Hill/Morgan Creek Mystery

In the 1800's a location on Morgan Creek in Chapel Hill called Scott's Hole (after someone who drowned there) was apparently a popular swimming and fishing spot, but is now lost to history.  Botanists are interested in finding it because rare plants grew nearby and it is cited as the location where many samples in the UNC Herbarium were collected.  Chapel Hill Historical Society Vice-President Carl W Anderson and NC Botanical Garden Director of Conservation Johnny Randall will talk about this local mystery and perhaps the site can be rediscovered.  This is part of the NCBG's Lunchbox Talk series, so I think participants are welcome to bring lunch.  It will be Thursday, June 27th 12 - 1pm and is free, but registration is required:

The Stonewall riots or rebellion took place June 28 - 29, 1969 in New York City. 

The International Day of the Tropics is June 29th ( ). 

International Asteroid Day is June 30th.  That day in 1908 there was a massive explosion over Siberia, leveling about 830 square miles of forest in a sparsely inhabited region.  The night sky was unusually bright in parts of Europe and Asia for several days after the event.  More recently an asteroid exploded high above the city of Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains of Russia February 15, 2013 with the force of 440 kilotons of TNT, far more powerful than the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima, and caused many injuries and damage ( ).

The Battle of Gettysburg was July 1 - 3, 1863 in Pennsylvania, and was the Civil War battle with the most casualties, missing, wounded, or killed.  Together with the Federal capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4th July 1863 is seen as a turning point in the War.  

July 3, 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in Iranian airspace while the cruiser was in Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War.  Everyone onboard was killed, a total of 290 civilians (66 children), mostly from Iran, but including people from the UAE, India, Pakistan, Yugoslavia, and Italy.  Allegedly the climbing Airbus A300 airliner was mistaken for an F-14 fighter descending for an attack.  The US government expressed regret and paid restitution in 1996, but refused to apologize and the captain and crew of the Vincennes later received various awards.

March 10, 1989 the captain's minivan, driven by his wife, was set on fire by a pipebomb in San Diego and who set the bomb remains unknown. 

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National Moth Week is July 20 – 28 ).  There will be events at the NC Botanical Garden and other parks. 

Demand an End to War:  Rage Against the War Machine

This sequel to the March on the Pentagon last fall ( ) will be Friday, October 11th in front of the White House and the Anti-Imperialist Revolution Summit will be Saturday, October 12th ( ).