Don’t forget Ukraine’s communist traditions

first_imgYoung communists in Kiev carry photos of Komsomol resistance fighters executed by Nazis in occupied Ukraine 71 years before, on Feb. 8, 1943.Ukrainian workers over the past century have made heroic contributions to the struggle for socialism in Europe and North America. This should not be forgotten even though reactionary forces currently have the political ascendency in Western Ukraine.The toppling of a Soviet war memorial in the Western Ukrainian town of Stryi spits upon everyone who died fighting the Nazis. It’s an attack on the millions of Ukrainians who fought heroically in the Red Army and the many thousands who were anti-Nazi partisans.At least 25 statues of Lenin — the leader of the 1917 October Socialist Revolution — have been toppled. Meanwhile wreaths have been placed upon statues of the fascist Stepan Bandera, whose followers murdered Jewish and Polish people.These actions go hand in hand with demanding a Ukrainian NAFTA-type agreement that would make the country a vassal of European and U.S. banks.Hanging the Confederate flag of the U.S. slave masters inside Kiev’s City Hall, as those who put the new Kiev regime in power did, dirties the revolutionary traditions of Ukrainian workers and peasants.In the early 20th century, Ukrainian immigrants founded meeting halls in the United States and Canada called labor temples. The Ukrainian Labor Temple in Winnipeg, Canada, still stands, though it was raided by police during the 1919 Winnipeg general strike.Over its entrance are two clasping hands reaching across a globe with the slogan “Workers of the World Unite.” The pro-Soviet Ukrainian Labor News was published there weekly. (Manitoba Historical Society)It was Ukrainian immigrants who were the backbone of the communist movement in Western Canada. Following the October Revolution, the Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temple Association founded 25 branches in Saskatchewan alone. (Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan)This association supported the 1931 coal miners’ strike in Bienfait, Saskatchewan. The workers were organized by the Workers Unity League, which was led by Communist Party members.Royal Canadian Mounted Police killed three of these strikers on September 29, 1931, in nearby Estevan. The inscription “Murdered by RCMP” is on their tombstones. Many more workers were wounded or arrested.The Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temple Association was shut down by the “Mounties” in January 1940. The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians continues the ULFTA’s progressive traditions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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iHeartRadio Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello More

first_imgThe iHeartRadio Music Festival is headed back to Las Vegas, NV to take place over two days and nights at the T-Mobile Arena on September 20th-21st. Organizers for the annual pop festival announced their 2019 lineup on Tuesday, as this year’s event will feature performances from Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, and many more.The two-day event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and will treat attendees to performances from rock veterans including Def Leppard and Heart, in addition to French Montana, Halsey, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, and Zac Brown Band. The event’s Daytime Stage will also feature sets from Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine, and Lauv. More performers are expected to be announced as the late-September event draws closer.Related: Governors Ball Music Festival 2019: The (Shortened) Weekend In Photos [Gallery]Fans who can’t make it to the Nevada desert for this year’s festival will get the chance to tune in when the audio from the performances is broadcasted live via iHeartMedia radio stations in over 150 markets across the country. The CW Network will also provide a video livestream from both nights of the festival via The CW app and CWTV.com. The schedule of performances to be broadcasted was not revealed with Tuesday’s announcement.Additionally, video from the event will also re-broadcast on the CW Network as a two-night television special a few weeks after the event on October 2nd & 3rd beginning at 8 p.m. EST each night.Tickets for the main event and the Daytime Stage go on sale beginning next Friday, June 14th at 1 p.m. EST. Click here for ticketing and general info for this year’s event.last_img read more

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Batesville Police Department officer announces retirement

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Police Department Lt. Douglas M Wolfer will retire April 1 after more than 33 years in law enforcement.He started his law enforcement career in 1984 at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in the jail. He later attended the 85th session of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. In 1987 he started with the Brookville Police Department where he worked for approximately 8 years. He left Brookville with the rank of Sergeant when he was hired by the Batesville Police Department in 1995. He started as a patrolman and held the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and the current rank of Lieutenant.He has been a certified instructor in psychomotor skills, generalist and firearms. He has served as a field training officer, accident investigator, breath test operator, managed patrol vehicle maintenance, and a procurement officer.The Batesville Police Department would like to thank him for his service and dedication and wish him the best in his retirement.last_img read more

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