Tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses!

first_imgThe call to action below can be shared and signed at bit.ly/ICEoffBuses. Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere is a multinational, multigenerational and multigendered organization based in the U.S., seeking to bring together all sectors of society to concentrate on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immediately putting an end to all deportations and closing all migrant detention centers. The International Workers’ Solidarity Network is building an international network of working-class organizations and activists who understand that every struggle is a workers’ struggle and recognize the urgency of developing global working-class solidarity. ICE off our buses! Build solidarity and worker power to end Greyhound collaboration with ICE!Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE) and the International Workers’ Solidarity Network (IWSN) call for the immediate end of Greyhound’s collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Every day across the U.S., ICE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents freely board buses with Greyhound’s permission and attempt to identify and detain migrants.Greyhound is not required to allow immigration agents onto its buses, but rather does so voluntarily, conceding to the racist climate created by Trump to demonize migrant workers and divide working-class people. It is imperative that all workers unite in solidarity to challenge this egregious collaboration with white supremacy by Greyhound.The union that represents Greyhound drivers, mechanics and terminal workers—​Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1700—​has courageously spoken out to condemn the company’s complicity in the racist war against migrants being carried out by the Trump administration. In a statement, President Karen Miller said: “I’ve seen this happen before. I used to drive a Memphis-Dallas Greyhound bus, and law enforcement would sometimes stop my bus, search it with dogs and ask for IDs, mostly from people of color. I hated it then, but now it is happening more often, and the consequences are devastating for our passengers and their families.“At a time when our government has implemented inhumane and cruel immigration policies—​such as separating children from their parents, holding families in indefinite detention and deporting people who have been in the country for decades—​we cannot allow this to happen.”In recent months, Trump and his allies have dramatically escalated the brutal and long-standing U.S. war on migrant workers, carrying out clandestine raids in communities across the country, separating children from their families and establishing a network of concentration camps along the border—​an extension of the system of mass incarceration that imprisons upwards of 2 million workers in the United States, many of whom are Black and people of color. At the same time, a number of U.S. corporations are getting rich off their collaboration and participation in the attacks against migrant workers.In an effort to divide workers from uniting to fight our true enemies, the small group of Wall Street bankers and the owners of big business, Trump has emboldened the most reactionary elements of society to come forward and act as foot soldiers in this war. White supremacists have recently carried out nothing short of terrorist massacres targeting Black and Latinx workers in Gilroy, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; and elsewhere. Trump, with his hate-filled rhetoric, is responsible for the horrific mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio.The Democratic Party is complicit in this war on migrants, themselves building and operating the massive machinery to carry out mass deportations and raids, and currently offering little to no challenge to the white supremacist forces being mobilized by Trump, or to Trump himself.We urge the labor movement to follow the example set by ATU 1700 and other unions which have spoken out and mobilized their memberships in solidarity with migrant workers, reviving in struggle the slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all!” Nothing short of a mass mobilization or a general strike of workers is needed to fight against the atrocities being carried out against migrant workers in this period.We call on all working-class forces to join this campaign to end Greyhound’s collaboration with ICE and to take any and all opportunity to mobilize in solidarity with migrant workers.Actions you can take:Sign your name in support: bit.ly/ICEoffBuses.Call Greyhound (214-849-8966) and tell them: ICE,  DHS and CBP off our buses! Buses are for transportation, not deportation!Organize or join an action near you. For a list of actions, go to: workersolidarity.net and fightformigrants.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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A Decade Later: Assessing the American Dream

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily The Great Recession ended 10-years ago in June. In a new blog, Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist, First American compared the housing market trends at that time with the current numbers to analyze how far the housing market has come over the past decade.For the analysis, Kushi studied the housing demand metrics, supply metrics, and homeownership metrics. These were scaled relative to their level at the end of the Great Recession.”Today’s housing market enjoys much stronger demand than a decade ago, but housing supply has slumped,” Kushi observed. “More house-buying power and expanded access to credit, along with a demographic tailwind from millennials aging into prime home-buying age, all bode well for housing market demand. The question is whether there are enough homes for sale to meet this surging demand.”She noted that affordability has improved since the end of the Great Recession largely due to lower mortgage rates and rising household income. In fact, mortgage rates in April were 1.3% lower than those in June 2009. At the same time, consumer housebuying power has increased by 54% over the past 10 years.Similarly, credit availability has improved by 30% over this period.As reported by MReport, in a recent episode of The Exchange on CNBC, Skylar Olsen, Economic Research Director, Zillow, had also observed that the fall of mortgage rates gives many “reason to believe” that the current coolness in the market wouldn’t last long.The challenge today, according to Kushi is the lack of supply. She noted that inventory turnover has declined by 16% since June 2009.”A major reason for the lack of homes for sale is increasing tenure–the length of time a homeowner lives in their home,” Kushi said. “In the years following the recession, tenure has rapidly increased and it is currently more than 11 years, compared to just under seven years at the end of the Great Recession.”While building new homes might seem like a natural solution to solve this issue, Kushi noted that for more than a decade, “home building has not kept up with the demand for shelter.””While housing starts, a leading indicator of new home completions, have doubled since the lows reached at the end of the recession, they remain 33% below their 2000 level,” she said.According to Olsen, slowing home value appreciation was also a concern. “Home value appreciation is slowing down fairly significantly in those expensive markets. The percentage of listings that have price cuts have shot up as the housing market starts to transition.” Olsen said. Previous: Better Data, Stronger Performance Next: The Week Ahead: Fed Chair in the Spotlight Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A Decade Later: Assessing the American Dream Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Demand First American Home home price appreciation HOUSING Supply Zillow Home / Daily Dose / A Decade Later: Assessing the American Dream The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand First American Home home price appreciation HOUSING Supply Zillow 2019-07-05 Radhika Ojha July 5, 2019 1,212 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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Guinness Greatest of the Streets| Victoria, BV and Plaisance through to East Coast Zone main draw

first_imgVictoria, BV ‘B’, Plaisance ‘B’ and Guyana Water Incorporated [GWI] were among the teams to progress to the main draw in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets, East Coast Demerara edition, following playoff wins yesterday.Urged on by a sizable crowd at the Haslington Market Tarmac, newcomer Victoria secured two hard-fought victories to earn their place in the main tournament.Victoria fielded a young but determined side and defeated the experienced Vryheid’s Lust outfit 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless. In their second matchup, Victoria needled Paradise ‘B’ 1-0.Meanwhile, former champions BV ‘B’ extinguished Belfield Stars 2-0, while Plaisance ‘B’ overcame United Ballers 2-0 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless regulation time interval.However, GWI would provide the unlikely result of the match-day, dismantling Nabaclis by an impressive 5-0 scoreline.In other results, newcomer Non Pareil edged Plaisance ‘A’ 2-1 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless regulation time interval failed to decide the outcome.Former winners Melanie ‘A’ defeated Police ‘A’ via walkover, with debutant, Liliendaal Hustlers, defeating Police ‘B’ in the identical manner.Following the conclusion of the playoff round, the 16 teams that will contest the three-day tournament are defending champions Uprising, along with Paradise ‘A’, BV ‘A’, Melanie ‘B’, Buxton Diamond, Mahaica Determinators, Victoria Church Yard, Belfield Warriors, Haslington Hypers, Melanie ‘A’, BV ‘B’, Liliendaal Hustlers, Plaisance ‘B’, GWI East Coast, Victoria and Non Pareil.The championship will officially commence on Friday (April 12) at the same venue, with the final two nights slated for April 13th and 22nd respectively. Fixtures for the opening night will be released in the coming days.last_img read more

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