Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, an original founder when May Day launched in 1886, was born into slavery in the early 1850s on a Virginia plantation. She, her mother and others were able to escape and move to Texas. There she met her future spouse, Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier who helped register newly freed people to vote during Reconstruction. This action made him a target of the KKK who threatened to lynch him.Brenda Stokely, union and women’s activist, speaks in front of Parsons banner at May Day rally, New York City. WW-photo G. DunkelLucy and Albert were forced to leave Texas due to the miscegenation laws that legally outlawed mixed race marriages. They eventually moved to Chicago in 1873 where great labor struggles were taking place in the factories to demand an eight-hour day. Without union protection, the industrial workers, many of them poor immigrants from Europe, were forced to toil 10- to 16-hour days under horrendous working conditions.Both Lucy and Albert became not only union organizers but also developed radical anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas. After Albert lost his printing job due to his political beliefs, Lucy opened a dress shop in her home to support him and their two children and hosted meetings for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).On May 4, 1886, following a workers’ rally in Haymarket Square in Chicago, the police threw a bomb in the crowd, killing eight people and one of their own. Albert and seven other union organizers were targeted and framed for killing the officer. Four of them, including Albert, were hanged in the Square in 1887, forever becoming known as the Haymarket Martyrs. May Day was officially declared as International Workers Day in 1889 at an international socialist conference.Lucy Parsons championed political rights as well as workers’ rights. For instance, she joined the worldwide campaign to stop the executions of two Italian immigrant union organizers, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were framed for murder in 1920. They were executed in 1927.Lucy fought for the freedom of the Scottsboro Brothers, nine young Black men falsely accused of raping two white women in 1930 in Alabama. A worldwide campaign led by socialists and communists eventually exonerated them.Lucy was a fighter until her death at the age of 91 on March 7, 1942, in a fire in her home. Suspected of setting the blaze, the Chicago police confiscated her precious books and writings that never saw the light of day again. Parsons was proud of being declared by the Chicago police as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”Lucy Parsons was a militant and defiant anti-capitalist anarchist and a socialist, who wanted to empower the workers through revolution.Lucy and Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, a coal miner organizer, were the first two women to join the Industrial Workers of the World. The union welcomed all workers, regardless of nationality, religion, gender or skill, into its ranks. Lucy organized campaigns against hunger and for unemployed councils on behalf of the IWW.Some of Lucy’s most notable quotes from speeches include:“Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth.” “Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics, and set our eyes eternally and forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor.”“So many able writers have shown that the unjust institutions which work so much misery and suffering to the masses have their root in governments, and owe their whole existence to the power derived from government, that we cannot help but believe that were every law, every title deed, every court and every police officer or soldier abolished tomorrow with one sweep, we would be better off than now.”The spirit of Lucy Parsons continues to live in every revolutionary who abhors all forms of exploitation, oppression and inequality, who fights to abolish every ugly feature of capitalism and who fights for a socialist future for the liberation of all humanity. Lucy Parsons, ¡presente!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
With A Moon Shaped Pool finally released, fans can now look ahead to Radiohead’s upcoming performances. The band has shows scheduled throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, all of which unsurprisingly sold out almost instantly. Today, the group revealed the additional artists that will perform in front of them, at shows in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Lyon, Los Angeles, and New York.For the European shows in Amsterdam, Paris, London and Lyon, the band will get support from Holly Herndon. For New York, it will be Dawn of Midi at the famed Madison Square Garden. In Los Angeles, Shabazz Palaces will get the call at the Shrine Auditorium.The band also has a number of festival appearances on the schedule, including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.You can see the band’s tour dates here. Read up on A Moon Shaped Pool with our album review as well!
BERLIN (AP) — A tiny community in western Germany has been cut off by the flooded Rhine River, while authorities cautioned that continued rain and melting snow could cause further problems in many regions. In Rees-Grietherort, the rising waters of the Rhine flooded the only access road to the community located between it and a smaller river, effectively cutting off the 100 residents, the dpa news agency reported Wednesday. Due to its location, local authorities said the residents are relatively used to such inconveniences and officials employed a small fire department boat to ferry in and out three times a day. The German Weather Service was warning that conditions were not likely to improve in many places until the weekend.
Undergraduate students can explore academic opportunities at Notre Dame at the sixth annual Majors Night on Thursday in the East Wing of South Dining Hall. Majors Night is a joint initiative between student government and The First Year of Studies, said AJ McGauley, student government’s Academic Affairs Committee chair. The event is open to all undergraduates and will take place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. “The purpose is to give the undergraduate students the opportunity to have all the departments and majors and minors present in the same room,” McGauley said. McGauley said although most students who attend are freshmen, the event is geared toward all undergraduate students who want to talk to a departmental program representative. “I’m trying to make sure upperclassmen know that it’s worth their while to come,” he said. Representatives from every major at Notre Dame should be present to speak to students, McGauley said. “I meet in the fall with all five deans of the colleges and the School of Architecture and give them my current list of all the departments to make sure the list is exhaustive,” he said. “The idea is that it should be an exhaustive list of all the possible courses of study at Notre Dame.” The Center for Social Concerns will distribute information about its seminars and the Catholic Social Teaching minor. The Office of International Studies and the Career Center will also be present, McGauley said. Several institutes that give grants and scholarships will be at Majors Night as well, McGauley said. These include the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. When students enter the East Wing of South Dining Hall, they will receive a map of the booth locations, McGauley said. There has been good attendance in past years, with 20 to 30 students walking around at any given point in time, McGauley said, but increasing attendance is one of student government’s goals for this year’s Majors Night. “It’s been at the Joyce Center Concourse, but we decided to move it [to South Dining Hall] because we thought this location would be easier for students,” McGauley said. “We had to deal with a few logistical challenges, but because we’re dealing with freshmen, we don’t want them to have to trek all the way to the Joyce Center. We’ll have a banner up, and they’ll see it and right after dinner can pop in for five or 10 minutes.” McGauley hopes students will discover new opportunities they weren’t aware of and get the chance to talk to department members. “The most exciting thing about Majors Night is it gives freshmen opportunities to walk around and talk to professors,” McGauley said. “Some kids just talk to student representatives and figure out what exactly is available at Notre Dame.”
The campus was abuzz. A hoard of agents, reporters, photographers, NFL scouts and coaches formed a ring around the field. Friends and family gathered in the stands. Hundreds of students, teachers and passersby stopped to watch.Former USC football players showcased their skills to NFL personnel Wednesday, hoping to increase their chances of getting drafted later this month.That’s right. On one of the hottest days of the semester, the hottest place to be was Cromwell Field, watching players many people will only ever see on TV. Rarely is the entire USC community pulled together by one gravitational event on campus, but Wednesday’s Pro Day happened to be one of those days.It was a sight fill any Trojan with a sense of pride, and also served to challenge those who had written off USC. Football is alive and well in Southern California, and Pro Day is still a big deal around here.Only a few schools in the country can annually attract large crowd for Pro Day, and USC is still one of those schools. Yes, there were probably a dozen schools this year with a larger turnouts during their Pro Days, but often it was to see an exception, one player with extremely huge potential.USC does have a player who many scouts were focusing on in offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Smith was the reason Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett came out Wednesday, and he didn’t disappoint.But Smith is an offensive lineman, which isn’t one of those sexy, glamorous positions that make people like Paris Hilton, Gisele Bundchen and Kendra Wilkinson flock to the sport. Smith isn’t the reason everyone who walked by Cromwell stopped and watched for minutes or hours. Just the mere thought of USC Pro Day was enough for hundreds of people to check it out.It also was enough for superagent Drew Rosenhaus. There are few agents in the world whose name carries more weight than Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus is the Swackhammer of football. Much like the Monstars boss represented every player on Moron Mountain, Rosenhaus monopolizes the best NFL players on this planet. So if Rosenhaus shows up somewhere, you know it’s a big deal.But attendance wasn’t just limited to a few notable faces. Thirty-one of the 32 NFL teams were represented at Pro Day, which is a sign the program is healthy. Among them were three general managers, Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson and Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary.The fact that all these people came to USC shows the Trojans still have a lot of options to offer teams.In addition to Smith was fellow offensive lineman Kristofer O’Dowd, wide receiver Ronald Johnson, tight ends Jordan Cameron and David Ausberry, running backs C.J. Gable and Allen Bradford, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, linebacker Malcolm Smith and quarterback Mitch Mustain. That’s more variety than you’ll find in the periodic table. Heck, you might be able to fill a team to compete with Brett Favre and the Wranglers in a swampy field in Mississippi.So even though there wasn’t a star working out on Cromwell Wednesday such as Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Taylor Mays or Rey Malauga, that didn’t stop Pro Day from being the spectacle that it always is at USC.And I think that’s one spectacle athletic director Pat Haden wouldn’t mind keeping around.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.
Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay international Álvaro Pereira from Porto, according to The People.Pereira, 26, is a left-sided player who can operate at full-back or further forward.It is claimed that Porto rate him at £23m and that Chelsea may offer £13m plus one of their young players.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror say Chelsea are keeping tabs on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson after he rejected a new contract at St James’ Park.The People also suggest that QPR manager Mark Hughes is considering signing David Bentley on loan from Tottenham next season.Bentley, who has been out of favour at Spurs for some time, played under Hughes at Blackburn.The England international currently has a knee injury but has been tipped to be fit for the start of next term.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
dan rowinski To get your head around the idea here, think of how computing works today. Developer typically write apps using a high-level (i.e., human-readable) computer language like Java, C++ or C#. For a smartphone or laptop to run that application, developers first run their code through a compiler (or a virtual machine) that translates it into machine code—the binary bits that the computer’s processor can understand.That’s how coders interact with digital computers. Writing apps that can be translated into some form of qubit-relatable code may require some very different approaches, since among other things, the underlying logic for digital programs may not translate precisely (or at all) to the quantum-computing realm. Exploring such issues is apparently what the QCP is all about.Here’s how the QCP page describes its own capabilities:The most basic operations performed on qubits are defined by quantum gates, similar to logical gates used in classic computers. Using quantum gates one can build complex algorithms, usually ending in a measurement operation, which obtains a classical value of qubits (either 0 or 1, but not a superposition). The state of a quantum computer, a set of qubits called quantum register, can be visualized in a number of ways, typically as a 2D or 3D graph, on which points or bars represent superpositions of qubits, while their color or bar height represent amplitude and phase of a given superposition.Culp briefly worked as a 3D software developer before going to Google. You can see why a developer with expertise in 3D representation of data might be interested in quantum computing and its capabilities. Wroblewski, meanwhile, describes himself on LinkedIn as a “privacy samurai” for Google and was previously a cloud-security researcher for Microsoft.If you take the QCP for a spin, let us know in comments how well it represents the future of computing. Related Posts Quantum computing has the potential to make of the smartphones, laptops and data centers we now consider so sophisticated look positively Cro-Magnon. The potential is enormous. Have you ever seen the diagram of how many Earths could fit into a planet the size of Jupiter? For comparison’s sake, that is a good place to start.But for the vast majority of people—including most computer engineers—what quantum computing actually does is basically a mystery. A few “real” quantum computers exist in the world (though some are controversial), and the art of actually programming them to perform useful work is still in its infancy.See also: How D-Wave Could Make Or Break Quantum ComputingA group of Google engineers are giving people the opportunity to play around with quantum programming. A project apparently spearheaded by engineers Greg Wroblewski and Laura Culp at Google’s campus in Kirkland, Wash., created a developer sandbox called the Quantum Computing Playground intended to give developers an opportunity to play around with the basics of quantum computing.The conceptual gulf between standard digital computers and quantum computers is pretty huge. Digital computers process binary bits, typically represented as ones and zeros. Quantum computers, by contrast, are based on “qubits,” which—thanks to some arcane science involving the physics of tiny particles and their probabilistic wave patterns—actually exist in an indeterminate state that only resolves into a one or a zero at the end of a calculation.It’s rocket science of the highest order, although it offers the potential of ultrafast computation, at least for certain types of problems.The QCP is essentially an integrated developer environment where curious engineers can fiddle with some quantum computing basics, such as running scripts and 3D quantum state visualizations. It’s not actually a quantum computer, of course; the QCP just simulates how one would operate in order to let coders start to get familiar with the very different way a quantum computer handles computation.It can simulate quantum registers up to 22 qubits while also running Grover and Shor algorithms. It comes with its own scripting language and debugging. Tags:#Future#Google#Quantum Computing#Quantum Mechanics What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say James rejects Colombia for Real Madrid chanceby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Rodriguez is determined to win over Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Back in Madrid after two seasons away on-loan with Bayern Munich, James has intimated he wants the chance to prove himself at Real.Marca says the Colombia captain has turned down squad selection for friendlies with Chile and Algeria.James has made the decision in order to train at Valdebabas during the international break.The midfielder is aiming to impress Zidane with this new show of commitment.