Protest to fight austerity from Detroit to Greece

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgActivists here with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs have announced a demonstration for Feb. 27 in solidarity with the people of Greece, who are resisting austerity and economic strangulation at the behest of the banks and financial institutions.The protest — called “Detroit Stands with Greece” — is timed to coincide with the start of severe cuts to the pensions of retirees who worked for the City of Detroit. The demonstration will demand: “From Detroit to Greece, stop attacks on the working class; cancel the debt; stop pension cuts, foreclosures and water shutoffs.”The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history concluded here last year, all for the benefit of the banks and to the detriment of Detroit workers, residents and social services. The city was devastated by the actions of banks and financial institutions, some of whom are also strangling Greece. Their usurious swindles caused mass home foreclosures and evictions, the exodus of almost one-quarter million residents in only a decade, the robbery of municipal retirees’ pensions and health care benefits, and the shutting off of water to more than 30,000 people last year. Now some 62,000 homes are facing tax foreclosures.A Moratorium NOW! statement noted:“Austerity in Greece has meant conditions much like those faced by Detroiters: A poverty rate of 44 percent, up from just 3 percent in 2009; a 27.7 percent unemployment rate; and 240,000 people with their utilities shut off.“In response to these conditions, Syriza was elected to office in Greece on a promise to end the austerity imposed on the working class by the banks and the Troika (the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund). U.S. financial institutions have swindled huge profits off the backs of the people of Greece, Detroit and around the world.“In its first day in office, Syriza announced the following measures to ease the suffering of the masses: Halting of privatization schemes; reinstating pensions; reintroducing of the monthly minimum wage; scrapping of fees for prescriptions and hospital visits; restoring collective work agreements; rehiring workers laid off in the public sector; giving free access to food and electricity to the victims of the bailout; and granting citizenship to migrant children born and raised in Greece. Aren’t these the kinds of things we need in Detroit?!“The banks and their capitalist allies are now trying to economically strangle Greece, refusing to renegotiate the loans and threatening to cut off Greece from the international market. All over the world workers are demonstrating their solidarity with the people of Greece. It’s time to draw the line against the criminal banksters and to say PEOPLE come before profits. We’ll beat them back in Greece and across the world, and reverse the attacks on Detroiters imposed by emergency management and the state in service to the banks.”The demonstration against austerity and in solidarity with the people of Greece will take place in downtown Detroit on Friday, Feb. 27, starting at 4 p.m. Protesters will gather outside Chase Bank at Woodward Avenue and Fort Street, and march to the Greektown district.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Del Potro backs Djokovic to break Federer’s Grand Slam record

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia is congratulated on his win by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina after their Men’s Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPJuan Martin del Potro believes Novak Djokovic can end his career as the most successful Grand Slam title winner, surpassing Roger Federer’s current mark of 20.Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sleepless nights spent scouting Ateneo all worth it for Adamson coach Pumaren Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We just do what we can against them. But Novak has everything to make records in this sport.”Del Potro was playing in his first Grand Slam final since lifting the US Open title in 2009 at the age of 20, beating Nadal and Federer back-to-back.But instead of that victory proving a launchpad for a sustained challenge at the Grand Slams, Del Potro battled wrist injuries which required four surgeries.By the end of 2015, his ranking was at 581, he was deeply depressed and he was on the verge of quitting after having to sit out at least 10 Grand Slam events.However, when fit he is a formidable force.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Serb is now just three behind Rafael Nadal and six back from Federer.“Of course he can,” said Del Potro when asked if Djokovic can claim the record over Federer who is almost six years his senior.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He has 14 already. He won two Grand Slams in one year. He’s healthy. He has a great team working with him. “Hopefully him, Rafa, Roger will still fight for Grand Slams, because it is so nice to watch them fighting for the history.  He owns 10 wins over world number one players — the most by anyone who has never reached the top ranking themselves.This year he defeated Federer in the Indian Wells Masters final while in 2016 he was a key figure as Argentina won a first Davis Cup.Playing at a career high three in the world, Del Potro insists he is happy to be playing in the era of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.“Of course, it is a big challenge to take these kind of tournaments to them. But also I think we are proud to be close to these legends,” said the 29-year-old.“I’ve been during all my career learning with Novak, Roger, Rafa, seeing them winning these events very often. It’s amazing. “I don’t feel sad that I couldn’t win Grand Slams because of them. I am just one of the guys that have lucky to be in the same era as them, and it’s great.”Del Potro went into Sunday’s final buoyed by seeing off defending champion and world number one Nadal who was forced to quit their semi-final with injury.But he had a 4-14 losing record against Djokovic, including four at the Slams — two of them at the US Open in 2007 and 2012.“When you see a friend holding the trophy, it’s good. I’m glad that Novak is the champion.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more