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Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ This is Martice Scales, 24, at the HOPES Center is manager of retail operations at a fair trade store at the HOPES Center in Racine, Wisconsin. PHOTO/RVM[Episcopal News Service] Hace tres años, Martice Scales, joven de 24 años, boxeador, músico y ex convicto desempleado de Racine, Wisconsin, no tenía ni posibilidades de trabajo ni incluso la más remota esperanza de conseguirlo.Entonces, un ex maestro suyo le remitió al Ministerio Vocacional de Racine (RVM) -un servicio de promoción comunitaria de la iglesia episcopal de San Lucas [St. Luke’s] y otras agencias locales- y Scales ha estado progresando velozmente desde entonces.Lo han ascendido dos veces, supervisa a cinco empleados y actualmente administra operaciones minoristas en una tienda de comercio justo en el Centro HOPES, que ofrece servicios sociales a vecinos pobres de Racine.“Empecé como camarero de madrugada”, recuerda él. “Al cabo de unos pocos meses, era camarero de jornada completa y luego obtuve puestos de supervisor. Podría decir que me prepararon para el liderazgo, me daban cada vez más oportunidades”, dijo durante una entrevista telefónica el 19 de enero desde Racine.Él duda que algo de esto habría sucedido sin la capacitación de empleo del RVM y las clases que allí le impartieron. Cursos “como el de administración financiera y de cómo tratar con los supervisores y cómo acudir a una entrevista y acerca de la puntualidad y de vestirse adecuadamente. Ellos me prepararon para el empleo”, afirmó.Jim Schatzman, director ejecutivo del RVM, era miembro del comité de acción social de San Lucas cuando la agrupación estaba buscando un medio de insertarse en la comunidad, dijo durante una entrevista reciente desde su oficina en Racine.“Racine ha encabezado la tasa de desempleo de nuestro estado durante unos 12 años consecutivos, es una triste historia del cinturón del óxido , comentó. “Hemos perdido más de 6.000 empleos fabriles en los últimos siete u ocho años”.En consecuencia, para los que ayudan a buscar empleo parecía un buen lugar para empezar. El centro abrió sus puertas en 2002 y “acabamos de colocar al empleado número 2.000, a un promedio de 200 personas al año, en una comunidad relativamente pequeña de 89.000 habitantes. “Creemos que estamos teniendo un impacto positivo en la familia y en la comunidad”.En una década de operaciones, la agencia ha aumentado en más de un cuádruplo su presupuesto anual, de $80.000 en su primer año a casi $500.000 en la actualidad. “El primer año colocamos a 70 personas; el segundo año la cifra se acercó más a los 100. Este último año, 2011, colocamos en empleos a más de 300 personas”, comentó.El que lo haga la Iglesia establece una diferencia, especialmente para los que podrían desconfiar de las instituciones del gobierno, dijo Schatzman. “Es diferente también la manera en que los recibimos cuando llegan aquí, que haya alguien que sepa sus nombres. Ya no son seres anónimos, personas desamparadas sin rostro”.Scales está de acuerdo. “Ellos me ayudaron a darme cuenta de que yo era digno del esfuerzo que estaban haciendo por ayudarme. También me ayudaron a perdonarme por haber hecho esas cosas que me llevaron a la cárcel. Hay muy poco que se pueda decir sobre uno mismo después de la experiencia de la cárcel que te haga sentir bien”, agregó.“Sin ellos dudo que pudiera haber puesto un pie en la puerta. Todavía estaría luchando por encontrar un trabajo temporal. No creo que la búsqueda de empleo sea su especialidad, su especialidad es la gente”.RVM es sólo un ejemplo del modo en que las congregaciones episcopales de todo el país han comenzado a responder a las necesidades de los que se han visto afectados por los duros tiempos económicos que se viven. Ofrecen toda una gama de servicios gratuitos, desde revisiones de hojas de vida, consejería profesional y capacitación laboral con una pizca de dirección espiritual, para que no falte.En el condado de San Bernardino, en California -donde las tasas de desempleo promedió son cuatro puntos porcentuales por encima del nivel nacional del 8,5 por ciento-, el Rdo. Barrett Van Buren decidió salir a ayudar a los que buscaban empleo en la localidad.Hace aproximadamente un año, Van Buren, diácono vocacional de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan [St. John’s] en LaVerne, junto con una de las feligresas, Vashti Major-Bliss, inauguró el Ministerio de Carreras en Encrucijada.El ministerio se ha estado reuniendo el primer y tercer domingo de cada mes, para ofrecer apoyo, una comida, talleres, oradores invitados, materiales, entrenamiento, concretas plazas laborales y una dimensión espiritual para los que buscan empleo, dijo Van Buren durante una entrevista el 22 de enero. Este ministerio presume de una tasa de colocaciones de un 54 por ciento, al ayudar hasta ahora a más de 30 personas que buscaban empleo, y se está expandiendo para incluir a otras congregaciones, así como a otras comunidades, añadió.Para Gina Hosterman, de Pomona, la revisión de su hoja de vida con Van Buren y Major-Bliss la hizo sentir con nuevas esperanzas.Aunque ella tiene tres años de experiencia como representante de servicio al cliente, Hosterman, de 24 años, como tantos otros en la fuerza laboral, ha estado desempleada. También había visto a tres consejeros de carreras en ocho meses, sin ningún resultado. En la actualidad tiene trabajo cuando la llaman mostrando productos alimentarios en tiendas de víveres de la localidad -un trabajo que ni es satisfactorio ni permanente, según ella.“Ni siquiera me van a llamar a trabajar durante el próximo mes”, afirma. “Yo sólo quiero un trabajo de jornada completa, o de media jornada. No tengo preferencias por algún campo, he perdido mi motivación y me cuesta trabajo el ponerme metas”, le dijo ella a Van Buren y Major-Bliss.Parte del reto consiste en aprender a crear capacidades de autoevaluación y transmitir exitosamente los dones y talentos de uno “para hacer la tradicional presentación profesional en dos palabras -definirte a ti mismo en dos minutos”, dice Major-Bliss. ” ‘Hábleme de usted’. Esa es la pregunta que todo el mundo hace. Uno quiere ser capaz de contestarla de manera clara y concisa”.Su reunión de una hora con Hosterman comenzó y terminó con una oración. La revisión de su hoja de vida arrojó posibilidades de carreras específicas -y apasionantes -como mercadotecnia y artes gráficas- que Hosterman había pasado por alto. También dio lugar a una “tarea”: hacer algunas entrevistas informativas con profesionales en esas áreas antes de una sesión de seguimiento el mes próximo.“No sé qué decir”, afirma Hosterman. “Por primera vez en largo tiempo, me sentí esperanzada”.Las hojas de vida son un buen punto de partida, convino Chuck Utley, feligrés de la iglesia episcopal de San Timoteo [St. Timothy’s] en Mountain View, California, en la diócesis de El Camino Real.Utley y Dick Yarp, otro feligrés de San Timoteo, ambos empresarios profesionales jubilados, crearon el Ministerio de Asistencia al Empleo (EAM) hace tres años y comenzaron a ofrecer “actualizaciones de hojas de vida”. Al principio, el ministerio aspiraba a ayudar a personas de la congregación, pero rápidamente lo expandieron a otras personas fuera de la iglesia, dijo él durante una entrevista telefónica desde su casa el 20 de enero.El EAM también se ha asociado con el Ministerio de Carreras en Acción que ofrece la iglesia presbiteriana de Menlo Park, la cual brinda capacitación y aprendizaje de destrezas laborales, dijo Utley.Pero el primer paso para que la búsqueda de empleo resulte exitosa es revisar bien la hoja de vida, porque “un gran empleo comienza con una gran hoja de vida” apuntó él. “Sin eso, la interconexión es difícil”. Hasta la fecha el EAM ha servido a unas 44 personas que buscaban empleo; el 30 por ciento de las cuales lo encontró.Por ejemplo, el EAM ayudó a una mujer, que había sido despedida de un puesto de auxiliar de administración, a rehacer su hoja de vida para concentrarse en sus talentos específicos. Con la nueva hoja de vida, y preparada para la entrevista y otras destrezas con ayuda del CAM, la contrataron en una firma de capital de riesgo.“Al principio creía que atraería principalmente a gerentes medianos”, dijo Utley. “Pero parece que hemos ayudado fundamentalmente a mujeres, con toda una variedad de antecedentes. Hemos tenido personas con diplomas de maestrías y hasta una con un doctorado, que vinieron a vernos y trabajamos con ellas en lo que respecta a reconfigurar su hoja de vida, como con cualquier otra”.El ser la Iglesia ofrece un definido componente espiritual a los servicios de consejería. Y esto les pasó al enfrentar sus propias experiencias de desempleo, dijeron Van Buren y Major-Bliss, de la iglesia de San Juan en LaVerne.Hace dos años, Van Buren se encontró desempleado luego de haber trabajado 16 años con los Servicios Educacionales de ITT, Inc. Según dijo, descubrió que deseaba ayudar a otros a navegar en el mercado laboral. Y ahora está empleado en la Universidad Comunitaria del Valle de San Joaquín, pero considera que el CCM es un llamado especial.Major-Bliss, ex directora de una compañía farmacéutica, terminó aceptando una indemnización por despido el 18 de enero, dijo ella. De repente el desempleo incluye desafíos y oportunidades, afirmó. Ahora ando por propio camino. Ahora que ya he logrado superar el sentimiento inicial de no ser valorada, lo próximo es ver lo que voy a hacer al respecto.”Y agregó: “A veces Dios viene y te dice: puesto que no te vas a mover, yo voy a moverte”.Del mismo modo, después que a la bibliotecaria Jennifer Dye la despidieron en marzo pasado de la Biblioteca Pública de Detroit, decidió convertir la adversidad en una oportunidad: y difundirla en torno suyo.Fue así que creó la Red del Centro Catedralicio (CCN) en la iglesia catedral de San Pablo [Cathedral Church of St. Paul], en Detroit, Michigan, que es la congregación a la que asiste.“Como bibliotecaria realmente me gusta ayudar a las personas, soy una buena investigadora, y esto parece ser algo que podría hacer para ayudar a los demás”, dijo Dye durante una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su casa.La CCN sólo ha celebrado una reunión hasta el momento, pero ya Dye ha empleado sus extensas destrezas en el campo de la investigación para ayudar a los participantes a expandir sus contactos a través de redes sociales como LinkedIn.Ella también organizó a los participantes con un evento de interconexión de velocidad que de alguna manera se parece a esas citas rápidas y descomprometidas, “aunque a algunas personas no les gusta esa comparación”, dijo riéndose por lo bajo.“Es una oportunidad de conocer a montones de otras personas, a aprender un poco acerca de ellas y a crear una red para ti mismo”. La teoría es que cuanto más expandas tu red de contactos personales, tantas más oportunidades crearás de conectarte con empleadores y posibilidades [de empleo].La CCN es un servicio gratuito que está a disposición de cualquiera que se interese en como “sortear todas las facultades del desempleo”, dijo Dye. Ella continúa en las entrevistas laborales, “pero esto no es algo que voy a hacer hasta que consiga otro trabajo. Este ministerio durará todo el tiempo que sea necesario. Estoy intentando posicionarme de manera que pueda aprovechar las oportunidades que surjan”.Para Endel Williams, de 37 años, el Ministerio Vocacional de Racine hizo justamente eso: creó oportunidades. Él las cogió todas al vuelo.“Salí de prisión en 2001 y comencé a trabajar en un empleo de servicios temporales en el que no ganaba mucho dinero. Pero yo no podía ascender. Si estuviera allí hoy, estaría ganando la misma cantidad de dinero. Entonces oí hablar del RVM y el resto es historia”, contó.Eso fue inmediatamente después de que el RVM comenzara en 2002, recalcó.“Estamos conectados”, dijo Williams el 20 de enero durante una entrevista telefónica. Gracias a los empeños del RVM, ha estado empleado en las oficinas del Acueducto de Racine durante los últimos cinco años, reparando las cañerías principales del agua, y “es excelente”, afirmó.Él también se mantiene en contacto con el RVM. “Sigo comprometido con el RVM. Soy miembro de su Junta Directiva y estoy en el comité ejecutivo. Estoy allí un par de veces por semana”.“A ellos no les importa si eres negro, blanco, hispano, asiático; si cruzas su puerta y dices que quieres ayuda, alguna ayuda vas a conseguir”, dijo. “Ellos no te sacan dinero. Te hacen sentarte, conversan contigo, te explican ciertas cosas. Todo lo que yo necesitaba en lo que respecta a ayuda, consejo, cualquier cosa, se hallaba allí”.“Pero”, agregó, “ellos no me dieron nada. Cuando empecé a ir allí, vieron que yo era honesto. Me ofrecieron las posibilidades y las aproveché”.—La Rev. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service y está radicada en Los Ángeles. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Youth Minister Lorton, VA March 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm Please remember that for all the refugees who are able to flee, there are thousands who cannot. The Episcopal Church is addressing part of that need in Jordan through the efforts the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, the Schneller School and the Arab Evangelical School in Irbid. All are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. HLID works with disabled refugees while they’re in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, and then follows when they resettle in other parts of the country. The two schools are accepting refugee children, some with no families, on full scholarship.All refugees need our prayers and our support. Each family faces tragedy and loss. As we work with those one who made it to our country, please also remember those who did not. http://www.afedj.org Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH “Facing America: Portraits of Refugees Resettling in the United States,” a photography exhibit on display at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, tries to tackle the numbers and put faces on them. Photo: Hidei Takagi[Episcopal News Service] When Omar Al-Bayte fled Iraq in 2013, it wasn’t the first time he sought safety outside his home country.Following the U.S. led invasion in 2003 that ended Saddam Hussein’s authoritarian regime, Al-Bayte, 32, worked construction for the U.S. government, a job for which he later received threats. In 2005, he left first for Syria, and then India, where he studied information technology. In 2008, he returned to Iraq and went to work for the Iraqi government until once again he received threats, this time because of his distinctly Sunni surname.By this time married, together he and his wife, Zahraa Abualteman, 21, fled their home in Baghdad for Amman, Jordan, where for two-and-a-half years, they waited for resettlement. The wait and uncertainty were at times excruciating, they explained, while seated on a sofa in their Denver, Colorado, apartment. The couple’s year-old son, Yousif, napped in another room.The couple, speaking in Arabic, shared their story through case manager Omar Banysaad. Al-Bayte and Abualteman arrived in Denver in late November 2015 and are receiving resettlement assistance through Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee and Asylee Programs. Banysaad, 21, and his family also fled Iraq and became refugees.Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is one of 30 refugee resettlement affiliates partnered with Episcopal Migration Ministries, in 26 dioceses nationwide. Last month, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visited LFS’s office in Denver to learn about the resettlement process and to hear a firsthand account from a Syrian family that arrived in the United States in December.Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement ministry, is one of nine agencies working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State to welcome and resettle refugees to the United States.Curry’s visit to the Denver affiliate marked his first to an EMM affiliate since becoming presiding bishop last November. While there, Curry described the efforts of EMM and its affiliates as “God’s work”; his visit called attention to the plight of refugees across the Episcopal Church, where throughout Lent individual churches have sought to do the same in their congregations and communities.Without meeting them in person and listening to their stories, it can be hard to grasp what it’s like to be a refugee or even the idea of millions of people forcibly displaced.The photographs are hung in the nave of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church so that not only visitors, but parishioners in worship are confronted with the images. Photo: St. Ann and the Holy Trinity“Facing America: Portraits of Refugees Resettling in the United States,” a photography exhibit on display at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, tries to tackle the numbers and put faces on them.Commissioned by the Forum at St. Ann’s, the 19 photographs feature a snapshot of refugees from all over the world who have made their way to the United States. These are refugees that have escaped political instability, persecution and violence.“We see these large numbers of people crossing borders and we don’t get the whole picture – and we don’t think enough about who these people are and what their lives are about,” said the Rev. John Denaro, rector of St. Ann’s. Denaro put the exhibit together with parishioner Harry Weil. “[In the exhibit] we’re seeing these people face to face, not knowing their whole story, but beginning to appreciate that there isn’t just this mass of humanity but individual lives that are at stake. … It’s calling us to wonder about the fate of these people.”The refugees featured come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Eritrea, and have been resettled in New Haven, Connecticut, by Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, also an EMM affiliate.Denaro worked for EMM in various capacities for 10 years before coming to St. Ann’s, which helped him make the human connections for the exhibit. The photographer, Hidei Takagi, immigrated from Japan and now lives in Brooklyn. She has exhibited work all over the world, including London, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Paris.Although the forum hopes the exhibit will speak to people of all walks of life and various faith traditions, it was significant for it to make the connection with the refugee experience and the Christian season of Lent, said Denaro. “This season brings up the hardest part of Jesus’ earthly journey … he had to face suspicion and violence, and ultimately his fate, alone. The exhibit – in part, for those of us who bring that sensibility to it – resonates with the themes of Lent, that we are called to wonder how we hold onto our identity in the great trials of our lives and live into the unpredictability of our own humanity.”The photographs are hung in the nave of the church, so that not only visitors, but also parishioners in worship are confronted with the images. “They are literally hovering over us, and we are keeping company with them,” said Denaro. “It’s something that intentionally engages us as Christians and citizens, and shows that we are ready to have this larger conversation about what it means to live in an interconnected world.”Forty dioramas – all made by parishioners of various artistic skill levels – have been placed on windowsills throughout the worship space at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill. Photo: David S. DeutschAt St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., the Rev. Michele Morgan, priest-in-charge, decided to move Lent beyond “giving up coffee and donuts; things we should give up anyway,” she said.Focused on refugees, 40 dioramas – all made by parishioners of various artistic skill levels – have been placed on windowsills throughout the worship space, to be visual reminders of millions of refugees worldwide. Additionally, in keeping with a longstanding tradition at St. Mark’s, Morgan and the parish’s outreach board are providing a 20-page booklet that includes facts about refugees, Bible verses, meditations and prayers aimed at aiding parishioners to reflect on refugees and their plight. The daily Lenten practice also includes “giving prompts and a mite box.” Named for the biblical story of the widow’s mite, the boxes are to collect offerings for people around the world in need of support.The dioramas serve as visual reminders of the millions of refugees worldwide. Photo: David S. DeutschFor example, Week One focused on refugees’ need for security in their new home country. The first entry, for Ash Wednesday, provided background information on the crisis in Syria. It read:“The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 with a series of peaceful protests and has since resulted in the death of more than 170,000 people and uprooted an additional 9 million. The latest figures from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, show that approximately 2.9 million refugees currently reside in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. These people are currently either living in temporary housing or are on the road seeking shelter. Name five things about your home that make you feel safe. Put 25 cents in the mite box for each one.”St. Mark’s parishioners received a 20-page booklet that includes facts about refugees, Bible verses, meditations and prayers aimed at aiding parishioners to reflect on refugees and their plight. Photo: David S. DeutschMorgan modeled the booklet on Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Epiphany Bulletin Insert series, she said.For instance, Lent 3, Feb. 29-March 5, focused on the importance of belonging, with prompts reminding parishioners about the importance of not only immediate family, but extended family and friends. Lent 6, March 21-26, shifts the focus to compassion and advocacy.UNHCR acknowledges that life is difficult for Iraqi refugees living in Jordan; in addition to it being illegal for them to work, a shortage of humanitarian aid and services make the asylum process all the more difficult.Al-Bayte and Abualteman said, faced with such difficulties, they contemplated making the dangerous journey to Europe. But now the couple is settling into life in Denver, where Al-Bayte looks forward to getting a job and becoming independent.The majority of Abualteman’s family and friends remain in Iraq, although her sister and brother-in-law live in Denver. Many of Al-Bayte’s family also fled Iraq, some have been resettled in Connecticut. Ultimately, as the Syrian family told the presiding bishop when he met with them, and as Al-Bayte and Abualteman also said, refugees are looking for the kind of safety that comes with a country that provides security for its citizens, education opportunity and human rights protections, and the kind of peace that allows them to sleep at night.When asked what they’d like Episcopalians and others in the United States to understand about refugees and their plight, Abualteman said: “We are innocent people leaving our countries by force, leaving our memories, traditions and families because of the security situation.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter/editor for Episcopal News Service. Ashley Wright is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TAGSLiver transplantstheconversation.com Previous articleThe Compassion and Grace of Comfort CareNext articleWe called out for help… and God answered Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! By Abhi Humar, Chief Transplantation Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Note: This article was first published on theconversation.comThe success of liver transplantation represents one of the great miracles of modern medicine. Essentially an experimental procedure 35 years ago, it now represents the only definitive method to cure most patients with end-stage liver failure.The major problem with liver transplantation now is not rejection or infections but rather that there are not enough livers for all the people who need them. Over 14,000 people are waiting for a liver transplant in the United States, but only about 8,000 transplants are done annually. The average waiting time for most patients measures in years – if they receive one at all. One in five patients dies on the waiting list, a number that could be significantly decreased with liver donations from living donors.I am the clinical director of the Starzl Transplant Institute, named for University of Pittsburgh surgeon and professor Thomas Starzl, who pioneered liver transplantation. I have been involved in transplantation for over 20 years and have been witness to many advances in the field, including the development of live donor liver transplants, that have ultimately allowed thousands of lives to be saved. The medical community could perform a lot more liver transplants in the U.S. if we followed the lead of using livers from live donors, as do many countries.A vital organ, a scarce resourceMore than a hundred different things can lead to liver failure, which can occur at any age, even in newborns. Viral hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, fatty liver disease and alcohol use are just some of them.The liver is a large organ involved in the body’s metabolic processes. Designua/Shutterstock.comRegardless of the cause, in almost all circumstances, a liver transplant can be lifesaving. But the number of patients who need a transplant exceeds the number of available livers from deceased donors. This has resulted in a long wait time for most patients. Many die while waiting.There are two other problems with having a long waiting list. First, patients must get very sick to reach the top of the waiting list; being very sick is what determines priority on the list. This is not the ideal time to perform a difficult operation, as the patient may be in a debilitated state and have a more difficult, prolonged recovery time. A better strategy would be to perform the transplant when the patient is less ill.Second, because the organ is a limited resource, only patients with the best potential outcomes are eligible to receive a liver transplant. That means that many patients who could derive a significant survival benefit from liver transplantation are not even placed on a waiting list, as the possibility of getting a transplant from a deceased donor is too low.A major step forwardWhile most livers for transplant in the U.S. come from deceased donors, a major advance has occurred in recent years. It now is possible for a surgeon to take a portion of a liver from an otherwise healthy individual and use that for transplant. The procedure started first in children, with the first U.S. transplant in 1989. It then expanded for use in adults by 1996. The availability of a living donor obviates the need for someone to wait, and, therefore, potentially limits the likelihood a person will die while waiting for a liver.Live liver transplantation allows patients to receive a transplant from a living donor as soon as they are deemed ready for a transplant. This is often a point sooner in the disease process when they are healthier and better able to tolerate the procedure. This leads to a quicker and less complicated recovery. Additionally, patients who are not eligible for a transplant from a deceased donor can still receive a transplant from a living donor if there is a survival benefit.Widely used in other countries, but not USDespite the advantages, living donor liver transplants in the U.S. account for less than 5 percent of all liver transplants. In other countries, such as Korea, Japan and India, living donor liver transplants account for almost 90 percent of liver transplants.The main reason for the underutilization is a lack of awareness of the procedure, both by patients and the healthcare community. At UPMC, we strongly believe in the ability of living donor liver transplant to be a lifesaving procedure and offer this as a first-line option to all our patients in need of a liver transplant.We perform the most living donor liver transplants in the country, and for the first time ever, in 2017, performed more transplants from living than deceased donors.The surgical procedure involves removing a certain portion of a healthy person’s liver (25 percent if the recipient is a child, 40 to 60 percent for adult recipients). This is possible in the liver because of two special properties. First, redundancy is built into our livers, such that only 25 to 30 percent of a normal liver is needed to maintain liver function. Second, the liver has the unique ability to regenerate and regrow to its original size, usually in about eight to 10 weeks.Proper donor selection is a critical step. Essentially, anyone who is healthy and has a normal liver can potentially be a donor. While potential donors are often related to the recipient, this is not a requirement. Even a stranger can be a donor, so long as he or she is healthy and between 18 and 55.Our program requires that donors undergo a strict medical and psychosocial evaluation to see if they qualify. A key component is to make sure that the donation is completely voluntary, and that the donor is not being coerced.Risks to know aboutWhile a living donor liver transplant has many advantages, there are also some disadvantages. The main one is the risk to the donor, who does not benefit physically from the surgery and who faces some risk from surgery. The risk of donor mortality is low, in the range of 0.2 percent. Of over 6,000 procedures done in the U.S. over the last 25 years, six early donor deaths have been reported.The risk for a complication in the donor after surgery is about 30 percent, though many of the complications are minor. The risk of a major complication, or anything that requires another intervention to fix or has long-term consequences, is closer to 10 percent.Kidney transplantation from a living donor has been widely accepted for over 50 years. While the risks to the kidney donor versus the liver donor are fewer, they are not zero.Nonetheless, liver donation represents major surgery, a fact that should be made clear to all donors. Most donors are in the hospital for about five to seven days after surgery and back to their pre-donation health status in about three months.Liver transplantation surgery is major surgery, and donors need to know the risks. They are typically in the hospital for several days after surgery. Matij Kastelic/Shutterstock.comFor the recipient, the surgical procedure is similar to a transplant from a deceased donor, though with some technical differences. Since only a portion of the liver is transplanted, the surgical aspects of the procedure, including the blood vessel and bile duct connections, tend to be more technically challenging. As a result, the literature generally reports a higher incidence of vascular and biliary complications with live versus deceased donor liver transplants.Our own data at UPMC, however, show no major differences in technical complications between the two types of transplants. Other outcome measures, such as length of stay in the hospital, time to full recovery and survival at one-year post-transplant, are all better with live donor transplants. In large part, this is because patients receiving a living donor transplant are healthier going into the surgery.The bottom line is that living donor liver transplant represents a lifesaving option for all patients with liver failure, offering numerous advantages over the option of waiting for a deceased donor. In my view, all patients in need of a liver transplant should be made aware of this procedure and, in almost every case, be offered a transplant from a live donor as the first option. With this change, many more lives could be saved every year. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. read more
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141 total views, 1 views today charity: water and Apple Paycharity: water is integrating Apple Pay across all giving platforms on desktop and mobile to provide a seamless experience for supporters. Donors can use Apple Pay when they join charity: water’s monthly giving program, The Spring, make a one-time donation, or give to birthday or fundraising campaigns.In addition to Apple Pay, donors can also give to charity: water through PayPal, credit card, or linking their bank account directly.Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water explained how and why the nonprofit was one of the first to use the payment tool: Tagged with: Apple mobile payment Technology Using Apple PayHow significant is Apple Pay for charities? Should UK charities plan to adopt it when it becomes available in the UK? Roger Craven of mobile payment specialists RSM 2000 told UK Fundraising that it was still too early for most UK charities to commit time and resource to this issue. He said: “At charity: water, we’re always looking for new ways to make funding clean water projects easier than ever. We’re thrilled to be one of the first charities that supports donations through Apple Pay. Nonprofits have had to wait behind for-profit merchants for Apple payment systems before. Apple had a policy of not allowing developers to add ‘donate’ functionality to apps, including in-app payments, in its iTunes app store. Aware of the missed opportunity for charities, nonprofit staff and others triggered a petition in 2010, asking the company to change.Now developers will be able to integrate Apple Pay directly within nonprofits’ apps, avoiding the need to direct people to give outside the app on the web or via SMS.First nonprofits to accept Apple Pay donationsThe first US nonprofits to accept donations by Apple Pay are:American Red CrossAmerican Heart Associationcharity: waterChildren’s Miracle Network HospitalsCOPD FoundationCrohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)Doctors without BordersFeeding AmericaGlobalGivingInternational Rescue Committee(RED)St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalSave the ChildrenThe Nature ConservancyThe Water ProjectUNICEFWNETWorld VisionWWF (World Wildlife Fund)They will be followed by:American Cancer SocietyCAREDonorsChoose.orgPBS and its local stationsUnited Way Apple Pay extended to handle donations to US nonprofits “Each charity needs to make a judgement about the benefits of additional donations that they might turn away versus the disruption and confusion that introducing a new payment mechanism will add.“If Apple Pay is to be seen as purely substitutional for existing payment methods then how does getting involved in Apple Pay further any charity’s objectives? Apple Pay could in the long run be a game changer, but its short term impact will only be significant to the sector if it can be used to solve particular problems that fundraisers face.“Charities should be looking to explore using Apple Pay to open up cost effectively new giving propositions (e.g. unattended) or make existing ones more cost effective (e.g. street fundraising) or tapping into particular donor segments (e.g. elite high rollers).” Christmas givingThe extension to nonprofits comes at an opportune time, as US nonprofits gear up for the Christmas season of giving and the year-end campaigns that typically generate major spikes in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 “663 million people around the world live without clean drinking water, but solutions are readily available and clean water transforms lives and communities. By integrating Apple Pay and making giving effortless – whether someone’s making an end of year donation or joining our new monthly giving program, The Spring – we hope to impact more lives than ever before.” US nonprofits can now receive donations via Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment and digital wallet service. Instant donations can be made in this way to 19 organisations, with more due to accept it soon.Apple Pay offers a secure way to donate to a nonprofit with just one touch. It is similar to contactless payments but with the addition of two-factor authentication for security.It makes the giving process faster and easier by removing the need to enter billing and contact information on web forms.It can be used on a compatible iOS device or on the web with Safari through macOS Sierra.Charity: water accepts monthly gifts to its regular giving programme via Apple Pay.Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, explained:“Websites and apps tell us they see twice as many people actually completing a purchase with Apple Pay than with other payment methods. We think offering such a simple and secure way to support the incredible work nonprofits do will have a significant impact on the communities they serve.”Apple Pay was announced in September 2014 and initially available only to merchants in the USA. It has been expanded internationally since then, with payments being handled in the UK for the first time in July 2015. Advertisement 142 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 When will UK charities be able to accept donations via Apple Pay? UK Fundraising will report. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 14 November 2016 | News read more
Supporters of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning held banners and delivered petitions containing 100,000 signatures to the U.S. Army’s congressional liaison office in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 18. They called on a secret panel at Kansas’ Fort Leavenworth military prison, which was meeting that day, not to sentence this courageous anti-war fighter to “indefinite solitary confinement,” as officials had threatened to do for alleged violations of regulations.The military panel found Manning guilty on all four charges. However, the mass support for Manning had an impact, as officials decided to restrict Manning’s access to the gym, library and the outdoors for 21 days, rather than carry out their original threatened punishment of solitary confinement. Manning’s attorneys were barred from attending the hearing, despite her request that it be open to the public, particularly to her legal representatives.But this punishment isn’t without repercussions for Manning in the future. As she explained by phone after the hearing to members of her support committee: “Now these convictions will follow me through to any parole and clemency hearings forever. I was expecting to be in minimum security custody in February, but now years [are] added.” (chelseamanning.org)At the same blog, Manning’s attorney, Nancy Hollander, responded to the military panel’s ruling, saying, “As Chelsea’s lawyer, I am horrified and angry about these convictions. This was a star chamber where Chelsea had to defend herself in secret. These convictions will not silence her. She will only be stronger, and we will fight that much harder in her appeal to overturn her convictions and her sentence.”In their continuing harassment campaign against Manning, prison authorities had charged her with ludicrous infractions, including having a tube of toothpaste past its expiration date — which was sold to her by the prison. Another charge was for “disrespecting a guard.” Manning had asked to speak to her attorney while being reprimanded about an incident in the mess hall, for which she was found guilty of disorderly conduct.Prison officials targeted Manning for having “unauthorized reading material,” which included the “U.S. Senate Report on Torture”; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender publications and articles; an issue of Vanity Fair portraying Caitlyn Jenner on the cover; and a copy of Cosmopolitan containing an interview with Manning. Yet all of these materials had been delivered through the prison’s mail system.When Manning requested access to the prison library prior to the hearing to help prepare for her defense, prison officials said no.The ‘war diaries’The military confinement of Army Pvt. Manning began five years ago. In a May 27 Guardian article, Manning reflects on her imprisonment and her decision in 2010 to release “the war diaries,” classified documents that revealed, as she put it, the “horrific outlook” on the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the “war on terrorism” and the “exploitation of developing countries.” Manning’s intention was to reveal the truth about these wars to the peoples of the world.For these acts, a military judge sentenced Manning on Aug. 21, 2013, to a 35-year term for violating the Espionage Act of 1917. This extremely brutal punishment has been denounced by scores of human rights, civil liberties, anti-war and legal organizations and activists.The day after the sentence was pronounced, “I finally announced my intent to change my name [from Bradley to Chelsea] and transition to living as a woman, a personal high point for me, despite my other circumstances,” says Manning.Because of Manning’s principled actions, courage and integrity — as an opponent of imperialist war and as a trans person — the military has never let up on its campaign of harassment, looking for any excuse to persecute her.Manning says what sustains her is the support from her friends, family and millions of people around the world. In that vein, she thanked her supporters for their love and support on Twitter, the day after the hearing at Fort Leavenworth and the protest in Washington.Free Chelsea Manning!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
4 de septiembre 2015WW-Mundo Obrero reproduce aquí un discurso de la activista palestina Rasmea Odeh, originalmente distribuido por el Fight Back News Service. Odeh habló en la marcha por el control comunitario de la policía del 29 de agosto en Chicago. Fight Back News Service insta a ir a Cincinnati-Ohio el 14 de octubre cuando los argumentos de la apelación de su injusta condena serán escuchados en la corte federal. Para obtener más información, vaya a Stopfbi.net.“Es increíblemente poderoso ver a miles de personas reunidas aquí para alzar nuestras voces para detener los crímenes de la policía, para exigir un Consejo Civil de Responsabilidad Policial, y para seguir luchando por la justicia, porque todas/os tenemos las mismas esperanzas y sueños y creemos en los mismos principios de libertad, justicia e igualdad.Nosotras/os los palestinos, hemos estado luchando durante casi 70 años bajo la ilegal ocupación militar colonial y las prácticas opresivas y racistas de Israel. Continúan aterrorizando a nuestro pueblo y cometiendo crímenes brutales. Así que sabemos de la rabia, la indignación y la motivación para levantarse contra las políticas policiales racistas que empujan a nuestras comunidades a los márgenes de la sociedad.Los crímenes de la policía contra las/os negros en EUA son casi idénticos a los que experimentamos en Palestina a manos de los israelíes. Es por ello que hablamos de la lucha conjunta, y por eso es nuestra responsabilidad apoyar las luchas de las/os oprimidos en este país, en Palestina, y en todo el mundo. Nosotras/os, palestinos y árabes, estamos de pie en solidaridad incondicional con la valiente comunidad negra, que como todas/os ustedes, se levanta en contra de todos los casos de viciosa violencia policial en este país.Exigimos además, la rendición de cuentas de la policía y el fin del perfil racial discriminatorio. Es por eso que estamos aquí como endosantes de la campaña para establecer un Consejo Civil de Responsabilidad Policial. Por eso estamos apoyando el desafío de Acusamos de Genocidio a las políticas de “Parar y Registrar” del Departamento de Policía de Chicago, y por qué mi organización, la Red de Acción Árabe-Americana, ha puesto en marcha una campaña dirigida por jóvenes para detener la represión y discriminación racial contra las/os árabes y musulmanes.Creo que nuestros desafíos son difíciles. No es fácil desmontar el racismo y la opresión nacional. Detener los crímenes de la policía no será tarea sencilla. Pero no nos deben asustar los desafíos mientras creamos en nuestros derechos y los principios que defendemos, y luchemos juntas/os, pues así nos hacemos más fuertes y más eficaces. Entonces podremos alcanzar nuestras metas.Estamos a favor de la justicia social y la liberación de este país, de la misma manera que mi pueblo ha dedicado sus vidas a la liberación de Palestina. La lucha del movimiento de Liberación Negra en este país, y las luchas anti-coloniales en África, América Latina y Asia siempre nos han inspirado. ……y reconocemos que la Liberación Negra en este país conducirá a la liberación de todas/os.Por último, quisiera decir que estoy muy orgullosa de ver que la mayoría es gente joven. Ustedes están liderando y proporcionado el aire fresco que nuestras comunidades necesitan. Junten sus recursos con la sabiduría de la generación anterior; con las experiencias de sus aliados; y con otras comunidades para asegurarse de que puedan lograr los sueños y metas que les pertenecen a ustedes y a todas/os nosotros. Sigan organizándose…. hasta que logremos un Consejo Civil de Responsabilidad Policial. ¡Sé que juntas/os lograremos esta meta”!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Larry HolmesSpeech of Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes to the 2017 Party Conference.I am going to speak briefly and try to be to the point. It is about the future, the next few months, the next year.I’ll start with ideology, with politics. An article in the New York Times on Nov. 15 by one of their labor writers started off saying you don’t have to be a card-carrying revolutionary to know that global capitalism is having problems. It started me to think that somebody is worried about more and more card-carrying revolutionaries.I think that some of the bourgeoisie have nightmares about that because the fact of the matter is the masses are becoming more radicalized. We talk a lot about the youth and it is definitely a phenomenon among young people everywhere. They hate capitalism. But it transcends generations. The more oppressed sections, of course, but actually you can’t confine it to any section or any generation. This worries those in the bourgeoisie who think about the future.In our open letter that the Party put out under my signature a little while ago calling on revolutionaries to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, we suggested a couple of things. Fighting harder for unity, so we can have that united front that Brother Larry Hamm [of the Peoples Organization for Progress in Newark] was talking about. But also using the anniversary to rededicate ourselves to the struggle for socialist revolution, knowing full well that it is not going to happen tomorrow, but we have to put it out there and not treat it as though it is something so far off in the future that it has no significance, no relevance.The point being that we are entering an epoch in which, because of the capitalist crisis, more and more of our class everywhere are waking up. Whatever situation has frozen their consciousness, that is thawing. They are waking up to the fact that the next important thing that humanity has to do is get rid of capitalism, that otherwise no progress can be made. The clock is ticking. This is the epoch of ending this problem that is holding back all life and all progress on earth.So we must feel confident as revolutionaries. Not everybody is a revolutionary, we understand that. We don’t critique that. A lot of progressive people, a lot of workers, have different levels of consciousness. Some will become revolutionary, others may never. We will work with everybody as long as they respect the fact that we’re revolutionaries and we will not give up our revolutionary politics.But we need to recruit revolutionaries. That is how Workers World Party grows. We don’t need everybody. We just need those who identify as revolutionaries. That is enough for now. There are an awful lot of them. And we need to take their revolutionary hatred of capitalism and forge that into a Party, to a movement that will help the struggle.What is coming? Let’s look back. A year ago we were still spinning from the electoral results, but a lot of interesting things were happening. A lot of anger, hundreds of thousands of people in the streets. Remember the counter-inauguration? We were a big factor. We weren’t the only ones, but our Party was a big organizer of the counter-inauguration on the day, back in January 2017. And essentially the program was socialism versus capitalism.I can’t remember the last time I went to a demonstration where there were thousands of people and that was the program: socialism versus capitalism. It was quite a sign of the times. And we are still dealing with the fact that hundreds of those demonstrators are facing felony charges.Then the next day, remember those huge women’s marches, all over the world? It was incredible. And then there were the demonstrations at the airports in solidarity with our Muslim comrades. The resistance from the street seemed to have some steam going. But then it kind of dwindled, with the exception certainly of Charlottesville and what our comrades are doing in Durham.We had great hopes for May Day 2017. We put out a call for a global general strike, which even though that didn’t happen, it still was a good idea. It did seem as though the fear — coming from Trump, ICE, the police, the bourgeoisie — may have been a factor in keeping some of the immigrants from coming out, understandably so. And what has happened since then? The attacks have increased. Immigrants are still being rounded up. Attacks on all sectors of the workers.Everything that is left — education, housing — it seems like the Trump regime has appointed somebody who is there to dismantle them. The white supremacists, the neo-fascists, the misogynists, that is a big issue.Who benefited from this? I would argue that the Democratic Party did. Once the street resistance sort of cooled down, the Democratic Party, with its money, structure and power — it is a bourgeois party — began to go to work. They were saying, “Come off the street. Okay, you did that. Now it is time to come off the street and get serious. Do something meaningful, you know, elect the Democrats.” This was their role.We understand that some people wanted anything other than this misogynist, racist monster of a billionaire. We understand that and I hope that we are diplomatic when we talk to our friends about that. We don’t need to beat them over the head to explain the Demo-publicans to them. But we have to be honest and explain to people in the best way we can that the Democratic Party’s mission is to smash the radicalization of the working class and the oppressed.This is not rhetoric, this is a fact. It is deliberate. This is the purpose for their existence: to hold back the workers and oppressed and hold them hostage to the ruling class.That fact is going to get bigger and bigger in 2018. What is coming next year? What can we look forward to? The political situation is so unstable and so wild, added by the growing instability in the economic situation, anything could happen. Impeachment. Coup d’etats, resignations, wars, you name it. Get ready. The political and economic situation is like a fool riding a drunk horse. It could run anywhere.We have got to understand that the Democrats are going to try to make the midterm elections everything. Drop everything, we’ve got to take back Congress. Don’t care about attacks on the workers. Don’t care about the bosses. Don’t care about white supremacy. Don’t care about misogyny. Don’t care about Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the DPRK, whatever. Just put all that aside, put us back in the House.That is their solution. We cannot let them sweep the independent radical mass movement off to the side. We don’t know what opportunities are going to come. But we’ve got to look at the big view right now and deal with the challenge that we are facing.Some of you know we are reorganizing our Party, we are reorganizing our leadership. Hopefully that will mean better decisions, better deliberations, more information, etc. But we shouldn’t wait. Let’s take the week that begins with the King Holiday, which is Monday, Jan. 15. In your localities you know that sometimes coalitions organize events on that day. We support it, or bring we have there.Then at the end of that week there is another anniversary: January 20, the first anniversary of the inauguration, when we had our great demonstration. Maybe that week can be helpful. Think about some themes, what themes can we use. Work with everybody. As long as we can have our revolutionary politics, everybody is welcome, we don’t want to monopolize it. Think about some political themes that we need. Like “Workers’ solidarity, not white supremacy.” This is the choice that Trump is giving the working class: give up workers’ solidarity, choose white supremacy.Or take it further, “Smash white supremacy, end capitalism.”Let’s see who wants to move, who is ready to fight back. There are no guarantees. The weather can affect it, especially in the Midwest and this part of the country.Moving on, there’s International Women’s Day, May Day. We have got to get ready. Think about Peoples Assemblies. Peoples Assemblies versus Democratic Party meetings, where people organize on a local or regional basis. We have got to begin carving out a revolutionary pole for the next year of struggle so we are not just chopped down and swept away by a bourgeois, phony-baloney, hypocritical Democratic Party.Nothing is guaranteed. The only thing that we are really guaranteed is that history is on our side. Everything else is just for trying. Let’s see. Like our comrades in Durham, we have to love each other, have each other’s back, protect each other. And if you need to, forgive each other. In this way, we will forge a revolutionary party that is central to a revolutionary movement, stronger and stronger and more determined. If we do it right, I know that some of you out there will be leading the revolution. It won’t take another hundred years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
“The workers in Bessemer never thought they’d spark a national discussion. This is their moment, but it’s not just about Amazon. This is about every employer and the right of every worker to fair pay, safe workplaces, a voice in their workplace and the right to organize unions without illegal harassment and intimidation. It is about the inseparability of racial and economic justice. By taking the fight to the world’s most powerful company in a way that previously seemed unthinkable, Amazon workers are proving that change is within the grasp of any worker, anywhere. Employees in workplaces large and small can look at the progress being made in Alabama and realize that they too can stand together with their fellow workers and demand justice. With their historic campaign, Amazon workers have already won. It’s up to all of us to build upon their victory.”— Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) March 20 rally in Harlem New York WW Photo: G.DunkelIt is unusual to begin an article about an epic rank-and-file worker struggle by quoting union leaders. Yet this is not a typical story. The majority Black workers in Bessemer — in their fight against the ultimate symbol of monopoly capitalism, Amazon — represent the iconic battle of working-class underdog vs. capitalist bully.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a relatively small organization with around 60,000 members, has ignited a spark of union organizing that has encouraged mass solidarity with their struggle.The all-powerful Amazon has exposed its weakness — the problem of all capitalists — that it depends upon the exploitation of workers. This is particularly true in the logistics and distribution sectors, which can be important choke holds for the working class to control the flow of commodities.The courage of the RWDSU and its members has exposed this weakness and raised major questions about the future of working-class organizing.We are at a crossroads in the history of the working class. The Alabama Amazon struggle provides us the choice to go in a new direction. Following this struggle can change everything we know about the working-class movement and the left.For all of us involved in this struggle, we must answer the question: Is the Bessemer union drive a one-off event, or will this struggle lead to a renewal of working-class organizing? Can this lead to a historic transformation of working-class organizations, unions and the left?The BAmazon Union has brought the question of workers fighting for unions into mass consciousness like no other struggle in decades. Thousands of Amazon workers across the world have likely heard this news and begun talking with their co-workers about why they need a union. The popularity of unions with workers everywhere continues to increase, as the public outcry against the billionaire ruling class grows.Mass solidarity critical for inside organizingWorkers World Party, along with our allies in the workers movement and others in other left parties, initiated a campaign called Support Alabama Amazon Union (SupportAmazonWorkers.org), to build mass solidarity with the Bessemer workers.WWP turned to the many sectors of the political movement, to the Black Lives Matter activists, to those struggling against gender oppression and against the U.S. empire, and said, “Let’s organize mass support for Alabama Amazon workers.”The party felt it was critical that the revolutionary left, which has a strong analysis of oppression and exploitation, be at the forefront of supporting Black workers in the U.S. South organizing unions.WWP turned to our allies in the Southern Workers Assembly, an alliance of primarily Black unionists and community organizations across the South, and built the call for mass solidarity actions. By Feb. 20, there were 53 actions held across the U.S. in solidarity with Bessemer workers. In March, there were even more solidarity actions across the U.S. and beyond.No doubt some serious union organizers might ask: “Why turn to the movement? We should be organizing Amazon workers instead!” To them we would reply, we need to do both! We need a strategy which combines rank-and-file organizing with one of mass, working-class solidarity.To our surprise, many local union leaders enthusiastically supported this effort in cities all across the U.S. and even in Canada and Europe. The leadership of the World Federation of Trade Unions supported the call for March 20th international actions in solidarity with Amazon workers.Scott Williams, Philadelphia, PA, March 20. WW Photo: Joe PietteWhy did this work so well? How did left forces have such an impact? Not only is supporting these Amazon workers a critical struggle for rebuilding working-class organizations, we believe that the appeal of a united front of the left to organize the unorganized and build solidarity, one which emphasizes the needs of our entire class over the needs of one organization or tendency, is the most important project we could initiate.Uniting to organize Amazon To defeat the multitentacled monopoly that is Amazon, the working-class movement will need to undergo a massive transformation. No longer can each union organize purely within its own trade or sector of our class. We need major unions like the Teamsters and the American Postal Workers Union, along with smaller progressive unions like the RWDSU and United Electrical Workers (UE), to come together to launch joint workplace organizing campaigns.Initiatives like the Emergency Workers Organizing Committee, a project of the Democratic Socialists of America and UE to support workers organizing, should be expanded. Bringing the left, including thousands of radical people who are not part of any organization, into union organizing programs will be critical. In fact, it is how the unions were organized in the first place. Young revolutionary workers in particular should see union organizing as a duty, a part of their work toward building a new society.Workers assemblies — connecting organizing and solidarityYet we must not forget about mass solidarity with workers’ struggles. Not everyone can or will organize their workplace. Mass solidarity, along with supporting workers organizing on the job, can be coordinated through the development of local, statewide and regional workers assemblies.Workers assemblies connect workers and community members into a body designed to build solidarity, to amplify the struggle and to organize the unorganized. Workers Assemblies educate workers across different industries on the issues impacting their class, agitate workers to take militant action and organize workers to dig deeper into our class to win union campaigns.The Southern Workers Assembly is an example of this type of project, connecting various local unions across the traditional borders of their national organizations with community organizations to build an inside-and-outside approach to organizing the South, with particular focus naturally on Black and women workers. This effort should be studied seriously and serve as a model for our future work.Next stepsWorkers assemblies can be a critical tool for the reorganization of our class, unifying people from various backgrounds, unions, community organizations and political ideologies through a process of collective struggle. These bodies can build campaigns for the PRO Act, an important bill needed to increase workers’ rights to organize unions, the same rights that are continuously violated by companies like Amazon.They can serve as supporters for various local workers’ struggles, whether it’s more Amazon workers fighting for a union, communities fighting to end police brutality, or migrant workers and other workers of color, including Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous communities, defending themselves from racist attacks. This type of solidarity is what we need to chart a new path toward rebuilding the union movement and reorganizing the left into an entirely new force in society.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more