Voices from Russia

Monday, 3 September 2012

3 September 2012. Labour Day Breakfast in Manchester NH Held at… Greek Orthodox Cathedral… GOOD-OH!

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This morning, the AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labour Day breakfast at St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester NH. More than 300 working men and women gathered to hear Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and others. The event’s featured guest and keynote speaker was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who says she came to New Hampshire not just to recognise New Hampshire’s workers, but also to encourage them to get involved in the upcoming presidential and local elections, saying, “We have working family heroes running for all different offices here in New Hampshire, we’ve got right to work legislation that we’re concerned about, so, we want to make sure that working people get out to vote, and that that message is loud and clear”. The most visible guests were those running for office… including gubernatorial candidates Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan, and candidate for Congress, Annie Kuster, whose campaign yard signs covered the church lawn.

3 September 2012

New Hampshire Public Radio

http://www.nhpr.org/post/over-300-attend-afl-cio-labor-day-breakfast-manchester?ft=1&f=159943957,160095846,160097008,160155632,160163742,160200088,160218643,1

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It’s not just in Europe and Russia that the Church blesses the Left! Here in the USA, most ethnic Orthodox were, and remain, Democrats. In particular, the group most front-and-centre in the labour struggle were the po-nashemu Carpatho-Russian miners and steel workers (as well as the Ukie farmers on the Canadian Prairies). Go in the old Orthodox graveyards… you’ll find tombstones with IWW symbols. We stood tall in the Wyoming Valley and at the Rocks… we stood tall in the sit-down strikes… we stood tall in the United Farmers… we faced down the crapitalists and their affluent effluent lickspittles… and we WON. Those who’re trying to link us with Rightwing evangelicals” are at odds with all that. On top of that, the rightwing konvertsy teach heresy (in particular, imiaslavie and indifferentism) in the religious sphere, it’s not just their rightwing fantasies that are at variance with grounded Orthodox Christians in the USA and Canada. We’re PROUD to be what we are and we need no “bridges” to Hard Right lunatics, thank you very much!

After all, this is LABOUR DAY… NOT Bosses’ Day.

BMD

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