CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA.zm) 2017 abridged results.Company ProfileCEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA) was established in early 2013 as a pan-African company with a mandate to develop, finance and operate power projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. Sponsored by one of Africa’s most successful private utilities (CEC Plc from Zambia), CECA was set up to leverage indigenous talent in the power sector and bring about the necessary capital to assist in building Africa’s energy platform. CECA was incorporated under a Category 1 Global Business License company in Mauritius.
Peter Stephens | Friday, 1st January, 2021 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Making a passive income that doubles the State Pension may sound like an unrealistic goal to many investors. However, investing money in a range of high-quality UK shares could produce impressive results over the long run.With many FTSE 100 companies currently trading on low valuations even after the stock market rally, now could be the right time to start building a portfolio. Over time, a modest monthly investment could provide greater financial freedom in retirement.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Investing in UK shares to double the State PensionIn the past, saving money on a regular basis provided an opportunity to build a passive income that boosted the State Pension. For example, an individual may have saved £100 per month over their lifetime. At retirement, this could have provided a decent income while interest rates were at historically ‘normal’ levels of 4%+.Similarly, bonds were an attractive option for those seeking to build an income for retirement. However, interest rates are now at extremely low levels. So that means neither cash nor bonds are likely to provide sufficient returns in the coming years. Certainly not enough to build a passive income that increases financial freedom in retirement.As such, investing in UK shares is a more realistic means of generating a passive income in older age that boosts the State Pension. Certainly, shares are riskier than cash or bonds in the short run. However, investing in them over the long run has historically been a sound means to build a portfolio from which an income can be drawn in older age.Investing money on a regular basis to make a passive incomeHistorically, investing money in UK shares to make a passive income that boosts the State Pension was too costly for many people to consider. However, today, the cost of buying and selling shares is extremely low due in part to online share dealing. As such, it’s possible to invest £100 per month to produce a portfolio that delivers a generous income return in older age.In fact, a £100 monthly investment could even double the income many people receive in retirement. The FTSE 100 has produced annual total returns of 8% in its 36-year history. Assuming the same returns in future would turn a £100 monthly investment into a sum of £230,000 within 35 years. From this, a 4% annual withdrawal amounts to £9,200. That’s a similar amount to the State Pension.Taking a long-term viewTherefore, using UK shares to build a passive income could be a sound means of supplementing the State Pension. Through taking a long-term view, an investor can overcome the short-term volatility inherent in the FTSE 100’s performance.Over time, it could deliver significantly higher returns than those available from other passive income strategies, such as holding cash or bonds. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Peter Stephens I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images 3 passive income ideas I’d use to double the State Pension with £100 per month Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.
Peace center planned for bomb-hit Peshawar diocese Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Asia Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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The peace center will, it said, “be open for all without discrimination of cost and creed.”The announcement came during a visit on Jan. 15 of Korean Church partners that was facilitated by the Rev. Matthew Jeon, the bishop’s commissary for the Far East. The delegation included Dr. Myoung Hyuk Kim, chairman of the Korean Evangelical Fellowship and former president of Hapdong Theological Seminary, Korea, and the Rev. Dong-Hwi Lee, senior pastor and founder of the Tin Church, a well-known church in Korea.This initiative, primarily a goodwill visit, also had another purpose: to show solidarity with the Christian community of Peshawar in the wake of the twin suicide bombings in September last year that killed 117 people, seriously wounded 162 seriously and left 48 children without one or both parents.Peshawar Bishop Humphrey Peters, his clergy, and diocesan staff welcomed the guests and briefed them about diocesan efforts to treat and rehabilitate the twin suicide bomb victims and their families.A special prayer service to commemorate the martyrs of All Saints’ Church was held one evening with many people attending the worship. The congregation prayed for the departed souls and their families. In their message for the Peshawar’s Christian community and for the families of the deceased, the Korean visitors said, “Christians should keep their morale high, and faith strong in the Lord. Crisis brings us near to God. All these signs of times indicate that Jesus is coming soon, and we must be prepared.”Later, a dinner party was hosted by the diocese in the honor of the guests. Peters thanked the visitors for their love and concern for the Christian community of Peshawar. The visitors reciprocated by thanking the bishop and his team for their warm welcome hospitality. Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16
From Zillow and Staff ReportsNOTE: Orange County Government Florida set a mandatory “Stay At Home” Executive Order which allowed for essential businesses to continue, which includes financial institutions and real estate professionals, leasing offices, insurance contractors and property appraiser services. In addition, businesses that provide support necessary to perform essential real estate serviceWith this in mind, keeping you informed on how to handle buying, selling, renting — or just nesting at home — is something Zillow is striving to do. As a resource for homeowners and home seekers, they have created a place with timely information to help you make sense of things. It is also a place to find inspiration for your life at home — whether that’s a DIY project, starting a garden or just dreaming about what your future home could be.Here are a few key questions answered for buyers and sellers during COVID-19:BUYERSAm I missing out if I don’t buy now?The best time to buy depends on your personal circumstances.Trying to time the market for the best deal is something even professional investors aren’t very good at.According to Zillow economists, the current environment poses both opportunities and challenges. The opportunities are not as obvious as the challenges, but they’re out there:Mortgage interest rates are very low, which has the potential to significantly boost your buying power.At this exact moment, with many people pulling back and staying home, there could be less competition for the still-limited pool of homes for sale.Sellers may be more flexible on pricing and/or timing in order to close a sale, especially if letting their home stay on the market will cost them or delay their own plans.If demand stays strong and the crisis passes relatively quickly — both big “ifs” at this moment — then we can probably expect price growth to accelerate like it was earlier this year. If that’s the case, it might be a good time for some buyers in some markets to get ahead of any growth in home prices.Still, the challenges are daunting:Inventory is already low, and it’s unlikely that many would-be sellers will list their homes right now. That could make it harder for you to find the right home.Mortgage interest rates are low but volatile — and lenders are working through a flood of refinance applications. For would-be buyers who secured financing in early March, this may not be as big an issue. It’ll be a lot tougher if you have not yet started the mortgage process.It also may be difficult (or impossible) to complete the sale on time if some of the connected businesses, such as appraisals, inspections and title services, are temporarily closed due to public health orders.If the crisis persists and social-distancing and other behaviors last through the bulk of the year, home prices may fall somewhat in response to the lack of demand from buyers. It could make sense for some buyers to wait to see if the home they’re eyeing today is available at a lower price tomorrow.If you have the time and willingness to face the current challenges, now could present some interesting opportunities. But you should have a plan to ensure you can back off and/or re-evaluate as the situation unfolds. If you’re risk-averse or don’t feel ready, you’re likely to be more comfortable waiting until the situation is more clear.For the most up-to-date housing market analysis, data and commentary on how the market is responding to this situation, visit Zillow Research.For more information to help you make smart choices and think through your next steps, such as can I tour a house without leaving my own? what can I do now to be ready to buy? and more check out this buying guide.SELLERSCan I still sell my house while people are responding to the coronavirus?People across the country are practicing social distancing, or, in some cities and states, following public health orders to stay at home. That means buyers are not in a position to walk through a home with their agent, and agents may not be in a position to show homes.Agents have gotten creative in adopting tools and technology that allow prospective buyers to take 3D tours of a home or take a video tour with their agent if possible. Digital home tours are videos the agent captures by walking through the home with a camera, allowing buyers to watch virtual tours from their home.In some places, temporary business closures are affecting key parts of the real estate transaction, namely appraisals, inspections, closing and title services and moving. Affected businesses are looking for ways to adapt.Consult a local agent who is in the best position to know conditions in your area and who can advise you on restrictions that might affect selling activities and a buyer’s ability to close.Can I show my house without having anyone come into my home?Remote tours are an excellent alternative for generating interest in your home if open houses and tours are not an option due to local MLS restrictions or public health orders.Here are some ways to give prospective buyers a thorough look at your home:Record a video tour of your home and request that your agent post it to Zillow and TruliaUpload a 3D Home tour to your Zillow or Trulia listing (iOS only)Facilitate a live video tour with a prospective buyerRecorded video toursUnder normal circumstances, your listing agent might record a video tour of your home to share on Zillow or Trulia. However, if social distancing or health reasons require that no one else come into your home, you can ask your agent for tips on how to record a tour yourself, which they can then upload to your listing. Here are some best practices agents have shared with us:Before recording:Clean and organize your home as you would for an open house.Turn on all the lights and open all the doors.Plot your route. Generally it works best to start at the front door, tour the first floor, then the second floor if there is one, and end in the backyard.Keep family members and pets out of view.Put your phone in airplane mode so your video isn’t ruined by an incoming call or message.Recording:Start your tour in front of the home and pan the street before approaching the front door.Narrate as you go, commenting on features like flooring and window treatments as well as neighborhood characteristics.Open closet doors and describe the storage situation.Smoothly pan your smartphone up and down as you film to capture every aspect of the home.Tell the story of your home, but not the story of your life in that home. Avoid including personal details or anecdotes.A 3D Home tourAnyone with an iPhone 7 or newer can produce a Zillow 3D Home tour. Simply download the 3D Home app and follow these instructions. It’s free to upload the tour to your Zillow or Trulia listing and enables buyers to “walk” through your home at their leisure. We also support 3D Home tours captured on a 360-degree camera like the Ricoh Theta V.Live video toursThis option is more complicated, but it might be the right fit for some sellers. Talk to your agent about if and how to arrange a live video walkthrough with buyers who are interested in your home.For more information to help you make smart choices and think through your next steps, such as what can I do to prepare to sell my home in a few months? is Spring still the best time to list a home to sell? how can I improve my home’s curb appeal? and more check out this selling guide.Additional ResourcesCheck out these staying informed resources for more on renting, finances, life at home and market updates.Something to RememberAlthough selling and buying properties, particularly during this time, will be stressful – it is important to remember that you can’t shake off certain responsibilities that would otherwise be commonplace. For example, whether you are selling a property or vacating a rental, it’s important that you ensure that it is in top shape for the next owner. This means far more than doing a bit of cleaning before you leave, and wiping away the dust from underneath the furniture. Remember, while virtual or video viewings are a great way to abide by social distancing regulations – they are often criticized for omitting certain flaws. For example, cracks in your foundation may be hard to spot on a quick video call – but this doesn’t negate the issue entirely, and you must make sure that you take the time to get in touch with a foundation repair company to resolve the issue ahead of time. Minimize this risk by ensuring that you complete any necessary renovations ahead of time – keeping potential buyers happy. This means that nothing will step in your way of the big move – and could also mean that you receive more money for your property if selling. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/192465/foster-loop-balance-associates-architects Clipboard Houses United States Photographs Foster Loop / Balance Associates Architects Photographs: Steve Keating PhotographyText description provided by the architects. Located in Mazama, Washington, the site was enjoyed for many years as a campground by the family. The design minimizes impact to the environment by raising parts of the residence off the ground with small concrete piers. The entry to the house is a slightly elevated walk that leads to the entry and stair. This entry opens up to a 1 1/2 story living space and kitchen which are anchored by a centrally located fireplace and the stair. This stair leads to the “tent like” bedrooms with low walls on the second floor. Both ends of the residence have indoor/outdoor spaces. There is also a deck and elevated catwalk that runs between the trees, across a small valley, and empties onto a grassy clearing in the woods where the family used to camp.Save this picture!© Steve Keating PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Alvaro Siza sings The BeatlesArticlesVideo: A Procura De PanchoArticles Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Steve Keating Photography+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/192465/foster-loop-balance-associates-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•United States Architects: Balance Associates Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project 2007 Projects “COPY” Year: Foster Loop / Balance Associates ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFoster Loop / Balance Associates Architects ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeBalance Associates ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesUnited StatesPublished on December 19, 2011Cite: “Foster Loop / Balance Associates Architects” 19 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 12 July 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Mark Henstock, Fundraising Director at War on Want, aptly summed up many fundraisers’ thoughts on the subject of signing numerous non-disclosure agreements, particularly in the current climate of online fundraising business proposals.Writing on the e-fundraising group discussion list this morning he said: “In my naive youth I wasted many hours meeting people who had a fundraising idea so brilliant, they would only discuss it face to face. I now think that a fundraising technique’s effectiveness is inversely proportional to its level of secrecy.”Find out more on the e-fundraising discussion list and visit UK Fundraising’s directory of e-mail discussion lists for fundraisers. Advertisement 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tip of the week 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 | 30 September 2002 | News Stock market losses causes RSPCA to halt all construction work AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The RSPCA is the latest charity to announce that it has been hit hard by the fall in the value of its stock market investments.The RSPCA’s decision to halt all construction work is not the only example of cut-backs by charities following the drop in income from investments. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Children’s Society have both announced cut-backs in projects.The Independent lists examples of charities that have suffered losses in their income from investments. The British Red Cross for example “lost £3.3m on investments in 2001,” the Royal National Lifeboat Institution “lost £36.2m, 10% of its balance sheet, on the markets in 2001,” and Barnardo’s Advertisement “lost £6.8m on the stock market in the year to March 2001 and expects losses of £1.3m in the year to March 2002.”Read “Charities stand accused of frittering away millions on the stock market” by Ian Herbert at the Independent. 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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.
Statement of Workers World Party Presidential Candidate Monica Moorehead and Vice Presidential Candidate Lamont Lilly.People everywhere celebrated the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro — the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution — on Aug. 13.Since its socialist revolution in 1959, Cuba has been a beacon of hope for every poor person. Capitalist New York City, home to Wall Street, has over 25,000 homeless children, but every child in socialist Havana has a home.While the Pentagon has 800 military bases occupying the world, and continues to occupy Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, socialist Cuba trains and sends doctors to other countries. Socialist Cuba converted an old naval academy into the Latin American School of Medicine. Even the White House had to commend the courageous Cuban health workers who fought Ebola in Africa last year. Cuban medical workers have restored the sight of hundreds of thousands throughout Latin America in “Operation Miracle.”Women have full equality and their own organization, the Federation of Cuban Women, founded by former guerilla fighter Vilma Espin. LGBTQ rights are advancing in Cuba. As noted by transgender warrior and WWP managing editor Leslie Feinberg more than two decades ago, “Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education carries out its important collective labor — including combating what remains of pre-revolutionary prejudice against same-sex love.”None of this could have happened without Fidel Castro’s leadership of the struggle that overthrew the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959. Before that, beautiful Cuba, the pearl of the Caribbean, was just a giant sugar plantation and casino for Wall Street.History has absolved himAfter Batista staged a military coup in 1952, Fidel led revolutionaries, including his brother Raúl, to attack the Moncada military barracks in Santiago on July 26, 1953.Like John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, the heroic assault on the Moncada was defeated. Most of the revolutionaries were tortured and killed.Fortunately, Fidel Castro survived. Put on trial by dictator Batista, Fidel electrified the Cuban people with his “History Will Absolve Me” speech to the court.Batista was forced to release Fidel and the other survivors two years later. Fidel and his comrades went to Mexico where they met Che Guevara and organized a new revolt. The revolutionaries came back on the boat “Granma” and landed in eastern Cuba on Dec. 2, 1956.Only 12 of the revolutionaries survived the landing. A two-year revolutionary war followed. Despite being supplied with planes and bombs by the Pentagon, Batista’s army crumbled, and he finally had to flee Cuba on Jan. 1, 1959. The island was liberated from his bloody dictatorship.One of the first acts of the Cuban revolutionaries entering Havana 57 years ago was to tear down the “whites only” signs on the beaches. The Cuban Revolution was a tremendous victory against racism.The Cuban people were on the move. They took over U.S.-owned sugar plantations and nickel mines. Wall Street couldn’t tolerate a new law that limited the bill for rent and utilities to 10 percent of a Cuban family’s income.Often using gangsters whose casinos had been seized, the banksters’ CIA has staged over 600 assassination attempts against Fidel Castro.Forces trained and armed by the CIA invaded Cuba at Playa Girón (the Bay of Pigs) in April 1961. The Cuban people gave U.S. imperialism its first defeat in this hemisphere. Fidel Castro declared, “What the imperialists cannot forgive us, is that we have made a Socialist revolution under their noses.”The Soviet Union and other socialist countries gave crucial assistance to Cuba.Today socialist Cuba, despite the U.S. economic blockade, is developing cutting-edge therapies to fight cancer and other diseases. Cuba has what we need: free, quality health care for all. Children and mothers in socialist Cuba have lower mortality rates than children and mothers in the wealthy capitalist U.S.When the Cuban delegation came to the United Nations in 1960, Fidel Castro moved them to Harlem’s Hotel Theresa where he met with Malcolm X.Cuba welcomed Black Panthers and other revolutionaries fleeing the FBI. Mabel Williams and Robert Williams — who had organized armed self-defense against the Klan in Monroe, N.C. — broadcast “Radio Free Dixie” from Havana.Cuba steadfastly asserts its sovereign right to grant asylum to Black U.S. revolutionary Assata Shakur, whom New Jersey state troopers tried to kill.When Africa called, Cuba answeredApartheid South Africa invaded the People’s Republic of Angola in 1975 with the approval of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and his employees, President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.Cuba helped Angola drive back these neo-Nazi invaders in Operation Carlota, named after a Black Cuban woman who led a slave revolt in 1843. Though the slave masters had Carlota torn apart by horses, she was avenged by tens of thousands of Cuban women and men who volunteered to fight the fascist armies of South Africa’s apartheid regime.Alongside their Angolan and Namibian sisters and brothers, the Cuban volunteers in 1988 defeated the racist invaders at Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola. Two years later Nelson Mandela walked out of prison. The apartheid regime was being torn apart by the African National Congress.U.S. cops are killing Black and Latina/o people wholesale. Even when their murders are recorded on video tape, like Eric Garner moaning “I can’t breathe,” these killers go free. Batista’s police also killed and tortured, but police brutality came to an end in Cuba in 1959. Batista’s killer cops and secret police were put on trial in baseball stadiums and given people’s justice. That’s what needs to happen in the U.S. Today Cuban police are genuine public safety officers who don’t usually carry guns.Despite the U.S. reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, it still maintains the cruel economic blockade that has cost Cuba hundreds of billions of dollars. Let’s celebrate Fidel’s birthday by demanding that this economic warfare be stopped.End the blockade! Cuba is our friend!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
It’s just two and a half months into 2021, and already over 25 blatantly anti-trans bills have been introduced in 28 state legislatures. In total, 91 bills are proposed in those states that, in some way, shape or form, attack trans people — some directly, some indirectly, but the destructive impact is the same. (tinyurl.com/ydoma9t9)In other legislation affecting women and gender-nonconforming people, 45 states have enacted 256 laws relating to abortion between January 2017 and November 2020. Of these laws, 88.7% restrict access to abortion services — from funding constraints and restrictions for physicians to waiting periods for patients and gestational limits. Some would trigger a complete ban on abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. South Carolina’s “heartbeat” abortion ban Feb. 18 was the first restrictive state abortion law passed in 2021. (tinyurl.com/y99aekvn)Trans people under attackIn Mississippi, bill SB2536, banning all transgender athletes from participation in sports, was signed by reactionary Governor Tate Reeves March 11, becoming the first of the new anti-trans bills to become law. Mississippi LGBTQ+ organizers are working to get the heinous law overruled.If we follow the history of anti-trans legislation over the last five years — much eventually being overruled in court — we can expect that SB2536 will be similarly invalidated. The reactionary politicians know this, yet continue to push these bills through at alarmingly high rates, most of them targeting trans youth.It is often assumed that the South is the most openly hateful, anti-transgender place in the U.S. But many of the bills are being passed in the Midwest and elsewhere. Trans people are suffering everywhere in the U.S., anti-trans bills or no anti-trans bills — but on a legislative level, trans people are under attack, now more than ever.And the attack on trans lives is paralleled by the continuing and increased attack on women’s lives as well.To take effective action against this double attack requires a critical analysis of biological determinism, a weapon used time and time again by the ruling class to perpetuate racism, sexism and now anti-trans oppression. Action requires a dialectical, historical approach to the question of trans people, trans liberation and women’s liberation.Biological determinism: a reactionary lieThe notion of biological determinism has been around in Western philosophy and science for centuries. And those of us living now have experienced the punishment from its ideas. This usually starts out when we are children: Boys have to act tough, repress “sensitive emotions” and establish a persona of male domination. Girls are required to be quiet, sensitive and expected to be accommodating to the daunting “superiority” of boys. This is the unquestioned premise that persists throughout the lives of boys and girls as they grow up into men and women.Biological determinism has been used to justify enslavement of African peoples, with such outrageously racist false sciences as “phrenology,” which claimed that Black people were intellectually inferior. When women mobilized for the right to vote, this false science was once again used to claim that women were intellectually inferior to men and thus unable to make political decisions on their own behalf.Marxist dialectical science and history informs us that biological determinism is nonsensical, racist and sexist. But this reactionary idea now underlies the anti-transgender views of the reactionary camp.The current anti-trans bills, put forward mainly by Republican legislators, rely on the discredited ideas of biological determinism. In Florida, to justify anti-trans bills that target trans youth, reactionaries argue that “biological sex is immutable science” and that “a boy is a boy and a girl is a girl based on biology.” This argument using false science is, of course, coming from the same bourgeois party that denies both climate change and the science used to contain the current COVID pandemic.Meanwhile, right wingers push the lying idea that trans youth will somehow harm girls, while denying the fact that trans children and youth are being bullied, threatened and harmed because they do not fit masculinist norms.Trans liberation and women’s liberationTrans and gender-variant people turn biological determinism on its head and drive another nail deeper into the coffin of capitalism-imperialism. The main concern of the Republican reactionaries and the entire ruling class is that the rise of transgender and gender-variant people could uproot the entire social division of labor based on sex, as well as rigid, violent gender roles.This challenge to biological determinism is an extension of the challenge that the women’s liberation movement has made to the social division of labor and its gender roles and to the patriarchal and violent exploitation of women. Transgender liberation carries this upheaval further and deeper.The same violent, patriarchal, exploitative system that oppresses cisgender women also oppresses trans women and all other trans people. It is up to all of us, united, to continue to destroy the rigid confines of anti-woman and anti-transgender rhetoric and legal weaponry.What action do we take? Thanks to the waves of women’s liberation, LGBTQ+ liberation and now trans liberation, trans people are more visible now than ever. With the rise of this visibility has come incredible resources that educate people of all ages, particularly youth, about sex and gender variation. That means that many are able to realize at young ages that they are trans and can get the support they need.But with visibility has come wave after wave of violence. More alarming than the new crop of anti-trans bills are the eight trans people who have been murdered already in 2021. Most of those killed have been Black trans women, one of whom died in Jackson, Miss., where anti-trans SB2536 was signed into law.It is not just legislation that is targeting trans individuals, but also backward, reactionary people who are emboldened by these laws and by capitalism’s constant attacks on trans people.Urging harassment, assault and outright murder, the ruling class is siccing its “loyal following” on women and trans people. This is an attempt to divide working and oppressed people so as to preserve the capitalist state, which is rapidly decaying. In particular, with its anti-trans legislation, capitalism, flailing in its free fall, is attempting to break up solidarity between cis women and trans and gender-variant people.It is critical that we continue linking our struggles together as part of the class struggle to put capitalism in its grave.March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility — a good date to organize actions for unity between the Trans Liberation Movement and the Women’s Liberation Movement. It will take a relentless struggle against anti-trans, anti-woman oppression to crush class patriarchy and capitalism-imperialism once and for all.What do we do? Unite! Fight back!Devin Cole is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida, and a member of the Workers World Party — Central Gulf Coast (Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi) branch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this