Transgender Liberation: A movement whose time is now!

first_imgThis article elaborates remarks made by the writer on a Nov. 19 Workers World Party webinar, “Leslie Feinberg: ‘Remember Me as a Revolutionary.’” View the webinar on Facebook @WorkersWorldParty – Political Organization.Nov. 20 – Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. As of today, 2020 is the deadliest year on record for transgender violence in the U.S. Over 30 murders of transgender people have been recorded in the country, with 350 murders recorded worldwide. Since 2008, at least 3,600 transgender people have been murdered worldwide. (tinyurl.com/y5a2kcdq)Of these killings, 98 percent were committed against transgender women and trans feminine people, primarily Black trans women and other trans women of color. Transgender sex workers were 62 percent of the people who died.Those figures do not count the countless trans people who died “in the closet,” not having publicly revealed their identity, or those whose deaths were covered up by hateful family members. The figures do not count the countless trans people who have died by suicide, died due to inadequate healthcare and/or constant mistreatment, or died unhoused on the streets.Capitalist war on trans and gender non-conforming people“Transgender liberation” is a phrase that may seem like a distant dream right now. Oppressed people might very well respond: “We are a million miles away from that!” The odds for survival are still stacked very high against transgender and gender non-conforming people.But trans liberation also seemed far away almost 30 years ago, in 1992, when Leslie Feinberg released hir groundbreaking pamphlet, “Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come.” (Free download at tinyurl.com/y5vg2r43.)One month after Leslie released this work – which liberates the history of trans and gender non-conforming people from behind the lock and key of capitalist oppression – revolutionary Black transgender advocate Marsha P. Johnson was found dead in the Hudson River in New York City. What a hopeless time it must have felt for so many – to have a beacon of revolutionary hope dashed out in such a cruel fate.But in the same way that our comrade Leslie Feinberg’s legacy and fighting spirit lives on, so does the legacy and fighting spirit of Marsha P. Johnson, and that of Latinx trans leader Sylvia Rivera, and all the others who have lit the way by which we now march.Does not the revolutionary die? Of course. Does not the revolution live on? Of course! Transgender people, given the tools by revolutionary transgender warriors like Leslie Feinberg, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and those still living, like Miss Major and Jennicet Gutierrez, have seized the moment – today!A trans revolutionary struggleOur time of liberation has arrived. It is here.On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we must take our time to mourn and grieve those we lost and celebrate their lives – and also celebrate our lives as transgender people still living.Then we must continue to wage a revolutionary struggle against capitalism – both its imperialism and its continuation of colonialism in the 21st century. This is the exploitative, oppressive system that unleashed transgender oppression around the globe.In hir 1995 book, “Transgender Warrriors” – the first extended Marxist analysis of transgender oppression – Leslie Feinberg traced the roots of hatred and discrimination against trans people to their origin in the formation of class society.The struggle for transgender liberation is part of the class struggle. Trans people are part of the working class and the oppressed. At various intersections, one will find Black trans women, who face the highest amount of violence of any other demographic, as well as Brown trans people, Indigenous Two-Spirit/trans people, undocumented trans people, disabled trans people, HIV+ trans people, incarcerated trans people, trans sex workers, homeless trans people, and, of course, trans workers of all kinds.Feinberg said,“Bigotry against transgender people is a deadly carcinogen,” and ze was, and still is, correct. It is a poison in this world. Transgender people who dare to wage the struggle against this bigotry have the antidote and the cure: revolutionary socialism.To win revolutionary socialism means to struggle for solidarity between and among oppressed people and workers. So it is mandatory that the transgender liberation struggle within the U.S. – and the LGBTQ2S+ struggle as a whole – unite with other struggles: with the Black Lives Matter movement against police terror, with the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid, with the struggle to abolish police and prisons, with the struggle to decolonize this land for Indigenous people to have it once again, for the struggle for reparations for Black and Indigenous people – and with the struggle against low wages, high-tech capitalism, homelessness, and the chaotic, unplanned capitalist economy that keeps us poor and starving.For there to be transgender liberation, there must be socialism.Devin C is a transgender Marxist and member of Workers World Party. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization) in the Gulf Coast West area of Florida/Alabama. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wells Fargo Cuts Nearly 500 Mortgage Jobs Due to Distressed Inventory Reduction

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Wells Fargo Cuts Nearly 500 Mortgage Jobs Due to Distressed Inventory Reduction Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago October 22, 2015 3,706 Views Jobs Mortgage Industry Wells Fargo 2015-10-22 Brian Honea  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Freddie Mac CEO Says Future Is Bright Despite No Plans to End Conservatorship Next: DS News Webcast: Friday 10/23/2015 Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Wells Fargo recently announced that the company has cut nearly 500 mortgage employees for housing market-related changes.Wells Fargo told DS News that the reason behind the massive amount of job cuts was “the result of continuing market changes, including improvements in delinquency and foreclosure rates and reduced demand for mortgage financing.”According to the financial institution, a grand total of 490 team members were affected across the country. The jobs that were cut were all in Wells Fargo’s mortgage servicing department.Wells Fargo said that all team members will receive pay and benefits until December 19, 2015.”The decision to reduce our workforce is made with great concern for the team members who are affected,” said Alfredo Padilla, a Wells Fargo spokesperson. “Wells Fargo is committed to retaining valued team members and, where possible, we will work to identify other opportunities within Wells Fargo.”Just last week, Wells Fargo reported a net income of $5.8 billion, or $1.05 per diluted common share, an increase of 1 percent year-over-year, according to the bank’s 2015 third quarter earnings statement.Wells Fargo’s strong third quarter results was led by growth in loans, deposits, and capital, and positive credit quality.The bank saw strong growth in loans and deposits, with total average loans of $895.1 billion, up 7 percent or $61.9 billion year-over-year. As of September 30, 2015, total loans were $903.2 billion. Quarter-end loans rose $64.4 billion to $903.2 billion, while total average deposits increased $71.8 billion to $1.2 trillion.”Wells Fargo is committed to retaining valued team members and, where possible, we will work to identify other opportunities within Wells Fargo.”—Alfredo Padilla, Wells Fargo spokesmanRevenue at Wells Fargo totaled $21.9 billion, an increase of three percent from $21.2 billion last year. Driven by growth n investment securities and loans, net interest income rose $187 million from the second quarter of 2015 to $11.5 billion in the current quarter.  Meanwhile, the company’s net interest margin was 2.96 percent, down 1 basis point from last quarter.Mortgage banking noninterest income fell $116 million from the second quarter to $1.6 billion, Wells Fargo reported.  In addition, residential mortgage originations were $55 billion in the third quarter, down $7 billion linked quarter. The production margin on residential held-for-sale mortgage originations was 1.88 percent, compared with 1.75 percent in the previous quarter. Net mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) results were $253 million, compared with $107 million in second quarter 2015.John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, noted that the strong third quarter results “reflected the ability of our diversified business model to generate consistent financial performance in an uneven economic environment while continuing to meet our customers’ financial needs.””Compared with a year ago, we grew loans, deposits and capital, and returned more capital to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks,” he said. “Our balance sheet and credit results remained strong and our 265,000 team members continue to focus on helping our customers succeed financially.” Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo Cuts Nearly 500 Mortgage Jobs Due to Distressed Inventory Reduction Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News Tagged with: Jobs Mortgage Industry Wells Fargo Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more