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Philadelphia is Baltimore, Philadelphia is Ferguson, Philadelphia is Chicago and Detroit

first_imgSpeech of Erica Mines to the Workers World Party 2015 National Conference.I’m presenting to the party a proposal to mobilize across the country for the Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia this coming July of 2016. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, placed in Congress on July 4, 1776. Within this document the colonists declared they no longer wanted to be under a state of repression without the inclusion of the voice of the people it represented. Those people, the founding fathers of the so-called American government weren’t speaking of the representation of the entirety of the colonies. They were speaking completely of themselves: the wealthy landowners, the dictators of class within the society and the proprietors of businesses. The people they were not speaking of had no say in the formation of this document because they were not considered worthy of input nor were they considered respectable enough. That included women, the poor, the slaves and the workers. They all had no say in the formation of this government. What the founding fathers did know was that they too were under the guise of dictatorship that did not have the best interest of the people as a whole in mind. What they chose to forget was the country was founded on capitalism and state-sanctioned violence. They robbed, killed and slaughtered the Native people of this land. You can’t find something that already existed before you arrived. Within this document they spoke of all men being created equal. They had certain unalienable rights, that gifted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, the people, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. They criticized the British for quartering large bodies of armed troops among them, for imposing taxes on them without their consent and waging war against them.This has been the history of the United States since it declared independence from the British government. The city of Philadelphia has long been a city that represents the rule of the wealthy and has constantly placed itself ahead by stepping on the backs of the poor to advance its policies of the ruling population.Philadelphia is the birthplace of solitary confinement in the prison system. Philadelphia, being one of the four largest cities in the country, has one of the highest poverty rates affecting the Black and Brown communities the most. Philadelphia has one of the most failing school districts in the country, where the district stores books the length of a city block in the basement, while the illiteracy rate soars within our communities. The district has accumulated millions of dollars of debt for schools, yet the city profits by closing and selling schools for private development and now uses these old buildings as landmark living for condos. The gentrification in Philadelphia has pushed more people of color out of their neighborhoods and into senior living facilities, if not directly into homelessness; the homeless population has increased to the point of whole families living on the street. We saw this with the coming of the pope, when mothers with babies as young as one month old were on the streets. Just last week, a young child was taken and placed into Department of Homeland Security custody because he wandered off while his mother slept on the streets. Police brutality is as historic as the name itself in Philadelphia, from the invasion and slaughtering of the Lenni Lenape tribes to the brutal beating and stripping of the Panthers and the framing of the Move 9, to the unjust beating of Tyree Carroll. Just this past week, a man by the name of Omar Lopez was killed by a transit cop who tased him to death. We are still seeking justice for young Darren Manning, whose testicles were ruptured by a female officer, who has yet to be held accountable. He was only 16. We are still demanding justice for Brandon Tate Brown, Frank McQueen and our beloved Mumia Abu-Jamal. We are still demanding the fair and equal treatment of our LGBTQ community, for gender-neutral bathrooms everywhere and to be called by their preferred pronouns and names. We seek justice for London Chanell and Kiesha Jenkins, and we demand that they too be protected within our communities.All over the city, the people are rising up, the students, the homeless, the disabled, the elderly, the wage workers, the immigrants, and more importantly the people as a whole.This is a significant sign that the only solution is a socialist revolution. Philadelphia is Baltimore, Philadelphia is Ferguson, Philadelphia is Chicago and Detroit. Philadelphia represents all the barrios throughout world. We heard the cries of “Justice for Freddie Grey” in Tel Aviv and we hear the chants of “Black Lives Matter” in Palestine.Oppressed people here and throughout the world will be free. My daughter will see a socialist revolution in her lifetime, this lifetime.It’s not enough to go to D.C. for one day and shut down the capital or to call for an execution of shopping for Black Friday. We must begin the shutdown of the entire economy. All the corporations that rob our communities of a true meaningful life. The entire capitalist system as a whole must be abolished and shut down! We must demand that the true meaning of democracy be established and that is by raising up the voices of the people and demanding a government that actually serves the best interest in the common good of the people. We must take back the land, the airways, the buildings, the political offices. We must get away from these two-party elections and the voting straight Democratic analogy that so many of us believed in and kept us oppressed. We must educate our communities on what it means to be a socialist. Bernie Sanders called himself a socialist, now it’s time to show and prove. Forget marching within the civil rights era. What about the children being gunned downed by the cops? Hillary Clinton is in favor of keeping the death penalty. Why? Because she’s a murderer. No decent human being should ever want to be authorial of taking someone’s life, especially when we have a faulty penal system that locks away so many of my Black and Brown people who are innocent. Especially when cops commit more crime than actual criminals. Especially when her husband, Bill Clinton, implemented the three-strike rule that has so many of my brothers and sisters incarcerated for life for nonviolent crimes. There’s one million Black men missing from our society and you can believe, between Ronald Reagan’s drug wars and Bill Clinton’s three-strike rule, our men are in prison or in the grave. Every other week we hear of exonerations of people after they have spent most of their life in jail, falsely accused and set up by this government. They put the drugs in our communities, then blame us for using them. They put the guns in our communities. Now they want to disarm us. We say, I say, hell no! You don’t disarm people. You direct the people to take up arms against the system and not themselves. We can’t be selective by picking the lesser of two evils when the selective assassinations of our unarmed people are rising. We can no longer afford to watch the government push back our Social Security benefits to age 70, while expanding prison development and murdering our babies as young as 3 and 7 years of age. We can no longer see the failing of school officials and their failed discipline of our children on display when we are watching police toss our young women across the floor like rag dolls for being a typical teenager. We can no longer sit in silence while the Supreme Court has on the table a decision to sentence our children to life. We can’t afford to send troops to fight wars across seas when the wars are in our own backyards. Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, deserved to live. Natasha McKenna, Amber Monroe, London Chanel, deserved to live. Renisha Mcbride, Tynisha Anderson and Shantel Davis deserved to live.  We want answers and we want justice. We want racist cops off the streets and out of our communities.More importantly, we want to live. We want to breathe. Our lives are worth more than a trending hashtag. It’s time to defend our lives in the present.Karl Marx said it’s not the illusions of our conditions we have to focus on, it’s the conditions of our illusions that give rise for it to exist. There is no celebration until the job is done. Until killer cops are indicted, convicted and sentenced beneath the jail, there is no celebration because justice has not been served. This system is so disturbed, it will piss on you and then claim it’s raining. The role of police has always been to protect and serve, so they’re doing their jobs: protecting the wealth, and the land has changed from the plantation to the corporation. There are no good cops in a racist system. You can be a good friend, neighbor, son, daughter or whatever you choose, but when you put on that uniform you represent historic racist oppression that was meant and designed to keep the Black and Brown people on the plantation and now slaves to prison labor.The only solution is a socialist revolution!It’s time to mobilize the masses and demand they work for our vote. Disown inequality and stand on the right side of justice. The people’s side. Demand that they address the issues that affect the Black, Brown and other oppressed communities the most. Demand these pigs get out of our homes, schools, neighborhoods and demand that all prisoners who are victims of this cruel system be set free. The power is in the people and we have the right, as declared in the Declaration of Independence, to rid ourselves of this faulty capitalist system. To abolish, not reform. You can’t reform a wretched system. That’s simply asking the oppressor to let up off our necks a little bit. We want them off our necks, backs, shoulders and anywhere else that’s uncomfortable. We must build a true socialist society that’s written by us, for us.That includes all members of our society. It’s our right and we must invoke them at all costs. Resistance is the only solution. There can be no peaceful revolution when we can’t live, eat, sleep or breathe in peace. The elections will matter when Black lives matter. When Black little girls and Black women matter. When Black little boys and Black men matter. When Black trans and Black queers matter. When Black poverty matters. When Black mental health matters. When the Black disabled matter. When Black seniors matters. When Black joy matters. When Black labor matters. When Black wealth matters. When Black land matters. When Black futures matter. When Black prisoners matter. When Black culture matters. When Black stability matters. When Black tears matter. When Black bodies matter. When Black freedom matters. When Black debt matters. When Black gentrification matters. When Black preservation matters. When Black dreams matter. When Black education matters. When Black smiles matter. When Black magic matters and when the Black revolution matters.This is why we mobilize. This is why the Democratic National Convention must be shut down.Resistance is justified when people are occupied.If we don’t get justice, they don’t get  peace.This mobilization will consist of each localized party going to their respective communities and engaging the public and different organizations into meetings for mobilization and flooding  the city of Philadelphia for three days of civil unrest and possibly, to form an All-People’s Power Assembly conference.We in Philadelphia have established the date of Dec. 18 to begin holding these meetings to form a coalition for the DNC. I’m asking the party for their participation and leadership for this process. And to seize this opportunity and bring the people to the forefront of smashing capitalism, while also empowering ourselves to pick up the torch of our beloved ancestors. To take what’s ours and stand up against all forms of repression.To bring the youth along we must include the music that speaks directly to capitalism and the government such as in a way themselves, the youth can relate: Marvin Gaye said, “Money, I make it before I see it you take it.” Nas said he’d “open every cell in Attica and send them to Africa.” Tupac said we “got money for wars but can’t feed the poor.” Jada Kiss said, “We gon make it.” Kendrick Lamar said, “We gon be alright.” Gil Scott-Heron said, “The revolution will not be televised, it will be mobilized and publicized by the masses.” The Zulu saying, “Izwe Lethu I Afrika,” means “The land is ours.” The Swahili saying, “Uhuru, Uhuru Sasa,” means “Freedom, freedom now.”In the words of our great sister and comrade, Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win, We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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WW interview with Debbie and Mike Africa

first_imgDebbie Africa and Mike AfricaFollowing a 15-month-long siege on a MOVE compound in Philadelphia’s Powelton Village neighborhood, police launched a major assault on the collective’s home on Aug. 8, 1978. Nine MOVE members were arrested and convicted of third-degree murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of a Philadelphia police officer during the raid. Despite the lack of any evidence linking any of them to the shooting, they were given 30- to 100-year sentences. All nine became eligible for parole in 2008, but have been repeatedly denied.On June 16, Debbie Sims Africa, minister of education for the MOVE organization at the time of her incarceration, became the first of the MOVE 9 to be paroled after nearly four decades in prison. She was reunited with her daughter Whit and son Mike Jr. for the first time in nearly 40 years.Mike Africa Sr., Debbie’s spouse and one of the remaining six MOVE members still incarcerated, becomes eligible for parole again in September. Two members, Merle Africa and Phil Africa, died in prison.On July 6, this writer met with Debbie and her son, Michael Africa Jr., on the porch of their home in Delaware County, Pa., surrounded by a wonderful garden on the first cool day after a weeklong heat wave.We started out by talking about how Debbie came to be involved with MOVE. I wanted to know who Debbie Sims Africa was before she became one of the MOVE 9. Debbie responded by describing her experience, and that of her brothers and sisters, as young teenagers growing up in Philadelphia’s Black Bottom neighborhood, where there was always something going on: fights, police violence, etc.Debbie made her long story short: “My brother got into a fight with one of his friends –– ended up with my sister on probation. My boyfriend, Mike Africa Sr., got my mother, who, realizing summer was coming and didn’t want us in the streets, reached out to some MOVE people she knew. They came to the house and talked with us for hours, giving us sound advice, talking about how violence wasn’t the solution to problems. That we should try to avoid it at all costs.“It wasn’t called MOVE at the time, but one of their members invited my two brothers to come to their place in Powelton Village to work at a car wash they ran. This was around 1972 or ‘73. My brothers loved it. They didn’t want to come home and they didn’t. They got involved in MOVE activities, in speaking engagements — at the time they were in full throttle speaking out against injustice. They loved it, taking care of the dogs and going to study sessions that MOVE founder John Africa held, educating people how to avoid violence in their communities and on police brutality — the things that made people’s lives miserable.“My older sister took dictation for John Africa. My mother, aunt and cousin were all involved at that point, but I didn’t want to go there. I was in high school and aspiring to be a graduate.“Then something happened. My mother kept talking about guidelines she called ‘the book,’ written by John Africa. She kept talking about it, and the logic of it, and finally she let me read a part about education.”Debbie described being so moved and inspired by what she read that she wanted to read it to the world. “I took it to school and let my history teacher read it. It was so strong and powerful that people might just look at it as too technical — but the truth is technical. He took it and read it, but he didn’t want to give it back. I was worried I’d get into trouble because I had to return it. He finally brought it back, and I asked what he thought. He said, ‘It’s a lot. It is the truth.’”When Debbie Sims graduated a few months later, she started coming to the MOVE compound regularly, getting involved with activities — whether it was anti-zoo actions because of the abuse of animals, or at the police districts where someone had been brutalized. She noted, “John Africa’s teachings really lock you into the reality of what’s really going on. The rest is history.”When asked if she ever thought about what life would have been like if she had not met MOVE, Debbie responded: “Being young at that time, I can only imagine that it would have not have been good. My mom was married, but separated, with five children. It would have not been good for her. Growing up in a neighborhood like that, I can only see a lot of tragedy happening.“My mom was struggling for my brothers. When I look back on their friends, and my friends, I see a lot of them were already in prison, some of them for life. Although we did come to jail, it was at least for a purpose. It wasn’t gang-related. It was political.”Today, like too many of Philadelphia’s predominantly Black and poor communities, the Black Bottom area has been decimated by gentrification, with a majority of its original residents pushed out to make way for the expansions of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Presbyterian Hospital. It has been renamed “University City.”Powelton Village under police siege In May 1977, police obtained a court order requiring MOVE to vacate their Powelton Village home. What followed was a tense siege of the surrounding neighborhood for more than a year, including shutting off water to the house and preventing food or aid to be sent to the family.What was Debbie’s experience during the siege, while she was in the house with a very young child? “We were pretty much confined in our house. It was restrictive. We couldn’t come down off a platform outside the house, or we would have been arrested. We had to make do with what we had.“The city had shut off water and electricity. When the city was about to put up the blockade, lots of supporters came and brought us food and supplies. We also had a lot of support from neighbors, who gave us food, water and canned goods.“At every point we were about to run out of water, I kid you not, it rained. We used the rainwater to bathe the kids and for drinking water. I lived in an upstairs room where I could sit and collect rainwater from outside.”Due to litigation restrictions on what she could say about the actual police raid on Aug. 8, 1978, we did not discuss the event that led to the arrests and imprisonment of the MOVE 9. However, while incarcerated, Debbie wrote on her experience for onamove.org.Then 22, Debbie was in the house during the 1978 attack with her 23-month-old daughter. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with her second child.Debbie described the terror of the police attack. When family members woke up to find police surrounding their home, they quickly gathered up children and dogs and went to the basement, where they thought they would be safe.“We huddled together, scared because we knew cops had lots of guns and other weapons. We didn’t know how they were gonna do it, but we knew their plan was to kill us. Cops were yelling over a loudspeaker for us to come out the house … but we didn’t trust them, so nobody went out there.”Debbie described how police used fire hoses to forcefully spray water through a broken window in the basement. The impact was enough to throw two-by-four oak beams across the room, literally tearing the house apart and killing dogs in the process. Then, a second wave of water came through another window, catching them in a crossfire of water. The cops started throwing smoke bombs and tear gas into the basement and shooting directly at the people inside. The smoke was so dense Debbie could not see her child’s face.Having had her almost 2-year-old daughter snatched from her arms when she was taken into custody, and giving birth to her son a month later in prison, only to have him taken from her as well, Debbie could relate to the anguish of immigrant parents being forcibly separated from their children today.“While my daughter and son were eventually given back to MOVE people, they went through a lot. These kinds of separations have been going on for a long time. I’m happy to see that this situation is getting so much coverage and that it is being challenged. It’s hard when your baby is being taken away and you don’t know where they are. It was hard for me, and I knew where they were. I’m glad they are starting to reunite the families that are seeking asylum.”Life in prison prior to paroleWe spent some time talking about Debbie’s experience in prison and what’s next for the campaign to win release for the remaining MOVE 9 members. Before Debbie was sentenced, she and the other MOVE 9 members were in a county house of corrections for three years. After sentencing, the women were all taken to State Correctional Institution Muncy.“When we got there, they just put us in the hole, no ifs, ands or buts,” she recalled. “When Merle asked when we could come out, a security lieutenant said, ‘Your minimum sentence is 30 years. You can come out in 30 years.’ The county prison had advised Muncy to ‘give them hard work and they would be okay.’ The state didn’t listen.“We hadn’t done anything wrong, so we went on a hunger strike for 45 to 50 days to draw attention to what was going on and to get justice. They would bring us food, and we would refuse to eat it. We lost so much weight they could see it and it scared them. That forced them to let us out of the hole.“They actually took us to court and sued us just to take our blood samples. When we were finally released into general population, they jumped us and took our blood, and made the excuse that ‘now you can be in population.’ It was their intention for us to be there all the time.”Later the women were moved to SCI Cambridge Springs which, like Muncy, was a former college campus. “They turn a lot of old college campuses into prisons. The cells may look like dorm rooms, but we were not living in college conditions,” Debbie explained. “There were locks on our doors and other jail restrictions. We were not able to move around, not able to make phone calls that much and had limited contact with our families. Eventually, phone calls and visits were made available.“Up until my release, I was in a room with other MOVE sisters. We didn’t generally socialize with everybody because we have very specific beliefs and consistent principles we follow. Because of that, we carry ourselves a certain way, and people are drawn to us.“The other prisoners saw our mental toughness and physical strength, that we were running and exercising and that we care for people and respect them. We always had a strong impact on what happened in the prison, and there was support for us. During the end of my incarceration, I even had officers wish me good luck and say it was time for all of us to go. We did our time and should be released.”Free the MOVE 9The conversation turned to the work to win parole for the MOVE 9 members who remain imprisoned, more than nine years after they became eligible for parole. “We are asking for MOVE people to be released. We were given 30 to 100 years, and we’ve done over our minimum — nearly 40 years at this point — and we’ve earned the right to be paroled,” Debbie explained.“People can send letters to the MOVE organization in Philadelphia, since letters need to be written in a certain way, and we can make sure they get to the proper place. On Aug. 5, there will be a program to commemorate 40 years of MOVE people being in prison. It includes a short run/walk, a panel discussion and entertainers. People are welcome to join and give donations if they can. More information can be found on onamove.org.“People have already done so much in support year after year, decade after decade. We’ve had so much good support, often from a small, consistent group of strong supporters who have never let us down. It’s just been awesome for me coming home, but it’s still surreal.”Much has changed since Debbie Sims Africa was imprisoned in 1978, including the political movement. We talked about the recent developments of the Black Lives Matter movement, new groups opposing police brutality and the most recent movement to abolish ICE. I asked Debbie if she had any advice for the young activists of today.She responded: “To the people who really want to work for peace and justice, it does take a lot of hard work and commitment. But in the end, it is worth it. We’re not talking about violence. We’re talking about revolution. We have to understand what we want and what we are fighting for.“Be consistent and do what it takes, whether it’s demonstrations or just standing in silence. If people can find a peaceful solution to their problems then they should do it, but we have to be unified. It makes it harder that everyone has different ways of doing things, but we need to be moving in the same direction.“My message would be to stay focused on what your purpose is. Don’t get diverted by anybody. Don’t let people or other things pull you away from what you want to do. Stay focused.”As our time wound down, I turned to Debbie’s son, Mike, to ask about how his three weeks reunited with his mother have gone. Mike responded: “It has been all that I hoped it would be. There’s been the back and forth, with my mom, my sister and my wife teaming up on me, but it has been beautiful.”Debbie interjected by noting that one principal of MOVE is the recognition of equality between women and men.Mike continued: “I told her it feels like you’ve been gone for a short vacation. The whole transition has been so smooth, things fell into place. I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t plan — it’s been one foot in front of the other.“We are still learning each other, but the fact that we are both MOVE members and have the same beliefs helps. MOVE does not believe in killing life unnecessarily. There were fruit flies in our house, and there was one right in front of her, and she saw it. There was a part of me that forgot she is a MOVE member too, so I expected her to swat it, her being a new person in the house. I was wondering how was she going to react. When she just ignored the fly, I remember feeling happy about it. I don’t have to teach her our beliefs. This is a person who has known them longer than I do.“It’s all love! It’s all great!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Lawyer arrested for talking about Twitter in public

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lawyer arrested for talking about Twitter in public April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img Follow the news on China News RSF_en News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders condemns China’s latest act of censorship against Twitter, consisting of the arrest of a lawyer while he was giving a class about the popular social-networking tool. Despite the government’s censorship attempts, Twitter still provides access to independent news and information in what is one of the world’s most repressive countries towards the Internet.“After blocking access to Twitter, the Chinese authorities are now targeting the university circles in which this social-networking service is very popular,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We voice our support for Tang Jingling, the lawyer who had the courage to publicly raise the sensitive but crucial subject of the free flow of information on Twitter.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This incident is indicative of the growing irritation of the authorities with Twitter, which is harder to control than the other social-networking services because of the different ways users can access it, not to speak of the online censorship circumvention tools that many Chinese use. Twitter is the new bugbear of the regime’s censors.”According to Radio Free Asia, Chinese Internet users joke that “the day Twitter is shut down, pigs will climb trees.”Tang was arrested while giving a class on online censorship and the use of Twitter to students at the College of Vocational Technology in the southern city of Guangzhou on 27 November. He was interrupted by a member of the campus security force and then taken away by police, who released him a few hours later. ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

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Residents blockade missionary TV station to prevent takeover by labour union

first_imgThe head of the missionary organization Cuerpo de Cristo Foundation, German priest Sebastian Obermaier, called for a residents’ blockade of the Canal 57-CVC television station after the labor group COR announced plans to seize media outlets that it said conflicted with social organizations affiliated to the union.The union’s announcement, of which Reporters Without Borders has received a copy, specifically refers to Canal 57-CVC, and to another broadcaster, Radio Bartolina Sisa.The document advocates the creation of a ‘’press tribunal’’ responsible for punishing ‘’blackmailers and bad journalists’’. Its authors refer to local government laws which allow for the establishment of community courts in certain circumstances. June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further February 1, 2018 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Residents of El Alto, near La Paz, have organized a blockade of a television station affiliated to a Catholic missionary organization after the town’s main labor union announced plans to take it over. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemned the actions of the union group. “The allegations by the COR against the television station and its parent organization in no way sanction the illegal seizure of a news organization or allow for censorship of journalists,’’ the worldwide media freedom organization said, urging the group to withdraw its “hateful and repressive’’ announcement.It noted the Bolivian government had called for appeasement and urged it to ensure Canal 57-CVC and its staff were able to resume normal activity, adding that the COR’s expressed desire for negotiations would pave the way for a return to normal.Since 13 October, staff have been spending the night on the premises of the television station to guard its equipment. The following day, Wilfredo Mamani Hidalgo, the influential leader of a casual workers’ organization affiliated to the COR, arrived with a van with tinted windows and no license plates, and a large truck, in the hope of removing equipment from the set of a TV programme, “Mi Barrio’’, of which he was the director until last August.About 200 people responded to Obermaier’s call to prevent Mamani from carrying out his action. Via the TV station, the union leader said he had merely come to collect equipment and he was opposed to the seizure of media organizations at the instigation of the COR. Mamani was assaulted by supporters of the TV station and was taken to hospital for treatment. Reporters Without Borders condemns such acts of violence.The incident provoked unanimous condemnation by professional organizations in Bolivia, such as the La Paz Journalists’ Association and, on the employers’ side, the National Press Association.Bolivian Vice-President Alvaro García Linera has asked union leaders to take no action against news organizations, and appealed to the latter to exercise “self-regulation and self-correction’’. Through its local boss, Remigio Condori, the COR promised no immediate action would be taken against Canal 57-CVC pending a meeting in the near future with the Roman Catholic bishop of El Alto, Jesús Juárez.The union, for its part, called on the Cuerpo de Cristo Foundation to undertake “new social measures” on behalf of the large number of non-contract workers. News RSF_en Follow the news on Bolivia Receive email alertscenter_img Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile BoliviaAmericas News October 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Residents blockade missionary TV station to prevent takeover by labour union News BoliviaAmericas Organisation News Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment November 18, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

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Limerick Student takes Bronze at national student chef competition

first_imgEmail Previous articleFood poverty is this Government’s inconvenient truth says Limerick TDNext articleAll-Ireland glory for Limerick Lions U-14 Basketball team Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020 Advertisement Linkedin Limerick Institute of Technology launch new app to facilitate energy renovation upskilling NewsLocal NewsLimerick Student takes Bronze at national student chef competitionBy Staff Reporter – April 19, 2018 3256 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Institute of Technology awarded €750,000 capital grant towards works on its five campuses Picture: Kevin MurphyStephen Deasy, representing Limerick Institute of Technology, has been awarded third place at this year’s KNORR Student Chef of the Year, after an intense two-hour cook-off that took place in Dundalk Institute of Technology.The theme of this year’s competition was a ‘Contemporary Take on Traditional Pub Dishes’ to celebrate Ireland’s first Michelin starred pub, Wild Honey Inn in County Clare.  The students had to prepare, cook and present a vegetarian starter and a main course celebrating sustainable Irish seafood, while against the clock.Stephen impressed the judges with a starter of ‘St Tola Goats Cheese Mousse, Onion and Rhubarb Rhubarb Chutney, Pesto, Brioche Crumb and Pepper Isomalt.’ His main course comprised ‘Man of Aran Chowder, Pan Fried Hake, Chowder Sauce, Crab Croquettes, Smoked Foam and Dill Potato Crisp’Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stephen’s menu was inspired by his local surroundings and ingredients of his home county. Stephen set out to explore the texture of the St Tola goats cheese, complementing it with opposing flavours. His main incorporated local ingredients and was inspired by his grandfather, one of the first to operate ferries from Dodin to the Aran Islands.Commenting on the experience Stephen said, “It has been great competing in this year’s KNORR Student Chef of the Year Competition. I enjoyed cooking for the judges and receiving their feedback while also seeing how fellow students interpreted the theme and the dishes they served.”Jade Ainscough of Institute of Technology Tallaght took the overall prize while Glenn McCourt of Dundalk Institute of Technology was awarded second place.Jade’s starter featured ‘Millet croquette with broccoli while her main had seabass with a ‘classic’ stew element and white wine jelly’. Jade was inspired to create a menu which mimicked the characteristics of traditional ‘pub grub’ but provided excellent nutritional value.Glenn’s inspiration for his starter came from his determination to create a vegetarian dish full of flavour. His main course was a contemporary take on traditional fish and chips.Speaking about the competition, Unilever Food Solutions Business Development Chef Mark McCarthy said, “The student chefs are coming through college at an interesting time in the hospitality sector and the talent demonstrated in the competition proves our future kitchens are in safe culinary hands.“The entrants year on year are a testament to the Irish food industry and education centres. They are the very reason why KNORR Student Chef of the Year prevails as one of the country’s top culinary competitions.”This year’s competition was judged by a panel comprising Mark McCarthy and special guest judge Aidan McGrath, chef patron of Wild Honey Inn, Ireland’s first Michelin starred pub. Joining the panel also were Corinna Hardgrave, food and wine writer and Michael McNamara, Chef Lecturer, Dundalk Institute of Technology.As well as the KNORR Student Chef of the Year title, the winner has a unique Wild Atlantic Way tour and will dine in Galway’s Michelin starred restaurants, Anair and Loam. The tour concludes in County Clare with a visit to Wild Honey Inn, Ireland’s first Michelin starred pub in the heart of the Burren region, owned and run by prominent chef and competition judge, Aidan McGrath.More local news here.center_img Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Facebook TAGSDundalkKNOOR Student ChefLimerick Institute of TechnologySt. Tola goats cheeseStephen Deasy Twitter Limerick colleges recognised at Irish Games Fleadh 2020 WhatsApp Limerick Institute of Technology researcher calls for ban on cigarette vending machines Printlast_img read more

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Limerick City painting the town purple celebrating city’s nightlife

first_imgNewsBusinessLimerick City painting the town purple celebrating city’s nightlifeBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2018 2064 Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook TAGSbusinessLimerick CityNewsnightlife Email David Fitzgerald – Milk Market, Michael McMahon – Mother Macs, Majella O Brien – Limerick CC, Liam Dwane – Brown Thomas, Mick Dolan – Dolans, Garda Luke Conlon , Major James Collins, Garda Fiona McGrath, Stephen O Connor – Strand Hotel, Fiona Kilderry – King Johns Castle, Dylan Naughton – The Old Quarter, Mike Roche – The Botique and James McMahon – Mother Macspictured at the Strand Hotel as Limerick was awarded a Purple Flag in 2016, in recognition of having a well-managed evening and night time offering. Similar to a Blue Flag awarded to beaches, or a Green Flag awarded to parks, the Purple Flag is an accreditation process for towns or city centres, which surpass standards of excellence in managing their evening and night time economy.While Limerick is a Purple Flag location all year round, this Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of October (Purple Flag Weekend) marks Limerick’s celebration of receiving this important award.Pic. Brian ArthurLimerick people are being asked to join with publicans, restaurateurs and others involved in the evening and night-time economy to go purple this weekend (19-21 Oct) to celebrate the first anniversary of the city receiving the Purple Flag.Businesses, the local authority and the Gardaí have come together to promote the purple flag which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of the city centre between the hours of 5pm and 5am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dee Ryan, CEO of Limerick Chamber said, “Businesses are very proud to fly the Purple Flag, reflecting the strength of ongoing partnerships in the city. We want to encourage any interested parties to get involved and come to a Working Group meeting where we discuss ongoing issues in relation to retaining the Purple Flag but also ideas on how we can maximise the footfall in the city in the evening and night-time.”The Purple Flag district in Limerick is centred on the Market Quarter and extends from Thomond Bridge to Shannon Bridge on both sides of the river and from Barrington Street and Parnell Street to King’s Island.JJ Mulcahy from The Old Quarter said, “The Market Quarter and Vintners of Limerick are fully supportive of the Purple Flag. Working together in unity with the various businesses and organisations involved is the best means to see continued progress in the coming years. Progress for Limerick and all we have to offer. We warmly welcome this initiative and look forward to future developments and are honoured to fly the Purple Flag for Limerick.”The Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches.  It leads to Purple Flag status for town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.It is recognised internationally and is the ‘Gold Standard’ for evening and night-time destinations.To achieve the flag towns and cities must prove themselves in 30 criteria that are all relevant to the evening and night time economy.  The Purple Flag is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, well-managed area that leads to an enjoyable night out.Superintendent Derek Smart from Henry Street Garda Station said, “The Purple Flag initiative represents the excellent cooperative approach of all stakeholders in Limerick City in the management of the night time economy and An Garda Siochana look forward to continuing our support with the upcoming Purple Flag Weekend.  It is about people being able to enjoy themselves in a safe and inviting environment, that we want to encourage.”The evening and night time economy is an important sector of the overall economy and businesses in Limerick are being encouraged to get behind The Purple Flag and recognise the advantages of having it.The Purple Flag and can be a very important asset when it comes to marketing the city.Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.There has been a co-ordinated approach between Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Chamber and An Garda Síochána to develop the evening and night-time offering in the city centre.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said, “Limerick is proud to have been awarded the Purple Flag status as areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of entertainment, culture and dining while promoting and working towards increased safety and wellbeing for visitors and locals alike. Limerick has made significant progress in the past number of years and the Purple Flag is a great opportunity to work together for the future promotion and betterment of Limerick city.” For more information search ‘Your Guide to Limerick’s Nightlife’ on Limerick.ie and use #paintlimerickpurple Previous articleWATCH: Munster A fall to Leinster A and exit Celtic CupNext articleLimerick Junior A Football Final Preview Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Kansas City Fed: Market Volatility Should Not Prevent Rate Hikes

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Esther George Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Kansas City Fed U.S. Economy 2016-02-02 Brian Honea “My own view is that a pickup in economic growth, steady job gains and modestly higher core rates of inflation will warrant further increases.”Kansas City Fed President and CEO Esther George  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 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. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 2, 2016 1,060 Views Kansas City Fed: Market Volatility Should Not Prevent Rate Hikes Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The U.S. economy is currently facing several headwinds along with volatility in financial markets, but this should not prevent rate hikes from occurring down the road, according to Kansas City Fed President and CEO Esther George in a speech delivered in Kansas City on Tuesday.“While taking a signal from such volatility is warranted, monetary policy cannot respond to every blip in financial markets,” George said. “Instead, a focus on economic fundamentals, such as labor markets and inflation, can help guard against monetary policy over- or underreacting to swings in financial conditions.”Despite those headwinds, which include low oil prices, which benefit consumers but weigh on oil producers; lower orders from abroad for many exporters in the U.S. due to the rise in the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar; and slower foreign demand for U.S. goods, George said she believes the U.S. economy “remains on track due to strong job gains,” which picked up in the last three months of 2015.In addition to job growth, there are more positives for the economy among all the headwinds.“Low gasoline prices and signs of faster wage growth should also add to consumers’ ability to increase spending,” George said. “And although financial markets have been volatile, household wealth remains at a high level, and house prices have been rising over the past four years. Certainly, the gains in jobs, wages and wealth have not been equally shared across households during the recovery, but overall, the general health of households’ financial situations is much improved since the financial crisis.”center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Kansas City Fed: Market Volatility Should Not Prevent Rate Hikes Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe George’s speech came one day after Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told an audience in New York that “the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below the levels that we expect to prevail in the longer run.” In her speech, George echoed Fischer’s sentiments that “monetary policy remains accommodative,” noting that “real interest rates continue to be negative and the Federal Reserve’s large portfolio of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities keeps downward pressure on longer-term rates.”On the topic of future rate increases, George said, “In communicating its intentions for further rate increases, the Committee has noted that it expects economic conditions will warrant only gradual increases in the fed funds rate, although adjustments ultimately depend on the incoming data. My own view is that a pickup in economic growth, steady job gains and modestly higher core rates of inflation will warrant further increases.”She added, “The exact timing of each move, however, is subject to the economic environment.”Click here to view the entire text of George’s speech. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Morgan Stanley is the Latest Firm to Settle RMBS Claims Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 2/3/2016 Tagged with: Esther George Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Kansas City Fed U.S. Economylast_img read more

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Fannie Economist Addresses Jobs Report Impact on Housing

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The February 2019 Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday showed that hiring slowed sharply for the month with only 20,000 new jobs, compared to the 181,000 jobs that economists expected to be added in February. That is the fewest job gains since September 2017, when major hurricanes affected employment, and a sharp decline from December’s gains of 227,000, and January with 311,000.According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent from 4 percent, The partial government shutdown added fuel to the jobless rate in January because many federal government employees were unemployed or on temporary leave, but an offsetting drop was expected as those workers returned. Economists were looking for a slowdown in payroll growth last month after gains in January that were inflated by unusually mild weather, meanwhile, above-average snowfall in mid-February was set to reduce total employment by an estimated 40,000.  Employment in construction declined by 31,000 in February, partially offsetting an increase of 53,000 in January. But over the year, construction has added 223,000 jobs. Regardless of the plummet in February, economists expect a rebound in the April-June quarter, and there are already signs due to the rise in consumer confidence. More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in January, propelled by lower mortgage rates, and analysts have forecast that annual growth will top 2 percent next quarter.Weighing in on the report, Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, said “We expect the Fed to raise rates only once more this year, in June, before pausing. Meanwhile, in the residential construction sector, a weather-sensitive industry, the number of jobs fell in February. However, the sharp increase in housing starts and continued improvements in builder sentiment suggest that this month’s decline does not signal a continuation of weakness in the industry.” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued a statement saying “At 3.4% year-over-year, wage gains hit their highest mark since April 2009.  The year-over-year average hourly earnings growth surpassing 3.0% for the seventh straight month is good news for America’s workers. Further, Duncan stated, “Although the labor force participation rate held steady in February, the rate for those aged between 16 and 64 rose to its highest level since May 2010. Amid mixed signals from the labor market, well-contained inflation, and the dovish shift by the ECB, we believe the Fed is likely to remain patient.” Read the full report here. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Paying the Price for Housing Next: Elderly Homeowner Protections to Remain in Maine Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Alexander Acosta Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Doug Duncan Economy job market Unemployment 2019-03-08 Staff Writer Share Save Tagged with: Alexander Acosta Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Doug Duncan Economy job market Unemployment Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 8, 2019 1,926 Views Stephanie Bacot is an experienced multimedia writer having created content for print, web, television, and more. She is the past producer of BIZTV, a national television network for businesses and entrepreneurs that reached more than 200,000 professionals. She has more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare marketing and was an advertising exec for Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge, a trade publication focused on the healthcare industry, as well as the marketing director for a $5 million surgery center. Bacot is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Marketing and Communications. She resides in Dallas when she’s not pursuing her love of travel. Fannie Economist Addresses Jobs Report Impact on Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Economist Addresses Jobs Report Impact on Housing About Author: Stephanie Bacot The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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GSEs Report Coronavirus-Driven Income Loss

first_img Previous: Investor Update: COVID-19’s Near-Term Rental Impact Next: Former CFPB Director Discusses Bureau’s Response to COVID-19 Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both reported decreased net income, citing economic troubles caused by the COVID-19 crisis according to the GSEs’ Q1 2020 reports.Freddie Mac’s net income was down $1.8 billion from the prior quarter, citing higher credit-related expense of $1.1 billion, or $0.9 billion, after-tax, primarily due to higher expected credit losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company also pointed to lower gains on single-family asset disposition activity of $0.6 billion.”Freddie Mac’s first quarter was marked by unprecedented challenges to our country, our business and our markets—and I am very proud of how we have responded,” said David M. Brickman, CEO, Freddie Mac. “We are offering relief to millions of homeowners and renters, supporting our customers in new and vital ways, and serving as a stabilizing force for the housing finance system. Through these efforts, we are continuing to fully serve our mission.”Meanwhile, Fannie Mae reported net income of $461 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared with net income of $4.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. Like Freddie Mac, Fannie reported that the decrease in net income was due primarily to a shift from credit-related income to credit-related expense driven by the economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.As part of the company’s report, Fannie Mae also noted that it has implemented new policies to enable the company’s single-family and multifamily loan servicers to better assist borrowers and renters impacted by COVID-19, including requiring servicers to provide forbearance to single-family borrowers reporting they are experiencing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak for up to 180 days.“Fannie Mae is committed to fulfilling its vital role in helping our customers, our servicers, and the market as a whole manage through this period of uncertainty,” said Fannie Mae CEO Hugh R. Frater. “We recognize that more work lies ahead to help borrowers, renters, and the housing market recover. I want to give special thanks to the people of Fannie Mae, who have stepped up to their mission with characteristic grit and humility, and with their rock-solid commitment to provide a sound foundation for our country’s housing market.”  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 1, 2020 1,640 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Related Articles Coronavirus Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2020-05-01 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / GSEs Report Coronavirus-Driven Income Loss GSEs Report Coronavirus-Driven Income Loss Subscribelast_img read more

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Tributes paid in the Dail to former Deputy Paddy Harte

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Tributes paid in the Dail to former Deputy Paddy Harte By News Highland – December 12, 2018 Tributes have been paid in the Dail today to former Donegal Deputy Paddy Harte, who died in January at the age of 86.He had served in the Dail from 1961 until 1997. Members of Mr Harte’s family were in the Public Gallery for the tributes.Tributes were also paid to Monica Barnes who also died during the year.Ceann Comhairle Sean O’Fearaghail said Paddy Harte was a peacemaker……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ccharte.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said as well as his 36 years serving the people of Donegal, Paddy Harte’s legacy will be the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/leoharte.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher spoke of how Paddy Harte was an example to Deputies across the country:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/copeharte.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleDunlewey secures international event for 2019Next articleFF confirm confidence and supply extension until early 2020 News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterestlast_img read more

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