Two protesters disrupted former President Bill Clinton while he spoke at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in North Philadelphia on April 7. With signs and vocal comments, the activists took Clinton to task over his disastrous 1994 crime bill and Hillary Clinton’s roles in bloody coups, from Honduras to Libya. In an uncharacteristic response, the normally calm and collected Bill Clinton engaged in a heated back and forth with the protesters for as long as 15 minutes. During the exchange, Clinton accused Black Lives Matter activists of “defending” crack dealers, murderers and gang leaders. Just one day later, Bill Clinton said of his racist tirade, “I almost want to apologize for it.” The protesters, Erica Mines and Rufus Farmer, are two native Philadelphia activists with the Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice and Workers World Party. WW spoke to them after the protest.WW: One of the signs you held read, “Clinton crime bill destroyed our communities!” What did you mean by that?RF: The crime bill that Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994 — the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” — greatly contributed to the mass incarceration of African people, as well as other minorities. The bill, once established as law, made it so that an individual would receive an unnecessarily harsh sentence for even a nonviolent offense.Furthermore, due to this bill, billions of dollars were used to fund prisons — money that could have been used to fund schools, hospitals, etc. — while at the same time this very bill disallowed Pell Grants for people incarcerated in federal and state prisons. These prisoners were no longer allowed a grant for “higher” education, thanks to this bill. Many minorities received harsh sentences for nonviolent offenses and, once incarcerated, were no longer able to use the Pell Grant to receive additional education. For these reasons, and others, the 1994 crime bill, along with the conditions of our communities that were created by the state — an offspring of capitalism and white supremacy — has contributed to the destruction of our communities.EM: We also wanted to let Bill Clinton know that just because his wife is running for president, we as Black folks have not forgotten what his presidential term was and how it affected us, and how Hillary also supported the crime bill through her racist statements calling Black youth “superpredators.” We haven’t forgotten about the destruction they caused.WW: What did you think of Clinton’s response to you?EM: He has this deeply embedded hatred, and I’m just kind of glad we were there to expose that. It’s totally not what we intended to do, but it’s there and it serves a purpose, especially when you talk about capitalism or imperialism and war.RF: Clinton failed to take ownership of his role in the mass incarceration of African people in the United States. Instead, Clinton blamed African people for the crime bill by insisting that it was us who had cried out to him that we wanted him — and other politicians — to do something about crime in our communities. Clinton then went on to add that Erica and myself, and perhaps all who protest on behalf of Black liberation, are defending drug dealers and murderers. EM: I think it was good what he said. Now maybe Black folks across the country can see that voting Democrat isn’t the best way of working for the interests of the Black community.WW: How did the crowd respond to you?RF: Most in the crowd, at least those close to me, disagreed with the message that Erica and I presented. We raised our signs — I’m sure you’ve seen them by now — and the crowd attempted to block our signs with their Hillary signs. One person, an elder of African descent, literally called me a demon as I was having a peaceful conversation with a Clinton supporter after Bill Clinton left the stage. Even before that, a member of security asked us to put our signs down. At the time, Erica and I were merely standing there, our signs raised, completely silent. This member of security claimed we were causing a disruption of sorts and thus had to put our signs down. Erica asked, “Are you telling people with Hillary signs to put their signs down?” To this, the security member had no response. WW: What would you say to the people who believe we need to support Clinton in order to beat Trump?EM: People forget that she was partially responsible for the murder of Moammar Gadhafi just as he was on the doorstep of creating a centralized African currency. And she was never out there supporting the mothers of police brutality victims; she was supporting the crime bill that was destroying Black communities.If people want someone like that in the office of the president, then I think it speaks a lot about what people in this country think of Black people. RF: If we take a look at Hillary’s record, at her comments, at the things that she has endorsed — the invasion of Iraq for instance — it’s rather easy to see that Hillary Clinton endorses U.S. imperialism, oppression of minorities and crimes against humanity in general. Clinton may be of a different brand of white supremacy, but it is still white supremacy just the same. And for that reason, Erica, myself and the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice will always actively oppose Hillary Clinton. We are doing this to ensure a better future for African people and for everyone suffering from the oppression pushed upon us by capitalists and those who support white supremacy. 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New York City Lansing, Mich. Buffalo, N.Y. Syracuse, N.Y. Anti-Muslim demonstrations were held on June 10 in more than 20 U.S. cities, sponsored by “ACT for America,” an organization characterized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group that advances anti-Muslim legislation while “flooding the American public with wild hate speech demonizing Muslims.” (tinyurl.com/j6nhd45)But at counterprotests from upstate New York and New York City, to Lansing, Mich., to Oregon and Washington state opponents far outnumbered the bigots and affirmed support for both their Muslim neighbors and the basic right to religious freedom.ACT for America cloaked its bigotry in a call for “human rights,” defending attacks on Muslims with the distorted claim that Islam, which they called “Sharia,” is anti-woman and anti-gay. Sharia is not “Islamic law,” but a Koran-based tradition directing Muslims in how to live an Islamic life.National Public Radio ran interviews with right-wing participants who alleged they were anti-Islam because they were for “women’s rights.” This phony far-right argument was an eerie echo of U.S. imperialist propaganda justifying the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan on the grounds of “defending women” against the Taliban, when the CIA had been funding the rise of reactionary religious organizations since 1979.A New York Times article dated March 7, 2011, by Laurie Goodstein, described ACT for America as drawing on three “religious and partisan streams in American politics: evangelical Christian conservatives, hard-line defenders of Israel (both Jews and Christians) and Tea Party Republicans.”Ultra-right militias and other organizations, at times coordinating with local police, were vocally and visibly present at the anti-Muslim rallies, emphasizing their extreme-right character. Racist, neo-Nazi, anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ groups represented at the ACT for America rallies included Blue Lives Matter, Identity Europa, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percent Security Force, Stormfront/Shieldwall Network and several state branches of the Light Foot Militia, a re-arming of 1980s’ right-wing militias.Reports of the neofascist rallies and anti-racist counterprotests were published June 10 on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. (tinyurl.com/ybsenfoc) Below are highlights of some of the many protests against Islamophobia that day.In Syracuse, N.Y., almost 150 opponents far outnumbered the 30-person ACT for America crowd and drowned the bigots out with shouts of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” and “Muslims are welcome here.” The crowd, including members of the New York Antifa Alliance, an anti-fascist group, also thundered, “Shame, shame, shame!”As the racists in ACT for America were trying to pull people into hate marches against Muslims in many cities, the Buffalo AntiRacism Coalition in New York state called activists together at a busy shopping area to say “NO! to racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, hate and fear — the many weapons used to divide us, while the 1% exploits us all!” Several new activists joined the demonstration. Participating groups included Workers World Party and the International Action Center.‘Muslims welcome, racists out!’In New York City, Islamophobic forces, rallying at Foley Square in Manhattan on June 10, were met by a massive counterprotest, easily three times the size of their rally. The anti-fascist action was attended by a wide range of left forces, including the People’s Power Assembly, Workers World Party, the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, NYC Shut It Down, Hoods 4 Justice, Refuse Fascism, the Internationalist Group, the International Socialist Organization, the Spartacist League, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement and others.In their role as agents of the state, the police dutifully protected the fascists and attacked the assembled left forces, arresting two people under an archaic New York state law prohibiting people with covered faces from congregating in public. Courageous and coordinated resistance against the police prevented the arrest of additional protesters.In broiling weather, WWP and other left forces provided water to those at the counterprotest. Meanwhile, a leader of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia, Frank Morganthaler, suffered a heart attack in the 90-degree heat.At the rally’s conclusion, the progressive forces marched to City Hall Park. Fascists attempted to attack the dispersing protesters, but were quickly run out of the park. Police used the skirmishes as a pretext to arrest two more leftist protesters.As anti-racist protesters banged pots and blew air horns, organizer Tony Murphy of the People’s Power Assembly emphasized: “The theme of today is drowning out racism. The more racists get a platform, the more people get attacked.” New York City sent a strong message that right-wing, Islamophobic hate groups don’t belong there: “Muslims welcome, racists out!”People’s power ruled the day While the ultra-rightists called a racist demonstration on June 10 in Lansing, Mich., the state capital, they were only able to muster about 30 demonstrators. These reactionaries ranged from outright Nazis and armed Michigan Militia types, to fairly common, confused and racist middle-aged white folks. The last appeared more driven by ignorance and fear of the unknown than the racist hatred driving the first two. However, one individual’s sign used a slogan popular on online fascist forums, which was viciously anti-Jewish as well as anti-Muslim and racist. The Michigan People’s Defense Network, along with other anti-fascist groups and individuals, organized a counterdemonstration of about 140 people. They entirely overwhelmed the few attending the racist rally.As the anti-fascists militantly approached the reactionaries, chanting loudly, there was little-to-no police presence, which is an oddity for situations like that. Riding bicycles, a few police officers finally arrived after the two crowds were at arm’s length from each other. The cops erected a minor barrier of police tape between them.Before that, however, perhaps due to the greater numbers of one side over the other, coupled with the disunity of the far-right rally, anti-fascists were able to cross the line with little threat of violence directed at them. The united power of the people in the face of racism and hatred, ignorance and white supremacy ruled the day.On the West Coast, the June 10 anti-Muslim demonstration in Portland, Ore., was moved to Seattle by the ultra-right organizers. This came after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government to revoke permits for two “alt-right,” pro-Trump rallies following the May 27 fatal stabbing of two men by a neo-Nazi white supremacist. The slain men had defended two teenage women, one wearing a hijab, from threats by the fascist who threatened the young women and spewed racist slurs at them.Federal officials denied Wheeler’s request to stop the neo-Nazi rallies because they asserted the right-wingers’ permits were “lawfully obtained.”Nevertheless, the June 4 white supremacist rally was held in Portland, but was resisted 15 to 1 by a stalwart mobilization of progressive community and anti-fascist groups. (See June 8 Workers World.)Meanwhile, on June 10 in Portland, the victory against bigotry was celebrated in a March Against White Supremacy. On Facebook, organizers wrote: “This is a huge victory for us. These neo-Nazis and nationalists are starting to realize that Portland won’t accept their racist terrorism and bigotry and especially not while the whole country is in mourning. We will show up to stand in solidarity with the women who were victimized and to honor the men that stood up against terrorism and bigotry.”As for the neo-Nazis moving their hate to Seattle in search of a welcome, they were outnumbered by hundreds of counterprotesters who marched there on June 10. They confronted the few dozen bigots who claimed Islam is “incompatible with Western freedoms.”Holding a sign proclaiming, “Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors,” demonstrators chanted, “No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here!” on their way to City Hall. Police used tear gas on protesters and made several arrests. (Guardian, June 10)Contributing to this report were Ellie Dorritie, Tom Michalak, Tony Murphy, Lyn Neeley and Nathaniel Peters. 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Twitter Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday UIL recognizing cheerleading as a sport, adhering to stricter concussion guidelines Jake Foote Facebook Fit Worth Corporate Challenge encourages fitness in the community Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printThe Open Streets festival took to Magnolia Avenue on Sunday and offered Fort Worth residents and visitors food, music and other community activities.Open Streets is a free festival focused on revitalizing the Near Southside of Fort Worth. Since 2011, Fort Worth South Inc. has put on the festival to highlight the culture and community activities available in the area.Stretching along Magnolia Avenue between Eighth and Hemphill Streets, the festival was chock-full of art, food, music and local businesses providing demonstrations.Within a few blocks, it was possible to see a martial arts demonstration and a breakdancing exhibition. Skateboarders also took advantage of the shutdown streets to showcase their skills on an obstacle course set up by Alliance Skate Parks.One Fort Worth enterprise at the festival this year was the Fort Worth Vaqueros. A member of the National Premier Soccer League, the team used Open Streets as an opportunity to appeal to fans young and old.“The Vaqueros are just about the only minor league sports team left in Fort Worth now that the Fort Worth Cats have left,” said team representative Paul Donaghy. “Open Streets is a really great event to help us build our fan base.”The Vaqueros weren’t the only business hoping to expand their clientele. More than 100 different activity providers contributed to Open Streets.Community-building was the main goal of Open Streets. Local artists such as Jeremy Joel, whose art has been showcased at Avoca Coffee, had an opportunity to further involve themselves in the complex cultural fabric that makes up Fort Worth.“They let me paint on the walls at Avoca,” Joel said. “It was a really good opportunity to get my artwork out there.”This year was Joel’s first time at the Open Streets festival. Like many of the other young artists there, he had the opportunity to showcase his work to a larger audience.According to the festival guide, there are over 90 different Open Streets initiatives nationwide, which focus on closing streets to promote community-building and socializing. GOP voters in Tarrant County set record for first-day voter turnout Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ ReddIt + posts Twitter Previous articleMayor Betsy Price to run for 3rd termNext articleHeavy rainfall will hinder North Texas cash crop Jake Foote RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Kickball tournament raises money to kick out cancer
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Gainesville Police DepartmentBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(GAINESVILLE, Ga.) — A small plane crashed in Gainesville, Georgia Friday afternoon, killing three.Gainesville fire division chief Keith Smith told reporters the fire department responded to a 911 call made shortly after 6 p.m. from a passerby who noticed debris from the plane on the side of the road.The victims were identified as Dan Delnoce, 44, of Gainesville, Courtney Flanders, 45, of Gainesville, and Matthew Delnoce, 39, of Ohio, Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.The bodies have been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy.The plane was reportedly heading to Daytona Beach, Florida, when it crashed into a wooded area near several homes in Gainesville.“Memorial Park Road closed at Cross Street for a single engine plane crash. Please use alternate routes,” the Gainesville Police Department wrote on Facebook Friday evening.The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the accident, Smith said.He added that there were no injuries on the ground, but there was some property damage.Part of the wing from the plane, he said, was found inside a bedroom in a mobile home in the area. The family who owns the home was having dinner in another room when the plane crashed. The residents were not injured.Also, four adults and a child were evacuated from a nearby home after fuel fell in the area, ABC-affiliate WSB-TV reported.Personnel are now working to recover the bodies from the plane, Smith said, adding that the Sheriff’s Office will be handling the investigation.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Employees get go-ahead to seek injury to feelings compensationOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Employers could face painful compensation claims after the Court of Appealcleared the way for unfairly dismissed employees to claim for injury to theirfeelings. The ruling will enable bullied employees who can prove genuine emotionalsuffering to claim damages not only for loss of earnings but also for metalanguish. In Dunnachie v Kingston Upon Hull, judges ruled that a bullied councilworker was entitled to £10,000 from his employer for the personal suffering hehad endured. Employment Lawyers Association vice-president Fraser Younson said the rulingcould have serious implications for organisations as many people will claim thedismissal has caused such humiliation. “The difficulties will come in how the tribunals apply this becausebeing dismissed can itself cause humiliation. This, along with the latestchanges to grievance procedures, will emphasise the need for employers to getpolicies and procedures exactly right,” he said. The changes could particularly affect high-level dismissals that often occurquickly and Younson urged firms to provide more training for managers andincrease awareness of the rules. Jonathan Chamberlain of law firm Wragge & Co said the case could lead toa flood of similar claims. “This decision is bad news for employers and it overturns 30 years ofsettled law. There will be more nuisance claims from employees who considertheir feelings have been hurt.” Christine Jenner, a partner at law firm Macfarlanes, warned that employersmust start to take bullying and harassment more seriously or risk a higherlevel of claims. The court pointed out that it would not apply in every case and would onlybe suitable where there is a real injury to the employee’s feelings orself-respect. It also granted leave for an appeal to the House of Lords.
Written by The Stallions are winless after two road games, but will have their first home game in Salt Lake City this Saturday against the Arizona Hotshots. February 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local Salt Lake Stallions 0-2 After Loss To Iron FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Salt Lake City, UT) — Salt Lake City’s new professional football team could be looking for some special teams help this week. Tags: Alliance of American Football/Salt Lake Stallions Robert Lovell Salt Lake Stallions’ kicker Taylor Bertolet missed three of his four field goal attempts Saturday in 12-9 road loss to the Birmingham Iron. The misses included a 48-yard attempt that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter.