The ‘union’ that ain’t

first_imgThe history of unions goes back to the 18th century and the Industrial Revolution. Until there were unions, laborers seemed to exist at the mercy of the bosses, who worked them to death and starved them and their families at the same time. But as the number of wage workers in those hellish factories and mills began to rise in numbers and concentration, they were imbued with a sense of their own strength.They figured out how to organize and get together to demand higher wages, shorter hours and better conditions. They showed the bosses that unless they won improvements, they’d walk off the job en masse and close down the profit mills. Unions were born.Unions and bosses were like water and fire — they didn’t mix.Now comes Donald Trump, the epitome of the super-rich oppressor of workers, with a bank account bigger than a mountain of gold. And he is claiming he has union support.What union could that be?“Trump endorsed by police union,” read a U.S. News & World Report headline. Ah, it’s the New England Police Benevolent Association. Well, that’s two lies. It’s not  a “union” and it’s not “benevolent.”It seems these cops really like what Trump said about barring Muslims from the U.S. They also like his plan to extend the death penalty — as though it weren’t already one of the harshest in the world — to anyone who kills a cop, for any reason. What if it’s a cop raping a woman or shaking down a small store owner with a gun to his/her head? Doesn’t matter.It’s twisting the truth for anyone to call these “police benevolent associations” unions. The bosses call in the cops to break picket lines, not enforce workers’ rights. Even though more people of color have been inducted into the force, the police “unions” have been bastions of racism and white supremacy, and the function of the police has continued to be one of violently repressing the poorest sections of the working class — never the white-collar criminals who steal millions. In the United States, because of the legacy of centuries of racism, this means cops are a violent occupying force in communities of color.So what should workers do about this? Especially, how can those white workers in the labor movement strengthen their solidarity with workers of color and immigrants, like the Muslims Trump wants to bar from this country?A good way to start would be to kick this “union” out of the labor movement. It doesn’t belong there. It’s like having a rattlesnake in your bedroll.It’s not a Republicans-versus-Democrats issue. It’s collusion between a bunch of racist, anti-immigrant killers with guns and a super-rich bigot who hates all real unions. Together, they’re trying to carry out a maneuver that could cast disgrace on the whole labor movement. Say no to Trump! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Midlanders charged in connection to Capitol riots

first_img WhatsApp TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – January 13, 2021 Previous articlePermian ISDs receive $978 million in oil, gas property taxesCounties receive $334 millionNext articleWhy eggs are an important first food for children Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Midlanders charged in connection to Capitol riots Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Local News Twitter Twitter Pinterest Two Midlanders were charged Wednesday afternoon with two federal misdemeanors in connection to the Capitol riots a week ago. Jenny Louise Cudd and Eliel Rosa were each charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry, a class A misdemeanor, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, a class B misdemeanor. The two were seen by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin on Wednesday afternoon at the Texas Western District Court in Midland. Cudd and Rosa were each arrested by the FBI early that morning. Cudd and Rosa were each given a Personal Recognizance Bond for the two federal misdemeanors and less than an hour after being charged they walked out of the front door of the courthouse. Members of the local media asked Cudd and Rosa questions, but neither answered. Cudd smiled and waved as the car that was being operated by Rosa drove out of the visitor’s parking lot of the courthouse. The class A misdemeanor would carry up to a year in federal prison, up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year of supervised release plus a $25 assessment. The class B misdemeanor would be up to six months in federal prison and up to a $5,000 fine plus a $25 assessment. Cudd and Rosa each spoke to Griffin throughout court proceedings. Cudd’s attorneys attended the initial appearance via Zoom. The attorneys representing Cudd were Donald H. Flanary III from San Antonio and Marina Medvin from Alexandria, Va. Rosa didn’t have legal representation as he detailed to Judge Griffin that he hasn’t had a job since he moved to the United States four and a half years ago. Rosa said he came to the United States seeking asylum from Brazil. Judge Griffin told Cudd and Rosa that they will both have another hearing next Thursday via Zoom with a judge in the District of Columbia. Cudd and Rosa were each given a probable cause affidavit but Judge Griffin said that the document has been sealed by a judge in the District of Columbia and that he wants that judge to release the information. Cudd spoke with the Odessa American on Jan. 7 after video and pictures surfaced of the former Midland mayoral candidate in the Capitol Building. Cudd told the Odessa American during that interview that she followed a couple people going up the stairs and there was a door that was open that people were going in and that’s how she got inside. Cudd was also asked by the Odessa American if she was worried about the FBI to which she replied she wasn’t “because I know I didn’t break the law,” Cudd said. “I know there are plenty of people in Midland and Odessa that have already turned me in to the FBI. When the FBI calls, I will talk to them.” In the week that followed the Capitol riots, Cudd deleted her personal and mayoral Facebook accounts.last_img read more

Suspect killed by Michigan deputy after stabbing man during argument over face mask: Police

first_imgA 43-year-old man was shot by police after he allegedly stabbed a man in a convenience store who complained about the suspect not wearing a face mask. – (Eaton County Sheriff’s Office)By J. GABRIEL WARE, ABC News(EATON COUNTY, Mich.) — A Michigan man was killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning after he allegedly stabbed a person during a dispute over wearing a face mask inside a convenience store, according to authorities.Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said 43-year-old Sean Ruis wasn’t wearing a mask inside the Quality Dairy store when he got into a confrontation with a customer who was wearing one.Ruis allegedly stabbed the 77-year-old victim and fled the scene in a vehicle at 6:47 a.m. An Eaton County deputy pulled Ruis over in Delta Township, near Lansing, about a half an hour later.That’s when Ruis jumped out of the car and aggressively approached the deputy while wielding two knives and a screwdriver, police said. He was fatally shot by the officer as she backed away from the suspect.The incident was captured on the deputy’s body cam. In the video, the officer, who has not been named, is repeatedly heard asking the man to drop the knives before opening fire.The deputy involved was not injured and she has been placed on administrative leave while the police department conducts a review, Reich said in a statement. The Michigan State Police is also conducting an independent investigation into the deadly use of force and is leading the investigation into the stabbing incident.“She saved her life. That’s the most important thing right here,” Reich said of the officer. “She had to use deadly force, and she did it properly and I’m glad she wasn’t harmed in any way.”Reich said he did not know the current condition of the 77-year-old victim in the convenience store, but said he suffered a serious injury.The sheriff said this is the first violent encounter regarding face masks in the county as he encouraged residents to wear them.“The goal here is to be safe,” Reich said at the media briefing. “That’s all the governor is doing on this executive order — to stop the spread of this COVID-19.”“Wear your mask. I wear my masks. My deputies wear masks. We all have to be safe,” he added.While the shooting was the first in the county, it’s not the only recent fatal encounter in Michigan over wearing a mask. In May, Calvin Munerlyn, a 43-year-old father of eight, got into an argument with someone who refused to wear a mask at a Flint, Michigan, Family Dollar store. He was shot and killed over the disagreement.Fatal arguments over masks have occurred elsewhere, as well. On July 5, a security guard allegedly shot and killed a man who refused to wear a mask at a Southern California grocery store. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mother moves to CCJ for urgent hearing

first_imgMarcus Bisram’s murder caseBy Shemuel FanfairThe high-profile case of prominent New York-based Guyanese Marcus Bisram is taking another turn, as proceedings have been filed at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – the region’s highest court, which is based on the island of Trinidad.This recent move was mounted by Bisram’s mother Sharmila Inderjali, who was just last week denied an application for urgent hearing by the Appeal Court of Guyana, which essentially sought to expedite the judicial process regarding a bid to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdraw a murder case. Appellate Court Justice Rishi Persaud, acting Justices Dr Arif Bulkan and Rafiq Khan, presided over the matter.Sharmila Inderjali, appellant and mother of BisramBisram is accused of having arranged Berbice carpenter Fiyazz Narinedatt’s death after Narinedatt had rejected the overseas-based Bisram’s sexual advances at a party two years ago. For the past year, Bisram had been detained at a New York facility as his legal team continued to oppose extradition here, citing what it argues are several inconsistences in the prosecution’s case.However, when the Appeal Court ruled unfavourably towards Bisram’s mother, she was ordered to pay the State $250,000 in court costs.In court documents seen by Guyana Times, Inderjali filed her application to the CCJ last week. Her lawyers include attorneys Sanjeev Datadin and Siand Dhurjon, while the respondent in the matter is listed as State Counsel Stacy Goodings from the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Goodings has been appearing as the prosecutor in the preliminary inquiry (PI) after the DPP had taken over the case from Police at the Magistrate’s Court in Berbice.Murder accused: Marcus BisramAccording to the case filed in the CCJ, the applicant is seeking an order granting her special leave against the Appeal Court’s July 31, 2018 decision to dismiss her February 6, 2018 application. Inderjali also is seeking to have the Caribbean-based Justices abridge the time for which the application can be heard, while the applicant is also requesting court costs.In their case filed at the CCJ, opposing the Appellate Court’s ruling that refused her application, Bisram’s mother observed that the Court “failed to appreciate the uniqueness of the case” and its “special circumstances”. She outlined that the Prosecution’s evidence relies on that of a single witness, who is youthful and is of “limited intellect”. The mother said also that the Police never alleged that there is any other evidence against Bisram.The applicant’s case outlines that she mounted proceedings at the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh last year, where she sought an Order Nisi to prohibit the DPP from pursing the murder charge which was instituted on March 7, 2017 against Bisram. The applicant’s grounds were that continued prosecution of her son would, among other things, be “unlawful, unconstitutional, malicious, and without legal foundation. This was premised on several events that transpired during the PI.During the High Court proceedings, Inderjali also sought an Order Nisi of Mandamus to compel the DPP to “wholly withdraw” and discontinue Bisram’s murder charge, and observed similar objections as outlined in the previous order.Justice Singh heard the case on November 24, 2017 and refused the orders. The applicant appealed his decision 6 days later.In her appeal to the CCJ, Inderjali accepted that the case is of great general and public importance, and that it concerns the exercise of the DPP’s discretion, which she says is essential to the proper administration of justice and public confidence in the judicial system. However, Bisram’s mother details that the Appeal Court’s order was “erroneous and unjust”, adding that her case has good prospects for success.Contrary to Inderjali’s characterisation of the Appellate Court’s decision, the Justices there had suggested that the filing of the urgency appeal and associated multiple litigations amounted to an abuse of the court’s process.The Appeal Court’s decision was read by acting Appellate Justice Dr. Arif Bulkan, who opined last Tuesday that this most recent case was the third such application that sought similar reliefs – these being to compel the DPP not to continue prosecution against Bisram. It was indicated that a separate motion was brought before another judge in a separate county of Guyana.Bisram’s extradition order was signed in October last by US Judge Peggy Kuo. He was charged in absentia in 2016 for the murder of the 27-year-old Number 70 Village Corentyne carpenter Narinedatt.Radesh Motie, Diadatt Datt, Harri Paul Parsram, Orlando Dickie and Niran Yacoob were all charged. Two of the accused had allegedly confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to dump the carpenter’s body on the Number 70 Public Road to make his death seem the result of a hit and run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and sister have been accused of offering bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”. Since commencement of the preliminary inquiry in Berbice, several persons have been accused of witness tampering.last_img read more


first_imgMORE than 300 people packing into a community hall in Killygordon last night to voice their concerns over plans to build Ireland’s largest wind farm in the area.The meeting was the second such gathering since plans were formally lodged with An Bord Pleanala (ABP) two weeks ago by Planree Ltd, for the Carrickaduff Wind Farm.The giant wind farm is to include 49 turbines, some with a maximum height of 500 feet, stretching from the iconic Barnesmore Gap, along the Tyrone border, to near Castlefin. The meeting, organised by the Finn Valley Wind Action (FVWA) group, was held in the Parochial Hall in the tiny village of Crossroads.Well-known environmental planning consultant, Mr Peter Crossan, told the packed venue that it was essential for the local community to get behind FVWA.If they did, he said, he was fully confident they could successfully fight plans to build the huge development on their doorstep.Mr Crossan said there was proof coming from world experts that turbines have a detrimental effect on peoples’ health, but that this argument was being “drowned out” by the powerful wind energy industry lobby. A Cavan man, said he was familiar with Donegal and said wind farms would have a drastic effect on the local environment and that the turbines were “alien” to the county’s landscape.FVWA secretary, Ms Marie Scanlon, said if the development went ahead, her children would grow up without having the pleasure of an uninterrupted view of Barnes because of the giant turbines.“Apart from the obvious health risks, these huge turbines will destroy our beautiful landscape forever. I want my children to enjoy places like Barnes while they are growing up. Barnes is as iconic as Errigal and should be afforded the same protection.”She also dismissed reports in the national media that millionaire popstars, Mick Hucknall and Chris DeMargery, are backing their group financially.‘WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SEE BARNES,” CAMPAIGNER TELLS PACKED WIND FARM MEETING was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKillygordonmeetingThe Crosswind farmlast_img read more

Saints’ Sean Payton says 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo ‘clearly’ a winner

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. — Jimmy Garpopolo’s history with Sean Payton traces, of course, to their roots as Eastern Illinois quarterbacks.“I met him, he probably doesn’t remember it, but my freshman year. He came back and got his number retired at Eastern,” Garoppolo recalled.Has Garoppolo’s No. 10 jersey hasn’t gotten the same treatment at their alma mater?“No. No. I think I’ve got to do a little more, first. Ha!” Garoppolo said. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Jimmy …last_img

Photo library: Business and industry 7

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Deep-sea fishing boats docked at the harbour’s fish terminal. In the foreground is the company Japan Marine Supplies and Services.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Deep-sea fishing boats docked at the harbour’s fish terminal. Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A ship docked in the harbour for bunkering and resupply. Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: A bulk-carrier ship approaches in the harbour.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Container ships in the harbour.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Oil rigs in the the busy harbour. Servicing and refurbishing oil installations has become a big business.Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Sardines used as bait by fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishermen fishing with handlines off Cape Point. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 7: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Burundian men empower women

first_imgWomen leaders in Mutimbuzi commune, Bujumbura-Rurale Province in Burundi.(Image: Jane Some, Irin News)  For a long time, Merthus Ntahobakuriye did not think much of being drunk daily or refusing to help out with household chores. He sold the little his family had to maintain his drinking habit.“Whenever my wife went to work in the field, she would come back to find that I had sold everything I could lay my hands on. One day she got a goat from her family; I couldn’t resist selling even this one,” the 53-year-old Ntahobakuriye told a meeting of women leaders in the commune of Mutimbuzi, Bujumbura-Rurale Province, which surrounds the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.Ntahobakuriye is one of dozens of men known in Kirundi as Abatangamuco (“those who bring light where there is darkness”).They are identified by the community and, with the help of international NGO Care, help empower women by raising men’s awareness of gender-based violence and other practices which denigrate women.Michelle Carter, head of Care Burundi, told Irin: “One of our biggest successes in Burundi has been the Abatangamuco – these men are revolutionaries, going against tradition and supporting women. It starts off with stopping the beating at home, and now some of these women are in political office. The challenge is the country needs more Abantagamuco and empowered women.”Care runs women empowerment programmes in several provinces, focusing on psycho-social wellbeing; legal and cultural empowerment; and maternal health.The Abatangamuco programme, according to Nicedore Nkurunziza of Care Burundi, was established two years ago to empower women by getting reformed men to testify before the community, and in the process get more men to emulate their changed behaviour.“This approach is interesting because it gets men to know that they can change their ways,” she said. “Even the government has found this approach useful and sometimes calls on the Abatangamuco to testify on social issues such as marriage and what it entails.”A turn for the betterFor Ntahobakuriye, life took a turn for the better when he heard one of these reformed men, from another commune, tell his story.“It was as if he was recounting my life. As a consequence of my actions, my wife was depressed and suicidal, my children didn’t go to school as I could not raise school fees and I realised I was starting to be adulterous,” Ntahobakuriye said.“Moreover, as I had not legalised my marriage, my wife became very insecure. Then Care came to our village and a Mutangamuco started sensitising us. From then on, I started changing; the drinking decreased and I started helping my wife with chores.“As I had sold everything, we were sleeping on the floor, but this changed soon thereafter. We started raising goats and soon enough we built a new house, as the one we were living in was leaking badly. I got the children enrolled in school. Eventually, I became a Mutangamuco after the community verified that I had, indeed, reformed.”More women electedThousands of women from 290 solidarity groups have benefited from Care’s Abatangamuco programme – as well as another on leadership, known as the Women Empowerment Programme, which helped get hundreds of women elected in local elections held country-wide in the middle of the year.Of the 35 000 candidates who presented their credentials for local elections in Bujumbura-Rurale Province in May, 8 000 were women, according to Care. The organisation contributed to the implementation of a national strategy to mobilise women to participate in the electoral process in accordance with Burundi’s constitution, which provides for 30% of seats going to women.Odette Ntirampeba, who was elected in Kinyinya Hill, Rukarama Zone, said the empowerment programme enabled many women to get elected because they were trained in uniting for a common cause.“We learnt, through training, that women can elect other women; we know that women often number more than men and they are the ones who turn out to vote, so why were we letting men defeat us?” Ntirampeba said.“At our hill, we had five women contestants against 20 men; the men had money and we didn’t, but thanks to Care’s programme most of the women got elected because women voters were united behind them.”last_img read more

Ahmedabad court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi

first_imgA local court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday re-issued summons to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, asking him to appear before it on August 9 in a defamation case filed against him by a BJP municipal councillor for a remark against BJP president Amit Shah. Mr. Gandhi had referred to Mr. Shah as a “murder accused”.In a separate case, a local court in Surat also asked Mr Gandhi to appear before it on July 16 for his alleged remark that “all thieves like Nirav, Lalit etc have Modi as surname.” Mr. Gandhi was scheduled to appear before the court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday but his lawyers sought more time. so that court has now summoned him to appear on August 9, the next date of hearing the case.The case in Ahmedabad has been filed by BJP municipal councillor Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, alleging that Mr Gandhi’s statement in the election rally of April 23 in Jabalpur was derogatory to Mr. Shah as he was already discharged in the Shohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case by a CBI court.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D.S. Dabhi reissued the summons after the one issued on May 1 – which was to be served through the Lok Sabha speaker as Rahul Gandhi is a Member of Parliament – was returned. The Speaker returned the summons saying he had no locus standi in the case, said the complainant’s lawyer Prakash Patel. The latest summons will be served directly to the Congress leader at his residence in New Delhi.In Surat, Chief Judicial Magistrate B.H. Kapadia asked Mr. Gandhi to appear on July 16 while an Ahmedabad court ordered the Congress leader to appear on August 9. In both the cases, the courts issued summonses holding that on the face of it there was a case of criminal defamation against Gandhi under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code.The Surat court was hearing a complaint of BJP legislator Purnesh Modi who alleged that the Congress leader had defamed the entire Modi community with his remark that “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” made during the Lok Sabha campaign.It may be noted that the Congress leader who resigned as the party President taking responsibility for the party’s debacle in the parliamentary polls, is facing several cases of defamation. Last week, he appeared in courts in Mumbai and Patna and was granted bail in both cases at both places. He had alleged that the cases were filed by his political opponents to “harass and intimidate” him.last_img read more