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‘This Shit Ain’t New!’ Philly cop corruption cover-ups

first_imgOver 50 demonstrators gathered in Center City on Oct. 4 to rally for an end to mass incarceration and cop corruption cover-ups under the slogan: “This Shit Ain’t New! Cop Corruption Cover-ups Continue.” The protest took place at the bitterly contested statue of Frank Rizzo, notoriously racist and fascistic former police commissioner and later mayor of Philadelphia.Speakers called for freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the remaining imprisoned MOVE 9 members, and all unjustly convicted prisoners. They were responding to the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police’s staged show of concern held earlier that day at FOP headquarters for “victims of crime.” The FOP highlighted Maureen Faulkner, widow of the cop whose death was used to send activist-journalist Abu-Jamal to Death Row.Philadelphia, Oct. 4.Police from the “victims” event later rallied at the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, calling for his removal from participation in Abu-Jamal’s ongoing appeals process. The counter-FOP protesters pointed out that the FOP and supporters are mobilizing against everyone who wants to end police misconduct. They emphasized that the FOP’s showcasing of Faulkner showed contempt for friends and relatives of thousands of Philly families whose loved ones have been unfairly imprisoned and murdered by cops. Many of those victims’ names were called out at the rally’s end.On Sept. 3, Abu-Jamal’s attorneys filed new appeal briefs as well as a request, based on their finding of new evidence in DA files, to have his case sent back to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for a new hearing. In a Sept. 17 filing, Krasner’s office said it did not oppose this motion by Abu-Jamal. A press release from Mobilization4Mumia, which initiated the counter-FOP protest, stated:  “Among the thousands of unfair convictions over the decades in Philadelphia is that of Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Recent court decisions and newly discovered evidence in his case have confirmed what his supporters have been arguing since 1981 — that his arrest, trial and appeals were rife with police, prosecutorial and judicial violations of the constitution.“Police terror and over-zealous prosecution have resulted in the conviction of countless innocent people and mass incarceration.  Intimidation and manipulation of witnesses, hiding evidence, discrimination in jury selection, ineffective counsel, judicial bias — these and other unfair systemic failings in Abu-Jamal’s and other cases cause unjust imprisonment of our community members.  At the same time the courts excuse police violence.”The peoples’ rally was chaired by Megan Malachi, from Philly for REAL Justice, who said: “Those of us who were beat down in the streets by Philadelphia cops in 2014, 2015 and 2016 created the conditions [of organizing] that put Larry Krasner into office. Our consistent demand was that we were going to bring Mumia home.”  FOP: protecting the system, not peopleTed Kelly, speaking for Workers World Party, read from Abu-Jamal’s book, “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?” describing the police as servants of capital, of those who run this system from the bank vaults and corporate offices. Kelly addressed the function of the FOP and how it came to be established, not as a real workers’ union, but as a structure used by police to exert political power.  The FOP has a multimillion-dollar slush fund designed to buy politicians and judges.  Morgan Malachi, also with REAL Justice, stated: “Rizzo was the grandfather of racist Facebook posts. Instead of a computer, he used the media.  He had years of stacking his influence in this city. We know that the fix was in for Mumia, for the MOVE family and for every Black Philadelphian. But we know that resistance will outlive racists like Rizzo.  Resistance will bring Mumia home!”Several speakers denounced the FOP’s intervention on behalf of cops either fired or convicted of serious crimes, only to have them returned to policing city streets.  One police commander accused of sexual harassment of at least four female cops was promoted to supervise the Special Victims Unit.  Following the rally, demonstrators took to the streets, curb-to-curb, blocking traffic as they marched around City Hall and down South Broad Street where they held a mini-rally outside the historically racist and sexist Union League. The march finally ended at 13th and Locust streets, site of the 1981 shooting for which Abu-Jamal was falsely convicted. A moment of silence was held for all victims of police brutality, including two MOVE 9 members, Merle Africa and Phil Africa, who died during incarceration. Organizations that participated in the rally included Mobilization4Mumia, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia, Food Not Bombs Solidarity, Philly for REAL Justice, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Occupy PHA, Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, International Action Center, Occupy ICE, Workers’ Solidarity Network, Free Mumia Coalition (NYC), ACT-UP, Black Lives Matter Philly, Black Alliance for Peace, Philadelphia Tenants Union, MOVE and Workers World Party.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Gao Yu’s (temporary) release is good news but…

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Gao has heart problems, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) repeatedly drew to the attention of the Chinese authorities and international community in recent months .However, the authorities could send her back to prison at any time if they decide that her state of health is compatible with prison conditions.“Our reaction is a mixture of optimism and concern,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The court’s decision to let Gao Yu receive treatment at home is good news, but it offers no guarantees for the future. “The authorities are just acting under international pressure. We fear they will send her back to prison if the pressure lets up. Gao committed no crime, so she should receive a full and unconditional release.”Aged 71, Gao suffers from a heart ailment and lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck. Her condition has worsened significantly since her arrest in May 2014 and, according to her lawyers, she had a heart attack last month.Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for news and information providers, with a total of 107 professional and citizen-journalists currently detained. Receive email alerts Follow the news on China News November 27, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Gao Yu’s (temporary) release is good news but… China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en After a Beijing people’s high court yesterday reduced journalist Gao Yu’s jail sentence on a charge of divulging state secrets from seven to five years on appeal, the court gave her permission to temporarily serve the sentence at a friend’s home so that she can receive medical treatment. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more News to go furtherlast_img read more

Limerick councillors urged to stick with ‘local items’ agenda

first_imgWhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Daniel ButlerLIMERICK city Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler has called on his fellow councillors across the party divisions to take greater responsibility for how they use council meetings.Cllr Butler made the plea on the back of concerns raised by members at last month’s Metropolitan District meeting, that some of the motions before the Council were inappropriate and did not fit within the remit of local representatives.“Members have raised concerns time and time again that we are not being given enough time and opportunity to discuss matters affecting the people we represent. Yet it is the members here who bring forward these inappropriate motions and waste time repeating comments already made by others.“It is time we realise it is our responsibility as to how we use these meetings,” stated Cllr Butler.The Limerick City West representative pointed out that councillors are not TDs, so therefore, do not need to discuss national issues with no strong local connections. He is now concerned the next 18 months is going to see some councillors “abuse” their position to use these meetings as a personal general election platform.“Members of the Metropolitan council have raised concerns over the last few months at the removal of local area meetings at which it was felt work was more productive. Limerick City and County Council have committed to reviewing the current structures but are restricted under the current legislation,” said Cllr Butler. Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan District center_img Twitter Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillors urged to stick with ‘local items’ agendaBy Alan Jacques – January 29, 2015 622 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleSomething for the Weekend – TV ListingsNext articleSpeed vans are not covering Limerick accident blackspots Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

The Sales Improvement Catwalk and Its Supermodels

first_imgSales improvement is a fashion business. The social media channels are now both the catwalk as well as one of the models; an aging model with a fashion that has started to fade a bit. The designers all march their new fashions down the catwalk to the oohs and aahs of an adoring crowd that has been waiting for something better than last year’s fashion.At first glance the new fashions are always different. Look more closely and you’ll see they are simply a derivative of what has come before. The promise is always the same: Do this and you will have wildly massive results now! But, you can’t have these results without the new “new” thing.For the last few years social selling has been all the rage, despite not having lived up to its promise. The promise was that you would never again have to cold call or use a traditional means of prospecting. A good LinkedIn profile and the ability to connect and share was going to be enough fill your funnel with more opportunities than you could possibly handle. Despite the lofty promises, the traditional prospecting methods have proven far more durable than anyone would have imagined.The digital transformation of sales is still in its infancy. It’s going to be more difficult, more complicated, and too important to be addressed by social selling alone.But as one fashion fades, another rises to take its place. Now it’s “account-based” everything. There are “account-based” marketing, and “account-based” selling concepts everywhere. Each version is someone else’s take on an old style that has finally made its way back into fashion. Or as Mr. Robinson says, “This year’s fashion is last year’s flavor.” Targeting clients and contacts with a relevant message isn’t exactly a new idea.Next, look for artificial intelligence.Every approach, every process, every methodology, every sales system, has a partial view of the truth. Each of them contains something worth knowing, and something that may-or may not-help you generate greater sales results.Where every process, methodology, sales system, or approach fails is when it pretends to be the one right way to do anything. None are a panacea. And so far, none of them has been the silver bullet. Each, however, is useful when and where used in a thoughtful way that doesn’t discount, preclude, or minimize other approaches that may also be useful.One cannot avoid the feeling that each one of these new “fashions” has at its core the goal of simplifying sales  into a one size fits all formula, and that is its falling down. What I come back to again and again: Sales has no rules, and you must know them all. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hamilton ‘100% certain’ that Mick Schumacher will race in F1

first_imgAustin, Oct 18 (AFP) World champion Lewis Hamilton insisted Thursday that he was “100 percent certain that there will be another Schumacher in F1″, backing Mick Schumacher to follow in his legendary father Michael’s footsteps.”Firstly, thanks to his name but also because he does a great job,” said Hamilton of 19-year-old Schumacher who wrapped up the European Formula 3 title at the weekend.”If I have a child who wants to drive, I’m sure he can get into F1 thanks to his name even if he does not have the level,” added Mercedes star Hamilton.”But he (Mick) is working well and he’s a good boy, he spent a few weekends with the team, last year I think, and he was very attentive.”He has talent, like his father, so I do not think his name is a burden, and it would be great for the sport.” Hamilton was speaking on the sidelines of the United States Grand Prix where on Sunday he can become just the third driver to win the F1 world title five times. AFP BSBSlast_img read more