More than 100 people marched through downtown Newark on June 24 demanding reparations for the African holocaust. The marchers received an overwhelmingly friendly response from bystanders.July 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the four-day Newark rebellion, sparked by the vicious beating of a Black cab driver by white police. State troopers and National Guard soldiers, along with the nearly all-white police force, attacked crowds of Black youth with clubs and bullets. When it was over, 26 people, mostly African Americans, lay dead.Then, as now, the roots of such rebellions reached deeper than the daily racist attacks on Black youth by white cops, as terrible as those are. Job discrimination, redlining, segregated schools and other aspects of institutional racism have combined to oppress and exploit African-American people.This oppression is not a sidebar to capitalist production. It is, and always has been, at the core of this economic and social system, which exploits the labor of millions of workers and directs the surplus value they produce into the pockets of parasitic billionaires who control the state. Many of the banking houses, insurance companies and financiers that funded the industrial revolution in Europe and the U.S. accumulated their initial capital from huge slave plantations in the colonies and the U.S. South. Many of today’s big Wall Street firms owe their beginnings to slavery. Their continuing robbery of oppressed communities has only piled more wealth into their vaults.The brutality of slavery, with its torture, rape and murder, is beyond measure. But the immense wealth created by the labor of millions of unpaid enslaved people has been calculated. Among many published studies, one authored by University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer estimates the value of that plunder as $6 trillion to $14 trillion at today’s value. And that covers just the period between the founding of the U.S. in 1776 and the Civil War. (newsweek.com, Aug. 19, 2015)Since the dawn of capitalism, workers have waged an unrelenting struggle with the capitalist class over the surplus value their labor has created. This struggle takes many forms. For example, Wall Street, using Trump and other capitalist politicians, now aims to sharply reduce that portion of the surplus value that is used to purchase health care for the workers and poor through Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid. This fight addresses whether billions of dollars of wealth produced by the workers will be used for their families’ health care or instead to fund tax breaks for the billionaire class.For the working class as a whole, the struggle for reparations is a front in that same battle. The issue is not how long ago slavery existed or how reparations may be distributed. It is whether the immense value accumulated from the unpaid labor of enslaved people should go to their working-class descendants to uplift their living standards, which are far below those of many other workers.Even though he speaks of the working class and calls himself a socialist, Bernie Sanders refused the advice of Ta-Nehisi Coates and other Black activists who urged him to include support for reparations in his presidential campaign program. Sanders invoked the difficulty of getting it through Congress, but that can be said of any righteous demand for the workers, including single-payer health insurance, which he does advocate.By contrast, Workers World Party’s 2016 presidential ticket of Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly made the demand for reparations number one on their list of campaign planks. As a Marxist-Leninist, multinational, working-class party, Workers World recognizes that supporting the call by oppressed communities for reparations is essential to unite the working class in the struggle to overturn this racist system and transfer all the wealth now monopolized by the banks and bosses into the hands of the class that produced it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. After secretive and opportunistic public policy-making for six years on whether police officers will be advantaged compared to other witnesses by getting an early look at video of their shootings, Pasadena under interim City Manager Steve Mermell is moving to a somewhat more open process to decide public policy – but it still carries forward elements of the past secretive public policy determination. The issue being debated at tonight’s Public Safety Committee meeting is whether public policy on the December body cameras roll-out will be decided by a process that is a stacked deck against the public or whether it will be fully transparent and fair to the public interest.6-years making secret public policyIn August, 2009, the Office of Independent (“OIR”) Group Report on the Pasadena Police Department’s LeRoy Barnes killing recommended that police officers, like all witnesses, should not view video of an incident before giving their statements in the incident’s criminal investigation. 5 months later the Pasadena PD signed a secret agreement with its sergeant and rank-and-file unions that purported to require the PD to do the exact opposite of the OIR Group’s recommendation by giving officers the videos before their criminal investigation interviews. This secret 2010 agreement was not disclosed at the time to the City Council and, in violation of Pasadena City Charter §1001, it apparently was not approved by the City Attorney.In 2012, the Pasadena PD shot and killed another African-American youth, the unarmed Kendrec McDade. The OIR Group Report’s recommendation on that shooting were first transmitted to the PD in 2013 but not disclosed to the public. Those OIR Group recommendations reiterated the 2009 recommendation that officers see the video only after they give their criminal investigation statements. The Pasadena PD kept the OIR recommendations bottled up until the summer of 2014, when City Manager Beck announced that only the OIR recommendations would be released. After a public outcry about such limited release and City Council Member demands that the report be released to the maximum extent permitted by law, we filed Public Record Act (“PRA”) requests for release of the Report – as did various media including the LA Times. Faced with the deadline to respond to those PRA requests, City Attorney Michelle Bagneris invited the police officers union to file suit, which it dutifully did. That lawsuit continued to bottle-up the OIR Group Report.On May 29, 2015, while the PRA lawsuit was on appeal, the Pasadena Police Department adopted a use of force policy which implemented the secret 2010 agreement with the police unions. Insofar as we can determine, the City Council and its Public Safety Council were not consulted on, were not advised about, and were not asked to review that policy. Rather, it appears that the only arguable disclosure was an information item on the Public Safety committee agenda noting that Police Department policies were online.The OIR Group McDade shooting Report ultimately was released in 2 stages in mid-November and December 1, 2015. For the marathon City Council meeting on December 7, 2015, Chief Phillip Sanchez provided a written Response quarreling with the OIR Group’s recommendation that the City revisit the 2010 agreement and adopt the interview-first/video-after policy; his Response for the first time transmitted to the Council the secret 2010 agreement and the 2015 use-of-force policy implementing it.The road ahead – a stacked deck against the public interestThe current process set by the City staff is the following: The Police Chief and HR will “meet and confer” with the police unions on a body cameras policy. The City staff will adopt a policy that will be disclosed to the Public Safety Committee for its March 21 meeting. Newly-appointed interim City Manager Steve Mermell will be the ultimate decision-maker on the policy that the staff will adopt and disclose to the PSC and the public. Mermell has invited civil liberties activists (including the authors) to provide him their input at a meeting with them on February 24.We applaud the new City Manager for the greater transparency and openness he has brought to the process – his disclosing the decision-making process, his inviting public input through hearings before the PSC, his seeking a meeting with us to get our input into the policy, and his commitment to contemporaneously disclose the staff’s policy decisions rather than keeping the policy secret or burying it in an opaque announcement. All of these are significant, but they still leave a stacked deck against the public interest.A fairer and more transparent approach: let the Council decideThe City Council should decide in the first instance the important public policy disputes on body camera policy; they should not be decided by an imperial executive. City staff should not confront the City’s democratically-elected representatives with the fait accompli of an implemented policy that the City Council has to reverse. Rather, the staff should refer disputed issues to the City Council to decide. The voters in City Charter in §604(J) have provided that “[i]t shall be competent for the City Council to instruct the City Manager in all matters of policy…” It is consistent with that mandate for the City Manager to seek instruction from the City Council to decide hotly-disputed public policy matters rather than acting imperially to implement a policy and then dare the City Council to overrule him.Police union input, but not a special seat at the tableThe police unions are doing what they would be expected to do – i.e., seeking the most favorable body camera policy for their members irrespective of the public interest. The police unions’ voices need to be part of the dialogue, so the City Manager or the Chief getting their input is as important as getting our public interest input. But the police unions are being given a special place at the table by the Chief “meeting and conferring” with employee unions. Meeting and conferring is a statutorily-mandated process under California law for employers and unions to negotiate on wages and working conditions. There is a duty to bargain in good faith on wages and working conditions, and there are legal consequences to not doing so. But there is no duty to meet-and-confer with employee unions on fundamental management decisions and policy matters such as the policy for body cameras. Moreover, there appears to be nothing to negotiate because Chief Sanchez has already repeatedly allied himself with the police unions on camera video policy; their “negotiation” is the equivalent of the police department going into a phone booth to call itself on the phone for negotiations with itself. The proper treatment is not to put the police unions on a special path to decision-making but to hear their concerns in the same manner as the rest of the public.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who successfully litigated the PRA lawsuit to release the OIR Group Report on the McDade shooting. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. 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ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson blasted Jussie Smollett in an emotional press conference on Thursday in which he said that Smollett’s alleged staging of a hoax attack was a “publicity stunt…to promote his career.”“Jussie Smollett tool advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “Why would anyone especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?”Johnson charged that Smollett, an actor on the hit show ‘Empire’ who has consistently denied any role in staging the alleged attack, orchestrated it because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”In addition to staging the attack, officials said, Smollett also sent himself a hate-filled letter to the Fox studio where the hit show is filmed.Smollett turned himself in at 5:15 a.m. local time and made a statement to police before being taken into custody. His lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, were not present at the time but they released the following statement the night before, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”Police add that Smollett gave no statement to police after turning himself in and that his lawyers had reached out to them Wednesday night to discuss his surrender.During a press briefing later Thursday morning, Chicago law enforcement officials said that Chicago police detectives interviewed more than 100 people and reviewed dozens of police cameras trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.Johnson, a well-regarded and popular big city police chief and Chicago native, appearing genuinely aggrieved as he described how, he said, Smollett took advantage of the pain of racism to advance his career.“Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose” to further his “own public profile,” Johnson wondered aloud.“I’m offended by what happened and I’m angry,” Johnson continued. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t own and certainly didn’t deserve.”Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and a chemical compound was poured on him. The alleged assailants yelled “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan, police were told.In an interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned his story.Police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time of the alleged attack. The men, who are brothers, were arrested on Feb. 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.While being questioned by investigators, the brothers claimed that Smollett paid them to help orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where “Empire” is filmed, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News.On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report. By that evening, police officially had classified the actor as a suspect in the ongoing investigation. Detectives subsequently presented evidence to a Cook County grand jury.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi told ABC Chicago station WLS in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved ‘Empire,’ and we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
KFSN-TV(FRESNO, Calif.) — Four people are dead after 10 individuals were shot in Fresno, California Sunday evening after a family had gathered to watch football, police said.Three people were found dead in the home’s backyard, while a fourth died at the hospital. A suspect sneaked into the backyard of the home and opened fire on those who had gathered there, according to Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.The shooting took place just before 8 p.m. local time.The victims found in the backyard were between the ages of 25 and 30. No children were injured in the shooting, police said.The shooter was able to escape and police do not know their identity, Dooley said. It is, however, possible the person was known to the victims.Five people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Another person suffered a bullet graze wound.The suspect never entered the home, according to police, where about 35 people were gathered for the viewing party.Dozens of emergency vehicles were on the scene in southeast Fresno, near the city’s airport.The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is sending a team to help investigate the shooting.The Los Angeles Rams played the Chicago Bears in L.A. on Sunday night.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCommercial Real EstateManhattanoffice marketSubleasing Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Yelp’s 11 Madison and PWC’s 300 Madison. (SL Green, Brookfield) Yelp, the website popular for its crowdsourced business reviews, has two offices near Madison Square Park in Manhattan — but that may not be the case for long.The San Francisco-based company has quietly let brokers know that the spaces — one at SL Green Realty’s 11 Madison Avenue and the other at 200 Fifth Avenue — are available for sublease, but that doesn’t mean it’s abandoning New York altogether. Instead, the company is likely to see which of those spaces draws the most interest from the market, and then consolidate its employees into the other, sources familiar with the company’s plans told The Real Deal. A spokesperson for Yelp confirmed that the company is reducing its New York City footprint and plans to maintain an office in the city. The location will depend on its sublease options, the spokesperson said.Yelp’s evaluation of its office spaces — about 200,000 square feet on Madison Avenue and roughly 70,000 on Fifth Avenue — is an exercise that many companies with multiple locations are going through as they look to rightsize real estate footprints.What rightsizing looks like will be determined by how many employees return to offices, and how much room will be needed for social distancing. But how much real estate those companies can offload on the sublease market will be just as influential, if not more so.PricewaterhouseCoopers is another company that believes it can get by with one of its two Manhattan offices. The Big 4 accounting firm has quietly fielded sublease offers for its 800,000-square-foot office at Brookfield Properties’ 300 Madison Avenue and its 240,000-square-foot space at Vornado Realty Trust’s 90 Park Avenue, sources familiar with the spaces told TRD.“As PwC continues to adapt to virtual work practices and adopt new ways of working in order to best support our people and clients, we are reviewing our physical office space on an ongoing basis to ensure that it matches our needs in each market,” a spokesperson for the company told TRD. As the pandemic has forced many companies to reevaluate their office needs, the amount of space available for sublease in Manhattan is approaching record levels.The borough ended 2020 with nearly 19 million square feet of available sublease space, according to Savills. That accounts for roughly 29 percent of all the available office space in Manhattan, approaching the high point of 30 percent hit during the Great Recession.Some tenants have been able to take advantage of the sublet opportunities, which generally offer rents at rates lower than companies will get on direct deals with landlords for comparable spaces.Late last year Noom, which makes a popular weight-loss app, subleased more than 113,000 square feet at 5 Manhattan West from the advertising firm R/GA.Contact Rich Bockmann Full Name*
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEPhiladelphia 5, Baltimore 4AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 6, Houston 4Boston 6, Toronto 4N.Y. Yankees 7, Cleveland 4Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 1L.A. Angels 11, Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEColorado 5, Arizona 1Pittsburgh 6, Milwaukee 3Washington 5, N.Y. Mets 4L.A. Dodgers 3, San Diego 2WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDallas 92, L.A. Sparks 77Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 13, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/19/18 Written by Beau Lund
Training & Education View post tag: NIVOSE View post tag: FS Share this article EU Naval Force Warship FS NIVÔSE welcomed ten Djiboutian coast guards on 16 May for training and discussion on skiff interception, vessel protection teams and online communication.During a port visit in Djibouti, the crew of NIVÔSE and members of the Djiboutian coast guard shared their experiences in the fight against piracy, and more broadly on the coast guards’ role in the protection of Djiboutian waters.The sailors of NIVÔSE presented their skiff interception procedures, the implementation of a vessel protection team on board a merchant vessel, as well as the handling of suspected pirates once arrested. Training was both theoretical and practical.Part of the day was also devoted to the use of the secure website Mercury. This site designed and maintained by the MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa) allows all military and civilian stakeholders involved in the fight against piracy, or being potential victims, to share information or report ongoing attacks.This day is part of a broader program of cooperation overseen by the Force Headquarters on board FS MARNE. The benefit of this type of encounter is mutual. It helps Navies and Coast Guards in the region to further develop their own maritime capabilities, while allowing EUNAVFOR ships to take advantage of their experience and knowledge of the area. This also facilitates subsequent contacts during any counter-piracy operation during which collaboration may be necessary.This fits into the comprehensive approach of the European Union and France in particular in the fight against piracy, which aims to support the Somali government and promote cooperation with regional countries.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 25, 2012; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Djiboutian Djiboutian Coast Guards Train on Board EUNAVFOR Warship FS NIVÔSE View post tag: Guards View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: News by topic View post tag: board View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: coast Back to overview,Home naval-today Djiboutian Coast Guards Train on Board EUNAVFOR Warship FS NIVÔSE View post tag: train View post tag: Warship May 25, 2012
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber reminds prospective students that the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program has been extended to cover the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, and that the family income eligibility limit has been increased by $20,000, to $65,000.CCOG covers tuition and educational fees, after other federal and state aid is applied. For the 2019-20 academic year, prospective and current students, who have adjusted gross household incomes of up to $65,000 and who take six or more credits, may be eligible for CCOG awards. “Thanks to Governor Murphy and our legislators, greater numbers of students can take advantage of this free-tuition program,” Dr. Reber said. “We are happy to note that under the expanded guidelines, an estimated 1,300 HCCC students will be eligible for CCOG financial assistance this fall.”Hudson County Community College has one of the most comprehensive Financial Aid programs in New Jersey, with 83 percent of HCCC students receiving assistance. Still, many students require additional tuition assistance.“Thousands of HCCC students balance college with full-time employment, full-time studies, and caring for their families. This program enables our students to achieve their higher education goals while managing other important priorities,” Dr. Reber stated. He noted that the program supports the education of a skilled, tax-paying workforce that benefits Hudson County’s economy.To qualify for the CCOG, students need to complete either the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or the Alternative Application for New Jersey Dreamers by September 15, 2019. For more information about the Community College Opportunity Grant and attending Hudson County Community College, please contact the HCCC Admissions Office by phoning (201) 360-4222 or emailing [email protected] ×CCOG-Koral-Booth CCOG-Koral-Booth