Objective conditions that gave rise to Ferguson

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgLarry HalesWW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts from the talk given by Larry Hales at the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City Nov. 15-16.I believe in comradely and revolutionary love, but also in the power of hating oppression and those that oppress. I believe in letting that hate for the oppressor burn right next to the love for the oppressed, and hopefully the tornado that forms the contradictory winds keeps you inspired.This past year, how many victims have there been of state violence, both victims of the internally oppressed and of the oppressed nations externally? If we were to say all the names of the people killed by the violence of the U.S. imperialist state, then perhaps we would need more than the two days devoted to this conference. Someplace their names are being said. And they are just memories now.We have long memories. We never forget.Now the value of a young life is being weighed — of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who would have been three-quarters of the way through his first semester of college. We can all imagine which way the decision to indict Darren Wilson will go; we can infer from the so-called leaks and from numerous other cases because we don’t forget. Of course, whatever this secretive grand jury decides, it will not change the meaning of the young man’s life for his family and friends, the people of Ferguson and St. Louis County, the Black nation, oppressed people or working people in general.  It will most likely be just another indication of how this society values Black life.But I want us, comrades, to look at the bigger picture of national oppression and the capitalist system itself, of the circumstances that created Ferguson, a once majority-white, middle- to upper-middle-class enclave, into a suburban Black ghetto.Ferguson is in the spotlight because of the murder of Mike Brown by the pig Darren Wilson, but hundreds of Fergusons have been created from once majority Black cities, long divested from by businesses, that have felt the crush of constant cutbacks in state expenditures and of social needs being attacked.The neoliberal model, an imperialist policy, is now a policy destroying oppressed communities, unions, social needs such as public housing, education and food programs like SNAP [Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program] benefits. More and more the bourgeois state is becoming austere, and money is being put in the hands of the banks, financial institutions, agribusiness and huge retailers like Walmart in the form of subsidies, bond buybacks or interest payments.Developers have moved in, bought up land, built on it, establishing minimum-income requirements, pushing the poor and oppressed out.  This comes on the heels of school closings which disproportionately affect Black children. In the latest round of school closings in Philadelphia last year, 79 percent of the children affected were Black.Zero tolerance or quality-of-life ordinances are enacted, some neighborhood specific, like Broken Windows in Denver and in Harlem, N.Y., under the first Bratton term — something that is now citywide — or stop-and-frisk, the policy that led to the murders of Ramarley Graham and Kimani Gray.Ferguson was created by such policies in St. Louis, which used to be predominantly Black, somewhere around 70 percent, but is now 49 percent white. Now Ferguson is almost 70 percent Black, with 25 percent living below the poverty rate and 44 percent living below twice the poverty rate, with a 13 percent unemployment rate.These are the conditions, along with this specific killing of young Mike Brown, that led to the rebellion, and these conditions are all over the country, where poverty is growing at twice the rate in the suburbs as opposed to inner city areas. We must tie this to the current stage of capitalist imperialism — and the growing war against oppressed and working people in the imperialist center — with that of the oppressed around the globe.It is why we must raise again and again: Build independent power, build the peoples’ assemblies to fight in the interests of the most oppressed behind a working people’s program whose goal is every gain we can extract on the path toward complete emancipation of oppressed and working people.Forward ever! Power to the people, workers and assemblies of the oppressed!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pele dismisses health fears

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Loading… Football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, has dismissed health fears, saying that they  invented it  that he was depressed’. Football fans around the world began to worry when reports emerged last month of Pele’s deteriorating health. According to his son, the 79-year-old – widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – had become reclusive following complications as he recovered from hip surgery. Though Pele still requires the aid of a walking frame to get around, the Brazil great says he remains in high spirits and dismissed suggestions that his health had let him to be depressed. “This depression thing, I don’t know if they got it wrong because in the last two years I had a bruise, a femur operation and then, when I started training or making a commercial, I had to stop,” Pele told CNN Brasil’s Reinaldo Gottino. “They started to worry and I really appreciate it, but then they invented that I was depressed. I got here with a walker but, thank God, I only can’t ride a bike. Even some of the times when I was hurt, bruised, I did not fail to give an interview and I said that I was sad because I had been injured. “That is exactly what I am going to talk about now: I would rather have arrived here without a walker, doing a little training, playing ball. But I’m recovering and, thank God, after everything I’ve done in sports, I’m fine. Thank goodness I’m recovering.” So much has changed in football since Pele made his debut for Brazilian club Santos in 1956, though sadly, he says, racism is one thing that has remained constant.The past two seasons have seen a sharp increase in the number of footballers suffering racist abuse during matches, notably affecting leagues in Italy, England, Germany and Ukraine. Pele recalls occasions he was racially abused — by both fans and fellow players — while playing in South America and Europe, but says the media now plays an important role in bringing this incidents of abuse to attention.“I don’t think that much has changed today,” he says. “The only thing that must have changed, I think, was the press. When one player spoke nonsense to another (in the past), it was among us. “When I went to play in Europe it happened a lot. Playing here against Argentines, they called us apes, chimpanzees and creoles. See if there was any scandal — and they already said these things at that time.”Brazilian footballer Pele in training for Brazil's match against England in 1963. Pele spent all but two years of his career at Santos and scored more than 600 goals for the club, winning the Copa Libertadores twice and multiple domestic titles. He remains the only player in history to have won three World Cups and this year marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup final win, with that Brazilian team widely regarded to be the best of all time.Pele was a crucial member of the side that outplayed Italy to win 4-1 in the final on June 21, 1970. When asked at which point during his illustrious career — which spanned more than 20 years — he realized he would become one of the game’s greats, Pele admits his own success took even him by surprise.“This question is difficult to answer, I never thought I was going to be great. I swear to God,” Pele says. “I remember that Athiê Jorge Cury, Santos’ president at the time, talked to my father, who worked at the health station in Bauru. “He learned that at Baquinho [nickname of Bauru AC] there was a boy and asked if he could take his son, Pelé, to practice at Santos. I always thought it was a joke. I was 13 to 14 years old and I wasn’t even a main player at Baquinho.“Coincidentally, Athiê Jorge Cury was a friend of my father and I went for a trial at Santos and was approved. I thought it was a dream.“There are things I remember as if it were today … I remember my father taking me to the Bauru bus station to practice in Santos. It seemed like something out of this world that was happening to me, but today the player catches a jet plane. How funny life is.” Despite the vast improvements in technology and training, Pele believes modern day football is far more challenging than it was during his era.He says that while his generation and those that followed put on more of a performance for the fans, modern players who just want to “destroy” the ball, as he puts it, makes it more difficult for today’s artists to put on a show.“I think it is more difficult. Playing soccer today is much more difficult that in the past, no doubt at all,” he says. “Because in my time, with all due respect to colleagues, I think we had a little more freedom to stop the ball. Now there’s not so much anymore.“Therefore, even some players who are friends of mine at that time say that it is not so. I talk to Beckenbauer, Maradona and Cruyff. I say: ‘In the past, people used to play ball, now the guys don’t want to play ball, they just want to destroy it, they don’t want to let one play.’ Read Also:Pele suffers depression due to health issues, says son“It gets boring because those who pay to go to the stadium, pay to go to see a show. They don’t pay to be seen fouls every time. So, in our time I think that it was better for the fans because we gave more shows than the current soccer.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Hoosier Racing Tire and IMCA continue partnership

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgLAKEVILLE, Ind. – Hoosier Racing Tire announced today their continued partnership with the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) to be the exclusive tire supplier through 2020.“Hoosier Racing Tire is pleased to continue our relationship with IMCA,” stated Oval Track Dirt Product Manager Shanon Rush. “It seems like yesterday we were testing our first IMCA tires in Boone, Iowa, in 2005 and now we are entering our 10th year partnering with this great organiza­tion. Hoosier is proud to provide durable, repeatable, and safe race tire products in support of IMCA, their drivers and their affiliated race tracks and series.”“Hoosier is the largest racing tire manufacturer in the world and along with that status comes qual­ity assurances they are able to put in place to fit our goals of what a spec tire is and what a spec tire rule accomplishes,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “There isn’t another tire manufac­turer that can provide the quality and service for this organization or our drivers.”Hoosier Racing Tire manufactures and distributes the IMCA-stamped G60-15 tire for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Performance Northern SportMod divisions; the IMCA-branded Chain Link tire for Late Models; the Hoosier RaceSaver® tire for IMCA Eagle Motorsports Sprint Cars; and the IMCA-stamped 500 tire for Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Hoosier contrib­utes to national point funds for each of those divisions and gives contingency awards at the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.2015 marks the Centennial season for IMCA, seeing new venues, new states and new drivers.About IMCA: The International Motor Contest Association is the largest and most popular dirt track sanctioning organization in the United States, attracting talented weekly and professional dirt rac­ers with fan-friendly formats and shows.About Hoosier Racing Tire: Hoosier Racing Tire is the largest manufacturer of racing tires in the world with distributors located both domestically and worldwide. For more information visit Hoos­ierTire.com or follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoosierTire), Twitter (@HoosierTire) and Instagram (HoosierTire).last_img read more

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Selects capture bronze medal at Sandpoint Tournament

By on August 3, 2020

first_img“The August tournaments a lot of the Washington State/Idaho teams participate in earlier in the summer were cancelled due to the fires and smoke.”The Sandpoint organizers expanded the tournament to their largest ever to accept all the teams looking to play.”Playing up a division in the U14-15 category, Nelson opened the tournament with a narrow 4-3 loss to Spokane FC.The Selects then bounced back to shutout Flathead FC of Kalispell 4-0.Nelson continued to roll by knocking off Spokane to capture the bronze medal finishing third in the seven-team division.The team includes, Isabel Curiston, Freya Holman, Gretchen Lewandowski, Phoenix Tailleur, Farrah Marzicola, Ruby Linnen, Abby Jackson, Teigan Barnhart, Ivie Lock-Luttmer, Aube Jolicoeu, Addis Atkinson, Nicola Anderson, Semegn Atkinson, Ella Peloso, Alexis Dyck, Sydney Benson, Elisa Clark, Hanna Van Der Holt and coaches Darren Peloso and Bill Clark. Some Nelson Youth Soccer teams traveled south of the 49 parallel while others trekked into Columbia Country.The Nelson Selects took their game across the border and returned with a bronze medal after scoring a 2-0 victory over the Spokane Shadown in the consolation match at the Sandpoint Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday.”The competition level was very good,” said NYS U13 Selects coach Darren Peloso.last_img read more

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Partners for Possibility garners international recognition

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe Partners for Possibility education initiative has been awarded sixth place at the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation was one of 200 in the running for the award.Partners for Possibility received well-deserved recognition when it came away with sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner in the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in February. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Mathiba MolefePartners for Possibility, the South African education development organisation, was awarded sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner at the annual HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony.Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee in US, the annual HR.COM awards are held to recognise the work being done in leadership development throughout the world by individuals and organisations such as Partners for Possibility (PFP).The HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony was held during the LEAD2017 leadership forum on 7 and 8 February.Partners for PossibilityEducation is one of the most important factors in South Africa’s development and improving the country’s education system is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to securing its future.It was with this in mind that PFP was created, uniting some of the best business minds with teachers and principals from schools around the country.These partnerships were created to bring some of the best business practices to the running of the schools. The objective was to help these schools run more efficiently and ensure learners got the most out of their time there.By developing partnerships and leadership, the programme ensures that everybody involved benefits, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.“It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.Proud partnersHR.COM is not the only group to recognise the value of the work being done by PFP. Because of the great promise the organisation has, Brand South Africa has partnered with it.This budding venture is part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing efforts to support the development of South Africa, which is made easier by supporting organisations that have already laid the groundwork.Stand up and be counted, get involvedIf you are inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping it realise the goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit the organisation’s website to find out more about how you can get involved.PFP aims to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner, visit its Become a PFP web page to find out how you can do this.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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South Africa moves to grow bio-economy

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first_img15 January 2014 The government has launched an updated bio-economy strategy that seeks to harness partnerships with industry and academia in order to accelerate the development of bio-based services, products and innovations in South Africa. The science-based Bio-Economy Strategy, approved by the Cabinet in November and launched by Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Tuesday, positions bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of the country’s industrial and social development goals. Speaking to journalists at the launch in Pretoria, Hanekom said the strategy improved on the National Biotechnology Strategy of 2001 by “going beyond the mere generation of new technologies to ensuring that technology development is informed by the needs of the country and people, and that social and economic value is generated”. The strategy calls for industry, science councils, government departments and academia to cooperate closely to ensure that biotechnology and bio-innovations are market-relevant and find easier application in South Africa. According to Business Day, the strategy’s proposals include the setting up of a R2-billion venture capital fund to support initiatives that extract economic value from the country’s rich biological resources. “One of South Africa’s greatest assets is the combination of its rich biological diversity and its wealth of indigenous knowledge,” Hanekom said. “Our country is the world’s third most biologically diverse country and is home to almost 10% of the world’s known plant species and 15% of all known coastal marine species – including a newly identified lobster that has been named after Madiba (munidopsis mandelai). “This capital can be used to the country’s advantage in the current economy through multidisciplinary approaches, including providing raw materials for the natural product sector, bio-prospecting with the aim of developing pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and industrial applications, and using indigenous plants and animals as food sources.” The government’s aim, Hanekom said, was to grow the bio-economy through strengthened partnerships with industry, and to extract the full potential of the country’s living systems “through the application of our collective competencies and capabilities. “The benefits to society will include the more sustainable use of resources, the development of new products, and improved job prospects.” According to the Department of Science and Technology, the Bio-economy Strategy is closely aligned with the country’s National Development Plan (NDP), which holds that advances in science, technology and innovation will underpin advances in South African economy and society. “It is expected that by 2030 biotechnology and bio-innovation will be making a significant contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product through the creation of bio-based services, products and innovations, intellectual property management and support for bio-entrepreneurs,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday. “In addition, the strategy recognises and builds on the important contributions that indigenous knowledge can and should play in the development of our bio-economy.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: What Only the Leader Can Do

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgAs a leader, it is easy to get bogged down in the little stuff.Many of the people you lead will bring you small problems because they haven’t worked for a leader who has required them to act independently (mostly because that leader didn’t trust them to act independently).Much of what reaches your desk are tiny fires. The nature of the problem requires urgency, and the people who work for you want to make sure that you know what’s going on and weigh in on the decision.Urgent work gives you a sense of accomplishment. Nothing makes you feel like you’re working more than making decisions and handling the things that need attention. Many people in leadership roles thrive on this work because it feeds their need for significance. But “small fires” isn’t where a leader should spend much of their time.For many leaders, these “small fires,” keep them from having to do the real heavy lifting of leadership.It is easier to be frustrated and focused on small stuff than it is to fix the big stuff.Strategic Threats: Dealing with urgent issues keeps you busy and prevents you from dealing with the strategic threat facing your business. That threat is so great that there is no easy answer available. But strategic threats left unaddressed makes the future more uncertain and creates additional risks.Developing Leaders: Small, urgent issues with relatively easy answers can keep you from spending time developing the next generation of leaders, the important work that is never urgent enough to get a leader’s full attention.Biggest Initiatives: There is some work that only a leader can do. There is more work that competent, trusted people can easily do when empowered to take action independently. The small urgent issues still need to be taken care of, but the leader’s job is to ensure that she has the team necessary to handle them so that she can focus on what only the leader can do.The most dangerous thing a leader can do is to allow small issues to prevent them from pursuing their two or three biggest initiatives. The reason these important initiatives die is because they are neglected when a leader’s time is being devoted to smaller, less important issues.Where do you spend your time?last_img read more

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By on November 7, 2019

first_imgQueensland Touch State Cup Grand Final Times for all divisions are as follows:9.20am – Men’s 30s11.20am – Men’s 50s12.20pm – Women’s 20s, Women’s 30s 1.20pm – Men’s 20s2.20pm- Mixed 3.20pm – Men’s, Women’s Open  A full wrap up and results will be provided after the completion of today’s finals series. Day One of the Queensland Touch State Cup commenced Saturday 2 December 2006 with some high quality clashes on offer in the eight contested divisions at the Quad Park Corporation, Nicklan Way, and Kawana.Round games commenced at 9.00am and concluded at 8.00pm with over 1000 players, coaches, referees, and spectators converging on the Quad Park fields on a perfect Sunshine Coast day to enjoy the action and excitement of the 2006 State Cup.In the Premier Men’s Open Division short priced favorites Kawana had the hometown fans in raptures after producing commanding displays in their Pool 2 games today.The Kawana outfit, led by 2007 Australian World Cup representatives Ben Roberts, and brothers Chris and Ash Farrow recorded big wins over Gladstone (15-0) Red Hot Welding (12-2) and Noosa (9-2).The Kawana combination look on track to defend their State Cup crown after rocketing to the top of their pool and booking an automatic entry to the semi-final stage of the tournament tomorrow.Pool 1 was closely contested with Brisbane, Toowoomba, and Mackay dueling for top spot in the other side of the draw. Brisbane drew with Mackay 5-5, and had a narrow 7-6 victory over Toowoomba to wrap up a direct birth into the semi-finals.Toowoomba and Mackay produced a thrilling 7-7 draw and have advanced to the quarter- finals tomorrow.Gladstone will take on Toowoomba, and Mackay will confront Noosa in the quarter- final stage of the competition.The Brisbane side, brimming with big names, is building momentum and it would not surprise to see a high quality State Cup final featuring the Metropolitan side against the defending champions from Kawana.  In Women’s Open action, Pool 1 was dominated by Redcliffe Colts. The Colts girls produced a perfect day for three wins from three games to book a direct semi-final berth.In other Pool B results, Griffith Sharks lost a tough clash with Colts first up, but rebounded to play solidly for the rest of the day. One round game is to be played on Day 2, with Sharks advancing to the quarterfinals along with the Victorian Women’s Team who have produced some spirited efforts during the day.In Pool B Crushers and Country Club United (CCU) head the pool after three wins from three games today.Sunday’s ESUS “Match of the Round” first up at 8.30 am on Field One between the two sides will decide top spot in the Pool.Local Sunshine Coast affiliate Kawana is likely to secure the other quarterfinal position on offer in the Women’s Open division.In a highly entertaining Mixed Open division, Rebels have remained undefeated in Pool A and Figjam have a clean sheet as well in Pool B.Quarter final action will feature Rebels up against a willing Maleny combination, Uni taking on the visiting Thursday Island combination, The Australian Open Mixed Team playing Coomera, and Figjam will do battle with Redcliffe to secure semi-final berths.In Men’s 20s action, with three of five rounds completed, Chalkies have got off to a flyer, notching three wins from three starts.Toowoomba, Young Guns, Redcliffe, and Redlands are still in the hunt and will be looking to put their best foot forward on Day 2 to clinch semi-final spots.In the Women’s 20s section, four of six rounds have been completed.Colts are the stand out performers in this division with a perfect four from four record on Day 1.Noosa, Logan, and Crushers battled well throughout the day and will be looking to bridge the gap on Day 2 between themselves and the well credentialed Colts outfit who look in fine form coming into the business end of the tournament.The Senior Men’s and Women’s sections have been combined across relevant age divisions. The Men’s 30s final will feature Kawana and Red Hot Welding.In Men’s 40s Semi-final action Ipswich will play the Sunshine Coast, whilst Coomera will confront Maleny to wrap up a State Cup Grand final appearance.In the Men’s 50s final Toowoomba will take on Redcliffe.In the Senior Women’s competition, Kawana 30s, Golden Girls, and Brothers will clash battle it out for a finals spot today.The State Cup actions swings back into gear on Sunday 3 December 2006 at 8.30am with round games, quarterfinal, semi-final, and Grand Final action providing a feast for Touch Football fans.last_img read more

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