Milwaukee, Wis. San Diego Milwaukee, Wis. Detroit Philadelphia San Diego is a border city barricaded from its Mexican sister city, Tijuana, by an ugly, metal wall. Recent days here have witnessed a much greater than usual level of activity on the part of La Migra (the U.S. Border Patrol) in the area’s poorer communities, on public transportation and at the supermarkets where Spanish speaking people shop. New immigration checkpoints have popped up on the streets of residential communities.The unprecedented level of repression is frightening. But the huge outpouring of angry, pro-immigrant San Diegans on Feb. 18 made it clear that President Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant program will meet strong resistance here. Thousands assembled at the County Administration Building that morning and marched downtown to the Federal Building, where their numbers filled the open plaza area and packed the street in front from curb to curb. Their message to President Trump was loud and clear: Muslim people and all immigrants are welcome here!Un Día sin Inmigrantes/A Day without Immigrants in the Philadelphia area caused many restaurants and other businesses to shut their doors on Feb. 16. A rally organized by Lucha Pro Licencias PA gathered at noon and marched around City Hall, despite cold, windy weather.When the kitchen workers at Restaurant Bahama Breeze in the suburban King of Prussia area were fired the next morning for being absent, the Coalición Fortaleza Latina Pennsylvania urged supporters to call the business. The campaign won within hours, when the restaurant called every worker to tell them that they were rehired and would also be paid for the day off.Many motorists on busy East Jefferson Avenue near downtown Detroit honked their horns in support on Feb. 17 as they passed a lively demonstration of 150 people on the sidewalk in front of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. The protest received wide coverage in the big-business-owned media.The newly formed Michigan People’s Defense Network called the action in solidarity with immigrants who are being targeted, banned, scapegoated, raided, rounded up and deported across the U.S. An MPDN statement noted, “The attacks on immigrants are intended to divide the working class and distract us from identifying the real threat and our common enemy: hate groups, the corporations and the banks.” The network is a multinational and intergenerational organization founded to counter the racist and neofascist policies of Trump and his right-wing supporters. For more information, please like the group at facebook.com/MichiganPeoplesDefenseNetwork/.Tens of thousands on Feb. 13 joined the Día sin Latinos, Inmigrantes y Refugiados/Strike Against Clarke rally and march to stop Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from ordering deputies to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Protesters also demanded an immediate end to raids and deportations, to any Muslim or refugee bans, to walls between the U.S. and Mexico and to attacks on worker rights. The protest was organized by Voces de la Frontera.“We have to remember to stay strong, not fear,” said Gutiérrez Ayala. “And what else can we do? Just sit there? We’re not going to take it. We’re going to organize as best as we can as a family and a community.”Participants on Feb. 13 came to Milwaukee from at least 25 cities around the state for what Voces called a daylong strike. Many Latinx workers from business sectors such as the dairy industry, restaurants and meat packing in Wisconsin stayed away from work or joined the actions in Milwaukee. Thousands of students, including many members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle, also joined the protest, as did numerous labor-community supporters from unions, the Muslim community and others.Beginning at the offices of Voces on the southside of Milwaukee, the 50,000 protesters marched to the Milwaukee County Courthouse in a militant display of people’s power.“Following Monday’s ‘Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees in Wisconsin,’ we are witnessing a spontaneous groundswell of immigrant workers, small business owners and our supporters taking similar bold action to demand an end to Trump’s deportation raids,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera on Feb. 16.Added Neumann-Ortiz: “We applaud the leadership of immigrant workers and business owners around the country in using their economic power, and we call on community organizations to follow their lead. We invite organizations and the public to join us in coordinated, escalated actions nationwide leading up to a mass general strike on May 1. Monday, May 1, 2017, must be a national Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, and Refugees to demand Trump rescind all of his executive orders on immigration.” To support and for more information, visit facebook.com/VocesdelaFronteraWI and vdlf.org.Kris Hamel, Bob McCubbin, Joe Piette and the Workers World Wisconsin bureau contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Putting Hoosiers First: Richard Moss for CongressMore than comparing flashy ads, the latest scandals or snappy sound bites, elections are questions of character and conviction. As voters head to the polls today, the choice for Indiana’s Eighth District Congressional race is clear: conservative cancer surgeon Richard Moss.November 2016 was a monumental moment for Republicans. Disenfranchised voters of every walk of life rightly rallied to “Drain the Swamp,” overcoming the seemingly impossible and electing Donald J. Trump to the White House.Yet, because of the recalcitrant leadership in Washington, key promises made to these forgotten men and women have not been kept. After eight years, incumbent and full-time beltway resident Larry Bucshon has become part of the problem.Today, voters have a solution in Dr. Richard Moss.Moss is a proven conservative with a deep understanding of the Constitution, advocating for the timeless vision of our Founders: an effective, limited government and a prosperous, free people.Hoosiers, like all Americans, deserve honest, driven and responsible leaders. Dr. Richard Moss has the necessary experience, clear grit and raw talent to be a champion for Hoosiers of all walks of life. More, his priceless experiences in healthcare and business are desperately needed in a Congress teeming with lawyers and political insiders.Committed to accountability and access, Moss traveled to every corner of Indiana’s Eighth District this year, listening to the unique struggles of hardworking Hoosiers and laying out an optimistic agenda for Indiana families.From the beginning, Dr. Richard Moss themed his campaign around “putting Hoosiers first.” Today, we each have the opportunity to do just that.EDITOR”S NOTES: Andrew Ireland is a columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal and Robel Scholar at the Michael S. Maurer School of Law. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewIrelandIN. You can find your polling location at www.rmoss4congress.com/vote
Radio NZ News 14 May 2018Instigating paid-partner leave after childbirth would be a “concrete step” in addressing the gender pay gap, the government has been told.Official data shows on average women earn between 9 percent and 16 percent less than men in this country, and the gap is even wider for women with children.Only about 1 percent of people taking up the government’s paid parental-leave are fathers.University of Auckland economics lecturer Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy said because of the wage gap there was an economic incentive for women to do the childcaring.He said this incentive, plus societal attitudes towards gender roles, were blocking men who might be best choice in the couple to take up the role.“And it’s important to recognise that early childhood really matters in terms of outcomes later in life,” Mr Greenaway-McGrevy said.“So having the best person in that role is better for the child, I’m sure the father will find it rewarding as well, and also society as a whole.”Mr Greenaway-McGrevy said excluding any group was an inefficient way to run a company, and the same goes for families.Listen to Insight’s documentary about stay-at-home fathersPaid partner leave a concrete step in closing gender pay gap – academicIf the government was serious about closing the the gender pay gap – incentivising more men into the caregiver role – then it needed to start paying partners to take two weeks off work paid when a baby was born, an expert said.Victoria University senior law lecturer Amanda Reilly wants the government to introduce a separate, ring-fenced entitlement for partners set, to start with, at minimum wage.Currently two weeks unpaid leave is available.She said studies showed that in families where men were more involved in caregiving it had a positive correlation with increased women’s earning.“There’s a lot of conversation coming from this government about the need to address the gender pay gap.“But this is actually a concrete step that could be taken to signal commitment towards that.”Ms Reilly said if Australia and other countries could afford to have this policy then New Zealand could too.“Yes it would cost money but … we have to decide how much do we value caregiving and families.”It was a matter of fundamental fairness and keeping gender equity moving forward, she said.And with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford taking on the primary caregiver role, Ms Reilly said maybe she could be the one to push for the entitlement.Massey University political science professor Grant Duncan said New Zealand should look to the Swedish model where a range of measures have increased the number of men taking on the primary caregiver role.Fathers in Sweden claim 27.9 percent of the total childcare leave, more than 10 times the New Zealand number.The paid-parental leave rules change next month to 22-weeks after Parliament voted last year to incrementally increase the entitlement to 26 weeks by 2020.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/357296/paid-partner-leave-would-help-close-gender-pay-gap-expertKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The AITA championship series Tennis will begin at the Chachal Tennis Complex here tomorrow. Around 45 players will participate in the competition. Earlier all the qualifying round matches of the boys under 12 singles event were completed today There was no qualifying round in the girls U-12 events. Also read: Local Sports
Once the Golden State Warriors move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season, will Stephen Curry really want to deal with Bay Bridge traffic every day?Maybe not, as he admitted in a conversation with Daveed Diggs in one of his YouTube talk-show-in-the-car episodes. The Oakland-based actor, rapper and “Blindspotting” director was talking to Curry about how he felt about the Warriors leaving Oracle Arena, and then asked Curry if he and Ayesha would also be moving their family from the …
February’s Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees show such creativity, innovation, and helpfulness that their fellow geocachers sit back and say, “wow.” Groundspeak Lackey’s selected these three nominees because of their ability to give selflessly to the geocaching community. Now you get the chance to comment on who you believe should be February’s “Featured Geocacher of the Month.”January Featured Geocachers of the Month, SerenityNowWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be the featured Geocacher of the Month. Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Here are your nominees for the February Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.Magicman65Magicman65Nominated by RayandLynn, “Magicman65 is Vice President of the BC Geocaching Association. He is a member of the Mid Island Geocaching Association and a member of the Vancouver Island Geocaching Association. He teaches geocaching, creates and attends events. Magicman65 encourages geocachers to be respectful of the environment, caches, each other and of course (be respectful of) Muggles. When he comes across a cache that needs maintenance, he will fix it right there on the spot.” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the February Featured Geocacher of the MonthMarch 27, 2012In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsApril 10, 2012In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community” Steve ‘n’ NancySteve ‘n’ NancyNominated by rvjn, “Steve ‘n’ Nancy has given their all to promoting caching in the North Bend/Coos Bay area. Caching was very limited when they began so they started getting the local cachers together, inviting visitors to dinner, meeting with all, and putting on events on a regular basis. Ask anyone in Oregon and they’ll tell you that the best caches are to be found in Coos Bay/North Bend area. Steve ‘n’ Nancy make every cacher who comes to the area feel special!” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured February Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for February’s award through Monday March 12th.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinIf you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the March Geocacher of the Month must be received by March 27th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More RattrakRattrakNominated by HotBarbecuered, “My first encounter with this AMAZING cacher was when I moved to the Windsor Ontario Canada area for my university studies. I later went to my very first caching event in Michigan and found out that Rattrak was behind organizing many of the events in the Metro-Detroit area. Each year, Rattrak is one of the organizers of the Annual Detroit/Belle Isle Event. Rattrak also hosts an semi-annual CITO event and potluck on the island each spring and fall.”
Kolkata: Jadavapur University (JU) on Monday allowed the screening of ‘Ram ke Naam’, a 1992 documentary based on the Babri Masjid demolition, but it was not allowed to be screened on the Presidency University (PU) campus auditorium after the authorities allegedly denied permission. The students of the film studies department took the initiative of screening the film in Jadavpur University. “If a department takes an initiative, there is no point in denying or giving any permission,” JU Registrar Sneha Manju Basu said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A group of PU students had also planned to screen the national award winning documentary directed by filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, but were denied permission. However, officials at JU didn’t put any restriction on its screening. “Some students had planned to screen the documentary on Monday. The audhall was sanctioned to us, but as per the norm we should have been given a receipt. We didn’t get that and on Saturday we were told that the hall was not meant for such screenings,” said Sayan Chakraborty, a student of PU’s economics department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway However, PU officials said that the students were stopped from screening the documentary as they didn’t have proper permission. Chakraborty said that the auditorium has been used for screening various films in the past. The students will discuss the matter with the university administration on Tuesday, he said. “We will try to get permission. If denied, we will go for open screening. If we don’t use university infrastructure, no one will be able to stop us,” he added. ‘Ram ke Naam’ explores the campaign waged by Vishva Hindu Parishad to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and the communal violence it triggered.
Vashti Cunningham poses with the flag after winning the women’s high jump during the 2016 IAAF World Championships. Photo by Kirby Lee, USA TODAY SportsSupreme athleticism run in the Cunningham family.Just a month after graduating high school, 18-year-old Vashti Cunningham is set to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics after placing second in high jump at the Olympic track trials, People reports. Cunningham is the daughter of retired NFL superstar Randall Cunningham, known for his unconventional and often improvised football technique.The retired football star serves as his daughter’s coach and mentor alongside her mother Felicity de Jager, a former Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina.According to People, Cunningham is the world-reigning indoor champion, as she finished second behind three-time Olympian and American record-holder Chaunte Lowe at the Eugene, Oregon Olympic trials on Sunday.As she heads to the Olympic Games this summer, Cunningham will be the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to represent America since 1976, Sports Illustrated reports. And if she’s lucky enough to snag a medal in Rio, she’ll be the first to do so since 1972.Her father sees no reason why she couldn’t win a gold medal at the upcoming games.“There’s no other way to train people,” Randall Cunningham told The New York Times. “You give them a vision, and they have to keep it in sight.”The child prodigy trains four times a week with a workout regimen complete with leg lifts and weight training. Cunningham avoids squats, however, to reduce the chance of knee and ankle injuries, The New York Times reports.She often compares her athletic drive and desire to win to that of her dad’s.“Me and my dad are similar athletes,” Cunningham explained to the publication. “I want to win everything I do. I’ll be thankful if I go and don’t win, but there’s always that fire in me that needs to win and wants to win.”She also described clearing the high jump as a “confrontation between me and the bar.”“…I’m going to look at it and realize I can conquer it and I can destroy it basically,” the track star said. “I go up and stare it down and realize that if my head can go over it, my body can go over it.”According to Sports Illustrated, Cunningham and Lowe, who is headed to the Olympics as well, are the United States’ best chance at winning gold in Rio for the high jump. Not a single American female athlete has snagged a gold medal in the event since Louise Ritter at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Unsurprisingly, Cunningham isn’t the first in her family to qualify for the Olympic trials. Her brother, Randall Cunningham II, won the 2016 NCAA outdoor championship his sophomore year at Southern California and earned a spot in the U.S. Olympic trials, The New York Times reports.Cunningham is set to compete alongside big name athletes like gymnast Gabby Douglas, basketball star Kevin Durant, and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.