Black August: Providence, R.I., honors Black prisoner resistance

first_imgProvidence, R.I. — Behind the Walls, a prisoner rights program of Direct Action for Rights and Equality, along with Workers World Party and CommUNITY members, gathered to commemorate and build upon the legacies of George Jackson, Black August and the longstanding solidarity with Indigenous nations on Aug. 31.According to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, “Black August originated in the concentration camps (prisons) of California in 1979 and its roots come from the history of resistance by Black/New African/African brothers in those prisons.” (mxgm.org) In the spirit of Black August, organizations are encouraged to have political, cultural and educational events of commemoration and observance, and not celebrations or parties. Black August was designed and brought to our communities to educate, agitate and activate the spirit of revolution, resistance and rebellion in our people.A banner stating “Not One More Lynching” and featuring political prisoners Shaka Sankofa and Mumia Abu-Jamal was draped across the podium. A multinational collective of Djembe drummers, led by Brother John Prince, provided the call and response as Sister Moni Solaa and Brother Marco McWilliams engaged the community in the powerful tradition of libation, calling the names of our fallen revolutionaries.This writer shared excerpts of a letter that political prisoner Leonard Peltier wrote to Abu-Jamal, which included quotes by Irish revolutionary Bobby Sands. Archival footage of Brother George Jackson, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, the MOVE 9 and Abu-Jamal deepened the revolutionary fervor and connectedness of our movement against fascism and white supremacy. Brother TwoHawk of the Pokanoket Tribe delivered an urgent call and update on the encampment and struggle against Brown University.The event also featured a mini-exhibit that included archival Workers World coverage of George Jackson and the Prisoners Solidarity Committee at Attica between 1970 and 1971.A video promoting the event is available at youtu.be/p5qhmY68jJw.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Wilfred Ndidi: Can Leicester Ward-off Man United’s Prying Eyes?

first_imgOverall, he made 83 interceptions, 143 total tackles and 80 clearances. Also, the former Genk man boasts of 1,985 total passes and 80 per cent passing accuracy. The 22-year-old also set a record of his own after becoming the first player to top the tacklers’ chart for two consecutive seasons.Manchester United supporters have however urged their club to make a move for Ndidi in the summer transfer window as the club is set for a busy few months ahead as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to overhaul his squad after failing Champions League qualification.It seems like central midfield is one area in particular which United need to strengthen with Ander Herrera poised to leave the club at the end of the season.If Herrera’s exit does materialise United supporters believe Leicester central midfielder Ndidi could be the ideal man to take his place after Ndidi’s scintillating performance against The Reds at Old Trafford.Back in April 2018, the Daily Mail claimed Manchester United were one of the Premier League clubs interested in Ndidi after the 22-year-old has established himself as one of the hottest midfield prospects in the Premier League with his consistent displays for Leicester City over the past two seasons. But it is quite fascinating that the Nigerian international doesn’t get the praises he deserves.Solskjaer will be looking to bring back the glory days at the club with several key signings in the summer and there are claims that the Norwegian is ready to offload as many as six players in what will be a massive summer overhaul ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.As far as midfield is concerned, Herrera and Juan Mata’s deals are expiring at the end of the season and while the duo are negotiating new deals, there’s little guarantee that either will stay. If Herrera and Mata leave, and with speculation rife on Pogba’s move to Real Madrid, United will be left with Fred, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay as options in central midfield.If Solskjaer’s Red Army are to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool for the title next season, they need to bolster their midfield options. They need a replacement for Matic as the Serb doesn’t quite fit Solskjaer’s style of play and Ndidi would be a straight upgrade for Matic.Ndidi is a midfield general who can be a destroyer, dictator of the game and score long-range belters for his team. An excellent tackler, the Nigerian reads the game very well and positions himself accordingly to snuff out the danger before it turns bigger. He is a very good passer of the ball and knows how to keep things simple when required.It, however, remains to be seen how well the management of Leicester would be able to scare away lobbyist from Old Trafford and how much Ndidi himself is able to resist a move to the Theater of Dreams.Ndidi said the experience of representing his country at the 2018 World Cup made him a better player.He was one of the Super Eagles’ best players at Russia 2018, performing strongly in each of their three group matches against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.Playing against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luka Modric has inspired the Nigerian to take his game to a new level.After signing a new contract with Leicester City which ties him to the Premier League club until 2024, Ndidi said the global tournament was a learning experience for him.“The World Cup was an amazing experience and you see different kinds of players. You see players you see on TV and players from teams like Real Madrid,” Ndidi said to the Foxes’ official website.“I would say I learned some things from these players. I’m playing against them and you know what they do, they think very fast.“There is nothing like growing, so learning from all those things will make me grow. I’ll just keep pushing and give everything and look forward to the games.”Just over four years ago, Ndidi was starring for Lagos amateur youth side- Nath Boys, before he was spotted by scouts of Belgian side, K.R. C Genk. After a successful trial with the Belgium club, he made his debut for the club in January 2014. More than two years on, the management of Leicester City turned to Ndidi’s direction as a replacement for their diminutive midfielder, Kante that left for Chelsea.After doing the unthinkable three seasons ago by emerging as English Premier League champions, it had been a different story for Leicester City seasons after as the team found it difficult to keep most of their star players, chief among which was their midfield battler-  Kante, which was why Leicester made a move for Ndidi as a replacement for Kante.“I never had any doubt about his talent. He distinguishes himself anytime and he is focused. I always knew he would go places and I am not surprised at the height he is taking his football to,” the founder of Nath Boys, Yemi Idowu told THISDAY.The then 19-year-old was viewed as one of the brightest prospects in Belgian football and the management of Genk knew it would be difficult to fence away ‘intruders’.Ndidi, the Premier League’s most successful tackler by some distance last season, but his modesty means he doesn’t really view himself as such, rather choosing to stress the privilege he feels at representing his nation and people.This concluded season, he has gotten better and particularly been massive for the Foxes in their recent games under new manager Brendan Rodgers. In Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth earlier in April, Ndidi made 16 tackles and interceptions, the second most by any player in a Premier League game.“Watching him from the outside, he’s obviously a player that’s got good athletic ability and works very hard. I always have that sort of player, a clear, controlling player in the game. Sometimes they’re a defensive type like him that can really press the game and play simple, or sometimes it’s a more creative player, a playmaker from behind,” Rodgers said.“He covers the ground so fast. His anticipation is very good, he reads the game, he smells the danger.”Alex McLeish, who bought the teenager when he was Genk Manager, says Ndidi was always the solution to the vacuum created in Leicester midfield by Kante’s exit.The former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss believes the Nigerian youngster is perfectly well-suited to the Premier League after snapping him up from Genk for a bargain £80,000.Born on December 16, 1996, Ndidi has made appearances for the Nigerian U-20 team at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He is known for his versatility and can play as a central defender, defensive midfielder or full back.Ndidi was part of the Nigerian youth setup during his time at Nathaniel Boys of Lagos. While playing the African U-17 Championship with Nigeria, he was excluded along with two other players from the competition as a precaution, following an MRI test that showed he was just slightly above the threshold.Notwithstanding, he joined up with his teammates in the U-20 team the following year, forming the bedrock of the midfield. He was called up to the senior national team on October 8, 2015, making his debut in the friendly game against DR Congo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wilfred-Ndidi When Leicester lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea, it did not take the coaching crew long to find an able replacement in Wilfred Ndidi and for the second year running, he had won the Premier League Tackler of the Season. With Manchester United set to lose their midfield jewel, Paul Pogba this summer, attention is once again directed at the Nigerian midfielder as a possible replacement. How well Leicester is able to ward off Old Trafford scouts remains to be seen The midfielder became the third Nigerian to feature in every Premier League game of a single season after Joseph Yobo and Victor Moses after he was named in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up for their meeting with Chelsea at King Power Stadium on Sunday.In the process, he racked up 3,298 minutes of action to become Leicester City’s most-capped outfield player of the 2018-19 season, behind only goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (3,420 minutes).last_img read more

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Publix asking customers to stop panic-buying

first_imgPublix Pharmacy will also be open during that time. In a recent news release Publix said that they want customers to buy as they normally would instead of ‘panic-buying.’The supermarket said that its warehouses and distribution centers are working around the clock to get products to its stores and shelves restocked.Publix says their deliveries are made throughout the day and waiting early in line before stores open does not guarantee the availability of a product.Publix has temporarily adjusted store hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it will allow senior shopping hours for customers 65 and up. Seniors can shop Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.last_img read more

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1 dead in police-involved shooting in Pompano Beach

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 56-year-old man is dead after he engaged responding officers with a gun.Officials say they were called to the 2500 block of Northeast 11th Court around 10:30 pm on Sunday for a domestic- related incident.When authorities arrived at the scene, the suspect identified as Miguel Gomez opened fire on the officers. The officers then returned fire.Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene, while no one else was injured.It is unclear what led to the initial incident. Authorities are still investigating.last_img read more

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Rebuilding Together Thurston County Restores a World War II Veteran’s Home

first_imgSubmitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountyCarol and Joseph Sowers are thrilled with the help Rebuilding Together provided to repair their aging home.Meet Carol and Joseph, they have been married for 51 years and have lived a life of service to their children and community.   It is not often that we get to meet History makers! At 74 and 94 respectfully, they have lived out the motto: duty first.Joseph was a soldier in World War II (1943-46).  Shortly before his service, he received the Carnegie HERO Fund Commission in 1942. Joseph jumped in a raging and frigid river to save 8 year old Carl Gallup in Hastings, Michigan. The boy was unconscious but Joseph did not give up until he found the boy submerged and swam over 35 feet to the bank to be pulled out by another passerby. Carol recounted the story of her husband’s heroic action as it is recorded on the Carnegie Hero Fund website.Carol and Joseph have lived in their Rainier home on a limited income for 19 years.  Although in great spirits, at 94 years old Joseph has limited mobility and as a result his household chores have started to pile up.  Then recently, Carol fell out of the back of her pick up while going about her own chores and injured her back, so they decided it was time to inquire about getting some assistance.After applying for help with us at Rebuilding Together Thurston County, we were able to match this deserving couple up with a grant from National AssociationSouth Sound Solar employees Brian Jones and Daniel Kuniwith homeowner Carol Sowers.of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW) and a volunteer group headed by Kirk Haffner of South Sound Solar and Chris Hutchison of Home Street Bank.  Collectively, the volunteers completed a long list of handyman projects and yard work for the Sowers.On the inside of the home, Kirk Haffner and his employees from South Sound Solar replaced all of the worn out electrical outlets, repaired the plumbing in thebathroom and the air leaks in the windows caused by the air conditioning unit, fixed the door wheels on the sliding glass door, and replaced the existing smoke detectors with upgraded CO2 detector/alarm combos.Outside, the volunteer crew of NAPMW worked on beautification.  They weeded the entire property, pruned bushes away from the front entry, raked up leaves and apples from around the trees and washed the exterior windows of the home.Meanwhile, Chris Hutchison of Home Street Bank and his crew of men brought in gravel to fill in potholes and level both the driveway and walkway, added non-slip material to the entry ramp and stairs, relocated the fire wood pile for easier access, and even fixed the Sowers’ broken wheelbarrow and sprayer.A huge thank you to the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women and South Sound Solar for making this project possible!  Not only was this project a great experience for our volunteers, it was also a perfect way to show our gratitude to this heroic vet for his years of service to our country and its people.   Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Sowers for allowing us to serve you! Facebook28Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Artesians Look to Avenge Opener Loss in Trip to Snohomish Saturday

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansAfter a long layoff, the Oly Town Artesians finally return to action on Saturday when they travel to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks in Western Indoor Soccer League action. The Artesians are looking to avenge a shocking result in the season opener on November 11 when the Skyhawks exploded for 15 goals at The Pavilion at Evergreen in a 15-6 Artesians loss. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is at 7:00 p.m.Gabriele Zaccagnini will have his chance for revenge against the Skyhawks December 16. Photo credit: Charis WilsonGabriele Zaccagnini and Nate Boatright lead the way for the Oly Town with two goals, both notching braces in the season opener. Tonbra Akpobodor and JT Meyer each added a goal in the loss. Brad Hanson and JJ Olson split time at goalkeeper in the opener with Olson expected to get the start on Saturday.Snohomish is 1-1-0 so far this season and currently sit in second place in the five team WISL. Andrew Escalante was named WISL Offensive Player of the Week for his hat tick against the Artesians in week one. One week later, the Skyhawks battled but eventually dropped a 7-3 decision to the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Alex Molchan and Paul Burgess each have four goals over their first two games.The Artesians have struggled against the Skyhawks since Snohomish joined the league for the 2015-2016 season, posting just a 1-4-0 record. They have never managed a victory on the high walls at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. Oly lost 4-2 on December 12, 2015 and then fell 7-5 in their last trip to the Dome on January 14, 2017.Next week, the Artesians travel to Bremerton to face the Olympic Force before returning home on Saturday, December 16 for a battle against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. First kick at The Pavilion on the 16 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tickets.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

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