There were 27 progressive demands made by a united front of Black, Latinx and anti-racist white incarcerated men who carried out the historic Attica Prison rebellion in September 1971. This was point 8: “We Demand that inmates be granted the right to join or form labour unions.” Point 7 read in part: “We Demand that industries be allowed to enter the institutions and employ inmates to work eight hours a day and fit into the category of workers for scale wages.” The prisoners also demanded adequate health care, such as any worker has as a human right, in or out of prison.Many of these heroic prisoners were eventually slaughtered by the state troopers of Nelson Rockefeller, then New York’s billionaire governor. These demands could still be made today by the over 2 million prisoners languishing in local, state and federal jails and prisons in the U.S.For aren’t these prisoners like other workers who are super-exploited for their labor? Are they not workers who come from poor and working-class communities, whether urban or rural? And aren’t these workers being deeply impacted by the coronavirus in hugely disproportionate numbers because they are Black, Brown and Indigenous? As in so many instances, this pandemic is helping to shine a bright light on the class character of prisons under capitalism. And what is revealed is ugly injustice that has existed for over two centuries. Prisons do not exist for rehabilitation of those convicted, whether innocent or not. Prisons are not set up to guide people to a productive life beyond antisocial behavior such as theft, robbery, domestic violence, drug possession or killings. Capitalist laws and courts exist to punish people through extreme brutal force, and not to resolve the root cause of their behavior with knowledge, patience and compassion. One’s being determines consciousness. If a person grows up in an environment of poverty, unemployment and police occupation, they will have near to little chance to make a better life for themselves. That is a life under capitalism — that puts the profits of the super-rich before the needs of the people. And even if there wasn’t a pandemic of COVID-19 now, there should still be a demand to free all prisoners. Because no human being can be expected to survive in small cells under lock and key for 23 hours a day, given rotten food and no showers, sanitation, light or health care, assaulted by guards and more. But now the pandemic has accelerated the prisons into a full-scale crisis. The inhumane conditions, especially cramped cell blocks where social distancing can never happen, have become a breeding ground for infections and deaths.It is no wonder that prisoners are fighting for their voices to be heard through their own protests, which have led to the release of prisoners in Chicago, Atlanta and elsewhere. And people ask, Well, where will these prisoners go once they are released? Isn’t it too dangerous to release them? Aren’t they a “threat” to society?Released prisoners should be treated like the millions of other people being impacted by the pandemic. Their health should be cared for. Community groups should be funded by local and state governments to organize housing for prisoners in empty hotels and abandoned housing. Food should be distributed to them instead of sitting on grocery shelves and rotting. These prison workers should be eligible for unemployment benefits! There are health care workers, many of whom have been laid off, who could provide vital counseling for prisoners who will need therapeutic treatment and even some social isolation — just not behind bars.All of this and more could be done with organization on a mass scale even under capitalism. Where there is a will, there is a way. If ruling-class criminals like those in the Trump administration can run free, don’t we owe it to our class — the working class who control nothing, not even their own lives — to free these members of our human family from the death traps called prisons? That’s why we say: Don’t wait a moment longer. Free them all NOW! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Have you read your copy of British Baker this week? Have a look at our favourite stories from the most recent issue! This issue: 31/10/141. Waffle firm seeks UK expansion2. Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast3. Artisan bakery plans £500k investment for growth4. Greggs bakery gets its sea legs5. Listen: Peyton and Byrne invests £1m in new central bakeryOur favourites from this week’s mag! on Dipity.
Almost $5.7 million was released to Vermont today for transit programs funded by the economic recovery bill, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch announced.The stimulus money for Vermont from the Federal Transit Administration was included in the bill that was designed to create some 8,000 jobs in Vermont to help jolt the economy out of recession.Statewide, the Vermont Agency of Transportation will use $3.9 million to purchase 33 buses and vans for 10 local transit providers around the state.The Chittenden County Transit Authority plans to spend $1 million on heavy-duty, low-emission buses. Another $700,000 is set aside for rehabilitating buses, wooden bus shelters constructed by Vermont companies, and vehicles for seniors and individuals with disabilities.Nationwide, the bill provided $10.1 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, $773 million more than current funding.
I believe one of the best ways for us to make a difference is by becoming a mentor. As a city commissioner of Coral Springs I was instrumental in bringing about a policy that allows every city employee to donate an hour a week to be a mentor for a student. I have instituted the same policy in my law firm where I also pay for my employees’ travel time.There’s nothing like making a difference and setting an example for a child. I encourage all of my fellow brethren to institute a similar policy in their offices and become a mentor, as well. For more information contact Scott Brook at (954) 757-5551 or by e-mail at [email protected] J. Brook Coral SpringsArticle V Articles claim that the Bar, negotiating with our legislature, is considering trading exclusive jurisdiction of our Supreme Court to discipline lawyers — under Art. V, §15 of Florida’s Constitution — for giving the Bar more input, in selecting judges. This is a bad bargain.We should remember how it was, when Article V passed in 1956: In 1948-49, we established a unified, integrated Bar.“In 1950, a young lawyer, defending a black man in Florida, had the audacity to refer to his client as ‘mister,’ an act that so outraged the justice of the peace, the lawyer was cited for contempt and jailed.” June 1, 2003 Letters June 1, 2003 Regular News On December 25, 1951, a terrorist bomb killed the head of Florida’s NAACP, Harry T. Moore, and his wife Harriette, in their home.In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated public schools unconstitutional, Brown v. Board of Ed., 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Legal authorities from several southern states promptly implemented a strategy of “massive resistance” in the courts, to racial integration.“In…1958, the [Florida Legislative Investigation] Committee was…investigati[ng] the existence, or nonexistence of so-called subversive activities in and against the State of Florida. They subpoenaed. . . the membership lists, books and records of NAACP,” Gibson v. Legislative Investigation Committee, 108 So.2d 729 (Fla.1958).And in 1956, Florida voters approved Article V. (Though Gibson ruled the NAACP’s lawyer had to provide the NAACP’s membership list, its lawyer was not professionally disciplined, when he refused.)Bar leaders ran real risks in the ’50s, to support Article V. These “Good Old Boys” were often solo practitioners from conservative small towns. Some had to face down the Klan.When we hear that “our courts should be more responsive to the will of the people,” we should recall Edward R. Murrow’s 1954 broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy:“We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.. . . We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”John P. Fenner Boca Raton Editor’s Note: There are no bills filed in either the House or Senate that would dilute the Supreme Court’s exclusive authority to regulate the legal profession or expand the Bar’s role in the judicial nominating process.Medical Malpractice I have practiced law in Florida for approximately 35 years both as a prosecuting attorney and trial lawyer and enjoy reading The Florida Bar News. However, It is disturbing to me that the News has failed to identify and report the actions of certain members of the Florida Legislature intent on eliminating or, at the very least, severely restricting the rights of victims for full and adequate compensation in civil proceedings. These matters constitute an attack on our jury system which we as lawyers have taken an oath to support and defend.The assault led by a coalition of business, insurance and medical interests are directing their attack on Florida’s families in the medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and automobile liability claims areas. In reality, these private interests are defaming well-intentioned citizens who diligently perform their civic duty as jurors across the state, and our many fine jurists who preside over these civil cases. In the most simplistic terms, the medical interest by attacking the jury system is suggesting that citizens or their peers are not smart enough to serve on malpractice cases, and further, that somehow judges are part of this conspiracy by failing to address “excessive verdicts” by remittur. Jurors can sit in criminal cases and judge innocence or guilt and make recommendations in capital cases reference death or life in prison, but somehow these same citizens who give of their time to serve the administration of justice are blinded when it comes to jury service in malpractice cases The medical and hospital industry does not understand or want to understand the checks and balances that are presently built into the system by way of motions for new trial or appellate review.What is disturbing is that very little is heard from The Florida Bar in the way of public service announcements or other communications supporting the jury system and our tort system in general. In addition, The Florida Bar needs to be proactive, offering solutions to the issues raised by the health care industry in Florida which do not restrict citizens’ access to justice in the courts. For example, regulating insurance carriers offering malpractice insurance, requiring physicians to carry liability insurance thereby increasing the premium pool, and providing state subsidies to competent physicians who can demonstrate financial need related to the payment of malpractice premiums, among other alternatives, may be possible solutions, If we stand moot, and more importantly if the Bar does not take a strong stance against the attack on our system, we will have little reason to complain when there is nothing we can offer our clients because the fact finders are now administrative bureaucrats rather than public-minded citizens serving on juries who have no interest but to fairly and impartially judge the disputed facts in a given case.While I applaud The Florida Bar in its efforts to improve the image and perception of lawyers, it is equally important for the Bar to vigorously stand up and support the jury system and our trial judges, as our judicial system, contrary to its critics, continues to serve as a model for the rest of the world.Richard A Hirsch Tampa Mentoring
Eastern Europe is confronting a surge in cases. Romania announced that it would close schools and implement an overnight curfew. Poland admitted the first patient to its new field hospital at a stadium in Warsaw. Hungary declared a “state of danger” this week, and Ukraine announced a national mask mandate in public buildings and on public transportation. Scientists in Britain have started a clinical trial of aspirin to see whether the anti-inflammatory agent can improve the care of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 by reducing the formation of life-threatening blood clots. What you’re doingAfter 8 years married, a year ago, my husband and I decided to divorce. We started taking turns living in our house. One of us would stay with our daughter; the other one would go to a small rented flat. When France went into lockdown in March, we decided to confine all together in the house. Then, during 3 months, we realized that we still enjoyed each other’s company as well as our family life and that we could work as a team like we had never done before. It became obvious that we still loved each other so we got back together. The lockdown gave us perspective and time to slow down and rethink our relationship. — MariaRosa Quintero Bernabeu, Grenoble, FranceLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to [email protected] The University of Notre Dame’s faculty rejected a proposed vote of no confidence in its president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, voting instead to “express its disappointment” with him for appearing at a White House reception in the midst of a pandemic without a face mask. – Advertisement – When the rally ended, the crowds streamed home like some huge exhalation, spreading cases to more than 20 states. Infections connected to the rally popped up as far away as New Hampshire, and case numbers climbed in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska, where thousands of residents had returned from Sturgis.The rally has become “a rumbling symbol of America’s bitter divisions over the coronavirus,” wrote our colleagues Mark Walker and Jack Healy. Family members who stayed away are angry at relatives who attended and brought the virus home. Sturgis council members who approved the rally have been bombarded with death threats. And health experts and politicians are still fighting over how many cases Sturgis may have caused across the country.Even now, health officials said a lack of contact tracing and the sheer scale of the event have made it impossible to know how many people were infected directly or indirectly because of Sturgis.Kids produce weaker antibodiesA study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.“We know that kids are much less likely to get sick from the coronavirus,” said Apoorva Mandavilli, who covered the study. “This study says they produce a less robust immune response to the virus, which, paradoxically, may be a good thing.” Fewer antibodies may indicate that children were sick for a shorter period of time, and may also explain why children seem to transmit the virus less efficiently. A weak immune response also may shed light on why children are mostly spared severe symptoms.Importantly, having weaker and fewer antibodies does not seem to mean that children would be more at risk of reinfection.Resurgences Paris banned delivery and takeaway food and alcohol between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as officials try to curb what they say is a large number of people on the streets at night, despite a lockdown, France 24 reports. It’s hard to imagine a more alarming moment since early April, when 2,000 people were dying a day, and there are few signs that things will improve in the near future. The country has recorded well above 1,000 deaths every day since Election Day, and infection rates in hot spots are accelerating. Governors across the country continue to plead daily with Americans to take the virus seriously.“Colorado, I love you. This is an intervention,” said Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado. The state recorded more than 3,800 cases yesterday, around 900 more than its previous record, and hospitalizations have risen to their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. “Cancel your social plans the next few weeks — avoid interacting with others. Wear a mask. Keep your distance,” Mr. Polis begged.- Advertisement – Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following In England, the first hours of Lockdown 2.0, as local newspapers called it, looked very little like a lockdown at all. America waits, but the virus does notWhile Americans are transfixed with the razor’s edge presidential election results, the country’s coronavirus situation has become catastrophically bad — and continues to worsen.Less than 24 hours after the U.S. broke its daily national case record, it added 121,500 more cases — more than Japan, Egypt or Hungary have recorded during the entire pandemic. Twenty-eight states have added more cases in the last week than in any other period.- Advertisement – Italy locked down six regions in the country’s deeply infected north and highly vulnerable, and poorer, south. The measures are the most drastic since a nationwide lockdown in March. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has emerged as a star in China. Propaganda agencies have churned out television tributes to the city, and a new opera idolizes its doctors. The Las Vegas Raiders were fined for repeatedly violating the N.F.L.’s virus protocols. Hospitals in hard-hit areas around the country are quickly reaching their limit. At Trinity Health in Minot, N.D., the entire floor dedicated to coronavirus patients had no more available beds. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief of staff, called other large hospitals around the state to see if he could transfer some patients, but every facility was also full. Dr. Sather was also worried about his staff members.“They are witnessing people suffocate to death on a regular basis,” he said. “And it’s a heavy psychological toll.”A motorcycle rally’s aftermathInfectious-disease experts had warned about the risk of holding the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Still, South Dakota’s Republican governor, a vocal opponent of lockdowns, gave her blessing, and local leaders set aside their misgivings as thousands of people from every state in the nation rolled down Sturgis’s Main Street. – Advertisement –
Conflicting talk from Trump administration officials about “decoupling” the US economy from China is running into a challenging reality: Chinese imports of US goods are rising, investment by American companies into China continues, and markets are wary of separating the world’s biggest economies.White House trade adviser Peter Navarro gave Asian markets a scare on Monday night by telling Fox News Channel that the US-China trade deal was “over.” US stock futures dropped, the dollar rose, and volatility indices climbed.Navarro quickly backtracked on Monday night, saying he was referring to a lack of trust between the United States and China over the coronavirus outbreak. President Donald Trump also quickly tweeted that the deal was intact. On Tuesday, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow praised Beijing, telling Fox Business Network “they’ve actually picked up their game” when it comes to the trade deal.The damage-control efforts by the Trump administration come after Trump said last week that “a complete decoupling from China” was an option, overruling US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who had told lawmakers that decoupling was not realistic.The Trump re-election campaign has made being “tough on China” a key part of his platform. The White House has blamed Beijing for the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 120,000 Americans, more than any other country.But part of that message – that the United States is able and willing to walk away from its largest supplier – is challenged by on-the-ground realities. US-China trade is actually increasing, after the coronavirus caused major drops shortly after the trade deal was signed in January. US exports to China rose to US$8.6 billion in April, up from a 10-year monthly trough of $6.8 billion in February, according to US Census Bureau data. Imports from China shot up to $31.1 billion from $19.8 billion in March, which marked the lowest monthly total in 11 years.US Department of Agriculture data showed soybean exports to China rose to 423,891 metric tons in April, more than doubling the 208,505 tonnes imported in March.US officials, including Lighthizer and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Steven Mnuchin, have recently affirmed China’s commitment to meet terms of the Phase 1 trade deal, which calls for China to boost purchases of US farm and manufactured goods, energy and services by $200 billion over two years.Pompeo, asked by syndicated radio show host Hugh Hewitt about prospects for a new cold war, said on Tuesday the US economy was far more integrated with China’s than with the former Soviet Union.“We have to think about this in a way that reflects that, because the challenges of American economic growth and prosperity are deeply intertwined today with the Chinese economy,” Pompeo said, adding that Trump was determined to protect U.S. interests.Mnuchin, asked about decoupling in a Bloomberg-Invesco forum, said it would occur if US companies were not allowed to compete fairly in the China’s economy.A person familiar with both US and Chinese thinking on the trade deal said Navarro’s comments appeared to be a “slip of the tongue,” reflecting his personal hawkish views on China and not administration policy.The person also said Chinese officials have indicated that June imports from the United States were expected to show a dramatic increase after falls in recent months due to the outbreak.Strong investmentUS companies had announced $2.3 billion in new direct investment projects in the first quarter of 2020, only slightly down from last year’s quarterly average despite the coronavirus, the Rhodium Group said in a recent study – indicating that few US companies are reducing their China footprint.Bill Reinsch, a senior adviser and trade expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it took over 20 years for the US and Chinese economies to grow together, and decoupling cannot be accomplished easily.Some companies are leaving, not because of Trump, but because of rising Chinese wage rates and Chinese policies that have disadvantaged foreign-owned businesses, he said.“If you’re in China to serve the Chinese market, you’re going to stay because you can’t serve it as well from the outside,” Reinsch said. “The president can’t simply order everybody to come home. Businesses will make rational, economic decisions.”Topics :
After a slow start to the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has picked up two impressive victories in a row with their 76-60 victory over Temple Saturday.The game was an offensive struggle to start, as neither team could find the bottom of the net. In the first seven minutes, the teams combined to score just 14 points, and Temple held a 8-6 lead over Wisconsin.But just moments later, Bronson Koenig hit a three to give the Badgers a lead and something clicked for the team.For the next eight minutes, Wisconsin went on a 24-4 run to go up 18 and appeared to have the game firmly in their grasp. And while they did ease up before the end of the half, they still entered the locker room with a comfortable 11-point lead.Temple kicked the pressure up a notch to start the second half, and a quick 8-2 run to start the period brought the Owls to within five.At that point, it looked as if the game was about to get much more competitive.Turning pointJust 14 seconds after Temple had brought the game to within five, Zack Showalter found space in the corner and knocked down a three to end the Owls’ run.From there, Wisconsin poured it on one more time, going on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to bring their lead back up to 18 at 52-34. The Owls were spent at that point and were never able to get back within 14 points of the Badgers.When you knew it was overWith around five minutes left, Temple had made one last push to bring the game with 14. They had a fighting chance, but a pair of free throws from Nigel Hayes and a three-pointer from Koenig off a perfect pass from Ethan Happ brought UW’s lead to 19 — their largest of the game — and Wisconsin cruised to victory from there.Wisconsin player of the game: Nigel HayesHayes recorded his third consecutive double-double Saturday, recording 18 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes, and he is now averaging 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in those three outings.But it wasn’t just Hayes’s work offensively that made him Wisconsin’s most effective player, as he was also tasked with guarding Temple’s top scorer, Quenton Decosey. The junior performed admirably, as Hayes held Decosey to just seven points on 1-for-6 shooting — eight points below his season average thus far. Temple’s offensive attack had no chance of getting into a rhythm with their best player struggled to find the bottom of the net.Temple player of the game: Jaylen BondWith Decosey struggling, Bond stepped up to record a double-double of a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Bond became the focal point of Temple’s offense, as he took five more shots (13) than the next highest Owl player.NotableFreshman Kahlil Iverson did not play in the second half after playing 12 minutes in the first. UW head coach Bo Ryan said he was unable to play and will undergo further testing from the medical staff.Iverson’s absence allowed for fellow freshman Alex Illikainen to see extended time on the court. He scored six points in nine minutes.With foul trouble sending Vitto Brown to the bench early in the first half, Charlie Thomas saw extended playing time that bled into the second half. He played 26 minutes to Brown’s 15 and scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.The Badgers held Temple to 60 points, 11 points under their season average coming into Saturday’s game (71.2).QuotableWisconsin head coach Bo Ryan on the team having six players with six points at halftime:“I saw triple sixes and it made me real nervous. Six, six, six and then six, six, six. I have never seen it before. But there was this time, at Connie Mack Stadium. On the scoreboard, the score was 2-2. The count was 2-2. The outs were two. And they had that clock that was a digital clock. It was 2:22. I was about 10 years old. Straight twos across the board. Never seen it before. Will never see it again. But this one right here might be the second weirdest stat line.”Hayes on serving the role of defensive stopper:“It’s always a joy to go out and guard the other team’s best player, and for them to score not only below their average, but well below their average. It only makes sense if you can the best player on the other team and keep them from scoring and impacting the game, it makes it that much easier for your team to win. It’s a challenge I think great players aspire to.”Thomas on being more comfortable on the court:“I think it’s just me becoming more comfortable in the game. Just taking advantage of the best opportunities, hitting the open shots, going for the offensive and defensive boards. I think I did a good job of that today.”
The ditching of forward Iheanacho came after Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr questioned the attitude of the Leicester City forward.“I think he needs to be more professional. We were not satisfied with his recent performances for the national team,” said Rohr.“It is not good enough to be funny all the time. You must show that you are serious by working hard every day during training sessions.”Once hailed as a star in the making by then club manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Iheanacho has faded dramatically after a bright start to his international career.After netting seven times in his first 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, his last goal for the national team came 19 months ago.Iheanacho was transferred in 2017 from Manchester City to Leicester, where he has struggled to command a regular first-team place.Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan was included in the Ghana squad just a few weeks after announcing his international retirement when stripped of the Black Stars’ captaincy.State president Nana Akufo-Addo persuaded the 33-year-old forward to change his mind and he will go to Egypt as part of a squad skippered by long-serving midfielder Andre Ayew.“My desire to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations still burns strongly,” stressed Gyan. “I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana.”Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, but the last came 37 years ago.Share on: WhatsApp Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ivorian Gervinho and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho were significant casualties as 11 coaches named 23-man squads for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21.A 32-year-old veteran of five Cup of Nations, winger Gervinho was hopeful his impressive Serie A form with Parma would earn him a call-up.The dreadlocked former Arsenal and Roma star — real name Gervais Yao Kouassi — scored 11 goals and was credited with four assists in 30 Italian league matches last season.Among those Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara will look to for goals in Egypt is Nicolas Pepe, runner-up to French star Kylian Mbappe in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and clubless Wilfried Bony, who bagged a brace in a 3-1 warm-up win over the Comoros at the weekend, are among the other Ivorian attacking options.Gervinho reacted calmly to his exclusion while some Ivorian supporters were disappointed at his exclusion as the team prepares to tackle South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.Group D is considered the toughest of the six sections with only the top two finishers guaranteed places in the second round, the first of four knockout stages.“Dear Ivorians, I don’t know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I’ve received (since) my first call up,” he posted on social media.“Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.“All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon (Cup of Nations) in Egypt.”– ‘Not satisfied’ –