first_imgHarriet TubmanUnder the theme “Picking up Harriet’s Rifle!” an amazing and inspiring intergenerational panel of Black female revolutionaries gathered in Philadelphia at the Rotunda on March 12 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. Before a packed room, five “old school” and five younger activists shared a dialog on the unique and important position of being a Black woman in today’s struggle.Organized by Patrice K. Armstead, from Building People’s Power, and Iresha Picot, with Books Through Bars and a MOVE 9 supporter, the panel of seasoned revolutionaries included Sacaree Rhodes, former organizer with the Wilmington 10 and founder of African Daughters of Fine Lineage; Theresa Shoats, daughter of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats and an organizer with the Human Rights Coalition for Prisoners; Dr. Regina Jennings, author and former soldier in the Black Panther Party; Basiymah Muhammad-Bey, with the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the International Black Cross Nurses; and Pam Africa, Minister of Confrontation for MOVE and chairwoman of  the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is affectionately known in the movement as “Mama Pam.”In addition to Armstead and Picot, younger women, who took turns introducing the seasoned activists, included Shesheena Bray, co-director of the Philadelphia chapter of Sankofa Community Empowerment and a member of the Askia (Sabur) Coalition Against Police Brutality; Natasha Butler, a member of the Uhuru Movement; and Lori Chambers, a young educator who helped start Finding Empowerment through Education.Rhodes began the dialog with an account of what it was like to grow up in North Carolina during the Civil Rights movement. She recounted the extreme racism and indignity her family endured under Jim Crow segregation and the murders and brutal assaults many African Americans experienced. After becoming active with the Wilmington 10 Freedom School, Rhodes was forced to flee to the North when death threats were made against her.Shoats described how the experience of having her political activist father imprisoned for life opened her eyes to “just how corrupt and unjust this criminal ‘justice’ system is.” Shoats described the impact of racism on subsequent generations in Black communities, which often leads to conflict between elders and youth. She spoke of the negative impact the economy is having on youth today, from the closure of 23 schools, mostly in Black neighborhoods, to the outpouring of mainly white youth during Occupy, who suddenly found themselves locked out of jobs. “We can’t keep letting this system go on — we have to take a stand,” she said.From her experience as a young revolutionary in the Black Panther Party in California and Philadelphia, to her tenure as the first Black professor at Franklin and Marshall College, Jennings stressed the importance for young activists today to know their history. “It has always bothered me that the Panthers weren’t honored. The memory of the Black Panther Party should be taught in schools. What we did as Marxists, socialists and African-centered activists was to take a stand. If the police were going to go into Black communities and shoot someone, they had to go through us and we shot back.”Jennings, who started the African-American Studies Department at her college, warned that similar programs are under attack at campuses all over the U.S., including at Temple University in Philadelphia.The importance of finding out what happened to your family during slavery and the Diaspora was a central theme of Muhammad-Bey’s remarks. “We need to know what happened to our families during slavery,” she said. Defending the right to bear arms, she added, “In tribute to our warrior-sister Harriet, I thought about coming with my shotgun tonight.”Muhammad-Bey later sang her version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” to cheers from the audience.Lori Chambers, noting that she was born in 1985 — the year of the city’s fire bombing of the MOVE house — introduced Sister Pam Africa. Africa explained that she wasn’t always a revolutionary. “Before 1977 my hair was blond, I didn’t know about the Black Panthers, and I didn’t believe there was such a thing as police brutality. … Harriet Tubman was known for bringing up people who were unaware that they were slaves, and MOVE was my Harriet Tubman. They opened my eyes.”Africa also stressed the importance of self-defense. “In 1977 MOVE took a stand, brandishing guns. Look at North Korea today — they are openly arming themselves against U.S. aggression. They aren’t giving up anything.”After their formal presentations, the panelists engaged in a lively discussion on many topics, including dealing with stress in their political activism and daily lives, and what it means to raise children in the midst of today’s struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason Skemp As PolicyWorks’ Director of Audit Services, Jason Skemp is responsible for the delivery of PolicyWorks’ compliance review services provided to credit unions nationwide. Jason works extensively with individual credit unions … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details If your childhood was anything like mine, your parents were terrified at the prospect of you leaving the nest before you knew the basics. Dicing an onion, fixing a flat tire, avoiding streaks on a mirror – these were the everyday tasks parents just had to teach their kids. Heaven forbid they grow into adults who couldn’t stop a faucet from leaking. Can you imagine the embarrassment?Little did they know there’d be a wonderful invention called the Internet where even the most clueless among us could become an expert in minutes. Life Hacks, YouTube, all those how-to chat rooms – there’s a plethora of information available right at our fingertips.  And although my mom and dad did succeed in training me for the unexpected, I’m very grateful for the extra help. Just last week, an online instructional video saved my basement from flooding.I’ve always wished for this kind of of-the-moment, at-the-fingertips information for compliance. After all, compliance training was not something moms and dads – nor even colleges and universities – could have prepared anyone for.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a nice online video, or instructional manual, when implement new requirements?Until the day compliance becomes as easy as saving your house from a flood, there are some pretty reliable tools out there credit unions can find and use to ease their compliance tasks.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for example, recently released four simple, online resources related to the upcoming Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) changes. Check them out:The CFPB developed a webinar, which it made available on YouTube. It will be part of a series that provides an overview of the final rule and key dates.The bureau has also released a transactional coverage chart to help determine whether a particular loan transaction (application, origination or purchase) is reportable.A sample data collection form from Appendix B of the final rule was also developed and distributed by the bureau.Lastly, the CFPB put together a technology preview of the new HMDA platform for credit unions to review, as well.I would recommend taking a look at each of these to help with your implementation process. I know this information cannot literally show you how to implement new changes, like my life-saver plumbing video. But it will provide you with material to update your HMDA processes and provide helpful information for training your staff on the new changes.last_img read more

first_imgCarlos Tevez has arrived in Italy to undergo a medical ahead of his expected move from Manchester City to Juventus. Marotta told La Repubblica Sport: “We are all really excited about this transfer, Tevez really is a major coup.” Reports in Italy suggest the former Manchester United and West Ham striker will sign a three-year contract worth 5.5million euros per season before bonuses – a deal which would make Tevez the Old Lady’s best paid player. Should the agreement go through in the next 24 hours, Tevez will be presented to the press before returning to his family holiday ahead of Juve’s departure for pre-season training in Chatillon on July 12. Tevez could even wear the number 10 jersey made famous by iconic Juve striker Alessandro Del Piero. Although he has yet to officially start work, new City boss Manuel Pellegrini is known to have authorised the transfer, which could net the Blues £13.5million and will save them up to £27million, including bonuses, from the final year of Tevez’s contract. The move gives City more flexibility to operate in the transfer market, although it has been suggested Pellegrini is happy to offer Edin Dzeko a chance to stake a claim for a regular place. There had been interest in Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, although it is claimed City are not willing to meet the Italian club’s £54million valuation. The Argentinian striker arrived at Milan’s Malpensa airport from South America shortly after 1430 BST and was mobbed by around 200 Juve fans ahead of his medical at the club’s offices in Turin, which could well begin on Wednesday evening. The 29-year-old, who will meet Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte, director Giuseppe Marotta and agent Kia Joorabchian, has a positive medical history meaning, providing there are no unforeseen hitches, Tevez will then complete one of the most notable summer transfers on Thursday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on August 12, 2014 at 10:48 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse wide receivers Adly Enoicy and Keenan Hale will both require surgery as they lower body injuries, according to an SU athletics release published Tuesday morning.The release also stated that team will have a better understanding of their status once the season gets started. There is no time frame for their return currently, according to the release.Hale, a senior, also missed all of last season with a lower body injury and has yet to play in a game for the Orange. Enoicy is a freshman and joined the Orange in training camp this season. Head coach Scott Shafer singled him out as someone who had impressed him during practice on August 6.Neither player was expected to get much playing time this season. Hale was listed last on the wide receivers depth chart prior to training camp and Enoicy was listed as second to last. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgby Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–If a school can’t keep at least half of its athletes on pace to graduate, it should not compete for a NCAA championship and be cut out of the multi-million dollar post-season pay-out, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said last week.In a crusade launched in the early stages of the NCAA basketball championship tournaments, Duncan zeroed in on the failure of 10 of the 68 schools in the Division I men’s tournament to be on track to graduate half of their players, noting that Black players are particularly ill-served.“If you can’t manage to graduate half of your players, how serious is the institution and the coach and the program about their players’ academic success?” Duncan told reporters.“Teams with academic progress rates below [that level] should be ineligible for post-season glory.”His remarks came hours after writing on the Washington Post’s opinion page that schools “need to stop trotting out tired excuses for basketball teams with poor academic records and indefensible disparities in the graduation rates of White and Black players.”Duncan also recommended the NCAA restructure its post-season tournament revenue-distribution formula, which currently pays the conference of each school $1.4 million for every game their team plays in the tournament.“Right now the formula handsomely rewards teams for winning games in the tournament, but does little to reward teams for meeting minimal academic benchmarks,” said Duncan.  “I simply cannot understand why we continue to reward teams for failing to meet the most basic of academic standards off the court.”He was citing the findings of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  That group, formed in 1989 to combat college sports scandals by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, called for tougher standards for schools and student-athletes a decade ago.He also cited the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ annual study report that found that 10 of the 68 schools currently involved in the NCAA Tournament carry academic progress rates (APR) of less than 925, which would create a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. The academic progress rate is an NCAA measure of the progress toward graduation of student-athletes.Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, noted that only 59 percent of Black basketball players graduate, far less than the graduation percentage of Whites at 91 percent. The reports show percentages are even lower among schools such as Kansas State University, where 100 percent of White players graduate, yet only 14 percent of Black players graduate. The University of Akron also graduates every White player, but has a zero percent Black player’s graduation rate.According to the Knight Commission, in the last five years, teams that had graduation rates of less than 50 percent or an APR standard of less than 925 earned 44 percent of the total $409 million distributed.NAACP President Ben Jealous agreed with Duncan, but also acknowledged the high graduation rates made by the other 58 schools in the NCAA Tournament.“When you are coaching student-athletes, you have a responsibility to them both as an athlete and a student,” said Jealous, who highlighted programs like those at Xavier University, which sends designated personnel to check on players frequently to make sure they attend class and study regularly.“It happens because coaches decide to make sure that the young men are prepared for victory in life and not just on the court.”Duncan suggested that barring schools with poor graduation rates from the NCAA tournament would motivate more programs to follow Xavier’s lead.“The dream of playing in the NCAA tournament is what brings so many student-athletes on to these college campuses,” he said.  “If the right behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is punished, you would see all of these schools doing things in a very different way, very quickly.”(Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers.)last_img read more

first_imgALEXIS SARA COBBHave you had the opportunity to hear about the recent NFL personal conduct policy that Roger Goodell implemented?  The policy includes all NFL league and team personnel in addition to all players. There is a great deal involved in the policy but let’s focus on domestic violence. There is a mandatory six-game suspension without pay for a first time domestic violence offense, or at least 37.5 percent of a 16-game season. A second offense results in banishment from the league, with the possibility to petition for reinstatement after a year. In other words, a person can get a lifetime ban from the league with a second offense, if not granted reinstatement.I did not like the NFL personal conduct policy before the recent changes. And now that the changes have been implemented, I still don’t like the policy.The changes are a reaction to the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice incident. He and his then-fiance /now-wife got into a physical altercation. They said some things, she spit on him and hit him, Ray hit her back and it was so hard, she was knocked unconscious. Some of the altercation was caught on camera. The footage was unsettling as Rice can be seen dragging his unconscious partner on the ground. After watching the Ray Rice incident online, I was appalled. After considering the totality of the circumstances, Goodell suspended Ray Rice for two games. The public was justifiability outraged at the ridiculously soft punishment. Two games! That’s utterly preposterous.In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Goodell referenced the Ray Rice incident when he stated, “…in response to a recent incident of domestic violence… My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”Goodell is correct that he was instrumental in giving a gross miscarriage of justice, however, now he is trying to overcompensate. The NFL has gone from one extreme to another.I am a female. I am strongly against domestic violence but I am also fully aware of how these new policy changes can and will be abused. It gives people who target athletes serious ammunition, it can affect the outcome of the NFL season by potentially sidelining any player or coach, and finally, it boasts of training athletes and personnel but it does not provide any immediate mandatory training.NFL players are already targets and the NFL has managed to give the people that target them even more ammunition. Many people try to get NFL players and athletes in general to pay them. For example, people have claimed athletes’ have sexually assaulted them or that they are the father of their children, when neither is the case. They will simply try to conjure up enough negative publicity or file lawsuits against athletes so that the athlete will pay them off to go quietly into the night.However, with these policy changes there are so many scenarios that are commonplace where the players could potentially be victims themselves. Do you honestly think that every person that calls the authorities and claims domestic violence is going to be telling the truth?  In the heat of the moment, people may simply try to hurt a player or coach and what better way to make headlines than to have a player or coach’s name brought up on a domestic violence charge.In a world where we are so progressive that the St. Louis Rams drafted the first openly homosexual onto the playing field, we as a nation are still backward. Especially, with our athletes. And nobody is going to talk about it. The new rules in the code of conduct policy do not account for an athlete or an NFL personnel who uses self-defense in a domestic situation.What about the female who attacks the male and the male fends her off? Let’s say that she has heard that he was cheating on her. She has some bruises, marks or scratches on her and can display these war wounds to the police. Then what? The player or coach is automatically put into a world where his career is in jeopardy. He is frontline news. It’s unfair. Plus, think of the ridicule that he is going to get if he were to tell the truth and say that she attacked him.A dishonest person can get anybody suspended and the whole team’s season can be affected. It’s ridiculous. The way that the conduct policy is set up, they will look to see how the legal battles are taken into account which means that the players could be affected toward the end of the season. So, a team could lose a potential star because someone in a relationship wanted to be vindictive and dishonest.Additionally, the policy takes into account previous behavior of before the individual were connected to the NFL. And that might be one of the greatest injustices. Roger Goodell should not get to reach back to anybody’s college days to determine his punishment for a new incident?  That is unfair and unreasonable.  Why should a player who has been in the NFL for years or a coach who has been coaching for decades be punished because of something that happened back when he was a freshman in college? It empowers females to lie and makes NFL players and personnel to live in fear.I understand where Goodell was coming from when he instituted this policy change. He had good intentions but the policy leaves much to be desired. Right now, men will be penalized on behaviors effective immediately when they haven’t been given any type of serious or intense domestic violence training.In a sport where men are so prevalent, Goodell just changed the gender influence of the game. Males coach the players. Males call the plays. Males referee the game.  Males play the game. But the NFL has just put in place a policy where a female can make allegations and affect the personnel of any team. So, in reality males play the game but females have the power to determine the outcome.(Source for this article is NFL.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more