The following is a reprint of an April 16, 2008, commentary from the youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) on the eve of the April 19, 2008, march and rally in Philadelphia to demand the freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal.There is a man in the state of Pennsylvania who has a street in France named after him. That man is Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist and ex-member of the Black Panther Party — an organization classified as “terrorist” by the U.S. government. A former Black Panther, Mumia is now in his 26th year on Pennsylvania’s death row.Mumia is a hero to Black youth and all people seeking liberation. The “voice of the voiceless,” he chronicles the legacies of people’s struggles worldwide. One of the greatest threats to U.S. imperialism is the uprising of “young Mumias” from the streets of Philadelphia to the streets of Paris.At the age of 15, Mumia joined the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, one of the most racist and repressive cities in the country. He became the lieutenant of information for the Philadelphia chapter and later worked with the New York and Oakland chapters. Mumia performed a variety of duties, ranging from selling the Black Panther newspaper to armed security duty.With his fellow Panthers, Mumia was a leader in the Black Liberation struggle of the late 1960s and earlier 1970s, which was demanding the right of Black people to self-determination, self-defense and, ultimately, complete liberation.Since his time in the BPP, Mumia has dedicated his life to the education and liberation of Black people in the U.S. and across the world. He is a journalist and was integral in calling media attention to the attacks of the Philadelphia Police Department on local Black Panthers and the MOVE organization, including the 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound. In that act of state terrorism, 11 Black people died, including four children.Is this man not a hero? Is Mumia not a freedom fighter? Why are there no holidays for him and other leaders of the Black Liberation struggle? Did he not dedicate his life to the liberation of the most oppressed?In history, the word “hero” has been used to define a variety of people. The men considered to be the “founding fathers” of the United States are often referred to as heroes, but it is undisputed that these men were active in racist institutions, including slavery.George Washington owned slaves and at one point had teeth removed from the mouths of slaves in order to have them implanted in his own jaw. Thomas Jefferson raped Sally Hemings, a teenage slave he owned, said to be his wife’s half sister. In 1858, Abraham Lincoln, the man credited with emancipating Black people from slavery, stated the following: “While they [Black people and white people] do remain together there must be a position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”These three men, along with many other wealthy white men in U.S. history, have been labeled heroes. Youth and students across the country are taught daily that they are the type of people we should celebrate. Their histories of racism, sexism, capitalism and heterosexism are covered up and the mass murder and displacement they are responsible for is called the establishment of the United States.But those are the oppressor’s heroes. Who are ours? Who are the heroes of people of color, women, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer folks and the working masses? One of them is definitely Mumia Abu-Jamal.In 1981, Mumia was framed for the murder of Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to execution. The U.S. government, the Fraternal Order of Police and the racist mainstream media have waged a campaign against Mumia for 27 years, portraying him as a terrorist and a murderer. But the people’s struggle has kept him alive.The negative portrayal of Mumia and the Black Liberation movement as a whole is an aspect of the overall war against Black people, specifically Black youth. Like the omission from the history books of the 1935 Wiley College debate team, recently portrayed in the film “The Great Debaters,” the criminalization of Mumia is a deliberate attempt to erase the contributions of Blacks in the United States.Combined with disproportionate military recruitment and incarceration, as well as the blatant murders of Black youth by the state, the eradication of Black Liberation history is a strategic tool in the oppression of Black people. Cases like the Jena 6, the Jersey 4, the state murders of Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo, as well as the case of John White, are all a part of the attack on Black people and our basic human right to self-defense. One must ask: Why is it that when people of color are forced to defend ourselves, it is considered by the state to be an unheroic, criminal act?The Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s and Mumia Abu-Jamal are our heroes and revolutionaries. They are the leaders of our national liberation. We as youth, especially Black youth, see the BPP as proof of Black agency in history, in opposition to the education we receive that portrays Black people as a historically passive people.Though many of us can name Mumia as our hero, there are far too many of us who have no idea who he is and what he has contributed to human history. It is a product of the state’s attempted eradication of all liberation movements fighting against U.S. imperialism, specifically those led by people of color.In the words of Mumia: “I’m fighting every day, not just for my freedom, not just for my liberation, but for all of our liberation. Unabashedly I’ll fight for revolution because I think revolution is our only solution. I’m not shy about using that word.”Mumia: father, grandfather, journalist, freedom fighter, visionary, revolutionary. Mumia is not just a hero but a flame-sparker and we are the Inheritors of the Fire.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
On Oct. 9, two press releases announced two multi-million dollar donations to the University.Pat and Jana Eilers have donated $3 million to endow the football team’s defensive backs coaching position, and alumni James Parsons and Carrie Quinn have made a $20 million donation to establish a new Institute for Global Investing within the Mendoza College of Business, according to the releases.Jack Swarbrick, University vice president and the director of athletics, praised the Eilers for their continuing generosity to Notre Dame.“This extraordinary gift is just one of many ways in which Pat and Jana continue to give back to Notre Dame. I have not met anyone who believes more strongly in value of intercollegiate athletics and the role it can play in educating young people; we are very fortunate to count Pat and Jana among the members of the Notre Dame family,” Swarbrick said in the release.This is the first endowed assistant coach position at the University, the release stated. In June, the University announced gifts from alumnus Richard Corbett that endowed the head football coaching position.Pat Eilers is a member of the 1988 national football championship team, the release stated.“Last year, Eilers took a sabbatical from his work as managing director of Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), a Chicago-based private equity firm, to serve as defensive quality control assistant for the Fighting Irish in order to support Kelly’s staff while defensive graduate assistant coach Kyle McCarthy was on a medical leave,” the release stated.Of Parsons and Quinn’s donation, Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business, said it would supplement and improve existing educational opportunities for students, faculty and alumni.Huang said in the release he believes the institute “provides that vital nexus for research, the classroom, our alumni and other partners so that we can leverage all of it for a greater impact than the sum of its parts. … I’m confident that the institute will enable us to expand opportunities for our stakeholders — especially for our students — and become a significant thought leader in the global investment community.”The institute will employ expertise of the finance faculty, the finance curriculum and partnerships to “form a platform for both learning and influencing the way investment managers the world over think about global finance,” the release stated.According to the press release, Parsons and Quinn received their undergraduate degrees from the University. Parsons received an MBA from Harvard Business School and is founder and portfolio manager for Junto Capital Management in New York City. Quinn graduated from Tufts University Medical School and is currently an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and executive director of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center.Tags: defensive backs, football, Institute for Global Investing, mendoza college of business
Elyn Saks has a long list of accomplishments.The professor and associate dean at the Gould School of Law was valedictorian at Vanderbilt University, has a master in letters from the University of Oxford, published four books and earned her J.D. from Yale University, where she edited the Yale Law Review.Genius · USC professor Elyn Saks, schizophrenic herself, will use her MacArthur grant to write a book featuring others with schizophrenia. – Vicki Yang | Daily TrojanMost recently, Saks was named one of 24 fellows by the MacArthur Foundation, which awards recipients $500,000 to pursue their own creative, intellectual and professional goals. She is the first USC faculty member to be recognized by the organization.She also has schizophrenia.Schizophrenia, a mental illness that varies in severity from person to person, is typically characterized by hallucinations and delusions. Those affected by it often have difficulty functioning in day-to-day life.Saks began to show signs of the illness while she was a student at Oxford, but it was not until she was at Yale — and hospitalized for the third time — that she was diagnosed.“I was devastated,” she said.A psychiatrist told her she should take a year off from school to find a less stressful occupation, suggesting the overachieving Saks take a job as a cashier.“It’s like a sentence to a bleak and painful life,” she said. “People said, ‘Lower your expectations,’ and so on, and I just didn’t.”Saks went on to complete her studies at Yale and enter the professional world, working as an attorney in Connecticut and teaching at the University of Bridgeport School of Law before coming to USC in 1989.Here, her colleagues said, Saks has flourished.“She’s exemplary,” Gould Dean Robert Rasmussen said. “She has nothing but the highest scholarly standards, she’s always supporting her colleagues and inspiring each of us. It’s almost unfathomable what she’s been able to do. Her story is incredibly gripping and moving, and the fact that she has overcome so much and been able to succeed is astonishing.”Much of that inspiration comes from the work Saks has done. Saks, who has focused her career on mental health policy, has played an important role in the discussions of a multitude of mental health issues, including patients’ rights, the legal aspects of multiple-personality disorder and involuntary treatment.“I like to think the policies I come up with are not biased because I’m a disgruntled ex-patient. I do propose things that wouldn’t have helped me but would have helped someone else,” she said. “When I do my scholarship, I’m on all sides of the couch so to speak. I used to represent people who were psychiatric patients and I do some consulting and I teach about mental health law … and then I have my own experiences.“I like to think I can look at things from lots of different angles and that proves my scholarship instead of detracts from it.”Although Saks might draw some inspiration from her past experiences, those who work with her — all of whom know about her diagnosis — say she is not defined by them.“I don’t even think it’s a question of balancing mental health issues and professional life,” said Gould Professor Edward McCaffery, who has worked with Saks since 1989. “She’s been able to — beginning with her own will, her own agency — she’s been able to take control of her mental health condition and lead a normal, professional, high-functioning life.”Saks said she has been able to better cope with her illness through her work.“I’m lucky that I love to work. It really serves me well — it gives me a sense of focus and productivity and self-esteem,” she said. “For me, it’s one of the last things to go, so even if I’m starting to unravel, I can come into my office, sit and start writing an article or revising an article and that can focus my mind and push the other stuff to the fringes.”But, Saks said, she is not the only one who has been able to manage her schizophrenia and be successful in the professional world.Along with researchers from USC and UCLA, Saks is in the process of studying 20 high-functioning schizophrenics who, like herself, have developed ways to manage their symptoms to work as high-level professionals. They hope to use their research to develop a coping method for people with lower-functioning schizophrenia.“Sometimes people tell me, ‘Elyn, you’re unique. There aren’t other people with schizophrenia like you.’ But that’s not true. We have an MD, we’ve got a couple of PhDs, some consumer advocates, full time students,” she said. “So I’m certainly not unique.”To help other people with schizophrenia, Saks said the first thing she plans to do with her “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation is publish another book — this one a general interest book with interviews from other people with schizophrenia.“I’ve told my story in my book, but I want to tell their stories,” she said.Overall, Saks said one of her biggest goals — through her current work and future plans — is to encourage people with schizophrenia to not be held back by their diagnosis.“I’m a really stubborn person, and that’s helped me and hurt me,” she said. “It’s helped me by saying, ‘You think I have this and I won’t be able to work? Well I’ll show you.’”And, according to McCaffery, Saks has done just this.“It’s not being a mental health patient half the time and a professional half the time,” he said. “She’s just Elyn Saks.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyOn October 25 and 26, 2018, United Way of Thurston County will offer Results-Based Accountability (RBA) Training to program partners. RBA is part of the new framework United Way of Thurston County is implementing for all service providers applying for UWTC funding. United Way will provide lunch both days. There is no charge to attend for agencies applying for United Way funding. We recommend this training for executive and development staff.Results-Based Accountability is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve entrenched and complex social problems. Communities use it to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and by organizations to improve the effectiveness of their programs.RBA uses a data-driven, decision-making process to help communities and organizations get beyond talking about problems to taking action to solve problems. RBA starts with ends and works backward, towards means. The “end” or difference you are trying to make looks slightly different if you are working on a broad community level or are focusing on your specific program or organization.The population versus performance distinction is what separates RBA from all other frameworks. It is important to understand because it determines who is responsible for what. Population accountability organizes our work with co-equal partners to promote community well-being. In contrast, Performance Accountability organizes our work to have the greatest impact on our customers. What we do for our customers is our contribution to community impact.WHO: United Way of Thurston CountyWHAT: Results-Based Accountability TrainingWHEN: October 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & October 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia WA 98501WHY: RBA is part of the new framework United Way of Thurston County is implementing for all service providers applying for UWTC funding.RESERVE A SPOT:https://commerce.ayt360.org/Compass360WebPortals/eCommerce/org=unitedway-thurston.org/request=eventTicketing/eventId=C5BC9BD2-55AD-4A47-AAA9-35B8387CFA8CFOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Paul Larsen, Director of Community Impact, 360-943-2773 ext. 113, [email protected]
The Thunder meet TSS Academy U18 and Vancouver Island Wave Saturday before concluding the weekend Sunday against TSS Academy U17.The team just returned late last month from the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament in Surrey.Some of the players from the Surrey tourney were injured, reducing the numbers the Thunder has to draw from this weekend.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to boast the girl’s confiedence with Team of the Week honours.The club that played in Surrey includes, back row, L-R, Soccer Quest coach Dave Spendlove, Erica Augsten, Tasha Haegedorn, Olivia Alexis, Hailey McLean, Laurel Sheriff, Taylor Stewart, Kelsey, Sarah Fuhr, Maddy Kamloops and Soccer Quest coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Brynn Forsey, Brittany Wheeler, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Ellie Haegedorn, Morag Paterson and Courtney Daley. The Soccer Quest Kootenay Thunder is at it again, heading to Burnaby to play in another Showcase Girl’s Tournament.The squad of players from throughout the West Kootenay region opens the tournament Friday at 11:30 a.m. against Mountain HPL at the Burnaby Lakes Soccer Complex.
Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — The Warriors’ 126-93 preseason loss to the Lakers Wednesday at Staples Center showcased both a Warriors’ weakness and a Lakers’ strength.With Stephen Curry taking a scheduled game off, the Warriors struggled to create offense for long stretches. Defensively, they didn’t have an answer for the Lakers’ size, especially when guarding the two-man game between forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis.The …
Jacob Zuma was inaugurated as South Africa’s fourth president of the democratic era on Saturday 9 May 2009 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.High-resolution images may be republished free of charge, on condition that both the photographer and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com are credited. For more information, see the terms and conditions of use. Note that some of the images below are cropped.To access images in the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the images.An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image An aerial view of the crowds gathered to watch the inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.(Image: The Presidency)Download high-resolution image Crowds of people gathered on the Union Buildings lawns to watch the inauguration on giants screens.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Crowds of people gathered on the Union Buildings lawns to watch the inauguration on giants screens.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image The podium awaits the arrival of the dignitaries.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image On a rainy day, the dignitaries arrive.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913 – three years after the formation of the Union of South Africa – the Union Buildings are the official seat of government of the Republic of South Africa and house the offices of the country’s president. (Image: Khanyi Magubane)Download high-resolution image The rain comes down on the dignitaries.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas, the crowds on the lawns cheer the arrival of Jacob Zuma.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas, the crowds on the lawns cheer the arrival of Jacob Zuma.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas, the crowds on the lawns cheer the arrival of Jacob Zuma.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image Outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe (left) and incoming President Jacob Zuma as seen on the giant screen on the Union Building lawns.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image President Jacob Zuma on the giant screen on the Union Building lawns.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imagePresident Zuma addresses the crowd.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini)Download high-resolution image President Zuma addresses the crowd.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imagePresident Zuma addresses the crowd.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageDancing and singing in celebration of a new president.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display to celebrate the inauguration begins.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display over the city of Pretoria.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Khanyi Magubane)Download high-resolution image The aerial display.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini)Download high-resolution image The aerial display.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution image The aerial display.(Image: Khanyi Magubane, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageThe aerial display.(Image: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Download high-resolution imageMORE GALLERIES
Johannesburg, 30 August 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to announce that McCann Worldgroup has been appointed as its through-the-line advertising agency following a rigorous selection process during which proposals were considered from five short-listed companies.The selection process conformed to Brand South Africa’s tender processes, which was facilitated by Yardstick.Agencies were asked to submit proposals in April 2013 and were assessed on their familiarity with nation brand development and the role of reputation management in enhancing competitive identity. They were further assessed on their ability to deliver on Brand South Africa’s strategic priorities. Their compliance with BEE legislation, corporate governance and overall reputation were also factored into the selection process.McCann Worldgroup will be responsible for conceptualising and developing brand strategies and campaigns that will enhance the nation’s reputation. Additionally, the agency will be responsible for media planning and buying. All campaigns will be aimed at positioning South Africa among the top 20 global nations.“We congratulate McCann on their successful pitch and we look forward to a rewarding relationship with them as we build our nation brand both domestically and internationally,” said Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola.Speaking about the appointment of McCann by Brand South Africa, Managing director, Karabo Denalane said, “McCann could not be more delighted with this appointment. On the dawn of 20 years of democracy, we have been given an opportunity to increase awareness of our nation brand in key international markets, to shape the reputation of our country, and to build pride and patriotism within each and every South African. What an honour and a privilege!”McCann Worldgroup will take over from the current agency, Publicis, effective 1 September 2013.Brand South Africa appoints Wendy Tlou as Director: Strategic Marketing and CommunicationBrand South Africa appoints Wendy Tlou has been appointed Director: Strategic Marketing and CommunicationBrand South Africa is also delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director: Strategic Marketing and Communication, Ms Wendy Tlou, effective 1 October 2013.Ms Tlou has a wealth of experience in communications and marketing, gained over 20 years in the industry. She has most recently worked at the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality as Head of Communications and Brand Management. She has also, in the last few years, provided strategic communication support to the South African Reserve Bank, managed South African Tourism’s Global Communications, and was the Managing Director for The Communications Firm.Ms Tlou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science, a Certificate in Public Relations and has completed a Programme in Management Development from GIBS.“I am extremely excited to be part of the team at Brand SA and to drive the strategic reputation management and brand building of South Africa to ensure that we remain a competitive destination for inward investment and tourism receipts, among others,” said Tlou.Brand South Africa’s mandate and strategic objectives• Brand South Africa’s international mandate is to build the country’s reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness, reflecting a great focus on driving international investment and trade. Our reputation as a country is important as it impacts on investment – jobs, economic growth, our national sense of pride and social cohesion.• Reputation is a key driver of our international mandate. Domestically, Brand South Africa’s mandate is to build pride and patriotism amongst South Africans and contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship, giving our country a consolidated and clear brand image. This involves the creation of a unified message and promise that becomes identifiable with South Africa, thereby building credibility, conviction and committed patronage.• Brand South Africa is also the central hub of national reputation and competitiveness intelligence. This intelligence is vital for articulating, aligning and mobilising key messages about the nation for the use and benefit of all stakeholders and strategic partners.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About McCann Worldgroup South AfricaMcCann Worldgroup delivers marketing solutions that transform brands and grow businesses. The company is comprised of a collaborative roster of best-in-class agencies that emphasise creativity, innovation, and performance, including McCann Johannesburg.Requests for further information and interviews can be directed to:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds