Month: July 2019

Mother and Son Will Begin Hunger Strike Today at SF Mission District

first_imgMax Le Young, who originally intended to participate but has since pulled out because of a death in the family, said the activists intend to remain at Mission Station for as long as they can hold out, leaving only for bathroom breaks – whether their demands are met or not.“If they get arrested, then they get arrested,” he said. “I dunno how realistic [Suhr or Lee stepping down] is but it makes a statement.”Sato said he hopes that by highlighting the issues that San Francisco is grappling with, others in power may be moved to “listen to its people.”He also said that he is seeking celebrity support and plans to invite Danny Glover and Carlos Santana to join the movement and “help shine light on the situation.”“There are different definitions of justice when it comes to a hunger strike. If it becomes a mass movement and we end up having 500 to 1,000 people on 17th and Valencia streets, and  if we get the star power, I truly believe [Suhr or Lee] will step down,” said Sato. “But it won’t happen without people power.”Activists said they are not actively seeking additional participants, though they would not turn them away. Sato said he hopes to stay in place at least a week, or as long as he can hold out.“I envision people coming out and joining. To me, it takes every-day actions, whether it’s being on the steps of City Hall every day… Some people don’t have the time for that. But people can find ways to stand in solidarity for that,” Sato said.Sato said he and fellow organizers have been reading about hunger strikes and studying their use. Some have been training to see how they would fare.The Bay Area has seen its fair share of hunger strikes over various political issues, from the one-man strike outside city hall in 2004 by pastor Roger Huang, who wanted to close a strip club next to his mission in the Tenderloin, to the 2013 hunger strike by prisoners at Pelican Bay, to nationwide hunger strikes over a controversial immigration law in Arizona in 2010 and, four years later, strikes to protest immigration policy which women in the Mission also participated in.“It’s drastic measures but I believe in change. Why not in our lifetime? We romanticize things and we honor and look up to legends, people that did things and helped shift and change things. We are never ready to take those actions,” Sato said. “We are ready to take these actions. For us, doing that, it’s a stand. It’s a statement.”A police spokesperson said the department had no comment on the plans for the hunger strike. A group of Mission activists announced today that they will stage a hunger strike, beginning Thursday, April 21, until San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee steps down or Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired.Rapper Equipto (whose legal name is Ilych Sato), Ike Pinkston of the Valencia Street–based Black and Brown Social Club, and Sato’s mother, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, will begin their hunger strike in front of Mission Police Station at 17th and Valencia streets Thursday at noon. They intend to remain at the site, camped out on the sidewalk or the street in a van and consuming only liquids, until the chief or the mayor are no longer in office.“We are demanding for Chief Suhr to be fired or Mayor Lee to step down… To bring publicity to what’s going on out here, to take a stand,” Sato said. “Hopefully these murderers can be on a headline on CNN… Because the ones who lost their lives are not on any mainstream channel, because they still want people to move here.”The strike, Sato said, was his mother’s idea. Gutierrez, 66, runs the Compañeros del Barrio preschool on Valencia Street, where Sato also teaches, and has been an active advocate for tenant rights and immigration reform for years. Her son, 44, said he could not let her do it alone. 0%center_img Tags: Mission Police Station • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Photo Essay Looking at the Mission

first_imgPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Everyday I see something different while walking in the Mission. It’s a good thing!Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhnlast_img

ENGLAND Knights coach Keiron Purtill has made six

first_imgENGLAND Knights coach Keiron Purtill has made six changes to the squad that defeated France last week for tomorrow’s clash against Cumbria at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground (3.00pm).The Knights won their first ever fixture last Saturday in some style, defeating France 38-18, but Purtill has resisted the temptation to stick with a winning team.“We’ve made a few changes to the squad to face Cumbria and brought in a few fresh bodies,” said Purtill. “We know Cumbria will be coming out to give us a tough game and we want to be firing on all cylinders.“Cumbrians are very passionate about Rugby League and when we visited a few local schools in the area today it was clear to see just how much the people of the area enjoy the sport.“We’re just as passionate about representing England and we want to create a legacy as the first ever Knights team and win every game we play in. Playing for your country is the highest honour you can achieve and these guys all want to stake their claim for a place in the senior side so they’ll be going out ready to match whatever comes at them.“We had a good win against France and it’s always good to get that first victory under your belt but we won’t be resting on our laurels.“Steve McNamara has told these players that there is a chance for Four Nations representation if anyone in the senior squad gets injured or withdraws so it means a lot to everyone involved. We’ll be cheering on the lads in Avignon tonight but we’re fully focused on the game to come tomorrow as well.”After steering the side to victory over France, Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has retained the captain’s role and he is joined in the starting 13 by St Helens duo Scott Moore and Paul Clough, Leeds Rhinos players Zak Hardaker and Chris Clarkson along with Warrington’s Chris Riley and Harlequins player Luke Gale.England Knights 17-Man Squad to face Cumbria1, Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)2, Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)3, Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)4, Kris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors)5, Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens)6, Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank)7, Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders)8, Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham)9, Scott Moore (St Helens, Blackbrook)10, Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook)11, Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)12, Joe Westerman (C) (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)13, Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)14, Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone Lions)15, Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook)16, James Donaldson (Bradford Bulls, Wath Brow Hornets)17, Joe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers)last_img read more

SAINTS welcomed international students from Middle

first_imgSAINTS welcomed international students from Middlesex University recently. They were treated to a rugby league training session with Paul Sculthorpe and Tommy Martyn whilst Head of Sales and Marketing Dave Hutchinson gave a talk on the Saints brand. The Masters in Marketing students were then given a tour of Langtree Park with Greg Pennington from Saints Community Development Foundation.last_img

New office park in development Wilmington Health will be a tenant

first_imgRendering of the building that will house Wilmington Health at Midtown Park at Barclay (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new office park is in development in the Port City. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate the Midtown Park at Barclay.The new office park neighbors The Pointe at Barclay, a complex that includes a movie theater, restaurants, and retailers.- Advertisement – Cameron Management is the developer of Midtown Park. It will eventually consist of four buildings.Wilmington Health is slated to be one of the tenants. Their COO, Chris Bunch, says the new space should be more convenient for their patients who live in this growing part of the Port City.“This gives us the ability to have a medical building, medical service building where consumers are: retail, movie theater, apartment, where people live, work, and play,” Bunch said. “We’re very excited to be on this side of town in a development of this nature.”Related Article: Developer withdraws application for Carolina Shores HUD housing proposalBunch said he expected the building that will house Wilmington Health to be completed by next spring.last_img read more

Gov Cooper to visit Port of Wilmington

first_imgTwo neo-Panamax cranes make their way to the Port of Wilmington in March 2018. (Photo: NC Ports) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper is making a visit to Wilmington Tuesday.Cooper will visit the Port of Wilmington at 11 a.m. for a tour of NC Ports’ new cranes.- Advertisement – He will also receive an update from the NC ports executive director on how the cranes have improved efficiency at the state’s largest port.Two of the three cranes arrived from China on March 29.The third crane is expected to be delivered next year.last_img

Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes

first_img The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is getting a head start. They will be helping move 10 families into new housing over the weekend.Annie Anthony with the center says this is a big project and they will need as many volunteers as they can get.“They just can think of it like their neighbors are in need and think about how they’d feel if they still weren’t back in their home,” Anthony said. “So knowing that they’re having to do yet another step before they get to go back home is very challenging.”Related Article: Hunt for ghosts on Battleship with Syfy Channel celebrities this weekendShe expects them to continue moving families over the next few weeks.Click here if you would like to volunteer with The Cape Fear Volunteer Center. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the deadline for FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program gets closer, families are getting ready to make another move.The program will end March 12.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Columbus County deputies save elderly woman from burning home

first_imgSgt. P. Herring and First Sgt. J. McPherson (Photo: CCSO) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Columbus County deputies are being called heroes after saving a woman trapped in a burning home.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were notified of a house fire on Reaves Ferry Road in Nakina shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday.- Advertisement – Deputies say 75-year-old Alma Faulk Long was trapped inside the house. CCSO says Long tried to escape through a window, but was unsuccessful.The sheriff’s office says First Sgt. J. McPherson and Sgt. P. Herring heard the call and immediately responded to the fire.First Sgt. J. McPherson attempted to enter the home through an adjacent window but was unable to because the home was engulfed with flames. First Sgt. J. McPherson and Sgt. P. Herring were finally able to lift Long out of a window to safety.Related Article: Overnight fire displaces four from Wilmington homeShe was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.“We want to recognize First Sgt. J. McPherson and Sgt. P. Herring for their bravery and quick thinking. Long is able to hug her family tonight because of these heroes,” CCSO posted on Facebook.last_img read more

UNCW holds vigil after deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The impacts of the UNC Charlotte shooting are felt across the state at its sister campus in the Port City.UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli sent a message out to the campus community, calling what happened at UNCC “a deplorable act of violence that can never be erased from our collective memory.”Drew Pescaro (Photo: Facebook)- Advertisement – Wednesday evening, UNCW students and staff gathered to honor the victims of Tuesday’s shooting at UNC Charlotte. One of those students in attendance was Nicki D’Alessio, who knows one of the shooting victims, Drew Pescaro.“When I first heard about what was happening, he was the first person I thought of, because I only know three or four people that go there,” D’Alessio said.19-year-old Pescaro’s name was mentioned during the UNCW vigil, as attendees silently held up their programs. Pescaro was one of four students shot but not killed.Related Article: Honeywell announces HQ move to North Carolina“Even though I didn’t know him super well, I did know him and I talked to him in class and stuff, and it’s so weird to think that it easily, easily could be here,” D’Alessio said.Also connected to Pescaro through a friend is UNC Charlotte student Courtney Fuller.“I heard pretty quickly, early on, that he had been shot, he was in the hospital and everything,” Fuller said.Fuller was on her way home to the Wilmington area when she heard about the shooting.“My first thought was, ‘who’s alive, who’s okay, do I need to pull over and make a couple phone calls to make sure everybody’s okay?’” Fuller said.Fuller says part of her wants to drive back to Charlotte to be with her friends, but another part of her is afraid to go back.“UNC Charlotte’s not going to be the same after this,” Fuller said. “And I think you hear about school shootings all the time on the news, and then you’re like ‘oh well that happened there, that’s never going to happen to me.’ And when it actually happens to you and people you know and the school you go to, it just like kind of shifts your whole reality.”If you are a student who needs support, please contact the Counseling Center (910) 962-3746. Anyone with concerns about his or her personal safety should contact University Police (910) 962-2222.last_img read more

Polish judicial reforms broke EU law Repubblika hails landmark judgement

first_img SharePrint The Polish government breached EU law when it lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges, harming their independence the European Court of Justice ruled on Monday.The judgement is expected to have ramifications on Malta’s judicial system.The European Commission took Poland to the European Court of Justice after the Polish government decided to lower the retirement age and apply that new retirement age to judges appointed to the Supreme Court until 3 April 2018. The government also granted the President of the Republic of Poland the discretion to extend the active judicial service of Supreme Court judges.The European Court of Justice ruled that the application of the “measure lowering the retirement age of the judges of the Supreme Court to the judges in post within that court is not justified by a legitimate objective and undermines the principle of the irremovability of judges, that principle being essential to their independence”.Rule of law non-governmental organisation Repubblika in a statement described the ruling as a “landmark case on the independence that is expected of the judiciary in all EU countries.”READ: Watch: “We have respected the court’s decision”; New members of the judiciary sworn inThe NGO had filed a similar case in Malta in April when it asked the court to refer the matter for a preliminary ruling from the EU court. The case was filed a day after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat appointed six new members to the bench despite the opinion issued by the Venice Commission.Mr Justice Mark Chetcuti had already said that the ruling in Commission v Poland will guide the Maltese courts on the issue.Repubblika stated that the ruling by the European Court of Justice should also guide Malta’s government on the independence of the judiciary saying that the government could not continue to ignore the EU treaty.Former Opposition leader and PN leader Simon Busuttil has described the decision as “historic” which will shape the future of the judiciary in Malta too, ending that Malta deserves an independent judiciary too.Today’s historic judgment of the @EUCourtPress will shape the future of the judiciary in #Malta too. Our Prime Minister has FULL discretion to appoint, promote and reward judges and ABUSED his power to capture the judiciary. We too DESERVE an independent judiciary. @repubblikaMT— Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) June 24, 2019“No reform of this nature was implemented in Malta”Ministry for Justice, Cultura and Local Government highlighted that no legal reform of this nature was implemented in Malta and, on the contrary, the law which was implemented was one which even Simon Busuttil voted in its favour.It noted that thanks to the judicial legislation that was implemented in Malta, an independent organ was created which gives advice to the Government in relation to judicial appointments. He said that this was carried out in order to strengthen laws which have been long implemented regarding the appointment of judicial members.Read more: Malta faces “prevailing ‘law of Omertà’” – Venice CommissionWatch: ‘This Government will implement proposals en masse’ – MuscatVenice Commission suggests creation of independent prosecutorVenice Commission calls for revision of constitutional roles“Perfect laws in the hands of crooks” – Vanni BonelloWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more