Defend Malcolm Jenkins against Phila. Fraternal Order of Police

first_imgFor decades the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has functioned like an organized racist mob, running rampant over oppressed communities and anyone else who dared to stand up to them. While technically a “union” because the FOP negotiates police contracts with the city, police rain terror on Black, Latinx and Asian neighborhoods, using whatever means are at their disposal.  Historically, FOP members have used their armed power to crush genuine workers’ struggles led by real unions. Police dropped a bomb on — and destroyed — a Black community in 1985, in Philadelphia, which resulted in the murder of 11 members of the MOVE family and the destruction of 62 homes.  Police have used stop-and-frisk tactics and random traffic stops to escalate the disproportionate arrests and murders of Black and Brown people, while doing little to address the increasing number of shootings that have caused the deaths of children in the city.Earlier this year, when over 300 Philadelphia police officers faced suspension and potential firings for posting blatantly racist and sexist media posts, the FOP exerted pressure on then-Police Commissioner Richard Ross.  The police organization forced his resignation, allegedly because of claims of sexual harassment. All accused officers were eventually brought back into the force.The FOP organized demonstrations against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner twice this year after he agreed with attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal that evidence existed to justify returning the case for a hearing with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  The FOP is supporting a legal petition asking Pennsylvania’s higher courts to remove DA Krasner as prosecutor of the case, anticipating that higher state courts would agree with him and Abu-Jamal’s attorneys.On Oct. 28, Philadelphia Eagles’ football safety Malcolm Jenkins, who is African-American, hosted a town hall along with rapper Meek Mill, a victim of the city’s racist cops and courts, which focused on policing.  Rather than having the invited “experts” speak, Jenkins turned the podium over to community residents to voice their concerns to the experts.  Malcolm Jenkins challenges FOPSince the FOP is arrogantly used to getting their way, the police organization was  caught off guard when Jenkins wrote an op-ed in the Nov. 18 Philadelphia Inquirer calling on Mayor Jim Kenney to prioritize the needs of the city’s Black and Brown communities when selecting the next police commissioner. His commentary specifically called for a commissioner “who fights back against the police union.” Jenkins challenged Mayor Kenney to be more transparent in the search process, calling his failure to commit to having potential candidates meet with the community a mistake. “Representatives of our community should be part of the hiring process,” he wrote.In his op-ed, Jenkins commented on the racist Facebook posts written by police officers: “We need a commissioner who isn’t in lockstep with the union and who will instead push back when the union tries to hide and justify bad behavior. The commissioner must also support a union contract that allows for more officer accountability, even if that is an unpopular position with the rank and file.”Jenkins called for a “radical transformation in how we police,” writing: “We do not need to answer every societal problem with arrests and imprisonment.  Broken windows policing, stop-and-frisk practices, and the war on drugs have not made us safer.  What those policies have done, however, is lead to alarming rates of arrests for black and brown boys and men. The next commissioner should pledge to focus on solving the serious violent crimes that are harming the community instead of harassing citizens for low-level offenses.”While many Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality activists in Philadelphia — who are to the left of Jenkins — advocate abolishing the police, even Jenkins’ transformative proposals were too much for the FOP.  On Nov. 19, one day after Jenkins’ op-ed was published, Philadelphia FOP President John McNesby launched an attack, calling him a “nonresident, washed-up football player.” McNesby, who is white and lives in the greater Northeast section of the city – which once tried to secede from the city — absurdly called Jenkins’ op-ed a “racist attack.”  These words opened up a floodgate of commentary in print and social media and on television, mostly supporting Jenkins.Defend Jenkins, Kaepernick, James!Jenkins is a two-time Super Bowl champion, All-Pro Safety, and team captain who has not missed a game in six seasons.  He resides in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.McNesby’s attack on Jenkins mirrors that of politicians like Donald Trump, sports team owners and media commentators who have criticized Black athletes, including Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and others, for taking a stand (or a knee) to protest police brutality and racism.  And — while racially attacking Jenkins — McNesby fails to address the complaints that he and others are justifiably making about the lack of accountability by Philadelphia police.Even Mayor Kenney, who initially ran on a platform to end stop-and-frisk — but never did — was forced to publicly back Jenkins following McNesby’s attack.  DA Krasner chimed in, too, noting that Jenkins has “a right to hold public officials accountable.” On Nov. 22, the Court of Common Pleas upheld its Aug. 21 ruling that had dismissed a lawsuit brought last year by the FOP challenging DA Krasner for issuing a list of tainted cops to keep them from testifying in court.Jenkins’ courageous stand against the FOP is welcomed by many people in Philadelphia.  But, in the long run, it will be the empowerment of Black, Brown and working-class community residents collectively pushing back against the FOP that will bring real change.Photo credit: phillymag.comFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Market Perspective: It’s Not the Knowns, it’s the Unknowns that Worry You

first_img Share Save  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 5, 2016 1,023 Views Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Market Perspective: It’s Not the Knowns, it’s the Unknowns that Worry You Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Bankrate.com Financial Crisis U.S. Economy 2016-01-05 Brian Honea Previous: How Does the SFR Market Look Going into 2016? Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 1/6/2016center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Federal Reserve finally commenced monetary tightening in December, raising the federal funds target rate for the first time in nine years. The nation’s central bank believes the economy is back on track following the slowest economic recovery post-World War II—but are we taking all the proper precautions to prevent another financial crisis similar to the one the nation experienced in 2007-08?The government and policymakers put in some safeguards—but it’s the unknown that we need to worry about, according to Bankrate.com Senior Economic Analyst Mark Hamrick.“I would make an analogy about financial crises and boxing,” Hamrick said. “The punch that a boxer is most worried about is the one that he doesn’t see coming. Essentially, the same thing has to do with the risk in the global economy and financial markets.”The 2007-08 crisis was unique because it was the participation of many different types of stakeholders that allowed it to happen, Hamrick said, ranging from politicians to were not vigilant about promoting regulation to politicians who promoted the idea that everyone who wants to own a home should be able to own one, as well as financial markets that encouraged the securitization of mortgages.“I think it’s appropriate for regulators, central bankers, elected officials, people in industry, consumers, and investors, to have an idea about what the appropriate risks are and obviously for certain regulators in the United States to be taking all measures possible to try to guard against the next financial crisis,” Hamrick said. “But history tells us that what we tend to see is that regulators try to stop the repeat of the most recent financial crisis instead of have an ability to essentially be omniscient to stop all potential financial crises. These could be things that we just right now could not possibly anticipate.”Possible causes for concern that cannot be fully anticipated range from concern over China’s economy, a large scale war or natural disaster, an accident of some kind, something technical in the financial markets, or even a compromise of financial markets by hackers, Hamrick said, but could include virtually anything. The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which was created out of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010, has addressed some of the causes of the crisis, “but the concern is that what we don’t know is what’s going to hurt us,” Hamrick said. “We know that we’ve tackled some of the problems that occurred last time around, but it’s the problems we haven’t quite defined yet that are probably the most worrisome.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Bankrate.com Financial Crisis U.S. Economy About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Market Perspective: It’s Not the Knowns, it’s the Unknowns that Worry You Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Radcliffe Institute Fellow Junot Díaz, RI ’04, named 2012 MacArthur Fellow

first_img Read Full Story Today, Junot Díaz, Pulitzer–prize winning writer, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Radcliffe Institute fellow in 2003–2004, was named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. Díaz — selected for his creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future — is one of 23 recipients of this year’s “genius grant,” which awards fellows $500,000 over five years.After becoming a literary sensation in the mid-1990s for his powerful short stories — often set in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and published in Drown — Diaz won a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute. He worked at the institute during the 2003–2004 academic year on his second book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel titled The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, published in 2007. Diaz’s third book, another collection of short stories, This is How You Lose Her, came out in September to great acclaim.last_img read more

CUNA urges president to sign credit union insurance parity bill

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Senate passed the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act Thursday. The bill directs the National Credit Union Administration to extend share insurance coverage to trust accounts, such as Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and other similar accounts, opened and managed by credit union members.The Credit Union National Association, an early and prominent supporter of the IOLTA bill, immediately sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to sign the bill into law.The insurance-parity bill is the second CUNA-supported regulatory relief bill to pass recently. Last week, the House voted a resounding 422-0 in favor of The Regulation D Study Act.The Senate’s approval by unanimous consent Thursday of the IOLTA bill brings parity treatment for credit unions in relation to banks.“This parity bill would provide credit unions the same opportunity as other financial institutions to serve their members and the community,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said upon the bill’s passage. He noted that CUNA is proud to have actively supported IOLTA’s passage in both the House and the Senate. continue reading »last_img read more

Dyche proud after win at Stoke

first_img He said: “I’ve enjoyed looking at the table. But I said it last time and I meant it – it is one win, and after that you need another one. And we still do. We need more. “It is there to be enjoyed, but we need more wins.” Ings took advantage of sloppy Stoke play to score his double, slotting in the rebound in the 12th minute when Asmir Begovic parried straight to him, and then converting a Michael Kightly cross in the 13th while unmarked. Ings, the top scorer of Burnley’s 2013-14 promotion campaign, appears to now be finding his feet this season, having returned from a hamstring problem in October. He now has three goals this term for the Clarets, and also scored twice for England Under-21s at his home ground Turf Moor in the recent international break. And Dyche said of the striker: “At the start of the season there was a lot of expectation on him and that is very hard for young players. “I said all along his injury would do him good in a strange kind of way, and he has come out of it looking nice and sharp and fresh. “He’ll learn a load from what he is doing at the moment. I think he had already name for himself before this season, and it’s now about how far he can take his name forward.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, whose side dropped a place to 10th, felt Burnley had been guilty of some time wasting but had no doubt that the real key to the match had been the Potters’ early errors. “We lost the game because of the first 10 to 15 minutes where we didn’t really understand what the opposition were likely to do against us,” Hughes said. “We had a makeshift back four (injured defensive duo Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters were replaced in the first XI by Geoff Cameron and Marc Muniesa), but even so, we still had enough quality and experience at the back. “In that first period we gave them two great opportunities through collective and individual errors, and they took them. “Leading into this, we were looking to get back-to-back wins, and by the finish Burnley had done what we wanted to. Credit to them – they defended for their lives in the second half.” Asked about time wasting, Hughes added: “Against Tottenham (a 2-1 win last time out), after about 20 minutes our goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was booked for allegedly time wasting. “The Burnley goalkeeper (Tom Heaton), who was probably doing it more here than Asmir on that occasion, wasn’t booked for it until after 60 minutes. “But that wasn’t the reason we got beat. “We are a little bit frustrated with everything in the end, but the top and bottom of it is that in the first 10 to 15 minutes, we had given ourselves too much to do.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche expressed his pride after the Clarets completed back-to-back victories with a 2-1 triumph at Stoke. And asked if he was proud, Dyche – whose side raced into a two-goal lead through a quickfire Danny Ings brace early on, conceded a Jonathan Walters header around the half-hour and then withstood an increasing barrage of pressure – said: “Yes. “It is a different way of winning and that is an important factor. Not for one minute do we think we are going to roll around the Premier League slicking the ball around for 95 minutes. “I thought we were very good for the first 15, starting on the front foot and scoring two high-quality goals on the counter. “Fair play to Stoke – they just came at us in wave after wave. “But the framework of our team was very good, and the old-fashioned traits that I believe in whole-heartedly were on show today – the will, the desire, the respect, the honesty and the team ethic. “Everyone tells me that in the Premier League, back-to-back wins is massive, and I’ll go with that of course. “The team are developing and learning – and learning fast.” Dyche had been keen after the Hull win to emphasise the importance of building on that result, and had similar sentiments following the Stoke victory. The previous outing for Dyche’s men had seen them defeat Hull 1-0 at home – the first win of what is the club’s comeback Barclays Premier League campaign. Having followed that by securing another three points at the Britannia Stadium, Burnley are off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, below 17th-placed Leicester on goal difference alone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse downs Loyola, 17-6, in season opener

first_img Comments Nicole Levy sprinted down the field and into space, creating a 2-on-1 with her teammate Kayla Treanor against Loyola goalie Molly Wolf. Levy kept the ball as she neared the net, but as Wolf took a small step toward her, Levy dished to Treanor.Treanor dodged a defender, ripped her stick from right to left and, with Wolf in front and the same defender on her back, added on to a Syracuse lead it would never relinquish.The Orange hadn’t led, even trailing at points, in the first five minutes, but Treanor’s goal made it 5-2 and SU never looked back. No. 3 Syracuse (1-0) kept adding to its cushion against No. 12 Loyola (0-2), going on to win its season-opener, 17-6, Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. It’s the second time in as many years SU has won the first game of its opening weekend double-header.SU dominated offensively, finishing with more goals than Loyola had shots (14). Syracuse averaged 12.7 goals per game in 2015 and nearly equaled that output in the first half alone heading to the break with an 11-3 advantage. The bulk of SU’s offensive chances early came on backdoor cuts in front of the net, pick-and-rolls or on free-position shots earned by drawing fouls.But that wasn’t always the case. On Treanor’s second goal, she won the draw, passed to Halle Majorana and sprinted down the field. The two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist got the ball back with her back to the net with a defender in between. Without turning around, she flicked her left wrist. The goal prompted a a Greyhound timeout.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMajorana and Treanor, two All-Americans last season, finished with five and four goals, respectively.It was Treanor’s first game as SU’s draw specialist. The Orange graduated Kailah Kempney, who assistant coach Regy Thorpe called an “all-time great” at the position, last season. Treanor controlled 22 of 25 draws.Midfielder Kelly Cross chipped in on offense, scoring twice in her first game back from her indefinite suspension.Syracuse plays again at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Binghamton. Published on February 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez wasn’t about to be denied

first_imgHanley Ramirez was loaded up on everything from painkiller medication to a protective vest around his ribs Monday. Everything except for sleep.“This is no time to lay down right now,” Ramirez said. “You’ve just got to keep going out.”A CT scan on Ramirez’s left ribcage revealed a hairline fracture of the eighth rib, a diagnosis that eluded an earlier X-ray. Ramirez suffered the injury in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday when he was hit with a 95-mph fastball by Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly. He played the remainder of the 13-inning game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ramirez was too hurt to play in Game 2 on Saturday, and was only somewhat limited in pregame activities Monday.He stretched, but did not jog, with teammates in the outfield grass at Dodger Stadium. Ramirez took a few ground balls at shortstop and a full round of batting practice, hitting a few balls over the fence among several line drives.Then, he declared himself ready.“I’ll do anything for this team and this city,” Ramirez said. “I’m going to go out there tonight for the fans and for my teammates just looking for the first win.”Ramirez finished 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Nick Punto replaced him at shortstop in the ninth.center_img Andre Ethier, also a game-time decision with soreness in his lower left leg, played all nine innings in center field after missing Game 2. He finished 0 for 4.Freese leaves gameSt. Louis third baseman David Freese left the game in the fifth inning with right calf tightness after hitting a single to right field that broke up Hyun-Jin Ryu’s no-hit bid.Freese stayed in the game briefly. He jogged from first base to the edge of the outfield grass under the watch of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and a team trainer and was allowed to continue. But after going to second base on a single by Matt Adams, Freese was replaced by pinch-runner Daniel Descalso.Descalso didn’t last long, either. He was thrown out on the back end of a double play when Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford caught a line drive by Jon Jay, then threw to second base.The Cardinals announced that Freese is day-to-day.Dusty in the houseFormer major-league manager Dusty Baker was wearing his familiar Dodgers No. 12 jersey, but declined comment when asked if he would be interested in managing here in the future. “Oh man, I’ve got to leave that alone,” he said. Baker attended Game 3 to take part in pregame ceremonies along with former Dodgers teammates Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith.The 64-year-old still lives in Granite Bay, a suburb of Sacramento. He was dismissed as the Cincinnati Reds’ manager 10 days ago and would like to manage again.“Yeah, why not? I’ve got energy,” Baker said. “If we had a little bit different outcome, I’d be managing now.”NotableActors Rob Lowe, Omar Benson Miller, Dennis Haysbert and Brian Baumgartner attended the game. … The Dodgers are offering free parking in the Dodger Stadium lots to cars with four or more passengers. … Neither team has hit a home run through the first three games of the series, the first time that’s happened in NLCS history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … The Dodgers have never been down 3-0 in a best-of-seven NLCS.Staff writer Jill Painter contributed to this report.last_img read more