I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Emmanuel Young | Thursday, 11th March, 2021 | More on: HSTG Hastings Group Holdings (LSE:HSTG) stock managed to weather the Covid-19 storm last year, according to its 2020 interim results.The interim results released last summer showed a 5% growth in active customer policies year-on-year, from 2.81 million in 2019 to 2.96 million in 2020. Additionally, the company’s gross written premiums – a term referring to the total amount its customers have to pay for insurance policies over a set period – rose 3% to £514.9 million (up from £499.2 million in June 30, 2019).5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Comparatively, the UK car insurance market rose 8.1% in the six months to June 30, 2020, up from 7.7% in the six months to December 2019. Hastings attributes the gap between its active policy growth and the market’s growth to a reduction in the average premium paid by customers, due to policies intended to support customers during the pandemic.Nevertheless, the strong growth – despite both the economic environment and intentional customer support tactics – show Hastings’ robustness as an established operator in the insurance market. In fact, its adjusted operating profit after tax grew 43.5% from £38.2 million in June 2019, to £54.8 million in June 2020, quantifying that robustness in numerical terms.However, this growth pales in comparison to that of the newly developing insurance space in decentralised finance (DeFi). DeFi (also called Open Finance) is an experiment involving opening up traditional finance products to individual ownership.Indeed, the current DeFi experiment is taking place in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Blockchain-based platforms, such as Cover Protocol (COVER) and Nexus Mutual (NXM), allow participants (users of the platform) to insure and take out insurance policies on a peer-to-peer basis.Like Bitcoin’s blockchain, that means no third parties (in this case, insurers like Hastings) oversee the insurance process. This allows premiums to be set closer to the market rate (given by risk and supply), as there are no intermediaries requiring compensation.Take Hastings for example. A DeFi model would remove the £38.2 million operating profit from the £514.9 million in gross written premiums, saving customers on average 7.4%. The saving could even be larger considering the fact that DeFi insurance platforms are solely based in programable contracts (smart contracts), which do not require offices or employees.Of course, these are just rough calculations, and both COVER and NXM take fees that are distributed to the platform operators as reward for running the platform. However, these fees are miniscule compared to Hastings’ profit margin.In fact, the cost saving manifests in the explosive growth of both platforms, with NXM alone having over £180.5 million ‘locked’ in the platform to provide liquidity for insurance policies. This figure is more than double what it was just two months ago.Undoubtedly, the DeFi experiment poses an existential threat to traditional insurers like Hastings. They’ll either have to adapt to the new model or weather the experiment until its conclusion like they have with Covid-19. Whether they succeed or these new platforms inevitably succeed, only time will tell. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Emmanuel Young has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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2. Three new board members at UK Community FoundationsAwarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his services to education and the community in Bristol, Stephen Parsons’ charity leadership spans numerous charitable groups covering social enterprise, education, music and community funding.Highly commended in Charity Times’ Rising Star CEO category, London Community Foundation’s Sonal Shah has been co-opted onto the UKCF board, bringing ten years’ experience in community foundations with a particular emphasis on growth, mergers and fundraising.Alun Evans, Business Development Director for Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, has over 35 years’ experience in the investment world, and is also a Trustee of the Community Foundation in Wales.3. Baroness Patience WheatcroftBaroness Patience Wheatcroft is the new patron of The National Funding Scheme. She will join existing patrons Robert Dufton, Baroness Lane Fox of Soho CBE, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Christopher Rodrigues CBE and Lord Smith of Finsbury PCM.Baroness Patience Wheatcroft said:“The arts and culture enrich us all. DONATE makes it very easy for people to support what they enjoy, when they are enjoying it. DONATE builds communities, helping organisations nurture relationships with their donors, however small. DONATE is about democratising philanthropy, and it works!” Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people trustees AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 April 2015 | News Main photo: leading a flock of birds by Bplanet on Shutterstock.com Here are some of the latest fundraising, management and leadership appointments in the fundraising sector in April 2015.1. Claudia BradbyThe Shackleton Foundation, the charity which supports social entrepreneurs in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s mould, has appointed Claudia Bradby, founder and CEO of one of the UK’s fastest-growing jewellery companies.Bill Shipton, the Shackleton Foundation’s Chairman said:“Claudia comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has had a lifelong interest in the power of inspiring leadership which is why we are delighted to welcome her to the board. Her appointment coincides with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s fateful expedition to the Antarctic and a time when the charity is seeking applications from potential leaders.” Advertisement Fundraising appointments in April 2015 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
113 total views, 1 views today Javed Kahn, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, said:“Santander has been a fantastic partner. Their staff have thrown themselves into this fundraising partnership and we’re grateful for all their support over the last three years. The money raised is helping Barnardo’s transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.”Steph Harland, Chief Executive at Age UK, also commented, saying:“Over 2.5 million older people feel they have no one to turn to for help. Santander’s support has enabled Age UK to be there for thousands of older people facing the most difficult challenges of later life. We’ve been able to give friendship, as well as advice and practical help, and for this we’re so grateful to Santander, their staff and customers.” Santander beats target to raise record-breaking £3.2m for Age UK & Barnardo’s Main image: (L-R) Staff from Milton Keynes who took part in the International Challenge About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 17 January 2019 | News 114 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Santander has beaten its £3million target to raise £3.2million for Age UK and Barnardo’s during a three-year partnership.Santander staff also contributed over 10,000 hours support, carrying out a wide range of fundraising activities for the two charities, including:International Challenge events with 120 employees travelling to South Africa, Nepal and Cambodia to help vulnerable communities abroad while fundraising to support those closer to home;It’s a Knockout competitions which achieved record numbers of staff participation; and‘Store Wars’ challenges with Santander employees taking over Age UK and Barnardo’s stores around the country and competing for sales during the day.Over 100 Santander employees also made regular calls as part of Age UK’s Call in Time programme and teams from across the bank delivered workshops in communities on topics such as digital skills, fraud awareness and financial capability.In addition to fundraising and volunteering, Santander funded two strategic programmes: Age UK’s Ambitions for Later Life, which helped over 5,300 older people to better plan for the future, improve their confidence and feel more financially resilient; and Barnardo’s On Track, which helped over 380 young people to overcome significant challenges through over 1,500 hours of one to one support as well as 50 creative employability sessions delivered alongside local employers.Keith Moor, Chief Marketing Officer of Santander UK, said:“I’m extremely proud of our partnership with Age UK and Barnardo’s. By working together we were able to support the communities we live and work in and help some of the UK’s most vulnerable people.” Advertisement Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13
Excerpted from a talk at Workers World Party forum in New York City.Demonstrators wait at the entrance of Taksim Gezi park on June 12.June 10 — Once again a social explosion is rocking a large country in the so-called Middle East.The spontaneous uprising of the people of Turkey against their country’s U.S.-backed neoliberal regime has taken imperialism by surprise. It is disrupting the Pentagon’s covert war against Syria, in which Turkey is a forward base for NATO. It jeopardizes ExxonMobil’s plans to build an oil pipeline from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Mediterranean through Turkey and Turkish-Israeli plans to jointly exploit natural gas off the coast of occupied Palestine.The U.S. State Department urged Ankara to make minor concessions to cool the situation. But the regime of Tayyip Erdogan seems little inclined to do so. And Turkey’s people are not backing down despite unbridled police terror.On May 31, a small group of environmentalists sat down in Gezi Park in Istanbul’s historic Taksim Square to protest the state’s plans to cut down 606 sycamore trees to build a shopping mall. The police attacked them, but got a response they didn’t bargain for. As news of the brutality spread, people poured into the streets. Protests spread through the huge, ancient metropolis and soon to towns, cities and even villages throughout the country.For 10 days now, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people have held the streets against a brutal state apparatus. They have built barricades and fought cops armed with clubs, tear gas, water cannons, plastic bullets and sometimes real ones. Offices of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been attacked around the country. In Istanbul protesters used an excavator to try to pull down Prime Minister Erdogan’s office.The cops have killed at least three protesters and injured thousands. People have been charged with “sedition” for things they wrote on Twitter. But on June 9, more than 1 million defiant people flooded into Taksim Square.Social composition of the protestsMuch like Occupy Wall Street, the first demonstrators were students, unemployed college graduates and young professionals. The protest soon spread, both to organized labor and to the urban poor and rural migrants who had been AKP’s electoral base. The 240,000-member public workers union KESK and the Revolutionary Confederation of Trade Unions (DISK) held a two-day general strike to protest police repression. A peaceful union rally in Ankara was attacked by the police with trucks and water cannons.Now on the barricades can be seen women and men of all ages, football supporters in team jerseys and older women in headscarves. Some of the fiercest demonstrations have been in southeast Turkey, where many Arab people live. In Adana and Antakya, protesters attacked offices of the CIA-backed Free Syrian Army.Kurdish people have joined the protests under their own banners. On June 7, Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), declared support for the protests and warned against the danger of a military coup: “No one should let himself be used by nationalist, pro-coup circles. The democrat, revolutionary, patriot and progressive circles should not let this movement slide under their surveillance.” (Kurdistan Tribune, June 8)Demonstrators stress unity among Muslim groupings, Sunnis and Alevis, and Christians and among Turks, Kurds and Arabs. This is in contrast to the sectarianism promoted by the regime, which, in the spirit of the Free Syrian Army it supports, named a bridge for 16th-century Sultan Yavuz Selim, who massacred Alevi Muslims. Of Turkey’s 76 million people, 25 percent are Alevi, about 20 percent are Kurdish.Western media reports focus on social issues like the AKP’s instituting religious classes in public schools and restricting the sale of alcohol. But popular outrage is fueled by a decade of neoliberal attacks on the public sector — including cutbacks, privatization and union busting — as well as high unemployment and a growing wealth gap despite Turkey’s recent economic boom. The upsurge also follows mass protests against Turkey’s role in the Pentagon-CIA-NATO covert war on Syria.Background of modern TurkeyModern Turkey was born of one of the first successful national liberation struggles of the 20th century. After World War I, Western imperialist powers carved up the defeated Ottoman empire. A popular movement led by nationalist general Mustafa Kemal Ataturk defended the Turkish-majority regions of Anatolia and eastern Thrace against British, French, Italian and Greek invaders. The national liberation forces were multinational and included nationalist, Islamic and Communist forces. The young Soviet Union supported Turkey’s independence struggle.The new Turkish state built a strong public sector but was ruled by the capitalist class. Fearing the workers and oppressed, it brutally oppressed the Kurdish people, denying them the right to speak their own language, denying their very existence. It outlawed the Communist Party and killed its leaders.After World War II and during the Cold War, Turkey joined NATO and sent troops to fight for the U.S. in Korea. The U.S. Sixth Fleet was based at Izmir, and the U.S. Air Force used its base at Incirlik for spy flights over the USSR. Turkey was the only Muslim country to have open military, economic and diplomatic ties to apartheid Israel.The Turkish state borrowed heavily from the International Monetary Fund. But Turkey’s postwar industrial growth gave birth to a militant working-class movement.Turkey was governed by a succession of secular nationalist parties, some social democratic, some right-wing. But real power was held by the NATO-aligned military, which seized control directly in 1960, 1970 and 1980. In the 1970s state-backed death squads murdered hundreds of leftists and labor activists.A 1980 military junta banned unions and political parties and jailed 500,000 people, hundreds of whom died in prison. When the Kurdish people began an armed struggle for freedom in 1984, the state responded with a campaign of terror and massacres, killing ten of thousands.AKP: Neoliberal ‘Islam’An Islamic revival in the 1980s and 1990s led to the rise of the Virtue party, which was banned in 2001 because it did not adhere to the secularist constitution. The right-wing, pro-business wing of that party formed the AKP, which rode to office in 2002 on a wave of popular resentment against the military’s power. The new government amended the constitution to strengthen civilian authority. It purged many high-ranking officers and opened peace negotiations with the PKK.But its economic program is vicious neoliberalism. Under the veneer of Islamic values, it enforced IMF demands for privatization and cutbacks more effectively than the military did under martial law. An economic boom followed, based largely on high oil prices in neighboring countries and speculative “hot money.” Unemployment and poverty rates remain high.The mass demonstrations in Turkey are a spontaneous explosion involving many forces. The largest organized group is the social-democratic Republican Peoples Party, which takes its name from the party of Kemal Ataturk. It opposes the war on Syria but is chauvinist on the Kurdish question.Also on the front lines of the struggle, left forces, such as the Communist Party of Turkey, are trying to unite the movement around concrete democratic demands.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, continues to fight a two-year battle to get four of its elected leaders reinstated after being fired. At the same time, the union is fighting for a just contract, the resolution of 700-plus grievances and many unfair labor practices, and safe transit for the city’s children, their precious cargo.Yet the union never fails to stand up when racism raises its ugly head. Workers World spoke to two union stalwarts, Bobby Traynham and Samir Stanley, whose “solidarity in action” included representing Local 8751 at the October “Justice Or Else” march. Stanley is a 32-year driver, multiterm chief steward and Team Solidarity member of the executive board serving on the accident review committee. Traynham is a rank-and-file Team Solidarity leader with 37 years behind the wheel and a long-time member of Workers World Party.Workers World: What does the word “solidarity” mean to you?Bobby TraynhamBobby Traynham: It means that you support a person if they are having a hard time. Solidarity forever, that’s what I say. You make workers know that and make them feel better. We had a sound truck going around the neighborhood for City Councillor Charles Yancey. We knew he was having a hard time because the bourgeoisie was giving a lot of money to [his opponent] Ms. Campbell. [The bosses’ favorite won the election.] We gave a lot of support to Chuck Turner [a former city councillor who served time on trumped-up federal charges]. He was under the gun. He didn’t have no solidarity in City Hall; they voted against him. Yancey was the only one who stuck with Chuck. The local was behind him. I was in court every day. Now Chuck’s in the forefront of the negotiations for the fired drivers.Samir StanleySamir Stanley: That’s a good question. I would be in solidarity with probably any group that believes in fairness and justice and equality for humanity. Local 8751 shows solidarity for most organizations that support equality, anti-racism, housing, and for those that don’t have a voice, and labor period. One of the main things is better wages and jobs for workers. McDonald’s workers walked out for better wages. That is one of the most consistent things that we have fought for.WW: Why did Local 8751 send a delegation to “Justice or Else”?Stanley: I think that is easy, because they support what “Justice Or Else” stands for, which is equality and justice for those who don’t have it.I was at the original [Million Man March], so for me the experience was overwhelming. You have to be a Black American to understand what it feels like to be among a group like yourselves that has been portrayed so negatively: your culture, your food, your education, etc. So to not see any of those things at all at a massive rally is a thing to behold. The Million Man March was the highlight of my life. The rally this year was similar to but not equal to that experience. It was like coming home again.To deal with the problem you have to deal with the root. I feel that this country has a problem: that is racism. It might not be at the top of your agenda, but for a person that’s dealing with it, it’s at the top of the list. When it comes to the root, the inception of America, you have the taking of the land of the original people that were here. Then you have the immigrants coming onto the land. Then you have the involuntary immigrants, the Black people. If those three entities are not addressed, then the fight against racism is not a real fight. That event, that shows Black people in a positive light, was not aired. Events like this show that the fight on racism is far from being done.Traynham: I wanted to be there. This is the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. I went 20 years ago. That was the highlight of my life to see one million Black men. There was a whole lot of youth at this year’s one. I met kids from Texas and I talked with them about 20 years ago. It was good to see young people watch our backs. One of the biggest things was the Native Americans and they highlighted them speaking about their struggle. Also parents talked about their kids being shot down by police. I expected more from the Nation of Islam about boycotting the holidays. I was disappointed that Minister Farrakhan pulled back. He did not clarify what the “else” was in “Justice or Else.”WW: Why did the drivers attend the WW conference?Traynham: I think most of the drivers went because they love Workers World. They talked about it to other workers when they got back. All the workers were asking what happened. For three or four days we explained. Freeport Yard [one of four bus yards where Traynham works] supports the party. The thing we got to do, we got to recruit. After the contract is settled we can recruit.I was born in a place in West Virginia they call Redstar. So I was made a communist from the beginning. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I had not entered Workers World. I took to it right away. When I met the party, I got rid of all my vices, drinking beer and whisky and smoking. The party is probably why I am still alive. I am going to pay a debt to Workers World as long as I live. That’s what I’m doing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Detroit — The movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all workers took a step forward in Detroit when 1,700 downtown janitors, represented by Service Employees Local 1, ratified a contract that raises their hourly pay to $15 over the next three years. These workers, who clean government and corporate buildings, make as little as $9.45 an hour, and many rely on public assistance to supplement their meager income.At a mass rally on July 23, the union announced an Aug. 1 strike deadline if the demand to raise pay to $15 during the life of the contract was not met. A week later, workers were celebrating, having ratified the new contract on July 28. The strike threat was enough to compel the cleaning companies to bring wages up — with no concessions in health care or other benefits to offset the added labor costs. In addition, the Detroit City Council unanimously voted in July to support the janitors’ demands.“It was a hard fight, but we were victorious,” said bargaining committee member Kris Sherman-Burns. Sherman-Burns was one of the 30 janitors who represented their peers in negotiations.“We showed working people across Detroit that when we come together, we can win better futures,” said janitor Latisha Pinkard. (Detroit News, July 30)Local 1 emphasized during the victory celebration that they will continue to build the One Detroit movement to win $15 an hour, fighting for airport, arena, fast food and other workers in the city.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
28 de enero — Se vive una tensa calma en Venezuela. Las calles de Caracas son de una normalidad que no se corresponde a la imagen que se ha construido en el exterior ni a la radicalidad de los anuncios dados en los días recientes. Ni los barrios están bajo incendio, ni existen dos gobiernos: autonombrarse presidente sin territorio ni capacidad de ejercer poder solo puede tener efecto en redes sociales, salones diplomáticos y notas de opinión de quienes apoyan a Juan Guaidó.El fin de semana se asemejó a un reacomodamiento de posiciones, una maduración de las variables internacionales, un ganar de tiempo en lo nacional. La derecha realizó asambleas durante el día sábado, y el domingo puso en marcha su convocatoria para acercarse a la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (Fanb) –la oposición le ha quitado la palabra Bolivariana– a entregarle la denominada Ley de Amnistía y Garantías Constitucionales para los Militares y Civiles. La ley ha sido aprobada por la Asamblea Nacional declarada en ilegalidad por el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, pero la legalidad no es el punto hoy cuando se trata de un intento de golpe de Estado. Esa Ley plantea dos actos: perdonar a quienes hayan incurrido en las acciones violentas de 1999 hasta la fecha, y dar luz verde a quienes los encabezarían de aquí en adelante. La derecha se autoproclama presidenta y se otorga futuros autoperdones.El objetivo central es la Fanb, eje alrededor del cual giran las principales especulaciones. Cómo lograr sumarla al plan en marcha, es decir cómo lograr que un sector encabece la acción de fuerza. Las relaciones de la derecha con la Fanb han sido contradictorias: por un lado la han denigrado públicamente, atacado con frascos de heces en la calle y armas de guerra en sus cuarteles –como en el 2017– a la vez que las han llamado a seguir los diferentes planes de no reconocimiento de Nicolás Maduro. Saben que las necesitan, tanto para lograr el desenlace del asalto, como para sostener el futuro orden que intentarían imponer.Mientras la derecha ganaba tiempo, el cuadro continuó su desarrollo en el plano internacional. Las amenazas siguieron multiplicándose, como la propiciada por John Bolton, asesor de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos, quien afirmó: “Cualquier violencia e intimidación contra el personal diplomático estadounidense, el líder democrático de Venezuela, o la Asamblea Nacional, representaría un grave asalto a la legalidad y estará seguido de una respuesta significativa”.Vecchio, prófugo de la justiciaEstados Unidos reconoció además a un representante diplomático del gobierno virtual paralelo, Carlos Vecchio, prófugo de la justicia venezolana, dirigente de Voluntad Popular, el partido al que pertenece Guaidó. Voluntad Popular es la fuerza que más ha estado relacionada con los grupos armados/paramilitares en el país, y Vecchio con un militante de su partido que fue parte de un descuartizamiento a una mujer en el 2015.Junto a eso, Benjamin Netanyahu anunció que el gobierno israelí reconocerá a Guaidó. El bloque liderado por los Estados Unidos terminó de juntar a todas sus partes: Francia, Alemania, España, Gran Bretaña, Israel, Canadá, Grupo de Lima sin México. En el caso de los países de la Unión Europea afirmaron que de no darse elecciones en ochos días –que ahora son siete– reconocerán a Guaidó.“Nadie puede darnos un ultimátum. Si alguien quiere irse de Venezuela, que se vaya”, afirmó Maduro en una jornada marcada por los ejercicios militares de la Fanb en diferentes puntos del país (ver aparte). No habrá elecciones.Las diferentes piezas parecen posicionadas en el tablero. Se está a la espera de los próximos pasos que dará en función del plan que no termina de clarificar cómo hará lo que anuncia, que Guaidó resume en tres fases: “cese de usurpación, gobierno de transición, elecciones libres”, y se niega a todo diálogo –aunque existieron y terminó por reconocerlos producto de las evidencias presentadas por el gobierno–. ¿Cómo se materializa el cese de usurpación? Sin eso resulta difícil imaginar un gobierno real de transición y un llamado a elecciones. Todo resulta 2.0 hasta el momento.Se verá en los hechosPor otro lado es necesario esperar los balances que Estados Unidos realice luego de la asamblea de la Organización de Estados Americanos y del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas. ¿Sabían que no lograrían la mayoría necesaria? ¿Están dispuestos a dar próximos pasos sin contar con ese acuerdo? Se verá en los hechos.La estrategia respecto a Venezuela no parece tener consenso en el interior de las fuerzas demócratas y republicanas. Guaidó es presentado en varios medios como “líder opositor” y no como lo que le dijeron que sería, es decir “presidente interino”. Además de presidente virtual es además objeto de burla en las redes sociales, con etiquetas en redes sociales como #GuaidoChalenge. ¿Guaidó, cuadro secundario de la derecha, fue puesto en ese rol porque puede ser sacrificado como parte de la estrategia? También se verá en la evolución de los acontecimientos.El fin de semana terminó con más preguntas que certezas. Mientras tanto Venezuela siguió con una normalidad quebrada en lo profundo, actos del presidente Maduro ante jóvenes y la Fanb, movilizaciones del chavismo en varios puntos del país. ¿Qué se esconde tras la tensa calma?Original: pagina12.com.ar. Marco Teruggi es sociólogo y periodista argentino. Vive en Caracas y colabora con varias revistas de izquierda.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
City workers in the Durham chapter of United Electrical Workers Local 150, N.C. Public Service Workers Union, came together Feb. 21 for a “Workers’ Speak-Out” held at the historic Tobacco Workers Union Hall. They raised their voices against city government efforts to restructure their jobs and against the ongoing racist attacks they face. Recent job classification changes in December 2018 cut 450 jobs to only 203, while workers were given no additional pay. The UE workers understand this is a speedup — adding urgency to the struggle against racism in the city’s hiring, firing, promotion and discipline practices.The union brochure at the event explained: “This is a speedup, designed in the name of ‘efficiency’ to squeeze more work out of each worker. It’s one of many ways we feel the effects of a corporate-dominated state government that prioritizes tax breaks to the wealthy over the integrity of public services and the dignity of those who depend upon them and those who provide them.” The city workers brought four major demands: a fair grievance process; an end to arbitrary and racist hiring and promotional practices; an end to the merit pay system; and an end to austerity and speed-ups.Speakout emcee Nathanette Mayo said, “We demand an end to austerity and speed-ups within city departments, by fully funding and hiring for all currently open positions and a formula to ensure that the city’s workforce grows at the same pace as the city’s population.” Retired chemist in the Water Department and former UE150 president Mayo criticized the failings of some elected officials and then introduced over a dozen workers from five city departments to share the real story of their jobs.Workers speak truth to power about their jobsJohn Morris said, “I care about my job, and I care about everybody here and your safety.” He described the impossible task of on-call duty where workers in Water and Sewer Management work full days, yet are called back to work overnight for emergencies like water main breaks. After working continuously for 24 hours, they are required to clock back in for another work day, operating heavy machinery on no sleep. The only option for a day of rest is using vacation time. They earn no overtime pay.Workers are required to be on call more and more frequently — now up to 15 times a year from four times in the past. “Every three weeks,” Morris said, “we get penalized for making the safe choice to go home and get rest, rather than risk the lives of community members.” Racism is a major factor aggravating unsafe working conditions. Calinto Parker, a Water and Sewer crew chief, said of racist promotions: “[They’re] bringing [white bosses] in with no experience, no certifications, no nothing. And me — I actually have those things.”Marcus Smith, a Black worker in Parker’s crew, said, “He’s passionate about what he does [and] his passion keeps our city safe.” Smith mentioned that they both continue to get skipped over for promotions they deserve, which go to less-senior white employees.Racist white foremen order the largely Black workforce to use their own backs and bodies rather than allow use of available equipment; this racist treatment causes many injuries. Workers called out the injustice of all eight upper managers in the Water and Sewer department being white, while a majority of the frontline workers are Black. Community and worker solidarityThroughout the evening, city workers directed their concerns to a panel of community organizers, who responded about what could be done. “This will be addressed,” pledged Bertha Bradley, a fast food worker and member of Fight For $15. Bradley recalled how she had been fired without cause from her job at a Wendy’s down the street from the Public Works Department. The city workers then boycotted the Wendy’s until she was offered her job back. “We’ve got to keep fighting,” Bradley said. “Whatever we can do, we’re going to do.”Durham city workers are banned by law from collective bargaining, as are all public sector workers in North Carolina. UE150 has been leading a statewide campaign of city workers to demand a Municipal Workers Bill of Rights, including a repeal of the Jim Crow-era ban on collective bargaining. The Durham Workers Assembly helped mobilize community support for the forum. The aim is to bring together workers from all unions, unorganized workers and worker organizations to build Durham as “a union town” — a bold move in the largely unorganized U.S. South. DWA won passage of a Workers Rights Commission by the Durham City Council in January. Several worker leaders, including Bradley of Fight For $15, plan to serve on that commission to hear worker complaints and support worker organizing. “For years we’ve been out there doing an organizing blitz, 4:30 in the morning, passing out flyers: ‘Join the union!’” related Angaza Samora Mayo-Laughinghouse, a community-labor organizer and activist with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.At the speakout, with the union coming together powerfully, Mayo-Laughinghouse again directed attention to elected officials: “We as a people have got to be ready to put our hands — our political hands — on our elected officials … as a consequence of [them] doing our people wrong.”Workers vowed to continue to organize, build their union and speak out at an upcoming City Council meeting. Deutschbein is a rank-and-file graduate worker in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapter of UE150.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The federal government plans to execute four people this summer in Terre Haute, Ind., even though the condemned prisoners have not been able to meet with their attorneys for more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced the executions to take place on July 13, 15 and 17, with a fourth set for Aug. 28.With his approval rating falling in the polls, President Donald Trump seems to be trying to re-energize his reactionary, law-and-order base by reviving the federal death penalty.Gloria Rubac 2018Since that death penalty was approved in 1988, the U.S. government has put to death only three people. The most publicized case was that of Timothy McVey, who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing more than 160 people. All three federal executions were during the George W. Bush presidency.There are now 62 people on federal death row, with no one executed since 2003. Death Penalty Action gave this background on the four men scheduled to die this summer:Daniel Lee (July 13): Not only have two federal judges, both appointed by Republican presidents, found two different grounds that Lee’s death sentence was unfairly obtained and should be invalidated, but the victim’s family all oppose the execution and believe a life sentence is appropriate.Wes Purkey (July 15): Legal ruling on the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits executing someone who lacks a rational understanding of the basis for his execution. A pending lawsuit argues that executing Purkey would be unconstitutional because he suffers from schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and a lifetime of trauma — all of which have left him unable to comprehend why the federal government plans to kill him.Dustin Honken (July 17): His death sentence was imposed for murders committed in the state of Iowa, which abolished the death penalty in 1965, and which could have prosecuted him in state court. Additionally, his trial and sentencing were plagued by misconduct and ineffectiveness of counsel, who failed to adequately inform the jury of Honken’s severely dysfunctional background or his mental health problems.Keith Nelson (August 28): Nelson’s case is tainted by issues of ineffective counsel, which warrants a case review in court.Why kill people now?With no federal executions for 17 years, the big question is “Why kill now?” It seems unconscionable to execute anyone during a pandemic the likes of which has not been seen in a hundred years.Scheduling these executions during the pandemic is a reckless decision that will affect hundreds of people — from investigators, lawyers and prison employees, to families of both the victim and the prisoner. People will be coming together from all over the country, increasing the odds of infection.Attorneys for the four men scheduled to die will have to choose between jeopardizing the best preparation of their clients’ defense and risking their own health by seeing them in person.Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, questioned why the Justice Department would prioritize federal executions over the lives of those who might be exposed to the virus in the process. “Nobody has to be executed now,” he said. (New York Times, July 1)Political executionsBut the Republican National Convention is meeting this summer to nominate President Trump for a second term. To use the federal executions to mobilize Trump’s political base looks like a weaponization of the death penalty.Barr has said over and over that the Justice Department must carry out justice — a bitterly ironic assertion when heard during this period of so many police killings, and of White House threats to the millions protesting the racist nature of the U.S. law enforcement system.Samuel Spital, director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, commented to the New York Times on Justice Department resources being allocated for federal executions. “It would be nice if they used those resources to address the widespread problem of police violence against Black people,” Mr. Spital said. (July 1)The death penalty, whether used by individual states or by the federal government, has a long history of being used against poor people and particularly against people of color. In fact, the death penalty is a legal means of carrying out lynchings.Rubac has worked against the death penalty for over 35 years and is a leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement. She visits and writes to prisoners on death row.. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News News News Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Arrested in Freetown on 11 November while investigating an alleged case of corruption involving a member of the government, Sallieu Tejan Jalloh was held for 24 hours at the Criminal Investigations Department and was then released on bail after being charged with “defamation and seditious libel.” November 14, 2019 Sierra Leone editor charged with defamation for unpublished story Sierra LeoneAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionEnvironmentFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sierra Leone is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Sierra LeoneAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionEnvironmentFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Reports Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Sierra Leone RSF_en @RSF_Inter Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent “It is totally bizarre to prosecute a journalist with defamation for a story he has not yet published,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “We call on the authorities to drop the charges against the managing editor of The Times and to stop harassing him.” Jalloh told RSF that he was being prosecuted for refusing to reveal his sources to the police. He also said he was roughed up while in police custody. April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sierra Leone’s authorities to abandon all proceedings against Sallieu Tejan Jalloh, the managing editor of the Freetown newspaper The Times, who has been charged with criminal defamation for an article he has not yet written. March 29, 2020 Find out more