Thousands in Paris protest Turkey’s detention of a pro-Kurdish party’s leaders.With just 51.4 percent of the vote, Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan won a national referendum on April 16 that vastly increases his executive power. While Erdogan announced, “My nation stood upright and undivided” (economist.com, April 22), large demonstrations against the government broke out in several cities across the country. Voters in three of the largest cities in Turkey — Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara — all voted against the measure.Opposition parties in Turkey condemned the vote as rigged, particularly due to unstamped and unsigned ballots. They called for election results to be set aside. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which represents the view of many European governments, stated: “We observed the misuse of state resources, as well as the obstruction of ‘No’ campaign events.” (bbc.com, April 17)The election results permit Erdoğan to directly appoint top officials, increase his time in office to two five-year terms, exert more control over the judiciary and decide when to impose a state of emergency. After the referendum, Erdoğan announced plans for a vote to reinstate the death penalty in the country.Even before this referendum, the Erdoğan regime has engaged in widespread and brutal repression against its political opponents, workers and the Kurdish national minority. After a coup attempt by sections of the military failed last July, the Erdoğan regime arrested more than 70,000 soldiers, jurists, academics, journalists, among many others.Erdoğan charged that a U.S.-based Turkish cleric was the mastermind of the coup and that the Obama administration supported the coup attempt. The Turkish president knows that most of Turkey’s people hate and mistrust U.S. imperialism. Despite his verbal attacks on the U.S., Erdoğan has stepped up his support of Washington’s campaign to overturn the government in Syria led by Bashar al-Assad.Just hours after the voting results, the White House issued a statement which read: “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Erdoğan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States’ action in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on April 4. President Trump thanked President Erdoğan for supporting this action by the United States, and the leaders agreed on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable.” (theatlantic.com, April 18)That Erdoğan found it necessary to increase his powers of repression shows his lack of real, popular support. The continuing protests of the referendum and of his rule are a clear sign that the people in Turkey want to free themselves from this ruler who depends on the military and police to stay in power.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Workers World Party strongly protests that Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian activist, freedom fighter and former Israeli and U.S. political prisoner, was recently banned from participating in a speaking engagement in Germany and was ordered to leave the country.Rasmea OdehUnder pressure from Israel, the German government revoked Odeh’s visa after she was scheduled to speak on “Palestinian women in the liberation struggle” at an International Women’s Day event in Berlin.This action is a violation of her right to speak openly and honestly about the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and justice. Germany’s actions also violate the rights of Odeh’s audience to learn from her experiences and those of her compatriots. Odeh was deported from the U.S. in 2017 after waging a long, arduous legal and political campaign against thoroughly biased charges; she was eventually convicted by equally biased federal courts. Her treatment reveals the hostility of past and present U.S. administrations, regardless of political party, which deny the Palestinians’ right to fight for self-determination and nationhood against the Israeli settler-colonial regime. This regime has, ever since its founding, been supported, politically and militarily, by U.S. imperialism. During the many decades Odeh lived in the U.S., with permanent resident status and so-called citizenship, she helped hundreds of Arab women in her Chicago community gain civil, social and human rights in this racist country. So incensed were the Chicago power brokers by her prominence in the Arab community that they opened a campaign to stop her meaningful and heartfelt community work. After being convicted on fraudulent evidence by a federal court judge in Detroit, Odeh served several months in jail and was eventually released. Rather than retry the original case, the U.S. proceeded to pile new charges onto Odeh. Not wanting to endure a repeat of this judicial charade, given the biased political position of the current administration against Palestine, Odeh chose to leave the United States voluntarily and return to the Middle East.Workers World Party stands firmly in solidarity with Odeh and the Palestinian nation, wherever Palestinians live. WWP has always explained and exposed the role of the Israeli state, from its illegal, criminal founding to its position as a junior partner aiding U.S. imperialist hegemony in West Asia.We unequivocally support the global solidarity movement with Palestine. We encourage all political, social and cultural work, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, aligned with the struggle of the Palestinian people for their sovereign ancestral right to the land of their forebears. Workers World Party stands with Rasmea Odeh and against all who attempt to stop her from telling the truth about Palestine. Rasmea Odeh is dear to all hearts that beat for freedom and justice in the U.S. and around the world. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
59 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Non-Profits News Adelante Youth Alliance Reaches Out to Hard Hit Communities With Achieving Success Together Program By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 3:36 pm Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff A project initiated by Adelante Youth Alliance (AYA) and funded in part by the Pasadena Community Foundation has been providing assistance over the past few months to underserved and vulnerable residents who were either unaware of available resources and how to access them, or were too embarrassed or afraid to ask for help.The project, called Achieving Access Together, was primarily aimed at serving families in northwest Pasadena, particularly the Latinx community in the neighborhood surrounding Madison Elementary School.Many of the residents in the area are essential workers who were impacted particularly hard with high COVID-19 infection rates, school closures, lack of childcare, financial and food insecurity, and inadequate educational and technical support.These issues have compromised students’ chance for success in school, so AYA went out to secure desperately needed essential goods and services, as well as tutoring and mental health support.AYA started by identifying 20 households with 25 families to participate in the project, for a total of 100 neighborhood residents in need of help. Aside from the PCF, AYA also sought the help of the Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena City College’s Hixon Teacher Prep Program, and numerous nearby food pantries, churches, and nonprofit organizations to help in the project.“AYA views our approach to positive youth development as multidimensional, one that must be inclusive of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational, and financial elements,” said AYA Executive Director Stella Murga. “To serve our families in these various ways, we partner with many community-based organizations and government agencies to equip ourselves with the tools needed to serve and empower the individuals and families we support.”In fall 2020, a PCF grant funded the purchase of $2,000 worth of gift cards for groceries, as well as mobile hotspots and data plans for each household to improve internet access and online learning. The funds also covered the direct services provided by AYA staff for three months, consisting of academic assistance and after-school tutoring for 60 students in grades 5 through 12, legal and rental assistance, and healthcare and mental health services.AYA also conducted weekly online “Life Sessions” for both parents and students, which focused on social-emotional learning.Over the past six months, Achieving Access Together has helped improve student grades, with 75 percent of the 65 students improving their grades by one grade level, and 25 percent improving their grades by two grade levels as of March 2021.All of the students reported being more motivated to succeed personally and academically. Participants in the social-emotional learning sessions reported they have become more engaged and confident in their abilities to tackle challenges, and that their personal decision-making skills and self-image have improved.“Adelante Youth Alliance is grateful to the Pasadena Community Foundation for its confidence to provide quality services to Pasadena residents most in need,” Murga said. “The support of philanthropic foundations like PCF is vital to the work we do. Together, we have enriched the lives of young people and their families striving to achieve their full potential and become contributing members and leaders of their communities.”The project will continue to expand and will soon include additional internet and technical support to connect more families with healthcare and vaccination information, AYA said. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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A team of applied physicists from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Princeton, and Brandeis has demonstrated the formation of semipermeable vesicles from inorganic clay.The research, published online this week in the journal Soft Matter, shows that clay vesicles provide an ideal container for the compartmentalization of complex organic molecules.The authors say the discovery opens the possibility that primitive cells may have formed inside inorganic clay microcompartments.“A lot of work, dating back several decades, explores the role of air bubbles in concentrating molecules and nanoparticles to allow interesting chemistry to occur,” says lead author Anand Bala Subramaniam, a doctoral candidate at SEAS.The new research demonstrates that an air bubble covered in clay can easily transform into a water-filled clay vesicle, creating a safe compartment with pores that allow important molecules to enter but not leave.“Clay-armored bubbles” form naturally when platelike particles of montmorillonite collect on the outer surface of air bubbles under water.When the clay bubbles come into contact with simple organic liquids such as ethanol and methanol, which have a lower surface tension than water, the liquid wets the overlapping plates. As the inner surface of the clay shell becomes wet, the disturbed air bubble inside dissolves.The resulting clay vesicle is a strong, spherical shell that creates a physical boundary between the water inside and the water outside. The translucent, cell-like vesicles are resilient enough to protect their contents in an aquatic environment such as the ocean.Microscopic pores in the vesicle walls create a semi-permeable membrane that allows chemical building blocks to enter the “cell,” while preventing larger structures from leaving.Scientists have studied montmorillonite, an abundant clay, for hundreds of years, and the mineral is known to serve as a chemical catalyst, encouraging lipids to form membranes and single nucleotides to join into strands of RNA.Because liposomes and RNA would have been essential precursors to primordial life, Subramaniam and his co-authors suggest that the pores in the clay vesicles could do double duty as both selective entry points and catalytic sites.“The conclusion here is that small fatty acid molecules go in and self-assemble into larger structures, and then they can’t come out,” says principal investigator Howard A. Stone, the Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, and a former Harvard faculty member. “If there is a benefit to being protected in a clay vesicle, this is a natural way to favor and select for molecules that can self-organize.”Future research will explore the physical interactions between the platelike clay particles, and between the liquids and the clay. The researchers are also interested in seeing whether these clay vesicles can, indeed, be found in the natural environment today.“Whether clay vesicles played a significant role in the origins of life is of course unknown,” says Subramaniam, “but the fact that they are so robust, along with the well-known catalytic properties of clay, suggests that they may have had some part to play.”Subramaniam and Stone’s co-authors include Jiandi Wan of Princeton University and Arvind Gopinath of Brandeis University.The research was funded by the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and supported by the Harvard Center for Brain Science imaging facility.
This is one of a series of Gazette articles highlighting some of the many initiatives and charities that Harvard affiliates can support through the Harvard Community Gifts campaign. Faculty and staff can donate by check or credit card through Jan. 15.Julie Broad, director of Alumni Affairs and Development systems, vividly remembers when she watched video of the program called Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba Diving (SUDS Diving).“It really caught my attention,” Broad said. “I’m a former scuba diver, and it resonated with me immediately — the experience you get out of learning to dive and … being underwater. I support a lot of other military organizations, but this spoke to me personally because I could relate to the diving experience.”This holiday season, Broad is making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit group through Harvard’s annual Community Gifts program, which accepts donations to hundreds of charities.A chapter of Disabled Sports USA, SUDS Diving improves the lives of injured military men and women who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the service members in the program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are dealing with severe injuries. Some SUDS participants use their prosthetics underwater, while others use gear such as webbed gloves for propulsion. Motorized underwater scooters are employed to assist veterans who have lower limb injuries.For these wounded warriors, learning to dive can be equal parts part rehabilitation, confidence-builder, and adventure. About 300 injured service members have received scuba training since the program began in 2007. Volunteers provide training to SUDS divers, and certification trips are funded by donations to the organization.“There’s such an empowering component to diving,” Broad said. “Because it’s such a high-risk activity, you have to be very responsible in learning the physiology and the science behind it, so there’s that strong sense of learning, accomplishment, and competency. But there’s also the absolute sense of being in a place that most people never get to see. You experience something so natural and elemental.”In 1999, Broad trained for her scuba certification on the South Shore and passed her open-water certification dive in the Cayman Islands. For six years, she attained ever-higher levels of certification, ultimately reaching dive master status, as she traveled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, and even the Galapagos Islands.Her diving days now behind her, Broad still misses it. Contributing to SUDS Diving seemed like a great opportunity to introduce diving to others.“Being in the water is a tremendous equalizer,” she said. “It’s very liberating because a lot of the constraints you may have on land just disappear. I wanted to help others who may have physical or land-based challenges to have this wonderful experience, and really get lost in the wonder of the world.”
That’s when Quigley says he got on Facebook and started a subgroup of his Broome County COVID-19 Support page dedicated specifically to making masks for the public. (WBNG) — Todd Quigley of Endicott says when he heard about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order stating that all people must wear a face covering while out in public when unable to maintain social distancing, he saw a need in Broome County. “We asked several people around the area where you can go out and get masks, and it’s only the people making them,” he said. “We had two groups making masks for health care and essential employees, so I knew there would be an initial demand and they wouldn’t be able to handle it.” “If they want to help out, they simply comment on the post where all of the other mask makers are located, make a comment to let me know they’re there, and I’ll reach out to them and we’ll get them in.” For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “I have these ten mask makers, and they go to the oldest comment first, and they contact the person and they make the masks for them,” he said. “I’m just making masks and running them around. I’ve been out to Port Crane and Greene today and out to Endwell later,” she said. “I’m just doing what I can.” Now with more than 600 requests, volunteers like Melissa Devendorf of Conklin are working around the clock to keep up with the demand. With all of those requests — some of them asking for multiple masks, Quigley says he’s urging the public to be patient as they wait. He’s also urging them to jump in and make some masks themselves. Quigley says if you’d like to get involved or donate much-needed supplies like fabric and elastic, you can do so by joining the group here. Quigley is one of the founders of the COVID-19 Broome County NY Support group we told you about a few weeks ago.
Josh Young led every lap of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Trevor Grossenbacher got the lead with seven laps left and held off Jason Danley for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. Cole Wayman won for the second straight week in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Jeff Ware notched another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory with a huge run to the front on the final circuit. Austin Svoboda won the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth) EAGLE, Neb. (July 4) – Austin Svoboda took advantage of an early restart, getting the lead and eventually the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature win at Eagle Raceway. Anthony Roth took over second late in the contest, with Clint Homan and Aaron Pella rounding out the top four. By Greg Soukup
Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed a professor of practice at the USC Price School of Public Policy.The university announced Villaraigosa’s appointment in a press release on Friday. The title of “professor of practice” is reserved for individuals who have made “significant contributions in the public practice of their field of expertise,” according to the press release.Villaraigosa will teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses in topics such as city planning and public sector executive management. He will also spearhead the USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream, which will focus on finding solutions for major policy issues and increasing the efficiency of state government.Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa has been appointed a a professor of practice at the USC Price School of Public Policy Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDuring his tenure as mayor, Villaraigosa advocated for increasing funding for public transportation through Measure R, pushed for the instatement of 1.000 new police officers in Los Angeles, and worked to improve public education in some of the city’s lowest performing schools. Villaraigosa also served in the state Assembly for six years, two of which as the Speaker of the Assembly.Dean Jack H. Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy said Villaraigosa’s experience as the 41st mayor of Los Angeles will allow him to give valuable instruction to students.“Throughout his tenure as mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa made significant progress in policy areas that are critically important to the USC Price School, including transportation and infrastructure development, public safety, port security and the environment,” Knott said in a press release. “His wide range of knowledge and hands-on experience in these areas and others, including education and governance, will serve as a great asset to the USC Price School’s ongoing work and research.”The former mayor and state Assemblyman said he looks forward to delving into some of California’s most pressing policy problems at USC.“The Price School is one of the nation’s leading policy schools, with particular strengths in my own policy interests, such as transportation and infrastructure development,” Villaraigosa said in a press release. “I am excited about working with the school to propose solutions to some of the state’s and nation’s critical policy challenges.” Follow Annalise on Twitter @asmantz
Champions KCCA are on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with MTN.FOOTBALL–The Uganda Premier League secretariat has released fixture for the 2017/18 league season.Champions KCCA FC will face off with Uganda Cup runners up Paidah Black Angels in the FUFA Super Cup on September 9 before getting their title defence underway with a home date against newly-promoted Maroons at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo three days later.Miguel Da Costa who will start his first full season as Vipers SC coach, will take his side to the intimidating Champions Stadium, Mwererwe, to play beleaguered side Bright Stars on the opening day, while neighbours and League debutants Masavu FC coached by Joseph Mutyaba entertain 2015 league champions Police FC at Fisheries Training Institute in Bugoga.Coach Wasswa Bbosa, who was parachuted into the SC Villa hotseat mid-way last season by a serial sacker Immanuel Ben Misaga and steered the Blues agonisingly close to winning their elusive league title welcomes, big spenders Soana FC at Masaka Recreation Grounds where they have not lost a game since shifting base in last season.Express FC begin the campaign on September 13 at home to stubborn Kirinya Jinja SS and with the transfer inactivity that has characterised the Red Eagles’ off season, they face a daunting opening game, while last season’s surprise package Onduparaka welcome Proline at the unfriendly confines of Green Light Stadium in Arua.UPL new boys Mbarara City will trek miles to Jinja to face BUL FC at Kakindu Stadium.Comments
Arcata >> Standing outside the door from their locker room to the Redwood Bowl field as the clock headed toward 2:30 p.m., Humboldt State football players were unsure of what they were about to hear regarding the future of their program.Come 2:35 p.m., the tone at one of Division II’s best football venue’s had swiftly swung toward jubilation.After months of uncertainty, Humboldt State football is sticking around after President Lisa Rossbacher announced to a crowd of several hundred at the …