Jewish activists challenge Trump’s anti-im/migrant policies

first_imgMore and more progressive Jewish activists are joining the struggle against the Trump administration’s racist repression of im/migrants, including detention under horrific conditions, ruthless separation of families, abuse of children and deportation of adults, often parents. Each day brings new federal decrees for even more oppressive and cruel policies toward desperate refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands, much of it exacerbated by U.S. policies.The detention camps holding migrants have been called “concentration camps” by several progressive organizations and individuals, including Japanese-American actor George Takai, who along with his family was interned in Arkansas and then California during World War II.This term has struck a chord with many pro-immigrant Jewish activists who agree with this characterization and have been demonstrating in increasing numbers against these fascistic government policies. They see a parallel to the Nazis’ horrific treatment of Jewish people inside Germany in the 1930s.Trump’s racism and xenophobia—​on full display since the beginning of his election campaign—​have fanned the flames of the ultra-right. His hostile attacks on Mexican people and Central American refugees, his slurs against Haiti and African countries, his Muslim ban, his defense of “very fine people on both sides” after the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017—​all are not only outrageous, but dangerous. His words have incited hate crimes and murderous violence against Latinx immigrants, Jews, Muslims and other peoples.Showing multinational solidarityTrump’s validation of white nationalism and use of anti-Jewish stereotypes and rhetoric have angered Jewish people, spurring many progressives, especially youth, into action. Significantly, many Jewish activists are not only protesting anti-Semitism but showing their commitment to multinational solidarity, demonstrating against attacks on Latinx, Arab, Muslim, African and other im/migrants.Audrey Sasson of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JREJ) emphasized that “[Trump] is using a very anti-Semitic trope and pitting Jews against everyone else. It’s not an accident when Jews are mobilizing in ever greater numbers. We are not going to be scared away out of our solidarity.” (apnews.com, Aug. 22)In other manifestations of solidarity, Jewish Voice for Peace has strongly defended Muslim congresspeople Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Members of If Not Now have been arrested while opposing Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and the oppression of Palestinians inside Israel.Even as Trump spews divisive anti-Jewish statements, he is a close ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an avid supporter of the Zionist state. It should be remembered that Israel is a construct, established by U.S. and British imperialism in the middle of the Arab world, to protect their interests, suppress people’s movements in the Arab countries and repress the Palestinian people. The U.S. Congress allocates billions of dollars a year to Israel, mostly for the military, including to purchase weapons used against the Palestinians.Jews against ICEA network of Jewish organizations has increasingly fought Trump’s anti-immigrant policies using the Twitter hashtags #JewsAgainstIce, #ClosetheCamps and #NeverAgainIsNow. They collaborate with immigrant groups and other progressive organizations.Never Again Action was established in late June to oppose the horrors of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. And act they do. They started off by protesting outside a migrant detention center in Elizabeth, N.J., on June 30; 200 people joined and dozens were arrested. The group has initiated over 38 protests across the country since that date.A thousand Jewish activists and allies occupied a New York Amazon store on Aug. 11 to protest the corporation’s ties to Palantir, which provides Immigration and Customs Enforcement with data for use in immigration raids. Forty-four people were arrested at the action, organized by a coalition of Jewish organizations, including JREJ and NAA.On that day—​a holy day to observant Jews—​thousands joined in actions at 60 locations across the country to protest Trump’s immigration policies, reported the Aug. 11 Washington Post.‘Shut the camps!’NAA’s Rhode Island chapter and immigrant rights groups demonstrated on Aug. 14 outside the for-profit Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. Under an agreement with ICE, 100 asylum seekers are imprisoned there. Over 500 Jewish and immigrant rights activists and their allies demanded the prison terminate its contract with ICE and release all immigrant detainees. Chants rang out saying: “Shut the camps!” “Justice now!” and “Close Wyatt!”Suddenly, Capt. Thomas Woodworth, a senior corrections officer, drove a pickup truck directly at protesters, including youth and seniors, who were peacefully blocking the facility’s entrance. A participant described events: “The truck was stopped and then … the driver stepped on the gas, revved up and started plowing forward, despite the fact that there were people standing right in front of the truck and people still sitting on the ground.” (npr.org, Aug. 15)Following that attack, other prison guards pepper-sprayed the demonstrators in the face. Five people were hospitalized, including 64-year-old Jerry Belair, who had a broken leg and internal bleeding.John Prince, community activist and co-organizer of Behind the Wall Providence, a group there in solidarity, commented about Woodworth’s deliberate assault, which injured peaceful protesters: “If an officer can get away with this act of attempted murder, what’s wrong with this country?”After a video of this incident went viral, prison officials put Woodworth on administrative leave. On Aug. 16, he resigned.NAA issued a statement the same day, saying: “If these officers felt empowered to attack a group of protesters in front of the public and media, imagine what kind of violence must be taking place inside the prison, out of sight, against vulnerable immigrants and people of color.” The group’s Facebook page vows: “We will keep protesting until all immigrants have been released from prisons and concentration camps, and until papers have been secured for the 11 million undocumented people living in this country.”Five NAA activists appeared in court on Aug. 20 in Houston on charges of blocking a highway eight days earlier, while protesting the persecution of migrants and detention of minors separated from their parents at the for-profit Southwest Key Detention Center. All face a six-month jail sentence and $2,000 fine. Latinx and immigrant rights organizations, Muslims, workers and anti-fascist groups participated in the Aug. 12 action.The writer’s grandparents fled anti-Jewish pogroms in 1907 in eastern Poland, which had been annexed by imperial Russia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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#BREAKING TD arrested and brought to Limerick Prison

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Print Email First Irish death from Coronavirus Facebook Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace has been arrested in Dublin this Wednesday morning over non payment of a court fine and he is currently being held at Limerick Prison.The Wexford TD was previously convicted and fined for breaching the grounds of Shannon airport during a protest last year.As the €2,000 fine remained outstanding this week, a penal warrant issued for the arrest of the outspoken TD and he was taken into custody at Clontarf garda station this Wednesday morning.Mr Wallace, who was dressed in his usual pink shirt, was arrested last year during a protest over US authorities using Shannon as a stopover for missions to the Middle East.Ennis Court gave Mr Wallace until July to pay the fine.Dublin TD Clare Daly, who was also involved in the protest at Shannon Airport, received a similar fine.At the time of the court appearance, Mr Wallace said that their decision to go over the fence was not to break the law, “but to help keep the peace”.He said that they did not accept the judge’s decision “and under no circumstances will we pay the fines. We realise this may mean serving time in prison. It’s not something we’d look forward to, but if it happens, so be it”.Upon arrival, Mr Wallace will be processed through the prisoner system at the Mulgrave Street jail and his duration there will depend on the nature of the offence and the length of time to be served for defaulting on the payment of the fine, the population figures at the prison and any orders that may be granted giving him temporary release.It is understood that these decisions will be made by the Governor or senior prison officials.The length of time that the Wexford TD will stay in custody is as yet unclear as Limerick Prison is currently running 105 per cent of its bed capacity according to the latest prison population figures. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL No vaccines in Limerick yet center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Jerry Fish manifestoNext articleThat Christmas magic in music for Limerick charities Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApp Twitter NewsBreaking news#BREAKING TD arrested and brought to Limerick PrisonBy Staff Reporter – December 9, 2015 602 Linkedin TAGSfeatured last_img read more

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Hamptons agent Yorgos Tsibiridis jumps to Compass

first_img Tags Email Address* Share via Shortlink Tsibiridis was previously at Corcoran. At Compass he will continue working in the Hamptons.Hamptons agents have been busy through the pandemic, which triggered a frenzy of renting and buying in weekend and summer communities outside New York City.The median home sale price in the Hamptons was $1.4 million in the fourth quarter, nearly 55 percent higher than a year earlier, according to a report by Douglas Elliman. The number of homes sold also rose, to 803, the highest quarterly total in 15 years.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Yorgos TsibiridisYorgos Tsibiridis, Douglas Elliman’s top agent in East Hampton, has moved to Compass.Over his eight-year career, including the past six at Elliman, Tsibiridis has sold over $400 million in homes from the Hamptons to the Greek Islands. In the past 12 months he counts over $70 million in sales and contracts.“In the back of my mind, I was always thinking, ‘How can I do things better? How can I serve my customers better? How can I move on into the next level?’ And that’s when the idea of Compass came on board,” Tsibiridis said.He said the move was inspired by Compass’ branding, technology and support for its agents.Fueled by an infusion of capital from SoftBank and other investors, Compass has been aggressively recruiting brokers from other firms for several years. Some who signed on but became disillusioned with the brokerage have found that clauses in their contracts would obligate them to repay large sums of money to depart, The Real Deal reported last week. Compass points out that clawback provisions are common in the brokerage industry.Read moreMDLNY’s Kirsten Jordan heads back to Elliman from CompassSuburban home inventory is depleted, but demand ragesLong Island home sales spike in Q4 Full Name* Message* compassDouglas EllimanEast Hamptonhamptons-weeklyThe Hamptonslast_img read more

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Chicago principals offer school reopening plan amid pandemic

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Some principals say they don’t believe Chicago Public School’s plan to reopen hundreds of schools will protect students and teachers from COVID-19 and are proposing a more gradual resumption of in-person teaching. The Chicago Principals and Administrators on Wednesday proposed initially reopening up to 100 schools and then gradually reopening more if that is a success. It warns of a lack of staff, safety supplies and guidance to safely reopen schools. The proposal comes after the teachers union voted to reject returning to schools. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city still plans to resume in-person K-8 learning starting Monday.last_img

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Treñas channels Duterte in fiery flag ceremony speech

first_img“Theaward affirms investors’ confidence in Iloilo City. The city’sbusiness-friendliness has also raised governance to the next level with activeand strong public-private partnerships (PPP) in various priority programs andprojects,” Treñas stressed./PN ILOILO City – In the presence of boyand girl city officials, Mayor Jerry Treñas minced no words as he verballyattacked unnamed officers and personnel of the City Engineer’s Office in ablistering speech during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at city hall. Treñas accused the previous citygovernment of pressuring regular employees and job hires to engage in partisanpolitical activities. “Kamodira sa City Engineer(’s Office) mga yawa kamo!” hollered Treñas,channeling President Rodrigo Duterte who is known to hurl invectives duringpublic speeches. Treñas also warned department headsfrequently absent from meetings. Their offices won’t be receiving budgets, hesaid. “Never again should the offices of thecity government be used for partisan consideration. Sugod subong kon sin-o sa inyo ang mapausar-usar pulitika, tapongolonko,” warned the mayor. “Ginbayrankita tanan sang pumoulyo sang syudad. Waay kita nagabakasyon diri. Waay kitaginabayran para magkaon sa mga hotel. Ginabayran kita para mag obra,” Treñassaid. Continuing his rant, “Wala kamo nahuya? Indi ang mayor ang gapasweldo sa inyo. Ang gapasweldo sainyo ang gobyerno sang syudad.” PCCIannually recognizes local government units that have demonstrated outstandingefforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade andinvestments, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in delivering businessservices to generate inclusive and sustainable growth, and fast-track localeconomic development. “Gustoko ang mga kabataan makabati. Indi ‘na husto nga klase sang pangadministrasyon. Dapat serbisyo sang husto,”he explained. Mayor Jerry Treñas. JERRY TREÑAS FACEBOOK The fiery speech was intentional,Treñas admitted as much. All his businesses were subjected tomonthly inspection during the previous city hall administration, like checkingthe occupancy permits, said Treñas. He accused them of engaging inpartisan activities in the recent midterm elections. The high school boy and girl cityofficials and city government officials and employees were silent, stunned bywhat they heard. Just last week, Iloilo Citywas recognized as the most business-friendly highly urbanized city outsideMetro Manila by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).President Duterte awarded Treñas with a plaque. “Pausar-usarkamo sa hijo de puta? Tonto kamo!” said avisibly irate mayor. last_img read more

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Injured McNamara ‘in good spirits’

first_img The jockey was due to partner last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree, but suffered multiple injuries when coming to grief in a fall from Bursledon four out in the first division of the Cahore Point Handicap Hurdle. “He was very stable overnight and in very good spirits. He doesn’t want to say any more at this stage and you can understand that,” said Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club. Robbie McNamara was described as being in “very good spirits” in hospital in Dublin on Sunday as he recovers from serious injuries suffered in a fall at Wexford on Friday. Press Associationcenter_img “It was serious chest, abdominal and spinal injuries. The spinal injuries have been operated on and that’s stabilized. The next phase is recuperation and we’ll take it from there.” Speaking on At The Races, McGoldrick paid tribute to the medical care McNamara received in the immediate aftermath of his fall. He said: “In Wexford he got fantastic care on the track, and in the casualty department Mr Ken Mealy, the surgeon there, was fantastic. They saved his life, being very honest. “He was then transferred to the Mater (in Dublin) and he was taken care of very well, had successful surgery yesterday and we go forward from there. “We are in the initial stages of his post-operative recovery, so it’s much too early to be giving a prognosis as to the future, but he’s come through surgery well and we’re very happy with how he’s doing.” McGoldrick added that Davy Condon, who was taken to hospital with concussion following the National after a fall from Portrait King, was set to return home on Monday. last_img read more

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MSOC : SU defense led by three freshmen looks to shut down American

first_imgWhen Chris Makowski walked onto the field in the Syracuse men’s soccer team’s season opener against Colgate, the magnitude of the situation got to him. Not only was it his first-ever collegiate game, but he was thrust into the starting defense with two other freshmen.‘Just seeing us all start together,’ Makowski said, ‘it just kind of hit us as soon as we walked on the field. And I think it just hit everybody that you know, we’re the starting block for this program. We get the chance to start what we want and how we want things to end up.’Makowski was joined on defense by fellow freshman Skylar Thomas and Jordan Murrell. Sophomore Ryan Tessler is the only returning player starting on defense for the Orange (1-2, 0-0 Big East). But even with the youth movement on defense, SU’s backline has been arguably its strongest unit three games into the season. And going into Sunday’s match against American (1-2-1, 0-0 Patriot League), the unit will look to record its first clean sheet of the season and hopefully another SU victory.The amount of new players on this year’s team isn’t a secret. It would have been normal to expect rocky results from a starting defensive unit that’s three-fourths freshmen, especially at the beginning of the season. And though the group hasn’t been perfect, it’s responded well to being thrown in the deep end, allowing no more than two goals in any game.‘We’re learning quickly, and this is a very coachable group,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘We’ve done a good job against a couple of explosive teams.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles only average one goal per game, not a particularly potent attack. And as always, the Syracuse defense strives to shut out every team it faces this season. That is its goal.Communication has been crucial for the young group, and even though the freshmen defenders don’t have experience, the group hasn’t had any trouble directing the players in front of it. Thomas said age doesn’t matter on the field, only working with the offense and preventing goals does.‘As freshmen we don’t have a lot of authority,’ Thomas said. ‘But we need to organize the backline and the people in front of us. So even though we’re freshmen we kind of boss around the players in front of us.’Each defender has a specialty that makes them unique. Makowski can throw the longest. The 6-foot-3 Thomas has his height as an advantage. Others are good with free kicks or corner kicks. And their aerial prowess was a factor in propelling the team to its only win of the season against Canisius.Defenders don’t always have the name recognition of the glamorous, goal-scoring offensive players. But it’s the defense that sets the offense up and leads to wins, said Makowski.‘Offense starts with defense,’ Makowski said. ‘You don’t give up goals, you can’t lose games. To win games, you have to stop giving up goals. And if our offense scores one or two goals, then we’ll solidify a game (with our defense).’It’s been getting those goals from the offense that’s been an issue so far in 2011. SU scored two goals in its second game after going scoreless in the opener, but only managed one against Siena in its third and most recent game of the season.Against AU, the offense will need to score if it hopes to give the defense the chance to uphold a potential victory.‘We know that we’re getting our chances,’ Thomas said of the offense. ‘So hopefully one game, we’ll stick a few in and we’ll be fine from there.’If SU does manage to score a few, the Orange would arguably be in good shape with the way the backline has played. Makowski, Thomas and Murrell may be freshmen, but their youth hasn’t stopped them from producing in games.‘We are young,’ Makowski said. ‘We’re a young backline. But I think Mac’s done a real good job of having us work together. And after every game we get more and more comfortable.’[email protected] Comments Published on September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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