Chicano Mexicano Prison Project holds annual conference

first_imgConference facilitator Pablo Aceves at microphone, June 14.WW photo: Gloria VerdieuSan Diego — On June 14, the 16th Annual Conference on Raza Prisoners and Colonialism was hosted by the Chicano Mexicano Prison Project.The conference began with solidarity statements from the Brown Berets, Uhuru and the San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality, followed by keynote speaker Dolores Canales of the California Families Against Solitary Confinement.  Canales spoke passionately about what solitary confinement does physically and psychologically to prisoners. She showed slides of individual prisoners and pointed out how their skin looks after years with no sunlight. She also spoke about the prison hunger strike where over 30,000 prisoners refused food.There were two panels. The first addressed the issue “How prisons have destroyed families.” Speakers on this panel included Aloni Bonilla, a victim of police brutality from Orange County who is fighting back. Bonilla had posted a video on Facebook to raise awareness about police using excessive force.  A Los Angeles judge did not allow this video to be shown in court.Carolyn Torres of Chicanos Unidos of Orange County spoke on gang injunctions and Pedro Ríos from the American Friends Service Committee spoke on immigration and detention.The second panel focused on conditions in prisons and creating Raza resistance. Speakers included Martha Esquivel and Kwame Agomou, of  the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, who spoke of the conditions in the San Diego Central Jail based on his own experience. Agomou spent 21 days in jail, and he believes that without the organized phone calls, support and actions from organizations on the outside he would not have received the medical attention that he needed. Helena Rodríguez, of the Chicano Mexicano Prison Project, spoke on the topic of forced sterilization and the attacks on women in prison. She began her presentation with disturbing statistics on the growing number of women inmates.Support for Cuban 5, U.S. political prisoners This year’s conference was organized under the theme “Prisons: Destruction of Families and Communities.” There were many youth in attendance who participated in the discussion after each panel. One of the youth in attendance was the son of Sagon Penn. On March 31, 1985, 23-year-old Penn was racially profiled by San Diego police. He fought back but was acquitted of any wrongdoing after two trials. In retribution, Penn was hounded and harassed by police right up to the day he was found dead in his apartment on June 2, 2002. The San Diego chapter of Copwatch was named in honor of Sagon Penn.The conference ended with two resolutions. One of the resolutions was to build support for the Cuban 5 political prisoners, three of whom are still incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Many “Give me Five” cards, demanding that the U.S. government release the remaining three imprisoned heroes, were distributed. Footage from the Washington, D.C., demonstrations from “5 Days for the Cuban 5” in early June was shown. Conference facilitators gave an update on the remaining three of the Cuban 5 and the possibility of a prisoner exchange — releasing U.S. spy Alan Gross in exchange for the remaining three Cuban heroes. The other resolution was to continue to hold forums and rallies to build awareness about the prison-industrial complex and the criminal injustice system.Organizations that participated and endorsed this conference included the Association of Raza Educators, Students Against Mass Incarceration, Save Our Barrios Coalition, Workers World Party, the San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective and those organizations mentioned above.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Germany confirm home friendlies against Turkey, Czech Republic

first_img Read Also: Bale trolls Real Madrid again with hilarious antics on the bench Matches in Germany are currently played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic but Loew added that he “hopes” fans will be allowed to watch his team in stadiums again this autumn. Germany have yet to play an international in 2020 after friendlies against Spain, Italy and Switzerland were called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “With a view to next year’s European Championship we want to grow together and these games will give us important insights for the team’s development.” Germany will host Turkey and the Czech Republic in international friendlies this autumn as part of their Nations League preparations, the German FA confirmed Monday. Germany plan to host Turkey in Cologne on October 7 and the Czech Republic in Leipzig on November 11 followed by Nations League games against either Spain, Ukraine or Switzerland. On Friday, the German FA confirmed they will host Spain in Cologne on September 3, then face the Swiss away three days later, both in the Nations League. The home friendly against Turkey on October 7 starts a run of three internationals in six days before Nations League matches away to Ukraine and home to Switzerland. Likewise, the friendly against the Czechs on November 11 comes before back-to-back Nations League matches at home to Ukraine, then away to Spain. “We would like to use the international matches in the autumn to give our young team some matches,” said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.Advertisement Promoted Content12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonelast_img read more

Former Iowa State president Leath leaving after two years on the job as Auburn University president

first_imgAUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says its president, former Iowa State University president Steven Leath, is leaving after two years on the job.The university said in a statement Friday that Leath and the Board of Trustees’ presidential assessment working group mutually decided to part ways.The president pro tempore of the university’s board, Wayne T. Smith, said trustees are grateful to Leath “for his dedication and commitment as Auburn made strides as a world-class public university.”Leath says he believes the university is stronger now than before he arrived.Before going to Auburn in 2017, Leath was president of Iowa State University and vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System.Smith says the Auburn board will soon name an interim president.last_img read more

Governor to visit state facility that’s under federal investigation

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is going to meet with staff at the Glenwood Resource Center this afternoon. It’s the governor’s first visit to the facility that cares of patients with severe intellectual disabilities since she fired Glenwood’s superintendent in late December.“I’m actually going on site as part of the discovery process,” Reynolds says.The phrase “discovery process” refers to the collection of evidence and interviews with witnesses in a legal proceeding. Reynolds has hinted her trip also may be related to another firing. This past summer, the governor fired Department of Human Services director Jerry Foxhoven. Reynolds says Glenwood staff may have complained to Foxhoven about the facility’s superintendent, who is now under federal investigation — accused of using patients for human experiments.“I believe the former (DHS) director did receive some correspondence from individuals there,” Reynolds says, “but that will all be part of the discovery process as well.”The governor says her new Iowa Department of Human Services director is putting the right policies and procedures in place to respond to the situation at Glenwood, but Reynolds says the staff at the facility need to hear that directly from her.“There’s a lot of state employees that work hard every single day down there to take care of some of our most vulnerable Iowans,” Reynolds says, “and I want to thank them for the work they’re doing, I want to let them know that we take this very seriously, that the allegations are unacceptable and we’re making changes to address them.”Federal officials are investigating physical injuries and allegations of improper nutrition for patients at Glenwood as well as the charge that the former superintendent used patients for a sexual arousal study.last_img read more

Out of the box: Virat Kohli on the inspiration behind improved fitness regime in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: DNAAdvertisement 1ryqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsk9b3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7k4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) g1Would you ever consider trying this?😱szyCan your students do this? 🌚7eaw4bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has arguably set the benchmark of fitness and has been rightly credited with the tag of one of the fittest cricketers in the world. The change with the new regime is clearly evident with the Indian team being more active in the field than ever.Advertisement Image Courtesy: DNAThe Indian skipper revealed that the inspiration of staying fit with discipline being the core comes from footballers. Kohli claimed that cricketers learn a lot from footballers with respect to their professionalism, discipline, and diet. He said in an interview with the Times Of India:“We always look up to footballers for their discipline. It’s a requirement of the sport that you need to be at your absolute best to be able to take the field. Football players are very particular about professionalism, in terms of physical preparation, nutrition and rest periods. We learn a lot from them,”Advertisement Kohli, however, asserted that cricket cannot be directly compared with football as both the sport vary in the requirements. The 30-year-old added that fast bowlers are the closest to footballers when it comes to comparisons. He added:“You cannot compare. I think the only people who can be compared to an extent in terms of endurance are fast bowlers. Cricket is not a sport which requires amazing physical endurance. Football is fast and played within 90 minutes where you have to be absolutely fit to take control of the situation. In cricket, the fitness level requirement is not as high (as football). But if you strive to be as fit as footballers, then you do things at a different level in cricket. That’s what we look forward to. If we take our fitness level higher, we will perform at another level. Footballers are way fitter than cricketers,”Advertisement Read Also:Prophet’s Predicament: Where does the Indian bowling attack stand after Jasprit Bumrah’s injury?Slipping Crease: South Australia bowler evades injury after an awkward landing in Marsh Cup  Advertisementlast_img read more