‘A great awakening:’ U.S. Reps. Sharice Davids, Emmanuel Cleaver II discuss race, justice following killing of George Floyd

first_imgA year after U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II was sworn in as Kansas City, Missouri’s first black mayor, he recalls waking up to news that four Los Angeles police officers were found not guilty of beating Rodney King. Much like then, Cleaver said the country has come face to face with the reality it’s been on the edge of racial conflict for the past 300 years.As nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd entered the tenth day, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids hosted a race, equity and justice discussion with Cleaver on Facebook live Thursday. Cleaver said the kneeling and choking that killed Floyd should be prohibited in training manuals, but it’s part of a 300-year-old tradition of inflicting harm on African Americans that dates back to slavery.“There was this thing in slavery that unconsciously moved all through centuries, that African Americans did not experience pain like others, that there was some human characteristics possessed by people of color that prevent them from suffering like others,” Cleaver said. “People felt like ‘I can do this to African Americans, it’s not going to hurt him or her as badly.’”With the coronavirus pandemic and its corresponding impacts looming, Cleaver said the country has reached a “confluence of bad stuff” like never before. While some of those issues like unemployment and financial struggles can be mitigated through legislation, the country cannot “legislate [racism] away,” he said.The outrage created by Floyd’s death is pain from “that old boogeyman called race” Cleaver said, which has regularly haunted black people since 1865. Although the country is in a “bad spot right now” Cleaver said there are signs of a movement toward change. As he spoke to a crowd of Country Club Plaza protesters last weekend, he said he was brought to tears to see, for the first time in his life, a majority of the protesters were white.“People of color have always had a difficult time in this country, it’s not going to stop right now, but this could be a great awakening in this country,” Cleaver said. “People say ‘I’m not going back.’”Below is a video recorded by Davids of the conversation, followed by a time code of Cleaver’s main topics throughout the discussion. At 3:38, Cleaver recalls the Rodney King verdict and L.A. RiotsAt 7:25, Cleaver discussed how the Kansas City Police Department came under the state’s control and the nation’s history of racial injusticesAt 15:49, Cleaver speaks on how legislative leadership can improve the current “confluence of bad stuff”At 26:51, Cleaver talks about antagonists who turn peaceful protests violent, hope for the future and how “every black man’s name is George.”last_img read more

DAIC to host post TS Erika town hall meeting

first_img(Photo credit: www.flickr.com)As Dominica continues to grapple with the impact of Tropical Storm Erika, the Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce (DAIC) says it remains focused on the nation’s rebuilding efforts and responding to the needs of the business community as these become most evident in the weeks following the storm. To this end, the DAIC is seeking to further engage all business owners/operators post Tropical Storm Erika expecting that comprehensive assessments have been done, and that there is now a greater appreciation for the challenges we face in this new business climate. The DAIC invites both Members and non-Members to a Town Hall meeting on Thursday 1st October, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm at the Fort Young Hotel’s vault conference room. “This meeting intends to give the business community the opportunity to offer feedback on the impact of Tropical Storm Erika on their businesses,” a press statement from the organization indicates.The DAIC has also invited some key stakeholders within the insurance and banking sectors to present on some important areas with the view to strengthening capacity. “We encourage businesses to come prepared to participate in discussions on building our businesses and moving Dominica forward,” the statement indicates. LocalNews DAIC to host post TS Erika town hall meeting by: Dominica Vibes News – September 30, 2015 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 143 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks

first_imgNOT JUST ANOTHER ROOKIE—Seattle Seahawks Thomas Rawls (34) picked up 209 yards rushing subbing for Tayshaun Lynch. (AP Photo)The unofficial start of the Steelers 2nd half starts today as they travel to arguably one of the toughest places to play in the NFL and take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a good team who’s in dire need of a victory, the Steelers, at 6-4 also cannot afford to come away with a loss this late in the season.  The legion of boom defense that Seattle boasts has been a little shakier than normal this year and the Steelers high flying offense is ready to take advantage of that fact. Who will prevail?Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:•    Big Ben needs to continue his utter dominance of the league. Everybody still talks about Brady and Rodgers but Ben is just as good as them, if not better. If he lights up the secondary, as he has been, the Steelers will enjoy great success.2. The Steelers secondary must show improvements. Sure, they’ve gained some turnovers over the past few games but the secondary is no good. Russell Wilson can extend plays with his feet, and if he does, it will allow the receivers time to get open, which could be ominous for the black and gold. They need to provide tight coverage.3. The defense must find a way to contain Wilson. As I stated, he can extend plays with his feet and if a receiver isn’t there, he’ll take off and get yards down field. Keeping him in the pocket is extremely important.4. The team must block out the ‘12th man’. The Seahawks crowd is loud and boisterous and they will be gunning for blood. The team must block out all the extra sound and stay focused. Allowing the sound to cause them to jump off sides or false start will be problematic.Here are a Few Things to Watch:•    Antonio Brown vs. Richard Sherman-Brown is the best WR in the business and Sherman is one of the best shut down corners in football, if not the best. It will be a great matchup to watch throughout the game.2.  Big Ben-How is his foot after having the bye week. Will it withhold a tough Seattle blitz?3.DeAngelo Williams-How effective will he be? He’s a great asset to this team and he may be called upon 20 times or so today.4. Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones-Both linebackers are set to gain more playing time starting this week, how effective will they be. In my opinion, Dupree should be seeing a lot of snaps as he’s a true pass rushing threat and play maker.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Vipers trade ex-Leaf Correale to Grande Prairie Storm

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Vernon Vipers are quickly shifting gears in regards to Nelson Leafs graduates.The B.C. Hockey League franchise traded winger Gus Correale to the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Tuesday.In return for the Nelson Leafs rookie winger Vernon receives the rights to 18-year-old defenceman Austin Baecker and future considerations.Earlier this season the Vipers dealt defenceman ex-Leaf Bennett Hambrook to the Prince George Spruce Kings of future considerations.Both Correale and Hambrook had made the jump to the Tier II Junior A after successful seasons with in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Leafs, leading Nelson to the league final against Revelstoke.Correale, 17, had struggled to make his mark with the defending Royal Bank Cup winners and was a healthy scratch for many of the games.Correale, known for his speed and shifty moves, finished the season fifth in team scoring with 14 goals and 29 assists in 48 games.Hambrook, 18, was a tower of strength on the Leaf blueline with an aggressive style of play. He finished the season with 14 points.Two former Leaf players remain on the Vipers roster — center Dylan Walchuk and defenceman Phillip Patenaude.Walchuk, part of the Royal Bank run, leads Vernon in scoring with 10 goals and nine assists in 19 games.Patenaude has played 12 of the Vipers 19 and has one point.Walchuk off to represent Canada West . . .Dylan Walchuk is one of eight players from the BCHL to earn spots on Canada West at the upcoming 2010 World Junior A Challenge, November 8-14 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. Walchuk leads the Vipers in scoring with 19 points in 18 games and played a key role in helping Vernon to their second consecutive RBC Cup championship in May as a rookie. The 18-year old Walchuk is committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2011/12 season.Sam Mellor of the Trail Smoke Eaters joins Walchuk. The Cranbrook, B.C. product is currently second in BCHL scoring with 35 points through 19 games on the heels of a 63-point rookie season. Mellor has committed to attend the University of Alaska-Anchorage and was recently named to the Watch List for the 2011 NHL [email protected]last_img read more