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Defending Botham Jean

first_imgThe night of Sept. 6 in Dallas an off-duty policewoman, Amber Guyger, entered the apartment of a 26-year-old Afro-Caribbean man, Botham Jean, and shot and killed him. Guyger, who is white, alleges she confused his apartment with her own — which was actually on a different floor in the building. Local protests of Jean’s killing have included a Mothers Against Police Brutality vigil on Sept. 7.The community marched on Sept. 16 against this and other instances of racist cop violence. Advancing on the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys were playing a National Football League game, a symbolic funeral procession included a hearse, caskets, a motorcade and buses organized to carry demonstrators demanding the police officer be fired and charged with murder instead of manslaughter. Other protesters were arrested for blocking the road around the stadium. There have also been protests at Dallas Police headquarters about the killing of Jorge Olguín, slain in front of his children by an apartment security guard on Sept. 3. — WW StaffI really hate capitalism and its effects on our Black lives while we be minding our business, trying to exist in this “great country” that puts on a blue uniform and shield of certification, approval and impunity to kill us at will, to lynch us at OUR door without much ado. Business as usual.Botham Jean is the man that now can tell no tale. Allegedly, he had some marijuana in his apartment where he was murdered by the uniformed lyncher. Cops found “evidence” after asking for and receiving a search warrant — for the home of the victim! But how many times do the cops mention the bullets that killed him, the gun held in the hands of his police killer?The cops are criminalizing the victim. “Weed” is “legalized” in many places in this country, yet many Black and Brown people are still disappeared with arrests for “substance” — taken from their families, sent to be abused and used in prisons. There, they are forced to labor for nothing or a token wage while being price gouged by companies that profit handsomely from this neoslaveocracy. Slavery in prisons was created postemancipation in the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — a legislative “gift” to then rich landowners that keeps on giving to capitalist profits now.For sure, the cops and the newspapers aren’t talking about the unions of strong Black men and women and others fighting oppression, such as the Black Panther Party, which changed the mental trajectory of so many people here and abroad about taking control of our neighborhoods; about being alright and at peace with our identity in spite of the systemic abuse to our psyches, bodies, physical health and safety. Black people have fought public miseducation sent out though the business media and the “public schools” — propaganda purposely designed to erase and water down our Black story, history, experience, exceptional abilities and contributions to the world.I belong to another group of people who also came together to fight — a multinational, multigenerational party with various identities and backgrounds, with an internationalist point of view, fighting for and with the workers of the world against racism, colonialism and imperialism.Workers World Party has been on the frontlines since 1959 against racist discrimination and the prison-industrial complex. WWP, which fights for workers, LGTBQ people, women, im/migrants and more, is still here and growing, in the perfect mashup of the revolutionary dust-up, fanning the embers that our souls require, that pushes fire through our bodies, to push through again, until the next rally or next movement that will ultimately bring our oppressors to their knees for the crimes against our people and class.So, yeah, some of us may need to cope in this brutal world with plants such as weed, as we are continually traumatized as Black people, day in, day out, just trying to mind our own business.But this ain’t got shit to do with weed. Capitalism kills.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Utah State looks for home win vs UNLV

first_imgFebruary 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State looks for home win vs UNLV Written by Tags: UNLV/Utah State Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP)-UNLV (11-12, 6-4) vs. Utah State (17-7, 6-5)Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah; Wednesday, 8 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Utah State looks for its fourth straight win over UNLV at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The last victory for the Runnin’ Rebels at Utah State was an 80-68 win on Jan. 19, 2016.SENIOR STUDS: UNLV’s Bryce Hamilton, Amauri Hardy and Elijah Mitrou-Long have collectively accounted for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 79 percent of all Runnin’ Rebels points over the last five games.TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: The Runnin’ Rebels have scored 67.8 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 67.2 per game they managed in non-conference play.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Sam Merrill has been directly responsible for 49 percent of all Utah State field goals over the last three games. Merrill has 19 field goals and 19 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Utah State has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76.3 points while giving up 59.3.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Aggies have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Runnin’ Rebels. Utah State has an assist on 52 of 78 field goals (66.7 percent) across its past three outings while UNLV has assists on 32 of 76 field goals (42.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Both UNLV and Utah State are ranked atop the MWC when it comes to offensive rebounding. The Runnin’ Rebels are ranked first among conference teams with an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.7, 13 offensive boards per game. The Aggies are ranked second with an offensive rebound percentage of 31.7, 11.1 per game.last_img read more

Harry Potter Alum Harry Melling & More Tapped for London’s Hand to God

first_imgHallelujah! Harry Potter alum Harry Melling, Janie Dee, Neil Pearson and more have boarded the cast for the previously reported West End transfer of Hand to God. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and penned by Robert Askins, the production will play a limited engagement at the Vaudeville Theatre February 5, 2016 through June 11. Opening night is scheduled for February 15.Along with Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) as Jason, two-time Olivier winner Dee (Comic Potential, Carousel) as Margery and Pearson (Waterloo Road) as Pastor Greg, the cast will also include Jemima Rooper (Hex) as Jessica and Kevin Mains (Million Dollar Quartet) as Timothy.In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.The Broadway production of Hand to God will shutter at the Booth Theatre on January 3, 2016. View Commentslast_img read more

Beer Blog: Nantahala Brewing’s Dirty Girl American Blonde Ale

first_imgIt’s sleeting outside as I write this. It’s supposed to turn to snow later tonight, and tomorrow is slated to be balls cold. And yet, I have bulbs popping up in my front yard. The grass is really trying to turn green again. My kids keep putting on shorts and sunglasses before running outside to play, only to come back inside three minutes later, shivering. It’s as if the whole world is willing Spring to come, even though Mother Nature refuses to cooperate. I did my part wishing for Spring’s return today by picking out a lager in the beer store. All those big, rich, high ABV stouts to choose from, and I reach for a crisp, clean lager.Actually, I picked out Nantahala Brewing’s Dirty Girl American Blonde Ale, but “American Blonde Ale” is just a fancy way of saying “lager.” The lager is the quintessential lawnmower beer. Budweiser, Miller, PBR…this is lager territory. Nantahala Brewing does a good job of infiltrating the realm of lagers with Dirty Girl (which also has to be the best beer name ever), a light, crisp, low-hopped beer. Lagers are typically easy drinking, and it doesn’t get much easier than Dirty Girl (maybe next year they’ll name it “Easy Girl”?). It is one big, 22-ounce lawnmower beer. Or post trail-run beer. Or backpacking beer…or when you just want a damned beer.I don’t get to sample Nantahala Brewing’s wares often. Their distribution footprint is relatively small (only in North Carolina, and up until recently, mostly on draft), and I’m not in Bryson City nearly enough. Since the last time I sat down at the brewery, they created a barrel-aging program, filled out their seasonal line up, and started bottling their flagship beers in 22-ounce bombers. Which means you might be able to get your hands on one of their six year-round beers. Dirty Girl is good, but check out their low-ABV, nutty Bryson City Brown too. I’m not saying that drinking one of the sessionable beers will bring Spring back. But it’s worth a try.Follow Graham’s adventures in drinking and dadhood at Daddy-drinks.com.Learn more at Nantahalabrewing.com.last_img read more

Colombian Rebels Killed In Strike Near Ecuador Border

first_imgBy Dialogo September 19, 2011 At least four guerrillas were killed when Colombian Air Force planes bombed a rebel camp located near the border with Ecuador on September 15, police told AFP. The camp, belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was located less than a mile away from the border with Ecuador in the southern province of Nariño. “Up to now we have registered the death of four guerrillas. We believe that there were 30 more in the camp as well as their commander, known by his alias ‘Euclides,’” a police spokesman said. In an operation that began on September 15 at dawn, security forces entered the area and found explosives, weapons and computers belonging to the rebels, the spokesman said. “Euclides” took command of the regional FARC unit in March after the previous leader, Oliver Solarte, was killed in a police operation, officials said. The FARC unit normally operates in the neighboring province of Putumayo, which also touches the Peruvian border, but apparently moved west into Nariño, which reaches the Pacific Ocean. The southern Nariño region is among Colombia’s most violent due to the presence of FARC rebels, criminal gangs and former paramilitaries who were demobilized between 2003 and 2006. The three groups are engaged in an ongoing battle over control of the lucrative coastal Pacific drug trafficking routes, according to police. The Colombian government has been battling the FARC – Latin America’s oldest rebel movement, estimated to have some 8,000 fighters – since 1964.last_img read more

Baron Corbin beats Chad Gable to be crowned 2019 King of the Ring

first_img Written By 1 year ago 2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 Schedule, Matches, Timings and Telecast in India 1 year ago WWE Superstar Shakeup Edition sees AJ Styles,Rey Mysterio and More Move To WWE Raw. Results & Highlights Inside Last Updated: 17th September, 2019 17:40 IST Baron Corbin Beats Chad Gable To Be Crowned 2019 King Of The Ring WWE superstar Baron Corbin was crowned as the King of the Ring 2019 after he beat Chad Gable on Monday night RAW, a day after Clash of Champions pay-per-view. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Koushik Narayanan FOLLOW US READ | Stone Cold reveals how his recent cameo appearances have helped WWEWhen Booker T became the ‘King of the World’ (2006):Booker T has been in the industry for three decades. Prior to his career in WWF/E, he was a five-time WCW Champion where he overcame the likes of Goldberg and Sting. However, he got two opportunities for the World Heavyweight Championship but was unsuccessful. He also got a WWE Championship title shot but could not find success there as well. But, he had managed to win the World Tag Team Championship along with Rob Van Dam and also enjoyed a good run as the United States Champion. Nonetheless, a man of his caliber deserved much more than this and his patience was rewarded in 2006 when he beat the hard-hitting Bobby Lashley in the final at Judgement Day.  Booker added yet another feather in his cap when he defeated Rey Mysterio a couple of months later at the Great American Bash for the World Heavyweight Championship as he came to be known as the ‘King of the World’.READ | WWE Clash of Champions: Seth Truly Creates ‘Hell In A Cell’ for Braun READ: WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman V Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks V Becky Lynch      WATCH US LIVE 1 year ago As King of the Ring tournament makes its comeback, here are the five instances where it took the superstars to greatness WE RECOMMEND First Published: 17th September, 2019 17:02 IST 1 year ago WWE WrestleMania 35: John Cena Bring Backs “Doctor of Thuganomics” In A Surprise Appearance. WWE superstar Baron Corbin was crowned as the King of the Ring 2019 after he beat Chad Gable on Monday night RAW, a day after Clash of Champions pay-per-view. Baron Corbin had the three best fights of his WWE career en route to the King of the Ring finals and went on to beat underdog Chad Gable to become the new King of the Ring. Baron Corbin beat the likes of Cedric Alexander, The Miz, Samoa Joe and Richochet to reach the finals of the tournament. With eyes on the crown ever since the beginning of the tournament, Baron Corbin will now be crowned as the new King of the Ring on Tuesday night SmackDown live.READ | Kevin Owens Gets Fired From WWE By Shane McMahon On SmackDownAll hail King CorbinBaron Corbin has been considered a favourite within the industry for a long time now and has proved his worth by ending WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle’s run as RAW’s General Manager and beat him in Wrestlemania 35. Baron Corbin took on Chad Gable in a physically exhausting match as both the superstars pulled all the tricks in their bag to grab a victory. Both Gable and Corbin went at each other from when the bell rang, displaying extreme athletism, speed and high flying abilities. The action also shifted outside the ring, as Gable was sent into the barricades on multiple occasions by Corbin following which Corbin was driven into the steel steps shoulder first by Gable. Even an ankle lock from Gable could not get Corbin to tap out as the Lone Wolf hit Gable with an End of Days to be crowned the new King of the Ring.  1 year ago John Cena has a special message for the WWE family ahead of Summerslam 2019. Here’s what he saidlast_img read more