A leading researcher and writer has called on disa

first_imgA leading researcher and writer has called on disabled people and their organisations to build alliances with other groups hit by the “dysfunctional, unhealthy” economy.Jenny Morris, who helped write the Labour government’s Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People white paper, also said that disabled people should expose the “huge gap” between politicians’ rhetoric and the reality of people’s lives.She said the “real world” showed a contrast with “political rhetoric”, and pointed to the repeated attempts by politicians to cut the number of people on out-of-work sickness and disability benefits.Although both the coalition and Labour governments had failed to reduce significantly the number of people claiming incapacity benefits, they had ruined “many people’s lives in the process”, and had failed to focus on the behaviour of employers and the wider economy.Morris (pictured, at the conference) said the “magnificent fight” to save the Independent Living Fund had “brought into the spotlight” the question that needed to be continually asked of the government: whether ministers were saying that society cannot afford to allow disabled and older people to have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.She was speaking at a conference in Sheffield organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, to discuss the need for a new umbrella organisation of disabled people’s organisations in England to represent disabled people and fight for their rights.Morris said there was a “growing and energetic grassroots movement of disabled people, which had been aided by social media, which made involvement possible for those who were unable to take part in more formal campaigning”.But she said: “Our priority needs to be to make alliances with those more generally affected by this dysfunctional, unhealthy economy.“We need to make alliances with older people and also with family carers.”Morris said it was also worth looking at local authorities as possible allies, as they were “potentially on a collision course with central government”.She said: “Disabled people have won important fights before by making important alliances with local government, and there is that potential for doing this again.”And she said there was scope for both criticising other organisations – such as central and local government, and charities – and working with them on some issues.She said: “I think there is scope for pissing inside the tent as well as outside the tent. I believe that successful movements do both.“It is very frustrating trying to work with organisations and individuals who do not necessarily share our world view, but it has to be done.”Morris suggested that George Osborne’s budget cut to support for new claimants of out-of-work disability benefits [in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance] “opens up a real campaigning opportunity”, because the change will not be introduced until April 2017.She said: “It gives us time to expose the huge gap between rhetoric and reality. People in WRAG are disabled, ill and assessed as not capable of work.”But she also said that disabled people “must not get drawn into using language that is diametrically opposed to disability rights and independent living”, such as the term “vulnerable”.She said: “It is the kind of language that undermines us… Our resistance has got to be based on arguments about social justice, equality, and disabled people aspiring to the same civil rights as everybody else.“It should not be based on separating out people with the most significant impairments… making them a special case.”There were some concerns raised at the conference about Morris’s call for the disability movement to develop wider alliances.Ruth Bashall, director of the Stay Safe East project, which supports Deaf and disabled survivors of domestic violence and hate crime in east London, told delegates: “We have to be clear about who we work with and when.“Maybe we work with people on one campaign and not another.”She pointed out that carers were often perpetrators of abuse and violence against disabled people.Steve Graby, of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said that allying with organisations that were much closer to the government risked “disempowering” disabled people’s organisations.He said: “Carers, older people’s organisations, even charities. I am just wondering where do we want to draw the line?”He later tweeted: “Need 2b clear about boundaries of who2 work with – eg carers orgs when many carers perpetrate violence against disabled ppl.”When asked where the line should be drawn with allies, Morris told the conference: “I don’t think it is up to me to draw the line.“There are some organisations that are beyond the pale, but even within those organisations there are sometimes individuals that are allies that it is possible to work with.“Those of us previously pissing inside the tent needed those of you pissing outside to keep reminding us where we came from, what our principles are and what we should be holding true to.”Shaun Webster, from the self-advocacy organisation Change, said: “Like other organisations, we do know we have to work together to get things done. We have got to make alliances. If we don’t work together, the government will win.”Anne Rae, chair of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, warned that some “ambitious” disabled people had convinced themselves that “they and only they can get politicians to listen to them”, but had then been forced to “ameliorate” their views because they knew the government “will not listen to radical views”.During the conference, delegates discussed possible alliances with personal assistants, trade unions, the human rights movement, and other marginalised groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups and black and minority ethnic organisations, as well as the women’s movement.last_img read more

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Missions Freedom Archives

first_img Tags: cesar chavez • education • history • ListenLocal Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and Valencia streets. Here is your chance to have a listen – you might hear the voices corresponding to some names you recognize! 0%last_img

LOOK the part this season New ISC Trainingwear an

first_imgLOOK the part this season! New ISC Trainingwear and 2014 Home and Away shirts are now in store and are the ideal present for the Saints fan in your life.Available from the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park and online here, the home shirt features the traditional red vee in a modern slant.The away version has that red vee too as well as being predominately royal blue and white.Made from a cut and sew design, using Vector Polyester material, the replica shirt is a fans’ version of the Players Jersey allowing fans to look like their Saints heroes in or out of the Stadium.For 2014, we have also included a ‘Cotton Version’ as well as a Home and Away ‘Players’ Version’ of the shirt (available early Jan).Season ticket holders can also save £15 off the 2014 Home & Away shirts when both are purchased together!*The trainingwear is selling well too with t-shirts, jackets, vests and hoodies proving very popular!For more information either pop into the Saints Superstore or click here.To ensure delivery by Christmas, you need to order by the end of Thursday December 19. You can order and collect up until Christmas Eve.Christmas Opening: Monday to Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9am – 5pmThursday: 9am – 7pmSunday 10am-4pm*This is £15 off the total price of both the home and away shirt combined, ‘T&Cs apply, while stocks last. Not in conjunction with any other offer.last_img read more

Businesses upset with bank closure

first_img Mayor Doug Medlin, who also owns East Coast Sports, can not imagine the island without a bank. He believes Bank of America is no longer interested in operating in a seasonal location. The nearest bank is off the island, 15 miles away.“Basically, if you don’t use a carrier system, then you’re talking about taking at least 45 minutes to an hour out just to go to the bank,” Medlin said.In March, Bank of America announced it would be closing several financial centers, because of an increase in online transactions. A Bank of America spokeswoman says an ATM will remain in Surf City for transactional needs.Related Article: China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadlineMedlin drops off deposits at the bank around three times a week. Now, if he and others want to keep their business at Bank of America, they’ll have quite a drive.“Of course the closest bank of America is either Jacksonville or Wilmington. Nothing in between. So I have all ideas, probably a big percentage of them, majority of them are probably going to move their accounts,” Medlin said.According to Medlin and Howard, more than 150 businesses will be impacted by the closure. TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Bank of America on Roland Avenue is the only bank on Topsail Island. It served some businesses for more than 20 years, but soon will be a thing of the past. “I’m not mad with them, but I don’t understand what they’re thinking. They’re closing it down and there’s more people here now then they’ve ever been,” George Howard, On Shore Surf Shop owner, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chuck E Cheeses will offer autismfriendly days

first_img(On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese will open two hours early to provide reduced lighting and noise, with food and games and trained caring staff. Photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0) Chuck E. Cheese’s will soon offer sensory-friendly playtimes for kids with autism and special needs.On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese’s will open two hours early to provide reduced lighting and noise, with food and games and trained caring staff.- Advertisement – “We are excited to provide a special opportunity every month for sensory sensitive families to enjoy their favorite pizza and games in a safe and friendly environment of tolerance and understanding,” Chuck E. Cheese’s said in a press release.Chuck E. Cheese’s in Wilmington will be participating in the sensory-friendly days including as well as some other NC locations. Here’s full list:GREENSBORO – 702-A Pembroke RoadCHARLOTTE – 7701 Pineville-Mathews RoadCONCORD – 7970 Lyles Lane NWFAYETTEVILLE – 511 N. McPherson RoadJACKSONVILLE – 2005 N. Marine BlvdRALEIGH – 3501-131 Capitol Blvd.WILMINGTON – 4389 Oleander DriveClick here for a full list of participating stores. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com or call (855) 345-2273.last_img read more

Superintendent SitDown Pender County Schools

first_img “We decided that the better thing to do was make it an optional work day,” Hill said. “We wanted to give the teachers the opportunity to advocate”.At Topsail High School, the Varsity Baseball team was recently unable to play in the state playoffs because of a player’s ineligibility. When it comes to the situation that left both parents and players upset, Hill explained the district’s first concern is the students. He said the first thing officials did was see if there was anything they could do to help them. Hill also explained they are still in the middle of the investigation and he couldn’t say much about it; however, in the next 10 days or so, they hope to have more information. He said officials do sympathize with the students in the situation.He also answered multiple questions sent to WWAY from viewers.Related Article: North Carolina teachers plan new rally to press demandsOne viewer asked how Pender County Schools plans to compete with surrounding counties with more resources and incentives for teachers. Hill’s response was although Pender is a coastal county and draws teachers that way, their turnover rate is the issue. With a turnover rate of about 18%, Hill said the district is second highest in the region. He explained the county commissioners are working with school officials to find a supplement rate on top of base pay. The district is working on creating an environment where teachers want to come to the area and stay.Another wanted to know why there were not more arts positions funded when opening the new Surf City schools. Hill explained there is legislation that includes staged in funding for those teachers and the school has tried to ensure there is an art, band and chorus position for those schools.Over the next few days, we are sitting down with the other superintendents from our area on Good Morning Carolina.New Hanover Co. Schools Superintendent Tim Markley is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 18. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools Superintendent Steven Hill sat down Wednesday for an interview on Good Morning Carolina to discuss current issues in the school district.Dozens of teachers took off school today to rally at the state capitol. As a result, Pender County Schools, along with New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, closed school for the day. Hill said once 25% of the teaching staff decided to take the day off, it became a safety issue because the school district could not provide enough substitutes to cover all of the classes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD investigating deadly shooting in downtown Wilmington

first_imgPolice respond to a shooting at 5th and Harnett Streets on July 30, 2018 (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man died from his injures after police say he was shot Monday morning in Wilmington.According to Wilmington Police, it happened just before 1 a.m. at Harnett and 5th streets.- Advertisement – Police responded after receiving a ShotSpotter notification for shots fired in the area. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and EMS also responded.When they arrived, police say they found Reubin Irvin, 31, shot.He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died.Related Article: New Hanover man facing new charge after second dog shotThe investigation is ongoing.If you know any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or using Text A Tip.last_img read more

Mega Millions These North Carolina stores have the most big wins

first_img These stores have the most wins over $600 since the state joined the Mega Millions in 2010:Buffalo Shoals Supermarket, 2887 Buffalo Shoals Road, Newton 9 winsRose Mart # 14, 1701 W Raleigh Rd, Wilson 9 winsTime Saver Food Store # 1, 270 Washington St, Whiteville 9 winsBuy And Go #7, 9413 Ploof Road, Leland 8 winsHandy Mart # 56, 3495 Western Blvd, Jacksonville 8 winsJay’s Food Mart, 200 W. Morganton Rd, Southern Pines 7 winsRead more here. Lottery (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday and the jackpot is at a whopping $1.6 billion.Haven’t bought a ticket yet? You could check out one of these North Carolina retailers that have a track record of big wins.- Advertisement – last_img

German Nazi camp guard 92 charged as accessory to thousands of murders

first_imgWhatsApp FILE PHOTO: A guard tower is seen at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A guard tower is seen at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File Photo German prosecutors have charged a 92-year-old former concentration camp guard with being an accessory to murder, in what will be one of the last ever cases against Nazi-era war crimes.Hamburg prosecutors accused the man, identified only as Bruno D., of aiding and abetting 5,230 cases of murder during the almost nine months he spent on duty at a concentration camp watch-tower at the end of World War Two.According to Die Welt newspaper, which first reported the charges, the man admitted to prosecutors during a voluntary interrogation last year that he had seen people being taken to gas chambers to be murdered.“What good would it have done for me to leave? They’d just have found somebody else,” he told prosecutors, according to the newspaper.“I felt bad for the people there. I didn’t know why they were there. I knew that they were Jews who had committed no crime.”D., who was 17 when he began serving at Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk in present-day Poland, said he had only joined the SS, the paramilitary wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, because a heart weakness meant he was only suited for “garrison service”.He said he had not been a Nazi sympathiser.With only a handful of people involved in Nazi Germany’s genocidal crimes still alive, all in extreme old age, prosecutors are racing against time to ensure at least some justice is done by the victims, including the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.The case against another nonagenarian former guard at Stutthof, where more than 60,000 people died, was halted last year because the suspect was too infirm to stand trial.Another, Oskar Groening, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for his job counting cash stolen from people sent to the most notorious of all the regime’s death camps, died last year aged 96 as he waited to begin his sentence. SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

China US start latest trade talks after nice working dinner

first_img SharePrint China and the United States began their latest talks in Beijing on Wednesday aimed at ending a bitter trade war, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he had a “nice” working dinner the night before with China Vice Premier Liu He.Mnuchin, along with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, are holding a full day of discussions, before Liu goes to Washington next week for another round of talks in what could be the end game for negotiations.Liu greeted Mnuchin and Lighthizer as they arrived at a state guest house in Beijing and the three men exchanged pleasantries, but did not make comments directly to reporters.“Nice to see you, it’s good to be back here,” Mnuchin told Liu. They then all went straight into the meeting room.Liu had entertained his U.S. guests on Tuesday night just after they arrived.“We did. We had a nice working dinner, thank you,” Mnuchin told reporters at his Beijing hotel, when asked if he had met with Liu on Tuesday. He did not elaborate.Beijing and Washington have cited progress on issues including intellectual property and forced technology transfer to help end a conflict marked by tit-for-tat tariffs that have cost both sides billions of dollars, disrupted supply chains and roiled financial markets.But U.S. officials say privately that an enforcement mechanism for a deal and timelines for lifting tariffs are sticking points.Chinese officials have also acknowledged that they view the enforcement mechanism as crucial, but say that it must work two ways and cannot put restraints only on China.In Washington, people familiar with the talks say that the question of whether and when U.S. tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods will be removed will probably be among the last issues to be resolved. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he may keep some tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period”.The United States has also been pressing China to further open up its market to U.S. firms. China has repeatedly pledged to continue reforms and make it easier for foreign companies to operate in the country.In comments published in Wednesday, China’s top banking and insurance regulator said the government will further open up its banking and insurance sectors.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more