How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence

first_img Facing the denial of American racism The fire this time As public protests against the police killings of George Floyd and other African American men and women continue in all 50 states and hundreds of other countries, scholars are looking to place this moment in the context of the historical struggle for social justice. On Tuesday, “Black Lives, Protest, and Democracy,” an online discussion hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, reached from the roots of institutional racial violence into its current manifestations, particularly in education and public health.Moderated by Megan Ming Francis visiting associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, the panel brought together Rhea W. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H. ’17, FAAP, a pediatrician as well as a medical educator; Kaneesha Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in government; and Leah Wright Rigueur, RI ’18, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School. The discussion may be viewed on YouTube or the Ash Center site.In what she called “a defining moment in history,” Francis opened the discussion with an overview of the nation’s long history of institutional racial violence that goes back to Reconstruction. She noted that after the Civil War, most Southern states passed racially biased laws “to entrap Black people,” and “practiced discriminatory policing” that included the use of violence and increased incarceration, a pattern that would spread through the South and the rest of the nation.,“Blacks have been fighting for the right to live … forever,” she said, citing the history of attempts by the NAACP and other activist organizations to pass laws to protect Blacks against lynching and mob violence, followed by years of protest against entrenched inequities. “It’s not just about police violence. It’s about so many different institutions in this country that have failed Black people.”Rigueur elaborated, providing a larger cultural context for the roots of contemporary Black protest.“The protests we see now are about the overlapping failures of America,” she said. Citing the failures of capitalism (“George Floyd was in Minneapolis looking for work when he was murdered”) and the health care system (“George Floyd had COVID-19 in his lungs when he died”), Rigueur said that Floyd’s death, while tragic, is far from unique.“Every single aspect of the American state has failed Black people and failed Black people repeatedly,” said Rigueur, the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in 2018. “Black protest makes the point quite clearly that the state is illegitimate. The social contract, which governs our lives, has historically failed Black people and continues to fail them. The safeguards that we envision when we think of American democracy have failed Black people.”,In this context, “Black protest actually represents our best chance at a true democracy for all people because it highlights the ways in which democracy doesn’t work for very many,” she said.Johnson took a deeper dive into American policing, tracing it back to the slave patrols and Indian constables of the 18th century. It was not until the mid-19th century that the modern model of the police began to emerge, she said. Since then, it has grown exponentially, absorbing state and city monies at the expense of social programs and, increasingly, being exported by the U.S. to other countries.“We’ve seen policing increasing,” she said. “We’ve seen school punishment increasing as we see social welfare systems slashed.”Boyd spoke about the intersections of pandemic, policing, and protest. Noting the “alarming disparities” in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths between white and Black patients, she said that media coverage has highlighted the physical reasons behind the increased susceptibility of populations of color while engaged in what she called “the ritual forgetting of why Black people suffer from poverty and underlying health issues.”Such vulnerability, she explained, comes not only from generations of poverty and insufficient resources but also from police violence. “Police kill people,” she said, noting number of people killed each year by police — 1,098, according to mappingpoliceviolence.com — and calling it out as a public health problem. Relating those numbers to the pandemic, she pointed out people who witness violence, either in person or on social media, suffer repercussions.“For kids,” she said, post-traumatic stress from witnessing violence can lead to “headaches, changes in sleep habits, increased isolation.” Throughout the population, “chronic exposure to stress shifts how the human body develops, increases risks of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and depression.”“You can’t say increased rates of COVID are simply because of underlying disease,” said Boyd. “We have to make that connection.”,So what steps can society can take next? The answers ran the gamut. While Rigueur stressed that real change will take enormous time and commitment, she joined Johnson in the call to defund the police. In particular, Johnson pushed for reallocation of funding from the police to community organizers. “We need to take the money out of these systems and pass it onto these community organizers, who know how to redistribute it to make these communities safer.”Boyd advocated for more inclusive health care and for police-free schools. “We need to promise our kids that we will give them a learning environment that is free of the violence and surveillance of the police.” Related Racism, coronavirus, and African Americans Radcliffe Institute panel explores its social roots and explores ways to raise awareness Panel discusses long-festering wounds of racial inequities and possible steps forward Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Waiting for someone else to speak out Harvard expert says ‘bystander effect’ emboldens toxic culture of police violence Illustrating Boyd’s point, Francis recalled her own years at a public high school, where the police presence was constant, but there was only one guidance counselor for 450 students.Looking ahead, panelists found cause for hope in the diversity of the current movement. While young people have taken the lead, Johnson noted the movement’s intergenerational component, while Rigueur commented on its multiracial makeup. “It does give me optimism to see white people really questioning the role they can play and the harm they have done in the past and what they can do to rectify it,” she said. “Sustaining this will be crucial to any long-term movement.”But Boyd acknowledged her fear of backlash to the current movement — or of “hitting the wall” with progress. Nevertheless, she said, “I feel grateful for this space right here.”last_img read more

The Olympia and Olympia Sky complexes are opening their doors

first_imgAs we know, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has made a decision that in the third phase of easing the measures (May 11), the operation of catering facilities in accommodation facilities will be allowed, but only for accommodation users. Formally, hotels have not been banned so far, but of course in a situation where tourism has stopped and everyone is in self-isolation, it is logical that hotels are closed because they have no one to be open to. One part of the hotel is being prepared and plans to reopen. Although it is not yet known when the borders will open, the hotels will be ready. And so is the Olympia and Olympia Sky hotel complex, which opens its doors on May 11, 2020, with the implementation of all recommended measures. “As soon as the Government gives the green light to open, we are ready! Since the beginning of the pandemic, our entire team is in operation and we are preparing for the opening. We have established a crisis team that monitors decisions and special measures, so we are adapting to that. Our guests will feel safe! ” says the hotel manager Darko Bastić and adds that even in these new times that no one hoped for, the hotel’s mission is to provide every guest with the best possible service and an unforgettable vacation.  “Due to the crisis, we have provided our guests with flexible booking cancellation conditions, we have created a new website, we are in constant contact with our guests. We regularly receive messages about holiday memories from our hotel and inquiries about our plans. When we posted the notice of the reopening of the hotel, messages were just arriving! It was very important for us to keep in touch with our guests, and I think we succeeded in that, because in June, despite everything, we have booked 6.000 overnight stays ”Concludes Bastić. Although the decisions and recommendations of the General Staff for the tourism sector are still pending, regarding the functioning of catering facilities and accommodation facilities (they will know everything exactly next week), everyone hopes that they will not be too complicated and that the facilities will be able to adapt quickly.center_img It is unusual to walk through the empty corridor of the hotel, but we try and get the best out of everything, Bastić points out and emphasizes that their primary goal was to protect as many jobs as possible, and to be ready to return to normal. “In recent months, we have refreshed the hotel, worked on a large scale, prepared and tried new gastronomic delights. We are known to have placed an important emphasis on domestic products from the very beginning of our business, which in this crisis has additionally proved to be a smart decision. Borders can be closed, but it will always be possible to find quality food with us because we procure everything from our local producers and fishermen who just give a point on every dish.” When asked about the interest from foreign markets, Bastić points out that they were in constant contact with all partners, and when they were informed about the opening of the hotel, that the reactions were more than positive. And this is proved by the fact that they have a confirmation of over 6.000 overnight stays for June. No one wants to go on vacation and feel like they have wandered into a hospital or pharmacy, so accordingly the hotel complex Olympia and Olympia Sky will work with 50% of the accommodation capacity to be able to provide each guest with maximum comfort with the prescribed measures. last_img read more

German government presents plan to implement Portability Directive

first_imgThe German government has presented its draft proposals for the implementation the EU’s Portability Directive.As widely expected, it reduced the vesting period from five years to three, in addition to making other changes applicable for both cross-border workers and those changing jobs within Germany.In the commentary published with the draft, the government claimed the Directive would have allowed the implementation of differing regimes for domestic and cross-border mobility.Such a differentiation, it said, would have been “impractical”, leading to an “undesirable discrimination against employees remaining in Germany”. Nor will the German legislation discriminate between benefits from old-age pensions, invalidity payments or those made to widows or children, the government said.It said lowering of the starting age for the vesting period from 25 years to 21 would have a “positive effect on equality policies”, particularly for young women, who often leave work to have children before the age of 25.One area where the new German law will discriminate, the government said, is where employers wish to pay out smaller pension accruals as a lump sum instead of continuing to keep them in the pension fund.This will only be applicable to employees leaving to work in another EU country, not for domestic migration.The government said it would make full use of the transition period suggested by the EU to allow sufficient time for affected company pension plans to be adjusted and to keep the financial burden on affected employers to a minimum.If the law passes Parliament, it will come into effect from 1 January 2018.Click here to read more on how the Portability Directive has informed the debate on proposed industry-wide schemes in Germanylast_img read more

Saha, Pant and Shaw to feature in India Caribbean tour

first_img(CMC) – OUT-of-favour Test batsman Wriddhiman Saha and rising star Rishabh Pant will both feature on India A’s tour of the Caribbean which bowls off in July.The 34-year-old Saha, who played the last of his 32 Tests nearly a year-and-a-half ago, was named in the 15-man squad for all three four-day ‘Tests’.He has been kept out of the senior side through a series of injuries.Batsman Shreyas Iyer, who has played six One-Day Internationals, will lead the ‘Test’ squad, which also includes exciting 19-year-old opener Prithvi Shaw, whose only two Tests came against West Indies last year and yielded a maiden hundred.However, Shaw will feature only in the third and final ‘Test’Pant, meanwhile, who was surprisingly omitted from India’s World Cup squad, will be a part of the tourists’ 15-man squad for the five one-day matches.The 21-year-old has played nine Tests and averages nearly 50 with two hundreds.The one-day squad will be led by batsman Manish Pandey and includes Shaw and Iyer.India A’s series will precede the senior team’s tour of the Caribbean which is expected to begin in August and comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday Antigua will host the five one-dayers from July 11 to 21, with Coolidge Cricket Ground and the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground serving as venues.The Vivian Richards Cricket Ground will also host the first ‘Test’ from July 24 to 27 before the series moves to Trinidad where the second ‘Test’ will be played at Queen’s Park Oval from July 31 to August 3 and the third ‘Test’ at the Brian Lara Stadium starting August 6.SQUADS:ONE-DAY: Manish Pandey (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishab Pant (wkp.), Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan1st ‘Test’ Shreyas Iyer (captain), PK Panchal, AR Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (wkp.), KS Bharat (wkp.), K. Gowtham, S. Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan2nd & 3rd Tests: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wkp.), KS Bharat (wkp.), Shivam Dube, Mayank Markande, K. Gowtham, S. Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khanlast_img read more

City lift EPL trophy as Huddersfield gain precious point

first_img“You win or lose, you have to try and do what you believe. Today was proof we can do better.“We lost a bit of focus, but that is normal. To make back-to-back titles in this league will be tough, but we accept the challenge.”The celebrations for City’s third title in seven seasons began well before kick-off, both inside and outside their Etihad home ground. But, after a delay while uninvited supporters were removed from the field, Guardiola was finally able to see his team presented with the trophy which marks the third major country in which he has managed a team to a title following successes in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“England is a special place and is so tough,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Today we saw it. You never know if you are going to win, but I had no doubt what I had to do. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | It took three weeks for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany to finally get his hands on the Premier League trophy but, on a day of celebrations at the Etihad, a goalless draw may have left Huddersfield Town as the big winners.A strong showing from the struggling visitors earned a valuable point which may be enough to keep them in the Premier League for a second season, an impressive achievement given their limited resources.They also frustrated the bid by Pep Guardiola’s runaway champions to set new Premier League records for the most goals, points and wins in a season — all marks which could yet be claimed by City in the season’s final week in which they play Brighton and Southampton.center_img Supporters were issued with blue and white flags to greet the champions as they were given yet another guard of honour on their way onto the field before kick-off.They were also met by the survivors of City’s famous 1968 title-winning side, a squad led by club legends Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee who were all on hand to receive an emotional welcome from fans who remember their feats half a century on.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more