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Letetra Widham, sister of Jacob Blake, says “I want change!”

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first_imgLetetra Widham declared, “I don’t want your pity. I want change!” The sister of Jacob Blake gave an impassioned talk at an Aug. 25 press conference in Kenosha, Wis., the city where police shot her brother two days earlier. This horrific act set off protests there demanding “Justice for Jacob Blake!”Letetra Widham, sister of Jacob Blake, speaks on Aug. 25 at press conference in Kenosha, Wis.Blake, a 29-year-old African American, lies paralyzed in a hospital bed after being shot in the back seven times by a white police officer. Three of his six children watched this brutal attack. Outrageously, Blake was shackled to the bed until a public outcry stopped that cruel act.Widham’s eloquent speech, which went viral, touched millions of people who are angered by endless racist police violence, including those who have taken to the streets to demand an end to this terror against the Black community and to systemic racism, while calling for justice for its victims.“I am my brother’s keeper,” stressed Widham. “When you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say father; make sure you say cousin; make sure you say son; make sure you say uncle; but most importantly, make sure you say human. Let it marinate in your mind — a human life. We’re human, and his life matters.“So many people have reached out to me, telling me they’re sorry this happened to my family. Don’t be sorry, because this has been happening to my family for a long time, longer than I can account for. It happened to Emmett Till. Emmett Till is my family,” she said, referring to the 14-year-old African American murdered by Klansmen in 1955 in Mississippi. “It happened to Philando, Mike Brown and Sandra,” naming three of the many African Americans killed by police bullets or while in police custody — Philando Castile, Michael Brown and Sandra Bland.“This is not new,” said Widham. “I’m not sad. I’m not sorry. I’m angry. And I’m tired. I stopped crying years ago. I am numb. I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years. I’m also a Black history minor, so not only have I been watching this the 30 years I’ve been on this planet, but I’ve ‘been watching this’ for years before we were even alive.”Jacob Blake Sr., told reporters, “They shot my son seven times like he didn’t matter. But my son matters. He’s a human being, and he matters.”D.C. theme: ‘Get your knee off our necks!’On Aug. 28, the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, thousands rallied at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The day’s theme refers to the police killing by choke hold of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked the countrywide Black Lives Matter-led multinational movement of millions of people.Key to the day’s program was the inclusion of family members of Black and Latinx victims of racist police or vigilante violence. Speakers stressed the need to struggle together and vowed to keep up the fight for “the justice we deserve.”Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, marched for “George, Breonna, Ahmaud, Jacob, Pamela Turner, Michael Brown and Trayvon.” Jacob Blake Sr. spoke of “two systems of justice in the United States — a white system and a Black system.” Letetra Widham spoke powerfully against “genocide.”Alyssa Findley, Botham Jean’s sister, who came in solidarity with families of police victims, emphasized police brutality is the largest killer of Black people.Ahmaud Arbery’s parents, Wanda Cooper-Jones and Marcus Arbery, addressed the crowd. Everyone chanted “Say her name, Breonna Taylor,” while her mother, Tamika Palmer, spoke. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, called for constant reaffirmation of “Black Lives Matter.” Maria Hamilton and Wanda Johnson, mothers of Dontre Hamilton and Oscar Grant, encouraged more mobilizing.Jose Acevedo honored his son, Joel Acevado, choke hold victim. Eric Garner Jr., Leslie McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, and relatives of other victims of police terror, attended. Civil rights and faith-based leaders and politicians also came and spoke.Sources: The Guardian, Aug. 25, New York Times, Aug. 29, people.com, Aug. 26, WJLA, Aug. 28 and WUSA, Aug. 28FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Abuja Rubicon, Kaduna Deebee, Ibadan Jericho shine at MTN/Kano 2016 Polo

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first_imgAbuja Rubicon, Ibadan Jericho and Kaduna DeeBee Farmers, have emerged as first set of winners at the on-going MTN/Kano International Polo Tournament.The Dantata Cup, the first major cup of the prestigious event was decided before a full house at the legendary Usman Dantata polo ground, as the resilient Abuja Rubicon team won the gold, defeating six other opponents.The Abuja Boys, powered by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, were clearly the stars of the tournament, as they added the Ado Bayero Cup played in honour of the immediate past Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero, to their trophy haul. Before clinching the royal crown, the Abuja Rubicon team, made up of the quartet of Lado Aliyu, Idris Badamasi, Malik Badamasi and Jamilu Mohammed, had put themselves in pole position after overcoming tournament favourites, Kano Titan, 412-3 in their opening game of the Dantata Cup cracker before facing defending champions, Lagos Marina in the final.While Rubicon easily eased past the Lagosians 9-1 for their double titles win, Bashir Dantata, the legendary Chairman of Kano Polo pivoted his Kano Dantek squad to a runner’s up finish after out placing Kaduna EMC side 8-61/2 in the Dantata Cup series.Ibadan Jericho gave the South-west contingent plenty to celebrate as they clinched a sensational MRS Cup victory by defeating home boys, Kano Triple K. The explosive final was decided by sudden death scored by Dozie Onwuli after the two arch rivals laboured to 3-3 draw at the end of the final chukka.Other major cups to be carted home by the best playing teams in the opening stages of the Kano grand polo fiesta include the Kura Mohammed Cup, Dantata and Sawoe Cup, and the Sani Abacha Cup played in memory of the former Head of State.Dignitaries including the former Governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, the Chiroman of Kano, members of the National Assembly, business gurus and thousands of polo buffs from cross the country were present to witness the first stage of the prestigious MTN Kano polo festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Codco star Greg Malone to run for federal Greens in Newfoundland this

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first_imgGreg Malone, a former star of the Codco TV sketch comedy series, will be running for the Green Party of Canada in the upcoming federal election.The party said Tuesday Malone will carry its colours in the Newfoundland riding of Avalon.Malone rose to prominence for his part in the Newfoundland-focused series from the late 1980s and early 1990s, but has also had a long history of activism.Following the 1993 AIDS-related death of his Codco co-star, Tommy Sexton, Malone worked to destigmatize the disease and to raise awareness to the needs of people living with HIV.Malone has also recently been a motivational speaker on several issues including AIDS, globalization and the environment.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said in a statement today she was a fan of his work and of his dedication to activism.“He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the health care issues facing persons living with HIV-AIDS,” May said. “He also campaigned successfully to stop the privatization of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.“Greg will be a wonderful standard bearer for the Greens in Newfoundland, Labrador and Canada.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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