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Douglas Blackmon Speaks About The Importance Of Remembering And Understanding History

first_imgBy Eliza Ramsey, Capital High School intern to ThurstonTalkOn the evening of February 22, Douglas Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, spoke to an audience of approximately 60 at the Olympia Timberland Library about issues of race and history. The book, published in 2009, won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It was also adapted into a PBS special by the same name which originally aired in February 2012 and is airing again this month.In Slavery by Another Name, Blackmon details a little known 80-year period of history following the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in which slavery essentially continued to exist in the American South. Blacks were arrested on often false or trumped up charges.  Then, unable to pay steep court fees they were sold to corporations who paid their debt in exchange for labor. Taken to mines, farms and factories these black laborers worked under horrific conditions. Many never lived a free life again, dying of disease and exhaustion.Growing up in Leland, MS in the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s, Blackmon often had a front row view of continuing racial tensions. Attending public school, he was part of one the first integrated classes. He credits his young fascination with the complexities of race relations with helping spark his interest in the topic of his book. Blackmon began the almost eight year journey to write his book with an article in the Wall Street Journal, where he served as a reporter and later as the Atlanta Bureau Chief. Blackmon wrote the book to tell the story of an often overlooked period in history in which hundreds of thousands of blacks continued to essentially be employed as slaves long after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery.Blackmon found that this return of slavery-like practices was caused by a mix of social and economic conditions. The southern economy, and the national economy, suffered greatly in the first years of Reconstruction because of a lack of cheap labor to staff the agriculturally based South. “They simply couldn’t figure out how to make the economy work without forced laborers and the whole country was terribly damaged by that,” said Blackmon. In a coordinated effort between the judicial system and industry, the practice of rounding up black men and selling them into servitude in exchange for paying off court fees filled that labor gap. It was also found that this practice was cohesive in securing a social agenda that repressed the advancement of black Americans. “There was a realization that it was also a really effective way of intimidating people, to stop them from voting, to keep them from exercising certain rights,” stated Blackmon.Traveling to local courthouses across the South, Blackmon discovered cases of black men arrested for crimes of vagrancy, walking beside a rail line and other dubious laws. “Some of these charges were absolutely made up, and there were times that I found a telegram would be sent to a sheriff in a particular place that said ‘you need to round up a lot of these guys and a labor agent will be there on Monday.’”In his talk at the Olympia Timberland Library branch, Blackmon focused on the importance of remembering and understanding history, “The value of history is that almost every major problem or issue we face in current life, there’s some sort of historical understanding, there is some element of history that if we understand it we’re more likely to understand what it is we’re facing now,” said Blackmon.Earlier in the day on Friday, Blackmon stopped by the 6th period AP U.S. History Class of Mr. Schaefer at Olympia High School where his niece Grace Blackmon is a senior. In talking with the students Blackmon stressed the importance of understanding history, “I explained the premise of the book and the last thing I talked about was how all of this is related to mass-incarceration and the defects in our judicial system today.”Blackmon is beginning work on a second book, one on his memories of growing up in Leland and the complex racial history of the town. Blackmon plans to explore the role history played in shaping the town’s existence today, “the past will always be persistent, because history is where the answers lie.” Facebook31Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

President says running of State entities is not “power play”

first_imgNCN sagaIn light of the recent suspension of a Sport Editor and the removal of a journalist from anchoring duties because of her pregnancy at the National Communications Network (NCN), President David Granger is reminding that the administration of State-run entities is not a power play:“We are running an administration for the benefit of all Guyanese people, it mustn’t become a platform for one person to exercise absolute power. There must be rules,” the Head of State told reporters on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – which aired on Friday.The President was at the time speaking on the recent one-month suspension of NCN’s Sport Editor, Jocelle Archibald-Hawke, and the removal of journalist Natasha Smith, from anchoring because of her pregnancy. He criticised the actions of the state broadcastingPresident David GrangerNCN CEO Lennox CornetteNatasha Smithnetwork, calling the recent decisions, which have caused much public outrage, inhumane.Even though Smith has since been apologised to by Human Resources Manager, Tishika Da Costa, and told that she can return to the TV set, President Granger noted that he is concerned about the treatment of pregnant women in the workplace.His concerns come one year after three City Constables were dismissed by Chief Constabulary Officer Andrew Foo after they were found to be pregnant before the end of their two-year probation. According to President Granger, following that incident in August last year, his administration proposed to the City Council to apply the same policy that the Guyana Defence Force and Guyana Police Force employ. He added that in light of this recent case at NCN, it was since recommended that there be a generalised government policy on pregnant women within the public sector:“We did promulgate a policy but it was mainly for persons in uniform; but now, apparently it’s for everybody in public employ. That is the direction we are moving in… We didn’t think it would have come to this because, as far as I’m concerned, NCN was quite out of place, out of order to have the person removed from the job that she was doing (because of her pregnancy).”The Head of State went on to underline that there should be no obstruction to women being allowed to perform their duties because of their pregnancy: “That is the State policy, that there should be no obstacle, no obstruction and certainly people should not be punished by being removed from their jobs.”Meanwhile as it relates to Archibald-Hawke, the Sport Editor who was suspended one-month without pay for making a facebook commentChairman of the NCN Board, Bish Pandayabout another staff who a few weeks ago asked the President about popular reality game – Pokémon Go – on the same Public Interest programme, despite NCN management maintaining that their decision against the single mother of two was justified, President Granger felt it was unreasonable:“I think it is inhumane to deprive an employee of her salary without due process. She hasn’t committed a crime, it’s not as though she is a murderer. I think that it was inhumane to take away her salary or to suspend her from her job. I don’t know she has committed a crime at all,” the Head of State posited.In light of the recent issues at NCN, calls have been mounting for the removal of Chief Executive Officer, Lennox Cornette. However, when asked whether any actions will be taken against the CEO, the Head of State declined to say, noting that such a decision falls under the portfolio of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is in charge of the State media:“I can’t say that something is going to happen to him but I hoped that he or the persons responsible for those two incidents would operate in a more prudent and compassionate manner.”Nevertheless, President Granger posited that going forward, he hopes there is a more compassionate and reasonable form of administration at the state-broadcasting network.These issues have caused much public outrage, especially within the media fraternity and particularly the Guyana Press Association (GPA), which had a meeting with NCN management on Tuesday last.However, later that day Prime Minister Nagamootoo issued a statement condemning the act against the pregnant Smith. He also ordered that an apology be issued to her and her anchoring duties be reinstated.last_img read more

Cartoon fun: Roy Keane’s Jose Mourinho revenge!

first_imgWARNING: The video above contains swearing.The very funny 442oons is back with his inimitable take on the Roy Keane v Jose Mourinho handshake argument.Keano wasn’t very happy with the Chelsea boss for trying to shake hands before the end of Villa’s 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.And with the Blues winning 1-0 late on against Manchester United at Old Trafford, 442oons picks up the story, starring Keane, Mourinho, Ivanovic and more.last_img

He’s a creep, but that’s not illegal

first_imgI’m glad I didn’t fall for the latest Internet hoax. Hello? Did the millions who went to this site actually think there were parents out there putting a bridal price on the head of their 15-year-old Ashlee ($37,500) or 16-year-old Kristin ($49,995)? The hoax proved to be the brainchild of John Ordover, a Brooklyn man practicing his viral marketing skills. It was Ordover who hyped this site as an “introduction service assisting those following the biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their daughters.” But before you deep-six your most paranoid fantasy about the arranged marriages of young girls, let us turn to reality. In a courtroom in St. George, Utah, there is a defendant named Warren Jeffs who surely regards himself as a celestial matchmaker. Jeffs is the autocrat and reigning prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamous community of about 10,000 that regards itself as the one true Mormon faith. It survives much to the embarrassment of mainstream Mormons, who gave up polygamy in 1890, and much to the horror of the state. Jeffs is either deeply creepy or downright evil depending on how you label religious leaders who consider themselves the voice of God and marry multiple women, including 30 of their late father’s youngest widows. He is infamous, among other things, for kicking hundreds of teenage boys out of his community and matching hundreds of their sisters into plural marriages. For those hooked on “Big Love,” Jeffs makes Alby Grant look appealing. But the man is not on trial for being a polygamist, let alone a creep. As the judge and prosecutor told the jury, this case is not about polygamy. Jeffs is being tried as an accessory to rape. He’s charged with intentionally aiding the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl by her husband. To hear the alleged victim, known only as Jane Doe, describe her marriage is to be as deeply saddened as the jury was. After resisting Jeffs’ order to marry her 19-year-old first cousin, she found herself at the altar, head hanging, forcing out the words, “OK, I do.” After refusing sex, she went back to Jeffs for counsel and was told to “repent,” to “do your duty,” and be “obedient.” And so the girl who didn’t know what sex was or where children came from says she was forced to submit to her husband. Did this teenager make her own choice? We forget how the rules governing consent have changed. Conflicting state laws now navigate between a girl’s sexual maturity and her vulnerability. In many states, including Utah, a girl can marry with her parents’ permission at a younger age than she can have sex. But this case raises a different question about consent. How much power did the religious leader wield over the 14-year-old? If you refused to marry the chosen husband, Doe testified, you would “lose your chance at salvation.” How could she refuse to obey the husband who was “my ticket into heaven”? No, polygamy is not on trial. But its history is interwoven with questions of consent. Opponents of plural marriage in the 19th century included women’s rights advocates who equated polygamy with slavery. No mature woman, they believed, would voluntarily enslave herself. In the late 20th century, the idea arose that consenting adults could make their own sexual arrangements from serial monogamy to, well, polygamy. Indeed, at this trial, FLDS women described themselves as “empowered.” But the view of polygamy as just another lifestyle choice has been countered by the evidence of communities rife with abuse. Doe’s forced marriage falls easily into the moral category of child abuse. So I sympathize with the desire to get Warren Jeffs. Get Al Capone for tax evasion. Get O.J. for chasing down his memorabilia. But I’m troubled by the charge that Jeffs is an accessory to felony rape. University of Utah law professor Daniel Medwed calls it “an ill-fitting suit draped over this case.” I’m afraid he’s right. The argument is that Jeffs told Doe to submit or be damned. It will be hard enough to prove that he was explicit in encouraging rape by her husband. For that matter, how can you convict a man as an accessory to rape when the alleged rapist himself – the husband – hasn’t been charged? On the stand, he denied forcing her. This case highlights what it’s like to be a girl imprisoned in the FLDS world. Have no tolerance for a community, even a religious one, that so estranges its young from shared values, including liberty. But this charge doesn’t fit Warren Jeffs’ moral trespasses. It’s too much. And way, way, too little. Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Sportshall Athletics Team from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Sentry Hill, Letterkenny (with their Coaches Irene McFadden and Shauna McGeehan)The national finals of the Primary School Sports Hall Athletics programme took place in the National Indoor Arena in Athlone this week with two primary schools representing County Donegal. School teams from sixteen counties all across Ireland participated in the finals for the four category titles, 3rd and 4th class girls, 3rd and 4th class boys, 5th and 6th class girls and 5th and 6th class boys.In the 5/6th class girls section Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Letterkenny were the national winners and very worthy of the title with a points total of 345 well clear of Clare in 2nd place, the Letterkenny girls had wins in the Obstacle Race, Over and Under,Triple Jump, Speed Bounce and Chest Push and were very impressive in all their disciplines. Great credit is due to the teaching staff of the school especially Irene Mc Fadden in what was their first national Sports Hall Athletics title.Scoil Iosagain Buncrana who qualified in three categories following the county finals came out on top in Ireland in the 3rd and 4th class boys section with wins in the Obstacle Relay, Over and Under Race, Triple Jump, Vertical Jump and Speed Bounce with a total of 319 points. The schools 3/4th class girls and the 5/6th class boys were a very credible 3rd place in the other categories.This is a brilliant achievement by the school and keeps them as one of the most consistent and top performing primary schools in Ireland in Sports Hall Athletics, great credit is due to their teachers Pauric Mc Kinney & Patrick Gallagher together-with the club officials and parents from Inishowen AC who had the the teams so well prepared.Both schools will now have their national trophies presented to them by Donegal Sports Partnership at a special presentation ceremony after Easter. DONEGAL SCHOOLS PERFORM BRILLIANTLY AT PRIMARY SPORTS HALL GAMES was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal country and western singer who uses a wheelchair faces jail if he does not complete his community service sentence or get a medical report as to why he cannot do it.Mr Coyle appearing at an earlier court sitting. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Daniel Coyle, was jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for 20 years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of his cousin Hugh Donegan in 2009. However his jail term was substituted for 240 hours community service by Judge John O’Hagan following a case at Letterkenny Circuit Court in 2012.But Coyle, 31, was brought before Judge O’Hagan again today after the probation services revealed that Coyle, of Clar, Redcastle, had completed just 20 hours of the 240 hours community service.Probation officer Ms Yvonne Lennox told the court that her office had given Coyle numerous offers of ways to complete the community service but many had not been taken up.He had been offered the chance to take part in a pro-social drivers course in which he could speak about dangerous driving to other participants but this was not taken up.It was also arranged for him to sing for old folks at the Buncrana Day Care centre, and although this was taken up on two occasions, he failed to meet other appointments.Mr Coyle had told Ms Lennox that he had recorded a CD for charity and the probation services were willing to give him some hours off his community service in lieu of this.However no evidence of any CD has ever been given to the probation services, she added.Barrister for the state, Ms Patricia McLoughlin, said the probation services were “at their wits end” trying to get Coyle to complete the community service.But Coyle had claimed that he was simply too unwell to meet the requirements of the community service sentence.Barrister for Coyle, Mr Peter Nolan said his client was physically incapacitated and also suffered a brain injury.Judge O’Hagan said he was disturbed by the situation and said it looked like Coyle simply wanted to walk away from what he described as “this dreadful situation.”He said he was prepared to give Coyle one more chance to come up with options or solutions as to how the remainder of the community service could be completed or a medical report as to why he is not fit to complete it.He adjourned the case until January 26th next adding that the case could be re-entered if there is any difficulty with Coyle in between.JUDGE GIVES DISABLED SINGER ONE MORE CHANCE IN DANGEROUS DRIVING DEATH CASE was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:community servicedangerous drivingDaniel CoyleJUdge John O’Haganredcastlesingerlast_img read more

Pro-life campaigner Tim Jackson to end hunger strike

first_imgDonegal man and activist Tim Jackson has announced he will bring his hunger strike to an end today.The Former Independent election candidate began fasting 10 days ago in a bid to force the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment to watch a video of an abortion.The Oireachtas Abortion Committee met today and refused to watch the animated footage, according to Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath. As a result, Jackson (28) said his hunger strike will end and he vowed to continue his pro-life campaign ahead of next year’s referendum. Speaking outside Dail Eireann this afternoon, Jackson said: “Today is the last day of my hunger strike. I don’t think it’s worth anyone losing their life on this issue. It is incumbent on all of us to stand up more than ever and speak out with greater truth and fearlessness than ever because so many lives are on the line.”Jackson had been positioned outside government buildings with a white flag since Monday, September 18th. He had written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee to ask that they watch the procedure video before discussing a referendum any further. When he did not get a response, he vowed to go on hunger strike and said he would drink only water until the committee watched the video together.Donegal election candidate Tim Jackson on hunger strike opposing abortionMattie McGrath TD, who is a supporter of Jackson’s campaign, attended the Oireachtas Committee meeting today (Wednesday). He said he attempted to show the animated video but claimed that the chairwoman, Senator Noone, refused for the DVD to be shown.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said she has already seen the video and Deputy McGrath’s proposal was not seconded. “They’re not going to watch it full stop,” he said. Jackson said: “I think we’ve seen time and again how so many political leaders can stick their head in the sand on this issue and ignore the harsh reality of what they are trying to legalise.”He urged the pro-life campaigners around him to keep fighting for their cause.“We have now got around 8 months to do everything we can to prevent this from coming into this country or being legalised.”“Let this not be the last we hear from any of the pro-life people in Ireland. Let this be only the beginning of the fight to protect human lives,” Jackson said.Pro-life activists waving white flags and displaying signs cheered for Jackson and sang ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’. Cars drove by the government buildings waving white flags to symbolise the movement. It is expected that the special Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment will finish their work by the end of this year. Legislation will then be produced to go to a public referendum in May or June 2018.Pro-life campaigner Tim Jackson to end hunger strike was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortionEighth Amendmenthunger strikeTim Jacksonlast_img read more

Don’t get put on ‘hold’ with a cheap phone on Christmas morning

first_imgThere’s no question that a new phone is an ideal present for Christmas or any time of the year for that matter.Pricing is obviously a major factor for many people seeking value for what can be an expensive purchase.Very often people looking for a high-end phone are tempted to go online and shop for the cheapest option. But one Letterkenny-based company is building up a great name for supplying leading mobile phone brands with a dependable after-care sales specialize in the 2 leading brands of high-end mobile phones, Apple and Samsung.With some of these phones being sold at up to €1,000 when first released, their aim is to make them more affordable to the public. The majority of our phones are either pre-owned grade A stock or are simply just new surplus stock sourced by ourselves from various companies at around half the cost.All the phones sold come as new, boxed with accessories, have the benefit of being open to any network worldwide and every phone sold comes with a warranty.Year after year especially in the run-up to Christmas we see unsuspecting parents caught out buying faulty, fake and network blocked phones which were purchased from various online sites.They come to me with very disappointed children trying to see if anything can be done but most of the time they are forced to buy another phone making it a very expensive lesson.We recommend you don’t take the risk and go with the motto “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”We are located at Highfield place at the Station Roundabout, Letterkenny (just behind Mr. Chippie) and our Christmas club are now open, letting customers pay in weekly or as much as they like as often as they like. Payments can be taken using cash, card or online. Customers can also shop online on our website and have any phone delivered nationwide by courier to their door the next working day. Any phone not in stock can usually be sourced within 2-3 days.We always have a large selection of iPhones, iPads, phone covers and Samsung phones but on the run-up to Christmas, early booking is recommended.We also carry out repairs in-house, with the majority of repairs done within 30min-1 hour and the most competitive prices around.For all our offers, giveaways and up to date prices follow us on Facebook iphones4sale, visit the website or call 0860357237. would like to thank all their customers for their continued support over the last few years.Don’t get put on ‘hold’ with a cheap phone on Christmas morning was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Older Persons Convention hosted in Donegal

first_imgOver 160 older people from all over the island of Ireland visited Donegal last week for the two-day National Older Persons Convention. The gathering learned more about the innovative work being done by Donegal’s Older Persons Council in making Donegal a better place to grow old in.The Convention, which took place in Donegal Town, was an opportunity for Older Peoples Council’s to meet, share ideas and experiences and identify key issues facing older people. Delegates had an opportunity to see first-hand the work being done by Donegal’s Older Persons Council and Donegal County Council over the last number of years under the auspices of the Donegal Age Friendly Strategy highlighting initiatives such as Ceol le Chéile intergenerational choir, age-friendly public spaces, improving public transport and an audit of Letterkenny University Hospital which in turn has resulted in it becoming more age-friendly.Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chair of the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance spoke of Donegal’s journey over the last few years in implementing their first Age Friendly Strategy and acknowledged the drive and commitment of the Older Persons Council in implementing this strategy.He said “the first Donegal Age Friendly Strategy was about implementing real change in an imaginative and cost-effective way and I think this has been achieved.“This programme is going from strength to strength in Donegal and it is firmly embedded in the culture of Donegal County Council. “The next phase of this journey is about building on this success and implementing the 73 actions across the eight World Health Organisation themes contained in the new Donegal Age Friendly Strategy.”Catherine McGuigan Chief Officer with Age Friendly Ireland commended Donegal County Council and Donegal Age Friendly Alliance on their success in completing their first age-friendly strategy and committed to continuing to provide the required support and technical guidance.Delegates also heard from Mary Cronin, Chair of National Older Persons Council and Chair of Limerick OPC and Alan Byrne Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.  A number of themes including rural and community development, transport, safeguarding older people and multi-generational homes and planning were explored with keynote speakers.National Older Persons Convention hosted in Donegal was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local fighter to make his pro debut

first_imgCass Bell is headed to the big time, and he’s hoping to bring Humboldt County along for the ride. An Arcata native, Bell will make his professional mixed martial arts debut in four weeks time in Bellator 199 at the SAP Center in San Jose, fighting Khai Wu in what he hopes will be just the first step of a long and successful journey.“I want to be a world champion,” he said Thursday afternoon, taking a break from a busy schedule deigned to prepare him physically and mentally for the biggest …last_img read more