‘Jobs & rec centers, not police terror!’

first_imgThe Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon being arrested at Baltimore City Hall.Baltimore Peoples Assembly activists arrestedBaltimore, Aug. 6 — Undeterred by the over-90-degree heat, a crowd of nearly 100 people gathered in Baltimore today to protest police terror and the closing of recreation centers throughout the city. The rally began at 3 p.m., and by 3:30 a spirited march surged toward City Hall, chanting “Stop police terror!”The crowd consisted of many family members and survivors of police terror. In addition, a slew of Occupy Wall Street activists from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., joined the rally. A contingent from the UNITE HERE union was present, as were numerous other activists and organizers from the African-American community of Baltimore, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Churches United.When the protesters arrived at the cobblestone area in front of City Hall, the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon and Sharon Black, organizers of the Baltimore Peoples Assembly, announced that they had a letter to present to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. The letter consisted of three demands: community control of the police, jobs for all, and no closing of recreation centers or fire stations.The letter had been crafted by the Baltimore Peoples Assembly, which gathered June 30 to forge a people’s agenda against the police terror and economic misery that plagues the city. The letter stressed the need for resources to be spent on providing for human needs and for action to be taken against the daily reality of police terrorism.After reading the letter to those gathered, the Peoples Assembly representatives entered City Hall to deliver the letter to the mayor. They made clear that they had no fear of being arrested if they were blocked from seeing this elected official who claimed to represent them.People recount grievances at spirited rallyA spirited rally began in the heat of the afternoon, chaired by Andre Powell, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Baltimore Metropolitan AFL-CIO delegate and leader of the All Peoples Congress, and Leon Purnell, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Baltimore chapter.Among those who spoke was Richie Armstrong, a leader of Churches United, who had been arrested protesting for jobs along with three other unemployed workers. One of these workers was severely beaten and brutalized by police at a march for jobs on March 29.Joyce Fisher, a well-known activist from the Poplar Grove neighborhood, addressed the crowd. Activists involved in the struggle to save the Falls Point Recreation Center described the ongoing fight to save this community resource as well as the good-paying union jobs the recreation centers provide.Many victims of police brutality and their family members spoke. The mother of David Yimm recounted how her son was shot in his car by the police, who put four bullets through the car window. Marcella Hollomau spoke about the brutal police killing of her son Maurice Johnson, and supportive friends read a poem she composed in his memory. Renee Washington spoke of her fiancé, who was murdered by the Baltimore police.Lee Patterson, speaking for Workers World Party, outlined how these community struggles were linked to the struggle against capitalism and U.S. imperialism.Activists arrested after mayor refuses to meet with themAs the rally continued, Witherspoon and Black remained inside City Hall.According to their accounts, both remained insistent that they were representing the voices and will of the Baltimore Peoples Assembly. Because of this, they asserted, they could not leave until they got an answer from the mayor that City Hall would take the demands seriously and would set a meeting.The mayor’s aide continued to push the view that the organizers needed to make their request electronically and that no guarantees could be made. A host of police representatives including Major Smith, the head of Central District Police, spoke with the two Peoples Assembly delegates and tried to convince them to change their view.At 5:30 p.m. the building was closed to anyone wanting to enter. Police wagons had arrived at the scene and a SWAT team of police was assembled along with regular City Hall police.A tense 90 minutes passed as Witherspoon and Black were held inside.Around 6:30 p.m. Witherspoon and Black were taken from the building in handcuffs, escorted by officers in SWAT uniforms. The crowd of activists, community members and police terror victims roared in anger at their arrests, as the two were dragged through the crowd toward a police van.National Lawyers Guild attorney Curtis Cooper was dispatched to see that Black and Witherspoon were released. The two were charged with trespassing.The entire rally was streamed across the internet by a Washington, D.C., Occupy activist. Countless city workers stopped by the rally with interest, listening and agreeing with much of what was said. With chants of “We’ll be back!” the crowd made thunderously clear their efforts would continue as they marched away from City Hall.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Campus cemeteries serve as reminders of death, cycle of life

first_imgLocated on the edges of campus, Notre Dame’s two cemeteries go largely unnoticed, serving instead as the backdrop of students’ everyday walks to and from campus. As home to not just one, but two, cemeteries, the University is distinct for this fact among its peers. Both the Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Avenue and the Holy Cross Cemetery on St. Mary’s Road have existed as long as the University.“Notre Dame is probably the only one that actually started a cemetery at the same time they started the university,” Leon Glon, manager of Cedar Grove Cemetery, said. “Basically the cemetery was used to make money and … it was the first Catholic Cemetery in the area. It was kind of a two-fold thing: they needed it to help support the University, but yet they were taking care of the corporal mercy of burying the dead.”While Cedar Grove was a public cemetery maintained by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross as a source of income for the University, Notre Dame founder Fr. Edward Sorin also established a second cemetery for the Holy Cross community alone, Fr. Austin Collins, religious superior of Corby Hall, said. With a few exceptions, deceased priests and brothers are buried in the next available slot without regard to rank or role.“As you can see from the cemetery, everyone’s equal,” Collins said. “It’s just a little cross, RIP — ‘rest in peace’ — and your name. It is just kind of an equality thing: you’re a fellow brother Holy Cross.”Cedar Grove was converted to a private cemetery in the 1970s and gravesites were reserved for faculty and staff at the University. When Glon began working at Cedar Grove in the 1980s, he said, the cemetery was in poor condition.“It was kind of off-the-radar for so many years,” Glon said. “Thirty years ago we were on the very outside edge of campus so it wasn’t really anything that anyone really thought about, it was just kind of there and I would say was kind of neglected. But, you know, things started to change … they started to look at the cemetery differently. They looked at it as an asset instead of a liability.” With budget increases that led to better upkeep and the 2004 renovation of All Souls Chapel, Glon said, the cemetery began to capture the attention of alumni and students alike. While in-ground spaces are still reserved for faculty and staff, alumni are now able to be buried in the cemetery’s above-ground mausoleum either in niche spaces for cremated remains or full-body entombment.Though Cedar Grove Cemetery’s demography is increasingly Notre Dame related, Glon said members of families who purchased plots decades ago are still being buried in the original 16 acres of the cemetery alongside their forebears. Cedar Grove cements the ongoing relationship and deeply intertwined history of the University and the South Bend community.“The cemetery has been active since its inception and it’s got a lot of South Bend history here,” Glon said. “Some of the founders of the city are buried here in Cedar Grove.”In an increasingly mobile world, Glon said, Notre Dame remains a constant in the lives of its alumni, which now make up the majority of burials each year. Burial in Cedar Grove allows for alumni legacies to continue in a tangible way, he said.“For alumni, and I hear this all the time, they went to school here, met their wife here, they got married here, their kids are going to school here or in some cases now their grandkids so its become really ingrained into the family,” Glon said. “… So many people are transient: jobs will take them from one coast to the other but Notre Dame seems to be home.”Similarly, the Holy Cross Cemetery provides a beautiful and simple end to the earthly lives and spiritual journeys of those members of the congregation for whom Notre Dame is home, he said, by serving as a reminder of the fellowship and unity of the religious community.“For most of us … Notre Dame is our home, but it’s also just such a sacred place,” Collins said. “Most of the men have taken final vows in the Basilica, the majority of them have been ordained there and this is where their funerals are. They have the same funeral and they have a procession from the Basilica to the Holy Cross cemetery. It is a very humbling and spiritual experience, I would say.” “We’re buried in the same type of coffin, buried in the same type of vault in the next slot in line so I think it relates to the vow of poverty, relates to simplicity, but it also relates to … this is your brothers and community, you know, there’s no special spot,” Collins said.Glon and Collins both said the cemeteries provide the opportunity for spiritual reflection in peaceful and beautiful settings. Collins said he sees many alumni looking for specific graves in Holy Cross Cemetery as a special way to remember those who have passed.“It’s wonderful during Alumni Weekend especially,” Collins said. “The cemetery is very crowded for people going and looking up their former professors or rectors or friends that they had lived with or been taught by. I think it’s a way to connect with the past. … I can remember someone yelling out, ‘Oh, I found Fr. [Charles] Sheedy’s grave’ once, or I found some older guys that were there looking for their teachers. So I think it is a spiritual place.”Notre Dame is one of few universities in the United States with cemeteries on campus. While the cemeteries may not play a large part in the everyday lives of Notre Dame students, Collins said the mere presence of the rows of humble crosses in Holy Cross Cemetery provides an opportunity for reflection.“[University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s] driver Marty Ogren would say that Fr. Ted would always ask him to stop so he could say a prayer before he left the campus there,” Collins said.Collins emphasized the value of coming to terms with death and pointed to the cemeteries on campus as useful ways to do so. The Holy Cross congregation buries 10 to 12 members each year, Collins said, and their funerals burials are a reminder of the inevitability and peace of death.“Some people are very uncomfortable with death but … it’s really as natural as being born,” Collins said. “We have to look at it that way — the cycle of life, and for people of faith that should not be a scary opportunity. It can actually be a really healing, humanizing experience to see someone pass from this life to the eternal life.”Tags: Cedar Grove Cemetery, cemeteries, Death, Father Hesburgh, history, Holy Cross Cemeterylast_img read more

Other Sports WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Live Streaming, Date, Time In IST And Where To Watch On TV In India

first_imgNew Delhi: WWE Crown Jewel 2019 is almost here with Riyadh set to host the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event on October 31.  The event, part of a 10-year deal with the Saudi Arabia government, will showcase some of the biggest WWE stars in the world. Not only WWE superstars, but the likes of heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury and former UFC superstar Cain Velasquez will also be part of the 2019 WWE Crown Jewel event.During the WWE Crown Jewel 2019, Seth Rollins will defend his WWE Universal Championship title against ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt in a falls count anywhere match. In other high profile matches, Tyson Fury is set to take on the ‘monster among men’ Brawn Strowman, while Cain Velasquez will face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship title. The United States Championship will also be on the line.WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Match CardWWE Championship match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Cain ValesquezUniversal Championship match: Seth Rollins (c) vs “The Fiend” Bray WyattBraun Strowman vs Tyson FuryTeam Hogan (Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ricochet, Shorty G and Ali) vs Team Flair (Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura and Drew McIntyre)20-man battle royaleUnited States Championship match: AJ Styles (c) vs battle royale winnerCesaro vs Mansoor9-team World Cup tag team turmoil match: The New Day vs Heavy Machinery vs The O.C. vs The Viking Raiders vs The Revival vs Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode vs Lucha House Party vs The B-Team vs Curt Hawkins and Zack RyderWhere to watch WWE Crown Jewal 2019: Live streaming, time in IST and TV channelWhere and when is the WWE Crown Jewal 2019 is taking place?The WWE Crown Jewal 2019 will take place on 31 October, Thursday. The WWE Crown Jewal 2019 will start on 31 October, Thursday at 10:30 PM IST with pre-show kick-off scheduled at 09:30 PM.Where to watch WWE Crown Jewal 2019 live (TV channels)?The WWE Crown Jewal 2019 will be telecast on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD in English and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi.How and where to watch online WWE Crown Jewal 2019 live streaming?The live streaming of the WWE Crown Jewal 2019 will be available on WWE Network. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Top Jamaican Producer Bobby Digital Has Died

first_imgAs the Jamaican music fraternity is awakened by the news, tributes have begun rolling in for the great producer. Top reggae and dancehall producer, Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon has died. The producer succumbed to a kidney-related illness yesterday. He was 59. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was the producer for works by Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Super Cat and Garnett Silk. He explored styles such as dancehall, lovers rock and roots reggae. He also formed his own sound system, Heatwave and later established his own record label, Digital B Records. In the late 1990s, he began to work with artists such as Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Anthony B and Richie Spice. He was the producer of Sizzla’s Black Woman and Child album of the late 1990s and Morgan Heritage’s Protect Us, Jah. Hit songs produced by Bobby Digital include Buju Banton’s Till I’m Laid To Rest, Cocoa Tea’s Moving On, Sizzla’s Thank You Mama, among many others. Via Instagram, Buju Banton said: “BOBBY DIGITAL. love you from the heart .thanks for giving me the chance as a young man . The lord gave the word. Great were company of those that publish it. Rest …”center_img Bobby Digital was one of the first Jamaican producers to experiment with digital rhythms in the 1980s and went on to become one of Jamaica’s most influential music producers. Una Morgan of Morgan’s Heritage also paid respects to the producer saying, ” Your talents have touched everyone’s career in today’s reggae music fraternity and for MORGAN HERITAGE ….YOU were THE BEGINNING. After MCA, Daddy took us to you and the rest is history. There would be NO Morgan Heritage WITHOUT Bobby Digital.” Bobby Digital is survived by his wife Merva, three children and two grandchildren.last_img read more