Justice for Malaysia Goodson — Subway elevators NOW!

first_imgNew York CityMalaysia Goodson, a 22-year-old African-American mother, fell down the stairs in a New York City subway station while carrying her baby in a stroller on Jan. 28, 2019.   Her baby survived. She did not.Left, Terrea Mitchell of the People’s Power Assembly-NYC speaks at the Jan. 28 protest honoring Malaysia Goodson and demanding full transit accessibility. Right, PPA-NYC protesters at the Jan. 31 anti-racist Fxxk The Police 3 (FTP3) day of MTA protests.The hearts of millions of New Yorkers went out to Malaysia Goodson and her family. Anyone who has taken the city’s subways for over a month has either been in the same situation or witnessed or helped others struggling with steep, sometimes wet and icy stairs. This subway system is notorious for its lack of accessibility, with less than a quarter of its stations equipped with elevators and chronic breakdowns of the existing elevators. Within 48 hours of Malaysia Goodson’s fatal fall, the hardest fighters for the installation of elevators — leaders in the disability rights community, many of them wheelchair users — acted.  They mobilized for a vigil and protest at the station where the young mother fell. People with disabilities have been the most consistent force to remember Malaysia Goodson and show solidarity with her family. Public sentiment for Goodson was massive following her death.  However, it has been those daily oppressed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority — wheelchair users and others with disabilities who refuse to accept being locked out of the subways — who have been among the vanguard, along with her relatives, in keeping the young mother’s name alive.One year after Malaysia Goodson’s death This year, the same forces who organized last year’s vigil and protest, held a demonstration outside the New York State Supreme Court building on Jan. 28, in recognition of  the one-year anniversary of Malaysia Goodson’s death. The action was held there because the date coincided with a hearing on the historic subway elevator class-action lawsuit. The suit calls out the MTA for its lack of accessibility as a violation of the city’s Human Rights Law and demands the installation of elevators in every subway station. These activists used the date to crystallize their demand that the MTA “put it in writing.”  In other words, the agency can’t just announce plans and promises for accessible subway stations, it must sign a legally binding agreement with a timeline that mandates the installation of elevators.The Jan. 28 action was called by The People’s MTA, Rise & Resist, People’s Power Assembly-NYC, the Straphangers Campaign and the Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled.  Members of Disabled In Action, TransitCenter, UP-STAND, an advocacy group for pregnant women and families, and other organizations, participated. The protest attracted union support, including Alicia Smith, of Communication Workers (CWA) Local 1180’s Committee on People with Disabilities, who spoke. Melissa Enama Bair, a parent representing UP-STAND spoke, as did NYC Councilmember Helen Rosenthal. PPA-NYC activist Judith Haider brought her toddler in a stroller. ‘Fund elevators, not more cops!’Placards at the Jan. 28 action read: “We did not forget Malaysia Goodson” “MTA: Put it in writing” and “Elevators are for everybody!” Many sign slogans also reflected the growing anger at racist police terror on the trains, including “Our subways need $ for elevators, not more cops!”  After the demonstration, 50 protesters packed the courtroom.  Ten wheelchair users lined one end of the room. As determined as the MTA is to drown this case in lawyers and legal-wrangling, mobility impaired fighters for accessible public transportation are equally determined.  They have shown up for every hearing to protest outside the courthouse and then pack the courtroom.Anger at the racist cops who serve Wall Street and corporate interests, and terrorize subway riders, boiled over into mass rebellions throughout the city on Jan. 31 for the third time since November.  The media dismiss the “FTP” protests as “vandalism.” But protesters’ militant tactics stand in stark contrast to going through “proper channels” in the courts.  Now in its third year, the legal case presents a just demand, yet it is crawling through the legal system. The Wall Street-backed MTA is stalling and delaying the provision of this vital public need by paying millions of dollars to the high-priced law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  The Goodson case is an example of how public transportation — supposed to be a public service — becomes transformed under capitalism into an oppressive institution that is used to serve the rich and foster racist disregard for oppressed and working people. One injustice after anotherThe MTA, a profit-making corporation, has lied, obfuscated and done everything to avoid providing working elevators in the subway system for years.When Malaysia Goodson’s death resulted from their inaction, the MTA refused to even contact her family to offer sympathy or compensation. The officials hid behind a bogus medical examiners’ report that claimed she had a thyroid condition that made her fall. The report took five months to complete, but it was used to explain away the cause of the death in media headlines a mere two days after the needless tragedy occurred.Even the local coverage of the Jan. 28 action referred to Malaysia Goodson as a rider “with medical problems.” Activist Colin Wright of TransitCenter answered this slander at the rally, covered by NBC’s local news that day: “No person with a ‘medical issue’ should be forced to use the stairs. If the subway system had been accessible, we think Malaysia Goodson would be alive today.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Justice for Benjaline Beng Hernandez

first_img News Follow the news on Philippines Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News June 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Addressing the 58th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) drew the Assembly’s attention to the assassination on 5 April 2002 in the province of Cotabato (Island of Mindanao) of Benjaline “Beng” Hernandez, killed by members of the Philippines military.Reporters Without Borders, which has special consultative status with the UN, stated,”Barely two weeks ago, Benjaline Hernandez, a journalist and human rights activist, was murdered while investigating how the peace process was being implemented in Cotabato province, on the Philippine island of Mindanao. The 22-year-old journalist and three local people were killed by Philippine army soldiers. After wounding them, they were shot dead at close range. Despite the revelation of this by the autopsy and the preliminary investigation, insist the four were “rebels”.The Hernandez case is both dramatic and a good example. Dramatic because the security forces, who are supposed to protect civilians, are in many countries the main enemies of human rights campaigners. And a good example because the authorities had no hesitation in suggesting these activists were enemies. Journalists are treated as rebels simply because they expose the abuses of the security forces.”Reporters Without Borders urged the Secretary-General’s special representative on human rights’ defenders to follow the investigation into the death of Benjaline Hernandez closely. Military officials and the governor of Cotabato continue to claim that Benjaline Hernandez and her three companions were rebels, killed during a skirmish. According to the governor, Emmanuel Day, the young journalist’s diary and notes indicate that she was a member of the New People’s Army (NPA), which operates in this area of the Arakan valley. However, the autopsy, carried out by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), has already shown that the journalist and her companions were initially wounded and then killed at point-blank range. Benjaline Hernandez’s family and colleagues categorically deny that she was an NPA rebel, and assert that the perpetrators of this crime are soldiers of the Philippine army’s 12th Special Forces Company and the 7th Airborne Battalion led by Sgt Antonio Torella. April 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Justice for Benjaline Beng Hernandez RSF_en to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF addressed the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva about the killing of journalist and human rights defender Benjaline Hernandez. Despite the first results of the investigation, army officials and the governor of Cotabato claimed the journalist was a rebel killed during a skirmish. Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Bing to DWSD: Reinstate original number of subsidy beneficiaries

first_img“We protest this belated and untimelyadjustment in the strongest terms,” Leonardia lamented, pointing  out that the original quota was “alreadyshort of our need” and thousands of families had already been made tobelieve that they can expect assistance from the nationalgovernment.   The mayor further said that it was “madeclear to us previously that the quota of 103,658 families excludes thosealready enjoying their social amelioration grants” such as PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and those receiving similar grantsfrom the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor and Employment. According to Leonardia, the change in thequota means barangay captains “will now have to eliminate” 5,515families from their lists which were prepared on the basis of the originalquota. BACOLOD City – The local government unit hereis urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to“reinstate” the original number of beneficiaries in this city eligible for thesocial amelioration program. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he was “shocked”after being informed by local social services head Pacita Tero that the quotaof 103,658 beneficiary-families in Bacolod that were supposed to receive thegrants had been slashed. He requested for an immediate writtenexplanation from DSWD 6 director Evelyn Macapobre on why the quota was cutwithout any warning, and after the barangay captains had already identified thefamilies concerned who are, by now, naturally expecting their share. The local social services office initiallyprovided a target number of beneficiaries, but it was later reduced to 98,143,according to Tero. “This is excruciatingly painful to thebarangay officials who will have to make this cut and, more so, to thosefamilies whose expectations will be crushed,” stressed Leonardia. Under Republic Act No. 11469, or theBayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families willreceive a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the region. In MetroManila, low-income households will receive the maximum of P8,000 per month forApril and May, given the higher minimum wage in the region./PNlast_img read more

New exciting Season of Touchline to roll August 7

first_imgSeason two of your favorite soccer discussion show, Touchline with George Addo Jnr, will commence this Friday  – August 7, 2015 with three new intriguing features – E-Chat, Peep and Sideline.The Premier football online Video podcast which provides succinct analysis, previews including reactions of pundits into each football weekend, will see some changes but the core principles of brevity and assertion will still be the focus.The exquisite Coco Lounge will host this season’s episodes which will air for 25 minutes.The first of three new additions to this year’s format is the E-Chat segment. This segment will discuss the hottest issues pertaining to the European leagues. Panelists for this segment will include European football experts as well as celebrities who have indepth knowledge in football.Peep will be the second addition to this season’s edition with the host, George Addo Jnr, walking viewers through all the league fixtures scheduled for the weekend. Fixtures from the Italian, German, Spanish and English leagues will be featured on this segment.Last but not least is Sideline. Fans and viewers will have the opportunity to make contributions and inputs on this segment. Every week, Sideline will be on the streets to sample your views and opinion for that added spice. It could be you! We are ready for a mouth-watering season 2 of Touchline…Hope you are!! Subscribe the official YouTube channel @addojunr concepts and follow George Addo Jnr on twitter @addojunr.last_img read more

Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie tests positive for COVID-19, may sit out restart

first_imgMORE: Complete list of players who have opted out of restart”Originally, (the Nets) were supposed to be one of the teams to enter the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive,” he said. “Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando.”Dinwiddie had planned on playing when the Nets resume their season July 31 at the Walt Disney World Complex. He said he initially tested negative for the virus after returning to New York to take part in workouts.”I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season,” Dinwiddie said. “I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple of practices within the first week.” Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced Monday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is uncertain to join the team in Florida for next month’s restart of the NBA season.Dinwiddie disclosed his diagnosis in an interview with The Athletic and added that he has experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. Per NBA medical protocols that have been established during the restart run-up, he will be put into quarantine for at least 10 days and must pass at least two retests before being permitted to rejoin his club. Prior to the season’s stoppage on March 11, Dinwiddie was averaging career highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to help the Nets maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Brooklyn enters the restart seventh in the East and six games ahead of the ninth-place Wiz ards.Neither Durant nor Irving are expected to return this season, and center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday on Twitter that he will sit out the restart after testing positive. ESPN reported Sunday that forward Wilson Chandler informed the Nets he will not take part in the restart because of health and family reasons.It is unclear whether Dinwiddie is among the 16 unidentified players the NBA announced last week were positive for COVID-19 during preliminary testing for the season’s resumption. Other players who have either revealed they tested positive or reportedly done so include Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and three Kings – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.last_img read more