Thursday, February 26, 2009
Posted by D.J.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
CRISIS IN SOMALIA
A series of public forums on the current war and raising awareness on what some call the largest humanitarian crisis in Africa and the world.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,
3 Rutland Street (at corner of State St.)
COME MEET AND TALK WITH MEMBERS OF
THE WESTERN MASS. SOMALI REFUGEE COMMUNITY
FEATURING special guest Smith College professor KATWIWA MULE.
Video clips of past forums and live performance by members of the Walaalo! Somali Sisters Collective.
There will be POETRY and MUSIC from members of Walaalo! Collective
For more info visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org or contact Nicole: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-545-1972
The Crisis in Somalia forums are co-sponsored by the Center for Popular Economics,Western Mass. American
Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the MLK Community Center, and other partners with generous support from
the Mass Humanities.
See our website for updates & information – www.newworldtheater.org
WALAALO! Project is supported in part by the Womenʼs Fund of Western Massachusetts, and Mass
Humanities. This highly collaborative project would not be possible without the work of the
following partner organizations: the Center for Popular Economics, the International Language
Institute, Akeret Productions, Deanʼs Beans, and Gasoline Alley.
For info email Nicole Young at email@example.com or call NWT at 413-545-1972.
You might have heard of the site. They won both the Canadian New Media Award (CNMA) and the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) Award for Excellence in New Communications Award for New Media Creation/Social Media Production, so it’s not like they’re going unnoticed. The organization has been around since 2003, providing information on services, events, missing people notices, and much more.
I found the fact that members of Homeless Nation can produce podcasts and video to be quite an interesting component. Imagine a world where your physical location is no longer fixed. You might have a place to stash parts of your belongings. You will certainly find ways to acquire temporary shelter, will learn how to find food, find a place to bathe, and the like.
Homeless Nation describes it goals as:
Wouldn't it be great to have a site like this in the U.S.?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
NORTHAMPTON - Venturing into little-known legal territory, the defense for Jason W. Vassell asked a Hampshire Superior Court judge on Wednesday for the right to examine police and prosecution files for incidents involving race. Read more...
'Racism' hinted in UMass case
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
As President Obama is scheduled to announce his $50 billion foreclosure prevention plan today, we go to Minneapolis to speak with Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The group is taking matters into its own hands and finding housing for homeless people in foreclosed and vacant homes. We also speak to Dwayne Cunningham, a homeless man who recently moved into a vacant home.
As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding. Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States.
Listen to this Column
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Supporters say proposed budget cuts would devastate the city's library system.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Well, we protested, we used it to organiz IOe other families on Welfare to illustrate how we were demeaned by the system.
Today I got an email from the Mass Coalition for the Homeless about the eight TERRIBLE proposals the Department of Transitional Assistance is proposing that would limit families' access to emergency shelter. they all need to be opposed, and I've written about them in more detail on my own blog.
At the very end of the email from MCH, two positive changes are mentioned. One removes barriers to shelter for children living with legal guardians who are not parents.
This is the other: "Refer to families as "households" instead of "assistance units."
What a long, strange trip it's been.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Right-wing President George W. Bush is no longer in office. He can no longer veto the increase in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The American people have repudiated his policies and elected President Barak Obama. President Obama has signed the SCHIP expansion. This is a complete reversal of government policy. Is the country beginning to catch up to the standards that civilized countries in Europe and elsewhere enjoy? We need a single-payer National Health Insurance Program for everyone.
Obama signs into law expansion of SCHIP health-care program for children Chicago Tribune Story
State by State SCHIPS database Insure Kids Now!
Physicians for a National Health Program fact sheet What is Single Payer?
(George W. Bush picture is in the Public Domain)
Police review board criticized
Sunday, February 08, 2009
By MIKE PLAISANCE
SPRINGFIELD - The police complaint review board meets at least twice a month and has handled more than 50 cases, according to its coordinator.
"People do know about the Community Complaint Review Board," Denise R. Jordan, who is chief of staff to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and also coordinates the review panel, said this week. "Otherwise, we wouldn't have cases to work on. They come to our office and they get the forms, so I'm confident that they are aware of it."
Jordan will tell city councilors about the board's activity when she meets with the council's Civil Rights and Race Relations Committee Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting comes in response to councilors' criticisms that the nine-member board, which is an advisory panel to the mayor, is secretive and ineffective. READ THE REST BY CLICKING THE LINK:
Sunday, February 1, 2009
By Winona LaDuke, January 31, 2009
To accomplish the green energy goals he talked about in his inaugural address, President Obama must work with Native Americans.
“Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet,” the president said, vowing that “we will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”