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#RedForEd blazing as Arizona teachers walk out

first_imgThe spreading education workers’ struggle is ablaze in Arizona. On Thursday, April 26, an estimated 75,000 public school employees refused to report to work and began a historic walkout. Helicopter photos showed a red river of people advancing through the streets in Phoenix toward the Capitol.On Friday, the school workers were back, rallying in the tens of thousands. Speakers in Phoenix included representatives of the Arizona Education Association, Arizona Educators United, students, the Latinx community and parent-teacher organizations. The protests continued on Monday, April 30, and on Tuesday, May 1–International Workers’ Day.School workers are demanding restoration in public funding to the 2008 level for devastated schools, competitive and lasting salary increases for all education workers and no new tax cuts for the rich until per-pupil spending is at the national average.Just before the walkout date, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a tax break for coal mining companies that will cut state revenues by $12 to $30 million a year.According to AEA President Joe Thomas, 78 percent of its teachers voted for the action. This is the first statewide education workers strike ever in Arizona, and potentially the largest U.S. education walkout ever, as 820,000 of the state’s 1.1 million students could be affected. (tinyurl.com/ycpz3k6f)Learning from West Virginia Arizona teachers and school support staff in Arizona paid close attention to the West Virginia education strike in February and began taking matters into their own hands in early March. After a private Facebook page, “West Virginia Public Employees UNITED,” was used to organize actions and communicate before, during and after the strike, Arizona school employees started their own grassroots-led Facebook group called Arizona Educators United.According to Labor Notes, “30,000 people joined [AEU] within the first 10 days,” with 45,000 members by mid-April. In solidarity, supporters of AEU not working directly for the public school system also set up “Arizona Parents and Allies United” on Facebook.Noah Karvelis, a K-8 music teacher in Phoenix and organizer for AEU, created the #RedForEd movement on social media to unite education workers throughout the state. Red was the color worn by West Virginia school workers during their 1990 and their most recent strike. It has traditionally been the chosen color of most working-class as well as socialist struggles internationally.The first #RedForEd event, organized by AEU, was March 7. Teachers, paraprofessionals, classroom aides, school bus drivers, school cafeteria employees, secretaries and custodians all over the state sported red clothing. As they made “selfies,” posting pictures on social media explaining why they were fighting for public education, #RedForEd began to go viral.Arizona education workers continued to wear red every Wednesday as school workers began to strike in Oklahoma and walked out in Kentucky. In Arizona, teachers and school support workers quickly began holding informational pickets, walk-ins and rallies at the Capitol. They mobilized a huge protest against reactionary Gov. Ducey during his weekly hate-filled radio show.Ducey has made it clear that he is against any type of action that defends public education. Despite crumbling public schools and miserably crowded classrooms, he used the fake argument that if schools shut down as a result of a walkout, “our kids are the ones who lose out.” (Arizona Family, April 19) Ducey is the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and a previous board member of a union-busting outfit misnamed “Teach for America.”Why teachers are walking outShortly after AEU organized #RedForEd Wednesdays, the AEA offered solidarity and support. The two organizations are asking for five concrete demands. The first and foremost among Arizona education employees is a 20 percent salary increase.  Elementary level teachers’ salaries are comparable to those of Oklahoma teachers, and secondary level teachers’ pay to West Virginia teachers — almost rock bottom in U.S. teacher salaries.AEU and AEA are also fighting for competitive pay for all education employees and that the salary increase be a permanent increase, as opposed to just a one-time bonus.Education advocates want public school funding raised back to its 2008 level.  A recent study by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee shows that Arizona spends roughly $924 less per pupil in inflation-adjusted dollars today than it did 10 years ago. While the Arizona Legislature was still in session, AEU focused its attention on combating a reactionary school voucher bill, SB 1467, which would take money from public schools and give them to private schools. In the West Virginia victory, strikers defeated charter school and school voucher bills.After feeling the heat from the #RedForEd movement, Gov. Ducey announced a “plan” to raise pay to 20 percent by the year 2020 and increase public education funding by $371 million by 2023. But Arizona education workers saw this proposal as too little, too late — an insincere offer that does nothing to improve pay for school support staff. Instead, the reactionary governor’s weak offer appears to be just another tactic to divide the working class. Teachers marching on April 26 also said they emphatically refused raises that would come at the cost of cutting social services for poor, Latinx or disabled students. (Payday Report, April 26)Finally, AEU and AEA activists are making it clear they do not want to see any more tax breaks for the rich. While state funding for Arizona students and public schools has steadily decreased in the last ten years, tax breaks for Arizona’s top 1% have increased. Education workers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky correctly took aim at the energy bosses and extraction industries in their states as the root of the budget problems. Arizona school employees are also directing their anger at the state’s big business.Fighting racism through education strugglesThe education workers’ walkout comes after decades of struggle by Latinx teachers and supporters against racially discriminatory funding of school districts in their communities. In 2010, the Arizona State Legislature passed a law against teaching Mexican-American history in the Tucson public school system. This was only defeated in December 2017 when a federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional. According to Payday Report, the state’s student population is 45 percent Latinx, and over half of the student population is children of color.Arizona has a brutal history of racism, massacre and exploitation against Indigenous nations and Latinx people, who have faced centuries of settler colonialism. The state did not recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday until 1992, only then bowing to the economic pressure of a massive peoples’ boycott. Another boycott of Arizona was initiated after the state Senate passed SB 1070, representing and endorsing the virulently anti-im/migrant actions of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.Support for the education workers’ strike was emphatic in rural San Luis, Ariz., on April 26, when teachers marched and gathered with students and community members at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Chanting “Fund our schools” and clanging cowbells, they hung a #RedForEd placard on the statue of farm workers union leader Chavez. (Phoenix New Times, April 27)The unity and militancy of education workers demanding increased support for public schools and for their students is a huge blow to the white supremacist state structureEducation workers strike in the global class warThe strikes and walkouts, which started in West Virginia and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, are primarily being waged in “right-to-work” (for less!) states where work stoppages of any sort are illegal. It’s important to acknowledge the fact that these struggles are majority-women, rank-and-file-led.There are rumblings that educator work actions may soon begin in Arkansas, Mississippi and South Carolina. Many of the education workers in these states undoubtedly voted for the racist Republicans, but the walk-ins, walk-outs and outright strikes are a clear action against the right-wing agenda set by reactionaries backing privatization and profit.Arizona Gov. Ducey is a Republican, like the governors of West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky who attempted to break the public education workers’ actions. But Democratic governors have also been antagonistic toward public sector unions, despite the fact that the union bureaucracy donates millions of dollars to that party of capitalism each election cycle through political action committees.The capitalist Democratic Party is no alternative, typically showing its true anti-union colors in areas where it is the majority party, in an attempt to contain and stop militant mobilizations. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called teachers’ unions a “selfish industry.” (New York Daily News, Jan. 23, 2015)Education workers in so-called “blue states,” such as Colorado and Wisconsin, have already participated in rebellious walkouts. Three thousand teaching and research assistants struck at Columbia University in New York City on April 24 over the university’s refusal to even participate in negotiating a contract.Teachers in Puerto Rico, led by the courageous Puerto Rico Teachers Federation (FMPR), have struck against colonialism: the closing of public schools, speeding privatization through charter schools and racist gutting of public services in order to service big banking debt. FMPR has a history of standing up to U.S. imperialist big business. (See “FMPR: ‘A fighting instrument’,” Workers World, April 19.)That education workers’ strikes in the U.S. have inspired working people throughout the globe is a nightmare for the billionaire class. Rank-and-file education workers are realizing what a mighty power they have when they fight collectively.Otis Grotewohl is a WWP member and union activist in West Virginia who was involved there in the education workers’ strike and is monitoring other education strikes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

We demand the resignation of Pedro Pierluisi & the dictatorial fiscal control board

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The following statement was issued by A Call to Action on Puerto Rico on Aug. 4. The organization can be contacted at [email protected], on their Facebook Page: A Call to Action on Puerto Rico and on Instagram: prcalltoaction. The collective A Call to Action on Puerto Rico / Un Llamado a la Acción por Puerto Rico from the Diaspora celebrates Ricardo Rosello’s resignation.  It is a triumph of a people already fed up with the political, economic and social abuses perpetrated by the United States and its colonial administrators against the people of Puerto Rico.Our people demand the end of colonialism and the destitution of all representatives of the colonial empire. We understand that the quick replacement of Pedro Pierluisi as colonial governor is an attempt of the metropolis through his dictatorial Fiscal Control Board and its colonial lackeys to try to appease the just indignation of the people, reestablish its colonial control and maintain order.Puerto Ricans in the archipelago and Diaspora, from all sectors of society, made their demands in the streets. Their protests made clear that they will not accept any government of corrupt and unscrupulous blanquitos, nor the dictates of a Fiscal Control Board imposed by the U.S. There will be no peace for the empire nor for their colonial lackeys.  It is time for decolonization. It’s time for a Free Puerto Rico! #Rossellórenuncia #Telegramgate #IndependenciaparaPuertoRico  #esadeudanoesnuestra #cancelthedebt #ACalltoActiononPuertoRicolast_img read more

‘Release Mumia NOW!’ was the cry in Philadelphia

first_imgPam Africa (right), speaking at rally, Feb. 15.PhiladelphiaOn less than 24 hours’ notice, more than 40 people came out on Feb. 15 to show their opposition to a Feb. 3 legal brief by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a so-called “progressive.” It denies Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to prove his innocence in court. A member of the Black Panther Party as a teenager, and a justice-seeking journalist known as the “Voice of the Voiceless,” Abu-Jamal was falsely convicted of murder by the racist injustice system almost four decades ago. He was summarily condemned to death row.Supporters have waged a dedicated U.S. and international campaign to liberate Abu-Jamal ever since. Current efforts focus on getting a new hearing that might bring to light any evidence kept out of his trial and subsequent appeals. There certainly is new evidence. DA Krasner and his office staff were actually the ones who found six hidden boxes of exculpatory evidence that expose former prosecutorial misconduct in Abu-Jamal’s case.Mumia’s lawyers will respond with their own legal brief to State Superior Court in the coming weeks.A statement issued by Mobilization4Mumia to the rally said in part that “Following in the steps of Lynn Abraham, Ron Castille, Seth Williams and other notoriously corrupt DAs” Krasner’s 125-page brief “puts a seal of approval on the outrageously racist actions of [the original trial] Judge Sabo…. Instead of considering all the evidence that has been gathered since the 1981 trial, Krasner is basing his line of arguments on the fabrications and lies that helped to unfairly convict Mumia in the first place…. Krasner’s office is refusing to acknowledge that the similar charges of misconduct his office used in exonerating 18 other innocent men also apply to Abu-Jamal’s case.”The rally was held defiantly and directly in front of Krasner’s workplace and his plate glass window emblazoned in gold with “Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney.” Among those speaking was Pam Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE organization and a central activist in the uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. A carload of supporters from New York City joined Philadelphia supporters in holding signs and banners and listening to speakers for two hours, despite frigid weather.To support the fight for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom, contact [email protected]reShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmers

first_img SHARE SHARE No-till farmers have given top honors to BASF products Headline AMP® fungicide and Sharpen® herbicide at the 22nd Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Springfield, Illinois. This is the eighth consecutive win for Headline AMP fungicide in the top fungicide product category. “Growers turn to Headline AMP fungicide year after year because it maximizes the potential of every plant,” explained Caren Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, BASF. “Headline AMP fungicide provides growers with preventative and post-infection disease control, which results in maximum yield potential.”Headline AMP fungicide is labeled for corn application. On-farm field trials from 2013 show Headline AMP fungicide delivers 11.7 bu/A more than untreated corn. A new winner this year in the weed control product category, Sharpen herbicide, drives burndown of tough weeds three-to-five times faster than 2,4-D or glyphosate – an important feature for many no-till growers. Sharpen herbicide is powered by Kixor® herbicide technology, featuring a unique chemistry that provides foliar and soil activity on today’s toughest weeds. “An effective burndown is important for fighting resistant weeds,” said Mark Oostlander, Technical Market Manager, BASF. “Sharpen herbicide gives growers a clean start so they can stay clean throughout the season and increase yield potential.”The No-Till Product of the Year award winners are selected each year by No-Till Farmer readers. No-till and conservation tillage farmers select winners and honorable mentions for thirteen product categories. Taking the prize in two categories, BASF was the most winning chemical company at the awards this year.  Headline AMP, Kixor and Sharpen are registered trademarks of BASF. Facebook Twitter Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmers By Gary Truitt – Feb 20, 2014 Previous articleNext articleAmerican Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014 Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmerslast_img read more

Measuring March’s Housing Market

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Measuring March’s Housing Market Previous: CoreLogic Announces New Fraud Risk Model Next: The Impact of Opportunity Zones Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 22, 2019 1,594 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Existing-Homes Inventory NAR Sales 2019-04-22 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Following February’s surge, March saw a slip in home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR reports that total existing-home sales including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 4.9% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million in March. Sales as a whole are down 5.4% year over year.“It is not surprising to see a retreat after a powerful surge in sales in the prior month,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Still, current sales activity is underperforming in relation to the strength in the jobs markets. The impact of lower mortgage rates has not yet been fully realized.”Despite the decline in sales, inventory jumped slightly in March month over month, up to 1.68 million from February’s 1.63 million existing homes available for sale, a 2.4% increase year over year.“Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check,” says Yun. “The sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when home price appreciation grows at roughly the same pace as wage growth.”According to realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, this year’s momentum shows promise.”January pending home sales led to strong February existing home sales but that momentum slipped in March with sales down 4.9 percent from revised February figures and down 5.1 percent from last March. Prices showed continued gains, but lost some ground registering up 3.8 percent from a year ago compared with 3.9 percent last month,” said Hale. “Even if home sales lose some momentum month to month, they will likely be able to better keep pace with last year’s sales in the months ahead as a result of increased buyer purchasing power from lower mortgage rates. In fact, the year over year sales decline abated from 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter to 5.4 percent in the first quarter.”NAR notes that homes stayed on the market for an average of 36 days in March, down from 44 days in February, but up from 30 days year over year. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborn Tagged with: Existing-Homes Inventory NAR Sales Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Measuring March’s Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Fr Eugene Boland not guilty on all charges

first_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Pinterest Pinterest Fr Eugene Boland has been found not guilty on all charges at Derry Crown Court.The Moville born priest of Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, had denied five charges of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl between June 1990 and June 1992.The offences were alleged to have occurred while the teenager volunteered at a Parochial House in the Galliagh area.More to follow… 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Previous articleSoccer – McCafferty Is New Ulster Senior League ChairmanNext articleCllr Ciaran Brogan refutes Sinn Fein claims that he said he’s make Council unworkable News Highland center_img Facebook Fr Eugene Boland not guilty on all charges Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ By News Highland – June 27, 2012 Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Marie Therese Gallagher to be confirmed as Deputy Mayor of Donegal

first_imgNews Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 28, 2011 Previous articleMajor rise in those claiming car damage from potholesNext articleAnger in Derry as security alert continues in Bishop Street News Highland Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img WhatsApp Marie Therese Gallagher to be confirmed as Deputy Mayor of Donegal Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Sinn Fein Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher is set to be confirmed as Deputy Mayor of Donegal today. The election of a new Deputy Mayor is on the agenda at today’s meeting following the election to Dail Eireann of previous incumbent Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn.It is open to anyone to nominate someone for the office this morning. However,  the convention is that the party which held the post chooses the successor, and that will be observed today. Pinterestlast_img read more

Donegal Relay for Life successful beyond expectations

first_imgNewsx Adverts Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – May 27, 2012 Donegal Relay for Life successful beyond expectations Google+ The Donegal Relay for Life has just ended in the grounds of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, with organisers saying it was successful beyond all expectations.At the peak of the event last night it’s estimated that over 5,000 were on the site for the Luminaria candle lighting ceremony.From 6 o’clock yesterday to 6 this evening, 71 teams each had at least one person walking the improvised track, raising money and celebrating survival.SInger Daniel O’Donnell, who spent most of the weekend on site and has donated a specially written song to the Irish Cancer Society says the two days have been an inspiration…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/danod6pm.mp3[/podcast]A short time ago, Irish Cancer Society CEO John Mc Cormack told the closing ceremony that 20 people are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal every week……………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/johnoc6.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDefence forces helping to fight forest and gorse fires in DonegalNext articleO’Domhnaill repays overclaim on travel expenses News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Encounter Culture Defeats The Rule of Law

first_imgColumnsEncounter Culture Defeats The Rule of Law Lokendra Malik & Yogesh Pratap Singh13 July 2020 9:42 PMShare This – xAs a citizen of Indian Republic, we all know what an encounter means in India? It is a staged clash which almost invariably end with dead criminals and unscathed or little-hurt police. Shockingly, grounds of encounters are also common in majority of cases that is “the deceased snatched pistol/rifle from policemen and tried to escape and fired, the policemen who were guarding them…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAs a citizen of Indian Republic, we all know what an encounter means in India? It is a staged clash which almost invariably end with dead criminals and unscathed or little-hurt police. Shockingly, grounds of encounters are also common in majority of cases that is “the deceased snatched pistol/rifle from policemen and tried to escape and fired, the policemen who were guarding them fired in self-defence. However, the truth is that such encounters are in fact not clashes at all but cold-blooded murders by the police. It is disgraceful that when it comes to real encounters, it is the police which is overpowered or killed. This reflects the false hardihood of our police system. Eight UP policemen which included a Deputy Superintendent of Police were brutally killed and four were severely injured in a real encounter when a team of policemen raided the gangster Vikas Dubey at Bikhru village under Chaubeypur police station in Kanpur UP. It was a heart-breaking incident that shook the nation. People rightly demanded that the sacrifice of the martyrs should not go waste and the culprits should be punished as per the law of the land. Now it was turn of Uttar Pradesh Police to show its chivalry. For six days the police failed to trace Vikas Dubey and in doing so killed many of his aides in its retaliation exercise. After six days of the killing of eight policemen, gangster Vikas Dubey was finally arrested in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh in a very dramatic condition. And many viewed this arrest on the Mahakal temple premises as part of a strategy conceived by Dubey, possibly on the advice of his lawyers, to avoid getting killed by police in an encounter. The gangster was handed over to the UP STF and now people were again ready and waiting for another staged show. Everything happened as expected without any suspense. Even a petition was filed in the Supreme Court in anticipation that had demanded protection for Vikas Dubey saying that there is greater apprehension that U P Police would commit a fake encounter. However, even before this petition could be heard in the apex court, Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter by the U P STF on Friday morning when the police were bringing him to Kanpur from Ujjain. The Media vehicles following the STF were stopped, vehicles were changed and as usual the UP Police relied on stereotype answer that after a vehicle in the police convoy overturned on the road, Vikas Dubey snatched a revolver from one of the policemen, attempted to flee and in counter fire by police he was killed. However, the truth of the matter is that he killed in highly mysterious circumstances by the U P Police. His killing would perhaps save many people involved in politico-criminal nexus in Uttar Pradesh. There were visible signs of police complicity in his success and his political connections that ultimately helped him to play with the law. Had he been put on investigation and trial; the nexus would have been exposed. It is need of the hour that the people who helped him in his criminal life should also be punished as per the law. It is pertinent to mention that the Policeman like any other ordinary person has limited right of private defence as prescribed under Section 96 to Section 106 of the Indian Penal Code, which permits the ‘use of minimal force’ to safeguard the life and property of self, or the life and property of another person. It is in the exercise of this right of private defence that encounters happen. The police cannot be allowed to override the law. Sadly, fake encounters have been practised as a routine exercise by the Police in every state. Nobody can deny this fact. The Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath after becoming the chief minister in 2017 publically glorified this practice of encounter by U P Police. The announcement was also made that rewards of up to Rs 1 lakh will be given for a team that carries out an encounter. Ever since 2017, there have been over 3000 encounters in the state that have left 60 killed and more than 400 injured. After the uproar by human rights organizations, the U P police switched over to a policy of half-encounters, in which alleged criminals are being shot below their abdomens, preferably in the legs. Surprisingly, so many encounters did not even touch any of the 25 most wanted criminals of the state including Vikas Dubey, nor had their properties been attached. In fact, it extended protection to criminals like Kuldeep Sengar, Chinmayanand etc. The Police excess is not new of course. Paradoxically, the Indian police system under Indian Police Act, 1861 continues to work with colonial coercive machinery and mindset. We had a historic break from dreadful past when we drafted our Constitution which guaranteed a set of fundamental rights including the most precious life and liberty under Article 21. But we have failed to eliminate the colonial attitude of our police and allowed it to continue under same archaic law. A prohibition on the prosecution of policeman without the prior sanction of the state as stated in Sections 132 and 197 of the CrPC 1973 had encouraged Indian police to indulge in illegal, unconstitutional and inhuman activities. This safeguard should not be allowed to breach the human rights or violate the law wilfully. Whatever may be the compulsion, the rule of law and constitutionalism were buried by the UP police. Fake encounters, completely evade and circumvent the due process of law and hence violate Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution which has ensured fair trial to criminals like Nathuram Godse and Ajmal Kasab. The police cannot become a judge, prosecutor and executioner in its own case. Every accused has a constitutional right to defend himself in a trial conducted by a competent court of law. Justice needs to be done by the courts of law, not by the police in encounters. The encounter cultures badly undermine the mandate of the rule of law and controlled government. There is no reason to celebrate the encounters. The Supreme Court has repetitively reprimanded trigger-happy policeman, who liquidate criminals in the guise of an encounter. In Prakash Kadam vs Ramprasad Vishwanath Gupta (2011), it has categorically said that fake encounters by the police are nothing but cold-blooded murders, and those committing them must be given death sentence, treating them in the category of ‘rarest of rare cases.’ It observed “Trigger happy policemen who think they can kill people in the name of ‘encounter’ and get away with it should know that the gallows await them.” The frailest ever National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognisance of UP Encounter Policy and directed the government to respond in four weeks, which it had not done until recently. The miserable state of NHRC is not hidden. The NHRC is a toothless tiger which has failed to protect the human rights. The Supreme Court while hearing a petition on extrajudicial killings in Manipur couple of years ago had also observed that the NHRC, the “protector, advisor, monitor and educator of human rights”, had referred to itself as “a toothless tiger” – an abject admission of the statutory body’s helplessness and failure. However, its limited power cannot be an excuse from raising its hackles overtly, frequently and effectively. An effective policing entails a unique combination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal skills. The government must work more on enhancing skills and making our police smarter and professional so that our police force comes out successfully in real encounters and need not hide their cowardness by doing fake encounters which is nothing but a shameful act. The encounter culture defeats the very purpose of the rule of law and a civilised constitutional governance that ensures justice to the people through due process of law in the courts of justice. No sensible and law-abiding citizen should support this encounter culture which defeats the fundamental principles of the rule of law. This is why we should not celebrate the encounter culture.Views are personal only. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Malpass Brothers bring ‘pure country’

first_img You Might Like Jones sues council Fire marshal Willie Jones is suing the mayor and most of the Troy City Council over the process used to… read more Latest Stories Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Saturday, January 23, 2016 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Malpass Brothers bring ‘pure country’ The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen Email the author Dr. John Jinright is the presenter chair for the Troy Arts Council. Williams said Jinright always brings outstanding arts entertainment to Troy.“The Malpass Brothers concert is another example of the quality of performers John contracts for the Troy Arts Council,” Williams said.The Malpass brothers, Christopher and Taylor, said they do the type of music they do because the music speaks to them and to the souls of its listeners.“For us, traditional country music is the ‘real deal,’” Christopher Malpass said. “Every song portrays life’s joys, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart, and has depth and truth.” By Jaine Treadwell Williams said the Malpass Brothers pay tribute to the original Grand Ole Opry- style of entertainment.“They are performers and entertainers much like the Smothers brothers,” Williams said.“‘The Malpass Brother offer outstanding family entertainment that takes us back to our country roots.” Nothing about the Malpass brothers’ music is sugar coated.“Our goal, really, is to see this music be revived, to help ensure it doesn’t fade away,”
 Malpass said. “It is so encouraging to have young people come to our shows with a new interest in our ‘old music.’ Being able to introduce what we love to another generation feels like a great accomplishment for us. We want this music to be around for our children’s children.”Williams said The Malpass Brother’ concert is an opportunity for those who enjoy the old-time country music to experience it live from the stage of the Claudia Crosby Theater.And, for those who aren’t familiar with the Grand Ole Opry kind music or think it’s not their kind of music, the Troy Arts Council invites them to come and see what they’ve been missing. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Troy Arts Council presents the Malpass Brothers in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The duo’s retro performances are a tribute to traditional country music and are popular among fans of all ages. Tickets are still available for the performance.The Troy Arts Council will present The Malpass Brothers in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University. Tickets are $20 and $5 for students with a valid ID.Joel Williams, TAC president, said the arts council seeks each year to bring diversity to its arts entertainment calendar.“Our 2015-2016 calendar has featured the 7 Bridges Eagles’ Tribute and the Alash Ensemble, Tuvan throat singers. Both were very popular with our audiences,” Williams said. “On Tuesday night, the TAC will bring The Malpass Brothers to the stage. The brothers sing pure county music. The Hank Williams, Sr. kind of country music. As advertised, the Malpass Brothers ‘don’t just sound retro, they are retro.’” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Articlelast_img read more