Disability charities must do more to support the d

first_imgDisability charities must do more to support the disabled activists who are fighting austerity through direct action protests, according to a leading figure in the disabled people’s movement.Jackie Driver, who has chaired the Manchester-based disabled people’s organisation Breakthrough UK for the last 13 years, said that grassroots organisations like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) had received “negligible” support from the wider movement.In a public lecture in Liverpool on Sunday, held on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), she said there was a risk that the “resistance” to “crushing” government cuts would remain “fractured and ineffective” unless there was solidarity with groups like DPAC.She said: “Until that changes, and people stand in solidarity with organisations like DPAC, using direct action and civil disobedience, putting their bodies in front of their convictions, then the UK movement risks remaining fragmented, ineffective and easily dismissed or ignored.”Driver was delivering the third annual Edward Rushton Social Justice Lecture (pictured) at the Museum of Liverpool, an event organised by the user-led disability arts organisation DaDaFest.She said that charities – with their “shiny new social model approaches” – were often seen as a “blight” on the “landscape around disability”, and she warned of the “ever present” threat that they would become “the accepted vehicle for disabled people’s empowerment”.She told Disability News Service later that “established disability charities, along with countless others, need to be allies to the disability rights movement, and in doing so need to recognise the role of the disability activists who risk all to raise significant issues and not dismiss them as radical fringe elements”.She said that those “allies” of the disabled people’s movement who have more “economic, political or social capital” have a greater responsibility and capacity to support the idea of “nothing about us without us”, and to recognise the leadership of disabled people’s user-led organisations.She spoke in her lecture about disability rights and activism, direct action, and the fight for equality for disabled people.And she pointed to the historic advances that had come about because of campaigns by grassroots campaigners such as the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and the Campaign for Accessible Transport, which used “direct action to fight injustice”.There was a need, she said, “to be very clear about grassroots activism and the leading role it plays in securing advances”.Her comments came only days after another leading figure in the disabled people’s movement, Professor Mike Oliver, delivered a stinging rebuke to disability charities that he said had “proved predictably useless at defending the living standards and lifestyles of disabled people” from the government’s “vicious attacks, while continuing to do very well for themselves”.Driver warned, as Oliver had, of the reduction of disabled people to stereotypes, such as “tragic or heroes, shirkers or strivers, deserving or undeserving”, particularly through the focus on the Paralympics and disabled war veterans.She also paid tribute to the “innovation and leadership role” of Sir Bert Massie and Lorraine Gradwell, two “prominent and significant freedom fighters” who have both died in the last few months, and who both lived in the northwest of England.The event commemorated the duo’s “vast contributions to the disabled people’s movement”.Driver also paid tribute to the historical contribution to the movement of other disabled people and organisations from the north-west, including the Manchester branch of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, DaDaFest, and her own organisation, Breakthrough UK.Together, she said, they were the “northern powerhouse of the disability rights movement”.Although Driver is programmes principal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, she was speaking as chair of Breakthrough UK, which tomorrow afternoon (Friday 8 December) will mark the beginning of its 20th anniversary year with an event at Manchester Central Library.The event will celebrate the contributions of all the disabled people and organisations who have worked with and for Breakthrough, as well as the achievements of Gradwell and Breakthrough’s other founder, Kevin Hyett, who died in 2004.Gradwell was asked by Manchester City Council – which is still a core funder – to set up the organisation in 1997, after the local authority promised to work with local disabled people to provide them with real jobs.Since then, Breakthrough has provided employment and independent living support to more than 5,000 disabled people in Manchester, as well as consultancy, training and policy advice to local businesses and public organisations on how to remove disabling barriers.Elsewhere on IDPD, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) warned of the continued impact of austerity and cuts on disabled people’s opportunity to access  independent living, including in the UK, “where increasingly, young disabled people with high support needs are being told their only option is residential care”.ENIL said there was a “worrying trend” across Europe of funding the “building and renovation of institutions”, or replacing “large residential institutions with other types of segregated settings”.ENIL added: “From the Estonian care villages to small group homes in Bulgaria, countries that started deinstitutionalization reforms using EU funds have failed to understand the true meaning of independent and community living.”Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Human Rights Commission and its Equality Commission marked the international day by warning the UK government that its welfare reforms had imposed “real hardship” on many disabled people across Northern Ireland.They said that further mitigation measures were needed to prevent the roll out of social security reforms causing them further harm.Dr Michael Wardlow, chief commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, said: “It’s more than disappointing to be re-stating our call for government action on the many inequalities confronting disabled people in Northern Ireland.”In Wales, Disability Wales marked IDPD by announcing the names of seven talented role models selected as part of its new Embolden campaign.The campaign aims to change negative perceptions of disabled people by sharing stories about the achievements of disabled women in Wales, and provoking conversations that challenge attitudes to disability.Nominations came from the Welsh public, and awards will be presented at an event next March to Anita Davies (community activist); Sian Preddy (career success); Stephanie Back (arts); Anastasia Blease and Tina Evans (sporting excellence); Barbara Stensland (education); and Janice Partridge (in the category of “amazing in any other way”).A posthumous award will go to the widower of Julie Marsh, a central figure in the Welsh disability movement who died in 2002.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “Embolden is about shining a spotlight on the achievements of D/deaf and disabled women around Wales, and empowering other women and girls to fulfil their potential.”The Embolden campaign is part of the celebrations that will mark next year’s centenary of women in Britain obtaining the vote in March 1918.last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn tells itvnews the Home Office decis

first_imgJeremy Corbyn tells @itvnews the Home Office decision to strip Shamima Begum of UK citizenship is a “very extreme manoeuvre”.He says the 19-year-old mother must face questions – and receive “some support” – on British soil https://t.co/f6oFv7Hj7C pic.twitter.com/spIeCGRbxd— ITV News (@itvnews) February 21, 2019Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out on the case of Shamima Begum, who fled the UK to join Islamic State four years ago, and confirmed his support for her return.Asked about the Home Office decision to revoke Begum’s British citizenship, the Labour leader noted that she was “born in Britain” and argued “she has that right to remain in Britain”.“Obviously there are a lot of questions she has to answer. But also some support that she needs,” Corbyn said.On what should happen next, he reiterated that “she has a right to return to Britain”, adding: “At that point, any action may or may not be taken.“I think the idea of stripping someone of their citizenship, when they were born in Britain, is a very extreme manoeuvre.“Indeed I questioned the right of the Home Secretary to have these powers when the original law was brought in by Theresa May when she was home secretary.”19-year-old Begum provoked controversy when she told Sky News that she didn’t regret joining IS and that people should have “sympathy” for her.But Sajid Javid has been accused of leaving Begum stateless and shunning Britain’s international obligations.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Shamima Begum /last_img read more

South London MPs Steve Reed and Vicky Foxcroft al

first_imgSouth London MPs Steve Reed and Vicky Foxcroft, already in Labour’s frontbench team, have been reshuffled today into new positions.Former social worker Emma Lewell-Buck quit in March as shadow minister for children and families, a position she had occupied since October 2016. As a representative of South Shields constituency, part of South Tyneside District Council which voted 62% for Leave, she left the opposition frontbench in order to defy the party whip on Brexit and abstain on a vote concerning a fresh EU referendum.Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, has been appointed as the new shadow minister for children today. He says he is “delighted” by the move and “passionate about better support for vulnerable young people”. Education lead Angela Rayner tweeted: “Steve brings a wealth of experience to the role and can get to work straight away holding the government to account, so pleased.”Reed had been shadow civil society minister and recently set out a new strategy for Labour in that role. Launched only earlier this month, it promised that the party would: repeal the Lobbying Act; ban gagging clauses attached to government contracts and grants; introduce a new Community Empowerment Charter; and create a new Public Right to Space. Broadly, the approach was designed to decentralise public ownership and democratise the economy, while strengthening communities and civil society. This work will now be carried out by Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham Deptford, who has moved from the Labour whips office to replace Reed as shadow minister for civil society. She had been an opposition whip since September 2015, when Jeremy Corbyn first appointed his full shadow frontbench team.Foxcroft tweeted: “Very excited to announce I have joined @tom_watson’s shadow DCMS team as Shadow Minister for Civil Society. Sad to be leaving @labourwhips but looking forward to getting stuck into a new challenge! Big thanks to my predecessor @SteveReedMP for all his hard work in the role.”Tags:Labour /Steve Reed /Emma Lewell-Buck /Vicky Foxcroft /Mini Reshuffle /last_img read more

Oree Originol on Valencia Street

first_imgToday (Monday at 1 p.m.) I happened along just in time to meet Oree Originol, the artist who created the now iconic, much shared, and much bitten art posters honoring the lives of unarmed black and brown people who have died by way of police violence.He was hanging his work on the “free speech” wall on Valencia Street. Great to meet the man who created these well known artworks. Here is a piece from KALW on the Oakland-based artist.  Photo by Michael Johnson Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img

Warriors v Rockets Game 6 Better late than never

first_imgWhat if the team lacks something more elusive, yet more powerful? What if, when pressured by tough defenders in pressure situations, the Dubs lack the will to win?Will, not desire. Not which team simply wants it more, but which team will take it?Sounds absurd, given how much they’ve won. But because of their talent and their teamwork, this version of the Dubs, the KD Dubs, have never been pushed, never been tested. Not at this level, and not by as good a team as Houston.Winning down the stretch, Houston proved its mettle the past two games.Dubs, the ball is in your court.First Quarter: GiordanosDubs? Dubs? Are you there? Hello?The game has started, but where are the Dubs? No one scores for two minutes before KD sinks a layup. Two minutes later, Houston’s up 13-6. Timeout.Giordanos is buzzing. A WTF kind of buzz? A leftover buzz from Carnaval?Without Chris Paul, Houston has butter fingers. They can’t hold onto the ball. But the Warriors have an identity crisis.“Who are you?” the guy wearing a Thompson jersey screams at one of the big screens.Good question. The Dubs don’t seem themselves. But who are they?“Whenever I watch the Warriors, they lose,” says my brother. Now he tells me.Houston plays a tough pressure defense, and though the score doesn’t show it, the Dubs look like they’re wilting. Suddenly the score shows it.Houston gets wide-open looks. You can see Warriors out of position, waving their arms at one another, shaking their heads, looking up for divine intervention. James Harden, buries a 3 from deep, then deeper, then beneath Lake Merrit.Joining him in a threesome are Tucker and Gordon. Ugh.What was a tie game with five minutes left in the quarter has exploded into a 39-21 score at the quarter’s end.The Rockets strike first, and they strike with a vengeance.The Dubs look dazed and beaten, like Sonny Liston after getting knocked around by Cassius Clay (who would become Muhammad Ali later that night).Have they already packed for a summer in the Hamptons?Second Quarter: Bar San PanchoMy brother observes half the crowd at Giordanos not cheering for the Warriors. What do they have to cheer about? How about Klay Thompson opening the second quarter with a 3?Although it seems the right Dubs have finally found their way to the gym, and begin to play defense, their offense is still on the bus.That doesn’t bother the crowd at Bar San Pancho. I’ve noticed this optimism before. Even though no one is wearing a “We Believe” T-shirt, and the Warriors are fumbling about like a high school team on prom night, the crowd remains upbeat, positive.Which drives me and my brother nuts. But he orders the tacos. We endure.Klay and KD nail 3s. Cashing in on turnovers and defensive stops, the Dubs cut the lead to 9 points.KD doesn’t hog the ball, but there are times you wish he would.The two teams trade buckets and turnovers. The Rockets look like the Warriors did in the last game: throwing the ball away, getting stripped and blocked. But Gordon and Tucker hit 3s to close the half putting the Rockets up 61-51.My brother likes the tacos.Third Quarter: The 500 ClubOver the past two games, both dispiriting defeats, the Dubs played their best when I was at The 500 Club.Before I get there, I hear a cheer from inside. Then another. And another!! Klay has opened the quarter with a 3. Followed by a vicious KD dunk. Followed by another Klay 3. Suddenly it’s a two-point game.The crowd at the 500 club goes nuts. Actually, not the crowd, only the nine or ten fans. The others look up when someone cheers. Otherwise, they are not nuts.During the Rockets time out, my brother declares the Warriors can’t sustain this push.He’s wrong. Very wrong.Draymond Green blocks a Clint Capella layup, and Steph swishes a 3. The Dubs take the lead.Harden and Klay trade 3s. Draymond Green buries a turnaround jump shot. Gerald Green shoots from downtown. With five minutes to go, Houston is up by 4.The Warriors call timeout.When they come back on the court, KD makes a jump shot. Draymond Green blocks James Harden’s jump shot. KD misses a 3. Harden misses a 3.Then Klay makes an open 3. And the Dubs have the lead.Forty seconds later, Steph nails a 3 from deep, then another.What a quarter! The Warriors, defending NBA champions, have arrived, outscoring Houston 33-16.Fourth Quarter: The 500 ClubMy brother remains certain the Dubs will lose because he’s watching. He tries to convince two women sitting next to us, but they smile politely and watch the game. They exude an air of confidence, having just come from Bar San Pancho.Nick Young (and his alter-ego Swaggy P) stuff James Harden cold. Not once. Not twice. Three times! Neither team scores for 2 minutes. Then Young feeds Shawn Livingston and the dam breaks.Over the next 3 minutes, Klay and Steph splash the Rockets 15-2.Houston throws in the towel. They need to rest their players for Game 7.Post-Game: Will the real Golden State Warriors please stand up? A sigh of relief on 16th street. The Dubs showed up. All the Dubs we’ve come to know so well this year:The good Dubs and the bad Dubs.The stagnant Dubs and the flowing Dubs.The sweet and sour shooting Dubs.The dialed-in Dubs and the tuned-out Dubs.The Dubs who play the “beautiful game” and the Dubs who play around with the “beautiful people.”Game 6 was also an MRI on the Houston Rockets. Once again their vaunted offense has failed to crack 100. Harden and Gordon grew visibly tired in the second half.(Why does LeBron never tire? Never get injured?)Without Chris Paul, the Rockets defense had trouble keeping up with the Warriors, once the Warriors got moving. And their offense couldn’t take care of the ball.Chris Paul will play Monday night. For how long and how well, who knows? But he will play. Will Andre Iguodala?Game 7, Monday at 6. The Dubs emphatically announced tonight they will be attending.Which Dubs, no one knows. Or if they’ll make it to Houston on time. Pre-Game: Triumph of the (Warriors’) WillWe haven’t seen a situation like this since Game 7 in 2016, when the Warriors flatlined the fourth quarter to lose the game, series and championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers.In the wake of that loss, the team brought in Kevin Durant. Problem solved.Or was it? What if the problem in 2016 was not offensive strategy, an injured Steph Curry, or lacking a player like KD who can go one-on-one with the best? Tags: warriors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

JAMES Roby is delighted with the response to his T

first_imgJAMES Roby is delighted with the response to his Testimonial Match against Wigan in the New Year.Tickets have been flying out of the door at Langtree Park ahead of the game on Friday January 31.“I’d like to thank everyone who has bought tickets for the testimonial match,” Roby said. “I fully appreciate all your support, not just now, but over the past 10 years too.“To play against Wigan, the current champions and our close enemies, is sure to be a tough match. Both teams will be at full strength and new signings will be on show.“Let’s create a fantastic atmosphere at Langtree Park that will roll on throughout the season.“Once again, many thanks and hopefully I’ll see you there.”Tickets are priced at Adult £12, Conc £10, Junior £5 (seating) and Adult £10, Conc £8, Junior £5 (standing).Tickets are available now via the ticket office 01744 455052 or online at www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

Vigil on Oak Island held for father son who died in fire

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s been an emotional day in Oak Island  after a father and son died in a house fire.A vigil was held there tonight remembering those victims and to help the survivors who have lost so much.- Advertisement – Disaster struck for the Mylod family after their home of more than seventeen years caught fire.“They’ve lost everything, they have nothing right now,” family friend Alechia Geddings said.Two of the five family members who were inside the home died in the fire.Related Article: Update on utility outages across Brunswick CountyThe father  53-year-old Edward Michael Mylod and one of the sons, 16-year-old Casey Mylod.“as an adult you expect to loose your parent, but you never expect to bury your 16 year old sibling,” Geddings said.the community came together friday night to remember the two victims and also support the family members who lost everything.“We are all a very close knit tight community here and just the outpouring of love and the generosity that everyone has shown is overwhelming,”Geddings said.During the vigil a moment of silence was held followed by a closing prayer.The family was well known in the community  and many came out to support them.“These are our own they have been a fixture of the community for 17 years at minimum and they have all be involved with the community and it’s our way to lift them up,” organizer of the vigil Liz Grimm said.A GoFundMe page has been created for the family.last_img read more

Chemours adds new technology to reduce GenX air emissions

first_imgChemours Carbon Bed Technology Equipment -Fayetteville Works (Photo: Chemours) FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Chemours said carbon adsorption bed technology has been successfully installed at two key locations at its plant near Fayetteville.The devices are designed to remove GenX air emissions.- Advertisement – In addition to the beds, Chemours said it is is also investing in emission control technology which the chemical maker said will reduce the majority of GenX emissions by the end of the year.“I am personally committed to ensuring our Fayetteville Works plant responds to the concerns of our neighbors,” said Brian Long, Fayetteville Works Plant Manager. “I am confident our scientists and engineers have developed short and long-term solutions which will reduce our environmental footprint and make this plant a leader in the chemical industry.”The company said in their press release this work is part of a commitment to spend over $100 million at the Fayetteville Works facility to make it a best-in-class facility with respect to air and wastewater emission control and a model for other chemical manufacturing facilities around the globe.last_img read more

Woman battling terminal illness receives wish of a lifetime

first_img “Now you have an expiration date. I don’t know what that date is, but I know it is terminal I will die of this. It’s tough,” said Kelly Spino, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in February.Spino was 12 years cancer-free, but the cancer is now back with a vengeance.“So the cancer had grown. And that was probably the worst moment. Worse than being told that the cancer is back. Because the drug that was going to save me, didn’t. And that’s hard,” said Spino.Spino’s cancer has spread to her bones, spine and lymph nodes in her chest. There is no cure, only treatments. Spino has been through surgery, chemo, radiation, medication, hoping for a few more years.“We can just hope that it lasts,” said Spino.Spino found out about the Front Row Foundation, an organization that helps those battling illnesses fulfill their dreams. They became a support system.The foundation granted Spino her wish – a trip to see a Nascar race at Talladega Superpeedway.“We’re just beyond excited. I can’t wait for things as simple as just smelling the burning rubber, its exciting to us,” said Spino.Spino says this experience has pushed her to keep the faith and never look back.“It’s not going to be my last hoorah. There is definitely more to come,” said Spino.Spino says it is her goal to spread awareness and educate people on Metastatic Breast Cancer. To learn more about this type of cancer, click here. ATKINSON, NC (WWAY) — Saturday is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Sunday is one of Nascar’s biggest races.One Pender County woman with a terminal diagnosis is going to Talladega, thanks to a foundation that helps those facing health challenges “live life in the front row.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Work on median to close lanes on Village Rd in Leland until

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Work on a center island will mean changes to the traffic pattern for part of Village Road in Leland starting next week.According to a news release from the town, crews will close the two inside lanes on Village Road beginning Monday to let work begin on the center island of the roadway between Fairview Road and Lee Drive.- Advertisement – The town says lanes will remain closed during the duration of the improvement project, which is expected to be complete in mid-August, weather permitting. During this time, there will be a temporary traffic pattern in which the two outside lanes will be open.The roadwork will not impact 4th of July holiday weekend traffic. The town says all lanes of Village Road are open now Monday.For more information, contact Kent Jackson, Public Services Director for the Town of Leland, (910) 726-2019 or kjackson@townofleland.com.last_img read more