A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

Bernie Sanders Visits SFs Mission District

first_img“Tomorrow is the most important primary,” he said. “Because of the work you have done and the work you are doing right now, I think we have an excellent chance to win this tomorrow. Two years ago in the midterm elections, 63 percent of people didn’t vote. Things are beginning to change.”Hours after his speech, however, news agencies began reporting that Hillary Clinton had reached the necessary number of superdelegates to win the Democratic nomination, which was met with significant blowback. Sanders is not giving up, saying neither candidate would have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination, leaving the decision up to superdelegates, who have yet to actually vote., Nonetheless, many in the crowd were motivated primarily by Sanders’ commitment to his values and enthusiasm.“He was very energetic and inspiring,” said Angela Blackwell, who works at the college. “It’s like he’s never given up on the dream, he’s very committed and sure of his message…It’s good to see that in person.”Another attendee, Rick Pohl, said the movement around Sanders reminded him of progressive hopes in the 1970s. “Hearing it in person made it seem more real, that I believe him more, how committed he is to his principles,” Pohl said. Mission resident Mariana Vela is enthusiastic about Sanders’ ideals, and also studied at the city college, so both the venue and Sanders’ promises to make higher education more accessible appealed to her.“He would dramatically, dramatically change the route and the lives of hardworking immigrants,” Vela said.Bernie Sanders at CCSF Mission Campus. Photo by Lola M. ChavezGlory Rubio had dropped her other plans for the afternoon to join her sister Hosanna in line to attend the rally. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Glory said. “It’s pretty symbolic considering everything that’s happening in this city.”She was referring to the recent ouster of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, the Black Lives Matter movement, and gentrification, she said. “This event being public, giving everyone the opportunity to kind of feel what he stands for, it’s more inclusive than I think the other candidates are,” Glory said.Nancy Charraga, owner of Casa Bonampak on Valencia Street, shows off the Bernie papel picado she sells in her shop. Photo via Nancy Charraga“It’s important to have it in the Mission, the neighborhood that’s dealing with gentrification on a very aggressive level,” added Hosanna Rubio. She also pointed to the significance of holding the event at a public college given Sanders’ stance on affordability of education.Among the Sanders supporters stood at least one person who, despite enthusiasm for Sanders, preferred Hillary Clinton – but didn’t want to miss the Sanders rally.“These things are electric,” said Russell Ginsberg. “If Donald Trump were speaking here, I would get in the line too, because it’s 2016…Win or lose, it’s Trump’s year…For the rest of us, it’s Bernie’s year. He’s changed the Democratic party.”Bernie Sanders at CCSF Mission Campus. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe Democratic Party at the local level was another draw for some at the event. To Hene Kelly, who currently serves on the Democratic County Central Committee, the local arm of the national party, Presidential primaries are extremely significant at the local level – as DCCC members are only elected in primary years. “We run every four years. Nobody knows our names, we only get blamed when things go wrong,” Kelly said. Her aim is to bring more progressives into the committee, citing corporate influence: “[In DCCC] the first C stands for corporate,” she said.Another candidate for DCCC attended the rally. While she, too, focuses on progressive issues like inequality at the local level, she had a broader goal.“In San Francisco, there’s this wide division between individuals,” said Pratima Gupta, a doctor and candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee. But overall? “The main thing is we need to defeat Donald Trump.” Tags: CCSF • Elections • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of more than 200 in San Francisco’s Mission District, the ZIP code that has raised the most money for the presidential hopeful’s campaign nationwide, one day before the California primary election on June 7. In his remarks at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus, the Vermont senator addressed some of his main campaign points, including concerns over the influence of big banks and financial firms on politics, global warming and the need for environmental protections, accessible higher education and political engagement. But he dismissed the notion that these are radical ideals.“Our ideas are as mainstream as motherhood and apple pie,” he said.He also stressed that his chances in the California primary hinged largely on voter turnout – with high voter turnout, he predicted, he would succeed in California, but the chances of a win are slim with low voter turnout. A recent poll had the candidates within two points of one another. 0% Find your polling place here.This post has been updated to more accurately reflect the situation regarding the Democratic nomination. last_img read more

SF police shooting shows lapses in procedure but rookie cop likely to

first_imgThe rookie cop who was still on probation when he shot and killed an unarmed suspect in December, is likely to escape criminal charges, according to several use-of-force experts.Nonetheless, most agreed that a 30-second video shows apparent and significant breaches of procedure, and one of the experts felt these were major enough to warrant firing the officer who is in his 12-month probation period. During probation, rookie officers are not protected by the union contract and can be fired without cause.“My sense is there was no immediate threat of bodily harm caused by the alleged carjacker,” said David Elliott Lewis, who spent four years as a trainer for SFPD’s Crisis Intervention Team and who spoke to Mission Local on his own accord. “There is wide latitude given when an immediate threat (exists), and that wasn’t the case here.”“Officers are supposed to shoot to protect life,” he added. “I don’t know who they were protecting. Even though [the suspect’s] actions warranted arrest, they didn’t warrant a discharge of a firearm.” Will SFPD fire Samayoa?Samayoa was four days into his 12-month mandatory probationary period when the shooting took place, which means that he is an “at-will” employee and Chief Bill Scott can fire him without a vote from the Police Commission or a so-called “Skelly hearing,” when public employees in California are given a chance respond to allegations related to their termination.Samayoa is currently on paid administrative leave. “The Chief elected to not return Officer Samayoa to duty at this time, pending additional information from the investigation,” David Stevenson, the director of strategic communications for the SFPD, wrote in an e-mail.He added that “all officer-involved shootings require a full investigation of the circumstances prior to making any termination decision.”A member of the department, who asked to remain anonymous because the member is not permitted to speak freely on the matter, said that it’s unlikely Samayoa will get fired.An officer-involved shooting has never been deemed a wrongful shooting – at least not to the police officer’s knowledge. Moreover, firing an officer and charging him with homicide would set a precedent that opens door to officers being arrested for similar situations and set off a wave opposition among department membership, the officer said.The investigationsA police shooting triggers five investigations: two by the SFPD including one by the Homicide Division and one by Internal Affairs; one by the District Attorney; one by the Department of Police Accountability and one by the Medical Examiner.The District Attorney’s office is supposed to be the lead investigator, but so far, the Police Officers Association, the police union, has been able to block that change.It’s nearly impossible to get a timeline on any of the investigations. Although several outside groups have called for faster investigations, most take 22 months or more.District Attorney George Gascon has so far declined to file charges in any case in which police have killed civilians. The investigations underlying a decision against charges have been completed in 11 of the 20 cases in which police have killed civilians since 2011; nine cases including Samayoa’s, remain open.The length of the investigations raises the question as to whether it will take so long that Samayoa will be off his 12-month probation period, making it harder to fire him without cause. One source pointed out that the SFPD contract does allow a probationary period to be extended, but it is unclear if that will happen in this case.In addition to the various investigations, Samayoa has been sued by O’Neil’s mother, who is being represented by John Burris, a civil right attorney. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Samayoa’s actions resulted in the wrongful death of O’Neil.It alleges that O’Neil did not pose a deadly threat to Samayoa or the public when Samayoa “willfully and intentionally” shot O’Neil through the patrol car’s window.Before Samayoa shoots, “Mr. O’Neil can be seen with his head facing straight forward, not attempting to confront or contact the officers whatsoever,” the lawsuit states. “He appeared to be attempting to evade the Officers which can be considered a misdemeanor crime.”The lawsuit alleges that the patrol car was moving when Samayoa fired, a violation of SFPD policy.The complaint, too, points out that Samayoa and the training officer did not activate their body cameras before the incident, also a violation of SFPD policy.The video was captured only because the cameras are programmed to capture 30 seconds of video preceding activation, and Samayoa turned it on immediately after the shooting.The communitySince the shooting occurred in December, Bayview Captain Steven Ford has been holding weekly meetings aimed at comforting the community about the incident.But at the most recent meeting on January 22, the only people in attendance were two producers from KTVU, a reporter from Tsing Tao Daily, this reporter, and one community member.Phelicia Jones, founder of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition, a group that advocates against police violence, said she doesn’t know why the meetings have seen such low attendance, but said the department could do better to spread the word.“It seems like you must be relying on community members instead of themselves to do outreach,” she said. “And the purpose of meetings is for the department to show transparency? Don’t look for the community to do outreach.”Jones said that one thing might help the community feel better.“I would take it as a glimmer of them doing something right by letting this guy (Samayoa) go,” she said. “Why are they keeping him?” 0% Lewis said he believes the officer should be fired for his actions.Others were more cautious, but pointed out significant lapses in procedure during the incident that took place Dec. 1 after a chase that started around 10:30 a.m.On that day, Officer Chris Samayoa had been on the job only four days when he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. The incident began after O’Neil carjacked a California State Lottery van and led police on a chase through the southeastern corner of the city. The officers eventually pursued him into a dead-end street.At that point, O’Neil fled the van. He ran past the patrol car where Samayoa sat in the passenger’s seat and a training officer was at the wheel. Without lowering the window or shouting a warning, O’Neil shot and killed the suspect.Mission Local asked four police use-of-force experts to examine the video.A majority of the experts explained that — despite shocking body camera footage that shows Samayoa shooting O’Neil in the head through his patrol car passenger window — it is impossible to tell from the footage whether Samayoa “perceived a threat.”Samayoa’s state of mind, they said, is the standard through which any use of deadly force is investigated and deemed “reasonable.” It is this bar that has consistently made police shooting cases difficult to prosecute.Shooting “reasonable?”Michael Leonesio, a former Oakland Police Officer who has investigated numerous use-of-force incidents, said that after viewing the body camera footage, he had two main questions.“Is he pulling the trigger because he sees a threat?” Leonesio said. “Or is he pulling the trigger inadvertently under stress?”He said without seeing Samayoa’s statement about the shooting, it is impossible to know whether Samayoa perceived a threat. He said it’s too difficult to tell what O’Neil is doing in the video to say objectively that O’Neil was not a threat to Samayoa.However, Leonesio pointed out that Samayoa may have had his finger on the trigger prematurely, as he noticed the hammer had been pulled back a second before the shooting took place in the footage. That led him to wonder whether Samayoa accidentally fired under stress.“Getting taken by surprise like that isn’t a comfortable thing, but it happens,” Leonesio said. “Did a threat happen? Or did he get surprised and because he didn’t have his finger where it should have been, he pulled the trigger?”Leonesio noted, too, that other officers shown in the video did not have their guns drawn immediately following the shooting. This, he said, also raised questions as to whether O’Neil had actually posed a threat. But, he said, it all comes down to what Samayoa, and not the other officers, saw.In other words, an investigation hinges on what Samayoa tells investigators. “Without knowing what this officer’s statement is and other (training) officer’s statement is, it’s difficult to tell whether it was reasonable or not,” he said.Likewise, Seth Stoughton, a professor at the South Carolina School of Law and a former police officer, agreed with Leonesio that a major factor in determining the “reasonableness” of the shooting is whether Samayoa perceived a threat. To determine that, the body camera footage has to be viewed with Samayoa’s account in mind.Yet Stoughton too raised the possibility of an accidental discharge. He said one thing from the video was clear: Samayoa drew his gun while inside the moving patrol car.“That’s usually not a great idea,” he said. “It’s difficult to effectively use a firearm from inside a car … the risks of something going wrong are magnified.”A patrol car could make a sudden stop — as it did during the incident — and an officer’s hand could tense up and accidentally fire his weapon, he said.“It makes me wonder more whether this was an accidental discharge,” Stoughton said.Stoughton also echoed Leonesio’s observations that other officers in the video did not have their guns drawn immediately following the shooting. Specifically, he said, the training officer who had been driving the patrol car walked around the car quickly without drawing his gun.“That the training officer walks around and his gun is not out, it tells us something — it could suggest he did not perceive a threat,” Stoughton said. “If he did perceive an ongoing threat, his gun would be out and he would be cornering around the car more carefully than he does.”“Even if a guy was shot, you do not take for granted that he is not a threat anymore,” he continued. “Proceed cautiously. I didn’t see that type of cautious tactical approach when the training officer just walked around.”However, Stoughton said it still leaves questions about what Samayoa perceived. The training officer’s behavior “doesn’t necessarily tell us about what passenger (Samayoa) perceived — it tells what the driver perceived,” he said.Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, said that Samayoa may have perceived a threat based on two pieces of information. Officers thought O’Neil committed a violent crime and he ran back toward the patrol car after exiting his lottery van.“I’ve never seen or heard of a suspect running back at police unless engaging in gun battle or with a weapon,” Bueermann, who was a cop for 33 years.No weapon belonging to O’Neil was found at the scene, but according to Bueermann, that does not matter.“It (police shooting at an unarmed victim) inflames the emotions of the community, but the fact that he was found to be unarmed at end of violent carjacking pursuit may not be relevant to a decision about whether officers actions are reasonable,” he said.Lewis, the SFPD Crisis Intervention Team trainer, found Samayoa’s use of deadly force unequivocally unreasonable, based on the information available to him.Lewis said he saw O’Neil running past the patrol car when Samayoa fired and therefore was not an immediate threat.“The fact that he’s still on the job is troubling,” Lewis said. “That a rookie cop not under [the union] can commit such an egregious act and still be on the job is extremely disturbing and troubling.”“There’s something broken in the system of accountability and checks and balances,” he said. 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Democracy in Action Moderates will continue to steer Californias Democratic Party

first_img Email Address Democracy was alive and well at the Women’s Building on Saturday as thousands of San Franciscans flooded into the brightly muraled community center on 18th Street to have a say in the direction of California’s Democratic Party. The throng converged on the scene to vote for the 14 delegates who will represent California’s 17th Assembly District. These delegates will, in turn, vote on the platform of the state’s Democratic Party — its endorsements of politicians and policy. California’s Democratic party holds a supermajority in the legislature and is perhaps, now, stronger than ever. The beat of a djembe drum, the strum of an acoustic guitar, and the occasional blare of a bullhorn filled the air as the line of voters wrapped around the Women’s Building and stretched all the way down both Linda and Lapidge streets. The sidewalk in front of the building was so congested at one point that a woman yelled at the top of lungs: “Democrats can’t block the sidewalk!” In the words of YIMBY Action’s Laura Foote, one of the delegates on the ballot, the scene was a total “shit show.” “There are so many ways to say it,” Foote said of the throngs of people trying to pack into the small entryway of the building. “A shit show, front to back.” But a convivial shit show. Democratic politicians from both sides of San Francisco’s political aisle — the so-called “progressives” and “moderates” — smiled and glad-handed, united by the resistance California Democrats are leading on the national stage. And yet, for all the unity, a political duel between the two factions underpinned the day’s events: Two 14-member “slates” of candidates — the progressive “Reform Democrats” and the moderate “United Resistance” — competed for votes. “It’s important because we’ve had a Democratic party that’s gone in different directions over the last two decades,” said former city Supervisor John Avalos, a delegate candidate with the progressive slate, noting that he felt the party lost its way in the ‘90s and ‘00s with its corporate leanings.John Avalos, former city supervisor and delegate candidate with the Reform Democrats.Avalos, who is also running for the executive board of the Democratic Party, said one has to “dig down” to really see the differences between the factions. In general, he said, “progressives are trying to transform the party as strong as possible [while] moderates are just trying to get in front of the issues that people really care about, but don’t want to … upset the base of support that comes from a lot of wealthy establishment folks.” Just next to Avalos, California Sen. Scott Wiener who, with Mayor London Breed and Assemblyman David Chiu, endorsed the moderate slate, downplayed the slates’ differences and reveled in the day’s strong turnout. “I love that we have thousands of people standing in line on a beautiful Saturday morning, going down several blocks and waiting it out because they’re passionate about voting,” Wiener said. “That’s beautiful.” Young Reformers Millennial-aged activists made a strong showing as members of the progressive Reform Democrats. They were poised to take the state’s party further to the left, inspired by the 2016 rise of Democratic Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. For some, the day of speeches, shaking hands, and defending one’s positions was perhaps a taste of a career in politics. “We need to keep Californians in their homes with common-sense policies like rent control and just cause [for eviction] that corporate Democrats have not supported,” said Shanti Singh, the 28-year-old co-chair of the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America chapter and a tenants’ rights activist. She delivered the criticism during a one-minute speech that each candidate gave in the Women’s Building auditorium as voters marked their ballots. “We are not winning that at a state level, even with a Democratic supermajority,” she added. “That is just a shame.”Shanti Singh, co-chair of the SFDSA and a Reform Democrat.Kevin Ortiz, a 24-year-old Mission District native and anti-gentrification activist, said he joined the Reform Democrats to defend poor and marginalized communities of color and to push the needle on housing and police reform. “We have a really progressive platform but I’m not here to have the status quo anymore,” he said, waiting in line to vote. Mia Satya, a 27-year-old progressive candidate, has been an activist since she was 14. She was initially skeptical of aligning with a political party because of the perceived corruption in party politics. “A lot of times the national party doesn’t reflect the values of local people,” she said. But in 2016, she was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate for the Democratic National Convention. “That was really my entrance into being a delegate in the party,” she said. “And I was inspired by the fact that we might actually have a socialist president who supports fundamentally changing our economic system to support the most amount of people, instead of the one percent.”Women in the ‘Resistance’ Laura Foote, the YIMBY Action executive director and delegate candidate, passed out United Resistance fliers in front of the community center. “We don’t have a housing caucus at the Democratic Party,” she said. “I think that says a lot.” Foote, who has helped spearhead a movement to speed up housing development in San Francisco, said she joined the moderate slate because of its diversity and seriousness. “It’s a group of people who want to take the state forward — who want serious, substantive policy,” she said, mentioning transit, health care, homelessness and housing as the most important areas for progress. “Every person on this slate has policy chops, understands what the issues are, and is going to fight for serious policy.”Tyra Fennell, a delegate candidate with the moderate slate, engaged a line of voters on Linda Street. She is the CEO of Imprint City, which works to activate underutilized spaces with art and culture projects. “I consider myself a ground-up person, more of a grassroots person,” she said. “I love working in a community, so I never thought of myself in politics.”Tyra Fennell, a community leader and delegate candidate with United Resistance.She said Assemblyman David Chiu and Supervisor Shamann Walton tapped her to join the slate. She couldn’t turn Chiu down, she said, because four years ago at a campaign event for his assembly bid, he approached her because she was visibly upset about getting “redlined” by a landlord in the Bayview. Chiu spoke with the landlord and she ended up getting the lease. “I like politicians who are solutions-oriented,” she said. Fennell added that she’s with the slate because it is bent on supporting the Muslim community. “When David [Chiu] took focus of the …. the Muslim community in San Francisco and how to support them with the national landscape, I really respected that.” Yemeni Representation If elected, Abdo Hadwan, a labor organizer with SEIU 87, would be the first Yemeni delegate to be represented in the state’s Democratic Party. Like the other delegates, he approached voters on Linda Street in line to make his case. “I belong to a Yemeni community that’s always overlooked,” he told Mission Local. “We are suffering from the Muslim Ban and we are immigrants, so we want to have a voice at the table.” Hadwan came to the United States from Yemen in 1998. He started working “here and there” in San Francisco and graduated from pharmacy school, but he ultimately landed work as a labor organizer, which has been his role for the last 10 years. There are more than 30,000 Yemenis in the Bay Area, according to Ibrahim Algahim, co-chair officer at the American-Yemeni Association. “After the revolution, a lot of people moved to U.S. — especially California and the Bay Area,” he said. “This is our first time being part of this campaign and the first time we have someone representing the Yemeni community … and that’s why it’s so exciting. It’s history.”Abdo Hadwan, possibly the first Yemeni delegate to the state Democratic Party.A long night? It’s unclear how long the ballots will take to count, but we will update this post when the results are in. Some volunteers said the votes took until around midnight to count in 2017, so all the potential delegates could be in for a long night of nail-biting.Update, 1/13/19: The moderate United Resistance won 13 of the 14 delegate seats for Assembly District 17, while the Reform Dems elected only Gloria Berry, a community leader in the Bayview and criminal justice activist. The other seats are now filled by Abdo Hadwan, Amber Parrish Baur, Austin Hunter, Gladys Soto, Julia Souder Prochnik, Kristen Asato-Webb, Laura Foote, Mawuli Tugbenyoh, Mick Del Rosario, Nima Rahimi, Todd David, Tyra Fennell, and Victor Olivieri. Thea Selby won the executive board seat. But do give a round of applause to the Reform Democrat candidates: John Avalos, Bahlam Vigil, Jane Martin, Kevin Ortiz, Kitty Fong, Otto Pippenger, Lorainne Bowser, Gabriel Markoff, Shanti Singh, Brad Chapin, Mia Satya, Zhihan “Han” Zhou, Gloria Achuleta. Surely, they will live to fight another day.All told, 2,033 people came out to vote on Saturday.Laura Foote of YIMBY Action and David Campos, chair of the DCCC and a former supervisor, sit on opposite sides of the city’s political aisle, yet in the end, they’re both members of the Democratic Party and agree on a lot of issues. The line to vote stretched down Linda Street.Assemblyman David Chiu waits in line.Mayor London Breed made an appearance. center_img Moderates prevail, winning 13 of 14 seats in the district Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

THE Red Vee Café Bar will once again be open this

first_imgTHE Red Vee Café Bar will once again be open this Saturday for fans who want to watch Saints take on Warrington.The venue will open at 11am as Saints U20s take on Wakefield in their Valvoline Cup Play Off match (12.30pm kick off) and will be serving throughout the day.Saints Gold will be £2 and no doubt there will be a great atmosphere when Saints kick off their Play Off match at 6pm. The bar will remain open for the Leeds v Wakefield game too.last_img

With three minutes to go the centre collected Mat

first_imgWith three minutes to go, the centre collected Matty Smith’s high bomb to score in the corner and take the roof off the ground.It was his second try of a scintillating game that was also punctuated by his world class finish mid-way in the second half.Both sides were scrappy with the ball throughout but there was no doubting it was edge of the seat stuff.Saints got off to the best possible start when they scored after just four minutes.Alex Walmsley did the damage down the middle and on the last, Smith’s high kick was plucked out of mid-air and put down by Ryan Morgan.His fifth try in five games.Saints could have extended that lead shortly afterwards but were called for a knock on after another high ball.On 14 minutes Wigan replied.Saints had to drop out following a chip into their in goal area and on the following set, Tommy Leuluai laid on a pass for Tom Davies to cross.George Williams added the extras, although they looked wide, and then slotted a penalty over on 22 minutes – ironically coming after Saints in three consecutive sets had fair shouts for high tackles.Lewis Tierney then polished off a move around the ruck on the half hour mark.Saints had been defending since their early flurry but on 34 minutes won their first penalty before Smith chipped along the floor for Taia to pounce.Percival added with the extras, but missed the chance to tie it up at half time following Saints second penalty of the match.14-12 to the visitors at the break.Saints put pressure on Wigan’s line early in the second half and won several repeat sets.Taia went close but Saints couldn’t find a way through.And, as is so often the case, on 60 minutes the visitors scored.On the last a simple chip through saw Joe Burgess touchdown after Saints failed to deal with the ball.At 18-12 the next try was crucial – and it came the way of the Saints.And it was absolute genius from Mark Percival.In broken play the centre took a pass from Theo Fages, around 20 metres out, and danced through the defence to go under the sticks.Leuluai put Wigan back ahead with a drop goal with ten minutes to go until the dramatic, last gasp introduction from Percival.Smith’s pinpoint kick was wonderful and the centre did the rest to leave the place bouncing.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Morgan, Taia, Percival (2) Goals: Percival (3 from 5)Warriors: Tries: Davies, Tierney, Burgess Goals: Williams (3 from 4) Drop: LeuluaiPenalties Awarded: Saints: 5 Warriors: 4HT: 12-14 FT: 22-19REF: Phil BenthamATT: 13138Teams:Saints: 2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 4. Mark Percival, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee.Warriors: 21. Lewis Tierney; 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall; 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai; 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 20. Willie Isa, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin. Subs: 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 28. Jack Wells, 37. Callum Field.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints trailed 16-30, but came roaring back as Coote completed his hat-trick and Tommy Makinson brought Saints back to within four points before substitute James Bentley won it in the dying seconds in dramatic fashion with Coote kicking the crucial two.You can watch all the tries in the highlights below.Next up for Saints is a trip to Anfield to face Castleford Tigers at the Dacia Magic Weekend on Sunday 26th May with a 6pm kick off. For a limited time only 2019 Members have a further opportunity to take advantage of their exclusive 50% discount on their Dacia Magic Weekend Ticket with the Flash discount running until 5pm on Sunday 19 May.last_img

Enjoy fun for the whole family at the Wilmington Kidz Expo

first_img The Kidz Expo is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Wilmington Convention Center.According to the event website, families can expect a fun-filled day to play and learn about all the important aspects of raising happy, healthy kids. Families can spend time together, enjoying activities, shopping and entertainment.There will be more than 50 vendor booths, from schools and healthcare to toy and clothing stores.Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apartSample food & drink, play on inflatable bouncehouses, and more. Enjoy free face painting, balloon animals, pictures with costume characters and entertainment throughout the day.There will even be a celebrity appearance by Madison Hu from Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”. She will take fan photos from 1-3 p.m.Tickets start at $7 and are also available in Family 4-packs. Kids under 3 are free. Click here to buy tickets.For more information about the Kidz Expo, click here.Madison Hu stars as Frankie on the popular Disney show Bizaardvark. She is also known for her recurring guest star role as Marci on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Saturday, enjoy an exciting, affordable and fun day out with your family at the 2018 Wilmington Kidz Expo.Jeff Hidek, Event Manager with the StarNews, stopped by Good Morning Carolina to give a preview of what to expect.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Shallotte Police searching for larceny suspect

first_imgSHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Shallotte Police are searching for a wanted man.In a post on their Facebook page, police said Charles Jeffrey Jenkins, 41, is wanted for 2 felony counts of habitual larceny.- Advertisement – He’s 5′ 8″ tall, weighs 170 pounds and has dirty brown hair past his ears with partial dreadlocks.If you know where Jenkins is, or if you see him, call the Shallotte Police Department at (910) 754-6008 or call 911.last_img

Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrates 300th bakery with giveaway

first_imgNothing Bundt Cakes (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One delectable dessert hot spot is celebrating a milestone. Nothing Bundt Cakes is opening its 300th bakery next month.As a thanks to the loyal fans of the handcrafted bundt cakes, the bakery gave away 300 confetti bundtlets at each location across the nation for 300 seconds starting at 3 pm.- Advertisement – The only location in southeastern North Carolina is in Wilmington, located at 1437 Military Cutoff Road.The first Nothing Bundt Cake bakery was start in Las Vegas in 1997.The newest location is expected to open next month in Jacksonville, Florida.last_img