first_img“When you’re pushing the lie, the truth is very threatening.” — Ramona Africa of the MOVE organization.The prolonged fight to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has gone on for 36 years and counting. Mumia wages titanic battles every day in uncompromising defiance of the state’s ongoing conspiracy to finally silence him, behind the wall at Mahanoy Prison in rural Pennsylvania.On the outside, an international “People’s Army of Support” has planted itself like ubiquitous oak trees as Mumia’s ever-present backup team that never sleeps. They range from grassroots to professional in their pursuit of freedom for this highly regarded freedom fighter and public intellectual. They’ve been on watch and intervention ever since the state orchestrated frame-up and cover-up began under the reign of terror launched by the infamous mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo, in December of 1981 and before.Recently, defenders organized several well-attended events in Philadelphia and New York City. It must be stated here that the struggle to free Mumia is synonymous with the dogged effort to free the MOVE 9, targeted, too, by Rizzo’s wrath, who also fight tirelessly for release from prison after their decades-old bogus convictions. The virtual back-to-back events recently held included a teach-in at the historic Church of the Advocate in Philly on Dec. 8 and the demonstration, march and rally held on Dec. 9, beginning at the Rizzo statue and continuing with an indoor program at the Arch Street United Methodist Church. On Dec. 13, under the auspices of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, led by Johanna Fernandez, attendees at the Harlem, N.Y., gathering were not only treated to the “poetic-science” dropped by Immortal Technique but also had the opportunity to purchase Mumia’s latest book, “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?” Mumia “curated” the engagement by phone! One veteran activist remarked that it was “standing-room only”! Attendees from as far away as Germany and France were “in the house,” when it came to these three venues.Sister Pam Africa’s legendary “uncompromising endurance” at all three events was visibly felt and heard. It should be noted that both she and Monica Moorehead of the International Action Center took their defense of Mumia, back in the day, to head of state Fidel Castro Ruz, who was not only keenly interested in what they had to say, but also well informed about Mumia. He offered continued political support for the effort to exonerate him! At the rally on Dec. 9, Suzanne Ross of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal circulated a historic document issued by the Frantz Fanon Foundation, addressed to Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, demanding that there be “full public disclosure of police and DA files connected to Mumia’s case” and that Mumia be freed now, because of a long line of judicial and police misconduct central to this case. It also cited the dire complaint of medical abuse and neglect on the part of prison authorities that continues to endanger Mumia’s health and well-being, even as this commentary is being written!Attorney Bret Grote, one of Mumia’s “frontline” lawyers, briefed the audience on the efforts to protect and free Mumia to thunderous applause. And Mumia’s brother Keith Cook maintains an ever-vigilant eye, ear and effort to help liberate his beloved brother.Mumia is scheduled for another hearing in Philadelphia on Jan. 17, 2018, during which presiding Judge Leon Tucker will weigh arguments supporting Mumia’s legal complaints, generated by documented state improprieties. Please make every effort to attend. Individuals with their organizations can sign on in support of the Frantz Fanon Foundation’s petition, as well as secure a copy of this historic document, by visiting www.freemumia.com. Wide circulation is also encouraged.   Henry Hagins is a member of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgNavy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday for his first interview since he was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS fighter.The 40-year-old was accompanied by his wife, Andrea, and attorney Tim Parlatore.Gallagher, who was accused of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old ISIS member and taking pictures with the corpse in 2017, told Pete Hegseth he was “grateful to those who supported him through the process, including fellow service members, President Trump, and Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Ralph Norman.”In the interview, he addressed how numerous media outlets described as an accused war criminal.“I believe they tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go,” said Gallagher. “But we knew the truth the whole time; we knew I was innocent of these charges.”Gallagher said he overcame it by “having my strong wife with me the whole time and my legal team fighting for me.”Gallagher faced a total of seven criminal charges.Tuesday, a San Diego jury found him not guilty of six of seven charges including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants.Jurors found Gallagher guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.Gallagher was released on time served.During the trial, jaws-dropped when another sailor confessed to killing the ISIS fighter by asphyxiation.The revelation contradicted the testimony of at least several  SEALs who said Gallagher stabbed the ISIS teenager.Gallagher said a small group of SEALs “concocted” the accusations against him, arguing they do not represent the SEAL community as a whole.“I want the nation to know this is not what our community is about, said Gallagher. “This community is full of elite warriors that I have been honored and blessed to work with for the past 20 years.”last_img read more

first_imgWPTV Reports:With two presumptive cases of coronavirus in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is addressing the health emergency on Monday during a pair of stops across the Sunshine State. Gov. DeSantis said that to date, 23 people have been tested for coronavirus in Florida, and 184 people are currently being monitored.If you recently traveled to countries with restricted travel from the CDC (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan) and are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact the Florida Department of Health right away.“Our goal is to contain this,” the governor said.Dr. Rivkees said coronavirus is transmitted like the flu through coughing and sneezing, and in 80 percent of cases, patients will have mild symptoms that can be treated at home.“In the elderly, and those individuals with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, and diabetes may be more prone to developing serious complications should they contract COVID-19,” said Dr. Rivkees, who added there are currently no vaccines or medications to treat coronavirus.The governor released this statement on Sunday after the two cases were confirmed: “Northern Italy is the site of a large outbreak of COVID-19,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, who added the patient is currently in isolation at her home. The governor held a news conference with health officials in Tampa to discuss Florida’s response response to coronavirus, or COVID-19. A second news conference is planned for Monday afternoon in Miami.“Despite these cases, the overall immediate threat to the public remains low,” said Gov. DeSantis. “With that said, we do anticipate that more will test positive, and we have taken additional actions to help contain the viruses spread.”Gov. DeSantis declared a public health emergency over the weekend after two presumptive cases of the virus surfaced in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties in the Tampa Bay area.SPECIAL COVERAGE: CoronavirusHealth officials said Monday that one patient is a man in his 60s from Manatee County. He’s currently in the hospital and it’s unknown how he was exposed to the virus. He has no travel history to China or other countries identified for restricted travel by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The second patient is a woman in her 20s from Hillsborough County who recently returned from traveling to northern Italy.center_img “I have been working with federal partners and our Department of Health to ensure that communities are ready to handle the challenges presented by COVID-19. The dedicated professionals at our county health departments, as well as those working at local medical providers, are well equipped to address these and future cases. State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has taken appropriate, decisive action to help affect the best possible outcomes, and I will continue directing our state agencies to do whatever is necessary to prioritize the health and well-being of Florida residents.” Gov. DeSantis said state labs in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville can now test for coronavirus, and the results take 24 to 48 hours to come back, as opposed to five days from a CDC lab.The governor added Florida is following guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services with regard to prevention measures for coronavirus.Florida has a coronavirus Incident Management Team in place and is getting multiple daily updates from the CDC. In addition, the state has hundreds of Department of Health professionals ready to respond to potential patients.The Florida Department of Health has set up a special website with the latest information about coronavirus. CLICK HERE FOR THAT WEBSITE.For questions related to coronavirus in Florida, contact the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

first_img2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on NASCAR.com, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart.McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans.“I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. “Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines.Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___1 p.m.Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. calls his opening-lap crash “pretty embarrassing.”Stenhouse crashed exiting the second turn on the first lap at Darlington Raceway. His crumpled car was spitting flames as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. “Not really sure a whole lot what to say there about our first lap, first corner,” he said. “Pretty embarrassing for myself, our team, our crew guys. I feel awful for them. They put a lot of hard work into getting our cars ready.”Stenhouse said he’s looking forward to trying again at Darlington on Wednesday night. ___ “I don’t want one single person to get down,” said Johnson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels. “We’ve got a great race car, so don’t you get down.”William Byron won the opening stage.Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott were called for speeding on pit road following Johnson’s accident.___4:45 p.m 12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart.Ryan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500.___ ___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield.The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.”Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. Ryan Newman is running in the top 10 in his first race back since a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500.Newman suffered a head injury as he skidded across the finish line in the season opener. His return comes exactly three months after the Feb. 17 accident.Newman started 21st in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed exiting the second turn on the very first lap of the race. His crumpled car was shooting flames from the back as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a single lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. ___ Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champ, also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.”___ 2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13.His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season.___ 3:55 p.m.NASCAR is back! The Real Heroes 400 is underway at Darlington Raceway, without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates all around.The new protocols should matter little to the 40 guys who took the green flag for the first live NASCAR race in 10 weeks.Drivers, crews and officials wore face masks during pre-race ceremonies, which were performed remotely. The Fox Sports booth, featuring Mike Joy and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, also was being broadcast remotely from Charlotte, North Carolina. Driver Clint Bowyer wore a mask during a pre-race TV interview. Here’s a quick primer of other things to know: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):___5:15 p.m. May 17, 2020 Holland flew in from Chicago to tailgate with friends from Darlington. The group was at a home directly across from the track. Holland said he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came up. He says he’ll be back to watch the Southern 500 here in September. ___3 p.m.Because only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details. 5 p.m.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked while leading on the final lap of the first stage at Darlington Raceway.Johnson had passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the lead with 10 laps remaining in the opening stage of NASCAR first race in 10 weeks. Johnson was trying to earn his first stage victory of the season — and only his third ever under this system.“I felt like I was going to be able to exit the corner side by side with them and things just went horribly wrong there,” Johnson said. “I feel terrible for my team and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We’ve got great race cars and things are coming in the right direction, but things just really didn’t turn out there on Turn 2.”Johnson arrived at Darlington with just 13 laps led in the first four events of the year. He is scheduled to retire from full-time competition at the end of the season. Johnson crashed as he was trying to put Chris Buescher a lap down. It ended his day. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important.___ — Ryan Newman is returning after a suffering a head injury in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.— Matt Kenseth is out of retirement and driving for Chip Ganassi. He replaces Kyle Larson, who was fired in April for using a racial slur. The 48-year-old Kenseth is racing in the Cup Series for the first time since the 2018 season finale. He is the oldest driver in the field.— NASCAR chose the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit as the safest place to restart its season after eight events were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR had been facing a financial collapse if races didn’t resume on national television.— This is the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Darlington is hosting three events in four days.— Roughly 900 people have been approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential. Associated Press The Latest: Stenhouse calls early exit ‘pretty embarrassing’ — Teams are allowed 16 employees per car, including the driver and owner. Most owners gave up their spot because they are either over the age of 65 and at high risk for COVID-19 or their role at the track is not considered critical to competition. Several team members are helping remotely, offering a peek into how sophisticated NASCAR’s technology has become.— The first race back is called The Real Heroes 400 and is dedicated to health care workers. Names of health care workers across the country have been substituted for the drivers’ name above car doors.___3:30 p.m.John Holland might have traveled the farthest to not watch a NASCAR race. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m.NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.”Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months. 12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days.Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night. ___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgThe dust on the 2014/2015 league season may yet be settling. Olympics, Heart of Lions and B.A United may well be packing their luggage to the Division One league but the Ghana League Cypher team are still coming your way with intriguing facts and figures on the just ended league.Watch as host George Addo Jnr and his team of seasoned experts break down the season in numbers.last_img