In North Carolina, Durham Pride brings revolutionary queerness

first_imgWWP anti-capitalist contingent at Durham, N.C. Pride, Sept. 29.Durham, N.C. — The struggle for LGBTQ liberation in the South has had its roots in strong resistance to the constant onslaught from reactionaries. The queer community in North Carolina has fought to return LGBTQ Pride to its roots by being outspoken and political — which is sorely needed to defend our communities.North Carolina is among 16 states that still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, despite those laws being declared unconstitutional at the national level. In addition, North Carolina joined with several other states in passing anti-trans “bathroom bills” in 2016, a law only half-repealed in 2017, which excludes trans people from legal protection.Any celebration of Pride in North Carolina should be a fight against these reactionary attacks and a fight for LGBTQ liberation, and not based on pinkwashing white supremacy.That is why Workers World Party’s Durham branch organized an anti-capitalist contingent to march in the Sept. 29 Durham Pride parade — and focused its chants and placards on the fight for queer liberation.But for a while this year, it wasn’t clear that Pride would even take place. In June, NC Pride, the organization previously in charge of Pride in Durham, announced that the event — set to happen in 3 months — was cancelled.Quickly, the local queer community, including the LGBTQ Center of Durham, rose to the challenge of reclaiming Pride and hosted the event on Sept. 29. The former leaders in NC Pride had been mostly white cis gay men. The new leadership was centered around queer trans people of color, including the House of Coxx, a prominent Durham drag family. One grand marshall was a founder of North Carolina’s original Pride in 1981, and two were co-founders of Southerners on New Ground (SONG).The shift in leadership at Durham’s Pride opened up opportunities to reclaim the day from corporations and white supremacy. The most notable win was a ban on uniformed police officers marching in the parade.While this was a win, uniformed cops were still present providing “security” for the event, so it is clear that many struggles still need to be opened. Wells Fargo was still a sponsor of the event, and lots of businesses sought to capitalize and co-opt our community. Pride was still held on Duke University’s campus and marched through an area that has contributed to the gentrification of the neighboring Black community, Walltown. According to an event organizer, the event was only held there because the space was already reserved by the previous organizers and may change next year.Durham WWP branch’s anti-capitalist contingent raised the issue of police brutality by wearing shirts saying “Queer as in fuck the police” and also raised the murder of North Carolina Central University student Deandre Ballard by a private security guard days before. NCCU is a historically Black university.The struggle for queer liberation is necessarily a struggle against police brutality, and for the connection between Black and queer liberation, as well as with other liberation movements. Many people watching the parade cheered as WWP Durham marched by, calling for cops to be kicked out of Pride and chanting “Be loud! Don’t be silent! The first Pride was a riot!”In addition to the strong anti-capitalist WWP presence, white liberals were also there, with many groups waving pinkwashed U.S. flags. There is still work that needs to be done to orient the community away from the dangerous rainbow capitalism and white supremacy that has taken over in other major cities across the country.In North Carolina, Charlotte’s Pride for six years has been named the “Bank of America Pride Parade” and has been thoroughly co-opted by the same corporations that threw queer workers out of their foreclosed homes in 2008 and are engaging in the violent gentrification of oppressed communities.The strong and militant WWP presence in the march was a hopeful reinvigoration of Durham Pride with revolutionary queerness. Next year, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, offers the Durham queer community another opportunity to gather together militantly against police brutality and rainbow capitalism.Cops out of Pride! End the murders of Black and Brown trans women! Pride is a riot!Minnie Bruce Pratt and several members of the Workers World Durham branch also contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

News briefs from Tuesday September 7

first_imgLinkedin Print Advertisement Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img A NATIONAL strike in France has forced both Ryanair and Aer Lingus to cancel flights to and from the European country this Tuesday causing travel disruption to many. Reports are that up to two million people are taking part in the action of pension reforms and a crackdown on illegal immigrants. Ryanair said many flights will not run as scheduled with cancellations and delays. Aer Lingus have cancelled some flights but all passengers are advised to travel to the airports as normal. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up —–POOR design and lenghty delays have been highlighted as the causes for the underspend of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund according to a reporting investigation carried out by the Financial Times. The fund  includes some €17 million euro that was set aside to help workers who lost their jobs when Dell closed the factory in Raheen, Limerick. The entire fund has some €2 billion euro at its disposal yet only €140million has been spent to date.—–AN Umbrella Group to represent the St. Mary’s Community is to be launched on September 7 by one of its most famous sons, former rugby international, Anthony Foley. After facilitation provided by the PAUL Partnership, representatives from many different groups got together to form the initial Umbrella Group, covering an area comprising King’s Island, the oldest community in Limerick, as well as a portion of Corbally. These initial members have worked to establish a constitution and a framework which aspires to attract a broad and diverse range of community based voluntary interest groups in the Parish – Residents Groups, Sports Clubs, Environmental Groups, Senior Citizens, etc. – to come together to achieve its objective of becoming the unified voice of St. Mary’s Community. All community groups operating in the area are expected to participate. The unofficial motto is One Voice – One Community, reflecting its role as a forum to express itself on all issues affecting it and bring these concerns to the powers that be – Government, City Council, Regeneration, Gardai, HSE, etc. Music will be provided at the launch at the Absolute Hotel by St. Mary’s Prize Fife and Drum Band – whose 125th anniversary is to be marked at the ceremony by a special presentation- and by St. Mary’s Parents Folk Choir. NewsLocal NewsNews briefs from Tuesday September 7By admin – September 7, 2010 521 Email Previous article‘Give us a lifeline’- asylum seekersNext articleIRFU amend Autumn international ticket package prices adminlast_img read more

Spurs supremos charmed me – Eriksen

first_imgChristian Eriksen has revealed it was the personal touch of Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini that persuaded him to sign for Tottenham. Eriksen’s Tottenham career may just be 71 minutes old, but the playmaker is already a fans’ favourite following his impressive debut in the 2-0 win over Norwich. The Dane became the seventh and final signing of a busy summer for the north London club when he completed an £11.5million move from Ajax on the Friday before the transfer window shut. Levy has become renowned for his love of a last-minute deal, but the Tottenham chairman resolved to get his squad in tip-top shape early on in this transfer window to offset the damaging loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Gone are the days when Levy would launch last-gasp raids for cheap signings, such as he tried to do with Phil Neville and Charlie Adam in the Harry Redknapp era. This time, he and technical director Baldini sought to wrap up Eriksen’s signing quickly by flying to Amsterdam to negotiate with the Dutch club and the move paid off. “I talked a little bit with the manager but I had more to do with the chairman and the director Baldini. They were they guys who really had the right words,” Eriksen said. “The first contact was with my agent and then my agent talked to me and I said, ‘Go on, I really want to hear what they have got to say’. “The day after my agent was (in London) to look around and see everything and talk with the big men, then the day after, they all went to Amsterdam to negotiate with Ajax. “The next day, I was here for a medical. It went really quick. Just four days. “It really impressed me that they wanted it so badly and wanted to do it so quickly.” Press Association The “right words” that came out of Levy’s mouth centred around Tottenham’s ambitions. “The club wants to be in the Champions League next season, for sure, and then we have, of course, to become champions,” the 21-year-old said. “That is why he spent so much money on good players and that is just the sort of thing I want to be part of.” Although the season is still in its early stages, the early signs are that Tottenham are well-equipped for their assault on the top four. Eriksen’s ability to link play between midfield and attack has given Spurs something they have been lacking since the departure of Rafael van der Vaart. Roberto Soldado’s ratio of four goals in five games has been encouraging while Erik Lamela is yet to start a game following his £26million move from Roma. Arsenal sat above Spurs at the top of the Barclays Premier League table on Sunday night, but Eriksen hopes that will soon not be the case. “We will have to turn that around for a start,” he said. “Overall our chances look really good. It is different. We are in a new squad and still have to learn about everything and everybody, but, we have had a good beginning.” last_img read more

Sony Digital Paper: A Step Forward in the Digital Transformation Process

first_imgMolekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Where to BuyYou can buy Sony’s Digital Paper at retailers, including Amazon, WalMart, and Best Buy.Overall ImpressionsOn the positive side, Sony’s Digital Paper looks cool and offers beneficial functionality and benefit. It also gives us a glimpse of the digital future and how we can bring others who prefer paper into the digital environment. I like the clear resolution and full-page viewing as well as the sleek design. It comes in under a quarter of an inch thick and makes it easy to carry with me wherever I go.This technology needs the backlight; hopefully, that will be in an updated version.  With the high price tag of around $700 for what essentially is a read-write PDF tablet, this is a “nice to have” but not a “need to have” gadget. However, sometimes watching their website can get you in on their sales — I recommend this. Other model prices are — CP1 $499 and RP1 $599. Related Posts HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hub The idea of paper being digital may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but not to Sony. They’ve introduced a digital paper solution. As a tech lover and advocate of the digital transformation of businesses away from paper processes, I had to try it out.What is Digital Paper?The digital paper takes the ease of reading and writing on real paper and combines it with the efficiency and convenience of digital features. These features include easy sharing across devices (PC, Mac, or mobile device) via an app, searchable document capability, and secure document encryption. It has a paper-like texture but offers the precision capability of a screen as well as easily stores for reference and review at a later date. Plus, you can highlight, write, or erase just as you would do with regular paper.Sony offers two main sizes of digital paper. The 13” letter size works best for when you want to read, annotate, or take notes on full-size pages while the more compact, lightweight 10” notebook size is more convenient for portability.Digital Paper FeaturesWith a WI-FI or Bluetooth connection as well as the desktop or mobile Digital Paper App, you can sync documents with a computer or mobile phone, so it’s easy to share these documents with other devices and cloud services. You get a certain amount of local storage, which allows you to store thousands of files. It has a 2.0 GHz CPU and 16GB of internal memory (11GB free out of the box), which means it can hold approximately 10,000 PDF files.Even though you want to share with certain people, you also want to protect that digital paper, so it uses password encryption technology as well as AES 128 data encryption.Other features include the ability to view two pages at once plus you can zoom into the text by circling the area. You can also copy and paste text throughout the document by using the same tool.It has a long battery life. The digital paper can go one week on a single charge or up to three weeks if you aren’t using Wi-Fi. When you plug in the Digital Paper tool, an LED light on top will show you when it’s charging.Some Issues to NoteDespite the many benefits this device offers, there were some missing features. First, I can’t search any of my handwritten notes to find something I need. It only lets me search for phrases or words that are part of the original document text.Second, the stylus could be better. The stylus does look nice and is lightweight, but the button on the side that I need to press to erase or highlight with doesn’t work well. I find myself erasing or highlighting more than I intended, which creates more work. I had to slow down to make sure no mistakes were made, which felt unproductive.Third, while the software is easy to use, it could do more. To sync files to my desktop, I had first to install Sony’s Digital Paper app on my computer. Then, I have to use a USB cable, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth to upload the files. Once I connected to a known W-iFi network, fortunately, it continued to recognize it, so I didn’t have to plug it into my computer each time I wanted to do a sync or file transfer. However, if you need to switch locations continually, it’s a lot more work to sync or do a file transfer.Fourth, I can share documents to third-party cloud services like Dropbox and Google Docs, it’s not integrated into the actual device, so I can’t send them directly. Thankfully, there is now a mobile app; this process makes the product seamless and so much easier.last_img read more

Love is the secret to my youthfulness: Dharmendra

first_imgDharmendraHe claims to be as young as ever even at the age of 75 and Bollywood’s original ‘He-Man’ Dharmendra says the secret to his energy lies in the love people have bestowed on him.”I love people and they love me and that is the secret of my energy and youthfulness,” said the veteran actor in a brief chat here this afternoon.The superstar of yesteryears has completed fifty years in Hindi cinema having worked in over 300 films. His latest film Yamla Pagla Deewana with sons Sunny and Bobby Deol released only last month.Dharmendra , on his way to Jalandhar with the torch of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Wrestling Tournament commencing on February 10, 2011, claimed that whenever he visited Punjab, he felt as if he had come back to his mother.Having studied and worked in Phagwara for a few years before leaving for Mumbai way back in 1959, the actor went down the memory lane to talk about his roots.His father, Master Kewal Krishan, was a teacher in the local Arya school and Dharmendra addressed him as ‘Babuji’. “Main es mitti da haan te ih mainu badi pyari lagdi hai (I belong to this soil and love it too much),” said Dharmendra. He asked the Punjabi youth to take to sports for their own health and the progress of the country.Earlier, addressing a gathering in local Hargobind Nagar, Dharmendra extended his love to those younger than him – “jaffi pa ke pyar (love with a hug)” to his “hanis (those of his age)” and respect to the elders.He was also honoured by the Kapurthala District Wrestling Association. Despite tight security and a busy schedule, the veteran actor gave his blessings to two girls who were struggling in the crowd trying to reach him.advertisementlast_img read more

Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa neighbor comes to

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: attack, Dogs June 21, 2018  Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child Posted: June 21, 2018 La Mesa PD received several 911 calls reporting that a small child had been attacked by two dogs in the 6900 block of Waite Drive, in the City of La Mesa at around 8:15 this morning.La Mesa Police Officers, City of La Mesa Animal Control and Heartland Fire personnel responded to the scene, within just minutes.A 29-year-old mother was walking along the sidewalk, pushing a stroller with her 2-year-old son in it. Her 8-year-old daughter was walking alongside her. Two (2) Rottweiler dogs escaped from their backyard kennel, jumped over a fence and ran across the street where the mother and her children were walking. The dogs approached the family and immediately attacked the child in the stroller, biting him several times. The mother attempted to pull the stroller and her child away from the attacking dogs. At this point one of the dogs jumped up on her, knocking her to the ground and began to bite her, while the other dog continued to attack her child.Several neighbors saw what was happening and came outside in an effort to help the family. The dog’s owners also came outside and managed to pull the dogs off of the mother and her child, returning them to their backyard.The mother and child were both transported to the hospital where they were treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries. The mother received several puncture/bite wounds on her arm. The 2-year-old child received several bite wounds to his head, face and arm. The injury to the arm will require surgery. The 8-year-old child was not physically injured.Both of the dogs were declared dangerous at the scene, seized by La Mesa Animal Control and taken to the El Cajon Animal Shelter for quarantine.There is an on-going investigation into this incident being conducted by the La Mesa Police Department and City of La Mesa Animal Control.The La Mesa Police Department would like to thank those persons who saw what was happening and came to the rescue of this family.Jamir Grigsby is reportedly one of the neighbors who pulled the dogs off of the family. Updated: 1:06 PM FacebookTwitter Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa, neighbor comes to rescue Neighbors come to the rescue , last_img read more

4 Security Questions to Ask When Outsourcing IT Operations to Make Sure

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Outsourcing IT operations to managed IT services providers (MSP) is a common trend for a business looking to maintain its operational efficiency while cutting down on cost. In addition to assisting with IT infrastructure management, 38 percent of businesses that hire an MSP do so with the expectation that their business will have enhanced security and meet regulatory compliance requirements. However, it is critical to understand that “IT management” and “IT security” are not synonymous. Failing to understand the difference between the two can result in dangerous and expensive outcomes for your business.IT shortcomings affect security.“There’s nothing you can do. Just pay it,” a business owner was told by his MSP after his firm was hit with a $50,000 ransomware attack. It’s not an answer any company wants to hear after falling victim to hackers, and it was not long after this conversation that our incident response team received a call wondering if something could be done besides “just paying it” or losing data.Further conversations revealed important details about the firm’s post-attack situation. The victim had no data backups or records of security events. Additionally, all files had been deleted from the affected laptop, and the phishing email that initiated the incident was destroyed by the MSP in a misguided attempt to respond to the incident. These combined factors turned what should have been an easily manageable ransomware situation into an unnecessarily complicated and costly incident. Furthermore, all actions taken after the attack were completely reactionary and no measures were taken to prevent the same attack from being successful again in the future.Related: 4 Easy Ways to Protect Your Company From a Cyber AttackUnfortunately, this scenario is not unique. Cases of incidents that could have been avoided by simple, low-cost IT configurations and user training are cropping up at our office with increasing frequency. In the past six months alone, we have seen the following issues while responding to security incidents:Clients and MSPs with no incident response planClients with no data backups or clients who did not fully understand how their data was being backed upNo tools in place to keep records of important, security-related actions that have taken place in the company network or these tools not being properly utilized“24/7” IT service providers that were completely unresponsive during weekendsCorporate and guest WiFi networks that are not properly separated from one another and securedEach of these shortcomings can make preventing, detecting and responding to security incidents much more difficult or even impossible. Related: We Scored High on this Cybersecurity Quiz. How About You? Questions to ask before choosing an MSPSecurity issues, like the ones listed above, result from providers underperforming or misrepresenting their capabilities. However, others are due to the customer not understanding or requesting the services and solutions they need.  Most organizations that contract MSPs do so because they do not have the expertise to effectively handle these issues in-house. It is obvious to these businesses they need help to keep their IT resources running, but failing to consider security when choosing an MSP presents risk. With this in mind, business leaders searching for IT help should include the following considerations in their decision-making process:1. Make sure you understand what security services you need and ask for them by name.Ask specific questions to ensure that you understand what you are getting. For example, if you are purchasing data backup services, make sure that you know where the data is backed up, how long it is stored, how many versions of your data are kept and how long it takes for data to be restored from backups. If you are satisfied with the answer, make sure to get it in writing.2. Ask about the MSP’s own incident response plans and how they will help you handle potential security incidents.What is their response time? Do they perform incident response services? Do they have a partner or recommended firm for these actions? A lack of an incident response plan for their own business security should be a major red flag.Related: The Worst Hacks of 2017 — So Far3. Have a “technical translator.”Asking MSPs security-related questions is only valuable to your firm if you can understand the answers and determine what it means to your business. If your team does not have any security-minded people on staff to conduct interviews with MSPs, consider hiring a security consultant that can speak with service providers with you or on your behalf. Upon engaging an MSP, a third-party security consultant can work with you and potential service providers to ensure your IT infrastructure is designed with your business’s best interests in mind.4. Make sure your security measures are effectively implemented.Once the systems and services are in place, have your security consultant perform an audit of their solutions and services to ensure that all security measures and processes are implemented in manner that allows your business to be operational without putting your business’ security on the line.It cannot be assumed that a MSP will fill the role of a trained security specialist. Being mindful of the differences between IT and security and understanding their roles and implications of your business is critical to having business operations that are both functional and secure. Being upfront with MSP candidates about your security concerns, asking pointed questions about your security needs and being prepared to interpret technical answers is critical for all businesses choosing an MSP. April 3, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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