Roundup of social business ideas from Springwise

first_img  29 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 February 2012 | News Springwise.com publishes a weekly round-up of new business ideas from around the world, and more and more of them seem to have a charitable or social enterprise element to them.Here are a few that have featured recently.HalfsiesWith every half-sized restaurant meal, a donation to fight hungerHalfsies is a social initiative offering restaurant-goers a choice that provides a healthier portion size, reduces food waste, and supports the fight against hunger.TousDonateursWhen consumers watch ads, advertisers donate to charityTousDonateurs is a French site that enables consumers to watch video ads in exchange for donations to the charity of their choice. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Roundup of social business ideas from Springwisecenter_img Lucky AntFirst ever hyper-local crowdfunding platformLucky Ant is a hyper-local crowdfunding platform, featuring one neighborhood business a week for the community to support.PubslushA crowdfunded, book-publishing platform with non-profit extensionPUBSLUSH is a publisher with a non-profit extension that enables book fans to fund the new novels they wish to see published.Peoplefund.itCrowdfunding site enables supporters to volunteer their timePeoplefund.it is a crowdfunding site from KEO Films that is designed to connect fledgling community projects with people interested in supporting them.Timbooktwo“Buy one, donate one” promotional videosFor every video they make for a tourism company, Timbooktwo will produce another free for a charitable organisation.www.springwise.comInspired?Do any of these give you ideas for a new or better fundraising activity? Let us know in the comments below. Tagged with: innovation Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Livia Firth becomes Oxfam Global Ambassador

first_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity patron Livia Firth becomes Oxfam Global Ambassador About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  87 total views,  1 views today  88 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Film producer and environmental activist Olivia Firth is Oxfam’s latest Global Ambassador. She joins other high-profile people including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Scarlett Johansson, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and her husband actor Colin Firth who publicly support the charity in its campaigning and fundraising work.She has supported Oxfam for many years, helping it to raise funds in the UK, America and in her native Italy. She has also encouraged other influential women to join her in supporting Oxfam’s work.She often supports Oxfam’s fundraising auctions. Previous donations cinldue the jewelry she wore to the 2011 BAFTAs, and to the 2011 Oscar Ceremony, and four dresses by Armani, Valentino, Gucci and Prada which she had worn on the red carpet.Firth said: “I’m also a big supporter of Oxfam’s shops – not just because I have many Oxfam purchases in my wardrobe but because Oxfam encourages reuse rather than throwaway fashion, helping others in the process. This seems to me to be the ideal way to shop.”Claire Lewis, Oxfam Global Ambassador Programme Manager said: ‘Livia is a wonderful ambassador to welcome into the organization. She is always so generous with her time, her ideas and her amazing donations such as the wonderful Green Carpet Challenge dresses. She has a huge amount of energy and is passionate and committed in her support of Oxfam’s work.”www.oxfam.org/en/ambassadors Howard Lake | 24 July 2012 | Newslast_img read more

DMA crowns winners of Customer Engagement Labs prize

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 DMA crowns winners of Customer Engagement Labs prize The DMA has announced the winners of its latest Customer Engagement Labs day, which saw three teams battle it out to answer a live brief from Crisis.The one-day immersive hackathon saw the three teams challenged with finding new ways of boosting brand awareness and reach for the charity, both outside of the traditional Christmas period and across Britain where Crisis run services which help people out of homelessness.The day was hosted by dunnhumby, with the winning campaign selected due to its combination of data-driven insight, creative thinking and strategy to deliver tangible results to the charity.The successful team included Lisa Hardaker Head of Media Development at Response One, Natalie Murray Marketing Manager from SBL, Sandro Scordo Database & Data Resource Manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability and Martin Emson Insights & Analytics Manager from Freemans Grattan Holdings. They took home a £50 Amazon voucher each and the knowledge that they have helped Crisis develop their marketing plans.Rachel Aldighieri, MD of the DMA, said:“The most successful brands put excellent customer engagement at the heart of what they do. Success lies in the collaboration within these organisations, from the data experts and technology specialists right the way through to the creative team and media experts. We created the Customer Engagement Labs to offer a new approach, giving attendees the chance to learn without restrictions or silos. Allowing them to come up with innovative ideas and forward-thinking solutions to real-life problems.”Richard Moody, Head of Supporter Engagement at Crisis said: Advertisement Tagged with: competition DMA hackathon  158 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Main image: the winning team.  157 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 5 April 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “We were really impressed with the ideas and work the teams were able to showcase in just a day. There was certainly some serious discussion among the judges about who should win, but ultimately there can only be one. The winning team captured the essence of our brand and used clever technical, creative and data solutions to develop a great customer engagement strategy. They understood the objectives we have as a brand and created a campaign that we agreed could have real benefit to the charity if put into action.”Hackathons provide a way for charities to find solutions to problems within a set timeframe by involving third-party organisations. The DMA’s Customer Engagement Labs encourage collaboration between data, technology and creative professionals, to help break down barriers to understanding and build successful customer engagement across channels. Future editions will work on more real client briefs and develop new ways to solve problems within the business through better customer engagement.last_img read more

Disability Snowsport UK to expand after receiving biggest ever donation

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Disability Snowsport UK has received its biggest ever donation in its 40-year history, which is enabling it to open a new adaptive snowsport school.The charity received £131,000 from Crystal Ski Holidays, which will enable DSUK to establish a new adaptive snowsport school at the dry ski slope at Sandown Sports in Esher, Surrey.A significant proportion of the donation is a result of Crystal Ski Holidays customers choosing to donate £1 whenever they have booked a ski or snowboarding holiday through Crystal’s website. This money has been topped up further through guests donating additional funds when participating in various activities during their holiday.Chris Logan, Managing Director, Crystal Ski Holidays said:“We’re delighted to support DSUK and to be able to help them expand their operation with the opening of the new snowsport school. A huge thank you to our customers for their generosity too. Our team is really passionate about the work DSUK does and many have spent time volunteering for the charity and seeing first-hand the support they provide.”Peter Le Masurier, CEO at Sandown Sports said: Advertisement “I am thrilled that we are now able to offer adaptive skiing in association with DSUK at Sandown. Making sport accessible for all, lies at the heart of what we aspire to deliver.”DSUK will be running free taster sessions at Sandown Sports for any disabled people who might be interested in skiing or snowboarding. Tagged with: corporate sport AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Melanie May | 6 November 2018 | News Main image: James North Photo  131 total views,  1 views today  132 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Disability Snowsport UK to expand after receiving biggest ever donationlast_img read more

Fundraising Everywhere to return with two events for 2020

first_img  241 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 November 2019 | News Fundraising Everywhere, the virtual conference for fundraisers around the world is live now and for the next 11 hours. Presenters Simon Scriver and Nikki Bell have just announced that the event will return in two formats in 2020.And booking is already open for them, even before today’s event is over! 2020 will see another Fundraising Everywhere in November, and a special week-long festival in May. November’s one-day conference will, like today, focus on the ‘how’ of fundraising – giving fundraisers the tools they need to be able to do it effectively. May’s focus will be the ‘why’ – the conversations shaping the sector – ethics, diversity, mental health, sexual harassment, podcasts, video, and the future of fundraising.As well as tickets to the 2020 events there will also be a membership scheme where fundraisers can access both conferences plus bonus monthly content from the Fundraising Everywhere team and their partners.Fundraising Everywhere 2019Today’s event has attracted over 650 delegates, from Canada to New Zealand. Of these 67% of delegates are from small organisations and therefore were able to attend at no charge.Some speakers have opted to donate their fee to a charity. Eight charities have been nominated to receive a share of €2,000 from the conference.While Fundraising Everywhere has helped hundreds of fundraisers avoid the travel costs (and the impact on the environment) of a physical conference, Scriver and Bell know that the virtual conference does have an environment impact in terms of the energy required for data streaming. As a result they have donated to the Caledonian Forest to offset the event’s impact. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Fundraising Everywhere to return with two events for 2020center_img  242 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: Fundraising Everywhere Training About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Rebel Diaz Art Collective evicted in South Bronx

first_imgRebel Diaz Arts Collective members Claudia De la Cruz and Rodrigo Venegas (right) joined with Sky Cohen (center), from the bookstore Bluestockings, to create a new library.New York City police and federal marshals raided the Rebel Diaz Artists Collective (RDACBX) in the South Bronx on Feb. 28 and evicted the group from its loft space.Producer DJ Illanoiz was the only person inside. He was awakened by armed police and told he had just five minutes to “get the f—k out.”The locks were immediately changed. Overnight, the collective’s possessions — including sound equipment, artwork and furniture — were quickly removed and thrown in the trash.Word spread quickly throughout activist and hip-hop circles and the South Bronx community. More than 100 people turned out for a news conference and rally to support RDACBX outside the building on the evening of March 1.“We have served the community because we are the community,” RodStarz of Rebel Diaz, the hip-hop duo that founded RDACBX, told the rally. “When we go out and do events like the South by South Bronx hip-hop festival, or when we open the Richie Perez Radical Library and push the idea of learning about our histories through people who look and sound like us — the system is gonna feel uncomfortable with that.”RDACBX had been locked in a long struggle with the building’s landlord, Marc Pogostin, of Austin Property Corp. The commercial developer, bent on furthering the gentrification of the South Bronx, had hiked the collective’s monthly rent from $1,400 to $2,400 in an effort to push them out.The developer also objected to “unauthorized” murals created on the outside of the loft giving voice to people’s struggles, including “I am Troy Davis” and “No human being is illegal.”But RDACBX fought back, gathering support from community organizations, churches, educators and local politicians, as well as carrying out a six-month rent strike.The surprise timing and violent character of the eviction show there was more at stake than possession of the loft space. “They came in with armed officers into what is supposed to be a safe space for the community,” noted collective member Karen Louviere.In its four-and-a-half years, RDACBX has become a major thorn in the side of New York’s rich and powerful — from billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department to bankers on Wall Street.Rebel Diaz and RDACBX have been out front in organizing young people of color to fight back against racist police brutality and in solidarity with undocumented immigrants. The group has championed the case of Chilean revolutionary Victor Toro, who is threatened with deportation.During the 2011 occupation of Zuccotti Park by Occupy Wall Street, RDACBX played a strategic role in bringing youth of color and their issues to that movement and stood side by side with OWS in its battle against eviction by the NYPD.At the same time, the RDACBX has become a valued resource for people in the South Bronx community. In the best traditions of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, RDACBX opened its doors and made its knowledge and resources available to students and educators, independent artists and activists.At the March 1 rally, RodStarz denounced the robbery of “a space that young people came to for after-school programming, workshops and summer youth employment, in a borough where the most common after-school activity for young people is being stopped and frisked.”Collective member Claudia De La Cruz said, “Despite the violent removal of RDACBX from its space, [we] will continue to work on its development, as it strives to be a resource for the community. There is a need for this organization to exist in the South Bronx.”As RDACBX begins its search for a new home, the group is asking supporters to send in their personal testimonials about the impact the collective and its space have had on them — as an organizing center, safe community space, place for artistic expression or educational resource. Readers can send their testimonials to [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fast-food workers: ‘Raise up Milwaukee!’

first_imgPhoto: Wisconsin Jobs NowWorkers from 65 low-wage, billion-dollar businesses in Milwaukee walked off the job on August 1 demanding a union and a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Later that day, roughly 250 people gathered outside a shopping and fast-food complex on Miller Park Way, a major intersection near the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball stadium that is swamped with fast-food restaurants. The one-day strike was organized by Raise Up MKE.“The fight today is for union rights, but also for human rights and social rights,” the Rev. William Briscoe, president of the faith-based coalition, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied For Hope, said at the Miller Parkway rally.Right before the police started escorting a few of the protesters away for not moving, Milwaukee state legislator, Mandela Barnes, climbed on a truck bed and said, “We had to have the back of the strikers because what they did was a brave thing today.” The protesters booed the police action and started to march around, singing union songs, drumming, and shouting, “What’s injustice? Poverty wages! What do we want? $15 and a union!”Representatives of the Milwaukee teachers union, the Service Employees union, the Steel Workers’ union, union nurses, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Voces de la Frontera, the WI Bail Out the People Movement and other labor-community organizations were there in solidarity with the workers.“It’s beautiful and we need more of it,” said Angela Walker, legislative and political director for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998.For more information and to sign a petition to support the low-wage workers, visit lowpayisnotok.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Haitians seek reparations from U.N.

first_imgAround 100 people, mainly Haitian, gathered in New York’s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, opposite the U.N. headquarters, for an eight-hour demonstration on Sept. 26. They called for that body to pay reparations for the cholera that soldiers from Minustah — the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti — brought to Haiti in October 2010.The resulting epidemic is the world’s worst outbreak of the disease, having killed more than 8,300 and sickened more than 680,000. Despite legal actions against it, the U.N. has refused to admit responsibility for unleashing the epidemic or to pay reparations.The demonstration was called by a broad Haitian community alliance that includes the Coalition to Support the Haitian People’s Struggle (KAKOLA), the International Support Haiti Network (ISHN), Haïti Liberté, and leading members of the Lavalas Family Party in New York.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ukraine, Donbass and the New Cold War against Russia

first_imgFrom a talk by Greg Butterfield at a Workers World Party forum in Los Angeles, July 23, 2015.According to the United Nations, at least 6,400 people have been killed since the start of Ukraine’s so-called anti-terrorist operation in April 2014 against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region bordering on Russia. This is widely understood to be a vast undercount. Donbass officials estimate 10,000 deaths, while a German intelligence report leaked last winter put the death toll closer to 40,000.The number of casualties is growing. There is daily shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and neo-Nazi volunteer battalions, in violation of the Minsk ceasefire agreements — often as many as 50 to 60 incidents in a single day.The weekend of July 18-19 saw some of the heaviest shelling in months in downtown Donetsk, capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic. As usual, the attacks were concentrated on civilian areas, including a grocery store. Two civilians were killed. On July 22 alone, 76 incidents were recorded in and around Donetsk city, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.Not coincidentally, the intensified shelling began two days after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt appeared on the floor of Ukraine’s parliament in an unprecedented attempt to quell infighting among factions loyal to U.S. imperialism that have made up the Kiev government and state structure.But let’s turn our attention closer to home. Many of you will remember an incident that happened one year ago here in Los Angeles. On July 1, 2014, a passing motorist captured on video the brutal beating of Marlene Purnoch, an African-American grandmother, by white California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Andrew.This horrendous incident came as no surprise to those who know the CHP’s notorious history of racism and brutality. But it may come as a surprise to southern California residents to learn that two weeks ago, the governor of Odessa, Ukraine, announced that the CHP will be training police there as part of the regime’s effort to weed out “disloyal” elements.Odessa Gov. Mikhail Saakashvili also announced that Washington will be paying the salary for all his staff. This past Saturday, July 18, Saakashvili received the latest shipment of 100 U.S. military Humvees at the Odessa port.Who is Saakashvili? He’s not from Odessa, or even from Ukraine. He’s a former president of the republic of Georgia, who fled corruption charges at the end of his term, and a well-known Washington stooge. He was appointed governor of Odessa by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in May. The city of Odessa has suffered under violent occupation by fascist gangs since May 2, 2014, when anti-regime protesters were massacred in the House of Trade Unions.This link between police brutality in southern California and fascist terror in Odessa isn’t just an interesting factoid. For us, as anti-war organizers, as Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights activists, as internationalists and communists, our most important challenge in the coming weeks and months will be to find ways to create a bridge between the new, militant movements of the oppressed fighting U.S. state-sponsored terror at home, with the resistance movements fighting fascism and imperialism abroad, including in Donetsk and Lugansk.Why Ukraine? Why now?Once we get a sense of the devastation that’s being carried out in the Donbass region, and the incredible amount of resources being poured into Ukraine and the surrounding region, we have to ask: Why Ukraine? And why now?Why are hundreds of U.S. Army paratroopers in Lvov, western Ukraine, training members of the Ukrainian National Guard, including the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion? And why, despite an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Conyers and passed by the House of Representatives in June exposing the fascist character of Azov, is this training program on track to be expanded starting in November, according to Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe?Why has NATO carried out an unprecedented 14 war games in Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia and the Alaskan Arctic in the past year? Why did the latest set of war games, called “Noble Jump” and held in Poland in June, include U.S. Special Forces rehearsing an attack on rebels in Donbass?To be sure, Ukraine is a country rich in natural resources, once known as the breadbasket of the USSR, with powerful mining and other industries in the eastern region developed in Soviet times, and a well-educated, skilled working class. Since the destruction of the Soviet Union, it has served as a crucial gateway for transporting Russian oil and gas to the European Union. For all these reasons, Ukraine is desired by the Western imperialist powers. The chance to get hold of these resources was the main reason that Germany and other European Union powers supported the right-wing coup in Kiev in February 2014.But the U.S. has greater ambitions. Not only does Wall Street crave Ukraine’s privatized industry and resources — not only does Monsanto want to control the fertile farmland — not only does Washington seek to control the flow of fuel to the countries in Europe that are both military allies in NATO and economic competitors — but at the heart of the Ukrainian crisis is the long-term U.S. strategy of overthrowing and breaking up an independent, capitalist Russian Federation.On June 23, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the latest U.S. provocation — to “pre-position” U.S. heavy weaponry in six Baltic and Eastern European countries as part of the expansion of a NATO Rapid Response Force from 13,000 to 40,000 troops. That means stationing hundreds of Pentagon tanks, armored infantry vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and other weaponry near Russia’s western border.And on July 9, during Senate confirmation hearings, the nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., declared Russia the “greatest threat” to U.S. national security.The Republican-Democratic “conflict” over arming Ukraine is a sideshow. Their differences are merely tactical. Sen. John McCain and the Republicans want to openly arm the Kiev junta, while President Barack Obama prefers to do it covertly, using third countries. For example, earlier this month, Ukraine inked an arms agreement with the Gulf monarchy of Qatar, a major U.S. arms client.Suppressing and dismantling Russia has been a prime goal of both Democratic and Republican U.S. regimes since the fall of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago. It was back in February 1992, during the waning months of the George H.W. Bush administration, that a Pentagon “Defense Plan” was leaked to the New York Times, which stated in no uncertain terms that the main U.S. aim was to “prevent the emergence of a new rival” in the post-Soviet world, and that Russia was the main target. This has been a guiding principle of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy ever since.NATO has expanded by 12 members in Eastern Europe and the former USSR since 1999, with five additional states considered official “aspiring” members, including Ukraine, despite promises made by Washington to Mikhail Gorbachev before the fall of the USSR, and provisions of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act.This crisis is not going away. No matter who is elected president next year, no matter which capitalist party controls Congress, the campaign to demonize Russia, threaten the people of Donbass and repress the Ukrainian opposition will continue, and the danger of a wider war will grow.Historically, wars have been used to derail fightback movements at home, from the Wobblies in World War I to the CIO in World War II to the anti-globalization movement after the 9/11 attacks. That’s why we must begin now to educate the anti-war movement and build links with Black Lives Matter, the Fight for 15 and the struggle for immigrants’ rights.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Baltimore rally demands: Justice for Aaron Winston!

first_imgActivists from the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly and the Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference marked the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death with a protest and rally at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues. The site had been ground zero for an uprising in Baltimore after young Freddie Gray sustained fatal injuries while being transported in a police van.Aaron Winston’s brother speaks at Trayvon Martin rally, Feb. 26.WW photo: Sharon BlackThe rally turned into a call for justice for Aaron Winston. Winston is a 24-year-old longshore worker who was brutally beaten by police and later arrested at the Power Plant Live, a night club and tourist destination in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.While attending a birthday party, Winston had asked police why his brother was being arrested. The police put him in a chokehold and beat him so badly that his arm was broken in several places and his rotator cuff torn. He had to have surgery and metal screws to repair his right arm. Right after surgery, Winston was transferred from the hospital to the notorious Central Booking Jail, where he was denied pain medication despite protests from his family. Winston’s family attended the rally and both his brother and father spoke out.ShaiVaughn Crawley, a Baltimore activist who chaired the rally, pointed out the hypocrisy of Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has stated that people should intervene when they see police acting brutally. Crawley explained that any encounter with Baltimore police could become deadly.The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, a PPA organizer and president of the Baltimore SCLC, drew the connections between the death of Trayvon Martin and the treatment of Aaron Winston.Youth from Freddie Gray’s neighborhood took the microphone to speak out, at times calling out to the large crowd of police who came to monitor the event, pointing out individual cops who had brutalized the neighborhood.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more