The right to rebel: The case of Ahmed Evans

first_imgPart 1: How the Glenville Rebellion briefly won community control in 1968Ahmed EvansOn July 23, 1968, a gun battle between white Cleveland police officers and the Black Nationalist group “Republic of New Libya” ended with an official death toll of three police, three Black snipers and one civilian. The dispute began over ongoing racist harassment of the group’s leader, Ahmed Evans, by white officers. Police accused Evans’ group of shooting first.Independent journalists and investigators uncovered facts to support Evans’ claim that it was the other way around.Nevertheless, Ahmed Evans was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the police and another person, dubbed a hero, who was said to have been helping police. Evans also faced three additional charges, specifically for killing police officers, which was automatically a capital offense in Ohio then, unless the jury were to recommend mercy.Evans himself had not fired any of the fatal shots. He was charged under a state law that allowed a person to be held accountable for a crime stemming from participation in a “conspiracy.”Mae Mallory, who came to Cleveland in 1961 when the state of North Carolina attempted to have her extradited from New York to face trumped-up kidnapping charges, was instrumental in forming the July 23 Defense Committee. The 1961 charges had been leveled against her and Robert Williams, a leader of the Black community in Monroe, N.C., who supported the right of armed self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan.Another lead activist in the Defense Committee, Wilbur Grattan, was a Republic of New Libya member who was beaten savagely by police after trying to attend to a wounded comrade on the night of the shootout. Grattan was a seasoned activist, having been involved with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in his home state of Alabama.A year earlier, Ted Dostal, a retired steelworker, and Frances Dostal, a registered nurse, had moved to Cleveland from Youngstown, Ohio, to start a branch of Workers World Party. Understanding the right of oppressed nations to self-determination, these white militants respected the position of Mallory and others that the Defense Committee should be an autonomous Black organization. So they formed “Friends of the July 23 Defense Committee.”‘Conspiracy’ charge buries truthTruth was the first casualty of the prosecution’s determination to send Evans to the electric chair.A 22-year-old African-American bystander, James Chapman, was said to have been aiding police when killed by a Black sniper. An organization that aided widows of slain police officers broke tradition by giving $1,000 to Chapman’s widow.However, a forensic expert testified that Chapman’s wound was caused by a shot fired no more than 18 inches from his head — meaning he had to have been killed not by a “sniper,” but by the police he was accompanying. Yet Chapman’s death was blamed on the “conspiracy” that Evans was allegedly a party to.Whether the three police officers were all killed by members of the Republic of New Libya or by their fellow officers was never clearly established. The prosecution based its case on the testimony of gun dealers who claimed to have sold weapons to Evans. With the aim of undermining not only Evans’ defense but the city administration, the prosecution claimed the money used to buy the weapons came from a grant that Evans’ Afro Culture Shop and Bookstore had received from “Cleveland Now!,” an empowerment program initiated by the city’s first African-American mayor, Carl B. Stokes.Nevertheless, these weapons were purchased legally and, from Evans’ standpoint, for defensive purposes, as Black Nationalists had been attacked by police in nearby Akron, Ohio, and white Cleveland police had been harassing and threatening Evans since before Stokes’ election in 1967.Not only was Evans not involved in the shooting, but neighbor James Turpin testified that Evans was inside Turpin’s home from 20 minutes after the shooting began up until the moment he surrendered to police. The prosecution offered absolutely zero proof that the three deaths were the result of any conspiracy.The phrase “prosecutorial misconduct” could not fully describe the racist behavior of those determined to have Evans executed. During his trial, his lawyers were called “boys” more than once. An African-American defense witness was belittled and intimidated with questions such as “You hate white people, don’t you?”The mainstream media, particularly the Cleveland Plain Dealer, made no effort to hide their bias against Evans and in support of the police.Evans’ supporters were targeted. The July 23 Defense Committee held a demonstration outside the courthouse during the trial. At the time, picketing a courthouse was illegal. Mae Mallory was arrested, along with Ted Dostal, who was standing on the sidelines as a sympathetic observer. Both were charged with contempt of court.On May 12, 1969, jurors returned a verdict of guilty on all counts and without mercy. Before being sent to death row, Evans stated, “The electric chair or fear of anything won’t stop the Black man of today.”Just as today there is widespread anger everywhere over the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, “There was outrage all over the country when the Evans verdict was announced,” recalls Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. “I was in eighth grade in Detroit and students walked out when they got the news. They were attacked by Detroit police.”Both Dostal and Mallory were also found guilty. Mallory moved to Tanzania to avoid being forced to serve an outrageous one-year sentence. Dostal was sent to the workhouse on a six-month sentence. He was released early when he was about to play a lead role in a strike of inmates.No one was ever charged in the killings of Amer Iber Katir, Malik Ali Bey or Nondu Bey, the three Republic of New Libya members shot to death.Ahmed Evans’ death sentence was later commuted to life in prison, where he died of cancer in 1978. He was a committed revolutionary to the end.Mae Mallory left Africa when it was safe to return to activism in her home town of Brooklyn, N.Y., where she spent her last years. Wilbur Grattan, a frequent driver on the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan, and Ted Dostal and Frances Dostal, fixtures of the Cleveland progressive movement, stayed in the struggle to the end. The four remained lifelong friends and all would have been in the streets with the youth of today, blocking highways, staging die-ins and getting in the faces of the racist cops.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New Zealand PM hits back at Trump’s ‘patently wrong’ virus claims

first_img“You see what is going on in New Zealand,” Trump told supporters.”They beat it; they beat it. It was like front page [news], they beat it because they wanted to show me something.”Citing a “big surge in New Zealand”, Trump added: “It’s terrible. We don’t want that.”New Zealand, with a population of five million, has around 1,300 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began roughly eight months ago and around 70 active cases.The United States, on the other hand, is the hardest-hit nation in the world with well over five million cases and more than 170,000 deaths.It is not the first time that Trump and Ardern — a relatively young, center-left leader — have clashed.Shortly after her stunning election win in 2017, Trump met her at a summit in Vietnam and joked she had “caused a lot of upset in her country”.”You know, no one marched when I was elected,” she retorted, referring to the protests that followed Trump’s victory in 2016.Both leaders are heading into elections in the coming weeks, and for both, trading barbs is likely to play well with supporters.Ardern has been forced to postpone the elections by a month because of the latest outbreak, putting her sizable lead in the polls at risk.Trump is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the polls and facing fierce criticism over his handling of the pandemic. “Obviously, it’s patently wrong,” she added of Trump’s remarks, in unusually blunt criticism from an American ally.New Zealand had been hailed as a global success story after eradicating local transmission of the virus and Ardern was lauded as the “anti-Trump”.But the recent discovery of a cluster in Auckland forced the country’s largest city back into lockdown.At an election rally in Minnesota on Monday, Trump jumped on that development as evidence his critics — who held up New Zealand as an example — were wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump’s talk of an out-of-control coronavirus “surge” in New Zealand as “patently wrong”.She expressed dismay after the US president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand as a “huge surge” that Americans would do well to avoid.”Anyone who is following,” Ardern said, “will quite easily see that New Zealand’s nine cases in a day does not compare to the United States’ tens of thousands.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner and the dark evenings are upon us – which is a prime time for burglars to target homes.Gardaí in Donegal have issued an advice checklist for homeowners to follow to stop criminals doing their Christmas shopping at their house.“Taking small precautions could save you a fortune should you be unfortunate enough to have an uninvited guest enter your home,” a spokesperson said. Tips to follow for home security this Christmas: Please do not keep large amounts of cash in your home. If you have valuable jewellery, please ensure that you have it secured in a safe/cabinet. Please ensure that doors and windows are secure when leaving your home and set your alarm. If you do not have an alarm, please consider getting one that is monitored. Invest in some good lighting for around your home. Never ever post on social media if you are going away as you are advertising the fact that your home is empty. Please look out for old and vulnerable neighbours and please advise them against keeping cash etc. in their home.Please report any suspicious activity in your area to Gardaí.Gardaí issue advise to keep burglars out this Christmas was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to Remove Condensation From a DSLR Viewfinder

first_imgYou’ve invested in a DSLR and tried to protect it — and then you notice moisture trapped in your camera. Don’t panic! Here’s how to go about removing condensation from your DSLR viewfinder.Top image via Mohamed Nohassi. All other images via Shutterstock unless noted.One of the worst feelings for any person working with expensive video equipment is the thought of it being broken. I had one such dreadful moment just the other day.I was filming in moderate to heavy rain. I had a rain sleeve to protect my DSLR. The camera had been certified as weatherproof, so the rain sleeve was more to protect the vintage lens in use. When the rain would ease, or if I had to check a shot’s focus more specifically, I’d remove the rain sleeve for a few minutes, exposing my gear to the elements. About an hour into the shoot, I noticed something a little different with the viewfinder. It looked almost white. Upon closer inspection, I could see that condensation had built up inside of the viewfinder. While I was able to check the shots via the monitor and LCD screen, taking photographs with the camera (which I needed to do later in the day) while looking through the viewfinder was a no-go.Image via UglyMcGregorThe web is filled with forum posts on this matter, but only after a few hours of reading was I able to find a concrete solution by compiling a few answers together. While many who have had the same problem stated that it would be fine after a couple of days, it’s not practical to wait that long if you use your DSLR daily.Here are a few quick tips on how you can prepare for this. I should mention, as stated in the title, this post is aimed toward those currently shooting with a DSLR, either as a primary filming camera or for stills. DSLRs don’t have the same heat output as a cinema camera, and in most cases, a cinema camera will hold up just fine.How to Keep Condensation From Forming Without entering a science lesson, they key element here is Dew Point Temperature.The dewpoint temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer “hold” all of the water vapor which is mixed with it, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water. The dew point is always lower than (or equal to) the air temperature. – Weatherquestions.comThe key to avoid the condensation issue is to keep your camera’s temperature above the dew point. In my instance, I was a direct cause in making the viewfinder fill with condensation. As I kept removing the weather sleeve, I kept exposing the camera to different temperatures. The camera was at a temperature above dew point while under the fabric sleeve, and then when I removed the sleeve to inspect the shot correctly, the camera would start to drop to the temperature of the exterior (rainy) location.I had obviously let the camera become exposed to the cold environment for too long. Putting it back into a warmer environment caused the condensation to form. In a cold environment, keep your camera temperature above the dew point to avoid condensation. You can do this several ways.1. Keep the Camera Under a Protective CoatImage via B&HThere are several DIY and low-budget rain covers. In most cases, they are a thin plastic sheet with a branded name on the front, or you can make one yourself using a sandwich bag.Other than keeping the rain off your camera, these plastic rain sleeves aren’t going to do much in the way of protecting your camera from the cold temperature. Instead, look at a coldproof bag. These are thick nylon cases that will keep your camera and lens warm — and free of condensation — in colder environments.  The problem is, it’s unlikely that they will be waterproof. You can look into acquiring something like the Camera Duck All Weather Cover. Not only are these waterproof, but they have small pockets in which you can place warming packs which will keep your camera (and your fingers) nice and warm.2. Keep the Camera Close to Your BodyAdmittedly, this might not be very practical when it comes to filmmaking. However, the closer you can keep your DSLR to your body, the warmer the camera will remain. At a cost, you can handle the camera without gloves to maximize heat transference. In this instance, you then expose yourself to the cold weather which may result in the shoot finishing early.3. Use a Heating Strap/Dew StrapThese are primarily used by stargazers on a cold night when they don’t want their telescope lens disrupted by condensation.Dew Zapper Heating bands gently replace lost heat, bringing the temperature of the corrector lens back above the dew point to keep dew from accumulating and disrupting the quality of view.This, of course, increases the complexity of your situation, as you will need to acquire a power supply for the strap. Not to mention, the strap is for the lens, not necessarily the viewfinder.What if Condensation Has Already Formed?If you have found condensation on your viewfinder, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. Yet. There are a few things you can do to help speed up the process of bringing your camera back above dew point to correct this.1. Car HeatersIf you’re at a location where you have a vehicle nearby, quickly hop inside one and turn the heaters on — but not at full blast. You want to gradually heat the camera’s core temperature back up to remove the condensation. It won’t be an instantaneous change — you are likely to wait 15-30 minutes. Please be careful if using a hairdryer. A friend once used a hairdryer to remove the fogging from a lens. He kept the hairdryer pointing at the same spot for too long and, well, now that lens doesn’t work correctly.2. Silica Gel PacketsAnother method (which I’ve used a good few times) is to place your camera in a contained space, such as your gear bag, with a few silica packs near the camera. Silica gel packets are the small paper packets you usually find in a shoebox along with a new pair of shoes. In short, they absorb moisture. When you place these with your camera in your gear bag, remove the memory card and battery to allow a better airflow throughout the internals of all camera compartment.By combining all of the tips above, you should be in a position to stop — or at least contain — the condensation forming on your viewfinder.A bonus tip for the reverse of this problem: If you’re out in the cold and are returning to a warm environment, place the DSLR into a zip-lock bag. The moisture forms on the plastic bag instead of the camera itself.Got any tips for handling gear emergencies out in the field? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

The Audacity of Belief

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now For some reason I was reminded today of the very first formal sale training I ever received. I was 24 years old. I was the only male sales rep in a room of fifty salespeople being trained. I was greener than green. But I was audacious and I believed.At some point in the training, we had to role-play asking for an order. Here was the scene they painted. The client is big. They spend $5,000,000 in your space. They have enough orders that they could give you an order and no one would ever miss it. The orders they have are all in your wheelhouse, and they have unmet needs right now. It’s a good role-play because it can be challenging, but there are a number of paths to a successful outcome.I was sitting at the end of the table, but I was called up somewhere in the first ten or so places. So, I did what I would have done in a real life situation: I asked for all of their open orders. The Regional Vice President playing the client smacked me down. I went back after her a second time. She was having trouble saying no, but she shut me down anyway. So I went after her a third time. She caved in and gave me half the orders.I thought I failed and sat back down. It felt like I failed. But no sooner had I sat down then my manager showed up to pull me out of the room. As we walked out, I noticed the Regional Vice President was waiting. Clearly, I was in trouble.She said, “Listen, you’re making a mess in there. Most of the people sitting in that room are afraid to ask for a single order. We’re trying to give them the confidence and courage to ask for an order. I love it that you ask for all of the orders. Please don’t stop doing that when you’re in the field. But in my room, I need you to play by my rules.”Before I could walk back in, my manager pulled me aside. I told him how bad I felt for failing. He said, “You didn’t fail. Everyone that asked for a single order got one. You asked for all of them and got half. If you’d have had a little more time, I think you’d have gotten the other half.”There are some benefits of being young and green. Believing so deeply in what you sell and your ability to make a difference can embolden you. It can make you audacious. It can fill you with passion, energy, and enthusiasm.I believed that my company was the best company in the world. I believed that my team could make more of a difference than anyone else.Believing is sometimes enough.QuestionsDo you remember your first sales training?Do you still believe so deeply that your emboldened by your beliefs?When was the last time you did something audacious?What are you passionate about? What puts the wind in your sails? What do you believe so strongly that it fills you with an energy that is contagious?Tell me your best sales training story?last_img read more

Tamil Nadu USRB is hiring more than 200 Sub Inspectors, apply @ till September 28

first_imgTNUSRB (Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board) has invited applications on its official website,, for recruitment to 202 posts of Sub Inspector of Police (Finger Print) post under Tamil Nadu Police Subordinate Service Rules 1953.Eligible candidates can apply to the respective post through the prescribed format on or before September 28, 2018.Official notification of Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board”Out of the total vacancies, 30 per cent will be allotted for women/ transgender candidates. Women/ transgender candidates shall also be entitled to compete for the remaining 70 per cent of vacancies along with men candidates,” reads the official notification.”20 per cent reservation will be provided for Police Departmental candidates,” it further adds.Read the entire notification here.Educational qualifications required to apply for the Sub Inspector postCandidates should be a BSc or posses an equivalent degree in Science from any University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission in the pattern of 10+2+3.The candidates should also have studied Tamil as a subject in class 10.”If not studied, candidates will have to pass the Tamil-Part II Test conducted by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission within 2 years of joining the service,” says the recruiting body.Also read: Sitharaman urges Tamil Nadu to ‘make substantive changes in curriculum from school level’Scheme of TNUSRB SI exam for open and departmental quote:For departmental quota: Exam scheme for departmental quota of TNUSRB Sub Inspector (Fingerprint) post 2018For open quota: Exam scheme for open quota of TNUSRB Sub Inspector (Fingerprint) post 2018Age limit20-28 years of age as on September 28, 2018.advertisementAlso read: Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) to set up Centre of Excellence in Bio-Tech to promote biotechnology researchSelection processCandidates will be selected on the basis of written exam and viva voceSpecial marks will be awarded for NCC, NSS and sports candidates which will be considered while finalising the merit listWritten exam:The written exam will comprise of questions from General Knowledge, Logical Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Psychology Test, Communication Skills and Information Handling Ability.Note: The exam date hasn’t been announced yet, it will be announced later. Stay tuned to our website for the date.Examination feeThe examination fee is Rs 500.If the Police Departmental candidate applies for both open quota and departmental quota, he/she shall pay a sum of Rs 1000 as examination fee and this shall be paid either through cash challan or online.Pay scaleRs 36,900-1,16,600Also read: This teacher from Tamil Nadu sold her jewellery to provide world-class facilities to studentsTNUSRB Sub Inspector of Police (Fingerprint) post: How to applyGo to the official website of the board, the home page, you will find a notification on the extreme right side that says ‘RECRUITMENT FOR THE POST OF SUB – INSPECTOR OF POLICE(FINGERPRINT) – 2018’.At the bottom of that notification, you will see a flash link that says ‘Application Form’.Click on that link.Login with your User ID and password, or ‘Create New User’.You will be further able to download your application form and apply for the post.About TNUSRBTamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board is constituted by the Tamil Nadu Government.This board conducts competitive examinations for the posts of Grade II Police Constables, Grade II Jail Warders, Firemen, Sub-Inspectors of Police, Sub-Inspectors of Police (Technical) and Sub-Inspectors of Police (Finger Print) and selects the eligible candidates for these posts.Also read: How Delhi Police tracked 3,000 missing children in only four days with Facial Recognition Systemlast_img read more

Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia to lead India’s challenge at Asian Wrestling Championships

first_imgOlympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and World No 1 Bajrang Punia will spearhead India’s campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships starting Tuesday.Besides Sakshi and Bajrang, Vinesh Phogat is another big name who would be vying for top honours during the mega-event.Vinesh will hope to give a good account of herself in the women’s 53kg — a relatively new weight category for her.She had competed for the first time in that category at the UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria and had bagged a silver medal.In the same competition, Bajrang, who was competing in men’s 65kg category, clinched a gold.Sakshi, the bronze winner at the Rio Olympics, also settled for a silver, in women’s 65kg, while Pooja Dhanda won the yellow metal in women’s 59kg category.At the Asian Championships, Sakshi will go back to her 62kg category, while Navjot Kaur will represent India in women’s 65kg.Pooja Dhanda will fight in 57kg in this tournament.Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran will return to competitive wrestling having recovered from an ankle injury and is all set to compete in women’s 68kg category.National champion Amit Dhankar will participate in men’s 74kg in the absence of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who decided to give the Championship a miss.Dhankar is a former Asian Wrestling Championship gold medallist at the 2013 New Delhi edition.Rahul Aware, the wrestler from Maharashtra, is making a comeback to the Indian team and will compete in men’s 61kg weight division.In men’s freestyle, Praveen Rana (79kg) and Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) are other key wrestlers from India who are expected to finish on the podium.advertisementThe championships, which concludes on April 28, will see Greco-Roman wrestlers fighting for top honours on the last two days of the competition.The championship will kick start with men’s freestyle wrestling competitions, followed by women wrestling.Squad:Men’s Freestyle: Ravi Kumar (57kg), Rahul Aware (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Rajneesh (70kg), Amit Dhankar (74kg), Praveen Rana (79kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Vicky (92kg), Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) and Sumit (125kg).Women’s wrestling: Seema (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Manju (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Navjot Kaur (65kg), Divya Kakran (68kg), Kiran (72kg) and Pooja (76kg).Greco Roman Style: Manjeet (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Vikram Kumar (63kg), Ravinder (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg), Hardeep Singh (97kg) and Prem Kumar (130kg).Also Read | Elated and honoured: Bajrang Punia after being conferred with Padma ShriAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat first Indian to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awardslast_img read more

Dr. Chang Praises Police for Taking Fight to Gangs

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has commended members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for continuing to “take the fight” to gangs in communities across the island.He said that in Area Two alone (involving St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland), the police has been successful in apprehending 23 members of one gang.He pointed out that many of the murders being committed in the island involve people who are familiar with each other and “also gang members killing gang members”.“Our main focus is to continue to apprehend gang leaders. We intend to disrupt their operations while diminishing their status as dons and heroes within our communities. We are going to bring them to justice and lock them away,” Dr. Chang said.He said that the Government will also be going after their assets, including those “they have been trying to conceal”.Dr. Chang was addressing members of the St. Ann Chamber of Commerce at a recent function at the Almond Tree Restaurant in Ocho Rios.The National Security Minister told the business people that the Government “remains steadfast in our mission to serve and protect all of our citizen”.”He said that the Ministry’s five-point crime plan remains an effective tool in going after the criminals, pledging that no stone will be left unturned to make communities safe.He had high praises for the St. Ann Police Division, noting that murders have been trending downwards in the parish over the past year.Dr. Chang said the Government recognises that major investment has to be made in order to ensure that the security forces have the tools to operate at an optimal level.“Security is one of those critical things that, as a Government, we have to provide. It is also something that will lead to sustainable development…something which will take us on that road to prosperity,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, he informed that rehabilitation work will be done on a number of police stations across the island.“Our hard-working police men and women deserve to be operating in a proper work environment, and we will be doing all that we can to make that a reality,” he said.last_img read more

Deadly reserve fires Why does it keep happening

first_imgAPTN National NewsChildren lost to fires on reserves.It’ a story APTN brought you far too many times.More tragedy this week raises the questions once again: Why does this keep happening and what needs to be done?APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img