This music video from Ireland is called WATER CHARGE SONG (Parody).
30 January, 2015
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for the Environment Brian Stanley has urged all those opposed to water charges to come out in their masses tomorrow in peaceful protests across the country.
The protests, which will be held in local communities across the country, offer a vital opportunity for people to voice their dissent against Irish Water and the imposition of unfair water charges.
Deputy Stanley said:
“There is a series of events organised by Sinn Féin which are taking place across Ireland as part of a day of action against water charges. We are encouraging anybody who is opposed to the introduction of these unfair, regressive charges to take part in their local protest or march.
“Sinn Féin is committed to campaigning against water charges until they are stopped. The Government’s handling of this unfair water tax has been shambolic. Along with the Local Property tax, this has become a staple of this government’s austerity agenda.
“It’s time to tell this Government that concessions are not enough. These concessions came after an immense show of will from the Irish people. Labour and Fine Gael may have reacted, they didn’t listen. They offered introductory offers and caps as bribes for silence, but we are demanding abolition. Water is a human right, not a commodity to be controlled and traded.
“This is why it of such importance that the people come out and make their voices heard tomorrow. It is time that Labour and Fine Gael are told in no uncertain terms that either water charges go – or they do. Sinn Féin is committed to scrapping water charges and to reversing this legislation if in government.”
From the Derry Journal in Northern Ireland:
American civil rights campaigner to be main speaker at Bloody Sunday rally
by Greg Sharkey
The theme of this year’s annual Bloody Sunday march is ‘Resist’, to highlight what has been taking place in the U.S.A. Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, American civil rights campaigner, will be the main speaker after this year’s Bloody Sunday rally.
He will also be guest speaker at a number of events during this week, speaking about this upsurge in police violence against the black community, and why ‘Black Lives Matter’.
An impassioned gathering attended a vigil for Michael Brown‘s family and the people of Ferguson, Missouri at Free Derry Wall on Saturday November 30. Key speakers were Bloody Sunday family member, Kate Nash and veteran Civil Rights campaigner, Eamon Mc Cann.
Media images of several days protest on the streets of Ferguson were shown across the world, following the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict police officer, Darren Wilson, on any charges for shooting dead the American teenager on August 9.
There was much outrage throughout the world, with numerous demonstrations in solidarity with the Brown family, and on the wider issue of institutionalised racism.
Speaking to the Derry Journal before the Bloody Sunday March Committee held their vigil, Kate Nash said:
“As family members of the Bloody Sunday dead, we draw parallels with other unarmed and innocent victims killed by the forces of law and order.”
Regarding the judicial response, or lack of, in the Michael Brown case, Kate Nash drew similarities between their experiences and that of the Brown family, stating:
“You have a judicial system that’s meant to be independent and impartial, but in reality, is actually politically interfered with.”
Regarding similarities between Ferguson and what engulfed Derry, 42 years ago, Eamon Mc Cann said: “Distance and skin colour make no difference to the grief and anger that has erupted across the US since the decision not to prosecute the policeman who pumped six bullets into the teenager’s body.”
Eamon Mc Cann also warned of the dangers regarding the dramatic rise in the militarisation of policing in the US stating:
“We can recognise that scenario here too, and know that no good came of it for anyone involved.”
Over the course of the last two months, several killings by US police officers have occurred, along with countless instances of police brutality.
Twelve year old T[a]mir Rice was gunned down in Cleveland, Ohio, while playing with a pellet gun; and Jerame Reid was shot dead in New Jersey, as he got out of a car, with his hands up.
Shocking images of Eric Garner calling out, ‘I can’t breath’ as he was suffocated to death, while being violently restrained by several police officers; and, the failure to indict any police officer for this, has caused massive resentment.
Michael Brown’s family mulls lawsuit against Darren Wilson, Ferguson PD: here.
In Tamir Rice Case, Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One: here.
From Watchdog.org in the USA:
Nebraska education board member’s blog has long been inflammatory
By Deena Winter / January 23, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. — State Education Board member Pat McPherson has been under fire for a week after his blog called President Obama a “half-breed,” but that merely continues a long line of inflammatory posts.
McPherson founded and co-edited the blog, Objective Conservative, that called Obama the racist name last week, but said he didn’t write or vet the offending post. He has rebuffed calls for his resignation from the governor, two U.S. senators, two congressmen, the NAACP, the state teachers union, the Omaha school board, Omaha’s mayor, Omaha city council members and his colleagues on the State Board of Education. Most are Republicans, as is McPherson.
After Nebraska first reported the blog’s racist half-breed posts, controversy erupted and McPherson shuttered the blog, but some editions can still be found on an archiving website called the Wayback Machine. A review of about a dozen of those old archived blogs found other offensive posts saying Democrats don’t have brains, accusing a Republican lawmaker of acting like an “emotional child,” referring to “snapping gals’ bras” and posting a meme suggesting tacos are good bait to catch illegal immigrants.
The blog posts were rarely attributed to a specific author, but usually simply posted by “Objective Conservative.”
Archived editions of the blog show Obama to be a favorite topic. In addition to the half-dozen times the president was referred to as a half-breed, he’s often called an “empty suit,” and in December, the blog called Obama a “sexist, lecherous president” because he only asked women questions at a press conference.
After a Missouri grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the blog mocked the fires blazing in Ferguson, posting a meme that said, “Ferguson Fire Sale, everything must go.”
The blog also suggested the Brown case and chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York had nothing to do with race.
Nas: In the wake of Ferguson and Eric Garner deaths, rap is refocusing on law enforcement: here.
NYT COLUMNIST: MY SON HELD AT GUNPOINT, AT YALE ”This is the scenario I have always dreaded: my son at the wrong end of a gun barrel, face down on the concrete. I had always dreaded the moment that we would share stories about encounters with the police in which our lives hung in the balance, intergenerational stories of joining the inglorious ‘club.’ When that moment came, I was exceedingly happy I had talked to him about how to conduct himself if a situation like this ever occurred. Yet I was brewing with sadness and anger that he had to use that advice.” [NYT]
Dozens of people gathered with candle lights and protest signs in Denver after local police shot dead a 16-year-old girl on Monday: here.
Police in Longview, Texas released footage Wednesday of officers killing a 17-year-old girl in the lobby of a police station on January 22. Officers Glenn Derr and Grace Bagley shot and killed 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard last Thursday, after officer Gene Duffie fired a taser at her. The three officers have been on paid leave since the shooting: here.
This video from Ireland is called Bloody Sunday (Full Movie).
From the Londonderry Sentinel in Northern Ireland:
Ferguson pastor, Rev. Sekou Osagyeyfo, to address Bloody Sunday march
by Staff Reporter
14 January 2015
Rev. Osagyeyfo will also address the annual Bloody Sunday march at Guildhall Square, the organisers announced on Wednesday (January 14).
According to the organisers: “This year’s theme is ‘Resist’ and the programme will reflect the resistance to continued attacks on civil rights and liberties whether in Ferguson, USA, Palestine, Dublin, Belfast or indeed here in Derry itself.
“The programme for 2015 will continue the tradition of acting as an inclusive platform for the seemingly disparate ongoing campaigns concerning the people of these islands and beyond.
“As in previous years it is a time to join together, make connections and raise our voices in solidarity.”
The programme is as follows:
Thursday, January 22, City Hotel 7.30pm
Bernadette McAliskey (chair) with an invited panel of speakers to include Liam Wray, brother of Bloody Sunday murder victim Jim Wray.
Thursday, January 29, City Hotel 7.30 pm
’Unmasking Injustice – from the Hooded Men to the Craigavon Two’
Bernadette McAliskey (chair), Francie McGuigan (former hooded man), Packy Carty from Justice For The Craigavon Two and Darragh Mackin KRW Law
Saturday, January 31, Pilots Row Community Centre 12noon
Diane Greer (Chair), other speakers confirmed include Mary McManus Housing and Welfare Rights Belfast, Louie, performance artist and Yes Campaign Glasgow, and the Revered Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson, USA
Saturday, January 31, Pilots Row Community Centre 2.30pm
’The State We’re In’
Speakers include Patrick Murphy (Irish News), Kitty Holland (Irish Times) and Brian Feeney (Irish News)
Saturday, January 31, Nerve Centre, Magazine Derry 7.30 pm
Chair Eamonn McCann, speakers include: former Guantánamo Bay internee Moazzam Begg and the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson, who will speak about the killing of the young black man Michael Brown by the Missouri state police.
Sunday, February 1, Creggan Shops 2.30 pm
Annual March and Rally for Justice
This year’s march will finish at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre where we are delighted to announce that the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson USA and the anti-austerity, anti-water charges TD Clare Daly will address the rally.
This video about Northern Ireland says about itself:
25 January 2009
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Hollywood actress shows disgust over Mills’ inclusion in New Year Honours list
Tuesday 06 January 2015
The New Year Honours list, in which the Queen recognises the achievements and services of extraordinary people across the UK, is covered extensively in the British press but is a subject that rarely makes a splash across the pond.
But the Queen’s decision to award Maurice Mills, the Northern Ireland politician who reportedly blamed Hurricane Katrina on the LGBT community and claimed that Aids is the result of the “filthy practice of sodomy,” has reached Hollywood since his anti-gay comments came to light and Ellen Page has voiced her anger.
The Oscar nominated actress, who came out while giving a speech at a packed conference for LGBT teenagers in Las Vegas last year, tweeted a link to a Vice article about the honour bestowed upon Mills with a picture of the Queen and the words “F*** that”.
Mills, a Democratic Unionist Party councillor for Ballymena, is a “committed born again Christian” and has been awarded the MBE for his services to local Government.
He reportedly blamed the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,300 people, on divine revenge for the annual LGBT New Orleans festival called Southern Decadence, claiming: “Sure this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practised.”
Mills has also reportedly blamed gay people for Aids, claiming: “This abominable and filthy practice of sodomy has resulted in the great continent of Africa being riddled with Aids.”
She tweeted: “Being gay isn’t a belief. My soul isn’t struggling and I don’t want the arms of the Heavenly Father around me. A girl’s arms? Yes.”
This video says about itself:
SO GAY. Short documentary to help prevent homophobic bullying in young people. Combats youth suicide.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
The born-again Christian called homosexuality ‘wickedness’ and that the deadly storm was God’s punishment
Thursday 01 January 2015
A politician in Northern Ireland who reportedly blamed Hurricane Katrina on gay people and said Aids was the result of the “filthy practice of sodomy” has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list.
Listed as “Alderman Maurice Turtle Mills”, the controversial politician has been recognised “for services to local government”.
“The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence festival which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people,” said Mills.
“Surely this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practised.”
The comments prompted gay rights activists to stage a protest in Ballymena in early 2006, as well as demanding that Mills apologise.
But Mills has never retracted the comments, and the DUP resisted calls to condemn them.
“There is a principle at stake here and that is homosexuality is a sin before almighty God,” the councillor said at the time.
“If I were to apologise for my comments then God would have to apologise.”
The Guardian also reported that Mills gay people for Aids, saying: “This abominable and filthy practice of sodomy has resulted in the great continent of Africa being riddled with Aids.”
The Queen just honored a politician who believes Hurricane Katrina was caused by gay people: here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
29 November 2013
By BlueLou in Britain:
A woman who’s quick on the draw
Wednesday 24th December 2014
The Star’s award-nominated BlueLou is the only woman cartoonist for any daily national paper. Here she tells how she entered this male-dominated career
I come from a working-class Northern Irish background.
Growing up, my mother used to let me stay up and watch Question Time if there were significant guests and a good debate in the offing.
My father read Private Eye and got a bootleg cassette of the Life of Brian for us kids when it was still banned there.
There was a stack of 2000 ADs that I inherited from my older brothers and I continued to buy it right up till comics such as Watchmen and Spiral Path by Al Davison turned up on to the comic scene in the early ’90s.
I went on to get a fine art degree, but my cartooning was like some dirty secret I kept to myself during that time.
My fine art was apparently too cartoony, too political and used humour, all of which were not fashionable in art college at the time.
After graduating I started to get back into cartooning and managed to maintain my art practice even when I found myself a young single mother in St Pauls in Bristol in the late ’90s.
I built an art shelf in my sitting room, where I kept my equipment and practised drawing standing up with a toddler climbing up my leg.
I got together with some other single mum artists to do babysitting cover for each other so we could work.
This grew into funding for a nursery and supported drawing classes and allowed one of the others to return to college.
I was finding more and more that my fine art work was starting to hybridise with the cartooning and I continued to self-publish.
I had a short-lived job turning on the tape machine at a Crown Court, and learned about the court artists’ methods of drawing from memory.
It is illegal to draw in Crown Courts as well as the House of Commons. The artists sit and observe then run to a special room to draw.
I found it a useful method to attempt when stalking MPs and I’ve drawn in riot conditions, such as local BNP marches.
I’ve also worked with teenagers who had dropped out of school to do “stealth teaching” using cartooning with computer programmes such as Photoshop, and I’ve worked as a play worker — mostly during this time stealing all the best ideas from the kids.
I was picked by the South African Mail and Guardian to be published and was asked back to open the exhibition in Johannesburg.
When my second child was still under a year old, I got a call to have a go on the Guardian Showcase covering for Steve Bell and Martin Rowson during the August holidays.
I lived on a boat at the time and when practising for the showcase I often had a baby strapped to my back, standing up drawing in a very small area.
My first cartoon for the Guardian was done with a bag of frozen peas down my bra as I was still breast-feeding.
I’ve been contributing to the Morning Star for about 18 months now and one of my Star cartoons recently came third in the public vote for Political Cartoon of the Year.
There are no matching socks in my house unless my mother comes to stay.