The struggle at Standing Rock, N.D., led by the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation), has brought together hundreds of Indigenous nations, thousands of Indigenous people and many supporters to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They are united in the fight against corporate pollution of water, protection of sacred Native sites and defense of Indigenous sovereignty.Protests in solidarity with this historic and crucial struggle have occurred in various cities in the U.S. and internationally. Here are reports about some of them.DetroitDetroitOver 150 activists from Detroit and around Michigan turned out on Sept. 12 to demonstrate solidarity with Standing Rock and oppose Big Oil’s destruction of the planet. The evening “light protest,” called by the Detroit Light Brigade, the Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands and the Blood Oil Campaign Against Marathon, was held outside a Marathon Oil refinery in southwest Detroit. Marathon’s airborne toxins have made its 48217 ZIP code area the most polluted part of Michigan.Illuminated letters spelled out the message “No DAPL, Honor the Treaties, Stop ETP,” while the Light Brigade’s “bat light” flashed “Stop the desecration — #RezpectOurWater” on the side of a building. ETP refers to Energy Transfer Partners, whose Bakken Project includes the DAPL. ETP recently sold a 37.5 percent share in the Bakken Project to Marathon and Enbridge Energy Partners.Organizers of this action have demonstrated previously against Marathon and Enbridge. Enbridge caused a catastrophic pipeline break that contaminated a portion of Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. It also operates the Line 5 pipeline that runs under Lake Superior. Environmental activists and Indigenous peoples in Michigan have protested with canoes and kayaks to demand the shut-down of Line 5, whose aging pipes pose a danger to the Great Lakes, the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.The protest took over the street and blocked traffic, with participants chanting “Whose streets? Our streets! Whose water? Our water!” The slogan “Water is Life” resonates with southeast Michigan, which still feels the impact of the water contamination crisis in Flint and the thousands of water shutoffs in Detroit.Flint activists have posted about the Standing Rock struggle on their Facebook pages and Black Lives Matter Detroit pledged solidarity. The Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs ended its weekly Monday meeting early to send a delegation to the action.— Martha GrevattPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaAround 500 people gathered in Philadelphia on Sept. 17 for a solidarity rally with the Indigenous peoples challenging the DAPL at Standing Rock. The rally, which gathered at City Hall, brought together Native peoples from the Philadelphia area, along with a diverse array of mainly young activists from the Black Lives Matter movement, the low-wage workers struggle, the immigrant rights movement and the broader environmental justice movement.Many demonstrators came from area unions, including the Transit Workers Union, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Members of Working Educators, a progressive grouping in the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, attended. Palestine solidarity activists participated with signs linking Indigenous peoples everywhere who are fighting against the colonial and corporate interests trying to steal their lands.The rally was followed by a spirited march through Center City, where it received broad support from people on the streets.In a separate action, seven people, including members of the Philadelphia Student Union, were arrested for occupying the lobby of TD Bank, a pipeline funder.— Betsey PietteSeattleOver 500 Native people and their supporters marched in downtown Seattle on Sept. 16 behind a huge banner which read “Stand with Standing Rock! Water is Life! #NoDAPL!”The march began outside City Hall, where Mayor Ed Murray signed a proclamation supporting Standing Rock. Several City Council members said they backed the struggle. The Seattle City Council had already passed a resolution in solidarity with Standing Rock.The march was led by drummers who continued drumming throughout the rally. Representatives of Northwest Native nations and Indigenous peoples from Alaska, Hawaii, California and the Great Plains attended as well as supporters. Many protesters had previously traveled to Standing Rock.Rally chairperson Millie Kennedy, Alaska Native and member of the Tsimshian Nation, greeted demonstrators at Westlake Center. Matt Remle, who is from Standing Rock, announced the demonstration was being live-streamed to the encampment there. Remle stressed that Indigenous peoples’ struggles are central to the global movement to save the planet: “Native peoples are 4 percent of the world’s people, but we’re protecting 85 percent of the world’s biodiversity.”Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp told the rally, “When another country can take unilateral action against our land and resources, that is a political injustice and an assault on all of us.”Northwest Sacred Water Canoe Family members expressed their pride at rowing 40 miles down the Missouri River and then being welcomed by the Standing Rock gathering.The program included members of the Makah, Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish and other Native nations. City Council member Kshama Sawant and Emily Johnson of 350 Seattle, an organization fighting for climate justice, also spoke.Joe Williams, of the Swinomish Nation, emphasized, “This is not only a Native fight. This is a fight for everybody. We all need to come together and join this fight.”For three consecutive weeks, Northwest Native nations have marched in Seattle demanding a halt to construction of the DAPL. Other actions in the state included a protest at Michels Corporation, a DAPL contractor in Kirkland, Wash.— Jim McMahan FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin has withdrawn from the Vuelta a Espana following a crash on Friday’s seventh stage. Martin, nephew of 1987 world champion Stephen Roche, wrote on Twitter: “Nothing broken, but the most painful crash (I’ve) ever had. “Sad to leave the Vuelta but can’t race with these bids flying round my head. “I hit a hole or rock in the road. Down I went.” Martin also criticised race officials for compromising on rider safety. He added: “Stunned at UCI (International Cycling Union) commisaires lack of compassion. Should concentrate on rider safety and less on UCI fundraising.” Press Association The Garmin-Sharp rider, who has enjoyed a strong season which included a Tour de France stage win and victory in one-day classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege, suffered a blow to the head and pulled out prior to Saturday’s eighth stage. He will now recuperate before leading Ireland’s bid for glory in the Road World Championships in Florence on September 28.
Hyderabad: It will be an uphill task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure a victory and get back on the winning track when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Sunrisers, who secured three back to back wins after their loss in the opening encounter in the ongoing IPL, have failed miserably in the last three games.Their batting, which has been largely dependent on the destructive opening pair of Johnny Bairstow and David Warner, hasn’t been able to perform and appears to be in disarray as none of the other batsman have taken the responsibility and finish the games. The Kane Williamson-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot in the points table, and would be desperately hoping to get a win under their bag and move up the table.Chennai, on the other hand, is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from eight games. The Men in Yellow will look to confirm their spot in the playoffs against the Sunrisers. In the batting department, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and captain M.S. Dhoni have all been among the runs while the bowling has also looked pretty strong with Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh taking the responsibility and picking up wickets at regular intervals. (IANS)Also Read: Sports News
The Post-Conviction Justice Project at the Gould School of Law announced Wednesday it would expand its outreach to include juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.The project, which started in 1981, aims to provide legal representation to deserving individuals while giving law students an opportunity to become skilled and ethical advocates, according to the Post-Conviction Justice Projects’ website.The project initially represented women serving life sentences in prison, particularly those who have a history of intimate partner battering. On Wednesday, the program has decided to stretch its scope to include juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison.The PCJP agreed to represent 12 juveniles. Law professors Heidi Rummel and Michael Brennan, who co-direct the project, will supervise the 16 Gould students working on the cases, according to a statement.According to law student Michael Hart, the project provides an opportunity to experience advocacy’s impact on the law.“Our clients are so hopeful and doing the best they can to make their lives worthwhile,” Hart said in a statement. “Being a part of the Post-Conviction Justice Project has allowed me to make a difference in people’s lives.”Rummel said the high potential for juveniles to change their behavior provided a good reason for taking on the new cases.“We have taken on this issue because children are different than adults, and deserve to be treated differently in our criminal justice system,” Rummel said in a statement. “They are impulsive, vulnerable to peer pressure and often victims of their life circumstances. But most importantly, they have a much greater capacity to grow and change.”The program’s new focus on juveniles comes on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, which allows juveniles sentenced to life without parole to petition to be re-sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.The bill applies to 300 juvenile offenders currently serving life terms without parole, but they will have to meet stringent criteria to be eligible for re-sentencing. Following re-sentencing, they are required to convince the parole board that they are suitable for parole.The juveniles represented by the Gould students expressed hope about the new law.“I was overwhelmed with joy when I heard that Gov. Brown signed the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act,” Elizabeth Lozano, an incarcerated 16-year-old said in the statement. “It gives me hope — for me and for future generations of children in California who will no longer be thrown away.”Rummel echoed similar sentiments about the law’s potential to change the lives of these juveniles.“It’s very difficult for juveniles to face a sentence to die in prison,” Rummel said. “The Fair Sentencing law gives them hope that they are not beyond redemption — if they work hard and rehabilitate, they might have a chance to go home.”Though Gould is adding to its program’s scope, Brennan said the program plans to remain focused on its original goal of supporting women.“We will continue to represent women who have a history of abuse and women serving life terms,” Brennan said. “But the opportunity to represent juveniles sentenced to life without parole is a relevant opportunity to expand our client base and practice in a developing area of the law.”
Football fans are pretty used to Lionel Messi’s brilliance on the field by now.But every now and then, the Argentine does something that makes you watch in awe.Fans were given another taste of the “Messi Magic” on Tuesday night in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Leganes in La Liga.Youngster Ansu Fati had put the Catalans ahead just before the end of the first half.In the 67th minute, Messi picked up the ball in the centre circle and went on a run that would probably be mind-blowing had we not seen him do it hundreds of times before.His dummy helped him beat his first marker before he slipped the ball through the legs of the second.He then showed that he wasn’t all skill, displaying some strength as well, as he proceeded to hold both of them off.Messi darted past a couple more players before exchanging passes inside the box.He then went down under a challenge, prompting the referee to blow his whistle for a penalty, which the Barcelona star converted.Messi is now one goal away from 700 career goals but it’s quite amazing how many are moments of brilliance like this one.Take a look at the video below: The man is a freak. We’re all lucky to have been alive at the same time as him 🐐— Tom Stanwix (@tomstan9) June 17, 2020 The greatest— Robert (@Robert8oneill) June 17, 2020 Unreal play— Stu Reed (@SuperReedy1871) June 17, 2020 A second, closer look at Messi’s run2012 Messi is back. pic.twitter.com/aeoKsErpkR— Charlie (@ftblcharIie) June 17, 2020Reaction to the move has been massive with many people overwhelmed by the player’s skill.Here Messi come on all lives matter— scott mac (@scottmac10) June 17, 2020 Those people have families to go home to FFS 🤣— Bridgey (@Bridgey1982) June 17, 2020