On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, activists demand divestment, protest Clinton

first_imgNew York — Several dozen activists, including large numbers of students, rallied in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza Park on April 17 to mark the 42nd annual Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and launch the second Prison Divestment National Week of Action. They then marched to Hillary Clinton’s nearby campaign headquarters, where they joined a larger protest against the Democratic presidential candidate’s pro-war political record.Palestinian Prisoners’ Day commemorates the 1974 release of Mahmoud Baker Hijazi, the first Palestinian prisoner freed by Israel in a prisoner exchange with resistance groups, and shows solidarity with 7,000 current detainees, including 700 “administrative detainees,” 438 children and six elected members of the Palestinian parliament. The “detainees” are imprisoned without even going through Israeli military trials, known for their 99.74 percent conviction rate against Palestinian defendants.Marches, rallies and strikes have marked the day throughout the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1948 and 1967, while growing numbers of Palestinian and solidarity groups elsewhere hold protests and educational events.This year, the day coincided with a nationwide mobilization against Real Estate Investment Trust tax breaks used by the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group to avoid property taxes on their private prisons.This de facto subsidy, critics charge, not only increases the profitability of private imprisonment but also allows prison companies to pour donations into the campaigns of politicians whose policies of criminalization benefit them.Speakers in Cadman Plaza included representatives of Cop Watch, HDK New York, the International Action Center, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Students for Justice in Palestine, Students Without Borders and Queens Neighborhoods United. Many of the speakers connected domestic struggles against mass incarceration and police repression, as well as liberation movements in Kurdistan and elsewhere, with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and the fight for a free Palestine.Following a march, with chants of “Smash the settler Zionist state!” and “Hillary, Obama: You will feel the Intifada!” the group joined 100 picketers from the Committee Opposed to Hillary Clinton’s Interventionism outside the Clinton headquarters.Chants and speakers criticized Clinton’s record of intervention, from Haiti and Honduras to Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Underwater Borrowers Are Still a Headwind for Housing

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Negative Equity Underwater Homes Zillow The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West December 3, 2015 938 Views The amount of underwater mortgages in the U.S. continues to decline, but is not fully helping the housing market on the road to recovery, particularity in many large markets that were heavily impacted during crisis times.The negative equity rate nationwide fell in the third quarter to 13.4 percent of underwater borrowers, down from last quarter’s percentage of 14.4. One year ago, 16.9 percent of homeowners owed more on their home than it’s worth, Zillow’s Negative Equity Report showed.According to the report, nearly one million homeowners were able to come out of negative equity in the third quarter. This will allow them to sell or refinance their homes prior to the expected interest rate hike later this month.”Negative equity has become almost an afterthought in a handful of the nation’s hottest markets, but is holding back the recovery in dozens of large markets nationwide,” said Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s Chief Economist.She added, “Despite steady declines in negative equity, many cities are still facing tight inventory, especially among entry-level homes. Those homes that are available are often not in demand and stay on the market for a long time. This can be extremely frustrating for buyers and sellers alike, as they come face to face with the difficult side effects of negative equity.”Zillow noted that negative equity rates are usually close to 2-5 percent, and today’s rate is a haunting reminder of the housing crash and the recovery that has yet to happen in some markets.Las Vegas, Nevada has had the highest negative rate in the nation for nearly five years, with 22 percent of underwater homeowners and 19 percent effectively underwater (less than 20 percent equity in their homes).Kansas City, Missouri and Cleveland, Ohio followed with negative equity rates of 16.6 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively, the data found.The report showed that San Francisco, California and San Jose, California are the only cities where less than 5 percent of homeowner owe more on their home than it’s worth.”Negative equity affects individual homeowners, but markets with high negative equity rates tend to have fewer homes for sale, especially lower-priced homes favored by first-time homebuyers,” the report stated. “In markets with a lot of negative equity, homes generally take longer to sell than in other places.”Smallest Share of Underwater HomeownersSan Jose, California – 3.0 percentSan Francisco, California – 4.7 percentDenver, Colorado – 5.5 percentDallas-Fort Worth, Texas – 5.8 percentPortland, Oregon – 6.2 percentLargest Share of Underwater HomeownersLas Vegas, Nevada – 22.1 percentChicago, Illinois – 20.6 percentAtlanta, Georgia – 18.6 percentSt. Louis, Missouri – 17.6 percentBaltimore, Maryland – 16.9 percentClick here to view the full report. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: ValuAmerica & Black Knight Integrate Loan Closing Technologies Next: Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Portfolio Expands for Ninth Straight Month Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Underwater Borrowers Are Still a Headwind for Housing Negative Equity Underwater Homes Zillow 2015-12-03 Brian Honeacenter_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Underwater Borrowers Are Still a Headwind for Housing  Print This Post Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

CUNA, trades urge Senate to repeal CFPB arbitration rule

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA, along with trade associations representing nearly every community financial institution in America, wrote Senate leadership Monday to support repeal of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. The House passed its resolution to repeal the rule in July.“For community financial institutions, loss of arbitration as a viable option would fuel continued industry consolidation, larger institutions, fewer communities without a dedicated institution and, ultimately, reduced consumer choice,” the letter reads.The CFPB’s rule would restrict the use of arbitration clauses. It also requires companies to submit to the CFPB certain records about claims, counterclaims and awards issued in arbitration.The letter goes on to say that the bureau failed to heed the findings of its own report on arbitration, which suggested it offers a better process and outcome for consumers, relative to class action lawsuits. continue reading »last_img read more

South Haven American Indian Youth Leadership Council holds a Pow Wow

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Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Amber · 207 weeks ago Thank you!! Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Dewitt · 207 weeks ago great article….but we do not have costumes….Regalia is our dance clothing… Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 207 weeks ago My apologies. That was my fault with the photo caption, not Amber’s. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments They have also danced at the South Haven Fair, bought Native American library books and videos for the school, provided tutoring to increase grades, performed in the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant twice, and have taken field trips to Etzanoa in Ark City, and the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival in Tushkahomma, Okla. The have also participated in the OSU Native American Student Association PowWow in Stillwater, Okla.“The AIYLC provides opportunity for students to learn to make jewelry and Indian crafts as well as step out of their comfort zone and develop leadership skills and be ambassadors for their culture and heritage,” Wiley said.There were some great looking dance clothing at the Pow Wow in South Haven.This was the first dance for the Title VII program of South Haven to hold a PowWow. The gourd dance began at 2 p.m., with a dinner break at 5 p.m. The evening session was held at 6 p.m. They performed the following types of dancing:  gourd, round, intertribal,  traditional,  fancy (mens),  fancy shawl (womens),  cloth,  jingle,  grass and buckskin.   “The PowWow we put on was one more attempt to share our culture with everyone,” Wiley said. “Our kids were really excited that so many people showed up to give their support and they had a great time.”The students and parents make their own regalia, jewelry, breastplate, etc., by learning at a summer sewing class held at the school.“The kids come in after school,  on weekends,  and in the summer on their own time to learn new skills,” Wiley said. “They also had a table at the back of the gym at the PowWow to sell things they had handcrafted which went over well.”South Haven’s AIYLC Princess, Cynae Wiley, is now a recognized Choctaw Nation artist. Another one of the AIYLC officers, Summer Moncivias, is the Medicine Lodge Princess.For all the Sumner Newscow pictures click here. Hannah Ramahi of Wichita was dressed with pride.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  In celebration of Native American heritage and culture, the South Haven American Indian Youth Leadership Council held a Pow Wow at South Haven High School on Saturday. Many Native American dancers from Haysville and Wichita joined them. Sandra Mendia of Wellington was the honored elder.Susan SealThe purpose of the council is to enhance the culture, academics and successful leadership for future Native American leaders. The club’s membership is open to all high school students at South Haven who are in good standing. Twaila Wiley is the 6th-12th grade Science teacher and JETS sponsor as well. Susan Seal, formerly of South Haven, is the group’s Native American sponsor.The group has done several things to bring cultural awareness to the school and community by hosting guest speakers, dancers, authentic tee pees, dancing for preschool students and talking to them on Thanksgiving.last_img read more

Nani provides superstar touch to kick-start MLS is Back tournament

first_imgThe age-old belief is that the biggest stars step up in tournament play. The MLS is Back tournament is seemingly exempt from any form of age-old belief, given the act that it is a hastily invented tournament made in reaction to a worldwide pandemic. There are few, if any, longstanding beliefs that will apply to whatever mayhem will occur on the field in Orlando over the next month.Still, it was somewhat fitting that a player who might just be the biggest name playing in MLS today kick-started that tournament and, ultimately provided a memorable moment to give this competition life. Wednesday night’s tournament-opening clash between Orlando City and Inter Miami, a match that was overshadowed by everything that was going on off the field, was won by a late winner from Nani, who fired home in the seventh minute of stoppage time for the hosts.DeCOURCY: Nani was ‘always’ going to playIt wasn’t the most awe-inspiring match nor the most watchable, but thanks to Nani’s magic, it was one that saw Orlando strike the first blow against its newfound rival.Wednesday’s contest, in many ways, faded to the background because of everything that  existed outside it. The people inside the MLS bubble at Walt Disney World are still figuring out how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, with FC Dallas already removed from the competition and Nashville SC perhaps soon to follow because of multiple cases. Then there was the prematch focus on the Black Lives Matter movement as players representing every MLS club gathered for an emotional display.Eventually, though, soccer was played and there was some form of normalcy for a few minutes. It was hard to know what to expect but, by and large, the teams provided a scrappy, back-and-forth match. There were moments where it looked as if the teams hadn’t played in four months, but there were also moments where this felt like a game.After a fairly quiet first half, the first of those moments came from Inter Miami, which opened the second half with a perfectly worked team goal. It was the second goal in the team’s short history, with Juan Agudelo stabbing home a cross from Victor Ulloa to give Miami the lead.Shortly after, though, the life was sucked out of the already crowd-less stadium. Inter Miami defender Andres Reyes went down to the ground, visibly struggling to breathe, after taking an elbow from Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer. Reyes was in obvious discomfort for several minutes, and a delayed medical response created a scary situation. By the time Reyes was carted off the field, the excitement from Agudelo’s goal was gone and an already emotional night reached a new level. — Goal (@goal) July 9, 2020To that point, Nani had been held relatively quiet. Orlando had fared well, maintaining a bulk of the ball, but had done little with it. That remained the case until the 70th minute when the former Manchester United star provided his first moment of magic.After beating his man down the left side, Nani drove toward the goal line and whipped in a cross. That cross weaved its way through the box and toward a sliding Chris Muller, who tapped home the equalizer.That turned out to be a mere warmup for the Portuguese star, who then scored the game-winner deep into the stoppage time caused by Reyes’ injury. It wasn’t a vintage Nani goal or some otherworldly display. Rather, it was a case of right place, right time as he pounced on a loose ball in the box and rifled a shot past Luis Robles to seal Orlando’s victory.It was exactly the result that MLS would have wanted, even if some of the steps toward getting there weren’t ideal. MLS is the first men’s league back in action in the U.S., giving the league a spotlight that doesn’t often exist. While the pregame solidarity will likely be the overarching talking point, Nani scoring a stoppage-time winner is surely a fitting start to a tournament that promises to provide the unexpected.There are still plenty of questions, especially as the coronavirus continues to impact play. And there are still plenty of games to be played, hopefully, as the focus will at some point turn toward soccer and the normalcy that comes with it. This match was the start of a tournament and rivalry that MLS hopes will get better as it goes along. At some point, these two teams will meet in a venue and scenario worthy of the occasion.Wednesday’s clash was a unique, unforeseen beginning, one in which a global star celebrated victory in a lifeless stadium.Nani and Orlando came out on top on this warm night at Disney, even if no one was there to see it.last_img read more