Workers World Party joins thousands around the world in the call to help our sister, Ramona Africa, fight for her life.Ramona Africa is the last survivor of the 1985 firebombing of the MOVE home in Philadelphia, May 13, 1985. She was severely burned, arrested immediately after the bombing and falsely charged in the incident. She served seven years in prison. After being released, she returned to Philadelphia and continued to work with MOVE as minister of communications.Ramona was diagnosed with lymphoma after she suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk early in August.Ramona is a revolutionary who speaks about freedom and equality for life for all living things. She speaks of a better world: a world not based on violence and domination but a world based on dignity and respect for all people of all backgrounds.Ramona has respect for life, clean water, fresh air, natural food and shelter, all of which is needed for quality of life. She not only speaks about the principles of freedom, she lives, breathes and fights for the freedom that she speaks of.In Mumia Abu-Jamal’s audio commentary celebrating “Sister Warriors,Harriet’s Daughters: Ramona Africa, Pam Africa, and Monica Moorehead,” Mumia said, “These three women, Ramona, Pam, and Monica, are like Harriet [Tubman] because they fight for freedom every day against great odds and they keep on pushing no matter what.”Mumia Abu-Jamal had this to say in a recent audio commentary “Saving Mona” posted on Prison Radio, September 2, 2018: “The woman who hit the ground running, who suffered a foul and unjust imprisonment, who showed an uncanny strength, who spoke up for justice all around the world has been forced to rest and recuperate. MOVE needs your help to support her in this rest and recuperation that she needs.”Ramona has been there for us. Now it is time for us to be there for her.To make a donation to help pay for Ramona Africa’s medical expenses, please go to www.gofundme.com/helpsaveramonaafrica.OnaMoveWorkers World PartyFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
May 15, 2000 Regular News Foundation seeks contributions “Imagine being a child taken from the only home you know, the family you trust, and your familiar surroundings. Then imagine being pushed and pulled through a system dominated by adults in offices and stark rooms, being placed in a stranger’s house to stay temporarily, and being frightened like you’ve never been frightened before.” This imagery is in a letter from Bar President-elect Herman J. Russomanno accompanying the 2000-01 Bar fee statement which will soon be arriving in members’ mailboxes. The letter urges Bar members to envision the lives of the nearly 24 percent Florida children living in poverty — according to the 1999 Kids Count published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation — and asks Bar members to make a $25 tax deductible contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation to bring the benefits of the law and of lawyers to the lives of poor children. The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state. “Although there are laws to assist these children, the reality is without the services of a lawyer and related legal assistance, the future will remain bleak for thousands of Florida’s most vulnerable children,” Russomanno said. “We have an opportunity to improve their lives by helping to ensure their legal rights are represented — rights to services these children desperately need if they are to become contributing members of society.” The 2000-2001 fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees and only minor modifications to the form — will be mailed by May 19. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15. Annual fees are still $190. Inactive members pay $140. For the past several years, the Bar Foundation has funded special annual grants for legal representation of children out of IOTA funds. But these grants will be cut starting next year because of a reduction in IOTA income brought on by low bank interest rates. “Our $25 contributions to the Bar Foundation on the Bar fee statement can make up that cut and provide even more children the services of a lawyer to help them get a better start in life,” Russomanno said. The Foundation set several goals for its Children’s Legal Services grant initiative, but emphasizes access to special education and health care services required under law. An example of a special education service is providing a student who is hypersensitive to noise and distraction extra time with a teacher or tutor in a quieter setting to supplement what goes on in the regular classroom. Another goal is to create and energize a statewide network of children’s legal services providers. The network also can provide support to the thousands of Florida attorneys involved in children’s legal services through guardian ad litem and other projects. A. Hamilton Cooke of Jacksonville heads up the 2000-01 Bar fee statement “Lawyers’ Challenge for Children” campaign. Cooke said another goal of the children’s legal services grants initiative is to demonstrate the impact on children’s lives of dedicating funding for specific children’s legal services efforts. Cooke, the Foundation’s president-elect, describes the initiative as one of the “most important and rewarding efforts” the Foundation has ever funded. “When our legal aid grantees send in their reports describing the kinds of cases they handle, I’m continually astounded at the obstacles poor children and their families have to overcome,” Cooke said. “There’s a particularly sad case of a 17-year-old girl a school had labeled a trouble maker and a bad seed.” Cooke said her long history of discipline problems began when she was nine and after a fight at school, the district started expulsion proceedings. “Despite her long history of discipline problems, the school never formally looked into the possible cause of her behavior problems at school or evaluated her for evidence of an emotional disability,” Cooke said. “After several interviews by legal services advocates, the parents opened up and revealed that, at age nine, their daughter had been kidnaped and raped. As a result of the efforts of legal aid the school district ultimately conceded error and dismissed their expulsion petition.” Cooke said the district also agreed to place the girl in an intense therapeutic educational setting where she is doing well. “While the outcome for this girl is good, there are still tens of thousands of children in Florida schools who have similarly serious problems and no access to legal advocacy,” Cooke said. According to IOTA Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee Chair Terry Russell, president-elect designate of The Florida Bar, state and federal lawmakers have recognized that providing access to appropriate special education services and health care is not only in the best interests of the child, but it is in the best interests of society — especially when it comes to promoting public safety. “Still, children who have discipline problems or who do poorly in school often are more likely to be suspended or expelled than examined and treated, despite the requirements of the law,” Russell said. Foundation Children’s Legal Services grantee reports cite additional examples such as local school principals filing criminal complaints against special education children without advising law enforcement of their disabilities, or illegally denying parents the right to examine and photocopy their child’s school file. Another Foundation grantee reports the case of a 13-year old special education student suffering from Tourettes Syndrome who was being expelled from school for battery on a school teacher. In a meeting set up by legal aid, it was proven that the school was not appropriately assisting the child deal with the extreme frustration caused by his disability and the shoe thrown by the boy had hit his teacher’s leg after bouncing off a desk. As a result, the expulsion petition was withdrawn, and in collaboration with a Department of Juvenile Justice caseworker, legal aid succeeded in having the criminal charges against the student dropped. Legal aid also provided the boy’s teachers with information about Tourettes Syndrome — after they had admitted knowing nothing about it — and a process was put into place for the child to receive additional testing and the establishment of a more appropriate education plan. Obstacles to gaining access to health care services by poor children range from improper denial or termination of medicaid, to failure to provide court-ordered mental health treatment. Other prevalent legal needs involve children eligible under Florida’s children’s health insurance programs, who routinely fall through the cracks as state caseworkers struggle to administer increasingly complex and ever changing eligibility formulas and health insurance application procedures. Russell likened the situation poor families face in obtaining health insurance benefits for their children to clients trying to develop a parcel of land without assistance from an experienced attorney. “Except every hour spent in line by a parent at a state benefit office means time off work — often unpaid — and delay or failure in securing the health coverage affects your child’s very well being,” Russell said. Cooke said he believes Bar members will want to support Children’s Legal Services. “It’s not often that we can make such a huge difference in the life of a child with only a $25 contribution,” Cooke said. “Moreover, the check off for the Bar Foundation on the fee statement is a very efficient form of fundraising.” Cooke said in order to make their contributions count, Bar members need to make sure that their tax deductible gift to the Foundation is added in to their Bar fee statement total. Foundation seeks contributions
All Scott Shafer had known as a coach was Division III football. Now he was a “GA in the corner” with Indiana and the Hoosiers were starting their season against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.Shafer sat with Joe Novak, Indiana’s defensive coordinator at the time, while the two put on their socks in the locker room before the game. Of the two, the older Novak had put in a lot more time to play a game at the hallowed Notre Dame Stadium.“(Novak) said, ‘You little son of a gun, it’s taken me 23 years to get here and play at this venue, and here you are in your first game at Notre Dame as a college football coach,” Shafer said. “And I turned to him and I said, ‘Coach, it’s taken me 23 years to get here too.’ Because I was 23 years old.”What prompted Shafer’s trip down memory lane was a question about the “aura” of Notre Dame football. The Syracuse head coach — in anticipation of the Orange’s (2-1) date with No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) at MetLife Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday — discussed his first experience against the Fighting Irish, but also likened his current team’s game to any other. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You can say, ‘Aw you’re trying to downplay, Coach. I’m not trying to downplay anything, this is a great opportunity,’” Shafer said. “It’s an unbelievable chance to live the dream with my players, our players, coaches and myself. “But, you know, it’s overrated if you don’t take care of job one, and that’s what the cadence, what foot do I have to step with, where do they end, let me go try and knock this guy backwards.”But before getting to that, Shafer shared a story about being intimidated by then-Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz. Shafer was warming up the quarterbacks too close to midfield, and some of the players — future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green among them — spilled onto the Irish’s side of the field. Shafer remembers Holtz running over and saying something to the effect of “You don’t get to the 50,” and leapt to the side of the podium to mimic his 23-year-old self. “I shouldn’t have been intimidated, it’s just Lou Holtz,” he added. “He grew up in Ohio like I grew up in Ohio. You know, we just knew football as a way to get out I guess.”TV timeouts didn’t happen in D-III and Shafer used his first exposure to one as a chance to look around. With a play chart in his hand he was fuming about a play not going the Hoosiers’ way, but he also saw there were two white lines and a football field in front of him. The band, the crowd, the stadium and Notre Dame’s legacy are all things Shafer said “don’t matter” when you’re standing on the field. Shafer said it’s just like playing ninth-grade football at Auburn Road junior high, except you’re in an NFL stadium, there’re stars instead of clouds in the sky and the game’s on ABC. Shafer is making sure it doesn’t take his team until the first TV timeout to realize all that. “So trying to break it down into simplicity and the things that it is is the key,” Shafer said. “Understanding that there’re quite a few Chinese people over there in China that don’t even give a hell that we’re playing football … “Trying to bring it back to reality.” Comments Published on September 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+
DES MOINES — This summer’s major fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in Iowa are undergoing significant changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Relay For Life is held every summer in many Iowa cities to raise funds for research and services for cancer patients and their families. Iowa chapter spokesman Brian Ortner says many once-familiar events are going virtual in 2020. “Some events are being postponed, so either later in the summer or early fall,” Ortner says, “and some are taking on different looks where communities are trying to be creative in how they get to do their fundraising or in what kind of event they can hold.”The Relay For Life events are often the biggest fundraisers of the year and they’re vital, according to Ortner. “Donations are key to us being able to continue to serve the patients and the families,” Ortner says. “Even though it seems like the world has stopped, cancer hasn’t stopped and neither have we. The resources for patients are still available. Our 24-7 Cancer Helpline and the National Cancer Information Center is still available. We need to funds to make sure resources like that continue.”The coronavirus has many people fearful, but especially those who are in the greatest danger. “Preexisting conditions are one thing that makes this COVID-19 pandemic so concerning for some people,” he says, “and cancer patients are definitely in that class of being at high risk when it comes to being exposed to COVID-19.”To donate, visit cancer.org or relayforlife.org.