‘We marched against the system’ in Austin, Texas

first_imgAustin protest, June 7.By Ananya Sabharwal and Isabella Ricks Austin, TexasOn June 7, the Austin Justice Coalition, an activist-led organization founded by Chas Moore and oriented toward battling institutional racism, led a protest spanning two miles from Huston-Tillotson University to the Texas State Capitol to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. Its goal is to defund the Austin Police Department. While a few hundred people were expected, the sea of several thousand people surpassed everyone’s expectations. The multinational crowd marched for Black lives in 90-degree heat. Masks hanging limply on people’s lips, sweat trickling down anonymous faces, hoarse voices rang out, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”  More than the discomfort of the heat, more than APD’s guns locked, loaded and aimed at us, more than the eyes of the Texas State Troopers, the message unified us all to rise up against the system, comfort be damned. Brenda Ramos, the mother of Michael Ramos, an unarmed Black and Latinx man murdered by the Austin Police Department in April while his hands were in the air, addressed the crowd in front of Huston-Tillotson, thanking them for caring about her son. Caravans of cars followed and supported us with water bottles, masks, sunscreen and snacks, while honking and raising fists in solidarity as we marched from the east side of I-35, historically a corridor of segregation, toward the Capitol. People shouted out reminders to take care of ourselves and called out the names of Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Mike Ramos, George Floyd and many others, demanding we remember their names and their stories. And that we remember each lived life of hope, of fear, of laughter, of sadness, of joy and of pain.  Some urged the crowd on as it moved toward the state capitol; others gave impassioned speeches in front of the locked gates of the Capitol and on the steps of the APD headquarters. One man told the crowd, his voice cracking with emotion, “We are fighting for my life!”  Folks from the Black revolutionary group 400+1 set up a tent under the overpass and carefully watched the collected group of protesters in front of APD headquarters. Members of 400+1 stepped into action when the APD arrested a houseless man for “fighting” and “not showing his ID.” They immediately videotaped the encounter with the arresting officer and contacted 400+1’s legal aid.  The swift camaraderie and solidarity among the crowd reverberated throughout downtown and united us all.  We marched against the system. We marched as a reminder to the system that we will not and cannot be silenced.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Vermont construction employment gains back some jobs after big losses

first_imgVermont gained the second most construction-related jobs in November, but still ranks only 45th in the nation over the last year. Construction employment expanded in 20 states between October and November, while the list of states with year-over-year construction job gains grew to 13 states plus the District of Columbia, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. The new figures continue a year-long pattern of mixed results in construction employment as overall demand remains weak, association officials noted.‘It is encouraging that the number of states adding jobs year-over-year was higher in November than at any time since February 2008,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘However, the data also make clear that these gains are as spotty as they are tenuous.’Simonson noted, for example, that California had the largest monthly increase in construction employment’adding 7,800 jobs’but also the largest 12-month drop’36,900 jobs, or 6.4 percent. New Jersey and New York had the next-highest number of construction job gains in November with 4,500. New Jersey also led the nation in monthly percentage gains (3.7 percent), followed by Vermont (3.4 percent, 400 jobs) and Maine (2.5 percent, 600 jobs).The largest year-over-year percentage gains occurred in Oklahoma (9.2 percent, 6,100 jobs), New Hampshire (6.7 percent, 1,500 jobs) and Kansas (4.7 percent, 2,700 jobs). Texas had the largest increase in the number of construction employees (13,400 jobs, 2.4 percent).Washington had the largest number of monthly job losses (4,200 jobs), followed by Utah (2,400 jobs) and North Carolina (2,300). In November, employment shrank in 29 states and held steady in D.C. and Alaska.On a year-over-year basis, the largest losses were in California (36,900 jobs, -6.4 percent), Nevada (16,600 jobs, -22.0 percent’the steepest percentage decline) and Florida (12,900 jobs, -3.6 percent). Other large year-over-year percentage declines occurred in Idaho (-15.5 percent, 5,100 jobs) and Montana (-11.2 percent, 2,700 jobs). In all, 36 states lost construction jobs over the past 12 months, while construction employment was unchanged in Massachusetts.Association officials cautioned that construction employment figures were likely to fluctuate and possibly drop over the coming months as many stimulus-funded projects begin to wind down and private-sector demand remains weak. They added that newly passed legislation that prevented steep tax increases, including for many small construction firms, will help boost overall economic activity and could drive new demand for construction later next year.‘The tax bill is a step in the right direction because it will revitalize the economy and help boost private-sector construction demand,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. ‘But Congress still needs to act on long-delayed infrastructure bills and provide businesses with relief from an increasingly costly regulatory burden.View construction employment figures by state and by rank.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2015

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2015 is as follows:  28-Oct9:50 PMMedical AlarmOxford 30-Oct3:15 PMMedical Trauma1500 block Orchard Lane 26-Oct1:31 PMFuel Leak1600 block W. 8th 26-Oct12:56 PMMedical Emergency1100 block E. 16th 27-Oct5:29 AMVehicle ExtricationKansas Turnpike 26-Oct12:35 PMLift Assist2100 block E. Lincoln 1-Nov3:33 PMMedical Emergency100 block W. Botkin 27-Oct9:20 AMTransfer to Wichita 1-Nov3:10 AMMedical Emergency500 block S. Jefferson 30-Oct7:16 PMTransfer to Wichita 26-Oct8:59 PMTransfer to Wichita 27-Oct10:00 AMMedical Emergency1000 block College 26-Oct7:52 AMTransfer to Wichita 31-Oct11:46 PMMedical Trauma200 block South F 27-Oct10:03 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 29-Oct3:06 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 28-Oct10:10 AMTransfer to Wichita 28-Oct1:15 AMMedical Emergency100 block W. Botkin 1-Nov9:14 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 28-Oct1:42 PMIllegal Burning600 block North C 27-Oct10:01 AMVehicle AccidentKansas Turnpike Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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 30-Oct6:20 AMMedical Emergency10th Avenue & Chickaskia 29-Oct1:42 PMMedical Emergency1600 block North A 29-Oct9:55 AMMedical Alarm1900 block S. Hillside 30-Oct12:01 AMVehicle Accident80th Street & Drury 30-Oct7:14 AMTransfer to Wichita 30-Oct11:50 AMMedical Emergency600 block E. Hillside 29-Oct7:24 PMVehicle AccidentKansas Turnpike 27-Oct7:06 PMMedical Emergency2000 block E. 16th 30-Oct8:33 PMMedical Trauma500 block N. Plum 26-Oct10:40 PMMedical Emergency600 block E. Harvey 27-Oct7:21 AMMedical Emergency500 block N. Plum Follow us on Twitter. 26-Oct10:48 PMMedical Emergency1600 block W. 8th Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 1-Nov4:38 PMMedical Emergency600 block E. Hillside 28-Oct6:49 AMInjury AccidentOliver & US 160 1-Nov2:46 PMMedical Trauma800 block N. Meridian 30-Oct1:37 PMMedical Emergency200 block W. 15th 30-Oct8:19 AMMedical EmergencyWellington Lake 30-Oct2:28 PMMedical Emergency400 block South Clast_img read more