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Protests demand U.S. hands off Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela

first_imgIn response to a call from the International Action Center, demonstrations, outreach and other actions took place in cities and areas across the United States in mid-March to demand U.S. hands off Venezuela and no U.S. intervention in Ukraine or Russia. These actions also countered the lies and distortions of the big-business-owned media regarding the situation in these areas of the world.People rallied in Oakland, Calif., on March 17 to demand U.S. hands off Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria. Participants focused on outreach and public education to counter the mainstream media’s pro-imperialist deluge of lies. They handed out hundreds of leaflets to passersby, while speakers exposed the U.S. and its European allies for their warmongering tactics.The rally was Initiated by Workers World Party and endorsed by the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition, the Haiti Action Committee, the International Action Center, Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace, Marcha Patriótica – Capítulo California, the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and the United National Anti-War Coalition.San DiegoWW photo: Carl RicesThat same day in San Diego, protesters gathered outside the local NBC affiliate to demand U.S. hands off Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Youth, homeward bound workers and sightseeing tourists were handed an informative IAC flyer titled “What’s really happening in Ukraine? Don’t be fooled!”Meanwhile in Detroit, anti-war activists responded to a call from the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice and gathered March 18 at Hart Plaza during the afternoon rush hour. With signs and banners they denounced U.S. imperialism’s designs to destabilize Venezuela and foment NATO’s expansion into Ukraine.From a “Truth Table” set up by activists in Philadelphia’s Center City to a rally at Baltimore’s McKeldin Square and a vigil on the steps of the Federal Building in Lincoln, Neb., these and other actions found people receptive to an anti-war viewpoint.In New York City, people joined a militant rush-hour protest outside CNN’s offices at Columbus Circle on March 14. Picketing outside the opulent Time Warner Center, protesters chanted, “CNN lies, people die, in Ukraine and Venezuela!” and “[Anderson] Cooper, [Wolf] Blitzer, stop supporting fascists!”At a closing rally outside the Fox News studios, Larry Holmes of the People’s Power Assembly said, “We demand to know why CNN and Fox are not talking about the prominent role played by neo-Nazis in this coup d’état in Kiev. Why aren’t they talking about how these fascists are displaying the Confederate flag out of some sick nostalgia for slavery?”Lourdes Vela, representing the New York Bolivarian movement, said: “In Venezuela, the government is doing everything it can to stop the fascists who are trying to carry out a coup. There are paramilitaries and Colombian mercenaries that have entered the country and are trying to infiltrate into all corners. They are doing this because they have lost power.”John McCain receives indictmentOther actions included a march on the offices of warhawk U.S. Sen. John McCain on March 14 in Tucson, Ariz., where a People’s Indictment was read charging McCain with three counts of “material support for terrorists” based on his support of reactionary movements in Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria. An enlarged copy of the indictment was taped to the door.In Los Angeles, protesters from several organizations and communities overflowed the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard on March 14. In front of a large banner reading “White House, CIA, Pentagon — Hands Off Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria,” they distributed hundreds of flyers countering U.S. media and government lies.Activists in Huntington, W.V., also came out March 14, calling for “U.S. hands off Ukraine! Money for people’s needs, not war!”At Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade on March 16, the Team Solidarity Sound Truck helped spread the anti-war message while contingents carried signs reading “U.S. imperialism — Hands off Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria.”  An informational picket was called by Workers World Party in Durham, N.C.’s, Brightleaf Square Historic District on March 14. Protesters called for “Money for unemployment insurance, food stamps and higher wages, not war!” and distributed fact sheets to passersby.Actions were also held in Buffalo, N.Y.; Houston; and Minneapolis.Greg Butterfield, Steven Ceci, Terri Kay, Bob McCubbin, Frank Neisser, John Parker, Bryan Pfeifer, Betsey Piette, Benji Pyles, Paul Teitelbaum and Dan Van Dandervance contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


First things first

first_imgWe measure so many things.Risks. Delinquencies. Hold times. ROA. Staff turnover. Assets.Take a look at any of those things. Your ROA may be .89.  Your assets may be $573 million. Your telephone hold time may be 37 seconds.Is that good or bad?How would I know?But hopefully, you know whether those are good or bad.  Quite often, though, the people I talk to do not.Where am I going with this? Ask Seth Godin. In a recent post, he argues that data in a vacuum is no way to say whether something is good or bad. For Seth, it all comes down to alignment.Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it’s a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. A company might spend almost nothing on customer service but still succeed in reaching its goals. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Gavin Lux shines, Dodgers crush seven homers to beat Rockies

first_imgChris Taylor hit two home runs of his own. Cody Bellinger, Matt Beaty and Corey Seager hit one apiece, giving the Dodgers 245 homers this season – four shy of the National League record. Taylor became the 11th Dodger player with at least 10 home runs, something no NL team had done before. Bellinger’s 44 home runs lead all major league hitters.“It flew out for us,” said Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, who had one of the Dodgers’ 17 hits.Buehler (12-3) wasn’t immune to soaring baseballs. In five innings, the right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits – two home runs, five doubles and one homer – yet was credited with the win. The Dodgers were leading 10-6 by the time newly-minted reliever Kenta Maeda took over in the sixth inning, three hours into a four-hour game.Pederson sustained an abdominal contusion when he collided with the right-field wall in the fifth inning. He tracked down a Charlie Blackmon fly ball headed for the first row of seats in the corner, bounced off the wall, and held onto the ball before crumbling to the warning track. Pederson was able to walk off the field on his own power. He said he had the wind knocked out of him.“I couldn’t really move my arm,” Pederson said. “That part was not good, but I think this is like a normal collision – your body protects certain areas. Then it cooled down.” PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gets a pat on the back from manager Dave Roberts as he leaves the game after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux watches his single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsColorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, right, scores on a double by Daniel Murphy as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith stands at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, center, runs back to third as Colorado Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy chases him down after being caught between third and home during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, of Japan, hits a sacrifice bunt during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a double by Joc Pederson during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux claps after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux watches from the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, left, is congratulated by Charlie Blackmon after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux rounds second on his way to third on a single by Walker Buehler during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, is congratulated by Walker Buehler, center, and Gavin Lux after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Peter Lambert throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson is attended to by security after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. Pederson was taken out of the game after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson sticks his tongue out at his own dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, left, smiles as he stands with first base coach George Lombard after hitting a single during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Home plate umpire Larry Vanover, second from left, is attended to by a Los Angeles Dodgers trainer after being hit by ball as Dan Bellino, second from right, and David Rackley look on during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson gets a pat on the back from manager Dave Roberts as he leaves the game after colliding with the wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Gavin Lux got his welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment out of the way early.  At a local hotel Monday morning, Lux said he took an elevator to the lobby to fetch a coffee. A stranger recognized the Dodgers’ rookie infielder and asked to take a picture together.“That’s the first time that’s ever happened,” Lux said. “It was kind of weird but cool at the same time.”The 19,657th player in major league history will soon grow accustomed to life in the lap of luxury. Lux singled on the first pitch of his first at-bat, doubled his next time up, and finished 2 for 5 in his major league debut as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 16-9.Lux wasn’t the only Dodger who enjoyed hitting on a hot afternoon against the floundering Rockies. Joc Pederson hit two of the Dodgers’ seven home runs, and came inches away from hitting a third before sustaining an injury. The injury ended a potentially historic night for the 27-year-old outfielder. Leading off the first inning, Pederson hit a home run to right-center field on the third pitch he saw from Peter Lambert (2-6). In the third inning, he hit a three-run home run to right field, his 30th of the season. Had he not missed a home run by inches in the second inning – the ball caromed off the short wall and onto the field for a double – Pederson would have homered in four consecutive plate appearances.Roberts termed Pederson as “day to day.”“He’s in the strike zone,” Roberts said of Pederson. “He’s really doing a great job. His last five, six at-bats are really, really quality. When he puts the barrel on it, gets the ball in the strike zone, with his swing loft he’s going to do some good things. Hopefully he’s trending in the right direction.”The Dodgers ran a few experiments Monday. A.J. Pollock started in left field for the first time this season and Taylor shifted to center. Roberts said this experiment will continue, with Bellinger seeing time in center field as well.Maeda pitched three clean innings out of the bullpen and one rocky inning, allowing a pair of solo home runs in the ninth. He was credited with a save, his first this year. Julio Urías will take Maeda’s place in the starting rotation beginning Tuesday.“There’s a lot of value in having a guy that can go length right now,” Roberts said. “Kenta’s being a good teammate. He’s a competitor. When he gets out there it’s about being a professional, making pitches, and throwing up zeroes in whatever role you’re in.”No experiment looms larger than Lux, who started at second base and batted eighth. The announced crowd of 45,910 included his parents, Tom and Heather, his aunt and uncle, and a family friend.Lux was assured of joining the Dodgers in some capacity. Team executives weighed the merits of bringing him in as an “apprentice” – practicing and traveling with the major league club, but not appearing in games. When Max Muncy was hit by a pitch Wednesday, fracturing his wrist, it created an opening for Lux at second base. He was formally added to the active roster Monday morning.Roberts said Lux, a left-handed hitter, will play second base against right-handed pitchers during Muncy’s absence. That could last another week or more.“With what he’s done, arguably the best season of any minor league player in all of baseball … now you’re joining a team that’s in a pennant race,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of anticipation. But with Gavin, his confidence and what he’s done, being surrounded by a lot of good players, I think there’s as soft a landing as you can have with a team that’s very receptive to young players. He’s seen his teammates thrive as far as young players performing at this level. I think there’s solace in that.”Lux hit four balls in the air in his debut. Two landed for hits. One was a 374-foot out. He also reached base on a fielding error and scored three runs. According to STATS.com, Lux is the first Dodgers player in the live-ball era to score three runs in his debut.Both of the balls that resulted in Lux’s hits were authenticated, sheathed in a clear labeled case, and sitting in his locker after the game. Who will get the baseball from his first hit?“Mom and dad, absolutely,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more