Women march against sexism, racism & Trump

first_imgAtlanta Washington, D.C. Houston Washington, D.C. San Diego Denvercenter_img New York City Ketchikan, Alaska A massive women’s demonstration of more than 1 million people in Washington, D.C., and 673 other protests around the U.S. and on every continent took place on Jan. 21, the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Even establishment media admitted that the size of the protest was 2 to 3 times larger than Trump’s inaugural gathering.These women and their allies, 5 million strong worldwide, came out to decry the disgusting sexism and misogyny of the new billionaire president. Trump’s known actions include many cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment and the video that surfaced in early October in which he said “Grab them by the pussy” in reference to women.On Jan. 21, women, including trans women, said, “Enough!” and vowed to fight back against the Trump agenda of sexism, racism, virulent anti-immigrant attacks, cutbacks, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, Islamophobia and all other forms of anti-woman, anti-worker, anti-poor attacks.Following are reports from Jan. 21 activists on the ground around the U.S.In San Diego, at least 50,000 people gathered downtown to send a message of support for women’s rights and an open challenge to the misogynist now occupying the White House. The spacious Civic Center Plaza couldn’t contain but a fraction of the participants, who spilled out into surrounding streets — making much of downtown impassable to vehicular traffic — before marching to the second rally site at the County Administration Building. As the front of the march reached the site, protesters were still streaming out of the plaza a mile away.The overall theme was “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.” Speakers came from a wide range of backgrounds, including Latinx, Black, LGBTQ and Asian. All of them spoke to “Why I march.” One popular banner read, “A Woman’s Place Is in the Revolution.”Another solidarity march of at least 2,000 was held in northern San Diego County. According to sfgate.com, there were 50 marches across California, with “crowds numbering in the thousands … in Napa, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa” and 25,000 in San Jose.In Los Angeles, an estimated 750,000 people shut down all of downtown. Workers World Party activists held a very visible street rally, drawing in many wanting more information about socialism. Maggie Vascassenno of WWP, who spoke to many women interested in building a people’s movement, told WW, “People are ready to fight, and we’ve been ready for them.” Many Workers World newspapers and Black History Month flyers were distributed.Women and supporters clogged the entire Bay Area with six different marches on Jan. 21. Women’s March Bay Area claimed a total of 200,000 participants. In Oakland, there were up to 80,000 people, with 100,000 marching in San Francisco.In Oakland, a contingent called Rise, Resist, Unite was organized by Gabriela USA, the international Filipino women’s party, to “RISE against Fascism as we say No to Trump and his administration, ­RESIST the militarization of our lands, communities, and bodies, and to UNITE for the liberation of all oppressed peoples.” Organizers called for an end to violence against women and to “highlight the economic, political, and cultural aspects by connecting how imperialism perpetuates and worsens violence against women in all its forms.”Labor Rising Against Trump had contingents in both Oakland and San Francisco marches. In Oakland, activists held a banner reading, “Workers’ Rights Are Women’s Rights.”NY and East Coast women riseNew York City’s Fifth Avenue surged with a multigenerational, multinational sea of angry, determined, energized women and men supporters who marched against Trump and for women’s liberation. The protest began at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the U.N. with a brief rally. The official estimate for the six-hour protest was 400,000 marchers.Families pushed strollers while some women rode in wheelchairs. Handmade signs read “Make America MEXICO again!” and “Don’t tread on me” above a drawing of a woman’s reproductive system. Many signs emphasized equality, inclusiveness and solidarity, especially “Black Lives Matter” and “Not My President.” The color of the day was pink, with many women wearing pink “pussyhats” and carrying signs that read, “This pussy grabs back.” Relatively few signs referred to Hillary Clinton, though some repeated campaign slogans like “The ­future is female.”The International Working Women’s Day Coalition had a lively contingent, which included women from Workers World Party, Picture the Homeless and the local branch of Gabriela USA. “The warm response to our message, which stresses that every issue is a woman’s issue, indicates there is a powerful movement for social justice in birth led by women, including trans women,” said Monica Moorehead, coalition co-coordinator and WWP’s 2016 presidential candidate.In Syracuse, N.Y., over 2,500 ­people encircled the federal building, out­number­­ing 8 to 1 a local anti-woman, ­anti-abortion march.Black Lives Matter organizer ­Nikeeta Slade powerfully named the day as a “which-side-are-you-on moment.” The protest also included speakers from Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the LGBTQ community and the Onondaga Nation. The event was followed by a political and cultural “People’s Inauguration” sponsored by the brand-new Central New York Solidarity Coalition initiated by the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Syracuse Peace Council.Buffalo, N.Y., saw several thousand opponents of the Trump agenda march through downtown in one of the city’s largest demonstrations ever.In Philadelphia an estimated 50,000 people, twice the number organizers had anticipated, turned out. Their signs reflected a wide variety of concerns. For many younger people, it was their first time at a protest.The rally started with the acknowledgment that the event was taking place on the ground where the historic Million Woman March, organized by women of color, drew close to a million people, mostly Black women, in October 1997.Women pour out in South, MidwestIn Roanoke, Va., thousands of women and allies flooded Elmwood Park for a speak-out of labor and community participants. Then the multinational, all-ages crowd marched through downtown in one of the largest protests in Roanoke history.About 20,000 people rallied and marched in Raleigh, N.C.Despite thunderstorms, an estimated 60,000 people gathered downtown for the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. Just as the opening rally began, the rain stopped and the crowd cheered as the sun came out.Women and others of all ages and nationalities formed a dense, multiblock demonstration that ended at the Georgia State Capitol. For many, this was their first protest, and whether 16 or 66 years old, all seemed to experience empowerment and solidarity, especially at news of similar marches around the world.In Michigan, protesters came out by the thousands in the capital city of Lansing, where a breakaway march led by militant youth took place. Demonstrations were also held in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Saginaw and other cities and towns large and small.In Rockford, Ill., Workers World Party and Rockford Youth Activism organized a “March against Trump and Sexism.” A high-energy crowd marched through downtown streets to city hall, where speakers, representing youth, environmental, Indigenous, LGBTQ and other organizations, denounced the Trump administration and declared they will continue to organize and build solidarity in their communities. A “Women’s March Rockford” also brought out hundreds to support women’s rights.Hundreds took to the streets for a Femme Solidarity March in Milwaukee. Poor and working people from across Wisconsin, at least 100,000 strong, joined the Women’s March in Madison, the state capital. Speeches were made, bands played music and people spoke of creating a sustainable movement for women’s rights while resisting the Trump administration. Further meetings are planned to continue organizing and mobilizing.‘We won’t go back!’In Denver, some 75,000 women and men were in the streets. The message was clear: Women in 2017 will not go back to 1950. What is new is that not only were more men present, but a unity of struggle was shown for immigrants, Black Lives Matter, incarcerated women and those facing economic oppression. Noticeably missing was an understanding of how U.S. wars impact the planet as well as women here and around the world.Over 25,000 women and their supporters took to the streets and marched to Houston City Hall in the largest demonstration since the historic immigrant rights action in 2006.In Portland, Ore., feminists of all stripes donned their pink hats and sang and chanted while winding their way through the city. The crowd choked all but the widest streets, obliging demonstrators to take the sidewalk, flowing around parked cars and old trees. The demonstration eclipsed the waterfront park and took the Morrison bridge, temporarily closing it to traffic.In Seattle, an estimated 175,000 people countered Trump’s racism and bigotry and years of attacks on women. The marchers traveled 3.6 miles from Judkins Park through downtown to Seattle Center. The mass transit and traffic systems were overwhelmed. Thousands of colorful hand-made signs rebuked Trump’s misogyny while demonstrators chanted “Black lives matter!” and other chants. The march went on all day. Women’s marches were held in at least eight other Washington state cities and towns.Contributors included Jasen Vyvyan Balmat, Tommy Cavanaugh, Sage Collins, Sue Davis, Ellie Dorritie, Terri Kay, Dianne Mathiowetz, Bob McCubbin, Jim McMahan, John Parker, Betsey Piette, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria Rubac, Dante Strobino, Gloria Verdieu, Viviana Weinstein, WW Staff and WW Wisconsin Bureau.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Libel suits by intelligence chief and Sarkozy aide over spying allegations

first_img News News Reporters Without Borders does not know whether to be amused or dismayed by the libel suits that presidential chief of staff Claude Guéant and domestic intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini have brought against the online newspaper Mediapart and the weekly Le Canard Enchaîné for accusing them of spying on journalists and tracking their phone calls. Guéant sued Mediapart yesterday. Squarcini sued Le Canard Enchaîné three days ago.“We would like to remind these two senior public servants that rather than take the aggressive approach by going to court, they are perfectly free to explain their actions, to argue and to deny the articles they disagree with,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Press freedom exists for newspapers and for all citizens. We urge them to use it instead of baring their teeth.”“It is clear that they are trying to intimidate. Squarcini’s lawyer recognised this when he warned other journalists not to repeat the allegations made in the offending article in Le Canard. The most incredible aspect of this situation is that it is now up to the journalist to justify themselves. Libel suits reverse the burden of proof. They put the defendants, in this case Mediapart and Le Canard, under an obligation to demonstrate their good faith.”These two media will have to establish that they acted out of a legitimate desire to provide information, conducted a serious investigation, stated the facts in a prudent manner, and did so without personal animosity. These are the four elements that constitute good faith.“In such a sensitive case, one that affects the government at the highest level and involves conflicts of interest and spying, it may not be easy for the two newspapers to convince the judges that these four principles were satisfied, especially if the judges fail to take account of the specific characteristics of the case and the fact that the subject matter of the articles was of exceptional public interest.”Reporters Without Borders has three specific requests. Firstly, it calls for Squarcini to be questioned by the National Assembly. Secondly, it urges the mobile phone companies to respond to the alarming allegations that they readily surrendered call records.And thirdly, it calls on the authorities to follow the recommendations of the National Commission for the Control of Security Intercepts (CNCIS), which were indirectly confirmed in a recent note from the prime minister’s office. The CNCIS is an independent oversight body that was set up in July 1991 to supervise the monitoring of phone calls. It was created in response to a European Court of Human Rights ruling (24 April 1990, Huvig and Kruslin v. France) that France violated the right to privacy (article 8 of the European Convention) in a phone-tapping case.The head of the Central Directorate for Internal Intelligence (DCRI), Squarcini is suing Le Canard’s publisher, Michel Gaillard, and its editor, Claude Angeli, who wrote the offending article accusing him of supervising the illegal surveillance of journalists. Guéant, whose official title is secretary-general of the Elysée Palace, is suing Mediapart for accusing him of supervising the surveillance of two of its journalists.Chronology of spying allegationsSeptember:- Le Monde accuses the Elysée of using the domestic intelligence services to identify David Sénat, an adviser to the justice minister, as a source for Le Monde reporter Gérard Davet’s articles about alleged illegal financing of the ruling party by L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. – Le Monde brings a criminal action accusing “persons unknown” of violating the confidentiality of its sources.- The National Commission for the Control of Security Intercepts says the police obtained Sénat’s phone records illegally.October:- The computers of Le Monde journalist Gérard Davet and Le Point journalist Hervé Gattegno are stolen. Two Mediapart laptops are also stolen.November:- It is alleged that journalists working on the Bettencourt story and another story have been the target of GPS tracking by the intelligence services in an attempt to identify their sources.- France Info reports that the prime minister’s office sent a memo to the interior ministry in October reminding the intelligence services that it is illegal for them to obtain detailed copies of clients’ phone bills directly from telephone companies.France is ranked 44th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. There is every chance that it could fall even lower next year. RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story RSF_en November 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libel suits by intelligence chief and Sarkozy aide over spying allegations FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Receive email alerts Newscenter_img June 4, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

So you think your law firm is safe?

first_img So you think your firm is safe? So you think your law firm is safe? Patsy T. Epperson Firm safety is about more than your personal office security. Although this is a very important issue, there is another factor which probably does not immediately come to mind. How safe is your data?According to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, 93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster and 50 percent of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy.A fire in your building could totally destroy not only your physical files but your computer systems and electronic data as well. Without adequate backups stored offsite or in a fire resistant safe, how would your firm survive? Manual reconstruction of every case, every file, every pleading could be a financial disaster.Fires and flooding are not the only causes of data loss. A hardware or system malfunction is the leading cause of data loss claiming 44 percent. The second leading cause, at 32 percent, is human error with software failures coming in third at 14 percent. Viruses fall a distant fourth at 7 percent. Viruses have caused their share of damage, that’s for certain. And although this can be irritating and requires down time to clean up, it normally doesn’t cause true damage. However, some virus strains, and several worms, will reformat a local disk. The anti-virus software companies, such as Symantec, Trend Micro, and, McAfee work hard to stay on top of the “newest” viruses, which come out almost daily.Software failures can take many forms. For example, a corrupted file that can not be opened can be caused by the failure of a software program such as Word or WordPerfect. However a computer that will not boot-up or freezes and will not respond may be experiencing failure of the operating system. If this is an individual PC then the data lost would be anything saved on that specific hard drive and in some instances, it can be recovered. A software failure on a server however is a much bigger issue. Here, a solid backup system is mandatory and saves your office from disaster.So how do you protect your firm? A huge step forward is to backup your digitized information, either to a tape, a CD/DVD or an external hard drive. But don’t store these backups in a file cabinet or desk — either remove the backup from the premises or store it in a fire proof lock box. With an appropriate backup scheme you should never hear your office administrator say to you, “Our server just crashed and we lost everything. But it’s worse, the last good backup we have is from December 2003.” That means reconstruct everything from January 1, 2004 forward.While you never want to hear those words at all, wouldn’t you rather be told, “Our server just crashed, we lost everything. But the good news is, our backups are in great condition and we can restore everything through last night.”What can make the difference between the bad news and the good news? The following list provides some examples of what can cause problems even if you are running backups every night.• Damaged/broken media.• Overwritten data.• Media errors.• Incomplete backups.• Reformatted/erased media.• Malicious damage.• Flood/fire damage.A backup is only good if you can restore the information from it. The backup scheme will not be complete if you are not certain your media is good and the backup jobs are running correctly. This requires a test restoration and should be done on a regular basis.To condense this to four major points:• Set a schedule for backups. Daily, weekly, and monthly backups will give you the most protection and make certain they take place on this schedule without fail. The nightly backup should include a verification procedure to confirm the integrity of the backup.• Store backup media off-site. And even better, make certain that the off-site location is a safe place, that the media is in a fire proof container and out of danger of flood.• Replace your media annually. This is more important than most people realize. Media wears out and can develop bad sectors — a bad or damaged tape, CD or external hard drive will not produce an acceptable data restoration. But don’t go strictly by one year. Watch you backup reports. If the media shows bad sectors replace it immediately, regardless of the age.• Last but not least, test that your data can be restored. If it can’t be restored, it is of no use to you.Sometimes a test restoration is the only way to determine if there is a problem with your backups.Take the time to review your backup scheme. If it falls short, then do whatever it takes to implement a good backup system. It can’t be better said than the quote from the CIO Magazine. . . “Data is a valuable corporate asset and should be managed as such, like cash, facilities, or any other corporate asset.”Patsy T. Epperson is a client relationship consultant with Aegis Computer Services, Inc., and is a former legal assistant. She can be reached at (850) 422-2661 or [email protected]center_img August 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more