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‘Selma’: A phenomenon in the midst of a resurgent movement

first_imgThe movie “Selma,” which chronicles the 54-mile march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, was distributed nationally on Jan. 9 and has already been viewed by millions across the U.S. and the world. The Associated Press reported Jan. 11 that “Selma” came in second at the weekend box office, garnering $11.2 million.The film has generated a tremendous degree of mainstream and social media interest. Directed by Ava DuVernay — with talk show host and network owner Oprah Winfrey serving as producer and depicting Annie Lee Cooper in a supporting role — the movie is the first feature film that depicts a key chapter in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. A made-for-television miniseries made in 1978 featured Paul Winfield as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King.Despite the movie’s success, the Golden Globes on Jan. 11 recognized it in only one of four categories it was nominated for. Songwriter and producer John Legend and hip-hop artist Common were given the top prize for Best Original Song entitled “Glory.”DuVernay wrote on Twitter on Jan. 11, “We’ve already won. We made a film we believe in, and now it’s out in theaters and moving in the world!”Accepting the award, Legend said, “I’m so honored to be part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people … and is so connected to what’s happening right now. We still are in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”Controversy over historical accuracySome of the most widely publicized disagreements over the film’s accuracy surround the role of then President Lyndon Johnson. The film suggests that Johnson, played by Tom Wilkinson, categorically opposed the Selma Campaign and the introduction of voting rights legislation in 1965.One of Johnson’s top advisers on domestic affairs, Joseph A. Califano Jr., wrote an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Dec. 26 that went so far as to assert that the Selma Voting Rights Campaign was Johnson’s idea.Califano wrote that “in fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea, he considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement, he viewed King as an essential partner in getting it enacted — and he didn’t use the FBI to disparage him.”The editorial itself is full of historical inaccuracies, contradicting the facts of the period and the chronological order of events, which have been well documented by participants and historians.“Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, who was in Selma for the final march, was praiseworthy of the film, despite how Johnson was portrayed in it,” stated WW Managing Editor Monica Moorehead.Andrew Young, a former aide to King and leading member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said during several interviews that the actual situation was quite different, but that he was not offended by this aspect of the film.Young rejected outright the notion that the campaign, which brought SCLC to Dallas County in January 1965, was Johnson’s idea. He said that Johnson did not believe voting rights legislation could make it through Congress only months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.In a Jan. 5 interview with Roland Martin, Young noted that he had traveled with King to Norway when the Civil Rights leader was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964. Later the group went to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with the Justice Department, and it was only then that Johnson invited them to the White House.However, the crisis created through arrests and beatings in Selma during January and February, followed by the police shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson in neighboring Marion on the night of Feb. 18, prompted activists to organize a march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery.During the first attempt, the Alabama state police and local law enforcement made vicious attacks using clubs, cattle prods and teargas on 600 demonstrators at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, known as “Bloody Sunday.” The beating of the demonstrators prompted a national mobilization in cities throughout the country. Many traveled to Selma two days later for yet another confrontation.Amid legal challenges over an injunction against marching to Montgomery, King and the SCLC decided to turn 2,000 demonstrators around and headed back to Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, the center of the campaign. This move caused confusion and debate within the movement, as some felt the mobilization should have refused to disperse.On March 9, the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston who traveled to support the Selma Campaign, was severely beaten by white racists in Selma and died of his injuries the following day.A favorable federal court ruling several days later affirming a constitutional right to march paved the way for Johnson to nationalize the Alabama National Guard, which provided protection so demonstrators could initiate and complete the final march from March 21-25.On the day the march concluded, Viola Liuzzo, a volunteer activist from Detroit portrayed in the film by Tara Ochs, was murdered in her vehicle while transporting demonstrators through Lowndes County. It was later revealed that she was killed due to a Ku Klux Klan conspiracy.In late February, Johnson came out in favor of new legislation, which worked its way through Congress over the next five months.Despite a few historical inaccuracies and other minor problems, many feel the film can play a progressive role in light of the resurgence of the anti-racist struggle, manifested through rebellions and mass demonstrations in response to the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.The fact that these tremendous events unfolded five decades ago illustrates how far the struggle against national oppression has to go in this country.  At the same time, the developments over the last five months reveals the capacity of African Americans and their allies to create new methods of agitation aimed at the state and the corporate structures of the racist capitalist system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

ACCC Taking TasPorts to Court for Alleged Misuse of Market Power

first_imgThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts) for the alleged misuse of market power by the state-owned port owner.According to ACCC, TasPorts, which owns all but one port in northern Tasmania, sought to stop a new entrant, Engage Marine Tasmania from competing effectively with TasPorts’ marine pilotage and towage businesses, with the purpose and likely effect of substantially lessening competition.“In short, our case is that TasPorts sought to maintain its monopoly in towage and pilotage in Tasmania, resulting in higher prices and lower quality services,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.“This is the first case under the amended misuse of market power provision, an important law reform designed to protect the competitive process and help us address the harm that anti-competitive conduct does to consumers and the Australian economy.”The ACCC alleges that TasPorts prevented Engage Marine from expanding in Tasmania by failing to provide long-term berths for its tug boats and refusing to place Engage Marine on the shipping schedule, which is necessary for it to provide towage services.The ACCC also said that TasPorts has prevented Engage Marine from providing pilotage services at Port Latta by failing to provide training to Engage Marine’s employees, which only they could provide, and demanding that Engage Marine’s sole customer pay about USD 750,000 a year in fees to TasPorts after the customer stopped contracting with TasPorts.“We are alleging that TasPorts’ actions are driven by an anti-competitive purpose, and that its conduct has had or is likely to have an anti-competitive effect,” Sims added.Responding to the ACCC announcement, TasPorts said that the issues raised by the competition commission “are complex, based on unique situations; they involve a law that has not yet been tested.”“TasPorts strenuously denies that it has breached competition law as alleged by the ACCC,” the port owner stated, adding it will “vigorously defend” the ACCC’s allegations.last_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Southampton 0 – Zarate on as Rangers chase vital points

first_imgChris Ramsey fielded a side full of attacking intent but Southampton have looked more dangerous and went close when Graziano Pelle hit the woodwork in the first half. Ramsey, in caretaker charge following the departure of manager Harry Redknapp, included Adel Taarabt in QPR’s starting line-up, while Matt Phillips and Armand Traore were deployed on the flanks and Leroy Fer was moved into central midfield alongside Joey Barton.However, Rangers’ Rob Green was the busier keeper early on, gathering an effort from Pelle and seeing a shot from Eljero Elia drift wide after Green had been spotted off his line.Victor Wanyama and the impressive Sadio Mane also fired wide, while at the other end Barton shot over following good work from Taarabt.Southampton were dealt a blow when young defender Matt Targett was stretchered off midway through the first half following a clash of heads with Phillips.But they continued to have the upper hand and Mane was denied by a fingertip save by Green after squirming away from Clint Hill.Pelle was then unlucky not to open the scoring when he volleyed James Ward-Prowse’s right-wing corner against the bar.Ramsey, who is being assisted by Redknapp’s former right-hand man Kevin Bond, made a change just after the hour mark, replacing Taarabt with on-loan West Ham forward Mauro Zarate. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt (Zarate 62), Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Redbox Planning a Streaming Movie Service to Compete With Netflix

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#news#NYT#web audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Movie rental company Redbox is planning to launch a subscription-based streaming service. The L.A. Times reports that during a meeting with analysts yesterday, Redbox President Mitch Lowe confirmed the company’s plans to expand beyond its movie rental kiosks.That would put Redbox head-to-head with Netflix, which recently announced it had surpassed 20 million subscribers and is also working on shifting its business from the disc shipping to the Internet-streaming business. Indeed, customers are increasingly turning to the Web to watch movies, rather than to DVDs. It’s been known for quite some time Redbox would eventually make this move into movie streaming, and its owner company Coinstar said as much last year. Redbox has been gauging its customers’ interest in a streaming plan, asking in a survey last year if they would be interested in a $3.95 per month subscription plan. That means that for those who rent four or more movies from Redbox a month (at its current $1 per film rate), that’s a good deal – and quite competitive with Netflix’s subscription plan.Despite Redbox’s confirmation that a streaming service is in the works, its partners in the endeavor have not been identified. According to the L.A. Times, “several people familiar with the matter have confirmed that Amazon.com is in talks with studios to acquire content for a Netflix-like subscription movie streaming service set to launch soon, making it a likely candidate to be Redbox’s partner.” Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the European rental and streaming service LoveFilm. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Congress-NCP to leave 38 seats for smaller parties in Maharashtra Assembly elections

first_imgThe Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will leave 38 of the 288 Assembly seats for other allies and smaller parties in the upcoming elections. At a meeting of party leaders on Tuesday night, seat-sharing on 90% of the remaining 250 seats was finlaised.The decision to carve out 38 seats to smaller parties also means that both Congress and the NCP have lost hope of any alliance with Prakash Ambedkar–led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) of which All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is also a part. The 38 seats are likely to be shared by Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), Raju Shetti–led Swabhminai Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS), Communist Party of India (Marxist), other Ambedkarite and left parties. With 250 seats to be shared between Congress and the NCP, the exact number of seats each will be contesting is likely to be announced shortly.“We have already announced that we want to finalise the seat-sharing at the earliest and declare the first list of candidates, work on which is in progress. It should be out in a few days,” said a senior Congress leader who attended the meeting.The leader said both parties are firm on contesting the polls together. “We are very clear on our priorities. Winnability is the only criteria while deciding on seat sharing. There are no favourites of anyone,” he said.The screening committee of the Congress for Maharashtra polls will meet in New Delhi on Thursday, where the list of candidates will be presented and is likely to be finalised. The Hindu had last week had reported that the Congress wants to come out with its list of 100 candidates at the earliest to give candidates an early start to campaigning.However, the Congress and NCP have been unable to reach a consensus on Indapur Assembly seat, held by NCP’s Dattatray Bharne and once a stronghold of senior Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil. “There are disputes on few seats. These will be resolved in front of Congress and NCP presidents in Delhi,” said the Congress leader.last_img read more

‘The World Cup will be our best gift to Sachin’

first_imgThe World Cup is returning to India – and the sub-continent – after 15 years.Sachin Tendulkar is all set for the World Cup. APOurs is the No. 1 Test team in the world, we are among the top ODI teams and we have been the T20 world champions. With the World Cup not very far off, I can already sense the enthusiasm, especially after the Indian team’s sterling performance in the tough Test series against South Africa.The World Cup would be a big attraction not only here but outside India as well. The weather in February will be perfect and it will be a brilliant spectacle.The ninth edition of the showpiece event will give an even greater boost to the game, especially in the rural areas.People of all ages will get to see the best players in action on their soil. Even though the original plan was to have the World Cup in the entire subcontinent, including Pakistan, it couldn’t happen. People in Pakistan are disappointed and so are we, because if there’s anything that binds us, it is our shared passion for cricket. Our players and peoples have had a close relationship, and therefore it is sad that there won’t be any matches there because of security issues.Coming to the game, all eyes naturally will be on the Indian team. Though the final squad has not been announced yet, the concern that is uppermost in my mind is the spate of injuries. Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan have had serious fitness issues and they will sit out the ODI series in South Africa. Once that gets over, the players with injuries must be given time for recuperation and a lot of physiotherapy.advertisementIf one looks at the team, Gambhir, Sehwag and Virat Kohli have been in tremendous form. Sachin Tendulkar is as young as ever and M.S. Dhoni is doing very well. Our batting and bowling look very good and we have done well against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa in recent ODIs.That makes India the No. 1 contender for the World Cup. You need batsmen who can bowl handy parttime spin in ODIs, so players like Yusuf Pathan will be crucial. Apart from India, I believe England too has a good chance. It’s a young and talented side high on morale after its spectacular Ashes win. And they have very good depth in fast bowling and a top-class spinner in Graeme Swann.Personally, I feel it is time the Indian team gives a perfect gift to Sachin Tendulkar, who most probably will be playing his last World Cup. He has given so much to the Indian team, it is time the players gave something back to him. The World Cup, perhaps?-Chetan Chauhan was a member of the Indian team that lifted the 1983 World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincylast_img read more

Rogers Cup 2019: Rafael Nadal top seed after fatigued Novak Djokovic withdraws

first_imgNovak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal in order to get more rest before opening his hard court season, the world number one said on Thursday.Djokovic, a four-times champion in Canada, said he needs more time to recover after a physically demanding run at Wimbledon, where he beat Swiss Roger Federer in a five-set final to secure his 16th Grand Slam title.”I’m sorry to announce that I decided to pull out of Rogers Cup,” said Djokovic. “With the support of my team, I have decided to give my body longer rest and recovery time before coming back again to play.”With the Serb’s withdrawal, Spain’s Rafa Nadal will be the top seed at the Aug. 3-11 tournament.Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who injured himself at Queen’s this year and has since had surgery on his right knee, will also skip the tournament.”In del Potro’s case, we wish him a speedy recovery, he who has experienced his share of injuries in the past few years,” said Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “We look forward to seeing him back on court in the near future.”Also Read | Watch: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena sing a Croatian song with klapa group from Korcula islandAlso See:last_img read more

Ohio State Releases Short Highlight Video Of Urban Meyer And His Son Nate At The Indians Game

first_imgUrban Meyer and Son throw the first pitch.Urban Meyer Son First PitchTuesday night, the Cleveland Indians hosted Urban Meyer and his son Nate as they took on the Mariners at Progressive Field. Initially, it was thought that Meyer himself would be throwing out the first pitch. But in the end, it was actually his son doing the honors. Meyer caught the ball at home plate instead. Pretty cool.Thursday, Ohio State released a short video to recap the experience. Meyer and his son met a number of players, hung out in a luxury box, toured the facility, and of course, got to walk on the field. Enjoy, OSU fans:last_img

New Obomsawin film targets First Nations schools underfunding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is being praised for her latest film called “Hi Ho Mistahey” that premiered at the Toronto international film festival.This documentary tells the story of Shannen’s dream, which sparked a national campaign for equitable funding for first nations schools.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

The Latest Russia says critics politicizing Interpol

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on the Interpol general assembly and leadership election (all times local):1p.m.Russian authorities are accusing unnamed Kremlin critics of trying to politicize the upcoming election of the Interpol president.Kremlin foes including financier Bill Browder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Alexei Navalny have warned that naming a top Russian police official to lead the international law enforcement agency will undermine Interpol and politicize police co-operation across borders.In a Tuesday statement Russian Interior Ministry spokesman Irina Volk lashed out at critics, which she did not name, accusing them of running a “campaign to discredit” the Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk. She said that Prokopchuk, who is an Interpol vice-president, is a respected professional, and, if elected, he will be leading the organization “in the interests of the international police community.”Interpol’s general assembly is expected to elect its new president on Wednesday.___10:30 a.m.Kremlin critic Bill Browder says naming a top Russian police official as president of Interpol could undermine the international law enforcement agency.Browder says President Vladimir Putin has tried to use Interpol to hunt down critics and electing a Russian to lead the agency could intensify such efforts. Browder, who runs an investment fund that had operated in Moscow, has campaigned for sanctions against Russian officials charged with human rights abuses after his former lawyer died in custody.Alexander Prokopchuk, a general in the Russian Interior Ministry, is the front-runner to become Interpol’s next president.Browder told the BBC on Tuesday that Interpol shouldn’t put a Putin subordinate “in charge of the most important law enforcement” institution at a time when Russia is charged with using chemical weapons and hacking elections.The Associated Presslast_img read more