Akai Gurley’s aunt: ‘Time to dismantle this system’

first_imgTalk given by Hertencia Petersen at March 5 International Working Women’s Day rally in Harlem, N.Y.Nelson Mandela once said, “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” It takes a very wise man to understand the role a woman plays in society.My name is Hertencia Petersen and I am the aunt of Akai Gurley, who was murdered by NYPD [New York Police Department] rookie officer Peter Liang on November 20th, 2014.My sister Sylvia will never get to hold or see her son again. She wants Peter Liang to be held accountable for murdering her son. “Where is the justice for Akai Gurley?” she continues to ask. Whether you’re white, Black, Chinese or Latino, you must be held accountable for taking an innocent human life. We must remember genocide is not an accident. Akai Gurley being murdered is not an accident.It’s an honor to be here, surrounded with some strong sisters. As we know, women have always been labeled as the weaker ones. Physically that might be true to an extent, but otherwise I disagree. We only think differently than our male counterparts.We are here today to say we are sick and tired of our loved ones being murdered by police brutality. We are tired of the racist system that has been criminalizing our communities, dehumanizing our sisters and mothers. We have been fighting a system that is corrupted, racist against people of color and [against] women as well.What we have been struggling to get is equal pay; decent, affordable housing; and health insurance, not only for ourselves but for our children; and programs and safe houses for domestic violence victims; etc.The system has put such a strain on our state of mind with oppression, trying to keep us oppressed. Look around and ask yourself, why are we hated so much? Why do we have to fight for everything we need in this world?We must celebrate diversity and embrace unity to fight for our rights as human beings. Shirley Chisholm said that in the end, anti-Black, anti-female and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.As women we would do anything to protect our family. If that means fighting against a system that doesn’t respect women, then I say we dismantle this system! Just imagine if we were to unite and stand in solidarity with all people of color, male and female, and fight this system as opposed to fighting each other. We would be a force to be reckoned with.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Reports Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom After years of devastating civil war, Liberia is trying to rebuild its basic infrastructure. The Internet is not a priority at all and facilities hardly exist.This does not stop President Charles Taylor from attacking the Internet in the same way he attacks the opposition press. He charges that exiled opposition journalists putting out news about the situation in Liberia are waging a “war” against him on the Internet. The country’s lone ISP, Data Tech, is accused of cutting off access when websites run by Liberians abroad contain too much anti-government material. The government launched a website in 2001 called allaboutliberia.com to counter these diaspora sites.Links:Government news siteOpposition news site LiberiaAfrica RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Liberia LiberiaAfrica center_img June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liberia June 12, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation last_img read more

Nigerian English words added to Oxford English Dictionary

first_imgSpeaking exclusively to Cherwell, a spokesperson for the OED said: “The OED has added Nigerian English words as part of a wider effort to broaden our coverage of World Englishes in the dictionary. We believe that including words from all world varieties of English enables the OED to tell a more complete story of the language. The sheer number and variety of these words reflect not only the global reach of English, but also the unique culture, history, and identity of the various communities all over the world that use English in everyday communication.” According to the OED: “The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.” The most recent linguistic update of the Oxford English Dictionary has expanded their record to include a number of Nigerian English words. The OED commented on their decision, saying: “By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language. We highlight their contributions in this month’s update of the Oxford English Dictionary, as a number of Nigerian English words make it into the dictionary for the first time.” “The OED acknowledges that with the current status of English as a world language, no longer is British English to be regarded as the dominant form of English – it is only one of the many individual varieties of the language that share a common lexical core but develop their own unique lexicons. Each World English is a living, changing variety, whose distinct vocabulary encompasses all sorts of lexical innovations, from borrowings from local languages to new abbreviations, blends, and compounds. They give a flavour of what its speakers have contributed to the development of the English word store.” Some of the words and usages added include: ‘to put to bed, in put, v.’, ‘chop-chop, n./2’, ‘buka, n.’. “In recent years, the OED has published particularly large batches of new entries for English varieties spoken in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and now, Nigeria. For each project, our inhouse research has been enhanced by expertise from linguists in each region. We will continue to work on these varieties, as well as on other Englishes in West Africa, East Africa, and the Caribbean. We are also working on a targeted survey for our core academic audience, in order to better understand the specific requirements of our users with regard to our World English coverage.”last_img read more

Singh changes position on court language requirement after caucus blowback

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was forced Wednesday to claw back a suggestion bilingualism requirements for Supreme Court justices be waived to encourage Indigenous candidates.Singh had made the suggestion earlier in the day after judge and educator Sheilah Martin was nominated to fill an upcoming vacancy on the top court, disappointing some who had hoped an Indigenous candidate would be chosen.But after his idea generated friction within his own caucus, Singh issued a statement to clarify he “strongly” believes that Supreme Court justices be bilingual with a functional understanding of both French and English, adding it is the only way to ensure Canadians access justice in an official language.Indigenous rights must also be recognized and defended, Singh said, noting Indigenous languages have historically been “grossly overlooked” in Canadian institutions.“I am open to hearing suggestions of how to remain fully committed to bilingual judges while supporting the advancement of judges from Indigenous communities,” he said.“It’s my sincere hope that we will see, in near future, a Supreme Court Justice from a First Nation, Metis or Inuit background.”Earlier on Wednesday, Singh said there needs to be an understanding of the unique situation Indigenous communities have faced and a recognition of Indigenous languages.“I would say in general our position as a party is that we support bilingualism,” Singh said.“It’s important as a nation that has two official languages that we support bilingualism with respect to judges but there is a specific case to be made for the Indigenous community.”The remarks touched off pushback from NDP MPs.“That is not a position of the NDP,” Quebec lieutenant Alexandre Boulerice said. “He knows it … but we are ready to work with anybody from the Aboriginal community to … see how we can integrate more efficiently Aboriginal languages.”NDP justice critic Murray Rankin said Singh’s original comments were not in keeping with the NDP’s position stipulating judges must be bilingual to sit on Canada’s top court. The party’s official languages critic had put forward a private members’ bill to enshrine the bilingual requirement into law but it was defeated.“We are trying essentially deal with two streams of rights,” Rankin said.“The need to be more representative, particularly for the Indigenous … legal traditions on the court and at the same time, an ironclad commitment to bilingualism which the NDP has long had as its policy.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is Aboriginal, said Wednesday she suspects many current Indigenous judges will apply for positions on the top court in the future.Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde have both said in the past that an Indigenous appointment to the top court is long overdue.They have also said the functional bilingual requirement creates barriers for Indigenous jurists.But Sinclair applauded Martin’s appointment, noting her involvement in the Indian Residential Schools settlement.“She has been a strong advocate for education and equality, as well as a formidable voice for under-represented groups including Indigenous peoples in the legal profession,” Sinclair said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more