Say her name: Sandra Bland

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Dawn O’Neal at the podium.Feb. 16 — The room at the Auburn Avenue Research Library for African-American History and Culture was filled to capacity, with over 100 people seated and others standing to watch the documentary film “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” While the audience was diverse, the largest group was Black women of all ages.Dawn O’Neal, an Atlanta Black Lives Matter activist, and Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party national leader, provided introductory remarks about Sandra Bland’s case in the context of growing consciousness around police violence and mass incarceration.Moorehead explained, “The murder of Sandra Bland was the lightning rod for the hashtag #Say Her Name as a component within the Black Lives Matter Movement.  It was a grim but important reminder that her case shined a bright light on how Black women/women of color are victims of police terror, but many still don’t get the national and international attention that Bland’s case did.” Both she and O’Neal cited the names of several other women and girls killed by police as well as the disappearances and deaths of thousands of Indigenous women and gender-oppressed people, which underscores the need for more community organization and mobilization. Following the film, Sandra’s older sister, Sharon Cooper, joined the program by teleconference, answering questions and sharing her family’s experience in fighting for answers about why and how their loved one died in jail.This amazing dialogue, sponsored by Workers World Party in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Library, was chaired by Dianne Mathiowetz.Monica Moorehead and Dianne Mathiowetz chant, ‘Say her name, Sandra Bland’ in solidarity with Sharon Cooper, seen on screen.last_img read more

ETA bombing of Basque daily firmly condemned

first_img Receive email alerts June 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ETA bombing of Basque daily firmly condemned RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU April 27, 2021 Find out more Five kilos of explosive were set off early today outside the daily El Correo’s premises in Zamudio, in Spain’s northern Basque region, destroying an external wall but not injuring any of the 50 employees inside. The Basque armed separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) is suspected.“We firmly condemn ETA’s use of violence with the aim of intimidating and gagging news media and their employees and we urge the Spanish authorities to do everything possible to prevent this terrorist group from causing more harm and victims in the media,” Reporters Without Borders said.El Correo deputy editor José Miguel Santamaria told Reporters Without Borders that ETA gave no warning. Referring to the measures that were in place to prevent this kind of attack, Santamaria said: “Despite the security measures, the terrorists even managed to penetrate the perimeter of our premises.”Police think ETA planted the bomb against the external wall at the back of the building. The blast destroyed a wall that was more than a metre thick and part of the newspaper’s roof. Several nearby industrial buildings also sustained damage.Vocento, the press group that owns El Correo, has already been the target of terrorist attacks, some of them deadly. Santiago Oleaga, the financial director of Diario Vasco, another newspaper owned by the group, was killed in a bombing in San Sebastian in May 2001.El Correo ran an editorial today headlined “We will not be silenced” in which it condemned the pre-dawn bombing and reaffirmed its commitment to press freedom.The Basque regional government’s spokesperson, Miren Azcarate, said the bombing “aimed to silence journalists who defend diversity in news and information within Basque society.”On 3 May, Reporters Without Borders released a report about violence against journalists in several European Union countries including Spain’s Basque region. Read the report. News SpainEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Spaincenter_img SpainEurope – Central Asia to go further News News News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more