Claudio Katz accepts Liberator Award for latest book

first_imgBy Claudio KatzCaracas Dec. 17 — The following is from a lecture the author, an Argentine Marxist economist and political analyst, gave at the reception for the 12th Liberator Award for Critical Thinking 2019. It was given for his book, “La Teoría de la Dependencia, 50 años después” (“Theory of Dependency, 50 Years Later”).  Simón Bolívar is known as the “Liberator.” Translation by Michael Otto.Thank you very much to all the friends and compañeros who created and who sustain the Liberator Award with such tenacity and effort. Thank you for your work, for your conviction and for your perseverance. This prize only exists because of that will and that determination. And congratulations to the organizers for valuing free thinking and critical conceptions. For prioritizing the research that exposes the roots of injustice and for considering the studies that explain how neoliberalism, imperialism and capitalism operate.Simon BolivarFor these reasons I am honored to receive this award, which is a recognition of the social commitment of researchers, those who take the side of the welfare of the great masses of the people. Very few countries and institutions dare to promote awards of this kind. Convening, organizing and awarding this distinction is an act of courage and a challenge to the cultural, media and academic apparatus of the ruling classes.I also congratulate them for again presenting this award while dealing with gigantic difficulties — at a time of so much political dispute in Latin America. We are going through a decisive moment: Either the right wing with its coup mongers will advance and thereby maintain neoliberal rules and U.S. imperialist domination. Or the opposite pole will be strengthened: that of the masses’ progressive and left-wing collective struggle. Either the fascists and their repressive forces will win, or the people who are resisting in the streets on the whole continent will assert their power.That is why I want to dedicate this award to the brothers and sisters who were murdered in El Alto, Bolivia, to the young people who lost their eyes in Chile and to the demonstrators who were beaten up in Colombia and Haiti. To Marielle Franco from Brazil, to Berta Cáceres from Honduras, to Santiago Maldonado from Argentina [who were murdered by pro-fascist elements]. This award is for them.The effects of neoliberalismThe book that I am presenting forms part of the great battle of ideas being waged against the ruling groups. With this motivation I was interested in revisiting the Theory of Dependency, which in the 1960s and 1970s was a very original and fruitful school of Latin American thought.The Marxist Theory of Dependency was developed by Ruy Mauro Marini, Theotonio Dos Santos and Vania Bambirra and reached great prominence in the 1970s. It explained the underdevelopment of Latin America as due to the loss of resources caused by the subordinate international position of our region in the [world economic system]. It especially highlighted the enormous transfers of value overseas that generate commercial, financial and technological dependence.In recent decades, neoliberalism has dramatically updated those pillars of the Theory of Dependence. In the past, the specialization in raw material exports was a serious problem, but now dependence on “primarización,” [the specialization in the primary, low-level steps in the production of surplus value in the global value chain] is overwhelming. It has consolidated the dominant role of exporting crops to the detriment of supplying the needs of the local population; it has encouraged open-pit mining, multiplied environmental calamities and intensified the extraction of all the various forms of fossil fuels.The profile of operations centered in agriculture, mining and energy increased Latin America’s vulnerability to international price fluctuations for raw materials. For that reason, in recent years we have again suffered the consequences of the stagnation of the prices for oil, copper and soybeans.Neoliberalism also contributed to the decline of industry in a region affected by the new geography of globalization and the displacement of factory production to the East. It promoted a “precocious deindustrialization,” which is much worse than the offshoring faced by the main economies of the Western capitalist countries.In South America, traditional industry is in sharp decline and Brazil’s industrial apparatus has lost the magnitude it had in the 1980s. In Argentina, the surgery was brutally implemented with the massive elimination of jobs. In Central America, what rules is specialization in the primary links of the global value chain. This arrangement eliminates any hope of taking part in the more complex activities of that network.For these reasons, Latin America occupies a marginal place in the technological revolution.  With a manufacturing sector in decline, the region is unable to take part in that digital transformation. The neoliberals are keeping quiet about that adverse situation and even many heterodox thinkers are merely giving generic praise to the new “Knowledge Economy,” forgetting that [the digital] universe requires industries, services and growth. In the face of so many platitudes, the Theory of Dependency reminds us that if we continue to reproduce our dependent peripheral integration [in the world system], we will continue being marginalized by the information revolution.The scourge of debtNeoliberalism has also recreated the old nightmare of debt. We had a breather in the past decade due to the rise in prices of raw materials and the resulting influx of dollars. But that respite is over and we again face the scourge of debt, under the oppressive supervision of the [International Monetary Fund] and the investment banks.[President Mauricio] Macri [2015-19] has left us Argentinians in a virtual state of default while in Ecuador, the Indigenous movement rebelled against the adjustment demanded by the bankers. In Puerto Rico, the debt burden was a determining factor in the great popular mobilization that brought down the governor. In Chile, the drama of the debt is evident in the daily life of all families, who face unpayable loans to finance education, health or retirement.The crises in Latin America are so acute because of that choking financial combination. The crises are due to the strangulation caused by the external sector, trade imbalances and capital flight. They derive from the great impact of overproduction on raw material prices, which precipitates dramatic situations of inflation or devaluation. In addition, the crises accentuate the decrease in purchasing power and the low income level of the population.The seriousness of current Latin American dependency is also verified by the terrible deterioration of social indicators. Neoliberalism has multiplied unemployment, labor informality and the pauperization of the middle class, and has torn apart the social fabric of the region. For that reason, massive emigration toward the North is increasing, small agricultural property is deteriorating and criminality is expanding.This social dismemberment results from the terrible increase in inequality. That’s why Chile exploded, demolishing all the myths of the model the capitalists praised to the skies. Now it can be seen that Chile is no paradise of growth; it is an inferno of social inequality.It is therefore clear that neoliberalism has fostered all the old inequalities that were studied by the Theory of Dependency. That conception enables us to understand the Latin American reality.Exploitation and drainage of valueIn my book I try not only to update, but also to renew a key conception of our cultural history. It jumps into view that the globalized, digital, financialized and precarious capitalism of our period is very different from its equivalent in the past.  And those changes can be studied using two legacies of dependency theory.There is a tradition that highlights the importance of exploitation in the great changes that have occurred in the system. This tradition describes capitalism’s offensive against the workers to weaken unions and demolish workers’ victories. It highlights how the transnational corporations take advantage of the great reserves of low-paid and disciplined labor power in the Asian region in order to reinforce the division between formal and informal workers. That approach analyzes how the segmentation of wage labor was generalized and how the compensation of a workforce below the value of its labor power permeated the developed economies.Another more significant perspective studies the great drain of resources suffered by dependent economies. It investigates how the dependent industrial cycle was intensified, blocking the processes of accumulation, and it contrasts what happened in Latin America with what happened in the Asian region. My work deepens this line of inquiry and explains why, unlike the Asian region, Latin America suffers from acute drainage of the value generated in the region. That disparity explains, for example, the contrasting trajectories of South Korea and Brazil.The loss of resources is particularly intense in the agro-mining sector due to the use of extractive methods that deteriorate the environment, erode the soil, pollute the water supply, poison the rivers and destroy communities. Those processes of accumulation by dispossession lead, for example, to the burning of the Amazon to cultivate soybeans and expand cattle ranching.As the enormous profit generated by those activities is transferred overseas, our region is squandering its resources. Latin America never takes advantage of the good times when the prices of raw materials are high. And we invariably suffer during lean periods when export earnings are low.Globalization has aggravated that disadvantage by modifying the world’s industrial structure, which accentuates our dependency. Once again, this reality slaps down the naïve beliefs in a prosperous and freely chosen path to capitalist development, supposedly within the reach of any country at any time.Latin America’s economy was surviving on the old Keynesian model of import substitution and strong domestic markets. But that model has been displaced by a capitalist internationalization, which prioritizes the availability and low cost of the labor force in Asia.Because of these severe handicaps, the three models of profit management generated within Latin America have faced acute limitations. Neoliberal economic policies — guided by fantasies of comparative advantage and the free circulation of capital — simply accentuated the erosion of that surplus.Neodevelopmentalists tried to capture part of the profit using models of state regulation. But they formed alliances with agribusiness and high finance, which frustrated the use of that surplus for reindustrialization.A third and more radical kind of strategy — with greater state control and greater redistribution of income — became a target of hostile concentrated capital. In some cases, governments made serious errors in applying economic policy. In other cases they created jobs, increased consumption and reduced poverty. But they failed to forge the political basis that was needed to sustain the model. I believe that the Theory of Dependency allows us to understand this variety of economic scenarios within the common framework of underdeveloped capitalism.ll-blown imperialismDependency theory has also been very fruitful in complementary fields of the economy. It especially points out to us the geopolitical preeminence of imperialism — mindful of how the great powers dominate by using force. We Latin Americans have suffered many times from such imperialist intervention, which has dramatically intervened in the Middle East or Africa in recent decades.Of course, besides using force, the capitalist class also maintains its hegemony through other mechanisms, such as ideology, consent, tradition and deception. And the current evaluation of international relations — in terms of unipolarity, bipolarity or multipolarity — is also very pertinent. But imperialism persists as a dominant fact of life, since capitalism could not persist without armies, military bases and cyber wars.The Theory of Dependency highlights that evidence, as opposed to conventional political thinking, which invariably hides the coercive foundation of North American geopolitical-military preponderance.The dependency tradition also studied subimperialism [hegemony of an imperialist great power over weaker rivals] to evaluate the oppressive role of certain regional powers. I believe this is an important concept for certain parts of Asia and the Middle East, but it has little significance today in the scenario of Latin America.Conversely, it is most relevant to observe how U.S. imperialism has strengthened its grip on our region. As the United States lost ground on the world chessboard — after having commanded the first period of globalization — Donald Trump seeks to regain territory with bilateral demands, insults and aggressions of all kinds.We don’t know if he will use the Pentagon and the Marines to reconquer economic primacy. Trump makes many threats without taking equivalent military action, and at times he seems aware of the limits of the empire he commands. So far, he has not achieved any of his objectives against other state powers, and he faces enormous internal opposition from Congress, the judicial system and African Americans.To deal with that scenario, Trump is very aggressive toward Latin America. He seeks to showcase imperial power in the hemisphere in order to begin the recovery of the preeminence it has lost on a global scale. That is why he increases the presence of the Pentagon, maintains his harassment of Venezuela, resumes the embargo against Cuba and conspires to capture the Bolivian lithium reserves. He also imposed new demands for patents in the renewal of the free trade agreement with Mexico. He recently raised tariffs on Brazilian exports simply because of rumors of a possible free trade agreement between Brazil and China.I believe that we should ignite all the warning flares when Trump sends out some imperial message, as when he is despising the Caribbean peoples, insulting the Mexicans or building the wall. We have to blow the whistle when he praises the army’s intervention against the people of Bolivia, reinforces U.S. bases in Colombia, weighs deployment of the Southern Command or appropriates an affiliate of PDVSA [Venezuela’s nationalized oil corporation].But the most important thing is our response on the ground. And on that plane we have seen how the people of Venezuela have known how to disrupt all the conspiracies. They have shown that it is possible to stop the attacks of imperialism with determination, courage and bravery.The right wing and fascismAnother area of great current relevance to the Theory of Dependency is the analysis of authoritarian regimes in Latin America. In the 1960s and 1970s, that conception studied the peculiarities of dictatorships and the models of counterinsurgency, evaluating the similarities and differences with fascism.Using that approach, the theorists exposed the old error of hypotheses that deny the possibility of fascism in the peripheral [nonimperialist] countries. That point of view forgot that Latin America suffered from particular forms of dependent fascism [instead of the classical fascism of Italy and Germany], which reached their apogee in the Cold War and not in the 1930s. These aspects were reflected in Pinochetism and Uribism. At present Bolsonaro embodies many powerful features of that strand, which in my opinion has little immediate viability.But beyond these assessments, it is clear that the right-wing has erupted once again in Latin America. It leads a conservative restoration that seeks the greatest revenge against the progressive cycle [that began with the election of Chávez in Venezuela in 1998]. It repeats the classic script of all reactionaries, who hate the left-wing and imagine crude continental conspiracies allegedly designed by Cuba or Venezuela.Unlike those in Europe, Latin American right-wingers do not so much demonize emigration. They masquerade as avengers for justice and resort to punitive demagogy, promising magic solutions to the plague of crime. They deliver hypocritical speeches about corruption and flood social networks with intrigues and fake news. But they are so servile to neoliberalism that they forget their old nationalist verbiage.As we’ve seen in Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay and Brazil, that right-wing is shamelessly oriented toward coups. It fosters institutional coups and utilizes legal action [“Lawfare”] to outlaw progressive leaders. Furthermore, the right-wing propagates mass media slanders, which are fabricated by the intelligence services, and it often relies on religious fanaticism to create fears and [takes advantage of differences among the people] to destroy solidarity.Since this right-wing — which operates through the Organization of American States and the Lima Group — lacks autonomy and simply obeys orders from Washington, the anti-fascist struggle in Latin America is in fact a battle against imperialism. These two faces of the same popular resistance against the enemies of our peoples constitute another enduring message from the theorists of dependency.Theoretical linksA final observation on the position of the Marxist Theory of Dependence in critical thinking: Let’s remember that it was located at the opposite pole of [Brazilian political leader] Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s conventional version; this thinker first rejected the contradiction between dependency and development, then postulated development associated with transnational corporations and finally adopted all the dogmas of neoliberalism.I believe that Marini, Dos Santos and Bambirra always sought to extend their conception beyond Latin America. And that comprehensive view was confirmed in recent applications, such as the use of dependency models to interpret the debt crisis in Greece. Their concept has also been used to explain how the euro is a monetary association, which imposes value transfers from the periphery to the center of Europe.I think that such a widespread application of the Theory of Dependency is inspired by the writings of the mature Marx, who reevaluated the national struggle while imagining transitions to socialism from communal forms. It is also based on the later analyses of the classical (and post-war) Marxists, who wrote about the mechanisms of the drain of resources and the appropriation of the surplus of the periphery.It is also necessary to note the harmony with contemporary thinkers, who explained the reasons for the dependence of Asia and Africa. Or the connection with authors who in recent years have theorized the dynamic of accumulation by dispossession and the new imperial logic dictated by mobile global overproduction.In all those cases we can see how the dependency theory matured always in fruitful conceptual encounters. An important case was the connection with world-system theory — to understand how underdevelopment is recreated with the stratifications imposed by the international division of labor.This same kind of confluence with endogenous Marxism [of Ecuadorian Agustín Cueva] made it possible to complement the analysis of the external extraction of resources with studies of internal obstructions to development.In summary: I believe that if we persist in this tradition that enriches theoretical connections, we will be able to overcome the condition of being simple cultivators of dependency theory. And in that way we will be able to mature and correct mistakes collectively, facing the challenges of a political context very different from the one that reigned in the 1970s. This new scenario should lead us to revise our conceptions in the light of the real problems of the popular movement and the left.Profiles and tributesI conclude this presentation with a tribute to three recently deceased figures of the Theory of Dependency: Samir Amin, Theotonio Dos Santos and Immanuel Wallerstein. All three shared the profile of the intellectual who aspires to reunify the social sciences, without imposing the primacy of one discipline over another. All three favored an all-around approach and sought different paths to avoid academic confinement.For these reasons this award is also for them. It is a recognition to the memory and the great work of those who guided the development of the Theory of Dependency. I am sure they would be very happy to notice how their work is read and studied as a weapon of struggle — in the university, in the street and in the militancy joined with the masses.They aspired to build a future of equality and justice, their goal was a society with neither exploiters nor exploited masses, and we have the responsibility to make that ideal a reality. So again, thank you all very much for coming to this presentation of thinkers, comrades and friends. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Win cinema tickets

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – January 6, 2017 594 Advertisement Previous articleMcCarthy refused bail for grandmother’s funeralNext articleLiving ‘Under an Irish Sky’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashcenter_img Linkedin ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday January 9.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What is the name of the machine in Assassin’s Creed?A. The AnimusB. The Time Displacement SphereC. The Hot Tub RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Printlast_img read more

Councillor concerned over plans to centralise Senior Alert Scheme

first_img Twitter Previous articleTwo men bailed following Derry drug arrestsNext articleSemi Final defeat for LYIT Gaa Men News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – November 26, 2014 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A Donegal Councillor says plans to centralise the Senior Alert Scheme could lead to long delays in older people, who have been the victims of crime, being provided with an alarm system.Currently if an older person is the victim of a burglary, local community groups can provide personal monitered alarms in a matter of days.Councillor Martin McDermott says this can give the victim of crime some comfort that their home is more secure.He says centralising the process could lead to delays of weeks in alarms being provided:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Derm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Newscenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Councillor concerned over plans to centralise Senior Alert Scheme Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Family of man who died after taco-eating contest at Fresno Grizzlies game left shocked

first_imgKFSN-TV(FRESNO, Calif.) — The family of the man who choked and died after competing in a taco-eating contest at a baseball game was left shocked that a night out at the ballpark turned into tragedy.“Who would think something like this would happen?” Mecca Hutchings, the sister of Dana Hutchings, told ABC Fresno affiliate KSFN-TV Wednesday.“He told us he was going to a taco eating contest, but we didn’t think something like this would happen,” she added.Dora Hutchings, Dana Hutchings’ mother, told ABC News Thursday she was on her way to the coroner’s office to identify the body of her son, but did not want to speak more about him.Hutchings, 44, died Tuesday night after participating in the food contest at a Fresno Grizzlies game in Fresno, California, according to the city’s sheriff’s office. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died, Tony Botti, the department’s spokesman, said.The Fresno County Coroner said an autopsy conducted Thursday revealed that Hutchings had died of choking.Botti said the full results will be completed in about a month, and include toxicology results and medical history.Derek Franks, the Fresno Grizzlies president, called Hutchings a fan and said he was devastated to learn of his passing.“The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” Franks said in a statement.Fatal accidents during food contests, like Hutchings’, have happened before.In November 2018, Mario Melo, a 56-year-old former boxer, choked to death during a croissant eating contest in Argentina.Walter Eagle Tail, 47, died after choking to death during a hot dog eating contest in South Dakota during a 2014 Independence Day event.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New restrictions announced in Washington state amid ‘third wave’ of COVID-19 cases

first_imgsmodj/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, announced new restrictions Sunday on residents and businesses as the state deals with record-breaking COVID-19 infection rates.The state is currently undergoing a “third wave” of transmission as average daily cases have doubled in the last two weeks, Inslee told reporters at a news conference. Daily case numbers have surpassed the highs in March, he noted.On Saturday, Washington state recorded more than 2,286 cases — a record — and the preliminary numbers for Sunday are primed to exceed Saturday’s numbers. Hospitalization rates have risen about 40%, state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said.“Inaction is not an option,” Inslee said. “We have to take bold decisive action.”Starting Monday at 11:59 p.m. local time, indoor social gatherings with people from outside the household are prohibited unless the guests have quarantined for 14 days or they have quarantined for seven days and received a negative test result 48 hours before the event.Outdoor gatherings should have fewer than five people from outside the household, Washington state officials said.Indoor dining at restaurants and bars will stop but outdoor dining and takeout remains unchanged. Gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums are closed, and weddings and funeral receptions are prohibited. Ceremonies are limited to 30 people.Indoor retail is limited to 25% capacity and religious services are limited to 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever number is less. Choir performances are prohibited.The measures will be in effect until Dec. 14.“We know these measures can work,” Inslee said. “We’ve shown the country they can work.”Washington state was the first in the U.S. to experience an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the year.The new restrictions are in addition to a number of protocols for universities Inslee instituted last month after multiple campuses saw a jump in COVID-19 cases.Most states are continuing to see sharp rises in infection rates. Friday marked the 10th consecutive day with over 100,000 COVID-19 cases recorded in the nation.Forty-seven states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico, are reporting a surge in cases, according to an ABC News analysis.Twenty-nine states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are seeing a daily increase in deaths. Twenty-three states are seeing an increase in hospitalizations.Intensive care units at hospitals all over the country are nearing capacity.Iowa was among the states with a record number of hospitalizations due to the virus on Saturday, ABC Cedar Rapids affiliate KCRG-TV reported.Hospitals in Detroit are experiencing a shortage of COVID-19 testing supplies, ABC Michigan affiliate WXYZ-TV reported, and the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, has reported that 55 staff members are now sick with the virus, including 25 nurses, Springfield, Missouri, station KYTV reported.Minnesota has reached a “desperate and dangerous place” with the spread of the virus, Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Public said in a statement on Saturday after a record 8,703 new cases and 35 deaths were reported in the state, the Star Tribune reported.Cases in neighboring states such as North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin continued to remain high as well, according to the Star Tribune.More than 31,000 active cases have been reported in the city of El Paso, Texas, alone. A curfew was ordered in El Paso last month after the infection rate increased 160%.Prison inmates from the El Paso County Detention Facility are now assisting “exhausted” personnel from the city’s Medical Examiner’s Office by moving bodies to mobile morgues, ABC El Paso affiliate KVIA-TV reported. The help is temporary as the city awaits the arrival of the Texas National Guard.Dr. Atul Gawande, who is on President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week Sunday that the the country is in need of a “clear voice” from the top of the federal government.“And we’ve lacked that,” Gawande said. “It’s led to disarray for the public and confusing messages. That will change.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union that President Donald Trump has not been to a COVID-19 task force meeting in several months.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Melissa Enrique-Rada to run for at-large city council seat in May…

first_imgBAYONNE – Melissa Enriquez-Rada, president of the Rotary Club of Bayonne and a real-estate agent, will run for at-large Bayonne City Council in the upcoming May election, running on mayoral candidate Jason O’Donnell’s ticket. She joins Second Ward council candidate Kevin Kuhl and fellow at-large council candidate Dan Ward on O’Donnell’s slate. The current at-large city council members are Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and Juan Perez. Both ran and won on Mayor James Davis’s ticket in June of 2015. Both have yet to formally announce a run for re-election.Enriquez-Rada, who has a husband, Adel, and four children in Bayonne, is also an assistant teacher for The Artists Avenue organization and promoter for High Tech High School’s Performing Arts program. She was previously president of the John M. Bailey’s PTA and worked with the Bayonne Women’s Club. Enriquez-Rada heads Blessed to Bless, a Bayonne-based nonprofit organization that sends missions to poor communities in the Philippines to provide food, clothing, medical, and dental care.“I’m blessed to work with so many throughout Bayonne whose sole focus is on improving our city, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to serve both my local and international communities,” said Enriquez-Rada in a press release. “I’m proud to stand with Jason O’Donnell and the rest of our team because I know our only goal is to fight for Bayonne taxpayers and to make a better future for all of our residents. I have seen so many people in my travels who do not have the ability to be a voice in their own community and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work toward a better future for our city and everyone who lives here.”“Melissa Enriquez-Rada is a tremendous addition to our team,” O’Donnell said. “Melissa understands better than most that public service is sacrifice for the good of community and her work as an advocate is indicative of that sacrifice. I am looking forward to working with her to get our message of character and commitment to our city out to voters in advance of Election Day so we can establish a path in Bayonne that doesn’t include huge tax breaks for rich developers that mortgage our kids’ futures.” ×last_img read more

Elkhart County extends mask mandate to May 14

first_img Google+ Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 7 338 Pinterest WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Elkhart County extends mask mandate to May 14 Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Elkhart County’s mask mandate has been extended through May 14.County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait says rising cases and hospitalizations and the recent vaccine eligibility expansion have all contributed to the decision. The decision has the support of area hospitals.There are also capacity limits in place for gatherings and events and other safety measures are strongly recommended. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous article$100,000 added to Delphi murders rewardNext articleEarly voting begins for special election in Elkhart Community Schools addresses Tommie Leelast_img read more

Phil Lesh To Perform With Phish Members, Joe Russo, Gary Clark Jr. & More At LOCKN’ Festival

first_imgWhen Phil Lesh was announced on the LOCKN’ lineup, fans were dying to know just who he would play with. Well, the cat is out of the bag, as festival owner Peter Shapiro spoke with Chicago Now and revealed some interesting tidbits about the lineup.Lesh has two sets, one on Saturday August 27th and the other on Sunday, August 28th. The first lineup will feature Phish members Jon Fishman and Page McConnell, as well as Joe Russo and the Infamous Stringdusters. Round two will feature Lesh with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, along with special guest Gary Clark Jr.LOCKN’ really hit the ball out of the park with this one. LOCKN’ kicks off on Thursday, August 25th. Don’t miss out!Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets:last_img

Robert Glasper Blasts Lauryn Hill, Details Her Mistreatment Of Band Members In Radio Interview

first_imgLauryn Hill‘s attitude and actions have long been the subject of some nasty rumors. She’s been known to play the diva card regularly (don’t look her in the eye; call her “Ms. Hill”), and various accounts over the years have her treating her bands and fans alike with little to no regard. She’s also come under fire for failing to properly credit the musicians that helped craft her Grammy-winning solo debut, 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.Yesterday, multiple Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper sounded off about Hill’s negative attitude and mistreatment of the musicians with whom she works in an interview with Houston hip-hop radio show Mad Hatta Morning Show. Responding to a question about whether there were artists he had worked with that exhibited such nasty behavior, Glasper divulged, “I’ll say a name, You ready? Lauryn Hill.” When the host responded with some faux indignation—asking “Why you do Lauryn Hill like that?”—Glasper fired back in kind: “Why she do me like that?”Explains Glasper (transcript via Madame Noire),Robert Glasper: I did a show with Lauryn…this was 2008, I guess. It was for Montblanc Jewelry Corporation. She’s getting half a million dollars for this show. It’s a 20-minute show. My friend was the MD (musical director). He said ‘Rob, we’re doing a show in LA. You want to do this show?’ Mind you, two years prior she had been calling me trying to get me to come to her house to audition. I’m already a signed artist. I’m traveling the world doing my own thing. I don’t do auditions. So I was like ‘Sorry, I don’t do auditions. If you want me, you can listen to my album.’She was calling me talking about ‘Can you play for me over the phone?’ No I’m not doing that. I’m like, ‘No but I do have albums out. Number one Jazz albums on the charts. If you like, you can check those out. I’m not auditioning. I’m not.So then my boy’s like, ‘Yo Lauryn has a show in New York, do you want to play?’ So I said, ‘What’s the deal?’ He’s like, ‘We’re rehearsing for one week for a 20-minute show.’ So we rehearse a whole week, like 10 hours a day. Every day she comes in and changes the show, changes what she wants to do. Completely.The last rehearsal, she doesn’t show up. Her manager comes in and says, ‘Lauryn’s not really feeling the way you guys have been learning the music so we’re going to cut your pay in half. The last rehearsal. The day before the show. First of all, we weren’t getting paid that much anyway but understand she’s getting half a million dollars. So seriously? You’re going to take these five musicians and cut their pay in half.Host: Do you feel like y’all were messing up though?Robert Glasper: Not at all. It was a superband. She has a thing of—she likes to fire bands. I can name you—I can rattle off 15 guys off the top of my head. She will go on tour with a band and in the city that they’re doing a show, she’ll hold auditions for her band. One of my boys flew to Japan to do shows in Japan. While she’s in Japan, she’s holding auditions in the hotel, in the ballroom for her band. That’s super gangsta! And nothing’s wrong. The bands are good. She gets the best musicians. She just has a thing.Anyway, the last rehearsal they go around to everybody, basically like ‘If you’re not cool, you can leave.’ I didn’t need that gig. I’m making money of my own. I have my own career at that time. I was eating a beef patty, I’ll never forget it. And I said, ‘When I finish my beef patty, I’m going home so y’all can do what y’all need to do.’But look, I’m the principle piano player. I know they need me. The gig’s tomorrow. So I’m like, I’m going home. I walk out. The manager runs— first of all, before she even came in, the MD, my friend said, ‘Just so you know, don’t look her in the eye and you have to call her Ms. Hill.Host: So those rumors be true?Robert Glasper: That’s 100 percent true. … One of the days at rehearsal, she said, ‘Robert, I need you to…’ and I said, ‘Ok Lauryn.’ Respect, I respect. You can’t come into a situation especially when you’ve already stolen all of my friends’ music. Miseducation was made by great musicians and producers that I know, personally. So you got a big hand off of music that you didn’t even write. You feel me though?Host: Robert, you know she gon’ hear this?Robert Glasper: 100 percent. I’m ready. I don’t care because nothing I’m saying is a lie. Point to me where the lie is, then we can have a conversation. But if she looks at it, it’s 100 percent true— that’s why they got their money.Host: That’s why she rearranges the music on the tour, right?Robert Glasper: Yes! All kinds of stuff. I went into it knowing, ‘Okay, you steal music.’Host: Who steals music?Robert Glasper: Lauryn Hill. I’ve met Stevie Wonder and hung out with Stevie Wonder. I’ve met Quincy Jones and hung out with Quincy Jones. I’ve met Herbie Hancock, hung out with Herbie Hancock. If those three people can be cool, Lauryn Hill should be able to be cool. You haven’t done enough to be the way you are. The one thing you did that was great, you didn’t do… I’m out here.She took the credit for making the classic album. Those songs were written by other people and they did not get their credit. She likes to take credit so she can become this super person. If you’re a super person and you’re that talented…Host: …Do it again.Robert Glasper: Do it! You feel me? … So anyway I leave rehearsal, I’m eating my beef patty, they run after me to the middle of the street. And they said, ‘What can we do?’ I said ‘ Before 4 o’clock you can wire all of my money into my account because now I don’t trust y’all. So if you want me to do this gig, you need to wire my money into my account within 30 minutes. That’s what you can do.’ So I waited. They wired the money into my account and then I went home. I didn’t do the other rehearsal because they already disrespected to me. But I came back for the show the next day.Host: How did the show go?Robert Glasper: It was great. It was 20 minutes. … But I will say this, there was one joyous moment that week. There’s a song called “Doo Wop.” So one day, she was just being a real…you know. So instead of doing “Doo Wop,” I went [opening chords for “Joyful, Joyful.”] She looked at me and sang a verse and a chorus of “Joyful, Joyful.” And then she looked at me and said, ‘Okay back to the…’ So for a minute and a half, we got the Lauryn…she normalized and became—so it’s in there. I really feel like she’s in there.Something happened. People can change. I’m not sh*tting on her forever. But that’s the stuff that really happened and you’re going to have to take accountability for it at some point and then you’re good. … People can change. I hope she does change. She disrespected a lot of people. A lot of people. A lot of musicians with families. You can watch video of Glasper’s interview with The Mad Hatta Morning Show below [Lauryn Hill discussion starts at 27:30]:Robert Glasper Goes In On Lauryn Hill[Video: 979THEBOX][H/T Madame Noire]last_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Perform New Material In Return To ‘Jam In The Van’ [Watch]

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters are the latest band to appear on the popular Jam In The Van performance series. The progressive bluegrass outfit made their return to the mobile performance space as they continue to promote the new material from their latest studio effort, 2019’s Rise Sun.Related: The Infamous Stringdusters Share Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Recent Recording SessionTheir recent performance on Jam In The Van marks their first time on the web series since 2016 when they were then joined by guest vocalists Aoife O’Donovan and Nicki Bluhm, with whom they’d been on tour. This time around, they were on their own to play a trio of new originals which appeared on Rise Sun. As for the performance itself, the recording actually took place on site during last year’s Huck Finn Jubilee, just as fellow artists Yonder Mountain String Band and the Kitchen Dwellers had done in their own respective JITV episodes recently.For their return to the series, the band began their performance with a rendition of “Long Time Going” with banjo player Chris Pandolfi leading the way on vocals.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Long Time Going” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]For the next song, the band started the lively performance of “Rise Sun” with some group hand rhythm before tearing into the title track from their new studio album. This time, it was bassist Travis Book‘s turn to lead the way on vocals, and he didn’t disappoint as he belted out the lyrics while Chris Pandolfi furiously plucked away on that banjo of his.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Rise Sun” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]The third song that the band played during their return trip to The Van was the new folk ballad, “Truth and Love”, with guitarist Andy Falco stepping up to lead the charge on vocals before the rest of the band joined during the impressive, harmony-filled chorus.The Infamous Stringdusters – “Truth and Love” – Jam In The Van[Video: Jam In The Van]Rise Sun acted as the band’s first release on their newly-launched record label, Tape Time Records. The business move is the latest in a series of successful career projects which have taken the band to Grammy-winning status within the bluegrass community.The band spent much of the winter and early spring on tour alongside Midnight North, Shook Twins, and John Craigie. Late next month the band will head to Colorado for a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in support to Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on May 29th. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and info for all of their upcoming performance.last_img read more