Two months before George Floyd was publicly lynched May 25 by a Minneapolis police officer pressing a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes, Breonna Taylor was lynched in late March by three Louisville, Ky., police officers. Thousands attend Justice for Breonna Taylor protest outside Kentucky Derby, Sept. 5.The 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician was fatally shot multiple times in her bed, as three white police officers illegally entered her home with a search warrant for drugs. The officer who shot her was fired, but no charges or arrests have been made. The other two officers involved were put on administrative leave. A so-called investigation has been going on for almost six months. The Floyd lynching helped to reignite the Black Lives Matter struggle all over the country in an unprecedented manner, with demands to defund and even abolish the police as protesters stayed in the streets. The BLM struggle has also given new life to the demand of justice for Breonna Taylor, starting with arresting the cop who killed her. For over three months, almost daily protests have been called in Louisville for Taylor, including one on June 1 in which David McAtee, a beloved Black barbecue cook, was shot to death by police. (tinyurl.com/y9upp9ux)The latest protest took place Sept. 5, right outside the fabled Churchill Downs race track, home to the Kentucky Derby. This race is the second leg of the Triple Crown, the most prestigious of all horse race titles. The fact that the stands were empty of fans, due to the coronavirus, did not stop thousands of activists from using the occasion of the scheduled race to raise their angry voices to shout Taylor’s name and chant “No justice, no Derby,” loud and clear.Brittany Wiley, one of the main organizers, told the crowd: “What are we celebrating? We don’t want mint juleps. We want justice. We’re not partying. We’re protesting. No justice? No Derby.” An airplane flew over the track and unfurled a huge banner reading, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.” (Washington Post, Sept. 6) In a simultaneous protest held in front of Metro Hall in downtown Louisville, anti-racists faced off against armed neofascist militia who supported the police. Some of the anti-racist protesters carried arms to defend themselves, after threats of right-wing violence. With sometimes blatant support from local police, a growing number of armed neofascists have felt emboldened to violently confront peaceful BLM protests. President Donald Trump has egged on the far right, actually defending the 17-year-old white supremacist, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot to death two anti-racist protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The two had been protesting the maiming of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police. After the shooting of Blake, National Basketball Association (NBA) players carried out a historic three-day strike against police brutality. This heroic action prompted a strike in other sports to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Athletes continue support for BLMWhile anti-racist protesters remain in the streets, prominent athletes continue to call for justice in their respective sport venues. Take one of the top five tennis players in the world, Naomi Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese heritage. During the U.S. Open in Queens, N.Y., through the first four rounds of four matches, Osaka wore face masks with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin. McClain was a 23-year-old Black violinist and massage therapist killed by Aurora, Colo., police on Aug. 30, 2019. The murder in Brunswick, Ga., this February of Arbery, a 26-year-old unarmed Black man shot by a white supremacist father and son while jogging was captured on videotape. The murder of Trayvon Martin by a vigilante in 2012 launched the BLM movement. Osaka had also refused to play her match at the Western and Southern Open, a late August warm-up tournament to the U.S. Open, to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Her action prompted the tournament organizers to shut down matches for all the players for one day. Naomi Osaka at U.S. Open.She stated: “None of these deaths had to happen. For me, I just want everyone to know the names more. For me, just spreading awareness. I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.” (AP, Sept. 6)Jamal Murray, a talented guard with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, has been wearing tennis shoes depicting Breonna Taylor’s image on one and George Floyd’s on the other, while playing in the “bubbled” NBA playoffs — meant to protect players from the coronavirus.Jamal Murray’s shoes honor George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.During a post-game interview on TNT, Murray explained what the shoes mean to him: “In life, you find things that hold value to you and things to fight for. And we found something worth fighting for, as an NBA, as a collective unit. And I use these shoes as a symbol to me to keep fighting. . . . They give me a lot of power.” (Aug. 30) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Limerick Mental Health Association manager Tracey Corbett LynchTWO week after announcing Tait House’s plans to create and secure jobs on the city’s Southside, the community enterprise group’s chief executive Tracey Corbett Lynch has confirmed that she is to leave the role.At this month’s Metropolitan District meeting of Limerick City and County Council, a decision was taken to approve the sale of the former Provincial Flooring building in Galvone Industrial Estate to Tait House Community Enterprise for €90,000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When the decision was finally taken by councillors, after months of delay, Ms Lynch said they were looking forward to the decision being formally ratified by the 40 members of Limerick City and County Council at a future meeting.“Once this is in place, we will proceed with the purchase and this will mark a significant investment by Tait House to fulfill our remit to foster work experience and employment opportunities for marginalised people in Limerick through the provision of social and community enterprises.“Tait House now plans to create a Social Enterprise Hub, which will facilitate the creation of new employment, while also securing existing employment roles,” she explained.In a statement from the Board of Tait House on Tuesday, Ms Lynch was thanked for her outstanding service as chief executive since 2010.“Tracey indicated to the board in January 2020 that it was with a heavy heart she could no longer continue in her role as chief executive. Tracey has helped Tait House help others.“Hundreds of young men and women were able to get training, skills, and employment during Tracey’s time here. Tracey remains committed to the aims and ethos of Tait House. We are grateful that Tracey will continue to advise us as needed in these unprecedented times,” the statement read.Tait House’s Board then revealed that it will replace the position of chief executive with the appointment of a General Manager.“We are delighted to announce that Michael Quilligan, former Enterprise Development Manager with Tait, has been appointed as General Manager of Tait House. Michael has over 20 years experience in the community, social enterprise and local development sectors.“He is a proven mentor of entrepreneurs and communityorganisations, and has designed and implemented training programmes,” the statement concluded. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostTait House Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Email Previous articleCamogie Association Extends Suspension Until April 19thNext articleMan arrested after suspected gun and ammunition found following pursuit of car in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie LimerickNewsTait House boss Tracey steps downBy Alan Jacques – March 27, 2020 1905 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement
(FBI) Domeanna Spell is pictured in this undated photo released by the FBI. (PORT BARRE, La.) — Federal and local authorities are searching for a missing 15-year-old Louisiana girl who may be on the run with an older man, according to her family and police.Domeanna Spell — who is from Port Barre, about 50 miles west of Baton Rouge — was last seen around 7 a.m. Thursday after she got off the school bus at Port Barre High School, said the Port Barre Police Department.Authorities believe she may have run away with 47-year-old Cory Shane Disotel of Port Barre, a family friend.Spell’s sister said the teen had a relationship with Disotel.“Domeanna started babysitting for his granddaughter, then come to find out there was no granddaughter there to really be babysitting,” older sister Jerrie Cradeur, 29, told ABC affiliate KATC in Lafayette.“I don’t know when the relationship started,” Cradeur told KATC. “When it was brought to my mom’s and them attention, they said that he needed no contact with them… no contact with my sister,” she added.“Her family loves her and her friends are concerned,” Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux told ABC News Tuesday. “They do miss her and they’re worried about her. They just want her to come home.”“We want her to know that we’re on her side,” Cradeur said. “It’s hurting us bad… I hardly eat. Me, my sister-in-law, my sister, we barely sleep.”But Cradeur vowed to “keep fighting. ““I will keep looking, even if it’s months from now,” she said, “until we find her and she comes home.”Spell, who the FBI says may have changed her appearance to conceal her identity, has light brown hair and blue/hazel eyes. She stands 5-foot-2 and weighs about 105 pounds, according to authorities.She may be in a silver 2003 Honda Civic, the FBI said.Anyone with information can call 1-800-CALL FBI. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.