Cecily McMillan, OWS activist, faces seven years in prison after sham trial

first_imgPhoto: Jerry LevyNew York — Cecily McMillan, a 25-year-old progressive activist, was convicted of assault on a police officer in New York City Criminal Court on May 5. Now a convicted felon, she could receive a sentence of between two and seven years in prison.The charge stemmed from McMillan’s arrest on March 17, 2012, when more than 70 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested, with numerous instances of brutality taking place, on the sixth-month anniversary of the OWS movement. That evening, as McMillan was walking by Zuccotti Park after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends, Officer Anthony Bovell ran up behind her and violently grabbed her breast, leaving a huge hand-shaped bruise. She reacted to this sexual assault, throwing up her elbow in a startled reaction, giving Bovell a black eye.After being handcuffed and thrown to the ground, McMillan began to have a seizure. She was prevented from receiving medical care as she writhed on the ground, gasping for breath. When McMillan was finally released from jail, she was nearly unable to walk.At the trial, which began on April 7, key evidence was suppressed. National Lawyers Guild attorney Martin Stolar told the press how medical records of McMillan’s injuries, the details of the sexual assault and all sorts of video evidence were not shown to the jury. During the closing argument, prosecutor Erin Choi mocked the notion that police brutality exists at all, comparing it to belief in “space aliens.”During the trial, the courtroom usually had between 30 and 50 McMillan supporters. In several instances, the judge ordered the courtroom cleared of observers for no apparent reason.When the verdict was delivered, the courtroom was packed with over 38 police officers. Rather than allowing McMillan to await sentencing on bail, the judge ordered that she be immediately taken to Riker’s Island. As some of her supporters loudly protested, cops violently removed them from the courtroom, and McMillan was roughly cuffed and taken away.Scare tactics and outrageA few hours after the felony conviction, over 300 people gathered in Zuccotti Park to protest the verdict. The only media covering this outpouring of anger by young OWS activists was Russia Today and PressTV, networks based in countries facing attack from U.S. imperialism.McMillan remains on Riker’s Island awaiting her sentence. Friends and supporters report that she has gotten the nickname “Activista” from her fellow prisoners, and is in high spirits.On May 8, McMillan was denied bail once again. The same day, 9 of the 12 jurors who convicted her signed a petition saying they do not want McMillan to do time in jail.McMillan, who was also an activist in the 2011 Wisconsin labor protests, is known as an advocate of nonviolence and a supporter of the Democratic Party. She is the Northeast Regional Organizer of Young Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S. affiliate of the so-called “Socialist International.” At the trial, her defense emphasized that McMillan opposed Marxism-Leninism and instead embraced the teachings of reformist leader Eduard Bernstein who said, “The movement is everything, the aim is nothing.”Many are calling the state’s targeting of McMillan, a woman who is obviously innocent and among the least radical elements within OWS, an intimidation tactic. The New York Police Department is hoping to frighten young people from participating in protests and demonstrations, while showing that activists can be sexually assaulted, beaten and given lengthy prison sentences basically for nothing.Many OWS activists who engaged in militant acts of resistance during the events of 2011 and 2012 received misdemeanor charges and plea deals. McMillan’s conviction is based on her understandably startled reaction to suddenly having her breast grabbed. She received no offer for a plea bargain that did not involve pleading guilty to a felony.McMillan will be sentenced on May 19. Her supporters are calling for large protests outside the courtroom.Support and solidarity messages can be mailed to McMillan on Riker’s Island at Cecily McMillan, Book & Case Number 3101400431, Rose M. Singer Center, 19-19 Hazen St., East Elmhurst, NY 11370.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs”

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Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs” By ELIZABETH BEN-ISHAI Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 3:33 pm Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is using misleading scare tactics in its efforts to oppose a minimum wage plan in the city. At a recent City Council hearing, the Chamber warned that people would lose their health care benefits and other government safety net supports if the city adopted a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 hour by 2020. In the vast majority of cases, this simply isn’t true.Across the country, millions of workers earn too little money to get by. Many working families are only able to keep their heads above water – to pay the rent and buy groceries – with assistance from federal and state income support programs, like food stamps and Medicaid. That vast numbers of workers need public benefits despite working full-time is a testament to the importance of raising the minimum wage. No one should work full-time yet still live in poverty.The Pasadena Chamber pretends to care about the plight of working poor families by claiming that workers will become ineligible for the benefits they rely on if their wages increase, making them worse off. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as a “benefits cliff.” But just like so many other arguments against raising the wage, this one loses its steam when we know the facts.People across the political spectrum agree that public assistance programs should promote work and self-sufficiency. They shouldn’t create a disincentive to work by making it costly to choose employment over benefits.Unfortunately, at a City Council hearing on the Pasadena minimum wage last month, speakers spread misinformation that ignores the reality of public assistance program rules. In fact, many programs slowly phase out benefits as income rises, ensuring that a raise (or working more hours) really does increase overall income.One speaker claimed that a $15 minimum wage would cause some low-income workers to lose their Medicaid coverage – the program that provides low- or no-cost health insurance to low-income families – and leave them without affordable health insurance coverage. However, under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” families whose incomes exceed the Medicaid eligibility threshold can purchase subsidized health coverage through the Advance Premium Tax Credit program. These tax credits offer sliding scale coverage for people earning up to $80,360 for a family of three (based on earning up to four times the Federal Poverty Level, which is $20,090 for a household of three)– far more than the $31,200 a worker earning $15 per hour would make annually, based on a 40-hour work week. Ultimately, a minimum wage increase is good for workers’ health insurance access – and their health.In the past it was true that sometimes a modest increase in earnings could result in a loss of benefits under CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or “food stamps”) that was greater than the increase in earnings. However, California has recently taken steps to remove this “benefit cliff” by California increasing the gross income eligibility level for CalFresh to 2 times the federal poverty level. As a result, a family with one working parent and two dependents can potentially qualify for food stamps in California with a gross income under $40,180 – SNAP benefits gradually phase out as net income increases, always leaving families with more money in their pockets after a raise.Important tax credit programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are also structured to ensure that low-income workers who get a raise end up better off. They phase out slowly, and in some cases part-time workers whose incomes increase from very low levels will see an increase in their tax credits that more than offsets the loss of other benefits.Workers receiving child care assistance have sometimes faced benefits cliffs. In California, families qualify for assistance when their incomes are below 210 percent of federal poverty (or $42,216 annually). The recently reauthorized federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCBDG) program allows families to continue receiving assistance until their income reaches the maximum federal eligibility level of 85 percent of State Median Income—which is more than $55,200 in California. The new law also requires states to gradually ease families off of subsidies when their incomes make them ineligible for assistance.While our state and federal public benefits programs aren’t perfect, most have provisions to ensure that lower-wage workers who increase their incomes can continue to receive support, instead of abruptly losing coverage. The bottom line is that a higher minimum wage will make low-income working families better off, regardless of whether they currently rely on public assistance to make ends meet. The facts bear this out.Pasadena’s low-wage workers deserve a raise. The Chamber’s misleading arguments are designed to frighten the public and lawmakers into opposing an increase in the minimum wage. With these myths dispelled, and so much evidence to support its benefits, the city should move ahead with the $15 minimum wage proposal immediately.Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, a Pasadena resident, is senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national anti-poverty organization that develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribelast_img read more

Planet Rotation Limits Habitability

first_imgLife can’t exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow.  This is another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine has added another factor to habitability: planetary rotation.  In “Rotation of Planets Influences Habitability,” Amanda Doyle reports on findings from a paper on the arXiv server scheduled for Astrophysical Journal Letters.  After giving the usual definition of the habitable zone as the inner and outer radius around a star where liquid water can exist, she complicates things:However, this concept is rather simple. In reality, many other factors come into play that could affect a planet’s habitability. New research has revealed that the rate at which a planet spins is instrumental in its ability to support life. Not only does rotation control the length of day and night, it can also tug on the winds that blow through the atmosphere and ultimately influence cloud formation.Doyle shows how a planet that spins too fast ends up with atmospheric Hadley cells that make the planet too hot:This will decrease the temperature difference between the equator and the poles and ultimately weaken the Hadley cells. The result is fewer clouds at the tropical regions available to protect the planet from the intense heat, and the planet becomes uninhabitable.At the other extreme, a slow rotator is more habitable, because Hadley cells will encompass the whole planet, allowing hot can flow to the cold side, and clouds form to protect the hottest hemisphere.  This should extend the inner edge of the habitable zone closer to the star.  But what about Venus, a slow rotator?  The authors’ model breaks down in that case; “This goes to show that just because a planet is rotating slowly does not automatically mean that it is habitable, rather it has the potential to be habitable if the right conditions exist.”  To rescue that observable case, the authors had to speculate that Venus used to rotate faster.This adds a 12th factor to our growing list of habitable zone requirements.  It’s looking more like Earth hit the cosmic jackpot.  By chance or design? Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (9/08/12)Stellar Wind Habitable Zone (9/19/13, 6/03/14)Inhabitants, creating a biosphere that can regulate the atmosphere (06/06/14)Rotation Habitable Zone (8/12/14) (Visited 244 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why Blockbuster’s Streaming Collapse Won’t Hurt Netflix

first_imgRelated Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… cormac foster After backing out of plans to compete with Netflix, Blockbuster is all but done. That’s not great news for the streaming-video space, and Netflix is in a rough spot. But Blockbuster’s latest stumble toward oblivion isn’t necessarily the final nail in NetFlix’ coffin.On October 4, Dish Network scrapped its plans to revamp the Blockbuster brand and launch a subscription-based streaming-only product to compete directly with Netflix. Dish ran the numbers, evaluated its options, and (correctly) assumed it didn’t have the assets to make a Netflix competitor work.That leaves Blockbuster on the ropes again, with just 900 of its former 3,300 retail stores and no clear digital strategy. But don’t assume that the math will work the same way for Netflix.The Bad News For Netflix Dish’s decision confirms what I’ve been saying for some time: the flat-rate streaming market isn’t a very profitable place. As I noted in Netflix Deathwatch over the summer: expensive bandwidth, second-rate content and strained relationships with content providers are par for the course for the entire industry.Paul Sweeting, Principal at Concurrent Media Strategies, told E-Commerce Times that “…studios have long been leery of subscription-based streaming of movies because it produces the lowest per-view/per-capita return for the rights holder of any business model, and it cannibalizes higher margin businesses like pay-per-view rentals and even purchases.” In the same article, another analyst predicted that flat-rate streaming may have only another five or six years of life.The market is obviously sick, and it needs to change.The Good News For NetflixTroubled or not, Netflix still owns the streaming video market, and that brings advantages Dish and Blockbuster couldn’t match. Most importantly, Netflix has existing content relationships that, while strained, put it in a better position than a startup.In an October 8 analyst note, Morgan Stanley’s Scott Devitt estimated that Amazon, which already has relationships with most studios, would need to spend an additional $1 billion to $1.2 billion in licensing rights to launch a similar service.If that price is too steep for Amazon, it’s probably beyond most competitors. Barriers to entry don’t validate the streaming-video business model, but they do buy time for Netflix to try to sort out its problems.In the long term, Netflix has an infrastructure advantage, since it owns its own Content Distribution Network (CDN), and its massive user base should help it secure content from overseas and underexposed independent sources. It’s also developing original content with headliners like Kevin Spacey to hedge against expiring contracts and differentiate from competitors. Netflix’s margins per customer may not be fantastic, but with all those users, it has cash to invest in programming.Eventually, though, Netflix needs to balance cheap back-catalog offerings with enough premium and custom content to create a profitable offering “good enough” to justify its prices. It also needs to keep an eye on Hulu, HBO and other content providers looking to ramp up their streaming businesses.Put it all together, and I wouldn’t want to be in Netflix’ shoes. Blockbuster’s implosion is a reminder of how tough things have gotten in Netflix’ core business, but at least Netflix still controls its own destiny.Blockbuster and Kevin Spacey images courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Analysis#business#film#Multimedia#web last_img read more

Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to his former team

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more