Facebook LIMERICK Spring, a political festival which is the first of its kind in this region, is underway and the six-day event has drawn some of the country’s best-known political commentators to Limerick for debate and creative discussion.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Vincent Browne, economist David McWilliams, ‘Ear to the Ground’ Presenter Ella McSweeney and comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan. Limerick Spring also welcomes filmmakers Lelia Doolan and Donnacha O Briain to present their work this week at two film screenings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Festival coordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state. However, many citizens feel disconnected from politics. This five day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2014.”The festival kicked off on Tuesday April 8 with a film screening of ‘Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey’ that also featured a Q&A with director Lelia Doolan. Tonight (Wednesday 9) there will be a night of music that inspired political change around the world with The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified upstairs in Dolans. This will feature a number of local musicians performing their own original protest songs, alongside renditions of some classics too.On Thursday 10 there are two events, the first of which begins at 2:30pm in the Exhibition Hall of City Hall and will engage a group of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a workshop on representation and democracy.Later that night, the public is invited to Salon Du Chat, hosted by Roisin Buckley in Fitto Cafe, a conversational cafe where the menu is filled with sumptuous morsels of conversation.Friday 11 sees the return of David McWilliams and Leviathan Political Cabaret back to Limerick for what will be a lively debate entitled ‘Constitution or Revolution: Towards 2016’. Mr McWilliams will host a panel including Dr Peadar Kirby, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Liadh Ni Riada, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of the Cork Independent and Diarmuid O’Flynn of Ballyhea Says No. There will also be some comedy from Abie Philbin Bowman and satirical music from White Cholera.Saturday 12 promises to be an eventful day with an early start at the Limerick Milk Market where Ella McSweeney will lead an expert panel to look at the Politics of Food. This event is organised in collaboration with the Limerick Community Grocery.That afternoon sees the premiere of Donncha O’Briain’s new film ‘Peripheral Vision’ with a Q&A with the director and panel of experts following the screening. This film follows a number of protest movements in Ireland over the last two years including Ballyhea Says No, Anglo Not Our Debt Campaign and the Occupy movement.On Saturday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, Limerick’s own Vincent Browne will act as Speaker of the House at the first ever Limerick Spring Assembly at the Crescent Hall, situated beside the statue of Daniel O’Connell. This event invites 11 citizens of Limerick to put a motion to the House and the audience will decide whether it gets passed and therefore included in the Limerick Spring Assembly manifesto.All events encourage very lively audience participation, in particular the final event on Sunday April 13 where comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan launch the first ever Speakers’ Corner in Limerick. This gives all members of the public the opportunity to stand up and tell the world what’s on their mind. It will take place on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street in Limerick city centre and will be followed by a comedy gig at 8pm in The Blind Pig on Thomas Street.The Limerick Spring festival is the culmination of the efforts of more than 15 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 1,000 hours across four months. Advertisement Des Bishop celebrates his mother with ‘Mia Mamma’ Previous articleYear long wait for results of inquiry is unnaceptableNext articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrants Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Print Directly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Standup and take a punchline at UCH Limerick NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick political festival underwayBy Liam Togher – April 9, 2014 629 Farmer Michael and Kathleen: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is back and you’re invited! Two Limerick shows for comedian David O’Doherty TAGScomedyDavid McWilliamsdebatediscussionElla McSweeneyFestivalfilmLimerick SpringpoliticsscreeningsVincent Browne Email
Research reveals the long-term impact following the destruction of the Greenwood District Related Must we allow symbols of racism on public land? Ninety-nine years after a mob of poor white people killed 150 to 300 African Americans and destroyed the “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Okla., the city again made headlines when President Trump announced he would kick off his re-election campaign there on Juneteenth — the day that marks the final end of slavery in the U.S.Although the rally was subsequently rescheduled for Saturday, Trump’s actions brought renewed attention to the 1921 massacre in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, a tragedy that generally has been overlooked in American history classes. This oversight, said participants in a Weatherhead Initiative on Global History webinar on Thursday, is emblematic of — and continues to contribute to — America’s racial divide.“It’s difficult to have real dialogue about anything to do with race when we don’t have an accurate depiction of history,” said New Orleans Saints safety and Weatherhead visiting fellow Malcolm Jenkins, who introduced “A Conversation on Tulsa and the Long History of Dispossession of African Americans: What We Don’t Know.” Jenkins, who moderated the talk with Tulsa-raised journalist Caleb J. Gayle, M.B.A./M.P.P. ’19, and Khary Darlington, a writer, public speaker, and former scout for the Carolina Panthers, is developing a documentary film project on the massacre.Jenkins opened the discussion by sharing that he had not heard of the Tulsa massacre until he was in his 20s. Although Gayle grew up in Tulsa, he too only learned about it as a young adult. Returning from college, he recalled being struck by the newly built John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, which commemorates the riot. “It became clear to me that so many others around me had no idea what had happened here,” he said, “not just the devastation that occurred, but the lives that were led.” Without understanding that, he asked, “how could we fast-forward to reconciliation?”During the course of Memorial Day weekend in 1921, a white mob eradicated the thriving Black Greenwood District of Tulsa, Okla. Public DomainThe discussion that followed explored that history. Nathan Nunn, the Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, detailed the persistent health and economic effects of the tragedy, which destroyed an entire Black community. Elizabeth Hinton, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of African and African American studies, looked at the role of the police in the massacre. Noting “the line of dispossession-policing interplay we can trace back to slavery,” she brought up the police obligation to protect property and “maintain social control over racially marginalized communities.”Such tragedies are ongoing, said Heather Ann Thompson, Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan. Citing riots from the destruction of Rosewood in Levy County, Fla., in 1923 up through the razing of two city blocks in Philadelphia in 1985, she said, “There is a deep and long history of events like Tulsa.”Smashing communities and burying their histories erases stories of Black success and possibility, the panelists said. Following the Tulsa Race Massacre, Darlington said, “It became acceptable to believe that African Americans couldn’t reach the same heights as our [white] counterparts could. There’s a narrative within the Black community that there’s not room for all of us” to succeed. “There’s no way forward until and unless we truly reckon with all of this history.” — David J. Harris, managing director of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice Jenkins’s own history, which includes two Super Bowl rings, provided a link to the second part of the forum, a discussion of the role of Black athletes. Citing the incredible impact of social media, Denise Kwok, Director of USC Student-Athlete Academic Services, said, “In both professional and college athletics you hear some of the most prominent voices of African Americans.” As athletes use their prominence to speak out, they increase the potential for real change, she said. “They occupy hero roles.”But while multiple speakers pointed out advances such as the NFL coming out in support of Black Lives Matter, others worried that the gains are cosmetic. Ray Farmer, former general manager for the Cleveland Browns, said the dearth of Black team owners in the NFL helps determine representation in coaching and management. He said the number of Black general managers has decreased since 2014, and, “Those are the people who make those decisions.”Many speakers also referenced the current crises of police brutality and the racial disparities in health care revealed by the novel coronavirus. Jenkins, however, said he believes they may have opened a way forward. “Oddly, this pandemic has made all of us sit still and pay attention to what’s going on,” he said. “We have to sit in this moment and recognize truth.“Now that the whole country is on fire,” he said, “everyone is getting involved.” Juneteenth in a time of reckoning The panelists said these myths need to be countered by regaining control of the narrative. Tulsa attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, a leader in the drive for reparations, said, “So much of the history of Greenwood has been told by those who perpetrated the harm.”Addressing “the disinvestment and what we’ve done to our cities,” David J. Harris, managing director of Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, which cosponsored the webinar, pointed out the ongoing repercussions. Most recently, he said, “COVID-19 has revealed how these disparities have caused great harm.”“We can never let up,” said Harris. “There’s no way forward until and unless we truly reckon with all of this history.” The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the financial fallout Legal scholar and historian puts the push to remove Confederate statues in context Members of the community share memories, plans, hopes for the holiday
Undergraduate Student Government postponed a vote to provide funding to host a panel of Olympic athletes during Homecoming Weekend at its meeting Tuesday. USG will vote on this funding request at its next meeting.Motion · Vicken Antounian, a commuter senator, speaks during a USG Senate meeting about funding a panel of Olympians during homecoming week. The Senate moved to postpone a vote until its meeting next Tuesday. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe panel event, expected to consist of 10 to 12 current and former USC athletes who competed in the 2012 Olympics in London, is estimated to cost $3,884. This includes the cost for the venue, parking and gifts for the Olympians and posters and other advertisement leading up to the event.Some USG senators are hesitant about the cost of the event, which would eliminate almost a third of the Senate’s yearly budget. USG has the option of partially funding the panel and paying solely for the venue, Bovard Auditorium.Trojan Pride and the Alumni Affairs committee requested USG funding for this event because they believe it will benefit the student body and bolster athletic pride on campus.“USC is unique in the fact that we’re so successful in athletics and that we’ve had a better Olympic record than some countries,” said Trojan Pride Director Amanda Schmitt, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “I think the panel will be a way to piggyback off of the hype of the [Olympic] games and bring it back to campus.”The event would coincide with the athletic department formally recognizing the Olympians at the homecoming football game against Arizona State University.The panel discussion would be free to all students on a first-come, first-serve basis and conclude with a question and answer session for students to engage with the athletes.Trojan Pride and the Alumni Affairs committee are also working with the athletic department to incorporate a performance by the Spirit of Troy marching band and to have Los Angeles City Council members attend.The list of Olympic athletes is still being finalized.