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first_imgThe following video contains captions for people with hearing disabilities. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this New York — With the main rallying cry for greater subway accessibility, protesters disrupted and ultimately shut down an April 26 public appearance at the City Museum of New York by two Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members.MTA head Joseph Lhota was unable to utter a single word. The next morning, the moderator of the event, Sarah Maslin Nir, was on a talk show on union-busting Spectrum News, complaining about the “missed opportunity” to discuss issues surrounding the subway. And the night before, when she announced from the stage that the event was being cancelled, Nir complained, “My First Amendment rights are being violated.”As a New York Times reporter, Nir is unlikely to perceive the true character of what happened that night: the boiling mass anger about the oppressive conditions underground — which, in addition to inaccessibility, include the subways’ constant fare hikes, crumbling infrastructure and racist cop harassment of Black and Brown riders — reached a point where it had to explode above ground.This eruption prevented the hated MTA from using a genteel $30-a-head museum forum — complete with onstage couch and glasses of wine poured by the moderator — to get a public-relations makeover.The City Museum protest was not the only disruption that night. Across town, the Rent Guidelines Board meeting was also disrupted by tenants opposing rent increases. With signs declaring, “We are tenants, not ATMs,” protesters crashed the gathering, at which the board voted for an increase in rent-stabilized apartments. An online report of the meeting described the tenants’ intervention as the “deafening sound that had enveloped the Cooper Union Hall.”Subways in dismal shapeThe demand for transit accessibility, expressed recently by lawsuits and protests that 75 percent of subway stations lack elevators, has been amplified by the overall shockingly dismal state of the subway, which is punishing the city’s working class with maddeningly constant delays.In addition to stations either not having elevators or having elevators that break down or are filthy, some of the stations require wheelchair users to ride along a dangerously narrow platform edge between a wall and the tracks. At the Broadway/Lafayette station, this is required three times — a total of six if a rider makes a round trip.The rampant delays that affect all riders are inspiring neighborhood-specific Facebook pages, some of which have thousands of members sign up in a matter of days.On April 25, the morning before the people’s shutdown, malfunctions on the 2 and 5 lines prevented Bronx subway users from getting to work in Manhattan during rush hour. That same day, the online New York City Patch reported: “Signal problems at the City Hall station delayed the N, R, Q and W lines; problems at the 9th Avenue station in Brooklyn delayed the D line; and problems at Metropolitan Avenue delayed the G line.”In fact, the 6 train — the closest line to the museum where the phony forum was scheduled to take place — was shut down due to electrical problems mere minutes before the start of the program. After the program started, people were still arriving late, frustrated and angry, from yet another subway delay.Knowing the mass hatred for the MTA, organizers of the event attempted to prevent the protest, which was called jointly by The People’s MTA, Rise and Resist, and the anti-police-brutality group Why Accountability. Two days before the event, the moderator sent this private Facebook message to The People’s MTA:“This is Sarah Maslin Nir, the reporter from the Times who is hosting the Lhota talk this week. I love that you are organizing around it! Civic engagement is where it’s at! I was wondering if we could speak on the phone, perhaps there might be a better way to be heard. We could hold a listening session during the reception, or perhaps your group could bring fliers with info to be distributed afterwards? I am a firm believer in everyone’s 1st amendment rights, so if you want to protest that’s cool, but maybe there is a way to include these issues so you’d get a better platform?”Recognizing this as a ploy to prevent a protest from interrupting her program, organizers ignored it and went ahead with their plans. This included disrupting the program right at the start by unfurling a banner with the words “Our subways need elevators, not racist Broken Windows Policing!”Mayor’s solution? More copsThe slogan referred to Mayor de Blasio’s decision two weeks earlier to expand the bogus New York Police Department program known as “Neighborhood Policing” into the subway. “Broken Windows Policing” is the phrase used by the NYPD to describe its racist policing approach.De Blasio’s announcement came right on the heels of the NYPD assassination of Saheed Vassell in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood.Community activists have long described the Neighborhood Policing program, or Community Policing as it is also known, as a public relations cover for the true police program of racist harassment, occupation and killings. Activists in the Coalition to End Broken Windows have also described how its community meetings are used by cops to gather intelligence on African-American and Latinx residents.For his part, de Blasio has solidarized himself with the police’s racist harassment of riders who can’t afford $2.75, saying that “fare-beating” is “not an economic issue” — that people who jump turnstiles “have money in their pockets.”The banner was unfurled by People’s MTA leaders Mary Kaessinger and Teresa Gutierrez. Kaessinger, who uses a wheelchair, began the disruption with a mic check, saying, “We are here today because the subways belong to the people!”The host then offered the microphone to the two in a phony attempt to include the protesters in the “discussion.” Knowing this would give credibility to whatever self-serving lies and justifications the MTA board members would uttered later, the protesters rejected this and addressed the crowd directly.“We can’t afford to take cabs! This is a crisis!” said Gutierrez.“We can’t be peaceful about this! We have to fight — we go to board meetings every month, and nothing happens. They don’t listen to us!”After that, Nir’s many attempts to regain control of the meeting were drowned out by more shouting from the crowd, as protesters stood up, one by one, with signs that read “Elevators NOW,” “Stop the Racist Harassment of Black and Brown Riders” and “Stop the Delays.” When she got the nod from Lhota, Nir ended the meeting, informing all attendees that the museum would refund the $20­ to $30 they had paid to get in.Protesters went outside for a celebratory demonstration. Kaessinger congratulated the crowd, stating, “I think we got our point across!” Gutierrez added, “It was right to disrupt! If they don’t give us any peace on the subway, we’re not going to give them peace anywhere!”last_img read more

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Fresh from the Oven, Nothing Bundt Cakes Opens in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 10, 2015 | 2:02 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty One-of-a-kind Nothing Bundt Cakes – a bakery specializing in nostalgic yet refreshingly modern bundt cakes ? is spreading its wholesome goodness to Pasadena. The bakery is located at 548 S. Lake Avenue just north of California Blvd. The bakery will celebrate grand opening festivities with a day benefitting Door of Hope as well as fun community events (see full schedule below).Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite – the bundt cake – with a light, moist taste and fresh, clean look that appeals to all ages. Each 8” and 10” bundt cake features custom concept cake decorations that are smart, contemporary and fun to enhance any occasion, large or small. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers customers a wide range of cake flavors and sizes, from bundtinis – bite-sized bundts – to larger bundts that serve 18-20 people and tiered cakes, which serve up to 26 people.Grand opening celebrations include:• Friday, March 27– Door of Hope Benefit Day – 20% of sales will be donated to Door of Hope, equipping homeless families to rebuild their lives with transitional housing and a restoration program• Thursday, April 9– 12 p.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce• Saturday, April 11– 9 a.m. – Free Bundtlets for a Year – First 50 guests with purchase on this day will receive free bundtlets for a year (one per month for 12 months)– 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Family Fun Event – Bring the family and enjoy a’bundt’ant cake samples, plus balloon twisting and face painting for the kids“Pasadena is a great place: it has a big city feel with the heart of a small town and is the perfect place for Nothing Bundt Cakes,” said Ingrid Kuo, local bakery owner. “Our families are nearby and my four children go to Pasadena public schools. It will be fun celebrating all of the special moments with this community that is home to us. We are also so happy to partner with wonderful organizations making a difference in the lives of children and families, the sick and the underprivileged. We hope our cakes can bring joy and hope one bite at a time.”Made fresh daily using only the freshest ingredients available, Nothing Bundt Cakes combines great taste and creative presentations that appeal not only to taste buds but to all five senses. Guests are greeted by the smell of freshly baked cakes the minute they cross the bakery threshold. A soothing yet warm color palette meets the eye with whimsical furniture and hand-painted signage reminiscent of yesteryear but with a clean, fresh approach. The Nothing Bundt Cakes staff instantly makes guests feel right at home with a friendly welcome. Phone and online orders are also available for guests’ convenience.“We’ve learned that bundt cakes hold a special place in the heart of guests across the nation, as many folks can remember a loved one baking a special bundt cake just for them,” said Dena Tripp, cofounder of Nothing Bundt Cakes. “Our franchisees are an integral part of connecting to the community through the love of the bundt cake. We look forward to a successful partnership and becoming part of this community.”Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nothing Bundt Cakes is one of the nation’s few bakery/retail locations committed to the baking of bundt cakes. The bakery specializes in offering celebration solutions for moments that matter and always enhancing their guests’ celebrations. This bakery’s opening makes a total of 124 bakeries open across 23 states. For more information, please visit www.nothingbundtcakes.com. 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first_imgNewsLocal NewsAdditional Gardaí needed in ArdnacrushaBy Staff Reporter – February 13, 2019 1073 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGSLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleSupermac’s to host FIFA 19 tournament at Ballysimon RoadNext articleLeona will lead women’s work walk-out Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Cathal CroweA public meeting has been organised with senior Gardaí to highlight local demands for additional resources to be deployed in the Ardnacrusha area.The meeting in the Tailrace Bar on Monday, February 18 at 7pm has been organised by local county councillor Cathal Crowe who has also written to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris calling for additional Gardaí to be assigned to Ardnacrusha Garda Station.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stating that the Ardnacrusha Garda sub-district covers an area of 80 square kilometres, Cllr Crowe told the Limerick Post that “there are around 12,000 people living there and the local Garda Station covers two district court areas and two Garda divisions.”Ardnacrusha Garda Station was opened in 1925, and for many decades the locality had a far smaller population but had four Gardaí and a sergeant.“There are now only three Gardaí stationed there,” he explained.“These Gardaí are highly valued in the community but we want to see more on-the-ground policing. Therefore I am appealing to Commissioner Harris to assign at least two additional guards to the sub-district.”“Two guards are stationed in Ardnacrusha with the third recently retired and I understand that the process is already underway to replace him.”“Although in County Clare, the area is right on the doorstep of Limerick City. It has a high population base and is very urbanized in places.”“The rostering schedule means that for 40 per cent of the week there is no guard on duty. During this time, cover is provided from Mayorstone Garda station in Limerick City.However, in most cases, Mayorstone Gardaí do not get near   the communities that fall within the Ardnacrusha Sub-District because of pressures in the city suburbs and staffing limitations.”“I  recently met with Superintendent Derek Smart of Henry Street Garda Station, to outline my concerns for staff shortages in the district. Superintendent Smart and his senior colleagues have set up a specialized sex crimes unit which incorporates ten Garda personnel. However, he will not be able to free-up guards for deployment in Ardnacrusha Sub-District.”“Ardnacrusha needs at least two dedicated community guards and a full-time Garda presence for peace of mind and safety in the community,” Cllr Crowe declared.Other issues that will be discussed at Monday night’s meeting include neighbourhood watch schemes and home security.by Rebecca [email protected] Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgErnest Hemingway—some would say he was the greatest storyteller of his time. My grandfather grew up with him in Oak Park, IL in the early 1900s. I always loved his writing and thought it was cool to have that (distant) connection. Hemingway was known for his concise yet illustrative, artistic yet stick-to-the-facts style of description. Lore has it he once made a $10 bet with friends over lunch that he could write a novel in just 6 words. On a napkin, he scribbled, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” passed it around and promptly collected his earnings.Hemingway was a genius at not only having a story to tell—we all have stories to tell—but at telling his stories well. He couldn’t have known it then, but perhaps the nickname ‘Papa’ was foretelling that his popular and concise writing was leading to something that would eventually become our social media.Credit unions–being the cooperative, people-before-profit, socially responsible organizations that they are–have stories to tell that resonate with people like never before. I have no doubt about the caliber, quality, quantity and realness of the credit union movement’s stories. But a great story with no ears to hear it is like a tree falling in the forest.To credit unions, I say this: keep collecting, documenting and telling your stories. But when it comes to telling your stories more effectively on social media–the fastest and most effective means of spreading information today–try these 5 tactics to inject a boost of power behind your stories:Audience: Know and grow your social media audience.Any author just starting to write a novel will have in mind for whom she writes the story. Think about who your organization speaks to and scan your current followers to see if they match up. Then search for key words or do an Advanced search on Twitter to follow individuals and businesses in your credit unions’ geographic area. Find and follow local organizations and businesses on Facebook, too. Look at Facebook Insights to see when your current followers are most active on the platform. Take a look at a few of your followers’ accounts each day to learn more about them, listen and discover their needs. Empathize with their needs through the types of products you offer and the way you communicate to them.Execution: Audit behaviors and target better ones.When writing a novel, you’d know your genre and what it takes to be successful in it. Audit your social media postings to gauge if your cadence is right. Too much, too little and inconsistent posting can be undesirable for your audience. Look into Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics to see your posting frequency historically and decide if you need to change it. Ideally, brands post at least 3-5 times per week on Facebook and Instagram, 5-8 times per day on Twitter and 2-4 times per week on LinkedIn. Make sure you have the right balance of types of posts too: re-shared content, original content, links, pictures, videos.Content: Review and develop a plan for more original content.An author’s fans crave more original work because they dig his style and voice. Dig into your Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics to see your highest and lowest performing posts over the past year. Replicate what’s been most popular and avoid what doesn’t work. Create a plan to effectively create more of the good stuff, especially blog posts, videos, even podcasts. Be your brand in all you do—whether your style is formal, informal, serious, quirky, friendly—find your niche tone and make it known across all platforms.Measurement: map to organizational objectives.A good author has a goal in mind—be it to pay the bills, get on a best seller list or simply have a creative outlet. In social media, defining what success looks like before you execute helps you determine how important and valuable the work is. Know your organizational or marketing objectives and goals so you know what numbers and metrics to map to on social. Don’t obsess on ‘vanity metrics’ over signs of true engagement. Awareness, participation and engagement both on platform and off are good results to measure with social media being the driver.Pay to Play: monitor organic reach and invest in social boosts.It’s not free for an author to have a publisher or go on a book tour – but it sure is effective for selling a book. Once you have done all you can to maximize organic reach by growing the right audience, shaping up how you execute on social, targeting your content to what your audience desires and honing and adjusting through measurement tracking, it’s time to up your game with social media advertising. For as little as $5-20 you can start small to test how well it works. On Facebook you can run an ad to boost your post message, get more people to like your page or drive traffic to your website. The key to success is targeting the right audience and knowing what action you want them to take.Effective and powerful storytelling has always been important, but with social media as it is today, it has never been so clear that the way we tell our stories is as important as our stories themselves.When visiting my grandfather as a little girl, he would say the same phrase each morning with a smile and twinkle in his eye: “Never buy green bananas…” Silly as it was, that was his ‘personal brand’ story and he stuck to it– and those words have since stuck with me. Perhaps it was in the artistry of how he told it, each morning as he jovially cracked open the skin of a perfectly unblemished bright yellow banana.Learn how Filene can help you tell epic stories on social media. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Detailslast_img read more