Prisoners continue to strike!

first_imgMore “inside” actions in the National Prison Strike have been reported since the Aug. 28 roundup in Workers World. (tinyurl.com/y9ssw4sa) The strike was originally called by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for Aug. 21 through Sept. 9. One key strike demand, “End prison slavery!” refers to widespread state and corporate exploitation of prisoners who receive no or little compensation for work. This slavery is still permitted under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.North Carolina – Despite denying prisoner protest or strikes to the media, the North Carolina Department of Public Services privately admits in its infraction forms that prisoners are being thrown into segregation for strike organizing. There are rumors from prisoners of strike participation at 11 North Carolina facilities, with confirmation of organizers being put in segregation in at least two prisons. (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee)South Carolina – Prisoners are reportedly on strike in Broad River, Lee, McCormick, Turbeville, Kershaw and Lieber correctional institutions. The actions include widespread workstrikes, with only a few prisoners reporting to their jobs, and commissary boycotts. (Jailhouse Lawyers Speak)Georgia – Prisoners in the main maximum state security facility, Georgia State Prison—Reidsville, have reported a strike. (JLS)Florida – Five Florida facilities are evidently seeing strike activity: Charlotte Correctional reports 40 refusing work and 100 boycotting commissary. Dade Correctional prisoners say 30 to 40 on strike. Franklin Correctional reports 30 to 60. Holmes Correctional reports 70. Appalachee Correctional reports an unknown number. (JLS)Texas – In solidarity with the national strike, two prisoners in a Gulf prison messaged they are on hunger strike in segregation, as is Robert Uvalle in Michael Unit, Anderson County, who has been in solitary for most of his 25 years inside. (IWOC)Indiana – Prisoners in the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Institution began a hunger strike Aug. 27, demanding adequate food and an end to cold temperatures in the unit. (IWOC)Washington state – Twenty people detained at Northwest Detention Center were sent to segregation on Aug. 30 after they, and eventually at least 30 others, demanded an end to a new requirement that they stand up as the warden enters each pod. NWDC is a private immigration prison located in Tacoma. On Aug. 21, about 200 people at NWDC went on hunger strike in solidarity with the National Prison Strike; about 60 people continue to hunger strike into a second week. (NWDC Resistance)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

¿Respuesta a la amenaza fascista? ¡Lucha de la clase trabajadora!

first_imgPor Workers World Party/Partido Mundo ObreroLos siguientes son comentarios ligeramente editados del seminario web del 8 de octubre del Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero los recientes debates electorales, con el primer secretario del WWP, Larry Holmes, en la ciudad de Nueva York, la principal camarada Teresa Gutiérrez en San Antonio y el camarada moderador Ted Kelly en Filadelfia. Sintonice los jueves a las 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT para un análisis revolucionario de los miembros de WWP y nuestros aliados. Los videos de WWP están disponibles en youtube.com/wwpvideo.Ted Kelly: Hemos hablado sobre el complot fascista en Michigan [donde las milicias neofascistas planeaban secuestrar y matar a la gobernadora demócrata Gretchen Whitmer]. Hemos hablado sobre el creciente peligro contra nuestros hermanos, hermanas y hermanos trans, contra las decenas de miles de inmigrantes en los campos de concentración de los Estados Unidos que están sufriendo de todo, desde la muerte en la pandemia hasta las esterilizaciones forzadas. Entonces, ¿es Trump fascista? Y si es fascista, ¿no deberíamos unirnos a los demócratas para detener a Trump? ¿Qué hacemos si Trump no cede? O peor aún, ¿qué hacemos si Trump gana? Estas son preguntas que creo que están en la mente de la clase trabajadora en este momento.Teresa Gutiérrez: Creo que Trump es un fascista. Si camina como un pato y habla como un pato, es un pato. Pero no vivimos bajo un sistema fascista. Esa es la diferencia. Si viviéramos bajo el fascismo, no podríamos tener esta reunión. Están ocurriendo acciones fascistas, eso es seguro. Pero todavía no vivimos bajo el fascismo. Creo que hay un elemento de la clase dominante que se está preparando para el fascismo. No lo sabemos, no estamos en las salas de juntas donde podemos escuchar estas cosas. Pero tenemos que estar preparados para cualquier cosa.Ésa es una de las razones por las que es tan importante ser internacionalista revolucionario. Hay muchos activistas que no ven el hecho de que muchos de nuestros problemas podrían resolverse quitando dinero al Pentágono. El dinero que se destina a la “defensa” y la guerra de Estados Unidos podría usarse para el alivio de COVID, para el cuidado de la salud, para la educación, etc.Pero no se puede rechazar por voto al imperialismo; no se puede rechazar por voto al fascismo. Hay que arrancarlo de raíz y eso es una lucha intensa. He tenido el privilegio de viajar y conocer a muchos activistas y revolucionarios de todo el mundo, específicamente de América Latina. Allí tenemos hermanas, hermanos y familiares que han experimentado el fascismo, como nuestros camaradas chilenos del presidente Augusto Pinochet, que era fascista. Decenas de miles de trabajadores fueron masacrados en Chile.Aprendemos de estos camaradas lo que se necesita para permanecer en la lucha día tras día, noche tras noche. Por eso tenemos que ser internacionalistas, porque nuestros camaradas, hermanas, hermanos y familiares de todo el mundo han experimentado el brazo desnudo del capitalismo. Tienen mucho que enseñarnos y hay mucho que podemos aprender de ellos.Por eso tenemos que plantear siempre que no hay fronteras en la lucha obrera. No solo nos preocupamos por la clase trabajadora en los Estados Unidos. Nos preocupamos por cada trabajador. Especialmente porque el imperialismo estadounidense ha creado las condiciones que han obligado a las personas a abandonar sus países de origen.El internacionalismo tiene que formar parte de nuestro programa en los próximos días. Es un principio del trabajo del Partido y tiene que ser un principio del movimiento.Larry Holmes: Desde una perspectiva marxista, el fascismo se ve de manera diferente dependiendo de quién eres en la sociedad. Para nosotros, ¿qué es un fascista? Un fascista es alguien que es violentamente racista, violentamente homofóbico, violentamente antiobrero, quiere aplastar a los sindicatos, quiere aplastar a los oprimidos, aplastar a los trabajadores migrantes, llevar a cabo guerras tanto más allá de las fronteras de los Estados Unidos como dentro de la frontera.Desde el punto de vista de la burguesía, dirán que un fascista es alguien que quiere negar la democracia burguesa y ser un tirano, ser un líder autoritario, destituir al Congreso y emitir edictos, etc.Lo que los marxistas entienden es que el fascismo no proviene de alguna ideología. No nace en la cabeza de las personas, ni el ultrarreaccionario ni el estado policial forman parte de él.El fascismo es una respuesta extrema y desesperada a una enorme crisis en el sistema capitalista. Y la burguesía se discute entre sí: “¿Cómo vamos a salvar nuestro sistema?” Algunos dirán: “Bueno, esto es tan malo que la única forma en que podemos salvar el sistema es movilizar alguna base social – la pequeña burguesía, los propietarios de pequeñas empresas – y tratar de infectar a algunos de la clase trabajadora con racismo, homofobia y sexismo”. . Regresar al pasado cuando los oprimidos ni siquiera podían levantar la cabeza. Y hacer lo que sea necesario para aplastar a los sindicatos y aplastar a la clase trabajadora y dividirla”.El fascismo para la burguesía es una solución extrema y dolorosa a lo que ellos creen que es una terrible crisis existencial para su sistema, como que si no hacen algo extremo, ¡podrían perder su sistema!Creo que toda la burguesía es como Trump. Es solo que Trump lo muestra. Pero la burguesía dice las mismas cosas. Toda la mierda sexista y abominable que dice, lo dicen entre ellos. Trump se da cuenta de que hay un sector al que puede llegar, que puede movilizar sobre esa base, siendo “honesto” y llamando a atacar a los oprimidos.La pregunta es ¿qué tan profundo es su apoyo en la clase dominante? Y tiene algo de apoyo en la clase dominante. ¿Y cuál es la fuerza de su base social? Creo que estas cosas estarán en juego en las próximas semanas, a principios de noviembre y más allá.¿Quieres luchar contra estos fascistas? Los demócratas te llevarán a la destrucción. Si se depende de los demócratas, los fascistas ganarán. De hecho, uno tiene que preocuparse si Biden gana y su victoria es aceptada, lo cual es cuestionable, ¿qué hará este movimiento fascista en respuesta a él? ¿Crees que se van a quedar callados? ¿Crees que solo dirán “Perdimos”? ¿Crees que de eso se tratará el 2021?Necesitamos la verdadera estrategia para derrotar al fascismo que se está organizando sobre la base de la clase trabajadora para la lucha de clases de masas, ¡los trabajadores y los oprimidos contra el sistema capitalista! Primero, de formas pequeñas, desiguales, según el lugar donde se encuentre, pero a medida que pasa el tiempo, de formas más grandes y coordinadas. Esta es la lección que aprendieron compañeros y dirigentes del movimiento comunista durante la década de 1930 en Italia, en Alemania, en España y de diferentes maneras, en Chile y en Grecia, no solo ahora sino hace cincuenta años. Los grandes ejemplos históricos son Hitler y Mussolini, pero de ninguna manera son los únicos ejemplos.Este es un punto de inflexión para quienes se ven a sí mismos como socialistas radicales, comunistas, anticapitalistas, que se orientan hacia la clase trabajadora. Se trata de la importancia de la lucha de clases y la necesidad de hacer lo que debemos hacer para organizar nuestra clase. Eso es mucho trabajo. Pero, ¿quién dijo que algo importante no sería un gran desafío y mucho trabajo?Esa comprensión y el compromiso de hacer ese trabajo es lo que te convierte en un revolucionario. No solo una buena retórica o un buen discurso. En una crisis, ¿estás listo para entrar? ¿Estás listo para hacer lo que tienes que hacer? ¿Estás listo para dedicar tiempo, hacer los sacrificios?Teresa Gutiérrez: Sobre el fascismo, la gente debería tomar nota de esto: el camarada Fidel Castro siempre dijo que el fascismo no vendría a Estados Unidos. Y yo le creo. Tiene que ver con la gente de este país. Odiamos a este gobierno. Odiamos este sistema. Pero amamos a nuestra clase trabajadora. Y nuestra clase trabajadora no permitirá el fascismo en este país. Fidel lo creía y yo estoy de acuerdo con él.Los jóvenes saben que no hay esperanza bajo el capitalismo, y por eso que un sector de ellos estaba a favor de Bernie Sanders, que era un abierto “socialista”. Si el Partido Demócrata quisiera un símbolo de cambio, lo habrían elegido. (Sí, es un anciano blanco; ¡parece que no pueden escapar de eso!) Pero estaba a favor de Medicare para todos, y elegirlo habría sido un guiñon de ojo a la base del partido que se estaba organizando y enojado con el capitalismo.Pero los demócratas no hicieron eso y no pudieron hacerlo porque están demasiado en deuda con Wall Street. El Partido Demócrata puede parecer diferente: puede parecer más negro, más moreno, más sindicado, pero, al igual que el Partido Republicano, está en deuda con Wall Street.Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero entiende que hay activistas por los derechos de los inmigrantes y activistas sindicales que tienen un poco de esperanza de que si votan por Biden, este presidente fascista, sexista y supremacista blanco será derrotado. Y debería ser derrotado. No estamos reñidos con esos sentimientos entre las personas que luchan por su comunidad. No estamos reñidos con ellos.Si el Partido Republicano y Trump han pedido a la policía y a las milicias de derecha que salgan a aterrorizar a los votantes en las urnas, creo que deberíamos estar ahí para defender a las personas negras y morenas que pueden estar votando. ¡Imagina! Los republicanos piden que la misma policía que mató a Breonna Taylor vaya a “monitorear” los sitios de votación, muchos de los cuales ya han sido cerrados por los republicanos.Defendemos el derecho de voto de los negros y morenos y de la clase trabajadora.Estoy orgulloso de nuestro Partido por asumir esa posición. Pero del 3 de noviembre al 20 de enero podría ser una tormenta de nieve en este país. Conocemos la arrogancia de Trump. Sabemos que los demócratas no son capaces de luchar contra él. Y sabemos que la única transferencia de poder que debe preocuparnos es la transferencia de poder al pueblo.Entonces, el 4 de noviembre, el día después de las elecciones, tenemos que salir a las calles para organizarnos para el alivio de COVID, detener el terror policial y todas las demás demandas de liberación de los trabajadores y los oprimidos. Ese es nuestro programa. Eso es por lo que estamos luchando. Les pedimos a todos que se unan a nosotros en esta lucha.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Retired journalist freed after being held for 19 days

first_imgNews ————————-29.06.10 – Retired journalist arrested to serve jail sentence he was unaware ofReporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of the extraordinary manner in which Carlos Jerónimo Nuñez López, a 70-year-old former journalist who used to work for the now-defunct communist newspaper Crítica, was arrested on 26 June to serve a one-year jail sentence for an article about an environmental issue that he wrote in the 1990s.Nuñez was completely unaware that he had been convicted in absentia on charges of libel and insult in connection with the article. He was in an Internet café near his home when police came to notify him of his sentence and arrest him. He was taken into police custody and was due to appear in court yesterday.Nuñez’s offending article in Crítica was about the environmental damage resulting from a landowner’s activities in the northwestern Bocas del Toro archipelago. He was never told that a libel suit had been brought against him.Reporters Without Borders calls for Nuñez’s immediate release and for the courts to review his conviction. How could he have been properly defended if he was unaware of the lawsuit and was convicted in absentia? His arrest is a direct violation of free expression and as well as flagrant violation of the fundamental right to a fair trial. The case also highlights the danger to which journalists are exposed when they dare to tackle environmental issues. News Help by sharing this information RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 9, 2016 Find out more January 30, 2012 Find out more July 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Retired journalist freed after being held for 19 days Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Panama Reporters Without Borders is pleased to learn that retired journalist Carlos Núñez was released on 14 July after 19 days in detention. Núñez was arrested on 26 June after being convicted in absentia as a result of a libel suit brought against him 10 years ago. At the time of his arrest, he was completely unaware he had been convicted over an article he wrote 12 years go for the now defunct pro-communist newspaper Crítica about environmental problems in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the northwestern province of Chiriquí.“I am here for defending the region’s inhabitants and the people who fight for respect for the environment,” he said as he left prison. Reporters Without Borders welcomes his release but points out that the case is one more example of the harassment to which journalists are subjected when they dare to tackle sensitive issues. PanamaAmericas Organisation PanamaAmericas News News December 7, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Breaking: Supreme Court To Pass Orders Tomorrow On Issuing Contempt Notice To Comedian Kunal Kamra For His Tweets

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Supreme Court To Pass Orders Tomorrow On Issuing Contempt Notice To Comedian Kunal Kamra For His Tweets LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Dec 2020 11:12 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday reserved orders on whether to issue notice to comedian Kunal Kamra on the petitions seeking criminal contempt action against him for his tweets made about the top court and judges.The orders will be pronounced tomorrow.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah considered the petitions filed by Abhyuday Misrha, Skand Bajpai and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday reserved orders on whether to issue notice to comedian Kunal Kamra on the petitions seeking criminal contempt action against him for his tweets made about the top court and judges.The orders will be pronounced tomorrow.A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah considered the petitions filed by Abhyuday Misrha, Skand Bajpai and Srirang Katneshwar.Advocate Nishant Katneshwarkar, appearing in one of the petitions, referred to Kamra’s tweets before the bench. He referred to the Kamra’s tweet ‘who am I to scandalize the already scandalized’, ‘this is a contempt of joke’ with reference to Supreme Court. One tweet, the counsel said, he cannot read out in the open court.In another tweet, Kamra published an image replacing the flag of tricolor hoisted above Supreme Court with the flag of the ruling party and made the colour of the building saffron, the counsel said. Kamra also commented that the ‘Supreme Court of the country is the Supreme Joke of the country’, Katneshwarkar submitted.During the hearing, Justice Shah remarked that there is no need to read out everything in the open court and that the bench has read the papers.Law student Skand Bajpai, another petitioner, also sought to make submissions as party in persons. But the bench told him that it has already hear one petitioner and commented that there was no point in multiplying the submissions.On November 12, finding Kamra’s tweet to be highly objectionable, the AG granted his consent under Section 15(1)(b) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 to initiate criminal contempt. He said,”I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech. But under the Constitution, the freedom of speech is subject to the law of contempt and I believe that it is time that people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.”The AG’s letter referred to Kamra’s comments such as ‘honour has left the building(Supreme Court) long back’ and ‘Supreme Court of the country is the most Supreme joke of the country’.The AG also noted that apart from these comments, Kamra posted a picture of the Supreme Court dressed in saffron colour with the flag of the ruling party, the BJP.Taking strong exception to this tweet, the AG commented:”This is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India that the Supreme Court of India is not an independent and impartial institution and so too its judges, but on the other hand is a court of the ruling party, the BJP, existing only for the BJP’s benefit”.Kamra reacted to AG’s consent by saying that he has no intention to ‘retract or apologize for his tweets’.”My view hasn’t changed because the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticised. I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologize for them. I believe they speak for themselves,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter, addressed to the judges and the attorney general.He added that the “silence of the SupremeCourt on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticized”.In the statement published through Twitter, Kamra suggested that the time required for the contempt hearing against him may be spent on other important pending matters such as “demonetization petition, a petition challenging the revocation of J&K’s special status, the matter of the legality of electoral bonds or countless other matters that are deserving of more time and attention”‘Will not retract my tweets or apologize’, says comedian Kunal Kamra, after the Attorney General granted nod to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against him for his tweets about the Supreme Court in the wake of interim bail granted to #ArnabGowswami pic.twitter.com/O7PnU1v1AP— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 13, 2020 Kamra had made a series of tweets regarding the Supreme Court and initiation of contempt against him has been sought for 4 of his tweets posted in the wake of the Supreme Court granting interim bail to Arnab Goswami.Complaining against the same, few law students Skand Bajpai had sent a letter to the AG stating that the tweets and publications scandalize the Supreme Court and prejudices the minds of millions of people.”During the course of the proceedings and also subsequent to the verdict, Mr. Kunal Kamra a stand-up comedian by profession through his Twitter handle having 1.7 million followers @kunalkamra88 published a series of tweets to scandalizes SC”, the letter reads.”If this kind of unruly and salacious statements are allowed to go unchecked, influencers having millions of social media followers would start making reckless allegations and diabolical statements against the judges,” the letter said.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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California wildfires latest: Gov. declares emergency as blazes force evacuations from wine country to Los Angeles

first_imgToa55/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Wildfires are scorching thousands of acres and forcing tens of thousands of people from Los Angeles to wine country to evacuate.The Tick Fire erupted on Thursday in Los Angeles County. Fueled by ferocious 50 mph winds, the blaze is threatening homes in Santa Clarita.The blaze jumped over a freeway overnight, lighting up guardrail posts like tiki torches and illuminating the way for firefighters.Over 600 firefighters are relentlessly battling the blaze, racing from one house to another and extinguishing brush fires that are threatening homes.Police officers went door-to-door in the middle of the night, telling residents to leave. About 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.The Tick Fire has covered 4,300 acres and is only 5 percent contained.All Los Angeles Unified School District campuses in the San Fernando Valley were closed Friday as the blaze rages on.The cause is unknown.And the dry Santa Ana winds are expected to continue in Southern California Friday, with gusts possible up to 70 mph in the Los Angeles mountains.“The erratic winds today pose a challenge for our firefighters as they may change direction and intensify, posing a greater threat to homes,” Cal Fire officials said Friday morning.Hundreds of miles north in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country, the Kincade Fire has consumed 21,900 acres and is just 5 percent contained.About 2,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders, and the blaze has destroyed at least 49 structures.PG&E on Wednesday preemptively turned off power to about 28,000 customers in Sonoma County in an attempt to avoid fires.The utility also said in a statement there appeared to be a “broken jumper” on a transmission tower near where the Kincade Fire is believed to have started.And for parts of Northern California, the worst may be yet to come.Strong, dry winds, which fuel fires, are forecast to move into the region this weekend.Winds could reach 60 mph near Sacramento and Redding Saturday night and into Sunday.The National Weather Service says this next round of dangerous fire weather could be the strongest of the year for the area and could be the worst wind event since the 2017 Wine Country fires.“We do think it will be possibly the strongest offshore winds we have seen in years,” PG&E meteorologist Scott Strenfel added Thursday nightPG&E, which provides electricity to millions of Californians, is warning that the weekend may bring one of its biggest planned power shutoffs. Residents in Northern California counties including Marin, Alameda and San Mateo could be in the dark this weekend in an effort to keep fires from sparking.As of Friday morning 42,000 customers in the Golden State were without power due to planned shutoffs.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Warrens Bakery jobs at risk under restructure plans

first_imgMore than 60 jobs are under threat at Cornish business Warrens Bakery as it looks to boost efficiency.The “challenging economic climate” has prompted the company to undertake a restructuring that it said would stabilise the manufacturing operation.As a result, a total of 66 staff in production and distribution roles at the firm’s Plymouth and St Just sites have been placed at risk of redundancy.Warrens said the retail side of the business would not be affected, and that around 495 staff would be retained following the proposed reorganisation.”We’ve taken time to explore all options systematically and concluded that this is unavoidable to ensure a stable future for the overall business and its wider workforce,” said a spokesman for Warrens.“Change can be hard, but it’s vital that we are fit for purpose in a challenging manufacturing sector, where raw materials, transport and other costs have risen significantly. These measures will ensure that Warrens Bakery remains focused, healthy and a vibrant part of the UK bakery scene going forward.”Warrens, which won the Craft Bakery Business Award at last year’s Baking Industry Awards, now operates around 70 stores. It kicked off its franchise operation in February 2017 with a store in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, and has expanded rapidly outside its south-west heartland through franchise partnerships.Last October it bought three of its franchise stores – Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil – to relaunch them as managed sites following an agreement with its local franchisee.last_img read more

Michael C. Hall Extends His Run in Hedwig on Broadway

first_img Written by John Cameron Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.. View Comments Glitter will remain part of Michael C. Hall’s working world for just a little bit longer! The Golden Globe winner has extended his limited engagement in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and will now play through January 18, 2015 at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. Hall had previously been set to depart the the production on January 4, 2015. Casting for the next Hedwig will be announced in the coming weeks—there have been rumors that creator and original star John Cameron Mitchell will be returning to the role. The production also starts Tony winner Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Although Hall was most recently seen on stage in the Will Eno play The Realistic Joneses, he first made a name for himself in Broadway musicals, taking on the Emcee in Cabaret in 1999 and portraying Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2002. Off-Broadway, his credits include Mr. Marmalade, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, Henry V, The English Teachers, Corpus Christi, Romeo and Juliet and Skylight. Hall is best known for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s Dexter, earning one Golden Globe Award from five nominations and six Emmy Award nods. Other screen credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and the films Cold in July and Kill Your Darlings.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

Watch Meryl Streep’s Cut Original Song From Into the Woods

first_imgRemember that “beautiful and spectacular” number that Stephen Sondheim wrote for Meryl Streep for the Into the Woods movie, only for it to land on the cutting room floor? Well, time to stop lamenting its absence as you can now finally watch “She’ll Be Back,” the song where The Witch explains her love-hate relationship with Rapunzel. Watch a snippet of the tune below, complete with an introduction from Marshall—the full number will be included in the bonus features when the film is released for home entertainment on March 24. View Commentslast_img read more

Section heralds new business litigation court

first_img Section heralds new business litigation court Section heralds new business litigation court After almost 10 years of trying, the Business Law Section has achieved its goal of setting up a pilot trial court to hear complex business litigation cases.At its gathering June 26 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting, the section Executive Council heard that Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry had signed the order creating the court.The council also addressed several other items of section business, including the possible creation of new business law-related certification areas and garnering business support for court funding.Ninth Circuit Judge Thomas Smith said last year Judge Perry appointed a committee, headed by Smith and council member Ava Doppelt, to explore the business court idea. The committee drafted several administrative orders before reaching a final version that Perry signed the morning of the council meeting.In August, a new civil cover sheet will be used, and it will have a space for cases that can be assigned to the new business litigation court, Smith said. In addition, ongoing cases may be reassigned to the court, and he expects the new court to begin with a full caseload.Gov. Jeb Bush has expressed support for the project, and Smith said a formal kickoff is tentatively planned for January. He added that Judge Perry plans to assign a full-time special master to work with the court.“Right now, everything looks good,” Judge Smith said.Doppelt added, “This section has been talking about this for a long time and we’re very excited. Now this can come to the rest of Florida.”On other matters, the council:• Approved a report from a special committee to seek certification for intellectual property practitioners. Council member Philip Schwartz, chair of the committee, said the proposed standards addressed federal preemption for patent and trademark work, and also accommodates rules and procedures of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.• Heard from new section Chair James Murphy on a meeting between section leaders and Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead. Murphy said that Anstead wants section members to use their business contacts to help drum up support for adequate funding of the courts in next year’s legislative session. That’s when lawmakers will fund a constitutional amendment requiring the state to take over more financing of the trial courts from counties. Although lawmakers have adopted a framework, the funding won’t happen until next year and court leaders are concerned inadequate financing could affect the quality of justice in the state. Murphy said he would appoint an ad hoc committee, and also meet with Judge Perry over the matter. Council member and First District Court of Appeal Judge William VanNortwick said while the court officials have been rallying support, “one of the areas of the community where the court has not been able to achieve outreach is the business community. That’s why he [Anstead] came to us.”• Approved filing an amicus brief in a pending appeal to the Florida Supreme Court over the state’s assignment law. The case involves a creditor who was given assets of a debtor company, and then sued the company’s attorneys for malpractice, alleging their bad advice caused losses at the company. The trial judge said the assignee did not have standing to bring the suit, but the Third District Court of Appeal reversed. The section plans to support the Third DCA opinion, which members said is consistent with the intent of assignment laws, which are an alternative to bankruptcy. The Bar must still review the section’s plan to file the brief.• Heard Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Committee Chair Jason Murray report that committee is considering proposing a new certification area for franchise law. He also said the committee is considering changes for the antitrust and trade certification area. The committee, which has 107 members, is also looking for ways to expand that membership, he said.Aside from those activities, outgoing section Chair John Emmanuel said the section will have its annual retreat from August 21-24 at the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan. Speakers include Tim Chinaris, immediate past chair of the Professional Ethics Committee, Alexander Paskay, former chief judge of the Middle District of Florida bankruptcy court, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.The section is also working on several seminars including a bankruptcy one in the fall in which bankruptcy judges will give their views of the field, and another seminar on getting advice from experts in commercial litigation.The section had a fairly successful year with the legislature, Emmanuel said, including a rewrite of corporation codes.center_img July 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Committees looking into recording JNC interviews

first_img Committees looking into recording JNC interviews Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A proposal to have all judicial nominating commission interviews recorded has been referred to two committees, with the Bar Board of Governors vowing to act on the idea at its next meeting.Board member Jennifer Coberly presented the recommendation at the board’s April 2 meeting in Pensacola.She said she was inspired by the example of the 15th Circuit JNC, which has routinely recorded all of its judicial candidates interviews for years, using the donated services of a court reporter.Coberly contacted that court reporting firm, and its owner said he thought he could arrange for court reporters around the state to give their time to record all JNC interview sessions. She also spoke with Second District Court of Appeal Judge Morris Silberman, chair of the Bar’s Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee, who said he believed that panel could coordinate the project.Florida Association for Women Lawyers President Dinita James said her organization would be interested in helping, Coberly added.The proposal comes in the wake of a controversy from the 17th Circuit JNC where some judicial candidates said they were asked inappropriate questions. The board had extensively discussed that at its January meeting (See story in the February 15 Bar News. )Coberly said she also spoke with Richard Doran, chair of the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, who said that panel was mostly interested in training and education for JNC members, not keeping an electronic record.Board members indicated they liked the idea, but wanted more formal input from JAST and the JNC Procedures Committee before acting.Most of the debate focused on whether the board should approve Coberly’s suggestion outright or wait for input from the two committees, and how the plan would be received by the governor and the legislature.On the latter, board members said they were concerned the program would be seen as impinging on the JNC process, where the legislature several years ago increased the governor’s appointment powers and reduced the Bar’s. But others said an electronic record would help both candidates and the JNCs by providing an indisputable record of what is said during interviews. Coberly noted feedback she got from the 15th Circuit was that the recording did not provide any chilling effect on questions or answers.“These are clearly public meetings,” she observed.“I certainly support the concept, and I think it’s something that should be done,” said board member Howell Melville. “The independence of the judiciary has got to be one of the most important things that should concern this body. A clear record of what was said and wasn’t said would be helpful.”“Any step this board could provide in the way of leadership to avoid the problems that occurred in the 17th Circuit we should do,” said board member Hank Coxe. “But we should ask JAST on how it would be done, who would keep the recordings.. . . I don’t like micromanaging what another committee would do.”Bar President Miles McGrane and President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson said they would make sure the item was on the board’s May agenda, and McGrane, in response to a question, said he would ask Coberly to continue to monitor the issue.Board member Jesse Diner also noted the JNC Procedures Committee Chair Richard Doran has written a letter noting the committee was taking action by planning better training and other measures to prevent any recurrence of the problems in the 17th Circuit.At the end of the discussion, Coberly withdrew her motion to proceed immediately with a taping program, and the board unanimously approved a motion to refer the matter to the JAST and JNC Procedures Committee, with a report due back no later than the May 28 meeting. April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Committees looking into recording JNC interviewslast_img read more