Voter fraud already says Bahamas Parliamentary Registration

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Nassau – Voter fraud is apparently already being attempted by some citizens of the country, ahead of the 2017 General Elections.  The Parliamentary Registration Department says they have noticed a trend in all of the islands where individuals are trying to register twice and trying to collect two voters’ cards.Sherlyn Hall, Parliamentary Commissioner, has warned against the practice, saying the PRD is onto them and has systems in place not only to end but to detect the trend.  It is said the individuals would register at one site, collect their voter registration card and then head over to another center to register there and pick up a second card.  It apparently did not work.  Elections have to be held by May 7; Parliament is said to be on the wind down.  Nearly 150,000 Bahamians are not registered to vote.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasGeneralElections2017#Voterfraud#letsvoteBahamas TCI: Two PNPs fingered for voter fraud, situation said to be on the way to AG Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections2017, #LetsvoteBahamas, #magneticmedianews, #Voterfraud Fred Mitchell’ s Sour Grapes rant following FNM win. 88 Percent voter turnout Bahamas General Elections 2017 Recommended for youlast_img read more

Would be robbers subdued by store owner and employee

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Nassau – Often it is not advised, but this time it turned out alright for a store owner who managed to subdue not one, but two would be robbers.   The men entered the store on East Street wielding a knife and demanding cash.  The convenience store owner and an employee jumped the men, held them and Police were called in.  An arrest of the pair was made.#magneticmedianews#robberssubduedinstore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

29th San Diego Jewish Film Festival to begin Thursday run through Feb

first_img Updated: 11:53 AM Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom February 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 29th annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival will begin Thursday and continue through Feb. 17.The 11-day festival will kick off with a screening of “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story,” a documentary about the jazz label Blue Note Records. The label, started by two German Jewish immigrants in 1939, would go on to sign the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. One of the founders, Alfred Lion, lived in San Diego from 1978 until his death in 1987.The festival will include screenings of 32 films across multiple genres at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre. The festival will also present its Directors Award to Roberta Grossman for her film, “Who Will Write Our History,” which chronicles a group of journalists and scholars in the Warsaw Ghetto who pushed back on Nazi propaganda.“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” said film festival Chairwoman Christina Fink. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”Residents can find festival showtimes and a list of every film screening at sdjff.org. Single-screening tickets and festival passes are also available, with single tickets starting at $13.25 for members of the Jewish Community Center and $15.25 for non-members.The opening night screening of “It Must Schwing” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Reading Cinemas Town Square at 4665 Clairemont Drive. center_img KUSI Newsroom, 29th San Diego Jewish Film Festival to begin Thursday, run through Feb. 17 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

State Signs on to Ft Leonard Wood Regions Partnership Charter

first_imgThe state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region.Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships.The Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee, which is co-chaired by the executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) and Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison commander, now will include a state representative. The group’s members advise on organization policies and capabilities, as well as provide insight into how their organization could support a partnership opportunity, according to a news release from SOP.“While the [Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee] is a strong regional group and has always had support from the state of Missouri, Joe’s signature is a clear indicator of the state’s desire to see the group continue to build partnerships that will strengthen Fort Leonard Wood and conserve the installation’s resources,” said SOP Executive Director Kent Thomas.Thomas succeeded Driskill at SOP earlier this year after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.The partnership committee’s efforts already have resulted in success. Repair work was completed on a state road that runs through the installation and a memorandum of agreement is now in place assigning responsibility for maintaining it in the future. Other initiatives in the works include partnerships to provide animal control, visitor center support, landscaping services and renewable energy. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday September 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, September 5, 2019:#1) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Cub Scout Pack 136 Registration NightCub Scout Pack 136 is holding a Registration Night from 6pm to 8pm at the Friendship Lodge (Masonic Hall). Contact Troop Leader Frank West at troop136wilm@aol.com for additional information.#3) Lego Building At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. For kids in kindergarten and up. No registration required.#4) Board Game Club For Teens At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Teen Board Game Club Meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome, registration encouraged! Register HERE.#5) WCTV Sports Meet-UpInterested in being a part of the WCTV Wildcat Sports Team? Come to the WCTV Sports Meet-Up at 6pm at WCTV’s Studios (10 Waltham Street). WCTV is looking for play-by-play and camera operators for most sports this fall. This meet-up is a good way to meet WCTV staff and hear about opportunities to get involved at the station in a volunteer sports capacity. No prior experience needed. No time commitment. Work solo or as part of a crew. Can’t make it to the meet-up? Contact Marty McCue at marty@wctv.org to schedule a one-on-one visit.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

LT Infotech gets regulators nod to issue Rs 2000 crore IPO

first_imgL&T Infotech — the IT services arm of domestic engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro — has got the market regulator’s nod to issue an initial public offer (IPO) worth Rs 2,000 crore.The company will issue 1,75,00,000 equity shares with face value of Re 1 each. It had fled a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on 28 September.The funds raised through IPO will be used to improve its growth in the coming years, a company official had told PTI last month.L&T chairman AM Naik had said in June last year that India’s biggest engineering and construction company will sell 10% stake in IT services unit as part of its plans to monetise non-core businesses.L&T Infotech will be the second unit of the parent company to go public, after L&T Finance Holdings Ltd — the financial services arm — was listed in 2011.Naik had estimated the software division’s profit to go up to Rs 900 crore in FY16 compared to Rs 762 crore of last fiscal year.L&T Infotech currently has a headcount of more than 20,000 people; it has Chevron Corp., Hitachi Ltd and Lafarge SA as its top clients.In 2009, the parent company had made an unsuccessful bid to take over Satyam Computer Services, which was hit by India’s biggest corporate fraud at that time.last_img read more

Commonwealth SG appreciates Dhakas response to Rohingya

first_imgCommonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland has commended the government of Bangladesh for setting aside land to receive hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar.The refugees are Rohingya Muslims who say they are fleeing persecution and violence at the hands of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority and government forces.Patricia said this is a major humanitarian crisis, and reports indicate that the majority fleeing are women and children.”I’m encouraged that Bangladesh has opened its borders to receive those who have felt they had no choice but to leave their homes,” she said.”By providing immediate assistance – food, shelter and clothing – to hundreds of thousands of desperate people in this time of great need, the government and people of Bangladesh are acting with characteristic Commonwealth goodwill, and in accordance with our Commonwealth Charter,” Patricia added.last_img read more

College girl found dead

first_imgPolice recovered the hanging body of a college girl from her residence at Shibpara village in Tarash, Sirjajganj on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Mousumi, 17, a Class-XI student of Gultabazar Shaheed M Mansur Ali College and daughter of Mozdar Hossain of the village.Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tarash police station, said on information from locals, they recovered the hanging body of Mousumi in the morning and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.He said they were investigating whether the incident is a suicide or planned murder.last_img

ASEAN leaders agree to work to resolve Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersAustralia and its ASEAN neighbours vowed to boost defence ties while stressing the importance of non-militarisation in the disputed South China Sea Sunday at a summit where the “complex” Rohingya crisis took centre stage.Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the three-day meeting in Sydney, also agreed to work more closely to tackle the growing menace of violent extremism and radicalisation.But while a final communique noted a resolve to “protect the human rights of our peoples”, it failed to condemn member state Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a brutal crackdown six months ago that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar, whose de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in Sydney, has vehemently denied the allegations.“We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at a closing press conference.“Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself,” he said.“It’s a very complex problem … Everyone seeks to end the suffering that has been occasioned by the events, the conflict.”Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the crisis was “a concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene to force an outcome”.Security threatTensions in the South China Sea remain a big worry for regional leaders, as Beijing continues to build artificial islands capable of hosting military installations-much to the chagrin of other claimants to the area.Vietnam remains the most vocal in the dispute with the Philippines backing off under China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte. Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims.Canberra and ASEAN reaffirmed “the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime safety and security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the region”, without naming Beijing.The leaders added they wanted to see an “early conclusion of an effective code of conduct in the South China Sea”.“We will uphold our commitment to the rules-based order and international law in the region, including the South China Sea,” stressed Turnbull.With China flexing its muscle, they also committed to enhancing “the scope and sophistication of defence cooperation”, while expressing “grave concern” about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.Day two of the summit on Saturday was devoted to counter-terrorism, with an agreement to work together to tackle extremism amid growing concern about the use of the “dark web”, or encrypted messaging apps, by terrorists to plan attacks.Fears have been heightened by jihadists now being forced out of Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State caliphate mostly crushed, and into other countries.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak cited the flow of the displaced Rohingya as a potential new security threat, with desperate people more susceptible to radicalisation.Human rights issues were a key focus of protests during the summit, with thousands denouncing Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who are accused of oppression.With the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, without the United States, now signed, Turnbull urged leaders to get behind a “high quality” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal.Australia, the full ASEAN bloc, as well as China and India are among countries still negotiating that deal.Singapore’s Lee said there was hope it could be finalised this year.“This is a historic opportunity to establish the world’s largest trade bloc,” he said.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, with Australia, a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img

Double amputee Xia Boyu allowed to summit Everest

first_imgThis photograph taken on April 4, 2018 shows Chinese double amputee climber Xia Boyu, who lost both of his legs during first attempt to climb Everest, during an interview with AFP at Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu, ahead of another attempt to climb the mountain. AFPA Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago is hoping to finally reach the summit after Nepal’s top court overruled a controversial government ban on blind and double amputee climbers.Xia Boyu is the first double amputee to be given a permit to climb the world’s highest mountain after the ban was revoked.The 69-year-old said the measure, introduced in December to much criticism, was “discriminating against the disabled”.“I panicked after I heard the news because it meant I couldn’t fulfil my dream. I thought, ‘How can I now get a climbing permit?’ Xia told AFP.But last month, disability advocacy groups successfully overturned the ban in Nepal’s highest court, arguing it contravened the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities.Xia’s bid to summit the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain will be his fifth.He was part of a Chinese national team in 1975 when the group encountered bad weather just below the summit.Oxygen-starved and exposed to frigid temperatures, Xia suffered severe frostbite and lost both his feet.In 1996, his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.The tenacious climber returned to Everest in 2014 but an avalanche killed 16 sherpa guides early in the season, forcing most expeditions to call off their summit bids.Xia was back the following year, but the climbing season was again cut short when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal, killing around 9,000 people-including 22 on Everest.His last attempt was in 2016 when bad weather again forced him to turn back just 200 metres from the summit.‘Challenge fate’ -“Climbing Mount Everest is my dream. I have to realise it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate,” Xia said.Xia’s guide, Dawa Gyalje Sherpa-who has summited Everest eight times-is hopeful the plucky Chinese climber will finally make it to the top this time.“He has been training and has climbed above 8,000 metres before,” Sherpa said.“I am hopeful he will fulfil his dream.”The legal wrangling over disabled climbers did scupper ex-soldier Hari Budha Magar’s bid to become the first above-the-knee double amputee to scale Everest.Magar-a 38-year-old former Gurkha soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan-postponed his attempt and said he will return in 2019.The only double amputee to summit Everest is New Zealander Mark Inglis, who achieved the feat in 2006.Hundreds of climbers flock to Everest every year during the brief spring climbing season starting April, when winds and temperatures are more forgiving than other times of the year.Last year, 634 people made it to the top and seven died trying.Nepali and Chinese authorities, who monitor all climbs on the southern and northern faces of the mountain respectively, are yet to release the number of climbing permits issued for this year.But the season-which marks the 65th anniversary of the first summit of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay-is expected to be busy.last_img read more

Instability in media to be over soon Minister

first_imgHasan MahmudInformation minister Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the instability in the media, especially in TV channels, over the insecurity of journalists’ jobs will be over soon as the government is taking various steps in this regard, reports UNB.”Since the prime minister has given me the charge of this [information] ministry, I have been working for ensuring the security of journalists and their jobs so that they can work independently. I’m putting in my best efforts to this end,” he said.The minister further said, “I’ll be able to do many things, if I get your (journalists’) cooperation. I’ve started working on some issues, especially ensuring your job security. If I can successfully do it, the current instability in the media, mainly in TV stations, will be over.”Hasan Mahmud came up with the remarks while speaking at an iftar mahfil arranged by Chittagong Division Journalists’ Forum, Dhaka (CDJFD) at the National Press Club.He said their ministry is also working for changing the Terms of Reference (ToR) of Journalist Welfare Trust to extend the areas of assistance.Mentioning that the number of newspapers, TVs and online portals has increased exponentially in the country, the minister said it is necessary to maintain the professional skills and excellence of journalists with the expansion of the media sector.Hasan Mahmud sought cooperation of journalists’ forums, including Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the National Press Club, in resolving the existing problems in the media sector.Former railways minister Mujibul Haque, prime minister’s special assistant lawyer Biplab Barua, Press Council chairman justice Mohammed Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed, Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) director general Zafar Wazed, Press Club senior vice president Omar Farroque, DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury and CDJFD president Mahmudur Rahman Khokon, secretary general Shahinul Islam Chowdhury, former DUJ general secretaries Quddus Afrad, Kazi Rafique, Jatiya Grantha Kendra director Minar Mansur and senior journalists were present at the event.last_img read more

2 Rohingyas among 5 killed in gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationFive people, including two Rohingya men, were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Cox’s Bazar, Pabna and Jashore early Tuesday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, two Rohingya men were killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Marine Drive Road in Teknaf’s Shamlarpur area around 2:00am.The deceased were Azim Uddin, 22, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of number 23 Rohingya camp in Shamlarpur; and Abdus Salam, 52, son of Rahim Ali, resident of number 15 Rohingya camp in Jamtoli area of Ukhiya.A police team raided the area acting on a tip-off, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station. As soon as the team reached the spot, the criminals opened fire, triggering a gunfight, the OC claimed.The two men were killed on the spot. Police recovered two firearms and five bullets from the spot, the OC said, adding that four policemen were also injured.In the Sadar upazila, Sayedul Mostafa Bulu, 44, son of Jahir Hazi, resident of Pahartoli area, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Katapahar in the early morning.Police claimed that the man was a drug trader.Police recovered 400 yaba pills, a light gun and two cartridges from the spot, said Faird Uddin Khandaker, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Mostofa was accused in several cases, he said.In Pabna, Md Hafizur Rahman Titas, 38, a resident of Basher Bada village, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Sara Jhaudia area of Ishwardi upazila around 2:30am.Police claimed that Titas was a robber.Police arrested Titas from Piyarpur intersection and later, conducted a drive in the area around 2:30am to catch other members of the gang.The robbers opened fire as soon as police reached the place, triggering a gunfight.Titas received a gunshot wound to the chest when he tried to flee. He was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead.In Jashore, a man was killed in a gunfight with police on Jashore-Magura road in Nongarpur area around 3:00am, said Samir Kumar Sarker, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.Police claimed the deceased was robber.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police recovered a one-shooter gun, three bullets and several sharp weapons from the spot.last_img read more

US opioid maker Purdue reaches 270m settlement in lawsuit

first_imgPurdue Pharma, accused of helping fuel the US opioid addiction epidemic with its painkiller OxyContin, has reached a $270 million settlement in a key lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma, officials announced Tuesday.The settlement was the first of its kind to address the national addiction crisis that kills 130 Americans a day.The bulk of the money will go toward establishing an addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University, Purdue said in a press release.The drug manufacturer also agreed to not promote or market opioids in the state, in what was a “non-negotiable part” of the deal, Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter said.”The addiction crisis facing our state and the nation is a clear and present danger, but we’re doing something about it today,” Hunter told a news conference.”Today’s agreement is only the first step in our ultimate goal of ending this nightmarish epidemic,” he said.Purdue is facing hundreds of lawsuits in the US over claims that OxyContin causes addiction. The Oklahoma case was the first scheduled for trial.Two other companies are still defendants in the civil case: Johnson & Johnson and Teva.Purdue said $75 million of the settlement will be paid by the Sackler family, members of which own the company.The family’s philanthropic efforts have recently been rebuffed by non-profit institutions — underscoring the growing unease with the main source of the philanthropic dynasty’s riches: revenue from sales of OxyContin.400,000 death toll”Purdue is very pleased to have reached an agreement with Oklahoma that will help those who are battling addiction now and in the future,” company CEO Craig Landau said in a statement.The settlement comes just a day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected an appeal by opioid manufacturers to delay the civil trial in the state.Purdue is the only one to settle.Hunter last month said his office had obtained confidential documents showing Purdue launched a “disinformation campaign” to cover up the epidemic, and that “executives were more interested in spreading propaganda than stopping the death toll.”But Landau insisted the company had “a long history of working to address the problem of prescription opioid abuse.””We see this agreement with Oklahoma as an extension of our commitment to help drive solutions to the opioid addiction crisis.”Overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin — a last-resort illicit drug for opioid addicts — exploded over the last 20 years, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Almost 400,000 people have died from an overdose involving prescription or illicit opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Pop icon Prince and rocker Tom Petty were among the most high profile victims of the epidemic.last_img read more

Federal Judge Orders Texas To Change Voter Materials Paxton Wants The Supreme

first_img Share A Federal Judge has ordered that Texas must make changes to voter outreach  materials after the U.S. Justice Department accused the state of reneging on a deal to soften its tough Voter ID law.US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos also ordered Texas to begin letting federal officials review drafts of voter outreach and education documents before being published.A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Paxton’s office will be filing a petition this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling.Texas negotiated the new requirements after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law discriminated against black and Hispanic voters. Under the agreement, voters would be able to use several alternative forms of identification if they do not possess one of the seven forms of ID required by Texas law and “cannot reasonably obtain it.” They would also have to sign a declaration to that effect.But in its educational campaign, Texas changed the wording to “cannot obtain” and “have not obtained” the ID. The Justice Department argued the change in language was misleading, and was likely to discourage minority voters from going to the polls. U.S District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos agreed.last_img read more

Lynching Memorial and Museum in Alabama Draw Crowds Tears

first_imgBy BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel EditorTears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation’s first memorial to the victims of lynching April 26 in Alabama.Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the memorial and museum in Montgomery.The National Memorial for Peace and Justice commemorates 4,400 Black people who were slain in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. Their names, where known, are engraved on 800 dark, rectangular steel columns, one for each U.S. county where lynchings occurred.This photo shows a bronze statue called “Raise Up,” part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in lynchings, launched April 26 in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial and an accompanying museum that open this week in Montgomery are a project of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, a legal advocacy group in Montgomery. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)A related museum, called The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, is opening in Montgomery.Many visitors shed tears and stared intently at the commemorative columns, many of which are suspended in the air from above.Toni Battle drove from San Francisco to attend. “I’m a descendant of three lynching victims,” Battle said, her face wet with tears. “I wanted to come and honor them and also those in my family that couldn’t be here.”Ava DuVernay, the Oscar-nominated film director, told several thousand people at a conference marking the memorial launch to “to be evangelists and say what you saw and what you experienced here. … Every American who believes in justice and dignity must come here … Don’t just leave feeling like, ‘That was amazing. I cried.’ … Go out and tell what you saw.”As for her own reaction, DuVernay said: “This place has scratched a scab. It’s really open for me right now.”Angel Smith Dixon, who is biracial, came from Lawrenceville, Ga., to see the memorial.“We’re publicly grieving this atrocity for the first time as a nation. … You can’t grieve something you can’t see, something you don’t acknowledge. Part of the healing process, the first step is to acknowledge it.”Part of a statue depicting chained people is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings. The national memorial aims to teach about America’s past in hope of promoting understanding and healing. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime civil rights activist, told reporters after visiting the memorial that it would help to dispel America’s silence on lynching.“Whites wouldn’t talk about it because of shame. Blacks wouldn’t talk about it because of fear,” he said.The crowd included White and Black visitors. Mary Ann Braubach, who is White, came from Los Angeles to attend. “As an American, I feel this is a past we have to confront,” she said as she choked back tears.DuVernay, Jackson, playwright Anna Deavere Smith, the singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Congressman John Lewis and other activists and artists spoke and performed at an opening ceremony Thursday night that was by turns somber and celebratory.Among those introduced and cheered with standing ovations were activists from the 1950s Montgomery bus boycott, Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, and one of the original Little Rock Nine, Elizabeth Eckford.“There are forces in America today trying to take us back,” Lewis said, adding, “We’re not going back. We’re going forward with this museum.”Singer Patti Labelle ended the evening with a soulful rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come.”Other launch events include a “Peace and Justice Summit” featuring celebrities and activists like Marian Wright Edelman and Gloria Steinem in addition to DuVernay.The summit, museum and memorial are projects of the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based legal advocacy group founded by attorney Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson won a MacArthur “genius” award for his human rights work.The group bills the project as “the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.”Several thousand people gave Stevenson a two-minute standing ovation at a morning session of the Peace and Justice Summit. Later in the day, Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, urged the audience to continue their activism beyond the day’s events on issues like ending child poverty and gun violence: “Don’t come here and celebrate the museum … when we’re letting things happen on an even greater scale.”last_img read more