Letter from the South: On mental illness and movement unity

first_imgThis is a statement about what it is like to be mentally ill in a time when all of your “progressive” Democrat friends keep writing the “fascist president” off as being mentally ill, instead of confronting his white supremacist, right-wing extremist views and actions.I was 22 years old when I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I say “finally” because I had known for years. But due to living in a capitalist society, I often have to prioritize rent and electricity over my own health — both mental and physical. I could not afford to see a professional for long enough to be diagnosed.The diagnosis came after ten years of battling depression as a result of trauma I faced as an adolescent. These days, my depression is not as bad. I take medication for it, though I still have my days.Being an organizer, there are many intersections and oppressions I must and do recognize, and one of those intersections is mental illness. I am a mentally ill, queer, transgender, working-class communist and Southerner. I am not ambiguous about these intersections because I cannot afford to be.All of these things that I am are facing new threats of violence every day with the rising tide of hatred unleashed by the election of Donald Trump and his reactionary administration.At this point, we are out in the streets disrupting, organizing and struggling together almost every day, as we should be. Communities are striving for the necessity of unity. Each day, solidarity across all oppressed communities grows more and more.And there is nothing quite as dangerous as the power of the united people.But in our communities there seems to be a unity-breaking trend in activist discussion. (I say “our” as I see this in all of my own communities.)Instead of continuing to confront the right-wing extremism and white-supremacist views of the Trump administration, people are quick to write Trump and his cronies off as being “crazy” or “having some kind of mental illness.”People seem to not want to say Donald Trump is, for instance, a stone-cold racist bigot. Rather they find solace in saying: “He is mentally ill! He is crazy!” And then come the multiple diagnoses: “He’s schizophrenic!” “He has narcissistic personality disorder!” and “He is bipolar!”That last one hits me personally, especially when comrades and friends who keep saying it also know I also have bipolar disorder.When Trump’s reactionary views are reduced down to a mental illness, it perpetuates a stigma against me and every other neurodivergent person that our mental illnesses are synonymous with awful, reactionary views and behavior. And they are not.Neurodivergent people lead!Neurodivergent people are in the leadership of the movement. But due to our intersecting identities, we have often had to put our own illnesses on the backburner.If Donald Trump or any of his administration do have a mental illness, that is not the reason they are Nazi sympathizers or hate LGBTQ people. That does not absolve them of their reactionary views. It is dangerous to assume that mental illness is the reason why they are the way they are.This is like saying white-supremacist Dylan Roof was “crazy” because he murdered nine Black people in cold blood while they worshipped in their Charleston church. People who use this horrid rhetoric are not acknowledging and confronting their own place in white supremacy either. This is a practice all white people, myself included, must self-criticize and work on changing if we truly wish to dismantle and destroy white supremacy once and for all.Accusing Trump and his ilk of being mentally ill comes off as either trying to absolve them of their bigoted actions or as demonizing mentally ill people. Even neurotypical people who are calling for an end to ableism perpetuate ableism themselves when they deem Trump “crazy.”If you cut mentally ill people out of our movements, then that is counterrevolutionary, and there is no real progress made.In order for any revolution to occur, ableism must truly be crushed, and stigmas must be done away with. This means those who call themselves revolutionaries or communists, or dedicate themselves to a path of freedom and liberation, must also dedicate themselves to crushing all forms of oppression.Smash ableism! Call Trump what he is — a far-right-wing extremist, a racist and white supremacist, an Islamophobe and anti-Semite, a woman-hater, a vile bigot against LGBTQ people, a fascistic friend of the KKK, an authoritarian xenophobe.But do not call Donald Trump mentally ill.Devin Cole, a trans organizer and organizer of the Pensacola Airport protest, is president of Pensacola STRIVE (Social Trans Initiative) and director of operations for the Florida Transgender Alliance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Nationwide Building Society

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. In spite of the ongoing success of Nationwide’s retail business, retailsales management felt there was potential for improving the performance of itsexperienced financial consultants. It believed sales could be increased in twoways: firstly by selling more product without increasing activity, and secondlyby establishing long term relationships with customers which would consequentlysecure ongoing business. To support this, the retail training team created the”Increasing Profitable Relationships” programme, a four-day traininginitiative aimed at the further development of experienced financialconsultants.The design of the course was a joint effort between retail training and thesales force together with some external consultation from Peters ManagementConsultants. By involving sales in the creation of the programme, a strongsense of ownership was fostered and subsequently the sales department was ableto report that every financial consultant wanted to go on the course. The firstcourse ran in May last year.The training intervention comprises two days of theory around the softerside of relationship building, followed by another two days in which the theoryis put into practice. For this, the consultant conducts a fact-finding exercisewith an actor. Results are later presented by the consultant to the same actoron a review day.Each session is recorded on video and focused feedback is given by bothtrainer and actor as well as the senior financial consultant responsible forthe participant. The involvement of the senior financial consultant in thetraining programme has proved particularly important ensuring that learning andsupport are transferred to the workplace.With 57 financial consultants attending by the end of March 2000, the teamhas carried out a thorough evaluation of the programme using both numerical andfinancial data. It created a control group selected from consultants who wereone place above each member of the trained group in the financial consultant’sleague table for April 1999. Against this the trained group’s performance could be measured. At the sametime a cost benefit analysis was carried out, measuring both the initialcapital cost and subsequent running costs against measured increases in sales.Company fact fileTeam Nationwide Building Society, Retail TrainingNumber in HR team 60Number of employees responsible for 8,000Main achievements Efficiency in terms of number of sales perfinancial consultant has improved by 18.5 per cent; annual premium income hasrisen by 6.8 per cent per month; and the number of sales has risen by 11.4 percent per month. For each £1 spent, the trained group have produced £9.90 AnnualPremium Income over the subsequent three-month periodPriorities for next 12 months To increase the number of courses runto meet demand. The programme has been popular and the team is aiming for allexperienced financial consultants to have completed it by the end of 2001.There are also discussions about rolling out the programme to Nationwide’smortgage advisers from next yearJudge’s Comment “This is a model of good practice in trainingevaluation which could be considered as a shining example to the whole of thehuman resources development profession. As a result there is no doubt that thetraining intervention has had a demonstrable effect on the performance of theorganisation” Nationwide Building SocietyOn 5 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

SOTTO SCHOOLS BATO: ‘Being senator is different from being Duterte follower’

first_img“Later on, he will realize that being a senator is different than being just a follower of the administration,” says Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “On the political side of it,majority against minority, so dapatmajority lagi ang dapat mananalo. Butwe were not able to get the majority vote so meaning, kami na ang minority ngayonsa Senado. Hindi na kami angmajority,” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa, along with fellow Duterteallies Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos,  Aquilino“Koko” Pimentel III, Bong Revilla, Francis Tolentino, and CynthiaVillar voted Monday in abstention, while 12 others voted in favor of theresolution. MANILA – Senate President Vicente SottoIII lectured neophyte Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa following the latter’sstatement on the voting of Senate Resolution 337, which seeks Supreme Court’sclarity on the Senate’s role on Visiting Forces Agreement termination. Sotto said that Dela Rosa still needsmore time to learn about the mandate that has been vested upon him as anelected senator, which is different from being a follower of President RodrigoDuterte. After the voting, Dela Rosa made astatement that some of them were feeling like being the “minority” inthe chamber.center_img “Hindi naise-seminar ‘yun,natututunan lang ‘yun. Mas madali nga lang kung ikaw ay nanggaling sa let’ssay sa isang local governmentlegislative body, or nanggaling ka saHouse of Representatives, pagdating saSenate, alam mo na lahat ‘yan. Perosiyempre, pag galing ka sa Executive department, medyo iba ang dating sa iyo,” he further said./PN Sotto said that Dela Rosa’s reactioncould be the normal thinking of any newbie in the institution. “We are all senators, whether we are inthe majority or in the minority, we are an officer or not, pare-pareho kaming mga senators. Tigi-tig-isang boto kami, ganun ‘yun,” he added. “Later on, he will realize that being asenator is different than being just a follower of the administration,”Sotto said. “Minsan kasi, pagka you are a fledgling senator, youwill probably have, you will need more time to get the in’s and out’s.”last_img read more

FAMU looks to extend streak vs UMES

first_imgSAVVY VETERANS: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their seniors this year. AJ Cheeseman, Da’Shawn Phillip and Ahmad Frost have collectively accounted for 37 percent of Maryland Eastern Shore’s scoring this season and 55 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Florida A&M, MJ Randolph, Rod Melton Jr., DJ Jones and Nasir Core have combined to account for 60 percent of all Florida A&M scoring.MEAC IMPROVEMENT: The Hawks have scored 60.4 points per game and allowed 66.5 points per game across 10 conference games. Those figures both represent moves in the right direction from the 60.2 points scored and 76.4 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.MIGHTY MJ: Across 23 appearances this season, Florida A&M’s Randolph has shot 47.4 percent.YET TO WIN: The Rattlers are 0-8 when they score 60 points or fewer and 10-5 when they exceed 60 points. The Hawks are 0-20 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 4-1 on the season, otherwise.FLOOR SPACING: Florida A&M’s Melton has attempted 117 3-pointers and connected on 34.2 percent of them, and is 6 for 20 over the last three games.TIGHTENING UP: Maryland Eastern Shore’s offense has turned the ball over 15 times per game this year, but is averaging 11.4 turnovers over its last five games. FAMU looks to extend streak vs UMES Associated Press February 16, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida A&M (10-13, 8-4) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (4-21, 3-7)William P Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Maryland; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Florida A&M looks for its fifth straight conference win against Maryland Eastern Shore. Florida A&M’s last MEAC loss came against the Norfolk State Spartans 95-67 on Jan. 27. Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off a 66-58 win at home over Bethune-Cookman in its most recent game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

GDP growth beats expectations

first_img24 February 2010South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2009, exceeding market expectations. Together with economic growth of 0.9% in the third quarter, it signals that the country is out of its first recession in 17 years.Contributing to the GDP figure, released by Statistics South Africa this week, was growth in the manufacturing sector (contributing 1.5 percentage points), general government services (1 percentage point) and construction.Sectors that contributed negatively included wholesale, retail, motor trade, accommodation and agriculture.Market expectations were that the economy would grow by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter.Beating market expectationsNedbank economist Carmen Altenkirch said: “It beat market expectations with manufacturing rising by 10.1 percent quarter on quarter. In contrast, domestic retail trade is lagging in the recovery because households are remaining cautious.”Altenkirch added that the economy would gain momentum, with GDP accelerating in the first, second and third quarter of 2010.Standard Bank economist Danelee van Dyk described the data as “encouraging”, but warned that this would not translate into massive job creation. “One should not be too optimistic that the figures will infuse new life into the labour market, the recovery is still tentative,” she said, though adding that there would be employment growth in some sectors.“It is not all doom and gloom, but it is not an absolute booster of employment,” Van Dyk told BuaNews. She said 2010 would be the foundation year for the consolidation of the economy, adding that income growth would gain momentum in 2011.Economy ‘remains vulnerable’The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) welcomed the improvement in figures, saying it had been its opinion that the recovery would be led by the manufacturing sector.“This also reinforces the Department of Trade and Industry’s focus on manufacturing in its Industrial Policy Action Plan that was recently released for comment. However, the economy still remains vulnerable,” the chamber said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Bright future for FNB Stadium

first_imgThe calabash-designed venue was a hub of activity during the World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South African for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.The stadium, also referred to as Soccer City, is now back to hosting big sport games like the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, other premier league football matches, as well as international football and rugby matches.World-famous entertainers are also billed to perform at the 94 000-capacity venue in the coming months, said Jacques Grobbelaar, director of Stadium Management South Africa which manages the FNB facility, Soweto’s Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums and Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg.“Big stars are coming to the stadium,” said Grobbelaar at a media briefing at the stadium on 22 September.It’s been confirmed that US pop sensation Neil Diamond will perform there later this year.Although there are concerns that the 10 World Cup stadiums won’t be used to their full potential, this is not the case with the multi-purpose FNB facility, said the management group which has been given full responsibility to run the venue owned by the City of Johannesburg.Tickets snapped up for FNB matchesThe government renovated the FNB Stadium at a cost of R3.3-billion (US$46.6-million) ahead of the global football spectacle.Since hosting the momentous World Cup matches, including the opening and final, FNB went on to stage four high-attendance football and rugby matches, two of which were sold-out events.The sold-out Telkom Charity Cup, which provided all-day football activities in August, was held there, followed later in the month by a historic Tri-Nations match between South Africa’s national rugby side the Springboks and the All Blacks of New Zealand. Some 92 000 tickets were snapped up for this face-off.Bafana Bafana beat Ghana at the stadium in a well-attended match on 10 August.It was also a playground for the first round of the MTN Top 8 semifinal between Soweto giants Chiefs and Pirates, which attracted more than 50 000 spectators. The second round will also be at the stadium on 25 September.“Pirates and Chiefs will play their big matches here,” Grobbelaar said.Stadium Management South Africa has secured further agreements with Chiefs and Pirates, the biggest premier league clubs in Johannesburg, to use Rand Stadium and Orlando Stadium for their home matches.Chiefs played its home matches outside Johannesburg during the previous season, although it’s traditionally a Soweto-based team. Another Soweto premier league outfit, Moroka Swallows, plays its home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.It’s taken more than luck to strike these agreements with such big teams, Grobbelaar said. It took the company 14 months to get Chiefs to agree to play at Rand Stadium, and negotiations with Pirates dragged on for nine months.It took 18 months to bring the Tri-Nations match to FNB, according to Grobbelaar. “We were quite chuffed with finalising those agreements,” he said.“It’s not the fact that we’re lucky, all stadiums are competing [for these games].”Negotiations are under way with the Golden Lions rugby team to be moved to FNB.Stadium financially sustainableThe stadium requires about R2.5-million ($35 000) for maintenance each month – but this is no problem for management because “we’ve put proper content by attracting Chiefs and Pirates”, said Grobbelaar.Management is “doing well” in “meeting the financial demands”.“We don’t have any concerns about sustainability. We know that the stadium will be utilised,” said Grobbelaar.The FNB Stadium receives no funding from the City of Johannesburg for maintenance. “We accepted full financial responsibility of the stadium.”Grobbelaar said 40% of the management group’s profit is ploughed into community development projects around Johannesburg.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 20, 2011

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Keep Geocaching Spoiler-Free It is hard to say exactly what makes geocaching so addictive. Is it the fresh air? The exercise? The amazing places this activity has taken you? It’s most likely all of the above and more. We’re willing to bet that one of the many reasons you love geocaching is that each geocache you find feels like a small victory; you had to meet and overcome a challenge in order to find that cache.The challenge for you might be in solving a puzzle to determine the coordinates for a Mystery/Puzzle Cache, surviving the journey to the cache location, discovering the cache, and/or figuring out how to retrieve the logbook from a tricky cache container. Cache owners spend a lot of time and energy designing these experiences. You can help preserve them for others by keeping information that might spoil such moments private. This could include videos of a cache find or the answers to Question and Answer stages of a Multi-Cache.If you would like to contact a cache owner to request permission to post spoilers publicly, you can email them through Geocaching.com. Thank you for helping to ensure that the experience at each cache you’ve found remains just as it was for you!center_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Etiquette 201: Finding and LoggingJune 14, 2019In “Community”From flying planes to finding caches — Interview with cache owner CliptwingsJuly 12, 2019In “Interview”Top Tips for Puzzle CachesAugust 12, 2014In “Learn”last_img read more

Tea association counters Oxfam report on labour rights violation in Assam

first_imgThe Indian Tea Association (ITA) has countered an Oxfam report on plantation labour rights violation, saying it left out the share of the price paid to a producer providing employment to the workers as well as the non-cash component of their wages.Oxfam, a confederation of 20 NGOs focussing on the alleviation of global poverty, a week ago published a report on “Addressing the human cost of Assam Tea – an agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”.The study by Oxfam India and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on interviews with 510 plantation labourers in 50 tea estates across Assam, said that the workers earned ₹137-167 despite working for over 13 hours a day.The study also said supermarkets and tea brands in India “typically capture over two-thirds of the price paid by consumers for Assam tea in India – with just 7.2% remaining for workers on tea estates”.In a letter to Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar on Wednesday, ITA secretary general Arijit Raha said Oxfam’s study came to conclusions on issues based on findings in some tea gardens that did not reflect the true picture of the industry.“The study has drawn reference through an illustration on how much of the price consumers pay for tea is received by the worker. The analysis, regrettably, has left out the share of the price being paid to the producer organisations providing employment to the workers,” Mr. Raha said.The Oxfam report, the ITA added, ought to have addressed critical concerns of the tea producers such as institutionalising the norm for sustainable sourcing for teas above the cost of production.Mr. Raha said the ITA gardens adhered to the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation and that of the Ministry of Labour’s Inter-Ministerial Committee (2003) for bearing 50% of the social and infrastructural cost under the Plantation Labour Act.The ITA pointed out several errors in the study. “Your researcher has erred in mentioning (that the management provides) 5kg (of food grains to the workers) per family. It is actually 5 kg per person per family per month,” the letter said, adding that this was in addition to what the government provided under the National Food Security Act.The ITA said Oxfam exaggerated the working hours of plantation workers by saying they slogged for 13 hours or more. None in plucking worked more than seven hours a day, it said.The tea body also countered the Oxfam report on the health and education fronts. Most tea garden managements have hospitals offering free medicines and ambulance services to workers within an estate while tea garden primary schools cover 83% of the children.“Generalising based on such facts harms the reputation of the industry and its workers and also tarnishes the image of Indian tea, which has a pride of place in the world,” Mr. Raha said.last_img read more