A disabled artistactivist is about to begin sculp

first_imgA disabled artist-activist is about to begin sculpting 650 figures out of river mud, in a bid to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to the general election.Liz Crow’s We Are Figures project will see her create one figure for every UK constituency, each one representing “an individual at the sharp end of austerity”.She will create these figures next month on the foreshore – the part of the river that lies between its low and high-water marks – of the Thames, and in significant locations across London, while engaging with the public about the human cost of austerity.Crow will be using mud already taken from the foreshore of the River Avon at Shirehampton, near Bristol, to sculpt the 650 human figures.The sculpting will start on Monday (30 March) and will take place on 10 consecutive days and nights on the foreshore of the Thames and across the city.During those 10 days, Crow will create some of the figures on the streets of London, in locations linked to the media, finance, government departments that have implemented austerity, and politicians.Day by day, the steadily-increasing collection of figures will be displayed in a small exhibition space at Oxo Tower Wharf.Each one will represent someone who has experienced austerity, for example through benefits reform, local authority spending, homelessness, malnutrition or NHS rationing.Crow told Disability News Service: “What I want to do is use it to raise different questions and draw people in to having quite profound conversations.“We have an election coming up and I do want people to think about how they vote. The impact of austerity is not going to go away overnight.“It is what we do with an immensely difficult set of circumstances – whoever gets in – what do we most care about, what kind of society do we want to be, and what collectively do we do to get there? What really matters to us?”Crow says that “a significant proportion” of the individual stories of austerity will “inevitably” concern disabled people.She said: “It is really clear that it is a community that has been disproportionately affected both in numbers and in impact.”She says the project has been a “mammoth undertaking”, which has included reading thousands of accounts of people’s austerity experiences, “ranging from the just difficult to just absolutely as bleak as it gets”, during which she has experienced “a whole range of emotions, from fury to feeling bereft”.The inspiration for the project came during a previous work, Bedding Out, in which she engaged with members of the public about welfare reform after setting up her bed in an art gallery.She said: “The conversations that came out of that had quite a profound effect. I felt quite traumatised by some of the things I had heard.”She said she had originally wanted to create a piece of work to mark austerity-related deaths, but it had been “very difficult if not impossible” to establish how many people had died.A short tour of the We Are Figures project will take place in London, Reading, Swindon, and Bristol, and one other location along the M4 corridor, from 1 to 5 May, in the lead-up to the general election.On the day after the general election, the figures will be returned to the riverbank of the Avon and formed into a cairn. They will then be fired on a bonfire, while each of the individual stories of austerity are read aloud, until the tide puts out the flames.The figures will then be reclaimed, gathered and ground into dust, and – on the first day of the next parliament, in September – their remains will be scattered back on the river, creating a “poignant reminder of the human cost of austerity”.Funding for the project, which is tweeting at @WeAreFigures, has come from Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund, as well as individual crowd-funding donations.It is the latest in a trio of projects in which Crow has highlighted the issues of austerity and welfare reform.As well as Bedding Out, she launched #InActualFact in 2013, which created a series of simple, hard-hitting but carefully-sourced facts that could be used in conversation and on social media to “counter the rhetoric” on welfare reform and benefit cuts from both government and the media.Volunteers are still needed, for four-hour blocks from 30 March to 9 April in London, and for the roadshow between 1 and 5 May, to act as stewards, supporting members of the public in conversations about the work. Some grounding in or experience of austerity would be useful. To find out more, contact jessie@roaring-girl.comlast_img read more

Labours general secretary Jennie Formby has revea

first_imgLabour’s general secretary Jennie Formby has revealed a new sexual harassment policy to Labour members today.While much of the recent focus on Labour’s disciplinary processes has centred around antisemitism, there has also been criticism of the way the party has handled sexual harassment complaints.According to the email sent to members, the new procedure – approved by Labour’s national executive committee – will, “for the first time”, involve “independent persons” and see an independent investigator appointed to gather evidence and offer advice.Below is the text of Jennie Formby’s email to Labour members this afternoon (excluding contact details for the party).I am pleased to inform you of the launch of our new procedure for dealing with complaints of sexual harassment.The Labour Party strives to provide a safe space for people to engage in campaigning and other political activity and maintains a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment.As part of this commitment we are constantly seeking to improve our procedures and practices to ensure they are credible and robust.Following a thorough review, involving a range of internal and external stakeholders, the NEC has agreed a new Sexual Harassment Policy.The new procedure introduces, for the first time, the involvement of independent persons throughout the investigation process. For every formal complaint received under the procedure, an independent investigator will be appointed to gather evidence from the complainant and give advice on how the investigation should proceed.We are also making the commitment to continue to provide the external support line operated by an independent charity, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, to provide advice and support for those affected by all forms of sexual harassment. This service is freely available before making a complaint and throughout the process. To contact the service call 020 8683 3311 or find more information on the website.We have also produced Guidance specifically for complainants. Where we investigate an incident, the person against whom the complaint is made will also receive guidance on the process and information about available advice and support.To ensure that complaints of sexual harassment are dealt with sensitively and consistently, CLPs do not have the power to investigate them. All complaints will be handled by the independent investigator with trained staff at Party HQ.Kind regards,Jennie FormbyGeneral Secretary of the Labour PartyTags:Labour /Jennie Formby /Sexual harassment policy /last_img read more

Missions 12th ice cream shop offers gelato on wheels

first_img 0% Antonio Massimini and Henri Waltenspuhl, owners of Colleta Gelato. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThey opened their first shop in January in SoMa. They had done their homework, and their market research told them San Francisco was the place to go. The Harrington pop-up is their second location.Ice cream seems to do really well in the neighborhood. Businesses keep opening up and often have lines out the door. Coletta Gelato’s first afternoon drew a small crowd as well.Massimini had a few theories about why ice cream is so popular in the Mission.First, he thinks, San Francisco is a food-centric city. He said people care about eating well. On the producer’s end, it’s easy to get the fresh cream, fruit, and milk they need.The Mission specifically is a good spot because there are a lot of restaurants, Massimini said. He thinks people like eating a meal and then getting ice cream afterward. It’s also a very walkable neighborhood, and ice cream goes well with walking.Plus, there’s the weather. In terms of sunshine, the Mission beats most other San Francisco neighborhoods.“Microclimates, right?” Massimini said.Colleta Gelato will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at 599 Valencia Street, San Francisco.  Tags: Business • food • ice cream Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Coletta Gelato’s Antonio Massimini and Henri Waltenspuhl have parked their custom-made gelato bike cart in the entrance to Harrington Galleries at Valencia and 17th, bringing the total count of ice cream stores in the Mission to a whopping 12.It’s one of several pop-up shops that will make appearances at the furniture store this summer, except, Massimini said, Coletta Gelato will stay permanently. They plan to get some seating and a sign above the entrance to the gallery that will read “Let’s Spoon.”Coletta began serving ice cream this afternoon from the Coletta Cruiser, an Italian-made, bright white bike cart with an orange awning, a little sink and a freezer that can hold up to eight gelato flavors. Massimini said they plan to switch those flavors up regularly and are open to suggestions. Particularly tasty this afternoon were the rosemary-infused and guava flavors.)Waltenspuhl and Massimini fell in love with Italian gelato while they were in business school in Milan. In 2015, after a visit to a gelato producer as part of their program, they decided they wanted to enter the trade and enrolled in the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna.last_img read more

Community members gather to remember the 1898 Wilmington Massacre

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One church in Wilmington held an observance for the 1898 massacre today.The program was hosted at Mt. Olive AME Church.- Advertisement – It started on November 10, 1898 when white insurgents overthrew the elected government and forced black leaders out of the city.North Carolina House Representative Rodney Moore spoke at the observance about continuing to move forward.“Well there’s a saying if you forget your history, you’re doomed to repeat it and so with some of the things that’s going on nationally and state wide we really need to come and use this as a day of remembrance, so we can understand where we’ve come. But also we need to look at some critical solutions to where we’re going forward in 2017 and beyond,” Moore said.Related Article: Firefighters try to save relics as fire engulfs Rio museumMoore said this was a meaningful event for him to speak at and wanted to offer solutions for moving forward.last_img read more

Teacher of the Week Kelsey Gage

first_imgCASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) —  Kelsey Gage is both a teacher and a coach at Holly Shelter Middle School and says she loves them both equally.  She teaches math to seventh graders and is also the school cheerleading coach.“Being involved with the squad is fun,” she says, “but math is where I feel I can make the most difference.”- Advertisement – Several people nominated Gage for the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week and it is an honor which surprised her, but also excited her.“It makes me feel really good and proud to do what I do and know that I can make a difference. I can really help these kids who have never understood math or not been very good in school to make them feel like they can actually be successful and get it.”To help them understand, she brings her lessons to their world.  “I try to engage them with real world situations to make them feel like it actually relates to their life,” she says.  “I try to make it fun so they feel like they can do it and I feel like it works pretty well.”Related Article: New Hanover school board member proposes new redistricting planClasses are about more than just math.  “I try to make my kids realize that it’s not just what you know,” Gage says. “It’s what you do with it and how you interact with people and things you do besides the work like being nice and helping other people,”She says she is planning to use her $200 prize money for school supplies and to go further in having fun while learning math.last_img read more

Humpday Health Getting involved with clinical research

first_img “We do a number of different studies with a number of different disease processes, including COPD, diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis,” Dr. Cannon said. “It’s not something that takes the place of your medical care, it’s something in addition to your medical care.”Patients are compensated a small sum of money for their time and travel.Site operations director Brittany Hayes says it’s easy to get involved with clinical research.Related Article: NC officials warn of possible measles case at coffee shop“There are people coming directly to us,” Hayes said. “There are patients involved in the healthcare institutions that we work with, where those doctors are talking to them at their visits and saying, ‘We have a diabetes study that I think you may qualify for, would you be interested in that?’”Senior clinical research coordinator Meghan Purdy says she enjoys being a part of her patients’ journey towards better health.“It’s nice to be able to see their improvements and be able to work with them and be able to work with them in any way that I can,” Purdy said. “Furthering their healthcare and making sure they’re doing what they need to do.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Healthcare professionals determine the safety and effectiveness of new treatments through clinical research studies.Dr. Kevin Cannon of PMG Research in Wilmington says his office has a few studies to choose from.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds tie their laces for the Special Olympics Track and Field Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year again where hundreds of Special Olympic athletes put on their running shoes to compete in various track and field events.For the very first time, this year’s spring games took place at Ashley High School.- Advertisement – Special Olympic athletes from all area schools and group homes of all ages were invited to come out for a free day of fun in the sun.They had everything from races, long jump, softball toss, abilities courses, and much more.While some athletes said today was all about spending time with friends, others were all about the competition.Related Article: DeVos defends plan to eliminate Special Olympics funding“I came in first place. And anyone who wants to challenge me I’m ready for it. Come on,” athlete, Orlando Boykin said.“I just come here to see and have fun like other people. And see what I can accomplish and what I’m good at. And it’s about having a fun time, hanging out with your friends,” athlete, Ian Lerch said.Organizers said Track and Field Day has been up and running for more than ten years, adding that this year was by far the largest event with close to 200 athletes competing for medals.last_img read more

Cape Fear River Watch to sue Chemours for Clean Water Act Toxic

first_imgSOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear River Watch is being represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center to take action against Chemours and the discharge of GenX and other pollutants in the environment.“Times up. We’re not going to tolerate your ongoing pollution and your ongoing contamination of drinking water,” said Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper.- Advertisement – On behalf of the Cape Fear River Watch, SELC has petitioned the NC Department of Environmental Quality to require Chemours to immediately stop all emissions and discharges of GenX and chemically related compounds.“This addresses both the water pollution that’s occurring from contaminated groundwater running off the site, contaminated creeks, leaching into the site surrounding the facility, but also the air emissions which are emerging as the largest source of GenX and other contamination in the area,” Senior Attorney Derb Carter said.The firm also notified Chemours of its intent to sue for violations of the Clean Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act for its GenX pollution from its Fayetteville Works Facility.Related Article: Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenX“After months of study and testing by DEQ, EPA, and other researchers, we now know that Chemours has defiled the air, water, and land at a historic level,” said Geoff Gisler, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center. “The first step in healing those wounds is to stop the pollution at the source; DEQ must act now to protect the families and communities burdened by Chemours’ ongoing pollution.”In its filing with the state, SELC argues that DEQ has the authority and obligation to order Chemours to discontinue immediately its discharges of toxic PFAS compounds, including GenX, because the company’s ongoing contamination of air and water is causing imminent danger to people’s health and public safety. DEQ is required by law to act in times of emergency to protect the health and safety of the public.“The DEQ has a clear opportunity now to step up and take the appropriate action and that’s what we are asking them to do,” Carter said.“The hundreds of thousands of people that drink water contaminated by Chemours’ toxic discharge are outraged,” said Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper. “The State needs to step in and stop this irresponsible company from continuing to harm our health, our water and our air.”SELC also notified Chemours that its continued pollution of these toxins into North Carolina’s water, air and soil through its stack emissions, unlined pits and wastewater ditches, contaminated equipment and leaks and spills violates both the Clean Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. If its violations are not stopped within 60 days, the conservation groups will file suit against Chemours in federal court to stop the pollution.For nearly four decades, DuPont and Chemours discharged GenX and other per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds.Over the past year, GenX has been found in at least 690 private drinking water wells up to 5.5 miles away from the Chemours’ facility.WWAY reached out to both Chemours and DEQ.The DEQ said in part, “DEQ will review SELC’s petition thoroughly and make an appropriate decision on their request. It appears SELC’s petition is primarily based on the multiple enforcement actions DEQ has already taken against Chemours to fight the company’s emissions of GenX and protect North Carolinians’ water and air.”WWAY has not heard back from Chemours yet.last_img read more

NBA legend Michael Jordan returns home to give back to storm victims

first_img“We know he’s a celebrity we know he has a status but to come down here and be with regular people is refreshing,” said Winter Butcher who was able to get a turkey and handshake from the NBA legend.The six-time NBA champion then gave away Jordan Brand shoes to children at Community Boys & Girls Club Tuesday where he once played.Related Article: NC Black film festival set for this weekend in Wilmington“All the games in a competition nature that we had in these buildings, in this building helped me determine my determination and helped me excel as a basketball player,” Jordan said. “So I mean I would that the kids would have the same opportunities and that’s all we can provide. That’s what I am going to try to do.”Lowe’s Home Improvement also donated $100,000 to fix damages at the facility caused by the storm.Back in September, Jordan donated $2 million to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.“At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you,” Jordan said in September. “And I just feel like, well, maybe if I can help in some sort of way all of the people, and all of the places, that have helped me along the road.” 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 Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan was in the Port City Tuesday giving back to Hurricane Florence victims.Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, visited the Lowe’s Home Improvement on South College Road to distribute hundreds meals to families impacted by the storm.The GOAT has arrived in Wilmington at @Lowes . Michael Jordan is here to hand out food to hundreds of people in the Cape Fear. pic.twitter.com/BlBwgJwCOL— Tanner Barth (@tanner_barth) November 20, 2018- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ports exploring purchase of Wilmingtons Optimist Park

first_img Blair had, Moton wrote, offered $350,000 for the parcel and indicated the Ports Authority views the park as a potential buffer between its property and nearby residential neighborhoods.“If we decide to purchase the property, N.C. Ports does not have any plans for the area nor do we anticipate any development,” Bethany Welch, a ports spokeswoman, wrote in an email.Read more here. WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The N.C. Ports Authority is eyeing Optimist Park, a little-used City of Wilmington-owned tract along South Front Street, according to officials from both government agencies.In an April 10 memo to city council, Deputy City Manager Thom Moton wrote that he and City Manager Sterling Cheatham had recently met with the Ports Authority’s Laura Blair, who “reaffirmed” the state agency is interested in buying the 11.3-acre site.- Advertisement – last_img read more