Lemagne SánchezVictor Manuel Lemagne Sánchez, secretary general of Cuba’s hotel and tourism union and elected delegate to Cuba’s National Assembly, recently completed a triumphant two-week tour of 11 U.S. cities. After landing in northern California on June 27, Lemagne Sánchez concluded his travels in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area on July 11.In the West Coast segment of his tour, Lemagne Sánchez met with leaders of the San Francisco Labor Council, the San Jose/South Bay Central Labor Council and the University of California/Berkeley Labor Center. He became the first Cuban elected official to be invited and received onto the floor of the California Senate and Assembly in Sacramento.In Sacramento, Lemagne Sánchez spoke at a reception sponsored by UNITE HERE, which organizes U.S. hotel, restaurant and casino workers. The union hosted other receptions for the Cuban labor leader throughout northern California, and later in Los Angeles and San Diego.A June 29 public event in Berkeley featured Lemagne Sánchez and Clarence Thomas, retired International Longshore and Warehouse Union militant and former Local 10 secretary-treasurer. The event was sponsored by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, and supported by many Cuba solidarity organizations.That meeting, held at the hall of the University Professional and Technical Employees, Communication Workers Local 9119, highlighted the support for Cuban workers by the ILWU International and Local 10 over the last 70 years.Lemagne Sánchez also addressed the ILWU’s Bloody Thursday commemoration on July 5. This annual event honors two dock workers killed by police in 1934; their deaths unleashed the historic San Francisco general strike. Delores Lemon Thomas documented Lemagne Sánchez’s tribute in videography available at facebook.com/2017CTC, along with photographs and other video highlights of the tour.Other events took place July 6 in Los Angeles at the University of California at Los Angeles Labor Center; July 7 in Chicago at Workers United with Service Employees Union Local 1 and the Latino Caucus; July 8 in New York at the New York State Nurses Association hall with 1199 SEIU; and July 10 in Baltimore at the Amalgamated Transit Union hall.Lemagne Sánchez with members of AFL-CIO Constituency organizations, July 10 in Washington, D.C.On July 10, in Washington, D.C.,Lemagne Sánchez met with the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, Tefere Gebre, and Cathy Feingold from the International Department of the AFL-CIO. Afterwards, Lemagne Sánchez lunched with representatives of AFL-CIO constituent organizations, including its LGBTQ unit, PRIDE at Work; the A. Philip Randolph Institute; the Coalition of Labor Union Women; and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.Between union and community events in Baltimore,Lemagne Sánchez was welcomed on July 11 at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he met with the Cuban ambassador to the U.S., José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez.The voice of the labor movement’s resolutions, like the one passed in San Francisco, can be an important tool pushing city councils and state legislatures to take a position opposing the blockade of Cuba. A 2016 California Labor Federation resolution called on affiliates to withhold endorsement of candidates who don’t oppose the blockade. Already three state capital cities have passed resolutions: Hartford, Conn.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Helena, Mont.The impact of Lemagne Sánchez’s visit has been felt in a recent act of U.S. labor solidarity. On July 10, the San Francisco Labor Council unanimously passed a resolution noting that it has “gone on record calling for an end to the U.S. blockade, travel ban and trade embargo against Cuba since July 26, 1993, and along with other labor unions, supported the many successful challenges to the blockade by grassroots organizations including the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment caravans to Cuba.”The SFLC resolved that it “reaffirm its support for ending the trade embargo, travel restrictions and all aspects of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, and oppose efforts by the Trump administration to tighten the blockade.” The SFLC sent this resolution to its affiliates, area labor councils, the California Labor Federation, Change to Win and the AFL-CIO, urging concurrence. It is formally submitting this resolution to the 2017 AFL-CIO convention and the 2018 convention of the California Labor Federation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl says the Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 beheading has admitted to having a “minor” role in Pearl’s death. The dramatic confession has upended 18 years of denials by the suspect, Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who had initially been sentenced to death. The lawyer says this is a “dramatic” twist in the case. Pearl’s family and Pakistan’s government have appealed a lower court’s acquittal of Sheikh. The court was told on Wednesday that Sheikh admitted to writing the 2019 letter. He didn’t elaborate on his role in Pearl’s killing but asked that his sentence be reduced.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Skipper Kane Williamson emphasised on competing with the right mindset, which allows to play with freedom, after New Zealand slipped to their second defeat in the World Cup. The Black Caps looked in a strong position early in the game with Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson reducing Australia to 92 for 5 at Lord’s on Saturday.But a 107-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Alex Carey (71) and Usman Khawaja (88) changed the course of the game as Australia battled to 243 for nine.It proved to be a stiff target as New Zealand fell to 157 all out in their chase.”Once again, it is about moving on, and going to Durham and looking forward to a new surface and new opposition (England),” Williamson said after the defeat.”We as a side need to be really positive and play with that freedom, because when we do that, that is when we play our best cricket, and that’s the sort of mindset we need to have.”New Zealand, who are currently placed third on points table, had suffered their maiden defeat of the tournament at the hands of Pakistan delaying their qualification for the knockout stage. However, if India beat hosts England, it could see New Zealand into the semi-finals. Failing that, the Black Caps may have to beat the hosts in their final group game in Durham to secure a spot in the last four.”Maybe there’s a dent in momentum.But then at the end of the day, it is coming back to the cricket that we want to play. Playing with those cricket smarts throughout this tournament has been perhaps the most important thing.”Talking about the loss to Australia, Williamson said the partnership between Carey and Khawaja bolstered Australia to a competitive total.”I think that partnership between Khawaja and Carey was superb. I don’t think anybody hit the ball well on that surface all day except for Carey, and they managed to put on 100, which certainly got them a very, very competitive total.”I suppose we were one wicket away if you’re looking at positives in terms of our bowling performance and trying to restrict them to a much lower total, but it wasn’t to be. The match-ups didn’t really fall our way with both our spinners turning the ball in to two left-hand batters,” Williamson said. read more