Have South Africans So Soon Forgotten?

first_imgThough we had our modest share, Liberia was not among the African nations that hosted tens or hundreds of thousands of South African refugees fleeing apartheid.   From the 1970s-1990s there was a group of Independent African nations known as “the Frontline States.”  These nations were the main backers of South African blacks and coloreds fighting for liberation from apartheid perpetrated against them by the white minority.  The Frontline States were Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Their primary aim was to achieve majority rule in South Africa.  These nations hosted millions of South African refugees.  The Frontline States were, of course, backed by most other African nations, especially Nigeria, which contributed tremendous financial resources to help the cause.Liberia had a modest share of South African refugees.  They included Vuz Make (pronounced ma-kay), a South African political activist and member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), who taught at the University of Liberia. Years later, the leader of the Soweto Youth Uprising, Sietzi Machinini, following those momentous events in which many youths were brutally murdered by the racist apartheid police, found refuge in Liberia.  Sietzi married a Liberian young lady, Wilma Campbell, who bore him children.    Liberia also played a major role in all the African Liberation Movements of Southern Africa.   President W.V.S. Tubman, led by Secretary of State J. Rudolph Grimes and Ernest Eastman, then Director of the State Department’s Afro-Asian Bureau, began direct dealings with these Movements.  They included those of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe—all victims of Portuguese colonial racist oppression.  There were also the movements in racist Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, including Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU). President Tubman helped all of these movements with diplomacy and money.  Many liberation leaders, including Nelson Mandela, traveled by Liberian diplomatic passports.When in the early 1960s, around 1961, Nelson Mandela visited President Tubman, Ernest Eastman was assigned as Mandela’s main contact with Tubman.  At one point, the President sent Mandela to meet President Modibo Keita of Mali.  Again, it was Eastman who had to make that arrangement.  He sent Mandela to Lafayette Diggs, who had been assigned to open the Liberian embassy in Bamako.  Lafayette effectively executed that assignment and Mandela was able to see the Malian Foreign Minister and President Keita.  (See Ambassador Diggs’ brief article on that assignment on page 5).Ernest Eastman was on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s delegation in July 2008 when she participated in President Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in South Africa.How now, today, the South Africans have embarked on a xenophobic campaign to kick other Africans out of South Africa!  Included among them, believe it or not, are the Zimbabweans and Nigerians!How have South Africans so soon forgotten!One Liberian political scientist told the Daily Observer that it is not the average South African engaged in this nefarious assault on foreign Africans.  It is, he said, the Zulus, who have always had what he called “reactionary tendencies.”  Remember, he told this newspaper, “they vigorously opposed the ANC during the anti-apartheid struggle because the apartheid regime gave them money and arms to do so.  The Zulus, led by their military movement Inkatha, over the years killed many ANC supporters. But when Nelson Mandela and the ANC emerged victorious in the 1994 Presidential elections, one of the first things he did was extend an olive branch to the powerful Inkatha leader, Gatsha Buthelezi, appointing him to the top position of Minister of Internal Affairs.  In that one master stroke, Mandela sealed the harmony between the ANC and the Zulus.  From that day forward the tension was eased and there was peace.The xenophobic attacks against other Africans in South Africa commenced a few weeks ago when Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu announced that all African immigrants in South Africa “must leave the country now!”Following that announcement, Africans of various nationalities—Nigerians, Zimbabweans, Ethiopians,  Somalians, etc.—came under vicious attacks, many killed. President Zuma belatedly intervened and condemned the attacks, followed by an announcement by King kaBhekuzulu that the media  had “quoted him out of context.”We call on the African Union, which is incidentally headed by a South African, to intervene and stop this madness in South Africa.  They (South Africans)   must do so NOW to honor their immortal Hero—and the world’s, too—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela—whom they KNOW would NEVER have stood for such a thing.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Feds find L.A. Fire Department violated civil rights laws

first_imgCommission President Genethia Hudley-Hayes said it would be up to management and the City Attorney’s Office to come up with a strategy for dealing with the EEOC issue. “We’re taking all of this seriously.” And while she said the board would have input into the decision, she said it was premature to comment. “I think it’s inappropriate and really dangerous to respond to anything and make statements without being prepped by the City Attorney’s Office until we’re clear about the message.” She added, “All the things that we are addressing now, this is not something that happened yesterday or six months ago. This is something that happened preceding the Personnel and Controller’s audits.” The commission is now trying to put into place programs to train people in leadership on workplace issues. Councilman Dennis Zine, who heads the City Council’s Personnel Committee, said the LAFD has cracked down on hazing and horseplay that led to some of the complaints by female and black firefighters. “This is not the same environment as it was years ago. The fire department has been clear direction that that behavior will cease,” Zine said. “If they’re still having problems then the command stil hasn’t gotten the message. If discipline or termination is needed to save taxpayers money and send a message, then maybe that’s what needs to happen.” Also on today, the City Council finalized the settlement with black firefighter Tennie Pierce, whose colleagues put dog food in his spaghetti. The city will pay $1,430,000 to settle Pierce’s racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, plus $60,000 in back pay so he can receive his 20-year pension. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Fire Department has violated civil rights laws by allowing harassment and retaliation of female and African-American firefighters, federal investigators have found. In a decision released today after an investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the LAFD allowed a “pattern and practice” of different terms of employment, harassment and retaliation for a class of female and black firefighters. The investigation stems from at least two complaints filed by firefighters. The EEOC would not comment on the LAFD, but the decision triggers settlement discussions between the city and attorneys for the firefighters who filed claims. If the city does not agree to make changes in the department to resolve the civil rights issues, the EEOC could pass along the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution. LAFD Chief Douglas Barry said he received the EEOC complaint Tuesday morning, and had not had a chance to review it, but would and also would seek follow-up information. “I think it points to the reforms that we’re working on, that we’ve been talking about; it points toward the importance of getting the reforms in place,” Barry said following a fire commission meeting. The new chief earlier had announced a plan to reform the beleaguered department, including asking for between $2 million and $3 million to create a Professional Standards Division of about 20 people to improve discipline management. Currently it has two investigators for the nearly 3,600-sworn force. last_img read more


first_imgDivers HyundaiRelay for Life 5K 2014 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club 1 336 17.57 Jude O’Donnell M40 Individual2 424 18.09 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A C3 411 18.16 Damien Mc Bride SM Milford A C4 432 18.54 Niall Gildea SM Individual 5 448 19.23 Adrian Gill SM Individual6 429 19.35 Terence Boyle SM Individual7 438 19.46 John McFadden SM Individual8 412 19.48 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A C9 427 19.51 Ollie Duffy SM Individual 10 466 19.52 Cathal Morrison M40 Individual11 437 19.57 Raymond Mc Bride SM Individual12 325 20.09 Cathal Harvey SM Individual13 321 20.19 Sammy Johnston SM 24/7 Triathlon 14 410 20.28 PJ Friel M50 Individual15 471 20.37 Gerard Callaghan M40 24/7 Triathlon16 355 21.04 Deirdre Diver SW Letterkenny A C17 370 21.06 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C18 470 21.09 Boyd Robinson M40 Individual19 455 21.10 Emma McGee SW Letterkenny A C20 425 21.21 Chris Nee SM Individual21 332 21.28 Noel Mc Cormick SM Individual22 454 21.29 Katherine McKinley SW Letterkenny A C23 323 21.58 Joseph Casey M40 Individual24 414 22.13 John Hughes M50 Individual25 316 22.13 Anthony Fox JM Individual26 445 22.20 James McBride M60 Individual27 428 22.51 Stephen McShane SM Individual28 352 22.53 Andrew Leighton M40 Individual29 322 23.00 Paul Gillan M40 Individual30 457 23.03 Allan Mailey SM Convoy31 369 23.04 Barry Carr SM Individual32 317 23.13 Martin Langan SM Convoy33 327 23.13 Karen Higgin SW Individual34 473 23.19 Ciaran Friel SM Individual35 330 23.20 Marie McAteer SW Individual36 329 23.26 Martin Carr SW Individual37 328 23.34 Thomas Friel SM Individual38 469 24.08 Mark Gildea SM Individual39 464 24.12 Danny McBride M40 Individual40 331 24.12 Claire McIntyer SW Individual41 361 24.16 Gretta Toye W40 Individual42 362 24.16 James Toye M40 Individual43 461 24.17 John Duffy M40 Individual44 486 24.18 Annette McCarron SW Individual45 413 24.24 Johnathon Wilson SM Individual46 485 24.25 Sarah McCarron SW Individual47 357 24.37 Paul McNally SM Individual48 463 24.43 David Oliver M50 Individual49 449 24.47 Sinead Kinnear SW Individual50 421 24.49 Declan Friel M40 Milford A C51 484 24.57 Liam Ferry SM Individual52 458 24.59 Ethna Fox W40 Letterkenny A C53 407 24.59 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C54 420 25.00 Adam Friel JM Individual55 446 25.05 John Burke M40 Individual56 459 25.06 Eileen Morning W40 Individual57 468 25.13 Ruth McCrudden W40 Letterkenny A C58 433 25.31 Kevin Lynch M50 Individual59 426 25.32 Sean Bonner M50 Convoy60 349 25.42 Margaret Gallagher W50 Individual61 333 25.43 Amanda McGrath SW Individual62 456 25.44 Jason Peoples SM Convoy63 439 25.45 Goretti Sheridan W40 Individual64 351 25.48 Angela Doran W40 Individual65 309 25.55 Patrick Murray M40 Individual66 318 26.10 Anne Kelly W40 Individual67 306 26.17 Gareth O’ Donnell SM Individual68 368 26.22 Claire Anderson SW Individual69 367 26.22 Anthony Anderson SM Individual70 356 26.27 Noeleen Doogan W40 Individual71 373 26.29 Linda Clarke Walker Individual72 460 26.31 Margaret Bonner W40 Individual73 453 26.38 Jerry Burke M50 Inishowen A C74 305 26.38 Siobhan Mc Bride SW Individual75 338 26.48 Mary Bonner W50 Individual76 447 27.05 Annette Darcy W40 Individual77 324 27.07 Jimmy Gildea M40 Individual78 477 27.09 Ciaran Diver M40 Individual79 422 27.21 Avril Larkin SW Individual80 312 27.23 Louise Gallagher SW Individual81 441 27.27 Pamela McGranaghan W40 Individual82 442 27.27 Andy McGranaghan M50 Individual83 462 27.27 Denis Sheridan M50 Individual84 444 27.28 Edel Conway JW Individual85 434 27.32 Christine Chamber SW Individual86 465 27.33 Orla Redmond SW Individual87 406 27.47 John Fitzgerald – Individual88 435 27.57 Emma Gordon SW Individual89 302 28.06 Margo Mc Nally SW Individual90 452 28.06 Rosaleen Gallagher W40 Individual91 467 28.24 Maureen McBrearty W40 Individual92 319 28.25 Mary Gallagher SW Individual93 478 28.25 Stella McCole SW Individual94 430 29.01 Jane McGoohan SW Individual95 350 29.03 Mary McFettigan W40 Individual96 443 29.04 Rita Conway W50 Individual97 314 29.07 Martina Prunty SW Individual98 313 29.08 Collette Joyce SW Individual99 315 29.08 Martin Gallagher SM Individual100 481 29.18 Linda McGroarty SW Individual101 440 29.19 Donna Higgins SW Individual102 353 29.35 Donna McGettigan SW Individual103 354 29.35 Annette Olsen SW Individual104 363 29.39 Sophie Kelly W40 Individual105 482 29.42 Connor Lawless SM Individual106 431 29.53 Maria Mc Ginley SW Individual107 304 30.21 Louise Doherty SW Individual108 335 30.23 Denis Gallagher M50 Individual109 423 30.44 Geraldine McGinley W40 Individual110 483 31.05 Christopher Digimas SM Individual111 334 31.28 Madge Gallagher W50 Individual112 480 32.10 Julia Cannon W40 Individual113 301 32.20 Aine Mc Laughlin JW Individual114 348 33.32 Louise Gallagher Walker Individual115 346 33.32 Cathy Stewart SW Individual116 418 34.11 Grainne Cullen SW Individual117 419 34.11 Aisling Cullen JW Individual118 345 35.25 Sheena Stewert SW Individual119 344 35.25 Michelle Rankin SW Individual120 347 35.25 Eileen Gallagher Walker Individual121 359 35.46 Danielle Hamilton Walker Individual122 475 35.50 Jean McGlinchey W50 Individual123 474 35.51 Noreen Sharkey W50 Individual124 320 36.04 Charlotte Valentine SW Inishowen A C125 371 36.21 Ruth Mc Crossan Walker Individual126 472 37.32 Tina Lynch Walker Individual127 337 37.47 An Other Walker Individual128 436 38.45 Evelyn Cullen Walker Individual129 307 40.13 Eileen McElhinney SW Individual130 364 40.16 Mark Bradley Walker Individual131 303 40.35 Catherine Rodgers SW Individual132 326 41.25 Josie Gallagher Walker Individual133 358 41.25 Joanne Doherty Walker Individual134 476 42.22 Kelly Ford Walker Individual135 450 43.52 Allistair Jameson SM Individual136 451 43.52 Ellie Jameson JW Individual137 415 44.09 Jerry O’Donnell Walker Individual138 308 44.31 Ester McElhinney SW Individual139 408 45.44 Deirdre O’Donnell Walker Individual140 409 45.44 Eileen O’Donnell Walker Individual141 310 46.26 Anne-Marie Mc Cormick SW Individual142 311 46.27 Paula Crumlish SW Individual143 416 46.55 Janet Donnell Walker Individual144 417 46.55 Caroline Dillon Walker Individual145 372 54.38 Keelan Clarke JM IndividualTotal Runners: 145RESULTS OF THE DIVER’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5K was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RESULTS OF THE DIVER’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5Klast_img read more