Protesters demanding justice for Yuvette Henderson shut down Home Depot

first_imgProtesters demand justice in police killing, Feb. 23.WW photo: Terri KayOakland, Calif. — Two police officers in Emeryville, Calif., a town located between Oakland and Berkeley, gunned down and killed Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year-old Black mother of two, in a parking lot on Feb. 3, over an alleged shoplifting incident in the Emeryville Home Depot store. Two weeks earlier and half a block away, when a white man named Sebastian Ledwick fired on police officers, the cops first retreated and then apprehended him without killing him.That police reacted more violently against a Black woman cornered in a parking lot than against a white male firing deadly shots at them is itself proof of racial bias. Such racist injustice has provoked national demonstrations on a broad scale since last August. It is no surprise then that on Feb. 21, coinciding with the national commemoration of the assassination of Malcolm X, people shut down the Emeryville Home Depot for five hours.Henderson had been identified by a Home Depot security guard for alleged shoplifting. After she left Home Depot, Henderson tried to flag down a passing bus. “We (saw) a woman running, holding her purse and waving her hand,” said Marilyn Tijerino, who was riding the AC Transit 31 line on her way home. “The girl did not have no gun. She was waving her hands.” (@B_A_Simons on Twitter)Henderson was cornered by the Emeryville Police Department at the Extra Space Storage Facility garage in Oakland, a few blocks from the Home Depot. She was shot at seven times with the bullets coming from three weapons, including a military-grade, automatic AR-15 rifle, the same weapon used by the U.S. military in wartime.Police originally claimed that officers were “advised” that the suspect was armed with a gun. Issued at the time with authority, this statement has since been edited out of original media reports. Now, the police claim they asked Henderson to drop her weapon and when she refused, they shot and killed her. Police have never stated that Henderson pointed a gun at them. Henderson fired no shots.Michelle Shepard and Warren Williams are the officers responsible for Henderson’s death. Both have been placed on paid leave during the investigation. Williams was wearing a body camera which was turned off during the shooting.Some 200 people attended the Feb. 21 rally at the Emeryville Police Station, organized by the Anti-Police-Terror Project. Henderson’s brother spoke for her at the rally. People from families of other victims of police killings spoke as well. Cadine Williams spoke about her brother, O’Shane Evans, killed by the San Francisco Police Department last Oct. 7. La Mesha Irizarry spoke about her son, Idriss Stelley, killed in 2001 by the SFPD.Lockdown at Home DepotThe protesters marched two miles from the police station to the Home Depot store, where they joined the Black Out Collective and Black Lives Matter-Bay Area. These groups, in coordinated action, had locked down the three front doors of the store with their bodies, along with activists from Asians for Black Lives and the Bay Area Solidarity Action Team. The entire front entrance to the store was also blocked off by the protesters with yellow tape lettered, “Crime Scene” in black. They erected a siege tower, at the top of which Cat Brooks of ONYX sat during the entire five-hour siege.Three Anti-Police-Terror Project demands decorated the tower: “Release the video tapes” (by Home Depot, the EPD and the OPD), “leave without pay for the officers involved while they are being investigated and ultimately their termination from the EPD” and “the immediate return or destruction of all military styled weapons and accessories by the OPD and the EPD.”Two other families of victims of police killings joined the crowd at the Home Depot and spoke about their loved ones. Cyndi Mitchell spoke about her brother, Mario Romero, who was killed by the Vallejo police, and Dionne Smith spoke about her son, James Rivera Jr., killed by the Stockton police. About 400 people participated in the event during the rally, march and Home Depot shutdown.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Report from U.S. anti-war delegation: ‘Life calm in Caracas, people prepared for more struggle’

first_imgWorkers World managing editor John Catalinotto on March 16 interviewed Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center. Flounders is in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a solidarity delegation of a dozen anti-war leaders from all over North America, organized and sponsored by the U.S. Peace Council. Members of the delegation arrived in Caracas on March 9 and 10. As of March 16, they are still there, after American Airlines canceled their flights. A full list of the participants can be found at the end of this article.Workers World: Washington claims there is a “humanitarian crisis” with people starving in Venezuela. What have you observed?Sara Flounders:  Our delegation made a short video today to talk about the situation of the people we have seen here in which everyone said that life in Caracas is going on. People were eating ice cream in the street. No one looked skinny, let alone starving, and people were treating each other with respect. (See video: danger that still exists, as Eva Bartlett pointed out, is from the continued threats and actions by the U.S. government that disrupt Venezuelan society, plus the threat of military intervention. The people here are preparing for the next U.S. attack through their community councils, which are telling them to start storing food, water and batteries.Our delegation is committed to mobilizing back in the United States for the March 30 anti-NATO demonstration in Washington, D.C., that is now focused on telling the U.S. government: “Hands off Venezuela.”WW: You have been there during the power outage, right?SF: Yes, naturally this created big problems here. It started on March 7 with sabotage of the power station. It seemed to be solved by the morning of Saturday, March 9, but then went out again. Even government ministries were without power. Water can’t be pumped without power. There were long lines for people collecting water to drink, cook, wash and flush toilets. Water trucks went to street corners and to central distribution sites for emergency distribution. By March 14, after one week, the government managed to overcome the cyber terrorism. When you think how in Puerto Rico it took months and months to recover from the hurricane damage, this was pretty amazing.As important as the government’s quick repair was, however, it succeeded because the government and the population mobilized to resolve the everyday problems caused by the power outage. This mobilization also helped resist the rest of the sanctions and shortages the imperialist governments have imposed on Venezuela.WW: Were popular organizations called into action during the outage?SF: Community councils. First some background: Caracas is in the mountains. Cable car metros go to mountainous neighborhoods or barrios that surround downtown. This was a big accomplishment of the early days of the Bolivarian Revolution, to break the forced isolation in these working-class suburbs or shanty towns. We visited two of the larger barrios where it looked like there was 100-percent support for the revolutionary process. Catia, for example, is a poor mountainside district with 1.5 million people. Its January 23 neighborhood is where the late president and revolutionary leader Hugo Chávez is buried at a fort/mausoleum overlooking Caracas.Electric attacks impact plumbing, elevators, gas lines and more. So keeping everything running is based on the collective determination of the local community councils. A community council is a self-organized group of about 200 families. They apply for government recognition. Direct  government aid is distributed through these councils. Eight to 10 community councils make up a commune. People are elected at each level to these councils and the councils elect commune representatives to the National Constituent Assembly. This has created a functioning popular power base or network throughout the country. There are many immediate problems to solve. Involving everyone in the problem-solving empowers the population and energizes people to see this as a historic challenge.There are 500 communes. They are based in all the poor and working class communities and represent thousands of organized community councils. These coordinate their efforts to find workable solutions to the shortages that the imperialists’ internal sabotage has created in their efforts to create chaos and confusion.People’s militias, which are armed groups from the masses, function through these organs of Popular Power and coordinate with the Bolivarian Armed Forces. Tenacity and determination is the watchword!WW: Given the problems with inflation and the currency, how do the people, especially poor people, manage to get enough food?SF:  The government organization known as CLAP delivers boxes of essential supplies to community councils that service 6 million families. Almost all poor, working and out-of-work families receive these essential supplies of corn flour, cooking oil, beans, coffee, sugar, personal hygiene and essential paper products. Of Venezuela’s total population of 32 million, these 6 million families make up more than two-thirds of the people. Our young hosts in the solidarity organization here, COSI, need and rely on these basic supplies. Of course, the government has to have the food in order for CLAP to distribute it. The economic sanctions and actual theft of Venezuela’s wealth have prevented the government from purchasing much needed food abroad. The longer-term solution requires producing more food at home.That’s why our visit this week with the head of the Ministry of Urban Agriculture, Madeline Arias, and her staff was so fascinating. Totally organic gardens will produce 25 percent of Venezuela’s food needs this year, using backyards, empty lots, small greenhouses. Venezuela plans small agricultural production that is 100-percent organic and sustainable, and that requires the latest scientific advances. The Venezuelans are learning from Cuban, Vietnamese and Korean experts in small agriculture solutions who have had to deal with near-famine conditions created by U.S. wars and sanctions. The plans include up to one-acre gardens on rooftops and in backyards; up to three-acre gardens in empty lots. Also, fish farms are being developed to create more than 260 large fish ponds for protein and fertilizer. Rabbit raising is planned — it’s easy and clean, provides high protein, and you can feed the rabbits vegetable scraps.There are other, larger local farming efforts that are also 100-percent organic. There is an all-out effort to develop urban gardens to provide low-cost vegetables and fruit. WW: What is housing like in Venezuela?SF: Since 2016 the Maduro government has built 2.5 million new housing units all over the country, which can accommodate almost one-third of the population. This was also a big jobs program. New housing complexes come with surrounding services of schools, daycare, medical clinics, bakeries, groceries, cafes, playgrounds, transportation — as well as, most importantly, community gardens and greenhouses, etc. The recent U.S. sanctions have impacted hundreds of essential parts used in modern housing — just as sanctions first imposed by President Barack Obama in 2014 make it difficult to obtain necessary pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. WW: When is the delegation returning?SF: I was due back Friday night (March 15). Although life seems normal here, American Airlines has shut down its flights. All the flights out of Caracas are packed. I and some of the others might not return until Tuesday morning, March 19.We had an excellent two-hour meeting with President Nicolás Maduro that just finished. Since we can’t return for a couple of days we will go to an anti-imperialist demonstration here in Caracas tomorrow. We’ll report on these soon, wifi permitting. The U.S. Peace Council delegation consists of Bahman Azad, the organizational secretary of the U.S. Peace Council; Ajamu Baraka, national coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace; progressive journalist Eva Bartlett; Gerry Condon, president of Veterans For Peace; Darien De Lu, president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-U.S.; Miguel Figueroa, president of the Canadian Peace Congress; Sara Flounders, co-coordinator of the International Action Center; Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance; Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition; Sarah Martin of Women Against Military Madness; Daniel Shea, board of directors, Veterans For Peace; and Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

When a drink of water becomes a felony

first_imgMany people hike for pleasure through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Ariz., as you might visit a state park near where you live. While hiking in the desert, Scott Warren discovered the brutal reality facing migrants at the U.S. border as he began to run into people who had just walked through the 100+°F desert and were in desperate need of water.Warren became a volunteer with Tucson-based No More Deaths (NMD). This and other humanitarian aid groups in southern Arizona leave water and food in the desert for migrant travelers. And now Warren is on trial — he faces felony charges and 20 years in prison from the U.S. government for giving succor to people who would otherwise die of thirst. This is not an exaggeration of the danger facing migrants. There have been more than 7,000 known migrant deaths in the border desert in the last two decades — which is still an undercount of the actual number of people who have died or gone missing.On May 20, Warren commented to Democracy Now! about the increasing mortality rate: “We went from finding human remains every other month to finding five sets of human remains on a single trip hiking through the Growler Valley, and then going back a week later and finding two more sets of remains, and then, on a single day of searching, finding eight sets of remains and bodies of people who had died in adjacent areas.”Migrants coming into or already in the U.S. are suffering systematic racist demonization, medical neglect amounting to deliberate genocidal intent, criminalization and incarceration that includes assault and rape. Now, not only have attacks on migrants intensified, reprisals are ramping up against those who help migrants.Early in 2018, the NMD released a video showing U.S. Border Patrol cops destroying more than 3,000 gallons of water NMD had put out for migrants in the desert. It was after the video was released that Warren was arrested at a site where migrants were receiving physical support. Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reported that there has been a 30 percent increase nationwide since 2015 in the number of people arrested annually for allegedly harboring or assisting undocumented migrants. For many of the people who live along the desert borderlands, it is not unusual to have someone knock on the door and ask for water or help. No More Deaths and other organizations try to broaden and deepen that neighborly help.In the prosecution of Warren and attacks on these aid organizations, the U.S. government is attempting to criminalize basic acts of human care.Scott Warren has pointed out that Ajo was once a copper mining town where the company policed who crossed the border. Now, in this era of transnational capital exploitation, the U.S. government has made border policing into big for-profit business built on dying bodies and incarcerating refugees.The brutal hand of capitalism tries over and over again to split up oppressed and working people — tries to make us turn against each other and betray each other — to intensify profit.Over and over, we affirm that we will succor each other, support each other, fight for each other against this death-dealing system. We pledge: No Borders in Workers’ Struggles! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Personal and political: Two aspects of D-Day, 75 years later

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this This year the European imperialist leaders, with U.S. president #45 as guest of honor, made a point of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy on June 6, 1944, D-Day. They allegedly were honoring the troops who died in that battle, which contributed — though much less than they’d like us to believe — to the defeat of Nazi Germany.We’ll get to that later. Buzz about D-Day always reminds me of a good comrade in the class struggle, “Richie” to his friends, who in June 1944 was paratrooper PFC Fayette O. Richardson. Richie was hardly out of his teens when he jumped into France on the night before the Allied landing at Normandy. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment — pathfinders, who entered German-controlled air space under heavy anti-aircraft fire to light beacons for the invasion force.Richardson survived, luckier than the many young men whose parachutes and bodies were shredded by German machine-gun fire. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the biggest battles as German troops waged their last desperate offensive on the Western Front.Richie spent a year recovering from his war experience, working his way around the country, picking fruit to earn enough to get by. When we first met in 1964, he was a schoolteacher and a committed fighter for the working class — worldwide. Richie’s war record made him an ideal anti-war fighter. He was the keynote speaker at a mass rally in Union Square in February 1965 organized by Youth Against War & Fascism to protest President Lyndon Johnson sending combat troops to Vietnam. Reactionary pro-war groups called anti-war people “cowards.” Richie threw that right back in their face.In January 1968 Richie took on an assignment that became a vital contribution to the class and anti-imperialist struggle. He assumed responsibility for editing The Bond, which over the next few years became the best-read newspaper of protest for the rapidly growing resistance movement of soldiers, sailors, marines, air troops and GIs of all types during the Vietnam War.The Bond was the monthly newspaper of the American Servicemen’s Union. Under Richardson’s editorship, tens of thousands of copies each month were mailed out and passed hand-to-hand by GIs all over the world, bringing an anti-war and anti-racist message and mobilizing them against the dictatorial chain of command.The Vietnamese finally liberated the south of their country in 1975. With his editorial and artistic skills, Richie made a concrete contribution any working-class activist could be proud of. He was one of those many heroes who helped defeat U.S. imperialism in Southeast Asia.D-Day and World War IIThe imperialist leaders in France who this June 6 tried to take credit for defeating Nazi Germany made a point of not inviting the president of Russia to the ceremony.It’s easy to understand why. It would have been a reminder that the Soviet Union’s contribution to the defeat of German imperialism was so much greater than what all the other Allied forces did together. Even though capitalist Russia is not the Soviet Union, the propaganda offensive this year to ignore history would have appeared ridiculous.Consider this: In the 1944 invasion of Normandy, some 10,000 Allied troops died, including 6,000 U.S. troops. Bad enough. In battles on the Eastern Front, in Stalingrad, Moscow, Minsk, millions of troops faced each other and hundreds of thousands died on both sides in many big battles.The USSR had appealed since 1942 to its U.S. and British allies to open a Second Front in the West. Instead, the imperialist leaders waited, hoping the German Wehrmacht and the Soviet Red Army would destroy each other. By the spring of 1944, however, the Red Army was marching westward as millions of German soldiers retreated.Worried that the Red Army might occupy all of Germany and even liberate France, London and Washington finally opted for the Normandy invasion. The Red Army finally reached Berlin on May 8, 1945, and hung the Red Flag from the Reichstag’s ruins.GI resistanceAs the war ended, the U.S. had 11 million troops in Europe and the Pacific. The U.S. rulers possessed the atomic bomb and wanted to use those troops against the Soviet Union and the revolutionary movement in Asia. The troops, however, wanted to come home.Richardson wrote in the 1967 pamphlet, “GI Handbook on Military Justice,” about that time: “Thousands of GIs marched through the streets of European cities after the war had ended. The Brass [officers] still wanted to hold them. The GIs demanded they be shipped home.“These organized demonstrations also occurred in the Pacific area. The demands of the soldiers were supported by the mass sentiment at home.“They were shipped home.”Catalinotto, who was circulation manager of The Bond, is author of the book “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions.”last_img read more

Workers and oppressed people of the world, write to us!

first_imgWorkers World recently received these two letters from friends in Bangladesh and Europe.Dear Comrades,Let me deliver revolutionary greetings to you and your party. I’m from Bangladesh. You’re passing a transitional period of struggle and mass uprising. I would like to proclaim solidarity from the heart of the people of Bangladesh to the heroic movement of U.S people against oppression, exploitation and injustice.By this time you have to face your national election too. The ruling class will try to avail of the election to get rid of this people’s power. Like the whole world, Bangladeshis are also very curious about your national election. As expected, the media is busy telecasting the speeches of the two leading capitalist parties. Some of them even announced the Democratic Party as a pro-left organization. Though we know how fake this propaganda is by our past experiences.In the meantime I’ve noticed your editorial headed “Not being Trump is not enough” published in the current issue (Aug 27) as your [Democratic National Convention] evaluation. I’ve translated it into Bengali, our mother-tongue, and sent you a copy here.I would like to publish it in a Bengali news portal so our people know the working-class voice of the U.S, if you allow. I expect it will be helpful to strengthen the working-class solidarity of different regions.I’m waiting for your kind reply. Red salute.Sincerely yours,Rashib RahmanFormer Organizing Secretary, Socialist Students’ FrontBangladesh_____Dear Editors,I welcome this article by Greg Dunkel on the situation to date in Martinique about environmental poisoning. The article is going straight to Martinique via Paris, where it will do so much to buoy up the spirits of our brothers and sisters there. Ninety-two percent of the population – men, women and children – are already contaminated.With no known antidote except activism, they need to know they have our unmitigated support.Thanks again for giving their voices a platform!Ona Move,Julia WrightEurope FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Education workers organize the South

first_imgElon, N.C.Two years after voting by a 2-to-1 margin to unionize, on March 4 the embattled Elon Faculty Union finally forced the greedy administrators of Elon University to the bargaining table. EFU is Local 32 of the Service Employees Union, Workers United Southern Region.Students for an Equitable Elon stage a banner drop in March 2020, one of many direct actions in support of the Elon Faculty Union.A victory for all of usThe faculty union represents hundreds of adjunct and contingent faculty, a powerful presence of organized educators on this rural campus near Greensboro, N.C. The university sits in one of the most reactionary locales in the U.S., home to unusually violent voter suppression and family-separation actions by local law enforcement. U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of the leading architects of the Trump campaign to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, is a trustee of the university and was awarded Elon’s Medal for “Entrepreneurial Leadership” in 2017.But none of this was enough to overcome the power of a united working class.EFU’s victory came two days after a solidarity action by students of the Boldly Elon Solidarity Collective, a group of student organizations demanding racial, social and economic justice at the university. On March 2 during “Elon Day,” a major annual fundraiser, BESC staged protests around campus against the school’s union busting. Facing a well organized union and a campaign to withhold donations because of the university’s anti-worker stance, the uprising within the Elon community left university administrators with no choice but to bargain.Alamance attacks on union organizersThe victory at Elon — especially in the context of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office’s racist attacks on voter registration, which included Elon organizers — must be seen in the historical context of efforts by the Communist Workers Party to organize textile mills there in the 1970s.On Nov. 3, 1979, five of those organizers were killed in Greensboro by the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party and various federal and local law enforcement agencies. The dead included Sandra Neely Smith, a nurse and the former student body president of Bennett College — one of only two Historically Black Colleges for women. Others killed were  Dr. James Waller, Dr. Michael Nathan, William Evan Sampson and Cesar Cauce. Every day of struggle for Black liberation and worker power in North Carolina since 1979 has taken place in the context of this horrific attack. Union victories at Elon University — including a now-unionized School of Law — testify to the power of solidarity amid harsh conditions in North Carolina and throughout the South.Organizing the SouthOrganizing educators is an uphill battle in a state where collective bargaining for public workers is still banned. Called “the Jim Crow law” by the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150, the ban originated in legal segregation.But recent significant victories in the state in health care, education and public sector worker organizing — and the emergence of powerful worker organizations such as the Southern Workers Assembly and Durham Workers Assembly, an ally of the Elon Faculty Union — show the tide is turning in favor of workers across the South.On Sept. 19, 2020, National Nurses United won the “largest hospital union victory in the South since 1975” at Mission Hospital in Asheville. And in public education, the North Carolina Association of Educators has been largely successful in winning school shutdowns and early vaccine access to keep education workers — including teachers, facilities workers and administrative staff — safe as the pandemic rages on. The public sector generally has been well organized, with UE Local 150 in recent years winning a $15 an hour minimum wage for public employees, including those in school districts, municipalities and the UNC System. The victory at Elon ties together education workers in that public system and private universities across six contiguous counties through the central part of the state, creating a strong regional community of workers organizing against efforts by bosses, politicians and billionaires to dominate these institutions.A victory over systemic white supremacyWhite supremacy — which pervades every aspect of life in the U.S. — can be especially sharp in private education. Many of the gains of the Civil Rights Movement to ensure adequate access to people of color end up interpreted through boards of trustees and presidents, who approach the university as if it were a real estate company or the research arm of a corporation guarded by a private police force. In defiance of antidiscrimination law, U.S. universities continue to offer high paying jobs with benefits and job security disproportionately to white men. At Elon University, while the majority of full-time faculty are still men, the majority of part-time adjunct faculty are women and gender-oppressed people — with similar sharp disparities existing across lines of nationality as well. By exercising the maximum achievable discrimination at every stage of the educational process, from admissions to costs to hiring, private universities preserve white patriarchal supremacy while cultivating the appearance of “diversity” or “inclusion” through the use of adjunct instructors.Unionization offers higher pay, better benefits and better job security for adjuncts, limiting the university’s ability to divide and conquer classroom instructors by race and gender. Student organization, faculty unionization and community solidarity all limit the university’s discriminatory capacities and offer the promise of education by workers for workers — a threatening prospect to the anti-Black, anti-woman and anti-worker status quo.Next stepsAs the EFU prepares to negotiate at Elon, pressure has not let up. Elon dining and physical plant staff, alongside the Boldly Elon Solidarity Collective, are now demanding hazard pay for campus workers. This recognizes that all workers — not just adjunct faculty — have shared interests against their greedy administration. Students have demanded the resignation of Police Chief Joseph LeMire. He left his last job as campus top cop at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019, after going along with neo-Nazis who attempted to disrupt a Jewish community event. Throughout North Carolina communities, the working class continues to unite and challenge the white supremacist, sexist operations of university management. And as EFU’s organizing committee leader Anna Love has said, each victory is “a victory for all of us.” calvin deutschbein is a North Carolina-based education worker and member of Workers World Party-Durham. In late 2019, hired by Elon University as an adjunct in Computer Science, calvin joined the Elon Faculty Union Organizing Committee, supported student organizing efforts, and participated in county-level campaigns against policing and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, voter suppression and Confederate monuments.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Progress of Biofuels Outlined at Growth Energy Meeting

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 10, 2013 Progress of Biofuels Outlined at Growth Energy Meeting SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleWASDE Report at a GlanceNext articleGrassley Not Satisfied with Secretary’s Response to Furlough Questions Gary Truitt Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis discussed the significant progress the biofuels industry has made despite constant attacks, strategic goals for the upcoming year and how critics are trying to kill renewable energy in his address at the fourth annual Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference. According to Buis – the most pressing issues moving forward are market access and defending the Renewable Fuel Standard. But he also noted that the past year was one of major notable accomplishments – highlighting the Green Jobs E15 waiver. Buis said the waiver has been successfully upheld in the courts and E15 is now being sold by a number of retail stations. Still – Buis said Big Oil is actively trying to undermine the RFS and prevent E15 from entering the marketplace. He said the biofuels industry has the facts – and at the end of the day – will win the fight.Buis also talked about the various international trade cases and how the biofuels industry will continue to fight unfair trade practices by Brazil and the European Union. He says Growth Energy will explore all options and possibilities of trade challenges for those who don’t play fair.According to Buis – the industry has weathered many challenges and other challenges will arise. He said they must never lose sight of the important work the industry does to create jobs, improve the environment and reduce the nation’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil – all while providing consumers with a choice and savings at the pump. Home Energy Progress of Biofuels Outlined at Growth Energy Meetinglast_img read more

USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated

first_imgBob Nielsen,Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, said he was comfortable with the USDA yield projection for Indiana, but stressed there is still a long way to go until harvest, “We need to have some timely August rains if we are going to hold these yield levels.” He told HAT shallow root systems and nitrogen shortages are impacting the corn crop in Indiana to a great extent. “It is a case of the haves and the have nots,” said Greg Matli, Indiana state statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, who said a regional breakdown of crop conditions in the state shows that some areas were hit very hard by the wet weather and others are having very good crops. Chris HurtChris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist, said this will be a very difficult year financially for Hoosier farmers, “Lower crop prices and lower yields will hit growers with cash rent contracts very hard. With a 20% crop loss, we could see growers with a $200 per acre negative margin.” Hurt said Indiana crop loss could total over $400 million dollars. Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, noted this will be very difficult on young farmers and that ISDA is looking into ways to provide helpful resources for financially stressed producers. USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Facebook Twitter All quotes are delayed snapshots Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than AnticipatedJay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture.According to the USDA crop production figures released on Wednesday, the damage to Indiana crops from record rainfall this summer has not been as great as anticipated. While production was cut, the forecast was more optimistic than many farmers and the market had  anticipated. The USDA is projecting that this fall Indiana farmers will harvest 867.4 million bushels of corn on an average of 158 bushels per acre. That is down 20 percent from last year’s record 1.08 billion bushels on 188 bushels per acre. Indiana soybean farmers were projected to bring in 278.8 million bushels on 49 per acre, down 9.3 percent from last year when they produced the state’s second-largest crop of 307.4 million bushels on 56 per acre. Name Sym Last Change Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 SHARE How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States center_img Some areas of the state were hit much harder than others, and some individual fields had both heavily damaged sections as well as areas that will produce good yields, noted Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture. “The bottom line is that yields will be off and we’ll see a lot of variability across the state,” said Akridge, who moderated a panel of experts analyzing the USDA’s August Crop Production Report at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Some farmers in attendance expressed skepticism regarding the USDA report and feel future reports will reveal lower yields and less planted acres Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 13, 2015 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCorn Growers ask EPA to Put the Brakes on WOTUSNext articleUSDA Report Shocks Market, Sends Prices Falling Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

PETA Attacks Indiana Poultry Operation

first_img PETA Attacks Indiana Poultry OperationPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has launched an attack on a Northern Indiana poultry operation. PETA videos claiming animal abuse on farms are well known for their slick, one-sided, and often misleading claims.  The video released on Tuesday about the Culver Duck farm in Middlebury has many of these elements.  The heavily-edited video  claims to be an eyewitness account of animal cruelty; however, it spends more time  preaching vegan philosophy than documenting animal abuse, “Go vegan today and enjoy all the  flavor and nutrition and none of the cruelty.”The abuse that is shown in the video is actually not abuse but the industry standard for euthanizing poultry, says Paul Brennan, with the Indiana State Poultry Association, “Part of what they are showing is cervical dislocation which is the standard AVMA approach for euthanizing sick or dying birds. Though it may not look great on video, the practice is acctually the most humane practice and is the industry standard.”Other practices declared as “abuse” in the video are also standard practices on almost any livestock farm. The video claims that “birds are loaded onto truck and taken hundreds of miles to be killed.”  Since there are not meat packing plants in every county, most livestock farms must truck their animals long distances to be processed.  The video claims that “birds and hung upside down and then killed at slaughter houses.” Again, a standard practice and the most humane and safe form of animal processing.Brennan says the Culver operation recently came under new management and that the images in the video may be quite old, “There have been a lot of changes there, and it is possible some of those pictured in the video may not even be there anymore.”While these kinds of videos are no longer producing the kind of public outcry they once did, Brennan stresses that livestock farms of all kinds make animal care a top priority because to do so is just good business.PETE claims this information has been turned over the Indiana State Police for investigation; but in Indiana, it is the Board of Animal Health that regulates animal welfare standards on farms.  Meanwhile, PETA officials were calling Indiana media outlets on Tuesday afternoon making sure they had seen the press release and video that had been sent out earlier in the day. PETA Attacks Indiana Poultry Operation SHARE Previous articleQuick Harvest Stoppage Coming to your Indiana Farm, MaybeNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 11, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News PETA Attacks Indiana Poultry Operation SHARElast_img read more

High Temps, Scattered Rainfall

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News High Temps, Scattered Rainfall Above average temperatures last week helped dry fields and spur crop progress, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Scattered showers kept soil moisture high in some areas, particularly in the southern part of the State with heavy storms moving through early in the week. The average temperature for the week was 76.4 degrees, 3.2 degrees above normal for the State. The amounts of rainfall varied from 0.01 inches to 3.41 inches over the week. The statewide average for precipitation was 0.86 inches. There were 4.5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 1. Warmer, drier weather last week helped dry fields after the previous week’s above average rainfall and accelerated crop progress. Corn silking and soybeans blooming were both well ahead of previous years, while winter wheat harvest had caught up to last year. The favorable conditions allowed farmers to make progress with hay cutting. Severe storms isolated to the southern districts resulted in reports of downed corn in some fields. High temperatures impacted pasture conditions in areas lacking rainfall, mainly the northern part of the State. Livestock were reported in good condition through mid-week, but the high temperatures in the latter half of the week added stress. Other activities included hauling grain, mowing roadsides, straw baling, certifying acres at FSA, and preparing for county fairs. Facebook Twitter SHARE High Temps, Scattered Rainfall SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 2, 2018 Previous articleSenate Approves Pesticide Registration Improvement ActNext articleMore Ag Tariffs In Place This Week Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more