• Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highway - Los Angeles Times

    By Jaweed Kaleem, Jun 27, 2019 -
    It’s 7:20 p.m. when he rolls into Spicy Bite, one of the newest restaurants here in rural northwest New Mexico. Locals in Milan, a town of 3,321, have barely heard of it.
    Punjabi-operated truck stops

    The building is small, single-story, built of corrugated metal sheets. There are seats for 20. The only advertising is spray-painted on concrete roadblocks in English and Punjabi. Next door is a diner and gas station; the county jail is across the road.

    Palwinder Singh orders creamy black lentils, chicken curry and roti, finishing it off with chai and cardamom rice pudding. After 13 hours on and off the road in his semi truck, he leans back in a booth as a Bollywood music video plays on TV.

    “This is like home,” says Pal, the name he uses on the road (said like “Paul”).

    There are 3.5 million truckers in the United States. California has 138,000, the second-most after Texas. Nearly half of those in California are immigrants, most from Mexico or Central America. But as drivers age toward retirement — the average American trucker is 55 — and a shortage grows, Sikh immigrants and their kids are increasingly taking up the job.

    Estimates of the number of Sikh truckers vary. In California alone, tens of thousands of truckers trace their heritage to India. The state is home to half of the Sikhs in the U.S. — members of a monotheistic faith with origins in 15th century India whose followers are best recognized by the uncut hair and turbans many men wear. At Sikh temples in Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside, the majority of worshipers are truck drivers and their families.

    Over the last decade, Indian Americans have launched trucking schools, truck companies, truck washes, trucker temples and no-frills Indian restaurants modeled after truck stops back home, where Sikhs from the state of Punjab dominate the industry.

    “You used to see a guy with a turban and you would get excited,” says Pal, who is in his 15th year of trucking. “Today, you go to some stops and can convince yourself you are in India.”

    Three interstates — the I-5, I-80 and I-10 — are dotted with Indian-American-owned businesses catering to truckers. They start to appear as you drive east from Los Angeles, Reno and Phoenix, and often have the words “Bombay,” “Indian” or “Punjabi” on their storefront signs. But many, with names like Jay Bros (in Overton, Neb.) and Antelope Truck Stop Pronghorn (in Burns, Wyo.) are anonymous dots on a map unless you’re one of the many Sikhs who have memorized them as a road map to America.

    The best-known are along Interstate 40, which stretches from Barstow to North Carolina. The road, much of it alongside Historic Route 66, forms the backbone of the Sikh trucking world.

    It’s a route that Pal, 38, knows well. Three times a month, he makes the seven-day round trip between his Fontana home and Indiana, where he drops off loads and picks up new ones. Over his career, he’s driven 2 million miles and transported items as varied as frozen chickens and paper plates. These days, he mostly hauls chocolate, rice and fruits and vegetables from California farms. Today, it’s 103 containers of mixed produce, with mangoes, bell peppers, watermelons, yellow onions and peeled garlic among them. All are bound for a Kroger warehouse outside Indianapolis.

    Across the street from Spicy Bite, dozens of arriving drivers form a temporary village of 18-wheelers in a vast parking lot by the interstate. Most are white. Nearly all are men. More are older than younger.

    But every now and then there are Sikhs like Pal, with long salt-and-pepper beards, colorful turbans and thick Indian accents. They head straight toward Spicy Bite.

    Lines can form out the door at the restaurant, which opened two years ago outside the Petro Stopping Center, a longtime mainstay for truckers headed east.

    Pal makes a point to stop by the restaurant — even just for a “hello” — when he sleeps next door. The Sikh greeting is “Sat sri akaal.” It means “God is truth.” In trucking, where turnover is high, business uncertain and risk of accidents ever present, each day can feel like a leap of faith and an opportunity to give thanks.

    Punjabi Americans first appeared on the U.S. trucking scene in the 1980s after an anti-Sikh massacre in India left thousands dead around New Delhi, prompting many Sikhs to flee. More recently, Sikhs have migrated to Central America and applied for asylum at the Mexico border, citing persecution for their religion in India; some have also become truckers. Estimates of the overall U.S. Sikh population vary, placing the community’s size between 200,000 and 500,000.

    In recent years, corporations have pleaded for new truckers. Walmart kicked up salaries to attract drivers. Last year, the government announced a pilot program to lower the age for driving trucks from 21 to 18 for those with truck-driving training in the military. According to the American Trucking Assn., the trucker shortage could reach 100,000 within years.

    “Punjabis are filling the gap,” says Raman Dhillon, a former driver who last year founded the North American Punjabi Trucking Assn. The Fresno-based group advises drivers on regulations, offers insurance and tire discounts, and runs a magazine: Punjabi Trucking.

    Like trucking itself, where the threat of automation and the long hours away from home have made it hard to recruit drivers, the Punjabi trucking life isn’t always an easy sell. Three years ago, a group of Sikh truckers in California won a settlement from a national shipping company after saying it discriminated against their faith. The drivers, who followed Sikh traditions by wrapping their uncut hair in turbans, said bosses asked them to remove the turbans before providing hair and urine samples for pre-employment drug tests despite being told of the religious observance. The same year, police charged a man with vandalizing a semi truck at a Sikh temple in Buena Park. He’d scribbled the word “ISIS.”

    Still, Hindi- and Punjabi-language newspapers in the Eastern U.S. regularly run ads promising better wages, a more relaxed lifestyle and warm weather as a trucker out West. Talk to any group of Sikh drivers and you’ll find former cabbies, liquor store workers or convenience store cashiers who made the switch.

    How a rural Oklahoma truck stop became a destination for Sikh Punjabis crossing America »

    “Thirty years ago, it was hard to get into trucking because there were so few people like us in the business who could help you,” says Rashpal Dhindsa, a former trucker who runs Fontana-based Dhindsa Group of Companies, one of the oldest Sikh-owned U.S. trucking companies. When Pal first started, Dhindsa — now a close friend but then an acquaintance — gave him a $1,000 loan to cover training classes.

    It’s 6:36 a.m. the next day when the Petro Stopping Center switches from quiet darkness to rumbling engines. Pal flips on the headlights of his truck, a silver ’16 Volvo with a 500-horsepower engine. Inside the rig, he heats aloo gobi — spiced potatoes and cauliflower — that his wife prepared back home. He checks the thermostat to make sure his trailer isn’t too warm. He takes out a book wrapped in a blue cotton cloth that’s tucked by his driver’s seat, sits on a bed-turned-couch and reads a prayer in Punjabi for safety on the journey: There is only one God. Truth is His name…. You always protect us.

    He pulls east onto the highway as the sun rises.

    Truckers either drive in pairs or solo like Pal. Either way, it’s a quiet, lonely world.

    Still, Pal sees more of America in a week than some people will in their lives. Rolling California hills, spiky desert rock formations, the snow-dusted evergreens of northern Arizona, the fuzzy cacti in New Mexico and, in Albuquerque, hot air balloons rising over an orange sky. There’s also the seemingly endless fast food and Tex-Mex of Amarillo and the 19-story cross of Groom, Texas. There’s the traffic in Missouri. After hours of solitude on the road, it excites him.

    Pal’s not strict on dogma or doctrine, and he’s more spiritual than religious. Trucking has shown him that people are more similar than different no matter where you go. The best of all religions, he says, tend to teach the same thing — kindness to others, accepting whatever comes your way and appreciation for what’s in front of you on the road.

    “When I’m driving,” Pal says, “I see God through his creation.”

    His favorite sights are the farms. You spot them in Central California while picking up pallets of potatoes and berries, or in Illinois and Indiana while driving through the corn and soybean fields.

    They remind him of home, the rural outskirts of Patiala, India.

    Nobody in his family drove trucks. Still, to Pal, he’s continuing tradition. His father farmed potatoes, cauliflower, rice and tomatoes. As a child, Pal would ride tractors for fun with Dad. Today, instead of growing food, Pal transports it.

    He wasn’t always a trucker. After immigrating in 2001 with his younger brother, he settled in Canoga Park and worked nights at 7-Eleven. After he was robbed at gunpoint, a friend suggested trucking. Better pay, flexible hours — and less dangerous.

    Three years later, he started driving a rig he didn’t own while getting paid per mile. Today, he has his own company, two trucks between himself and his brother — also a driver — and bids on shipments directly with suppliers. Nationally, the average pay for a trucker is just above $43,000. Pal makes more than twice that.

    He uses the money to pay for the house he shares with his wife, Harjeet Kaur, 4-year-old son, brother and sister-in-law, nieces and parents. Kaur threads eyebrows at a salon and video chats with him during lunch breaks. Every week before he leaves, she packs a duffel bag of his ironed clothes and stacked containers of food for the road.

    “I love it,” Pal says about driving. “But there are always two sides of the coin, head and tail. If you love it, then you have to sacrifice everything. I have to stay away from home. But the thing is, this job pays me good.”

    The truck is fully equipped. From the road, you can see only driver and passenger seats. But behind them is a sleeper cab with a bed that’s 6-foot-7 by 3-foot-2.

    Pal likes to connect the TV sitting atop a mini-fridge to his phone to stream music videos when he’s alone. His favorite songs are by Sharry Maan, an Indian singer who topped charts two years ago with “Transportiye.” It tells the story of a Sikh American trucker who longs for his wife while on the road. At night, the table folds down to become a bed. Pal is just missing a bathroom and his family.

    The life of a Sikh trucker is one of contrasts. On one hand, you see the diversity of America. You encounter new immigrants from around the world working the same job as people who have been truckers for decades. All transport the food, paper and plastic that make the country run. But you also see the relics of the past and the reminders of how you, as a Sikh in 2019, still don’t entirely fit in.

    It’s 9:40 a.m. on Saturday when Pal pulls into Bowlin’s Flying C Ranch rest center in Encino, N.M., an hour past Albuquerque and two from Texas. Here, you can buy a $19,999 stuffed buffalo, Baja jackets and fake Native American moccasins made in China in a vast tourist stop attached to a Dairy Queen and an Exxon. “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood plays in the background.

    It reminds Pal of the time he was paying his bill at another gas station. A man suddenly shouted at customers to “get out, he’s going to blow up this place!” “I will not fight you,” Pal calmly replied. The man left. Those kinds of instances are rare, but Pal always senses their danger. Some of the most violent attacks on Sikhs this century have been at the hands of people who mistook them for Muslims or Arabs, including the case of a turban-wearing Sikh man in Arizona who was shot dead by a gunman four days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

    For Pal, suspicious glances are more common. So are the truckers who think he’s new to the business or doesn’t speak English. None of it fazes him.

    “Everybody relates to us through Osama bin Laden because we look the same,” he says, driving across the plains toward the Texas Panhandle. “Or they think because my English sounds different that I am not smart. I know who I am.”

    Every day, he wears a silver bracelet that symbolizes a handcuff. “Remember, you are handcuffed to God. Remind yourself to not do bad things,” Pal says. It reminds him to be kind in the face of ignorance and hatred.

    At a Subway in Amarillo a few hours later, he grabs his go-to lunch when he’s taking a break from Indian food: a chicken sandwich on white bread with pepper jack, lettuce, tomato and onion. At home, the family is vegetarian. Pal relishes chances on the road to indulge in meat. He used to depend solely on his wife’s cooking. Today, he has other options. It’s a luxury to switch from homemade meals to Punjabi restaurants to fast food.

    Trucking has helped Pal find his faith. When he moved to the U.S., he used to shave, drink beer and not care much about religion. But as he got bored on the road, he started listening to religious sermons. Twelve years ago, he began to again grow his hair and quit alcohol; drinking it is against the faith’s traditions. Today, he schedules shipments around the temple calendar so he can attend Sikh celebrations with his family.

    “I don’t mind questions about my religion. But when people say to me, ‘Why do you not cut your hair?’ they are asking the wrong question,” Pal says. “The real question is, why do they cut their hair? God made us this way.”

    It’s 4:59 p.m. when he arrives in Sayre, Okla., at Truck Stop 40. A yellow Punjabi-language billboard advertises it as the I-40 starts to bend north in a rural region two hours from Oklahoma City.

    Among the oldest Sikh truck stops, it has a 24-hour vegetarian restaurant, convenience store, gas station and a housing trailer that functions as a temple — all spread over several acres.

    Pal has been coming here for more than decade, since it was a mechanic shop run by a Sikh former trucker who settled on the plot for its cheap land. When he has time, Pal lingers for a meal. But he’s in a rush to get to Joplin, Mo., for the night so he can make his drop-off the next day.

    He grabs a chai and heads to the temple. Resting on a small pillow upon the altar is the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. An audiotape plays prayers on a loop. A print of Guru Nanak, the faith’s founder, hangs on the wall.

    Pal prostrates and leaves a few dollar bills on the floor as a donation for upkeep. He prays for God to protect the temple, his family and himself on the 891 miles that remain until he hits the Indianapolis suburbs.

    “This feels like a long drive,” Pal says. “But it’s just a small part of the journey of life.”

    #USA #LKW #Transport #Immigration #Zuwanderung

  • Pénurie de bitume ou d’asphalte en europe : L’explication : Isabelle Porter - 1 Aout 2018 - Le Devoir

    . . . . .
    Chose certaine, le prix du bitume a explosé depuis l’an dernier, avec une augmentation de 40 %.

    Par contre, cela n’a rien à voir avec le prix du pétrole, note-t-il. L’Amérique du Nord fait plutôt face à une pénurie de bitume sans précédent. « Plusieurs raffineries connaissent des difficultés d’exploitation. Il y en a même une qui a explosé au Wisconsin, poursuit-il. Dès lors, on commande du bitume par bateau en provenance d’Europe pour pallier le manque. »

    L’explosion au Wisconsin est survenue en avril à la raffinerie Husky, propriété du groupe du même nom basé à Calgary. La raffinerie produisait du bitume à partir notamment des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta. La catastrophe, dont la cause demeure inconnue, avait fait au moins 11 blessés et forcé l’évacuation des 27 000 personnes vivant dans les environs.

    . . . . .

    Source :
    #bitume #asphalte #routes #entretien #Quebec #USA

    • Explosion dans une raffinerie Husky au Wisconsin - Publié le jeudi 26 avril 2018

      Une explosion dans une raffinerie de pétrole de la compagnie Husky Energy basée à Calgary a fait au moins 11 blessés dans l’État du Wisconsin, aux États-Unis, et forcé l’évacuation de maisons, d’écoles et d’un hôpital en plus d’envoyer un nuage de fumée toxique dans l’atmosphère, selon les autorités.

      Les résidents de la ville de Superior, où a eu lieu l’incident, ont été autorisés à revenir chez eux jeudi soir après une évacuation forcée plus tôt en journée.
      Le feu, qui a envoyé un épais nuage de fumée noire nocif dans l’air, a été éteint vers 18 h 45, précise Husky Energy dans un communiqué.
      Les autorités ont déclaré qu’un réservoir de pétrole brut ou d’asphalte a explosé à environ 10 h à la raffinerie située à Superior, une ville d’environ 27 000 habitants.
      Les autorités ont précisé qu’une personne avait été gravement blessée au moment de l’explosion, mais que personne n’est mort. Elles ajoutent que la fumée noire envoyée dans l’atmosphère est toxique et demandent aux résidents de prendre des précautions.
      Un ordre d’évacuation a été donné après l’explosion dans un radius de 5 kilomètres autour de la raffinerie, qui est dans une zone industrielle, mais où se trouve aussi un quartier résidentiel à proximité.
      Les écoles de Superior ont annulé leurs cours vendredi par précaution.
      La société Husky Energy de Calgary, en Alberta, a acheté la raffinerie de Calumet Specialty Products Partners basé à Indianapolis l’année dernière pour 490 millions de dollars. C’est la seule raffinerie du Wisconsin et elle produit de l’essence, de l’asphalte et d’autres produits.

    • @BigGrizzly , on entendra peut être parler de l’explosion et l’incendie de la #raffinerie irving Saint-Jean au Canada

      Une importante explosion, suivie d’un incendie, s’est produite lundi dans une raffinerie de la compagnie Irving Oil, à Saint-Jean au Nouveau Brunswick dans l’est du Canada, mais n’a fait que des blessés légers.

      La compagnie canadienne a indiqué dans un tweet en début d’après-midi que « plusieurs employés contractuels étaient traités pour des blessures ne mettant pas leur vie en danger ».
      Elle a précisé que « tous ses employés et travailleurs contractuels travaillant sur le site avaient pu être comptabilisés ».

      Un responsable des services d’urgence du Nouveau Brunswick, Geoffrey Downey, cité par Radio Canada, a indiqué de son côté que seules des blessures mineures avaient été rapportées pour le moment.

      Irving Oil avait confirmé plus tôt qu’un « événement majeur » s’était produit lundi matin dans sa raffinerie de Saint-Jean, la plus importante du pays. Elle produit normalement plus de 300.000 barils par jour.
      . . . .
      La raffinerie, la plus importante du Canada, produit plus de 300.000 barils par jour.

  • In 1907, Indiana became the first state to pass a law permitting the sterilization of “confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists.” The Ishmaels were invoked in the drafting of the legislation, under which over 2,300 people were sterilized.

    Meet the Ishmaels, America’s ‘worst’ family
    Eugenicists studied this band of ‘paupers, beggars and thieves, criminals, prostitutes, wanderers.’

    The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair was christened “A Century of Progress.” A lot had changed since the first world’s fair in 1893: zeppelins soared, Ford’s assembly line had brought automobiles to the masses, and pre-fabricated homes were the wave of the future.

    And eugenics was now considered by many to be a legitimate science. As such, it received its own exhibit at the fair. One panel in the eugenics exhibit showed the genealogy of the best family in America: the Roosevelts. Juxtaposed to that was another panel, showing the genealogy of the worst family in America: the Ishmaels.

    “Among certain charity workers and eugenicists at the time,” says Nathaniel Deutsch, a history professor at UC Santa Cruz and author of Inventing America’s “Worst” Family, “any poor white Upland Southerner living in or around Indianapolis could just be called an Ishmaelite or a member of the Tribe of Ishmael as a way of stigmatizing them.”

    By the 1930s, the term “Tribe of Ishmael” had come to designate thousands of people who were not all part of the biological same family — though eugenicists sought to prove hereditary connections between them. They were “a group of degenerates found in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa,” claimed a leaflet from roughly 1921, which tallied 10,000 so-called Ishmaelites. They were “paupers, beggars and thieves, criminals, prostitutes, wanderers.” The leaflet conceded that “some have become good citizens,” but “the great majority are still mating like to like and producing unsocial offspring.”

  • At anti-Semitism panel, Linda Sarsour asks, ’I am the biggest problem of the Jewish community?’

    The prominent feminist activist and controversial anti-Zionist speaks out against anti-Semitism and the importance of ’organizing at the intersections of oppression’

    Asher Schechter Nov 29, 2017
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    Minutes before Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour took the stage at The New School’s Alvin Johnson Auditorium as part of a panel on anti-Semitism, one of the organizers went up to deliver a number of key instructions to audience members in case protesters would try to shut down the event.
    But the fears that the event would be disrupted by right-wing protesters turned out to be for naught. Despite two weeks of a media frenzy, a petition signed by more than 21,000 people and loads of criticism from both left and right, the panel concluded with only two very minor interruptions.
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    “Apparently I am the biggest problem of the Jewish community? I am the existential threat, Apparently? I am confused, literally, every day,” said Sarsour, addressing the controversy that preceded the event.
    Sarsour, a prominent advocate for Muslim Americans, criminal justice reform and civil rights, is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-chaired last January’s National Women’s March. During the past year, particularly as her profile in progressive circles increased after the march, Sarsour has raised the ire of conservatives, Zionist activists and so-called alt-right figures who accuse her of supporting terrorists and promoting anti-Semitism – largely due to her support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and her criticism of Israel.
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    “I am deeply honored and humbled to be here on this stage with people who have been some of the staunchest allies of the communities that I come from,” Sarsour said during the panel. “We cannot dismantle anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, every phobia and -ism without also dismantling anti-Semitism.”
    “Intersectionality is not about black and white people organizing together or Jews and Muslims organizing together. It is all of us organizing at the intersections of oppression and seeing oppression [as] connected. Anti-Semitism is one branch on a larger tree of racism,” she added. “You can’t just address one branch, you need to address all branches together so we can get to the root of the problem.”

    In her remarks, Sarsour spoke at length about her criticism of Zionism. “Just in case it’s not clear, I am unapologetically Palestinian-American and will always be unapologetically Palestinian-American. I am also unapologetically Muslim-American. And guess what? I am also a very staunch supporter of the BDS movement. What other way am I supposed to be, as a Palestinian-American who’s a daughter of immigrants who lived under military occupation and still has relatives in Palestine that live under military occupation? I should be expected to have the views that I hold,” she said.
    Regardless of their feelings toward Israel, said Sarsour, Jews and non-Jews alike “must commit to dismantling anti-Semitism. The existential threat resides in the White House, and if what you’re reading all day long in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister [Louis] Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is going to happen and we are going to miss the mark on it.”
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    Apart from Sarsour, the panel also featured Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of Jewish Voices for Peace, Leo Ferguson of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Lina Morales, a member of Jews of Color and Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus of JVP. The event was moderated by journalist and author Amy Goodman, the host of the alternative news program “Democracy Now!”
    The panel, organized by JVP, Haymarket Books, Jacobin magazine, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and The New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program, was preceded by great controversy over Sarsour’s participation. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that “Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism.” Writing for Tablet Magazine, Phyllis Chesler, a New School alumni, wished that she could give back her diploma.
    “Antisemitism is harmful and real. But when antisemitism is redefined as criticism of Israel, critics of Israeli policy become accused and targeted more than the growing far-right,” read the event’s description.
    The other panelists were similarly critical of Israel and of the Jewish American community that rebukes activists like Sarsour yet embraces far-right figures like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. “I am angry at the profound hypocrisy of the institutional Jewish community, which has taught us that loving Israel does not mean that you love Jews,” said Vilkomerson. “Because I care about Jews, I am anti-Zionist,” said Morales. “Nothing can be more counterproductive or hurtful to Jews than to be intentionally confusing the issue of anti-Semitism by spreading false charges of anti-Semitism,” said Ferguson, in reference to the “smearing” of pro-Palestinian activists by Jewish-American organizations. Lobbing false accusations of anti-Semitism, he argued, “slowly erodes our ability to accurately assess threats.”
    Two hours before the debate was scheduled to begin, over 15 policemen and security guards and multiple police cars were already surrounding the venue where it was to be held. A small protest took place across the street, with some demonstrators holding signs and chanting against Sarsour and JVP.
    “This panel is spitting in the face of Jews – four anti-Semites talking about anti-Semitism,” Karen Lichtbraun, one of the demonstrators and head of the New York chapter of the Jewish Defense League told Haaretz. JVP, she charged, wanted to “drive a wedge between Jews” by inviting Sarsour. “[Sarsour] wants to bring Sharia law to America. She is brainwashing a lot of young Jews,” she claimed.
    “Nobody has a monopoly on talking about anti-Semitism,” Rabbi Alissa Wise, deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace and one of the event’s organizers, told Haaretz. “As a rabbi and a Jew, I feel safer in the world knowing that there are more people, non-Jewish allies, Muslims, Christians, people of no faith, who are taking up the question of anti-Semitism seriously.”
    When asked about the commotion in the media that surrounded the event, Wise said: “There’s something particular about the role that Linda plays in the psyche of the American Jewish community. We’ve done these anti-Semitism events in Indianapolis, Chicago, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, and this is not the only one where a Muslim is speaking. Never before have we seen this kind of frenzy. It just seems like a witch hunt of sorts.”
    Tuesday’s event was not the first time a planned appearance by Sarsour caused controversy: Her invitation to deliver the commencement address at the City University of New York School of Public Health in June raised the ire of pro-Israel activists. The uproar included a protest rally against her speech outside CUNY’s main office building, headed by far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who called Sarsour a “Sharia-loving, terrorist-embracing, Jew-hating, ticking time bomb of progressive horror.”
    “When I spoke at the CUNY graduate center back in June, something really disturbing happened,” said Sarsour during the panel. “I don’t care if people protest against me. What was confusing to me at that moment was, how is it that people that are Jewish are standing in a really against me with Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard Spencer, and Gavin McInnes? Why are they there with them? I hope the Jewish community stands up and says that’s wrong, that under no circumstance should Jewish people align with people like Milo or Pamela Geller or Richard Spencer or Gavin McInnes.”
    When asked about her previous statement that feminism is “incompatible with Zionism,” Sarsour said: “I am not as important as I am made out to be. I am not the one that actually gets to say who gets to be in the movement and who doesn’t. Let’s stop talking about the civil rights movement that happened 50 years ago because there is a civil rights movement happening right now. We live under fascism, and we need all hands on deck.”

    Asher Schechter
    Haaretz Columnist

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  • Famous For Being Indianapolis - Issue 44: Luck

    When Kim Kardashian was 4 years old, a University of California economist named Moshe Adler wrote a six-page paper explaining the means by which she would eventually attain worldwide renown. Published in the The American Economic Review, “Stardom and Talent” made the unsettling claim that fame could just be a matter of luck. Even an insignificant incident (like the unauthorized release of a sex tape) could escalate into superstardom by a sort of positive feedback loop: The more famous an entertainer becomes, the more readily you can talk about her with your friends; the more she gets talked about, the more her fame expands.The underlying phenomenon is not unique to Kardashian or entertainers or even humans. Other researchers have shown that random noise can get amplified in businesses (...)

  • #Bernie_Sanders requinque la #gauche_américaine

    Le 29 avril à Indianapolis (Indiana), des militants syndicaux soutiennent Bernie Sanders. © Reuters Quelle que soit l’issue de la campagne de Bernie Sanders, le sénateur démocrate et socialiste pourra se targuer d’avoir réveillé la gauche américaine. Think tank, élus locaux progressistes, publications de gauche… Tous se sentent enfin pris au sérieux et l’affirme fièrement : le #socialisme est dans l’air. La campagne démocrate fait étape ce mardi dans l’Indiana.

    #International #Amérique_du_nord #élections_primaires_américaines #Etats-Unis #Hillary_Clinton #Zephyr_Teachout

  • Au répertoire de campagne de Donald Trump, il y a cette scène de trois minutes circulant largement sur Internet. Le patron d’une entreprise sous-traitante de United Technology, Carrier, y annonce à ses 1 400 employés d’Indianapolis que leur production sera bientôt transférée au Mexique. Traduction française ci-dessous.

    — Le porte-parole de la direction : Il est évident que le meilleur moyen de rester compétitif, et de protéger notre entreprise sur le long terme, c’est de déplacer notre production depuis notre site d’Indianapolis à Monterrey au Mexique. (Tollé dans la salle)
    -- Un travailleur : C’est pour ça que vous avez amené tous ces connards avec vous !

    -- Le porte-parole : Ecoutez, nous avons, enfin j’ai une information importante à vous communiquer au sujet de cette relocalisation. Si nous pouvons continuer… Si vous n’êtes pas intéressé, tant pis, d’autres le sont. Donc gardons notre calme. Merci beaucoup. Nous avons l’intention aussi de relocaliser le centre de distribution d’Indianapolis. Relocaliser nos opérations à Monterrey nous permettra de préserver l’excellence de notre qualité de production, à des prix compétitifs, et pour continuer à fournir (cris de protestation dans la salle) un marché extrêmement sensible aux variations de prix. C’est une décision strictement économique. (Nouveau brouhaha dans la salle) Encore une fois, restons concentrés sur les informations que je dois partager avec vous. En aucune façon cette décision ne constitue une remise en cause de la performance de cette usine ou des personnes qui y travaillent. Il est très important que vous compreniez que cela n’aura aucun impact sur les emplois dans l’immédiat. La première étape de relocalisation n’aura pas lieu avant l’été 2017. Nous comptons procéder par phases successives sur une durée de trois ans approximativement, pour diminuer petit à petit notre activité sur le site d’Indianapolis. Le processus devrait se poursuivre jusqu’à la fin 2019. Cette annonce fera bien sûr l’objet de discussions avec les représentants syndicaux. Nous allons nous mettre autour d’une table avec les représentants du syndicat dans les jours qui viennent.

    -- Un autre travailleur : Combien de temps avant que les gens commencent à péter un câble...

    -- Le porte-parole : Tout au long de ce processus, nous devons veiller à préserver le niveau de qualité de nos produits.

    -- Un troisième travailleur : Va te faire foutre !

    -- Le porte-parole : S’il vous plaît, du calme. Nous devons encore... nous avons encore du travail à faire. Nous devons prendre soin de faire ce qui doit être fait chaque jour et à continuer de le faire bien, comme d’habitude. Cette décision a été extrêmement difficile à prendre. Elle est difficile parce que j’ai conscience qu’elle aura un impact sur vous tous, sur vos familles et votre communauté. A l’avenir, nous continuerons à vous tenir informés, tout comme nous le faisons aujourd’hui, au sujet de la relocalisation. Cela vous permettra de mieux comprendre le projet, ainsi que les conséquences qu’il aura pour vous-mêmes. Nous nous engageons à vous traiter avec respect durant tout le processus et nous travaillerons de concert avec vos représentants syndicaux pour faire en sorte que ce soit bien le cas. Merci pour votre attention. Je donne maintenant la parole à Jim, qui va vous donner quelques précisions importantes.

    Cité dans « Guerre civile au sein de la droite américaine », un reportage de Serge Halimi à lire dans le numéro d’avril 2016. #st

    Lorsqu’il est question de délocalisations, de commerce international, de libre-échange, on ne distingue pas toujours Mme Jay [partisane de Donald Trump] d’une électrice de M. Sanders. C’est la militante républicaine conservatrice qui nous a signalé cette scène qui l’a révoltée (…) Et les ouvriers, même syndiqués, sont attentifs à ce qu’il dit. Là aussi, quelques cartes pourraient être rebattues. via Le Monde diplomatique

  • États-Unis : Un bébé de dix-huit mois dénoncé pour racisme

    02/04/2015 – Indianapolis (NOVOpress) Aux États-Unis comme chez nous, la traque du « racisme » et sa criminalisation sont toujours plus précoces. Il n’est pas question d’attendre ne serait-ce que la maternelle. À la Chambre des représentants de l’État d’Indiana, la démocrate noire Vanessa Summers (au centre sur l’image en Une de la séance) est montée à la tribune, en tant que « femelle afro-américaine », pour dénoncer son collègue républicain Jud McMillin et le fils de celui-ci, âgé de … dix-huit mois.

    « J’ai dit à Jud McMillin que j’aimais son fils mais qu’il avait peur de moi à cause de ma couleur, et c’est horrible. C’est vrai. Je lui demande : “Présentez votre enfant à des personnes de couleur, pour qu’il ne soit pas plein de préjugés toute sa vie”. »

    La vidéo de cette déclaration n’est plus en ligne (...)

  • Digital Archive No. 5–African Sources of Knowledge Digital Library

    Two weeks ago, I attended the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. As Sean mentioned in a previous post, a bunch of folks from #AFRICA_IS_A_COUNTRY.....


  • #Weekend_Special, No 1002

    A bunch of us went to the #African_Studies_Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the world’s largest gathering of Africanists. Much transpired. The problems with conferences this large is you can’t cover everything. We made notes and hopefully we’ve found new contributors. For a general sense of what transpired, the tweets of […]


  • Weekend Edition, No 1002

    A bunch of us went to the #African_Studies_Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the world’s largest gathering of Africanists. Much transpired. The problems with conferences this large is you can’t cover everything. We made notes and hopefully we’ve found new contributors. For a general sense of what transpired, the tweets of […]

    #UNCATEGORIZED #Weekend_Special

  • 22 years of bike growth in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh & Seattle | PeopleForBikes

    For those of us who believe in the huge potential for biking in U.S. cities, half of the challenge is to persuade other people that, yes, biking is on the rise in our hometowns.

    The other half of the challenge is to persuade other people that this isn’t a fluke, because biking is on the rise more or less everywhere.

    Fortunately, both of these things are true.

    Though there are a thousand theories, and probably a thousand reasons, for the generational shift toward bike transportation, every American should know by now that it’s underway in every major U.S. city. At the Green Lane Project, we focus on helping six cities build better bike lanes to meet this rising demand.

    #vélo #urban_matter #bicyclette #mobilité #cartographie #visualisation

  • « Le reportage le plus sûr du monde » - Making-of

    L’AFP a reçu une accréditation pour couvrir l’immense salon annuel des armes à feu de la National Rifle Association (NRA), le plus grand lobby des armes à feu aux Etats-Unis. L’événement se déroule à Indianapolis fin avril. Mais « accrédité » n’est pas synonyme de « bienvenu », en tout cas par les grands chefs du lobby.

    #USA #NRA #armes

  • Climbing the income ladder

    Via Nathan Yau de Flowing Data et repris par le NYT. Toujours très intéressant...

    In a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and UC Berkeley, data shows spatial variations for the chances of rising out of poverty into higher income brackets. The New York Times reports:

    Climbing the income ladder occurs less often in the Southeast and industrial Midwest, the data shows, with the odds notably low in Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus. By contrast, some of the highest rates occur in the Northeast, Great Plains and West, including in New York, Boston, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and large swaths of California and Minnesota.

    “Where you grow up matters,” said Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the study’s authors. “There is tremendous variation across the U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty.”

    Two things. First, the NYT piece is really nice. Graphics and interactives are typically shown separate from the written story, but NYT has been shifting as of late and I’m sure other publications will follow. (Although, as you can see in the credits, eight people made the graphics, and most places don’t have such resources yet.) The story is all tied together, so you read and interact in a continuous flow.

    Second, the Harvard/UC Berkeley research group released the data, so you can have a go yourself.

  • Prédictive software for surveillance

    On the power and perils of “preemptive government” - Strata

    On the power and perils of “preemptive government”
    Stephen Goldsmith on the potential of urban predictive data analytics in municipal government.
    by Alex Howard

    February 28, 2013

    The last time I spoke with Stephen Goldsmith, he was the Deputy Mayor of New York City, advocating for increased use of “citizensourcing,” where government uses technology tools to tap into the distributed intelligence of residents to understand – and fix – issues around its streets, on its services and even within institutions. In the years since, as a professor at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
    at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the former mayor of Indianapolis has advanced the notion of “preemptive government.”

    #surveillance #police

    • You may know that Indianapolis, in the 2012 Super Bowl, had a group of college students and a couple of local providers looking at Twitter conversations in order to intervene earlier. They were geotagged by name and curated to figure out where there was a crime problem, where somebody needed parking, where they were looking for tickets and where there’s too much trash on the ground. It didn’t require them to call government. Government was watching the conversation, participating in it and solving the problem.

      I think that where we are has lots of potential and a little bit immature. The work now is to incorporate the community sentiment into the analytics and the mobile tools.


      The gentle proactive Government is watching you(r conversation) and solving the problem.

      Et tout ça, en plus, pour optimiser l’utilisation des sous du contribuable. Ça fait envie !…

  • Si c’est ainsi, demain je revends mon Stradivarius... -

    Le mystère Stradivarius enfin dévoilé ? Plutôt le mythe Stradivarius écorné. Une étude à l’aveugle menée à Indianapolis par une chercheuse française bat en effet en brèche la réputation de perfection des fameux violons. Claudia Fritz, acousticienne à l’université Paris-VI, a ainsi profité de l’édition 2010 du concours international d’Indianapolis pour faire tester à l’aveugle des instruments par vingt et un violonistes confirmés. Et le maître de Crémone n’en sort pas grandi, loin s’en faut.


    • Sans compter que j’aurais tendance à dire que ce qui fait la valeur du violon c’est son conducteur, le type qui savonne quoi.

      Garder en tête, par exemple, qu’Ornette Coleman avait été agressé fort jeune à la sortie d’une boîte de jazz où il avait, nul doute, un peu, écorché les oreilles de son auditoire, et les les agresseurs avaient entièrement foutu en l’air son saxo. le pauvre Ornette Coleman n’était justement pas très riche alors, du coup il est contraint de se racheter un nouveau tuyau percé, et comme il n’a pas les moyens d’un instrument en cuivre véritable, il opte pour l’instrument en plastique. Et joue depuis sur ce même tuyau en plastique.

      Sur ce titre, Lonely woman , d’Horace Silver il sonne drôlement pas mal son truc en plastique.