Philadelphia rally demands: ‘Reinstate Dr. Monteiro!’

first_imgDr. Tony Monteiro at March 10 rally.WW photo: Scott Williams“Some will say, ‘You’re a Marxist and a socialist. That you teach W.E.B. DuBois’ magnum opus “Black Reconstruction in America.” That you teach C.L.R. James and Amiri Baraka.’ Are you telling me that you can have a Department of African-American Studies without teaching the radical tradition and the traditions of socialism? And, if that’s what you’re telling me, then you’re telling me that you want a department built on a lie.”Dr. Anthony Monteiro, professor at ­Temple University and W.E.B. DuBois scholar, speaking at a March 10, 2014, rally.Temple University, located in the heart of the African-American working-class community of North Philadelphia, has continued its plan to corporatize public higher education at the expense of its neighbors. While it pushes deeper and deeper into the community with its student housing, sports facilities and hospitals, it also seeks to whitewash its ­curriculum.Home to the country’s first doctorate program in African-American Studies, Temple has since its founding been a university that has offered an excellent education to the working class. Since then, it has become famous for being a multinational public university. Famed political prisoner and legendary writer Mumia Abu-Jamal plans to apply to get his Ph.D. in African-American Studies from ­Temple.For the past ten years, Dr. Anthony Monteiro has mentored and taught hundreds of students at Temple who would become activists. The students have led Occupy Philadelphia, the fight to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and more recently have been in the forefront of the struggle against gentrification and police brutality near Temple. Monteiro has regularly given Saturday classes on Black Liberation and Philosophy to hundreds of community members and students.In January, much to his surprise, Monteiro’s contract was not renewed. When he came to Temple a decade ago, he was promised tenure. Like so many other professors, this promise was a lie.As a former member of the 1960s Revolutionary Action Movement and an activist ever since, Monteiro is not afraid to take action. On March 10, around 200 students and community members rallied to demand: “Reinstate Dr. Monteiro! Fire Soufas!” They were referring to Teresa Soufas, the dean of Liberal Arts, who, along with the recently appointed chair of the African-American Studies department, Dr. Molefi Asante, fired Monteiro.Rally confronts all-white Board of TrusteesLeading the rally was PURP, People Utilizing Real Power, a community-student organization. Important labor leaders, such as Royce Adams, former vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 291, were present. Adams gave a powerful speech on the revolutionary history of Black labor.Henry Nicholas, president of 1199C Hospital Workers Union, which represents more workers than any union on campus, spoke on the need to take this fight to the Board of Trustees. He also clarified how Dr. Asante called for Monteiro’s firing, stating, “University president Neil D. Theobald confirmed that it was Asante who asked Soufas to kick Monteiro off the faculty.”Sacaree Rhodes, a community activist who organizes against hunger, homelessness and gentrification, led hundreds into a direct confrontation with the Board of Trustees. Declaring that “Soufas is a goddamn racist!” Rhodes’ demand connected the immediate needs of the community with the fate of Dr. Monteiro.Professor Monteiro addressed the crowd prolifically, calling for “a new paradigm” for the relations between the University and the surrounding community, which is among the poorest areas of Philadelphia.Speaking against gentrification, Monteiro said: “I am not going to back up and say that my lifework is going to be transformed because rich people now want to inhabit the cities. I’m going to fight that. And, in fighting against gentrification, we are fighting against poverty. We’re fighting against the prison-industrial complex.“A lot of people want to study the prison-industrial complex but not study the effect of neoliberal, corporatized universities upon communities. These institutions are as negative in the life of communities as the prison-industrial complex is.”He then called out Soufas, saying: “Her tenure has been troubled. It has been based upon a demonstrable misperception, a demonstrable lack of knowledge and a flawed racial philosophy. It is time for a new beginning in the College of Liberal Arts.“Her own statement that she did not see a Black community in the center of this great city. … This all manifested a flawed racial philosophy that suggested that the poor were poor because there was something wrong with them.”After Dr. Monteiro’s speech, the community and students stormed the Board of Trustees meeting for the second time, where they were met with contempt by Temple President Neil D. Theobald and the lily-white Board of Trustees. Three activists were permitted to speak on the case. Then the meeting ended abruptly, with the Board leaving. Students decided at that point to sit-in in the building, not leaving until they met with the Board. Eventually, several members of the Board met with five students to discuss their concern that Dr. Monteiro get reinstated.On March 18, the students will hold a student assembly to plan for the next steps to push Temple to rehire Dr. Monteiro. This powerful movement connects the issues of poverty, gentrification, education rights and Black liberation and could prove to be a struggle which could help transform all of Philadelphia into a more just place.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Delza Amburgey Jr.

first_imgDelza Amburgey Jr., age 78 of Batesville, Indiana passed away at the Waters of Batesville on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The son of Delza Sr. and Dallas (nee: Sloan) Amburgey was born on June 11, 1941 in Hindman, KY.Delza worked at Hill-Rom as a press operator before retiring after 42 years. He attended Old Regular Baptist Church.  A lover of sports, Delza was a proud supporter of the KY Wildcats, UC Bearcats and Cleveland Browns. He also enjoyed spending time outside gardening. Most of all he loved being with his family.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Kathy Amburgey; his daughters Teresa Amburgey, Diana (Paul) Fugate, Karen Adams, Tammy (Jeff) Heyser and Tonia Hanson; ten grandchildren, LeeAnn, Tristan, Kyra, Christian, Tatum, Ava, Erica, Colton, Isiah and Hannah and one great grandchild, Izabella; two brothers, Elwood and Billy Amburgey; and one sister, Annette Jenkins.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Darrel Amburgey, Denzil Amburgey, Aignal Amburgey, Radford Amburgey, MacArthur Amburgey, Christine Richardson and Harold Amburgey; and his granddaughter Cierra.Visitation will be Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 5-8pm with funeral services at 10am on Monday, March 2nd both at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Rev. Jacob Flannery officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery in Sunman, IN.Memorials may be given to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Corinthians beat Blues in World Club

first_imgRafael Benitez failed to win his first trophy as Chelsea manager as his team lost against Brazilian side Corinthians in the Club World Cup final in Japan.Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal on 69 minutes when he reacted quickest to head home past three Blues players.Fernando Torres had a chance to force extra time but fired straight at Cassio with only the goalkeeper to beat. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, who also missed a good opportunity, was sent off after clashing with Emerson late in the game.Torres had the ball in the net in injury time when he headed in but his effort was ruled out for offside as Corinthians held on to win the trophy.The Blues become the first team since 2006 to fail to win the Club World Cup after winning the Champions League. Chelsea should have taken an early lead when a Juan Mata corner fell to Cahill and his header was blocked by Chicao, but the ball rebounded to the centre-half, whose shot was saved on the line.Corinthians, backed by 30,000 fans who had travelled to Yokohama, then had a good chance when Mata gifted the ball to Emerson.The Brazilian side had two attackers against two defenders but David Luiz, who returned to the back four after impressing in midfield in the 3-1 semi-final win against Mexican side Monterrey, showed his defensive qualities by ushering the midfielder out of play.The South American side, who won the Copa Libertadores in July, created their best chance of the first half when Guerrero shot across goal and the ball reached Emerson, whose shot from a narrow angle hit the outside of the post.But, with Corinthians defending high up the pitch, Chelsea began to create more chances. Luiz, a boyhood Corinthians fan, wasted a free-kick in a good position after Eden Hazard had been fouled by Chicao.A wonderful piece of creativity from Hazard, who chipped a perfect pass to cut out left-back Fabio Santos, gave Victor Moses a chance but the winger’s heavy first touch enabled central defender Paulo Andre to clear.Frank Lampard, who was making his first Chelsea start since suffering a calf injury in a Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on 23 October, played another intelligent pass, which Torres controlled on his knee before having his shot saved by Cassio.The Corinthians goalkeeper then tipped wide a curling effort from Moses and also denied Mata as Chelsea pushed to become only the second English team to win the competition after Manchester United’s success in 2008.But Corinthians went ahead midway through the second half when Paulinho, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, collected a pass and ran into the penalty area. The chance appeared to have gone as he lost control but the ball fell to Danilo who cut inside and his shot looped up off Gary Cahill and, despite Chelsea having three defenders on the line, Guerrero reacted quickest to nod home from five yards.Chelsea, who were eliminated from the Champions League earlier this month, brought on Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta for Moses and Branislav Ivanovic as the Blues pushed for an equaliser.Torres had a glorious chance to equalise when he only had Cassio to beat but could not take the opportunity.The Blues ended the game with 10 men after Cahill clashed with Emerson, although the English side thought they had forced extra time when Torres headed in but the goal was ruled out for offside.Chelsea had one final shot, Mata hitting the base of the post but Corinthians, who won the trophy in 2000, became the first South American team to win the competition twice.last_img read more