Unilever is hoping for a good hair day

first_imgThe acquisition of the firm behind household names such as V05 and TRESemme marks the single biggest Unilever acquisition in almost a decade.The new brands will complement Unilever’s existing portfolio, which includes Dove, Clear and Sunsilk in hair care, and Vaseline in skincare. It will also enhance Unilever’s presence in key emerging markets such as Mexico.Moreover, the deal will bolster Unilever’s flagging hair care sales in its core US market. In the last year Alberto Culver generated sales of $1.6bn and earnings of $250m.It is also likely to herald as-yet unspecified cost savings. Unilever is hoping for a good hair day Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Unilever yesterday announced it will buy US hair and skin care specialist Alberto Culver in a deal worth $3.7bn (£2.34bn). Execution Noble called the deal “more evidence of a strategically and financially sound re-investment philosophy at Unilever” and Charles Stanley reiterated its “accumulate” recommendation in the wake of the news.The acquisition follows a yet-to-be completed deal to buy Sara Lee’s body care division for $1.3bn. The firm’s largest value acquisition was the massive $20.3bn acquisition of Bestfoods in 2000. Chief executive Paul Polman said: “Personal care is a strategic category for Unilever and growing rapidly. “Ten years ago it represented 20 per cent of our turnover; strong organic growth has driven it to now reach over 30 per cent, with strong positions in many of the emerging markets.”Unilever shares closed up 1.28 per cent on the back of the news yesterday. whatsapp Share Monday 27 September 2010 8:42 pm Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Apple investors reject Jobs succession plan call

first_img Apple investors reject Jobs succession plan call Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Apple shareholders have rejected demands that the company disclose a succession plan for ailing chief executive Steve Jobs.But investors at its annual meeting approved a proposal that the world’s most valuable technology company should adopt majority votes for board directors. With co-founder and chief executive Jobs sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed medical condition, restive investors have demanded more information about the company’s future.Shareholders voted down a proposal to outline its plan for who will succeed Jobs.However, they passed a requirement for a majority vote before appointing unopposed board directors, in a key victory for influential shareholder Calpers, the largest US pension fund.Investor advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services had thrown its weight behind a shareholder proposal to force Apple to disclose a succession plan.The voting results were preliminary, and no details were yet available.Tim Cook, Jobs’ top lieutenant, took the spotlight as shareholders dug for answers not just about Jobs, but also the company’s succession plan, what it might do with its $60bn (£37.1bn) cash pile, and what devices may follow the iPad and the iPhone in coming years. Wednesday 23 February 2011 3:14 pm Share Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp alison.lock whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Tags: NULLlast_img read more

U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) 2018 Presentation

first_imgU.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 presentation For more information about U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng)  2018 presentation Company ProfileUAC of Nigeria Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with diverse business interests in the food and beverages, real estate, paint and logistics sectors. The company also has business interests in the Ivory Coast. UAC of Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of food items, livestock feed, bottled water, fruit juices and ice-creams as well as a range of paint and other home deco products. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include Gala sausage rolls, Funtime coconut chips, Supreme ice-cream, Swan natural spring water, Gossy spring water, Grand soya oil and cereals, Vital feeds, Binggo dog food, Dulux and Sandtex paint. UAC of Nigeria also offers logistics and supply chain management services which includes warehousing, transport and redistribution services. The company also manages a pension funds administration service. UAC of Nigeria invests in pharmaceutical outlets; operates a chain of Mr Bigg restaurants; owns and operates Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos; and is involved in the development, sale and management of commercial and residential properties in Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UAC of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Could I retire early with a FTSE 100 portfolio led by female CEOs?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Did you know only five companies in the FTSE 100 are headed by female CEOs? According to data from IG.com, the current growth rate suggests it’s going to take until the year 2101 to achieve a 50/50 balance. And there’s a big pay gap too. The top-paid male boss is Ocado‘s Tim Steiner. He’s on a total package worth around 10 times that of the top female CEO, Emma Walmsley of GlaxoSmithKline.Source: IG.comGender stereotypes?Is it down to gender stereotypes? Which image of a boss do you think works best for, say, a top bank? The aggressive gung-ho Fred ‘The Shred’ Goodwin, whose leadership brought Royal Bank of Scotland to its knees? Or Alison Rose, currently guiding that same bank’s successful recovery (albeit with a coronavirus-led share price hit at the moment)?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…During the banking crisis, the cartoons I saw depicted fat cat bankers, invariably as men in braces, with fat cigars and wads of cash. Was that unfair? If you want an insight into the macho male image of finance and investment, I recommend a read of Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis.Stereotypes are generally unfair. Obviously we want our top companies to be run by the very best people, regardless of gender. For example, I rate Glaxo’s Emma Walmsley and AstraZeneca‘s Pascal Soriot as two of our top CEOs, both running excellent companies with long-term focus.How would a small portfolio of only those five companies run by female bosses look? GlaxoSmithKline, yes. I’m a long-term bull when it comes to the UK’s top pharmaceuticals firms. And my admiration for the progress made at RBS has led me to rate the bank as a buy for some time. RBS is riskier now. But the shares are cheaper than they’ve been for a long time. And I’m upbeat about the long-term potential.Female CEOsCarolyn McCall’s ITV is next. I’ve not been a great fan of the company. But my negativity has been largely tied to its dividend, which I’ve seen as excessive amid a time of earnings pressure. It’s now suspended the 2019 final dividend, and has withdrawn 2020 dividend plans. In the light of that, and the virus crash, I think the shares look oversold.Whitbread, headed by Alison Brittain, is another whose share price has nosedived during the health crisis. We’re looking at a fall of a shade under 50%. I think Whitbread has a strong enough balance sheet to survive the crisis. But I can’t help thinking the dividend should be withdrawn in the short term.Finally, one of my favourite cash cows is Severn Trent. Headed by Liv Garfield, Severn Trent has the disadvantage of operating in a regulated business. But against that, it has a very clear view of its long-term income and pays one of the most reliable dividends on the market. Its shares are down 24%, and I think that’s unfair for such a defensive stock.I rate these companies as well above the median in terms of quality of management. And if you buy all five and hold them for the long term (by which I mean at least five years, preferably 10, or more), I reckon you’d be looking at a well-diversified start to a FTSE 100 retirement portfolio. Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AstraZeneca and ITV. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Could I retire early with a FTSE 100 portfolio led by female CEOs? See all posts by Alan Oscroft I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Meander / UArchitects

first_imgCopyAbout this officeUArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMaarheezeWoodHealthcare ArchitectureThe NetherlandsPublished on March 29, 2011Cite: “Meander / UArchitects” 29 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Meander是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/121719/meander-uarchitects Clipboard Meander / UArchitects Save this picture!Courtesy of UArchitects+ 7 Share Architects: UArchitectsText description provided by the architects. The region and the history around Maarheeze are a reason for the use of material, color and texture. It is a translation of a historical rural substance into a coded message. This will be visible when intensively studying the building. In small amounts, images of “recognition” come up in our consciousness. In this way the acceptance of a relative large care housing in a small community is being simplified. The materials are distracted from the rural scenery and the process of transience. After a while they show light grey patina.Save this picture!Courtesy of UArchitectsWe have developed a special concrete large brick for this project in the spirit of “Cradle to Cradle”. It was produced not far from the site with low energy cost and it can be reused if necessary.Project gallerySee allShow less2011 Pritzker Prize: Eduardo Souto de MouraArticlesSports Canopy / GS-CAArticlesProject locationAddress:6026 Maarheeze, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/121719/meander-uarchitects Clipboardcenter_img CopyApartments•Maarheeze, The Netherlands Apartments Projects Meander / UArchitectsSave this projectSaveMeander / UArchitects “COPY” The Netherlandslast_img read more

Google offers free advertising

first_img Internet giant Google has established a programme that aims to attract donors to charity using its AdWords search tool. The Google Grants Ireland beta programme supports organisations operating in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.Designed for Irish charities which meet Google’s requirements and have been granted an exemption from tax by the Irish Revenue Commissioners, Google Grants is a unique free advertising program. It harnesses the power of Google’s flagship advertising product, Google AdWords, to non-profits seeking to inform and engage their constituents online.Google Grants has given AdWords advertising to hundreds of qualified non-profit groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education.Google Grant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on Google.ie to raise awareness and increase traffic. Each organisation choosing to participate in Google Grants receives at least three months of free advertising.“Instead of looking for an audience, you’ve got an audience looking for you,” said John Herlihy, Google’s European director of oneline sales and promotion. Details of how the scheme works and how to apply for the programme are on www.google.ie/grants  45 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 18 December 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Google offers free advertisingcenter_img Advertisement  46 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Irelandlast_img read more

Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management

first_img Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Colombian Asotrecol worker talks with WW

first_imgJorge Parra is president of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colombia, known as Asotrecol. He was interviewed on Oct. 7 by WW reporter Martha Grevatt, a 25-year Chrysler worker. Parra and other members of Asotrecol had been on a hunger strike to get GM to meet with them.Workers World: Why did you end the hunger strike?Jorge Parra: Because we wanted to show our willingness to seek a just and definitive solution, and we hope that with this gesture of good faith, GM will listen to our pleas. We workers are ill, and we need an urgent solution; we want the United Auto Workers to help us, and we want to be part of the solution.WW: Describe the support of the working class and community organizations in Detroit.JP: It has been a wonderful experience. We received much support. I believe that in the end we all belong to the same working class with the same dreams. I have learned a lot from all of the people here, and I am grateful for this opportunity. Certainly the workers must organize and share struggles like ours. The basis of union organizing is definitely solidarity with our brothers and sisters.WW: How many groups have you spoken to?JP: I shared our situation with organizations, unions, churches, universities, and I sincerely hope to obtain their help. We really need all their support. It has also been very good to learn from their struggles and share our struggle with them.WW: How are your compañeros in Bogota?JP: They are very ill and have been so for much of the time of our struggle. The saddest case is that of our friend Ferney. His child is very sick and has cerebral palsy and requires many treatments that have not been done due to lack of medical services; it is a very urgent case.There is also the case of Carlos Trujillo. The bank wants to take his home and is about to expel him from his house. He has four young children and a spouse. He would have no choice but to live with the rest of us in the tents in front of the embassy.Manuel with his five children and Pedro with his two children are without a home in which they can live. Pedro has already lost his home to the banks, and also Jair, Juan Carlos, Fabio, Wilson Rafael, Daniel, Neira. We are all about to lose everything.WW: Are you closer to a resolution?JP: That’s what we hope for. We tell the truth and we fight for what’s right. GM Corporation has to listen to us and do the right things. We fought hard and our families deserve to be left in peace.WW What is the importance of international solidarity?JP: It is the most important thing, because definitely your support has allowed us to have these opportunities to talk to everyone and make our needs visible. International pressure has been the only thing that might give us the hope of a solution. In our country only international pressure works, and this is why I pray that our international allies continue to help us.WW: Is there anything else ?JP: I thank you all for helping and keeping us in your prayers. We just want for the first time in our country that these injustices can be resolved. Our struggle has become a clear example of how our country should greatly improve these labor conditions and purge the Ministry of Labor of its corrupt employees that cost our government its credibility. All this is written in our laws. The sad thing is that it is not practiced. It’s not fair that we have to wait so long for the government to enforce the laws, but we will not give up our fight for our rights. Today we completed more than 437 days on strike, living in the streets.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

LGBTQ marriage equality fight moves ahead

first_imgFor almost 400 years, since the first English settlers began stealing land from the original inhabitants of North America, legal practice has been to deny couples of the same sex the right to marry.The walls of denial finally began to crumble in 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to grant same-sex couples this basic human right.The year 2015 may be the year that marriage equality finally becomes enshrined in law throughout the 50 states. On Jan. 16, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would hear the cases of couples in four states who sued to overturn their states’ marriage bans.The decision was made after a three-judge panel of the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati voted two-to-one to uphold marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Up to that point, courts had been ruling in favor of marriage equality, casting down bans in all but 14 states.The high court was, reportedly, declining to hear any cases and intended to let the lower court rulings stand unless there was a split in court opinion. With the Cincinnati court ruling — based on a phony “voting rights” argument that an electorate should be allowed to deny civil rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities — the decision was made to hear the issue.If the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, same-sex marriage bans will be nullified in all of the remaining 14 states. A contrary ruling in favor of reactionary “states rights” arguments — historically the refuge of segregationists — could restore marriage bans in some states.A large number of holdout states are in the former Confederacy, including Georgia, whose “anti-sodomy” law was the subject of the 1986 Hardwick decision. Then, the Supreme Court upheld the bigoted law criminalizing gay sexual expression.Michigan becomes a battlegroundThe 2003 Lawrence decision overturned Hardwick. Michigan was one of five states with the hateful laws still on the books; its law had been one of the worst as well, with life imprisonment for a second offense. LGBTQ people have no anti-discrimination protection in state law here and the state legislature has passed a number of bigoted bills, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.Thus, it took tremendous courage for two Detroit-area nurses, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, to sue the state for the right to jointly adopt the three children they have been raising. Michigan law forced one or the other of them to adopt the children as a single parent. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman determined last year that the adoption rights issue was linked to the right to marry and overturned the Michigan marriage ban that had been passed by voters in 2004.Similar bans were struck down in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, until the higher court in Cincinnati upheld them.DeBoer and Rowse are ecstatic to have their case move forward and be heard by the high court. “Stand up for what you believe, ‘cause that’s what we are doing,” DeBoer said. (Detroit News, Jan. 17)While a close Supreme Court vote in favor of marriage equality is seen as a likely outcome, it should not be treated as a foregone conclusion. In 2012, the court only struck down portions of the “Defense of Marriage Act” pertaining to the federal government, leaving state bans in place. It is a sign of strength and decades of perseverance by the LGBTQ movement that these bans are now falling apart.A second victory took place in Michigan when federal judge Mark Goldsmith, a day before the Supreme Court announcement, ordered the state of Michigan to recognize the 323 same-sex marriages performed in the state during a brief window of opportunity between Judge Friedman’s ruling and its stay by the District Court. Gov. Snyder had denied state marriage benefits to these couples, who have been receiving federal benefits. It is not yet known if Tea Party-associated Attorney General Bill Schuette will challenge Goldsmith’s ruling, which the judge stayed for 21 days to allow for appeal.The ruling in favor of the 323 is another setback for the forces of bigotry, which have been pushed back repeatedly in the 45 years since the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Face to Face with Mumia in a historic interview in 1996

first_imgOn March 28, 1996, Workers World Party leading members Monica Moorehead and Larry Holmes traveled to a remote rural township in central Pennsylvania to pay a visit to the dungeon within a dungeon, death row. For at least two hours, they interviewed a shackled Mumia Abu-Jamal from across a thick glass partition. The interview was videoed by the late Key Martin, founder of the People’s Video Network. The conversation took place less than a year after the state signed a death warrant for Aug. 17 — the birthday of Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey — to execute this wrongly imprisoned Philadelphia journalist, revolutionary and former Black Panther. An estimated 10,000 people held an emergency protest in the streets of Philadelphia on Aug. 12, 1995, that helped stop this legal lynching.  Mumia was eventually taken off death row at Greene state prison in December 2011 thanks to the power of the people. He still remains, after 39 years, in a Pennsylvania prison fighting for his freedom.The following excerpts are from that interview, originally published in the pamphlet entitled “Mumia Speaks.”Monica Moorehead with Mumia Abu-Jamal, March 28, 1996.When we were young back during the Vietnam war, we used to talk about the military-industrial complex.  Now you have the prison-industrial complex.  And you have what is the ultimate solution to America’s economic problem: those who are poor, those who are powerless, those who have no access to the resources one needs to survive.In an area where there is corporate downsizing and there are no jobs and there is only a service economy, and education is being cut which is the only rung by which people can climb – the only growth industry in this part of Pennsylvania, in the eastern United States, in the southern United States, in the western United States, is “corrections,” for want of a better word.The corrections industry is booming.  And I mean, this joint here ain’t five years old. Some corporations made a mint off this thing.  This thing cost millions of dollars to be constructed.But second to that you have across the United States for the first time in modern history, small rural counties and districts begging the government to build a prison here please. There was a time when it was “Unh, unh, not in my back yards, you better not.  I don’t want that here.” Now they are talking, “Well, uh, jobs.”That’s the reality that we are working with. And of course Blacks, Latinos, Hispanics, Mexicans in the West, and Puerto Ricans in the East, and so-called white trash, poor whites, are the raw material now. We’re like the hamburger in McDonald’s, we’re being fed into this. And what you see in Congress and what you see in the statehouses is the greasing of the conveyor belt on that meat-patty line — because there are no laws any more.Think about it.  When you look at the trend of the law — I mean analyze the cases, read the cases, see what they are saying — you don’t hear anybody talk about “search and seizure” or Fourth Amendment or any other amendment.What you hear in popular discourse, on talk-radio stations or in the newspaper is “lock ‘em up, lock ‘em up yesterday” or “kill them.”And it becomes apolitical again — an engine feeding an industry, the prison-industrial complex.And it is so naked now, so negative now, that as Monica said — you can have more than 1.1 million people in this prison, in these prisons and you have people saying “Well, they need to lock up more people.” You have people actually saying that.Of course they don’t know what they’re talking about. But they are just following a script that has been laid down to them by the media, by the politicians.  ‘The real secret is I’m free now’When you spoke about that [prisons] I thought about a recent article that was in the New York Times — you may have seen it — by Sol Wachtler, who used to be the presiding judge of the New York Court of Appeals.  I laughed when I read it, I had a belly laugh, because here’s a guy who was for all intents and purposes a hanging judge. And if somebody made a claim before his court, well, “No, he gets nothing. Cut.” Shot people down as if it was fun.But in his article he talks about the difference between reading a brief about an inmate who sued about the humiliation of strip search and going through that experience himself, and how devastated he was by it. But every one of those 1.1 million people — and if you look across the country now, you don’t have to go through prison to go through that humiliation, you can go to your average police department down the block. Someone gets arrested for a traffic violation, a ticket, and men and women are being strip searched in every city in America.  You see what I’m saying.So what he was in a position of power and he could have said this is unconstitutional, or it violates this, “Well, no, doesn’t make a claim, next, denied.” And he didn’t sense how wrong, how wrong, how cold-hearted that was — until it was him that had to spread his buttocks, until it was him that had to pull his penis back.  You understand what I’m saying?  It became a whole other reality.The Jamaicans have a saying: ‘Who feels it knows it.’Well, now he knows it.  A little too late, though, ain’t it?It must be a new system or the abolition of this system. It must be. Right now we are in an era where there is a depression for workers but a boom time for capital, for those with wealth, for those who own stock and mutual funds and so forth.There is enough wealth in this country to ensure that every child is educated, truly educated, with life education. There’s enough wealth in this country alone to make sure that no one has to live in a shack, in a hovel, in a ghetto. There’s enough wealth so that every person can be properly housed, and fed, and have faith in a future. But when you have people who have it all, you’re going to have someone who has nothing.The real secret is that I’m free now — they just ain’t dug it yet. They have tried to cage me in every way they could, they tried to kill me in the street, and every attempt they’ve made has been a bitter failure for them.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more