As Ben Phillips, co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance and a Hewlett Fellow of Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute, listened to Nelson Mandela speak at a rally in South Africa just four years after apartheid ended, Phillips said he realized two things. “The first was that I was in the presence of a hero, but the more important thing is that I realized I was in the presence of thousands of heroes,” he said. “History had not been made by one man. History had been made when so many people organized together.”Phillips brought his passion against global inequality to a lecture in the Hesburgh Center on Wednesday evening titled, “Winning the Fight Against Inequality (And Why It Needs You).” After high school, Phillips moved to South Africa to work as a teacher in a black township. It was there where he first became involved in social activism.“After that year in South Africa, I felt like it physically rewired me, and I therefore couldn’t do anything else other than work in social justice,” Phillips said.Over the course of his life working across the globe in campaign teams and social movements, Phillips said he learned the most important change is never done by professionals. “The key step for achieving change that makes society more equal is for ordinary people to regain their voice, regain their power … they do that by forming groups,” he said.Phillips covered a number of damaging effects inequality causes. In addition to hurting the most vulnerable members of society, Phillips said inequality also causes people who are well off to suffer.“Unequal societies are more violent, less trusting, have less economic growth and potential, harm the environment more, respect human rights less, generate more anger and intolerance and start to fragment and start to not operate as a democracy,” Phillips said.Phillips said cities all over the world live with a stark divide between the rich and the poor, and in many of these cities, the divide is growing.“Seven out of 10 people live in countries where the gap between the rich and poor is worse than it was 30 years ago. One percent of Indians own 50 percent of India,” he said. “In the U.S., the richest 10 percent of the population captured more than all the gains made since the recession. The other 90 percent went backwards.”Phillips said the rich not only hold the majority of the nation’s wealth, but they have power in multiple facets of society.“The problem we face is the problem of political capture,” he said. “Political capture means some people have so much money, they don’t just buy boats, they buy elections. The new golden rule is that the people with the gold make the rules.”In order to combat inequality, Phillips said change will require groups of ordinary, yet diverse people.“A successful movement that establishes a decent, equal society needs doctors and people struggling for peace work in order to take on the 0.1 percent, so I think an inclusive movement is key,” he said.While people may think social movements today are too divisive, Phillips said pushing against authority is essential in creating change.“In the 1960s, if you look at Gallup polls, most whites thought that Dr. King was divisive. There were newspaper articles about how the March on Washington was reckless, and people ask about Black Lives Matter, why can’t they be like Dr. King? They’re exactly like Dr. King,” Phillips said. “They are highlighting a new issue, and people need to hear it.“Phillips said the battle to create a lasting revolution requires a significant amount of time and dedication because combating inequality requires several fights to be won.“When you look at these groups that are making a difference, you see them on the news when they’re out on the streets with placards, but that’s about one percent of what they do,“ he said. “The key word is a series of planning, of building trust, of working with with communities. It’s many, many days of meetings in drafty church basements. It’s endless, and it’s that that brings real change.”Urging students to join the fight against inequality, Phillips said Notre Dame students can benefit from three lessons.“Today when we demolish deference, when we build collective power, when we build a new story, we can be in influence,” Phillips said. “It is not inevitable anywhere, but it is not impossible anywhere.”Tags: inequality, racial justice, social activism, wealthy inequality
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the start of the Vizag Test, there was plenty of attention on Rohit Sharma. The right-hander is acknowledged as one of the best players in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals but his Test career has been stop-start at best. Rohit’s selection as opener for the Vizag Test drew some uncertainties, with some people saying Rohit technically lacks the application and mindset to open and face the new ball in Tests. However, Rohit silenced his critics in grand style by hammering his fourth Test century and his first as an opener to put India on top on the opening day of the Vizag Test against South Africa. The fact that Rohit was given a dry pitch which would assist the spinners later worked to his advantage. Vernon Philander generated some late swing and Rohit was beaten a couple of times. Kagiso Rabada also tried to play on his patience but Rohit overcame all that and applied himself brilliantly. After getting off in style with a crunching boundary off Rabada, Rohit survived a tough period. After negotiating the first hour beautifully, Rohit and Mayank Agarwal ensured that they did not squander the advantage. Rohit broke the shackles in style by hammering left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj for his first six. The right-hander neared his fifty with yet another six off Dane Piedt and a boundary off debutant Senuran Muthusamy. However, before lunch, Rohit had a nervous moment as he top-edged a sweep off Muthusamy just over the fielder at fine leg to notch up his fifty. Also Read | Vernon Philander Urges South Africa’s Seniors To Go After India’s ‘Top Dogs’After the lunch break, Rohit continued to find the boundary and at the same time, he ensured that he did not get bogged down by rotating the strike on a regular basis. The Mumbai right-hander neared his century by blasting two consecutive sixes off Dane Piedt and steering a flatter delivery from Keshav Maharaj to the third man fence. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Should NOT Tweak His Natural Game Too Much: VVS LaxmanRohit notched up his landmark by driving Muthusamy to deep cover and the celebrations spoke of the importance of the knock. Rohit became the fourth Indian after KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to score a century in his maiden innings as an opener. Ever since 2016, Rohit has actually had a good run in Tests. In the series against New Zealand, Rohit smashed 82 and 51 in the Kolkata and Nagpur Tests followed by a century against Sri Lanka in Nagpur 2017.With twin fifties in the Delhi match, Rohit struggled afterwards in the South Africa series but contributed a vital 63 against Australia in Melbourne which helped India win a series for the first time Down Under. In Vizag, the right-hander notched up his sixth consecutive fifty-plus score. Rohit’s ton and his partnership with Mayank Agarwal at the top has given Indian cricket plenty to smile and one would be hoping his consistency remains.
Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus from the latest round of tests, the league has announced.The results of Tuesday’s COVID-19 tests on 302 players were released on Friday in a joint statement from the league and the National Basketball Players Association. The statement said: “Any player who has tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”The NBA and NBPA have announced the following: pic.twitter.com/W3ItTJP5du— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2020The news comes just over a month before the NBA plans to conclude the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs with a 22-team tournament in Orlando.With numbers of new COVID-19 cases rising in the U.S., including in the home states of franchises included in the 22-team format, some concern has arisen about the NBA’s plan. Arizona, Texas and Florida have been hit particularly hard in recent weeks.The league is currently in a testing and transaction window, which allows teams to add free agents before rosters are set on July 1.Training camps are scheduled to begin on July 9, and the NBA plans on resuming the regular season on July 30.
Associated PressHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – An elderly home opened by Britain’s Princess Diana in a Zimbabwe township during her African charity crusades has run out of money nearly two decades after its opening, workers at the home said Thursday.The Society for the Aged Destitute has had to reduce the number of elderly given shelter with only a few months of funding left, administrator Louise Allaart said. She said the home has space for 50 people but can only care for 24. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories After years of economic meltdown in this southern African country, those turned away from the home resort to the surrounding litter-strewn streets where homeless elderly dressed in rags beg for money and scavenge for food scraps and anything of value.The home’s grounds are overgrown and a bedroom wing has been shut down. The residents stream into a bare eating room holding battered tin plates. Two well-wishers have brought them food, and there are broad smiles in the line for the cornmeal staple, rice and beef.“We still have good people in Zimbabwe,” Allaart said.Allaart met Princess Diana at the home in 1993 and said she touched the hearts of everyone she met.“I was so impressed with her. She had contact with people. It was absolutely amazing. She had that gift. I want her children to know she touched many people’s hearts in Zimbabwe,” she said.The late Princess Diana opened the home in 1993 as patron of the British-based HelpAge charity. A sign outside the home still honors the princess’ enormous popularity on the continent because of her African charity work, but the plight of the home is seen as a reflection of Diana’s dying legacy in Zimbabwe. Four benefits of having a wireless security system New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths British embassy officials in Harare told The Associated Press that they have begun looking at possible ways to help the home.Allaart said the home is relying on donations from well-wishers but has only enough cash in hand to stay open for less than six months.The British charity HelpAge cut its funding in 2008 at the same time as foreign development aid to the country dwindled. Local social services were also hit by record inflation and deepening economic woes surrounding violent elections that year. Donors saw inflation depleting their funds by more than tenfold a day.Sevias Mujere, a trustee at the home, said Zimbabwe’s approaching winter months pose health risks to the men and women, some aged into their 90s. During frequent power outages after years of political and economic turmoil, the vulnerable “sit in the dark, cold and shivering,” he said.He said they were susceptible to sometimes fatal infections and respiratory disease and the home lacked money for medicines, treatment and hospital care.“We are struggling to pay salaries for our six workers” who made personal sacrifices in their dedication to the home, he said.The commemorative sign at the closed residential wing records how it was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales on July 11, 1993. Check your body, save your life “We don’t want Princess Diana’s name to disappear,” Mujere said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like