Imani HenryOakland, Calif. — At a Workers World Party meeting here on Jan. 31, Imani Henry asked the audience, “How do we ratchet it up in 2015, the year of resistance?” Henry is a longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer movements in the U.S. He is also an organizer with the Peoples Power Assembly, which helped to coordinate emergency day-of/day-after actions in New York and nationally in response to the decision by a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury not to indict the cop who killed a young unarmed Black man, Michael Brown.Gloria VerdieuThe meeting, titled “From NYC to Ferguson to Oakland: the Nationwide Fight Against Police Terror,” provoked a lively discussion about the many tactics being used in the fight for justice against racist police brutality.Also on the program was Gloria Verdieu of the San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality. She emphasized the importance of speaking the names and showing the faces of all the people whose lives have been stolen by police terror. Verdieu also leads the San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and All Political Prisoners.Cyndi Mitchell, sister of Mario Romero, who was killed by the Vallejo police, shared Romero’s story with the group.The meeting took place at the Alan Blueford Center for Justice, a space dedicated to healing the community in honor of Alan Blueford, killed by Oakland police on May 6, 2012.Photos: Daniel ArauzFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Krispy Kreme has made an investment into its logistics, by employing a new store delivery solution system.It means the company will control and have a more informed idea of which stores need which products, in a bid to increase sales revenues and demand forecasting.Krispy Kreme workers will be supplied with mobile devices that can capture real-time delivery and collection information.This means on-shelf availability can be managed for over 650 locations from a remote location.Unscheduled deliveries can also be managed, so that the company is able to deliver to its UK locations on a daily basis.The new system is powered by ZetesAres, and the company hopes that Krispy Kreme will reduce development timescales, deployment costs and the complexity associated with introducing new software in the future.Nicola Fisher, systems manager at Krispy Kreme, said: “Our investment in ZetesAres will ensure stock management and replenishment is completed efficiently in real-time, allowing us to scale operations quickly as the number of our sales outlets continues to expand. By opting for a fully managed service, Krispy Kreme has immediate access to an advanced supply chain technology infrastructure to help increase revenues, with minimal impact on our existing IT resources and capital expenditure.”
Levi Lowrey reminds me a lot of two of my favorite songwriters, Darrell Scott and Shawn Camp. You might not know their names, but I can just about guarantee you know their songs.If you are a fan of the Zac Brown Band, you have heard Levi Lowrey’s songcraft. Unwittingly, you have probably sung along with his words. Levi earned a CMA Song of the Year nomination for his co-write on “Colder Weather,” from the 2010 Zac Brown Band release You Get What You Give, and he co-wrote “The Wind,” which was on Uncaged, Zac Brown Band’s chart topping and Grammy winning 2012 record.I first heard of Levi Lowrey when he was tabbed to replace Bryan Simpson following his departure from Cadillac Sky. That collaboration didn’t stick, but I have been following Levi ever since. I Confess I Was A Fool, his 2011 release on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label, is a Southern Americana masterpiece. For proof, listen to “Whiskey and Wine” or “Freight Hopper,” two of my favorite tracks from a record that has rarely been far from my stereo these last few years.Levi’s eponymous sophomore effort, which releases February 25th, met my expectations easily. Tracks like “Picket Fences,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix, “December Thirty-One,” and “Before The Hymnal Died” confirm to me that Levi Lowrey stands shoulder to shoulder with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Will Hoge as the best in what Southern songwriting has to offer.Trail Mix recently caught up with Levi to chat about working with Zac Brown, heavy metal music, and the new record.BRO – As an emerging Americana artist, what does it mean to be associated with Southern Ground?LL – I think that Southern Ground is the perfect place for ANY Americana artist. Zac really knows allows artists to be themselves. I’m making music the same way that I always have, without being pressured to cut my hair, shave my bear, and wear a baseball cap (the new cowboy hat). Zac throws his full weight behind it, because he believes in his artists. He doesn’t try to manufacture pop stars.BRO – The world knows Zac Brown as a performer. How was it working with him as a producer?LL – Zac has a really good grasp on track listings. He’s always amazed me with his ability to pick songs for records, put them in order, and then pick singles. It’s the kind of skill that only a music lover and seasoned reader of liner notes can possess. I have to also stress that Matt Mangano and Clay Cook did an incredible job producing this record. They took the aforementioned hand picked songs and elevated them to a new level.BRO – We are featuring “Picket Fences” on Trail Mix this month. What’s the story behind the song?LL – First, thank you for this honor. There are several viewpoints that are represented in this song. There is a kind of U2 element to this one. The cheater is me. The wife is God, and the lover is the world. There is another story that’s far more straight forward. It’s that story that most people will latch onto and pick up on the first listen. Both stories are true.BRO – Is there a song on the record that you just fell into, something that happened unusually quickly?LL – “Trying Not To Die” came rather quickly. I was at a family Thanksgiving gathering, watching my kids play with their cousins out in the yard. They were trying to kill themselves on a Cozy Coupe and various other playground items. It reminded me of my childhood, when I’d spend all of my time outside playing with my cousins. It made me sad to realize that, somewhere along the way, I lost that daredevil mentality. Now I am an overly nervous father, trying not to die.BRO – Why aren’t more Americana artists covering Black Sabbath tunes?LL – Why isn’t Black Sabbath covering more Americana artists?Levi Lowrey is out on the road in support of the Zac Brown Band for much of the month of February. For more information on Levi, the new record, or when you might be able to catch him live, point your browser to www.levilowrey.com.And, if you want to grab a signed copy of Levi’s record early, take a shot at our trivia question in the form down below – just fill it out and submit!. We’ll pick a winner from all of the correct responses received by noon (EST) tomorrow – Thursday, February 6th.Good luck!!
Duro Ikhazuagbe in UyoAfter leading UEFA Europa League winners Atletico Madrid to a 3-2 victory over Super Eagles â€˜Bâ€™ team to win the maiden GOTV Max Cup in Uyo yesterday, Head Coach of the Laliga outfit, Diego Simeone, confessed that the Nigerian lads gave him a scare.â€œIt Was a very difficult game playing Nigeria here today. We came here to win and so put in more effort. Although in the absence of top players like Antoine Griezmann, we had to rely on some of the youth players,â€ observed Simeone through an interpreter.His Nigerian counterpart, Salisu Yusuf commended his wards for putting up great effort to ensure that they were not disgraced by the Europa champions. â€œWe are very happy over this result. We knew what to expect from Atletico. They showed maturity and class but my players proved they were worthy ambassadors of the country,â€ he noted.Yusuf however believes Eagles gave away two cheap goals.â€œWe gave the two cheap goals. We knew we were going to play the Europa champions and planned to confine them to 30metres away but they survived the game plan,â€ stressed the coach.Former Golden Eaglets captain, Kelechi Nwakali and Usman Mohammed scored Nigeriaâ€™s two goals in the five-goal thriller that also saw former Liverpool and Chelsea star, Fernando Torres, getting on the scorersâ€™ sheet with brilliant performance in what was his last official game for Atletico.Kelechi Nwakali and his brother, Chidiebere were among some of the outstanding stars of the evening inside the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.The senior Nwakali put the home team in front with a superb strike from outside the box that beat Atletico goalkeeper, Jan Oblak.However, the La Liga outfit drew level through Angel Correa soon after Emem Eduok who for the better part of the game wasted chances, was dispossessed in his own half of the pitch.Substitute Destiny Ashadi ought to have restored the Eagles lead just before the interval, but he shot way off target from right inside the box after he was set up by the bright and lively Samad Kadiri.Torres who came into the game on resumption for the second stanza put Atletico Madrid ahead for the first time on 64 minutes after they had missed a sitter earlier in the second half. Torresâ€™ goal was greeted by the capacity crowd at the Nest of Champions ground.Norway-based midfielder Usman Mohammed who came in as substitute in the second half draw the Nigerians level in the 79thminute with a great solo goal when he dribbled his way inside the box before flicking the ball beyond the reach of Oblak.However, when both teams were getting set for a penalty shootout to decide the winners of the Go TV Max Cup, Borja Garces fired past goalkeeper Femi Thomas from inside the box for the winner five minutes from time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Simeone confesses Nigeria played great game in the five-goal thriller