BEREA, Ohio — The Berea City School District Board of Education passed in July a resolution stressing the need for diversity, equity and inclusion, and rejecting all forms of racism and discrimination. One of the first steps involves listening and respecting others’ perspectives.

At the Sept. 21 board meeting, Berea-Midpark graduates shared stories of the racism they encountered as students in the district. Their recollections were uncomfortable to hear, but Board President Ana Chapman said it is necessary “to make the positive changes we’ve needed for a long time.”

“The purpose of this resolution, and the actions surrounding it, was to make sure we are listening and all voices are being heard, especially those of the underrepresented, be it by the color of their skin, their ethnic background, their special educational needs, or their sexual orientation,” Chapman said. “The district can’t go back and change the past, but we can listen and make the future better.”

Summer Husein, a 2020 graduate, remembered being treated differently because of her Palestinian heritage and Muslim faith. She said school food choices were limited due to her religion, and she felt “so left out” when Christian holidays were discussed in class. Husein began wearing a scarf in eighth grade.

“Some students gave me weird nicknames,” Husein said. “I was a ‘terrorist.’ I was called the wife, and daughter, of Osama bin Laden. While they were harmful (statements), I was more confused than ever.

“I grew up with these people,” she continued. “Why did they now view me differently? Because I wear a scarf on my head, and my religion and ethnicity were not visible (before).”

Emily, Erica and Callie Truong, graduates from 2013, 2016 and 2017, sent a letter to Chapman, which she read aloud. They acknowledged it “was not always easy” being an

QUITO, Sept 30 (Reuters)Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Wednesday the International Monetary Fund’s executive board approved a $6.5 billion loan for Ecuador that would provide financial support for sectors affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ecuador reached a technical agreement in August with the IMF to access the loan within the framework of the Expanded Service program as the oil-exporting nation is hit by low crude prices and the effects of the pandemic.

“The loan from the International Monetary Fund today has been unanimously approved,” Moreno told reporters. “We will have a meeting with the ministers … to be able to make the respective allocation of these resources.”

The funds will begin to arrive on Friday, Moreno said, without providing details.

The IMF declined to comment.

In the technical agreement, Ecuador pledged to reduce crisis-related spending in 2021, implement a fiscal reform package to improve public finances, and protect the purchasing power of Ecuadorian families.

That agreement helped the Andean country successfully renegotiate its sovereign bonds last month.

Ecuador reached an IMF agreement for about $4.2 billion in February 2019, but the arrangement was canceled in May because of the impact of the pandemic and the fall in oil prices.

(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Peter Cooney)

(([email protected]; 58 212 655 2660; Reuters Messaging: [email protected], @ReutersVzla))

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Source Article

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Brackpool, Koziatek, and Villaraigosa
Brackpool, Koziatek, and Villaraigosa ( Cadiz, Marilyn Koziatek for School Board 2020 and Antonio for California)

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
– Wall Street

If you have ever wondered how a career politician like Antonio Villaraigosa supports himself between political offices, the answer lies with people like Keith Brackpool. The former Los Angeles mayor depends on this benefactor not only for contributions “to his political campaigns”, but for a “job between electoral posts”. Looking at the source of this money provides insight into why the corporate wing of the Democratic party has lost its way.

Born in England, Brackpool “came to the US after admitting having breached financial disclosure laws in the UK in the 1980s.” In the United States, he has made millions from Cadiz, a company that he founded that as of 2015 had never “had a profitable year”. Using plans opposed by “environmentalists, local ranchers, protectionists, and Native American tribes”, the company seeks to make billions of dollars in profits from selling groundwater from places like the Mohave Desert to thirsty California cities. However, in order to do so, it needs to bypass environmental review. Despite the legal payoff of politicians like Villaraigosa, it has not been able to do so.

Proving that she will take money from anyone who offers it, LAUSD School Board candidate Marilyn Koziatek is the latest politician to benefit from the generosity of Brackpool. He joins Jim Walton and other members of the 1% who are supporting her candidacy in an attempt to privatize our public education system. If they are successful, our students will become commoditized sources of profit, just like the groundwater in the Mojave.

“The most valuable