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first_img Students plant seed funding in plan for renewable electricity Law students help to mend Puerto Rico The power of citizenship was on Carmen Yulín Cruz’s mind last week at Radcliffe, but with a caveat: that power has limits.“Citizenship does not give you equality,” the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said in the keynote address of “Unsettled Citizens,” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on March 29. During the daylong conference, which examined shifting and sometimes competing ideas about citizenship in a time of global migration, Cruz made an impassioned plea for a bond beyond legal statehood.“Equality has to be fought for,” she said. “It has to be nurtured. It has to be taken care of every day.”Cruz, who in September 2017 gained national prominence with her criticism of the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Maria, questioned the nature of citizenship as a political institution, focusing on themes of humanity and belonging. Emphasizing moral over legal imperatives, Cruz called for a “global citizenship” and said, “We should be tearing down walls, not building them.”In explaining her views, Cruz pointed to what she and others saw as the Trump administration’s slow and inadequate response to Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. When the Category 4 hurricane devastated the island, she said, many Puerto Ricans relied on the bonds of citizenship, looking to the federal government for aid. “Don’t worry, Mayor,” they told her. “They will come.”Months later, as concerns over food, water, and electricity persisted, even her most trusting constituents began to lose faith, she said.Counting the casualties from disruptions in healthcare and shelter, Cruz noted a total of 3,000 dead from Maria and its effects. Many of those fatalities could have been avoided with a faster, fuller response, said Cruz, who has blamed President Trump for the toll and repeated the charge in her keynote.“Our lives did not matter to him,” she said. “Being a citizen was not enough.” (For his part, Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Cruz and other regional leaders, including in a series of tweets this week.),The hurricane and its aftermath highlighted an ongoing debate about Puerto Rico’s status, with some favoring statehood while others push for independence. The former argument gained momentum in the wake of Maria, with statehood supporters contending that gaps in recovery aid are related to Puerto Ricans being disenfranchised in national elections.Cruz sees a strong case from “a strictly civil rights” perspective that Puerto Rico’s citizens should be able to vote for president. However, she opposes statehood, instead supporting a compact of free association, which in essence would retain the island’s status as a territory.“I am an American citizen, but I identify myself as Puerto Rican, so my nation is Puerto Rico,” said Cruz , who has announced her intention to run for governor as a member of the Popular Democratic Party. Ultimately, even as she argued for the primacy of ties that transcend citizenship, she also championed citizenship’s ideals, notably the right to self-determination.“If the majority of people want free association, let it be so. If people want independence, let it be so. If people want statehood, let it be so,” she said. “Let it be so, but let us decide.”The day’s first panel explored the ways economics can define political status. K. Sabeel Rahman, president of the public policy organization Demos and an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School, addressed the practical implications of wealth and poverty. U.S. economic policy has been “weaponized,” he said, citing disparities in opportunity that grow out of educational disparities, sorting society into a permanent underclass and a permanent ruling elite.“If you functionally can’t access economic opportunity, if you’re segregated from the center of the city,” he said, “you’re not really a member of the full polity.”Economic citizenship has another meaning for the Alaska Native Regional Corporations. Rosita Kaaháni Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and a member of the Tlingit tribe, explained how, seeking full control over their lands, the state’s natives established tribal corporations through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement in 1971. This move transferred the titles of 330 million acres to 13 regional corporations and more than 200 village corporations, at the time the largest lands claim in American history. It also established Alaskan natives as an ethnic group. But corporate citizenship has had unforeseen consequences, Worl said. The requirement that the corporation show a profit has resulted in difficult decisions about the use and development of wild spaces, for example. In addition, tribal membership — and, thus, full membership in the corporations — is defined by blood, with only those able to prove one-quarter Alaskan native blood eligible for full membership. This has created heartbreaking situations in which tribal citizens are seeing their children and grandchildren disenfranchised.The imaginary white ethno-state was the focus of a presentation later in the day. A “territorial reimagining” based on a mythical past, this idea is at the core of alt-right hate groups, explained Alexandra Minna Stern of the University of Michigan. She also noted how the language of white nationalism — “deportation, homelands, and recalling birthright citizenship” — has entered the mainstream political discussion.After additional speakers discussed global migration and the plight of refugees and disenfranchised workers, Daniel Carpenter, faculty director of Radcliffe’s social sciences program and the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, summed up the conference.“Maybe we need a more encompassing vision of citizenship,” he said. “Maybe ‘unsettling’ it is exactly what we need to save it.” Puerto Rico benefits from Harvard’s living lab 29 travel to hurricane-damaged island to provide legal services, rebuild homes Relatedlast_img read more

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Cricket News Ellyse Perry, Australian superwoman, achieves a feat no cricketer has ever achieved in T20Is

first_img New Delhi: Ellyse Perry is a cricketing superwoman. The Australian allrounder has dazzled the world with her achievements in batting and bowling across all formats. In Tests, she has an average of 45 while in ODIs, she averages a staggering 76 with the bat. With the ball, Perry has taken 145 wickets in ODIs and 31 in Tests. However, in Twenty20 Internationals, Perry has achieved what no cricketer male or female has achieved in the history of the format. On Sunday, during the second Twenty20 International between England and Australia in the Women’s Ashes contest, Perry became the first cricketer on the planet to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the shortest format of the game. Perry had already taken 100 wickets when she took the wicket of Natalie Sciver in the World T20 final in 2018. However, in the match at Hove, Perry chose to create some more history. England chose to bat and Perry struck early as she got the wicket of Amy Jones for the fourth time in the tour. Danielle Wyatt and Natalie Sciver fell cheaply but Tammy Beaumont steadied the ship along with Heather Knight. The 38-run stand between Beaumont and Knight looked to push England towards a good score but when both fell in quick succession, England stumbled and it took an aggressive, unbeaten 17 from Sophie Ecclestone to help England reach 121/8 in 20 overs. In response, Australia started brilliantly but lost some quick wickets. However, Perry and skipper Meg Lanning took the attack to the England bowlers. Perry smashed four boundaries and a six while Lanning was at her consistent best in this format as Australia inched closer to a win. When Perry thumped a boundary off Katherine Brunt, she became the first woman to score 1000 runs in the format and also take 100 wickets. Australia sealed the win by seven wickets and now have a 12-2 lead in the Ashes series with one match still to play on Wednesday.Also Read | Five runs needed off one ball – See this dramatic finish in Women’s Big Bash LeagueSpeaking to ESPNCricinfo after the end of the game, Perry said, “I guess it’s lovely, but I wasn’t aware of it. I actually think in T20 cricket at the international level, we probably play it as much as the men, so I have played a pretty big volume of games now – over 100. So I suppose when you’ve played 100 games you might get close to it. That’s probably the only reason I’m there – because I’ve played a lot of games,” Perry said.Also Read | Women’s Big Bash League: Brisbane Heat end Sydney dominance, beat Sixers in tense finalFormer Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi (1416 runs and 98 wickets) could have almost achieved the feat but Bangladesh’s Shakib al Hasan, with 1471 runs and 88 wickets, stands next in line to join Perry. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Ellyse Perry took her 100th wicket in the 2018 World T20 final.Perry reached the landmark of 1000 runs in the second match at Hove.No male cricketer has ever achieved the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in T20Is.last_img read more

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