8 Dec

Organizers of Sunday protests in Binghamton look to future of ending racism in Broome County

first_imgJones told 12 News she wanted to start a protest here because people shouldn’t have to worry about violence associated with skin color. Melisha Jones, a Binghamton High School student, helped organize the protest that started at 1 p.m. at Binghamton High School. Moving forward, both women feel change starts in our own community. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While Sunday’s protests are over, the organizers of the two marches want their message to be louder than ever. “I would really like for my sons to grow up in a community that they don’t have to be judged by the color of their skin and they dont have to worry when they go outside,” said Stringfield. While both protests were peaceful, she says she knew there was a risk in organizing it. center_img “I did know that there was a risk in it. At one point in time I was really nervous about doing it being five months pregnant and having a child at home and putting others at risk but I just really felt that it was something that needed to be done,” said Stringfield. She doesn’t let how old she is affect how she participates in a nationwide movement. Allyson Stringfield organized the protest that began at 12 p.m. around the Martin Luther King Junior statue in downtown Binghamton. “Everybody was surprised that at my age I’m doing things like this,” said Jones. “And I’m glad to say that I am doing things like this at my age.”last_img read more

30 Dec

LVG sends message to ‘negative’ Manchester United legend

first_img1 Paul Scholes Louis van Gaal has urged Paul Scholes to tone down his continual criticism of his Manchester United side.Scholes has regularly blasted United’s style of play under Van Gaal, describing it as ‘boring’ and ‘too defensive’.But the Dutchman is urging the Red Devils legend to be more positive, suggesting his comments are damaging to his position.Van Gaal said in the Independent: “What Scholes is thinking, he has to think it. Every human being can give his opinion. I don’t bother about that – I think it is good.“But my problem is when you create an atmosphere, a very negative atmosphere for somebody, so maybe he should be more positive.”United lie fifth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the top four, but their performances have led to speculation former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lined up for the Old Trafford hotseat.But Van Gaal is confident if that was the case, he would have been informed.“I can only say that I have spoken with (United’s executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they (Woodward and Mourinho) have spoken with each other,” the former Holland coach said.“I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that. But I think that, if they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also a professional attitude, in my opinion.”He continued: “If they are thinking that they want to replace me, they have to prepare and they have to enquire – that is what I think.“But if it is like that, they have to say it to me. And I believe they will tell me if it is like that. I not only have a strong relationship with Ed, but also with (club owners) the Glazers. I have a good feeling with the Glazers also.“And that is why I am annoyed with all the publicity. I have been ‘sacked’ three times and now it is about negotiations starting with Jose Mourinho. The next time, it will be another (manager).”Van Gaal said he would be willing to give his input if asked by the club about who should succeed him, however – whenever that may be.“It is also very important for the board of Manchester United to look at the profile of the new manager,” he said. “If they ask (for a recommendation as manager), I shall give my opinion and after that, they can do what they wish.“But I never reign beyond my grave and, when I am gone, I cannot influence or contribute.”last_img read more