NYC protesters target DHS dinner in Rockefeller Center

first_imgChanting “No more kids in cages! Stop the deportations!” and “No ban on stolen land!” protesters marched around the plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York. At one point, they pushed through a police barricade, took the bleachers and hung a banner over the wall which declared: “Close the Detention Centers Now. Open the Borders. Asylum for Refugees.”They were protesting there July 11 because the National Homeland Security Conference, an annual event aimed at creating propaganda to promote the Department of Homeland Security and private security contractors who are responsible for the detention and deportation of millions of immigrants, was holding a dinner inside Rockefeller Center. As conference attendees gathered in the sunken area at the center of the plaza, where the ice rink is in the winter, protesters sent them a loud message.The newly formed group FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere) called the demonstration. FIRE’s goal is to get rid of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, dismantle concentration camps holding immigrants and tear down any racist border wall that Trump tries to build. Many people passing by showed their support for the protest, which was taking place as children snatched from their parents at the border remain locked up in detention centers, terrified because of the violent separation.— Report and photo by Brenda RyanFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

FTC says Odessa, Midland funeral homes violated price disclosure rule

first_img FTC says Odessa, Midland funeral homes violated price disclosure rule Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest Pinterest By admin – May 3, 2018 center_img FTC logo.jpg Investigators with the Federal Trade Commission found seven funeral homes in the Odessa and Midland area failed to comply with price disclosure requirements.The FTC, which did not disclose the names of the funeral homes, reported discovering violations during undercover inspections last year of what is known as the Funeral Rule. The rule requires funeral homes to give customers an itemized price list at the beginning of an in-person discussion about funeral arrangements.The rule also requires funeral homes prices on caskets and outer burial containers before viewing options, and it prohibits funeral homes from requiring families to buy any item, such as a casket, as a condition of obtaining funeral goods or services. The FTC says the rule is designed to enable customers to compare prices and buy only what they want.In Odessa and Midland seven of the 15 funeral homes inspected failed to comply with a price list disclosure requirement, according to the FTC.The local violations, discovered as part of an investigation spanning several states, did not lead to penalties for the funeral homes. Instead, they were allowed to enter a training program aimed at ensuring compliance. Civil penalties for funeral homes found to violate the rule can be as high as about $40,000 per violation.The Better Business Bureau recommends checking out funeral homes online at, making sure they are registered with the Texas Funeral Service Commission, demanding a price list and resisting pressure to buy unnecessary goods or services.“Obviously that’s an emotional time so you want to avoid emotional spending,” said Heather Massey, the BBB’s regional director of the Permian Basin, adding people should make sure “companies are not trying to up-sell you or take advantage on services you don’t need.”More Information Twitter Facebook BBB website.More information about the investigation.Texas Funeral Service Commission. WhatsApp Previous articleMendoza found guilty of murderNext articleMan charged with stalking after month of investigation adminlast_img read more