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How can I make my company talk about racial injustice?



How can I make my company talk about racial injustice?

My company refuses to make statements about racial injustice. They say that whatever people say or do is never good enough. I feel it is a solution, but if I complain I am afraid there will be a reply. Can I be reprimanded for organizing employee protests or petitions asking management to make statements and commit to doing more to fight inequality?

If we have learned something from the #MeToo movement, then silence and no action is not an option. The issue of race is at the top of national talks, and just because your company stays silent doesn’t mean you have to do it. You can try measurable ways to encourage dialogue and influence changes that are not provocative and potentially risky for your work. Think about the responsibility for who is actually asking the organization to move. Start a dialogue with the leaders. If that doesn’t work, then take your case professionally to the top of the company, whether CEO, CHRO, general counsel or board of directors. If you still don’t make progress, then you have a stronger platform to manage grassroots pressure. You stand on a firmer foundation if you keep all your efforts professional and can defend yourself if there are efforts that have a negative impact on your work.

The restaurant where I worked last summer said that they would hire me back for this season, and a few weeks ago, the manager confirmed that they would bring me back. Now he says they won’t, because I didn’t come for last year’s Labor Day weekend even though I had good reason. Is that legal? And can I collect unemployment because they technically fired me?

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If not offered the same job as being fired, then almost everyone is fired many times. And if not offered jobs that qualify for unemployment benefits, then the country will go bankrupt. If the restaurant fired you for not showing up for work last year, you might be eligible for unemployment benefits – now, not so much. There are many restaurants that are looking for staff, so go work there.

Gregory Giangrande has more than 25 years of experience as chief executive of human resources. Send your questions via email to GoTo[email protected]. Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at, is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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