Christian leaders press presidential candidates on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

first_imgChristian leaders press presidential candidates on Israeli-Palestinian conflict September 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm Indeed it is encouraging that our Presiding Bishop Curry(with other church leaders) is voicing concern for justice and peace for Palestinians. We long-time Episcopalians have been sadly reminded that we have not had any truly spiritual leaders since the ’80s-90s when the late great Bishop Edmond Browning met w/President Bush(Episcopalian) on settlement building=No U.S.Israeli aid. Let us wake up to Reality thusly: Root cause=Corrupt U.S.Congress financed/influenced by monied pro-Israel AIPAC,Jewish organizations and dual Israeli-U.S.state department officials… Throughout these years since 1986 and despite local (Seattle area) grass-roots work/meetings w/senate,congressional members and with interfaith coalitions No impact has changed this shameful devotion to zionist Israel. Yes, as a life-long Episcopalian, and notably witness for peace and justice(true to our Baptismal Covenant) it has been apparent that our Episcopal leadership is highly compromised leadership. Regrettably there has been no U.S.governmental administration demonstrating strong moral,ethical working values. This has now been so blatantly declared with the $38+Billion aid package noted by President Obama’s appointee Susan Rice that this is the greatest foreign aid package in U.S. history! As for the presidential candidates one must be reminded that the Democratic Party Platform Comittee rejected any plank for/referencing Palestine despite the fact it was submitted upon initial agreement by Sen.Sanders,Prof.Cornell West … And the other presidential contenders have strongly voiced their pro-Israel positions. We must face the reality that our country devastated by longtime crisis situations of Homelessness, unemployment, immigration/refugees, education and healthcare disparities among other critical domestic issues are secondary to “our closest ally in the Middle East”–quote from Susan Rice during State Dept.signing U.S.-Israel Memorandum Of Understanding, culmination of years of shared priorities with our closest ally in the Middle East–September 14, 2016. Shamefully, our country is focused on Power-building, Weaponry and War. Tags Israel-Palestine, Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis September 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm I also wish to commend the Presiding Bishop for joining in this initiative toward just action by the US government. I am also grateful that Brian Grieves has reminded us of past church actions that addressed corporate engagement. The hardships endured by the people and institutions of the Diocese of Jerusalem have but one root cause: the occupation. Until that root cause is addressed and removed, all the investment in the world will not ultimately alleviate the suffering of Christian and other Palestinians. In 1991 and 1994, resolutions of the church acknowledged the illegality of West Bank settlements and urged that US financial assistance to Israel be legally compliant. I commend the actions of the Presiding Bishop and the Committee on Corporate Responsibility and hope that they point to a new day for the church in its responses to the dreadful injustices in Israel and Palestine. Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET September 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm The Presiding Bishop is to be commended for joining in this important initiative on behalf of a just peace in Israel and Palestine. As chair of Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility, I note that this article refers to a policy of positive investment by our Church. That policy emerged from a report from the CCSR committee in October 2005 (then called Social Responsibility in Investments). In response, the Church indeed has made a 500K investment in the Bank of Palestine. The Council’s resolution reads: Resolved, That the Executive Council recommends that bodies of the Episcopal Church with investment assets join with other religious organizations, denominations and institutions in investing in the economic infrastructure of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.But the article stops short of pointing out that our Church also supports corporate engagement with companies in its investment portfolio that “contribute to the infrastructure that supports and sustains the Occupation.” The lead Resolved actually raises up corporate engagement as its first concern: Resolved, That the Executive Council, meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7-10, 2005, receives and commends the October 3rd report of the Committee on Social Responsibility in Investments on corporate engagement and positive investment.In fact, the Church has filed resolutions dating back to 1994 with Caterpillar and Motorola, among others, two of the worst offenders that support the Occupation. The subject of further action and recommendations on corporate engagement to Council will be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the CCSR later this month. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Dr. Erna Lund says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Chris Barghout says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined 20 other Christian leaders in writing to the four U.S. presidential candidates urging them to speak forcefully and provide leadership on ending the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The leaders, organized as Churches for Middle East Peace and representing most of the mainline Christian denominations in the United States, expressed their “deep concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli military occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, now in its 50th year.” They asked the presidential candidates — Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor Gary Johnson, Dr. Jill Stein, and Mr. Donald Trump — to pledge, “if elected, to take urgent and vigorous new steps to seek creative political solutions that will foster a just and lasting peace and help each party to realize self-determination with necessary confidence building measures to build mutual security.”Following the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has largely controlled East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights in what are collectively identified as the Israeli-occupied territories.Last April, Curry joined more than 100 church leaders from the Middle East and the United States at the Carter Center in Atlanta for an unprecedented summit focused on seeking a lasting two-state solution for peace in the Holy Land and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.The Episcopal Church has long supported a two-state solution in which a secure and universally recognized state of Israel lives alongside a free, viable, and secure state for the Palestinian people, with a shared Jerusalem as the capital of both.The Episcopal Church’s most recent action on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking was taken at General Convention in June 2015. Resolution B013 “reaffirms the vocation of the church as an agent of reconciliation and restorative justice,” and recognizes that “meaningful reconciliation can help to engender sustainable, long-lasting peace and that such reconciliation must incorporate both political action and locally driven grassroots efforts.”Resolution C018 expresses solidarity with and support for Christians in Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories; affirms the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in healing, education, and pastoral care; and affirms the work of Christians engaged in relationship building, interfaith dialogue, nonviolence training, and advocacy for the rights of Palestinians.The resolution also urges Episcopalians to demonstrate their solidarity by making pilgrimage to Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories and learning from fellow Christians in the region.In addition to official Episcopal Church policy, several dioceses and networks also are engaged in Holy Land partnerships and advocacy, particularly in supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its more than 30 social service institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories. These institutions include schools, hospitals, clinics and centers for people with disabilities.The diocese and the institutions also are supported by the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization established in 1985.The Palestine Israel Network, part of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, has campaigned for more vigorous church policy to end the occupation, but the Episcopal Church has not supported its calls for boycotts and divestment against Israeli companies that profit from the occupation. Instead, the Episcopal Church supports a policy of positive investment.“Almost 50 years of occupation have and will continue to erode the soul of both the occupied and the occupier,” the Christian leaders said in their September letter to the presidential candidates. “To ease tensions, we urge you to support people-to-people exchanges and the end of practices under the occupation that result in major human rights abuses, such as home demolitions, systematic land seizures, travel restrictions, the blockade of Gaza, and indefinite administrative detention, including detention of persons under eighteen.“We pray that, as you look forward to the heavy burdens of leadership, you will find the wisdom, strength and persistence to seek new avenues toward a just and durable peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”Churches for Middle East Peace is encouraging all people of faith to join the Christian leaders of in calling upon the 2016 presidential candidates to pledge, if elected, to take urgent and vigorous new steps to seek creative political solutions that will foster a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine.The full text of the letter and its signatories follows.Letter from Christian Leaders to the Presidential Candidates (September, 2016)Dear Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor Gary Johnson, Dr. Jill Stein, and Mr. Donald Trump:As American church leaders, we are writing to you and other candidates for President of the United States in the upcoming November election to express our deep concern about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli military occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, now in its 50th year. We ask that during the coming political campaign that you pledge, if elected, to take urgent and vigorous new steps to seek creative political solutions that will foster a just and lasting peace and help each party to realize self-determination with necessary confidence building measures to build mutual security.We lament the violence perpetrated by both Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides have engaged in incitement. Both sides live in mutual fear. Ongoing settlement expansion that has led to 570,000 Israelis living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank is eroding the viability of the two-state solution.   The blockade of Gaza has led to immense human suffering. This status quo is clearly contrary to global security interests, including those of the U.S., and a source of violent extremism throughout the region. In addition, the daily indignities and stresses of the occupation foster human suffering and have led to emigration from the small but vital Palestinian Christian community.Only Israelis and Palestinians themselves can decide upon the details of a lasting and just peace agreement. However, given the imbalance of power and history of deep mutual distrust, there will not be progress toward an agreement unless other steps also are taken. Because of its power and influence, the U.S. has a special responsibility for leadership, in cooperation with Europeans and interested Arab states, to move the two sides toward an agreement which will remove this source of conflict once and for all.As an urgent first step, we hope you will speak forcefully and provide the leadership of your office, if elected, to call openly for an end of violence and settlement expansion. Almost 50 years of occupation have and will continue to erode the soul of both the occupied and the occupier. To ease tensions, we urge you to support people-to-people exchanges and the end of practices under the occupation that result in major human rights abuses, such as home demolitions, systematic land seizures, travel restrictions, the blockade of Gaza, and indefinite administrative detention, including detention of persons under eighteen.We pray that, as you look forward to the heavy burdens of leadership, you will find the wisdom, strength and persistence to seek new avenues toward a just and durable peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.Very respectfully,Archbishop Vicken AykazianArmenian Orthodox Church of North AmericaBishop Oscar CantúChairman, Committee on International Justice and PeaceU.S. Conference of Catholic BishopsArchbishop of Oklahoma City Paul S. CoakleyChairman of the BoardCatholic Relief ServicesThe Most Rev. Michael B. CurryPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchRev. Dr. John C. DorhauerGeneral Minister and PresidentUnited Church of ChristThe Rev. 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Given the worsening situation on the ground there now I am pleased to see the Episcopal Church looking at taking up action through the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility.And thanks to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for signing on to the letter organized by CMEP. 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The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA September 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm Presiding Bishop Curry has joined with leaders of other major denominations to urge government action toward a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis … thank you, Bp. Curry! The ENS news article is encouraging in its coverage. However, I question the ENS statement that TEC only supports a policy of positive investment. As far back as 1991, in Resolution A149, the General Convention called on the President of the United Stated and the Members of Congress, in light of de facto annexation of Palestinian land, to develop a policy which requires the State of Israel to account to the Government of the United States for the use of all aid in whatever form that the United States grants to the State of Israel and its instrumentalities, in full compliance with all sections of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; and, further, to ensure that no assistance provided the State of Israel shall be used to cause the relocation of Palestinian people from their homes, nor for new settlements to be located in the occupied areas of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem; with further relocations and new settlements to result in the immediate curtailment of aid from the United States. This was reaffirmed in 1994 in D065, and, more recently in A015 in 2012, a resolution introduced by the Standing Commission for Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, of which I was a member. This weeks signing of a U.S. military aid bill for Israel to the tune of 38 billion dollars over the next decade suggests that TEC has work to do if we would be true to our history of legislation and our concern for the erosion of Palestinian human rights. September 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm More of an interesting read in who has not signed on who are also members of Churches of Middle East Peace. Those are the churches such as Greek Orthodox, Coptic and Antioch Orthodox Church which comprise the overwhelming majority of Christians in the middle East. This is another pro-Israel pro normalization letter signed by Christian American Zionist churches. If the goal is peace and understanding, the non-signing of the Christians most affected by Israeli policies is quite the indicator of what’s going on. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

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Hugh Jackman offers $100,000 via Twitter

Australian actor Hugh Jackman, star of the new film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has used Twitter to announce that he will donate $100,000 to a nonprofit recommended by one of his Twitter followers.Earlier this morning he announced: “I will donate 100K to one individual’s favorite non profit organization.Of course,you must convince me why by using 140 characters or less.”This makes the application form one of the shortest ever offered to fundraisers.Mr Jackman has not specified a closing date but in a message posted one hour after the announcement he suggested announcing the winner on a radio show on “Friday 24th”.There have been no updates yet from Mr Jackman about the offer, apart from one reply to @wlraider70 saying “The more passion shown for your charity the better! Get the support of your friends and teach them the importance of giving”.Photo: Hugh Jackman (by Phil Guest on Flickr.comGiven the ease with which celebrities can be impersonated on Twitter, such offers should be treated with caution. Nevertheless, the story has been reported elsewhere including The Daily Telegraph (Hugh Jackman makes $100,00 charity pledge on Twitter) (sic), and Professional Fundraising (X-Man money’s on the Twitter table).Tweets by RealHughJackman Hugh Jackman offers $100,000 via Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  62 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Celebrity Digital Twitter Howard Lake | 15 April 2009 | News read more

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Free International Edition: The Past and Future of a Radical Price

first_img Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 19 May 2009 | News Free International Edition: The Past and Future of a Radical Price AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Fundraisers optimistic about major gift income over next two years

first_imgFundraisers optimistic about major gift income over next two years Howard Lake | 1 July 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Research by Good Values and the Institute of Fundraising suggests that fundraisers are optimistic about the state of major gift income. Indeed 95% of the 88 fundraisers surveyed expected to see an increase in income from this source over the next two years. The survey covered charities with a major gifts programme and those that we just starting out. Of those actively seeking major gifts, almost one third said that they had raised over £1 million from this source in the last financial year. Their average return on investment was 1:9. The charities that responded to the survey indicated that it takes most organisations between 18 months to three years to build a successful major gift fundraising programme. That said, only 10% of organisations have a fully developed major gift fundraising programme. Advertisementcenter_img only 30% of the research participants felt that they had a clear and compelling Case for Support recruitment of skilled major gift fundraisers, especially those in senior positions, is a challenge for many organisationsPaul Gillespie, Co-Founder and Director of Good Values, said: “This research investigated the practical elements of major gift fundraising such as cultivation, fundraising models, average income, and return on investment.”It highlights some critical areas for organisations to focus on if they are to deliver real success in major gift fundraising. Notably, the importance of internal leadership at the most senior level alongside a clear and compelling Case for Support, as well as the need for a systematic and structured approach to a fundraising discipline that has been viewed by many as more of an art than a science.”Photo: £50 notes in a fan by Hamsterman on Shutterstock.com Challenges to major gift fundraisingThe report identified two areas that could challenge major gift fundraising:  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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The International Action Center’s first two decades: A beacon of struggle for the world’s anti-imperialists

first_imgReclaiming May Day in the U.S. 2005-2012.WW photo: Greg ButterfieldSince the International Action Center originated in 1992 out of two small rooms in former Attorney General Ramsey Clark’s law office, this organization has played a unique and vital role by combating the U.S. imperialist offensive aimed at reconquering those parts of the world that had won some independence and sovereignty between 1945 and 1991.From the beginning, the IAC stood up against the juggernaut of pro-imperialist propaganda to mobilize resistance to this series of wars where possible. Its activists always worked to confront Washington and educate the people around the most difficult issues. By showing the world that right in the belly of the beast there were people who fought against the imperialist offensive, the IAC was a beacon to the world’s anti-war forces. The alliance of a prestigious former U.S. attorney general and anti-imperialist militants enabled this effort.Justice for Trayvon Martin, Baltimore 2012.WW photo: Sharon BlackThe group’s actions consistently showed how the struggles against aggressive war and plunder abroad required solidarity with the anti-racist, pro-worker and anti-bigotry struggles at home. The IAC has been especially active in struggles defending the rights of the Muslim communities against frame-up trials and bigoted attacks. Throughout its 20 years, it has supported all anti-racist and workers’ struggles against the ruling-class offensive at home.International war crime tribunalsThe Pentagon and its NATO allies had the advantage of destructive military power and a near-monopoly on the media. The IAC made sure that the imperialists would not be the only ones to write the history of these wars and thus cover up their crimes. Whether the pretext for aggression was “self defense” or an alleged need for “humanitarian” action, these were mere excuses for the worst war crime: launching a war of aggression.Key activists who opposed the 1991 Gulf War formed the IAC. That war ended in a military victory for the imperialist “coalition” and a slaughter of Iraqis.Ramsey Clark’s legal arguments, based on the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Geneva Conventions, set the framework for a public prosecution of the U.S. for its atrocities. His indictments became the basis for international hearings and tribunals in 25 U.S. cities and 19 countries around the world.These mass events helped form the IAC’s network, which went on to oppose the murderous sanctions that killed 1.5 million Iraqis, including 500,000 children. A series of international tribunals in 2004 also exposed the 2003 U.S.-British aggression against and occupation of Iraq.The IAC also condemned U.S. and NATO leaders in a series of international tribunals and hearings on NATO war crimes against Yugoslavia during the 78-day bombing attacks in 1999. The IAC also helped organize the Korea International War Crimes Tribunal in June 2001, with sessions in Seoul, Pyongyang and New York City.Solidarity delegationsThe IAC sent delegations to Yugoslavia during the bombings and solidarity shipments of material aid to Iraq during the murderous sanctions. IAC activists went to the Central African Republic to interview kidnapped President Bertrand Aristide after the U.S. enabled the second coup in Haiti in 2004.The above investigations led to books that not only exposed U.S. war crimes but also the hidden U.S. corporate interests in the wars — a view almost entirely absent in the political debate. They also produced a book condemning the U.S. use of depleted uranium weapons in Iraq and Yugoslavia, and, with the Peoples Video Network, a full-length documentary video, “Poison DUst.”The IAC also protested the 1993 U.S. intervention in Somalia, carried out under the guise of “famine relief,” and more recently mobilized against the drone attacks currently killing people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.The IAC has been a major organizing force in demonstrations, rallies and meetings in support of Palestine, while sending support delegations to the 2000 uprising, the second “intifada,” and on a Viva Palestina caravan to Gaza in 2010 in defiance of Israeli terror. It sent eyewitnesses on a fact-finding delegation days after the Israeli attack on Lebanon in 2006 to report on the Lebanese population’s resistance.The IAC sent solidarity delegations to Chiapas following the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in Mexico, went to Colombia in solidarity with its embattled labor unionists, and to Honduras to support the popular resistance to the regime that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya. The IAC sent delegations to socialist Cuba and Bolivarian Venezuela and helped organize mass meetings in the U.S. in solidarity with those revolutions and to free the Cuban Five political prisoners.In 2006, as the U.S. government and corporate media intensified their war propaganda against Iran, the IAC helped form Stop War on Iran, which has held marches, rallies, vigils, teach-ins, honk-for-peace picket lines and leaflet distributions to protest U.S.-Israeli war threats against Iran. The IAC equally participated in campaigns against U.S. bases in the Philippines.Coalition buildingSince its inception, the IAC has sought to work in coalition with other organizations in an attempt to build united mass actions against U.S. war and repression, both at home and abroad.In the days immediately following 9/11, the IAC sprang into action, knowing that Washington would use the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as a pretext for more imperialist war. The IAC helped form the Answer Coalition, which within weeks brought thousands to Washington to denounce the bogus “war on terror” against Afghanistan as well as Muslim communities in the U.S. It later organized demonstrations of hundreds of thousands trying to stop the invasion of Iraq.As new U.S. wars appeared on the horizon, the IAC helped initiate the United National Antiwar Coalition in 2010. UNAC held protests to denounce the imperialist war in Libya and rallied forces from around the country to challenge the 2012 summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was held in Chicago, and UNAC has consistently denounced U.S.-NATO intervention against Syria.Source: IAC document on its historyFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Postal workers delivered votes — Now defend the Post Office!

first_imgPostal workers and supporters of a vibrant postal service held rallies in dozens of cities on Nov. 17 that highlighted the work postal workers did during the election. They also raised the continued need for COVID-19 financial relief for the U.S. Postal Service.San Francisco, Nov. 17, 2020. Credit:  WW PHOTO:  Judy GreenspanThe rallies took place at a time when the numbers of pandemic exposures, hospitalizations and deaths are reaching new highs. This is causing more mail delays as postal facilities experience severe understaffing levels from workers being unable to work.At the Philadelphia rally, actor Mitchell Kramer, dressed as Ben Franklin – the first Postmaster General in 1775 – joined American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Philadelphia Local President Nick Casselli in pointing to the USPS need for emergency funding. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s policies are degrading postal services that have been the right of the people since Ben Franklin’s time.Rally held outside historic first post office in Philadelphia, Nov. 17, 2020. Credit:  Joe PietteWith the election over, there is nothing to stop DeJoy from implementing policies federal judges forced him to pause before Nov. 3. Even further cuts in services are possible.Postal workers and allies handed out an APWU flier to passersby asking them to call their U.S. senator at (844) 402-1001 to demand Congress provide the USPS with $25 billion in funding and permanently reverse DeJoy’s policies.Postal workers also handed out a fact sheet entitled “The Postal Service: What Now?” comparing DeJoy’s vision of privatization to a people’s vision of what the Postal Service could be. For a link to the fact sheet visit http://bit.ly/postalvision.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Clinton Signals TPP Opposition

first_img SHARE By Andy Eubank – May 10, 2016 Clinton Signals TPP Opposition Home Indiana Agriculture News Clinton Signals TPP Opposition SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Clinton opposed to TPPHillary Clinton, in a further break with President Obama on trade, says she opposes the Trans Pacific Trade deal worth billions in new sales for agriculture “before and after” the election. In a questionnaire-response to Oregon labor unions and environmental groups, Clinton has signaled she will oppose a TPP vote during a lame duck Congress, which is a vote President Obama is pushing for before he leaves office.American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore says Clinton’s renewed opposition, and that of her opponents, doesn’t help.“It certainly makes it more difficult. It does not make it unique because I can’t think of a trade agreement that hasn’t gone through, whether it’s during a presidential election year or an odd-numbered year or a mid-term election year, anytime a trade agreement comes up it is suggested to whole host of political winds from both sides of the aisle.”Moore points out that President Obama, when he was a Senator running for President, opposed President Bush’s trade agreements, but ended up revising and pressing for them. So did Hillary Clinton, as Obama’s Secretary of State, but her newfound opposition may give TPP backers more reason to push for a vote now, not after a new administration takes over.“If we had our preference, we would have it done right now. But that’s not the reality. The reality is the most likely scenario for this year would be during a potential lame duck session, post-election, and so from that standpoint that’s what we’re gearing out strategy to.”White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the administration is working with GOP leaders in Congress on the timing of a possible vote. But the Washington Post reports Earnest says pro-trade lawmakers may be running out of time.The American Farm Bureau is also supporting a trade deal between the European Union and the United States. Farm Bureau participated at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations stakeholder session in New York City last week and Farm Bureau economist Veronica Nigh says the trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the U.S. is vital to agriculture.“Trade agreements are merely a way where we try to lower those barriers so the U.S. can sell more of our products which increases employment and helps ensure that we have longevity over the long haul.”American trade longevity is dependent on finding a deal that is beneficial to the nation’s farmers and ranchers, as well as consumers.“For growers we always think about reaching more customers, lowering barriers and making us more competitive, which increases demand and increases the prices that we’ll receive for our goods. For consumers, it gives consumers a much wider variety of products to choose from.”Nigh says that while the current administration, as well as Farm Bureau, hopes to come to an agreement soon, Farm Bureau remains focused on finding the best deal possible for members and the entire agriculture industry.“We’re really out there advocating for a strong agreement that reduces barriers and that we’re not going to sacrifice getting a deal and end up with an agreement that we’re not proud of.”Sources: NAFB News Service and AFBF Previous articleTrump Talks Beef Tariff and JapanNext articleMore Heat Needed to Boost Emergence Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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SGA passes bill to increase rental textbook options

first_imgLinkedin Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Facebook + posts Linkedin printTuition is increasing by 4.9 percent for the next academic year, but students may be able to save money elsewhere.The Student Government Association (SGA) House of Representatives passed a bill to add a rental provision to 90 percent of textbooks for the 2018-2019 academic year. This would offer students the option to rent more of their books for a fee instead of buying them outright.Currently, the number of textbooks with a rental option in the TCU Bookstore is around 70 percent. TCU Campus Store director, Jason Smith, said TCU’s textbook provider, Follett, has been at or above the 70 percent threshold for rental title availability for the past three semesters.Hudson Trent, SGA vice president of external affairs, said his bill could save students up to $400 on textbooks, which may help alleviate part of the financial burden for students.Mariel Mueller, senior nursing major, is just one of many students who often pays a significant amount of money for textbooks.“Per semester, I usually pay $800 to $900, but I’ve spent up to $1,400,” Mueller said.While the number of books with a rental option will increase, the cost of access codes students have to purchase for classes will remain the same. Access codes are associated with a textbook and are purchased as a package.Since 2006, the cost of college textbooks nationally has increased by 73 percent. The cost of access codes on Amazon and Chegg, two rental textbook outlets, are up more than $12.40, according to Smith.Trent blamed the cost increases on book publishing companies’ decisions to publish a new version of their book every year, which can “constrain” students’ choices.“It leaves students and teachers with the choice of either buying the new version or renting the out of date version from the year before,” Trent said. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ACT, SAT scores now optional for students applying to TCU in 2021 Michael Rogers Twitter TAGSbookstoretextbooks ‘Unchartered territory’ as Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senatecenter_img ReddIt Previous articleFraternity helps teen live out her high school cheerleading dreamNext articleHoroscope: April 24, 2018 Michael Rogers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ ReddIt TCU, SMU students collaborate on app for students, businesses Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Twitter Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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President Muluzi’s re-election becomes a taboo subject

first_imgNews Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Organisation May 24, 2019 Find out more News News MalawiAfrica Receive email alerts Follow the news on Malawi June 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Muluzi’s re-election becomes a taboo subject October 10, 2012 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 4, 2021 Find out more News In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi MalawiAfrica Reporters Without Borders today deplored the Malawian authorities’ ban on a debate by the Lilongwe Press Club about whether President Bakali Muluzi should run for another term of office. President Muluzi has already outlawed demonstrations for or against lifting restrictions on presidential reelection.”This refusal to allow an open public debate and permit journalists to talk about a matter of public interest is a serious violation of human rights,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, in a letter addressed to President Bakili Muluzi. He noted that two journalists had been threatened and many copies of a privately-owned newspaper seized for having raised the subject of the Muluzi’s re-election.The Malawian parliament is due to consider on 27 June an proposed amendment to Article 83 of the Constitution which would allow him to run for a third time in 2004. It needs a two-thirds majority to pass. A number of civil and religious organisations have called for a referendum on amending the Constitution. On 28 May President Muluzi banned all public demonstrations about the issue.The ban on the Press Club debate came on 20 June, after police broke up a debate being organised there between journalists, politicians and members of civil society and forbade the Club to hold another.One of the president’s advisers, Dumbo Lemani, led a demonstration of supporters of the ruling party, United Democratic Front, outside the offices of Blantyre Newspapers, which published two pro-opposition papers, the Daily Times and the weekly Malawi News.The crowd threatened two journalists, Mabvuto Banda and Akimu Kaingana, who had written articles opposing the president’s re-election. All the journalists remained quietly in the building until the crowd dispersed without incident. However, one of the company’s employees was attacked when he tried to note down the registration numbers of vehicles involved in the protest.Anonymous attackers set upon newspaper sellers in the streets of the capital (Lilongwe) in August last year and seized copies of the privately-owned newspaper The People’s Eye. The aggressors then went to the paper’s offices and made off with 300 copies of the latest issue. The paper’s managing editor, Chinyeke Tembo, closed the paper “to allow things to settle down.” He had published an article criticising President Muluzi’s silence on whether he would seek a third term of office. to go furtherlast_img read more

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Justice Prathiba Singh Recuses From Hearing Plea Against WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy

first_imgTop StoriesJustice Prathiba Singh Recuses From Hearing Plea Against WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Shreya Agarwal14 Jan 2021 11:23 PMShare This – xThe Single Judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh today refused herself from hearing a petition challenging WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, taking strong objection to an email which was sent to the court master in this regard. While ASG Chetan Sharma stated that there was no better bench to hear the case, Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi appearing for WhatsApp asked for the matter to be listed before…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Single Judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh today refused herself from hearing a petition challenging WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, taking strong objection to an email which was sent to the court master in this regard. While ASG Chetan Sharma stated that there was no better bench to hear the case, Sr. Adv. Mukul Rohatgi appearing for WhatsApp asked for the matter to be listed before a Single Judge Bench.Directing for the case to be treated as a PIL, Justice Singh asked for it to be listed before a different bench for hearing on Monday.The petition has been filed by Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, stating that the updated Policy gives the Company virtually a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activity.”This level of insight into a person’s private and personal activities is done without any government oversight at present or regulatory supervision. Moreover, in the absence of a data protection authority, it leaves the users with a company’s own assurances and privacy policies,” the plea states.Thus, he has urged the High Court to issue an injunction order, restraining Whatsapp from enforcing the updated privacy policy, with immediate effect. He has also sought guidelines/ directions to ensure that any change in Privacy Policy by Whatsapp is carried out strictly in accordance with the Fundamental Rights.Inter alia, he has sought a direction upon the Central Government to exercise of its powers under Section 79 (2) (c) read with Section 87 (2) (zg) of the Information Technology Act and ensure that Whatsapp does not share any data of its users with any third party or Facebook and its companies for any purpose whatsoever.Whatsapp updated its privacy policy on January 4, 2021 and made it compulsory for its users to accept its terms and conditions, failing which the accounts and services would be terminated after February 8, 2021 for the respective user.Affects right to PrivacyThe Petitioner has, at the outset, stated that updated Privacy Policy directly attacks the fundamental Right of Privacy, guaranteed under Part-III of the Constitution of India, an recognized by the Supreme Court in Justice KS Puttaswamy & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.In this regard, it is pointed out that the new policy takes away the choice users had until now to not share their data with other Facebook-owned and third-party apps. The Petitioner submitted,”if WhatsApp is stating that it is now going to use the users data and share it with the largest social network in the world [Facebook], which is embedded on every second website and collect data from there as well, the integration of this data will essentially mean that the user is perpetually under the surveillance of the Facebook group of companies.”The plea adds,”the sharing of users’ data by WhatsApp to third parties and Facebook is in itself illegal because WhatsApp can only use the information for purposes that are reasonably linked to the purpose for which the information was given. A user who has signed up to WhatsApp because they want to communicate. Users’ provide their data to WhatsApp for this, whereas WhatsApp is using this data and sharing it with third-part services and Facebook to run their own businesses. It emphatically implies that the purpose that WhatsApp is using the information for is not reasonably connected to the purpose for which the user is giving that information to WhatsApp.”Further, by mandating its users to accept the Policy within a stipulated timeline, WhatsApp has put a damocles sword upon its users, compelling them to share their data to them and ultimately other companies.Obligations under International LawThe Petitioner has pointed out that India, being a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is obligated to implement essential data protection regime, in both the public and private sectors. In the words of the General Committee of the Covenant:”Effective measures have to be taken by States to ensure that information concerning a persons’ private life does not reach the hands of persons who are not authorized by law to receive, process and use it, and is never used for purposes incompatible with the Covenant. In order to have the most effective protection of his private life, every individual should have the right to ascertain in an intelligible form, whether, and if so, what personal data is stored in automatic data files, and for what purposes.”Similar obligation also arises from a close reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.Updated Privacy Policy not applicable in EuropeThe Petitioner has pointed out that the updated Privacy Policy introduced by WhatsApp is not applicable in the European Region, owing to the data protection law (GDPR) in place there. However, the company is trying to arbitrarily and in most monopolistic way enforce the policy in India, as they see vulnerability in the absence of any comprehensive law in this subject.WhatsApp is discharging a Public Function despite being a private entity.On the point of maintainability, the Petitioner has submitted that WhatsApp is amenable to writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution, even though it is a private entity, because as it is discharging a ‘Public Function’. [Andi Mukta Sadguru Shree Muktajee Vandas Swami Suvarna Jayanti Mahotsav Smarak Trust v. V.R. Rudani, (1989) 2 SCC 691]The plea states,”Whatsapp has become an important mode of communication amongst the citizens of India and is also being used to aide multiple Governmental functions as well. So much so that even the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, vide Order dated 10.07.2020 in Suo Moto Writ Petition (C) No. 3/2020 in ‘Re: Cognizance For Extension of Limitation’ had allowed the service of summons via electronic mode including WhatsApp. This substantiates to the fact that WhatsApp is discharging a despite being a private entity.”It adds,”In the prevalent Covid-19 pandemic times, Confidential proceedings such as that of the mediations is being conducted by WhatsApp.”Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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