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‘New Community Gathering’ unites Episcopal ethnic ministries

first_img Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce of Los Angeles is blessed during a Native American ceremony at the New Community conference. Photo/Keith Yamamoto[Episcopal News Service] Stories of faith and personal witness animated the historic Feb. 29 – March 3 “New Community Gathering” in San Diego of about 300 Asian, Black, Latino and Native American clergy and laity from across the Episcopal Church.Community engagement, mission focus and collaboration ranked high on the agenda for the event, themed “Reclaiming our Mission; Reinterpreting Our Contexts and Renewing Our Communities.”Organized through the Ethnic Ministries offices of the Episcopal Church, the gathering challenged enthusiastic participants – as well as the wider church – to embrace renewal through creative mission, sharing resources and honoring ethnic and community context.“There was a sense the timing was right for this historic gathering,” said the Rev. Winfred Vergara, missioner for Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM). “It is simply a time of sharing joys and hopes and rethinking possibilities.”“We need to find resonance in each other’s experiences because we have experienced feeling unwelcome, and because we have the capacity to welcome and embrace,” he said. “The Spirit is here, expressing that we can reach out to one another because of common experiences of pain and common vision of hope.”All were welcome to attend the gathering although the focus was multiculturalism. The idea for the event grew out of General Convention multi-ethnic festivals and vocational discernment conferences for young adults of color, but was the first leadership development event of its kind, Vergara added.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori greeted participants March 1 via Skype from Taiwan while President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson addressed the gathering during a March 3 plenary session on lay vocation and discernment. Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church chief operating officer, presided over a commissioning service and presenters included the Very Rev. Michael Battle of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based PeaceBattle Institute, Inc. and Dr. Rodger Nishioka, associate professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.The Rev. Angela Ifill, Episcopal Church missioner for Black ministries, said she hoped participants would continue to use insights gained and to seize future opportunities “to come together to understand one another from our various communities and to appreciate the perspective of each other … and a sense that this is good and we need to keep doing it.”Reclaiming mission: a Richmond storyThe Rev. Lynne Washington, vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Richmond, Virginia, described how the congregation worked to reclaim its mission amid a changing context.Initially St. Peter’s, founded in 1858, seemed a mismatch for its adjacent community, where 40 percent of the residents live in public housing and do not graduate high school. Most of the congregation’s parishioners were college graduates and commuters, she said.After extensive discipleship training, congregational and community surveys, and re-visioning the church’s mission, Washington redesigned the Sunday liturgy to fit community needs.“If you have a community where 40 percent of the people have not completed high school, the prayer book is a stumbling block,” she said. “The 1982 Hymnal is a stumbling block. So I hired a Baptist musician and she has been wonderful because it’s music the community can relate to.”The service booklet is used as a teaching tool and she adapted the popular U2charist to “a trial mass called the ‘Earth, Wind and Fire Mass.’ My first thought when I saw U2charist was, that’s nice, but it’s not going to fly here,” Washington said.“We have an average attendance on Sunday of 45. But at the Earth, Wind and Fire Mass we had over 125. Maybe for now we’ve caught on to something. Maybe it’s an evangelism tool. I just know that Sunday, it worked.”The church invested in a web page and advertising in local African American community newspapers, re-energized community outreach and intentionally focused ministries on both youth and senior citizens, she said. Still, limited resources make hiring a youth leader or Christian education director unlikely; she hopes to share resources with other congregations “and not necessarily Episcopal churches,” she told the gathering.“I’ve asked for missionaries to come into the inner city and learn from us,” added Washington, who until recently also served as the executive director of the St. Peter and Paul Community Center. Founded by the church, the center relocated from the parish hall to a recently constructed building across the street several years ago. “I know it’s possible because many of these same individuals are at the community center volunteering to tutor children.”The good news is, the congregation is open to change, she added. “When we began this process it became a mantra for us — to grow we have to be willing to change. We’re also very clear that we’re not looking for the diocese to rescue us, and that’s important as a congregation.“We have our own sense of independence because for many, many years we had this paternalistic DNA that somebody else was going to help us or somebody else was going to fix us. That took a lot of our own power away from us, and we’ve gained it back.”Bishop Jim Mathes of San Diego, who welcomed the group, said the diocese is also in the process of relocating its headquarters to the Ocean Beach area, where it currently provides 3,000 service contacts monthly in the form of 12-step groups, meals, legal and medical assistance, even haircuts.“We’ve established mission and ministry there. Now we’re going to gather those who are being served and find their congregation,” he said.Contextually, the diocese identified its mission focus as advocacy and action in the areas of immigration and border issues, poverty and homelessness and veteran’s assistance.Moving into the community in a new way is exciting, he said. “I’m going to be changed by this location … leadership will be changed in this missional approach. The whole community will be changed.”Evangelism and community renewalHearing the personal faith stories of others is among the most powerful evangelistic witness available, yet often Episcopalians don’t even consider it an option, said the Rev. Anthony Guillén, Episcopal Church missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministries.“We don’t realize what great sales people we are,” he said. From computers to movies to restaurants, people are always talking about their favorite choices, offering a kind of sales pitch without even realizing it, he said.“We sell every day, telling people where they ought to go to get everything except what we proclaim as the good news,” added Guillen, who hopes the San Diego gathering will exemplify “an image of what the church will be.”“If I have a great meal, I tell people about it and where I got it. We have to start telling them where to go to satisfy the hunger we have in our souls.”An encounter with a kind chaplain in an Anglican school in Hong Kong was so powerful that 30 of the 33 Buddhist students asked to be baptized at graduation, recalled Mimi Wu, Province VIII Asian Ministries network coordinator.She was one of those students. “I say evangelism is love in action and I’ve seen it,” said Wu, of the Diocese of Hawai’i. “The chaplain shepherded us, he gave us so much love and understanding.”Evangelism, for the Rev. Canon Rene Barraza, came in the form of persistent invitations from friends, who kept inviting him to St. Athanasius Church in Los Angeles, where he now serves as canon pastor.“When I first arrived from Mexico, I felt out of place there. I didn’t like it (St. Athanasius) at all,” recalled Barraza, 69. “It was wooden and small and dark. I was used to big Roman cathedral churches with stained glass windows. It scared me. I decided not to go back. But my friends kept inviting me.“Now, I’m glad I went back with an open mind. They invited me to read and then to acolyte and one thing led to another and I’ve been growing in my faith ever since.”The Rev. Joseph Jerome said evangelism has meant intentionally reaching out to others in the Sunnyside community in the Diocese of Long Island, where he is rector of All Saints Church, a mostly Anglo congregation.For them it has meant intentionally being welcoming and disregarding a popular saying that “there’s two sides to Sunnyside, my side and the other side,” added Jerome, who is Black and serves as president of the diocesan Hispanic Commission.Evangelism for the Rev. Edgar Gutierrez, came in the form of a warm welcome he received. “I am a gay man who left the Catholic Church because of its stand on women, and gays and lesbians,” he said.The rector of St. Luke’s Church, a bilingual, multi-ethnic congregation in Boston, said he has “felt a calling to the priesthood since I was a child.”The gathering offered a chance to “recharge” as well as “a sense of family, the way a family nurtures us, and a source of information and inspiration.”Honoring multiculturalism; the importance of interconnectionMarcel Pereira, 31, attended the gathering from Brazil’s Diocese of Curitiba and discovered that “the issues you’re facing in the United States are very similar to what we’re seeing in Brazil.“The multicultural world we are living in and how to embrace diversity without becoming something else are just some of the issues,” he said.“The solutions we are finding about the New Community is an answer for all other parts of the church,” he added. “They are the same 21st century issues, welcoming everybody in a radical way, changing language and culture. Plus technology. We used to be book-oriented; now we’re image-oriented and we have to understand how to embrace this culture.”For the Rev. Brandon Mauai, 27, the interconnection of sharing stories and resources drew him to the San Diego conference.“We all have different stories of where we came from that show our diversity. I have an Asian, Native American and Polynesian background,” said Mauai, who serves as youth minister on the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in South Dakota. “My experience is the Filipino experience in Hawai’i and it helps to share our stories with each other and the Episcopal Church,” he said.“It helps nurture faith and hope and love as we live it everyday and helps us show it to others, to have a ripple effect” especially with youth of the reservation who desperately need to feel that hope.”Bishop Dave Bailey said the conference represents another step along the journey through “self awareness to self-determination” for his diocese of Navajoland as well as other struggling communities.“It’s important for us in this gathering to come together as the New Community in support of one another in new and life-giving ways, recognizing that we don’t have to be in competition but to confirm our commonality and appreciate our uniqueness,” he said.“I believe this is a new beginning for the life of the church and in many ways can be life-giving to many of our dioceses that can be stagnant.”Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce of Los Angeles called the gathering “the new face of the church.” She came “to learn and to support the conference. This is just the beginning,” she said. “I look forward to more of these conferences and coming together with more people and their bishops.”It was a follow-up meeting for Bernadette Wyche of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia and Trevor Bryan II of St. Luke’s, New Orleans, whose two congregations are partnering through the Office of Black Ministries New Visions Initiative.The program pairs thriving African American congregations with smaller churches. Bryan said the San Diego gathering “offered a lot.“Whenever we get a chance to couple with indigenous, Asian and Latino/Hispanic communities we discover we have very similar experiences. We’re at different stages of those experiences but there is a lot we can learn from these exchanges of culture.”Episcopal Church Native American Missioner Sarah Eagle Heart said the gathering afforded missioners an opportunity to tell their own stories because “sometimes people don’t really understand what the ethnic missioners do.“Our job runs the gamut from Christian formation to advocacy to theological training,” she said. Missioners have developed videos, she explained, so the wider church will get a sense of the range of their responsibilities and of the importance of ethnic ministry.She hopes the church will “help bring back culture and language because they were part of the church that took it away … and hopefully will help to give it back.”She described workshops at the event about the asset-based community development and healing programs she oversees, which are “a powerful approach to develop a wider circle of people to invest in … and to realize ambitions by discovering and mobilizing their resources already present in that community.”Indigenous Christians have much to offer, said Eagle Heart, who is Oglala Lakota. “Our people have a multitude of gifts and cultural knowledge to share with one another as they walk their spiritual journey … to have a family of supporters who share common challenges and can encourage one other as they continue the ordination process or lay training is a unique blessing.“I am proud of my team of ethnic missioners who were prophetic in laying the foundation of this conference on lifelong Christian formation to ensure this event was a transformative moment of renewal. The sage and water blessing by elder Deacon Reynelda James (Paiute) with indigenous women was a sacred time of healing for the circle of relatives gathered.”Other workshops presented included: mission and advocacy; evangelism; Jubilee and social justice; School to Prison Pipeline; the Doctrine of Discovery; ministry of the baptized; environmental formation; technology in ministry; and stewardship.Longkee Vang, 24, of the Church of the Holy Apostles, in St. Paul, Minnesota, which has the Episcopal Church’s largest Hmong population, said he felt compelled to attend the gathering because “I want change.“I came to show that I’m willing to help make change, to be among people who feel the same way I do, to be among the mover and shakers and people who make a difference in the church.“I want to see that real change does come, what we have dreamt about. This is an opportunity to connect with others who want change too.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Sharon Ely Pearson 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 March 7, 2012 at 11:56 am And it is interesting that the Office of Formation & Vocations (whose budgets were decimated in the new proposed budget) worked closely with the Ethnic Ministries Office in planning this conference. This is a wonderful example of how funds on the church-wide level are used to help the grassroots local level that would otherwise not be able to gather, connect and network. My guess is this type of thing will not be able to happen in the future if the 2013-2015 budget remains as it stands now. Sharon Ely PearsonMember, Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (2) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Submit an Event Listing March 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm I attended this conference not knowing what the vision of the conference was. I’m still not sure. Sitting in the conference this vision came to mind. The United States is becoming increasingly diverse, ethnically and culturally. There has been much discussion about the need for the Episcopal Church to change. The vision that came to me was of this conference being the leaven that will cause the Episcopal Church to change by being more responsive to the needs of all people, no matter their ethnicity or their culture. Jesus loved and served all people, not just the Jews. We must love and serve all people. Also, as we welcome people into our churches, it must not be with the intention of making them like us, but being opened to them changing us. ‘New Community Gathering’ unites Episcopal ethnic ministries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

People’s Tribunal to fight police brutality launched

first_imgColin Ashly & Alexia FilpoWW photo: Brenda RyanHarlem, N.Y. — On April 2, community members, activists and organizational leaders packed the historic National Black Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., for the opening session of the People’s Tribunal on Police Violence and Structural Racism. Organized by the People’s Power Assemblies, the tribunal was organized as the first in a series of events that would amplify the voices of those who have suffered in the racist and violent system in order to draw the connections between police brutality and other forms of systematic racism in the U.S.The event started with opening remarks by Jonathan McCrory, the director of the NBT’s Theatre Arts Program, who welcomed everyone to the space and reminded participants that a heart prepared to give and to be gifted with the healing power of communal stories was an act of liberation.Cynthia HowellWW photo: Brenda RyanLarry Hales, a member of the PPA, followed with remarks about why this tribunal was so necessary, in this current moment, to bring people together in dialogue about police violence and multiple forms of oppression and begin to discuss collective means of liberation.A panel of various grass-roots activists and family members of loved ones lost to police violence spoke. Kamal Muhammad and Prince Akeem, two youth activists, shared their personal experiences with police. Prince Akeem detailed the way police harassment was normalized in his adolescence, but how a series of incidences with the police eventually led to his path to activism.Cynthia Howell, niece of Alberta Spruill who died of a heart attack after police mistakenly raided her home in 2003, spoke passionately of her aunt’s death and her family’s quest for justice. As organizer of Families United For Justice — a group of family members of victims lost to police violence — Howell emphasized the importance of family members telling their own stories.Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr.Photo: Casey HutchinsonKenneth Chamberlain Jr., son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. who was killed by police in 2011, and Joshua Lopez, nephew of John Collado who was also killed by police in 2011, both gave witness to the tragic death of their loved ones.The event then opened into a town hall in which audience members related their own stories of police violence. Young and old, from California to New York, speakers told harrowing tales of harassment, struggle and tragic loss.Longtime activists Monica Moorehead and Larry Holmes contextualized the personal testimonies of loss within global, national and local struggles against gentrification, state violence, the spread of the prison-industrial complex and other forms of oppression.Throughout the night the impassioned speeches showed the direct costs of police brutality and racism on individuals, families and communities, but they also showed the resiliency of communities and activists who have chosen to speak out in a desire to fight oppression and shut the system down. Many in the audience committed themselves to helping to build the tribunal in the coming months, with the goal of letting the people decide how to counter police terror.PPA organizers, Colin Ashly and Alexia Filpo, co-facilitated the April 2 program.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

People’s resistance occupies Charlottesville City Council

first_imgAnti-racist people’s resistance takes over Charlottesville City Council Aug. 21.“We are face to face with History and quite simply we must not be afraid.”These words were spoken by Comandante Che Guevara in 1961. Now, from Charlottesville, Va., to Durham, N.C., to Boston, the masses are rising to confront, expose and resist the upsurge of the neofascists, Ku Klux Klan and the various arms of the state and its apparatus.Freedom fighters traveled on Aug. 11 and 12 to Charlottesville from across the U.S. to combat white supremacist hate masked in the legal cloak of the First Amendment “right to free speech.” The ensuing violent attacks and murder by white supremacists were seen across the globe and revealed a fact that we in Workers World Party have long known: The Klan, the police and the courts work hand in hand.In the aftermath of death, trauma and brutality, Mayor Mike Signer and the Charlottesville Council members convened a hearing Aug. 21 to discuss their administration’s response to the racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic ultraright on Aug. 11 and 12. However, they quickly found out that it would not be “business as usual” and were faced with the fact that resistance was still in the air.Over 100 community residents occupied the council chambers and chanted in unison, “Shame!” and “Shut it down!” Moments later, the police moved in to remove the protesters, who continued to demand to be heard, even as some were arrested. Then, from the upper decks of the hall, a banner was unfurled with the powerful and glaring message: “Blood On Your Hands.”The blood, death and injuries are also on the hands of Trump and in the divisive, coded, racist rhetoric that the Trump administration addressed to its base.An Aug. 21 New York Times article quoted Tracy Saxon, who was part of the people’s occupation: “I’m outraged! I watched my people get beat and murdered. They let Nazis here have freedom of speech, and they protect them? And we can’t have freedom of speech?” Another attendee, Paul Hurdle, said of the ultraright violence he experienced: “I am not the same person I was that day.”As the mayor and council members cowered and then momentarily departed, the freedom fighters seized the meeting until authorities guaranteed the release of some who had been detained and charged with disorderly conduct, and also allowed them to voice their concerns.Some in attendance went further and called for the mayor’s resignation and informed council members they can expect to be removed from office in the next election.The hateful acts and words broadcast across screens and airwaves on Aug. 11 and 12 evoked memories of the Klan murder of African Americans in the 1960s: tortured Emmett Till and his open casket funeral, the four little school girls bombed in Birmingham, and the many days and nights of terror still faced by oppressed peoples in communities living under the shadow of the prison-industrial complex.In his eulogy for the four school girls, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murders.”Racism, bigotry and violence are deeply rooted in the founding and continued practices of the U.S., domestically and around the world. This is the system we seek to dismantle and abolish.We carry forward the clarion call of Mother Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win.” And as we heal, march and struggle: “We must remember to love and support each other.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rain Brings Relief To Indiana, But Drought Continues

first_imgHome News Feed Rain Brings Relief To Indiana, But Drought Continues By Gary Truitt – Aug 16, 2012 The hot dome of high pressure that had been parked over Indiana and the Midwest much of the summer has shifted to the southwestern states, taking the excessive heat west with it, said Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist for the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue ( “This shift has allowed the jet stream, which was stuck far north of Indiana earlier this summer, to sink farther south, putting much of the state right into the storm track,” Scheeringa said. “This change has given us better opportunities for more frequent and heavier rainfall with greater area coverage.” Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter While a major weather pattern change that brought much-needed rain and cooler temperatures to the parched eastern Corn Belt is welcome relief, Purdue University climatologists warn against thinking the drought is almost over. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Drought Monitor ( update on Thursday (Aug. 16) shows a shrinking area of exceptional drought – the worst drought rating available – that has gripped southwest and west-central Indiana. The southern half of the state is still largely encompassed by extreme to exceptional drought, but the northern half of the state mostly ranges from the lesser categories of moderate to severe. Rain Brings Relief To Indiana, But Drought Continues A few weeks ago, climatologists were expecting more of the same – a warmer-than-normal August with little rain. But recent shifts in the storm track driven by the jet stream and large-scale movement of the high-pressure system have changed that thinking. “We will continue to evaluate our outlook for August,” Scheeringa said. “In particular, if this pattern continues, it would be possible for August to end up with normal to cooler temperatures and about normal rainfall. As of today, August is near normal in temperature and above normal in rainfall. We will see what happens in the next two weeks.” Source: Purdue, By Jennifer Stewart SHARE While all of this certainly helps reduce drought conditions, Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi cautions against thinking that Indiana’s drought is over. SHARE Previous articleNRCS Announcing Grants to Help Farmers Adapt to DroughtNext articleA Special Gift for Skillman Gary Truittlast_img read more

Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo

first_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation Receive email alerts I am here to urge your support of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize being bestowed upon the founder of China’s Charter 08, Liu Xiaobo.In spite of Liu Xiaobo’s many friends and supporters, I came to know him quite late, and we first met personally only a few years ago. In the mid-1980s, when Liu Xiaobo rose to prominence within the literary world, I was a visiting research fellow at Oxford, and became familiar with his ideas through Chinese periodicals published overseas. Contrary to the view held by many, what brought Liu such attention at the time wasn’t merely the sharpness of his writing or his pointed critiques, but also how thorough he was in his thinking and how much more influential his criticisms were of mainstream ideology and dogma in China than those of other intellectuals.Throughout the student-led democracy movement of 1989, I had the opportunity to observe Liu Xiaobo. He had been lecturing abroad for quite some time, but when signs of suppression began to appear and others began making arrangements to flee overseas, Liu Xiaobo instead chose to discontinue his academic pursuits and return to Beijing to immerse himself in the struggle for democracy. On the nights of June 3rd and 4th, I was in Tiananmen Square, not far from the Monument to the People’s Heroes. Liu Xiaobo, along with three other intellectuals, was taking part in the student hunger strike; it was they, who, on the early morning of the 4th, convinced the students to peacefully evacuate the Square and begin discussion with the soldiers suppressing them, negotiating a smooth withdrawal. I remember clearly the difficulty and pain Liu Xiaobo and his comrades-in-arms— raised as they had been with the most radical type of an education — experienced in reaching this decision, one which only later was understood to have saved the lives of several hundred students.Liu Xiaobo’s involvement in the 1989 democracy movement illustrates his transformation from an eminent cultural critic to public intellectual concerned with social and political problems and human rights activist. His activities in 1989 can be seen as formative in the entirety of his following writings and other works, characterized by an unwavering bravery and refusal to back down in the face of danger and suppression, by the pursuit and defense of human rights, humanism, peace and other universal values and, finally, adherence to the practice of rational dialogue, compromise and non-violence.For many years, Liu Xiaobo has been the most representative figure and foremost organizer in mainland China’s struggle for human rights and democracy. He has been at the forefront of protests made in support of writers and intellectuals imprisoned for their work, in appeals made for farmers and urban residents deprived of land and home, in advocating for protection of the religious and cultural rights of ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, and in fostering constructive dialogue toward seeing peaceful coexistence between Han and all ethnic minorities. In a series of protests aimed at upholding the fundamental rights of all Chinese citizens, Liu Xiaobo placed consistent emphasis on the fact that the rights and freedoms of all Chinese citizens are protected both by the Chinese constitution and in law, as well as a series of United Nations and international declarations and covenants signed by the Chinese government which safeguard human and civil rights. Liu placed particular emphasis on seeing the Chinese government’s obligation and responsibility to abide by its own constitution and laws as well as international covenants as commitments to both the Chinese people and the international community.In launching and signing Charter 08 in 2008, Liu Xiaobo’s intent was to reaffirm, with the Chinese government already recognizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and having signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that these are the norms with regard to interaction between the Chinese people and the Chinese government: to be a qualified and responsible member of the international community would require China to adopt the universal values embodied within these two documents. For this, Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned, his third arrest as a result of striving for freedom and democracy in China. On Christmas Day, 2009, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison. In his final statement to the court, Liu Xiaobo said that he had neither enemies nor hate; to those who kept him under surveillance and arrested him, to the police who interrogated him and to the public attorneys who prosecuted and judge who sentenced him, the message Liu Xiaobo felt it most important to convey was that despite their various roles leading to his imprisonment, he considered none of them his enemy. As a political theorist and public intellectual also concerned with social and political problems and the defense of human rights, as well as a signatory to Charter 08, I strongly feel the need to point out that in the judgment read by the court which sentenced Liu Xiaobo, evidence cited to prove Liu’s guilt included his participation in Charter 08, that he collected signatures for it, and even the content of the Charter itself—naked provocation of the universal values held by humankind, common norms held by the international community, and especially of the Chinese people themselves.As I see it, the Nobel Peace Prize both embodies and represents the core values of civilized society: respect for life and faith, the sanctity of the individual and the right to express one’s self. Given that Liu Xiaobo and many others signatories of Charter 08 have faced persecution and oppression merely for reaffirming these values, the blatant challenge they face behooves a response from the civilized world; to bestow the Nobel Peace Prize upon Liu Xiaobo is one of the strongest responses which could be sent. This would, clearly and unambiguously, reaffirm the values held most dearly by humankind, serve as monumental support for the struggle for the freedom and democracy which China’s 1.3 billion people lack, and would mark a major step in defense of world peace. Chinese authorities are able to destroy this country’s constitution and trample upon its laws wantonly, which is why external voices, voices from the international community, are needed to make Chinese authorities pay heed. Bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize upon Liu Xiaobo would serve as indirect opposition to the current state of affairs, as well as a both authoritative and effective signal.Liu Xiaobo’s ideas and actions, in my view, are entirely congruous to the actions and ideas held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi; all have endeavored to use tactics of non-violence in effecting gradual change, of persuasion and compromise in upholding human rights and in making the transition toward a peaceful society. With protest movements now taking place all across China within every community and at every level, it is imperative we remain vigilant in preventing violent trends from taking hold. Awarding Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize would have just such an effect: people struggling for human rights in China and around the world would find hope and strength in rational, non-violent resistance, and see anew the possibility of putting violence and authoritarian rule where they both belong—in the past and behind us all.Cordially Yours,Xu YouyuPhilosopher and professor with the Chinese Academy of Social SciencesHolder of the Olof Palme Chair, Sweden, 2001-2002 ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is circulating an open letter from Chinese philosopher Xu Youxu calling for imprisoned intellectual Liu Xiaobo, one of the authors of the Charter 08 pro-democracy manifesto, to be awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Reporters Without Borders supports his call. Norway’s Nobel Committee is due to announce the winner on 8 October. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News to go further Help by sharing this information September 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Joint open letter from the IFJ and RSF to the President regarding threats made against journalists

first_imgAdditionally, more than 100 journalists and their families are among the thousands of people who have fled areas around Swat to Peshawar and surrounding towns in recent days. The absence of media personnel in the conflict zone, and the extreme difficulties in gathering information from the region, are a matter of international concern and pose serious ramifications for the thousands of internally displaced who are now struggling to access emergency relief. Aidan White General Secretary International Federation of Journalists You will be aware that Pakistan has gained an unenviable reputation as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists and media workers. Twelve journalists and media workers have been killed in Pakistan since the beginning of 2008. Very many others have been – and continue to be – assaulted and threatened in an effort to silence reporting on matters of national and international significance. The three named journalists are well-known in their communities and internationally for their commitment to their work, even as they risk grave threats to the safety of themselves and their families. The IFJ and RSF are extremely concerned that their lives may be in danger. RSF_en News Honourable Mr Asif Ali Zardari President Islamic Republic of Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more Therefore, international law emphasizes the responsibility of Pakistan’s Government to remedy the threats made against our three above mentioned colleagues, as individual journalists and as civilians who are conducting their work in an environment of non-international armed conflict. Yours respectfully, We received information about threats against these three journalists following the posting of a pamphlet outside media offices in Mingora on 28 April 2009 warning that journalists would be punished under Sharia law if they were perceived to report negatively about militant groups. Dear President Zardari, May 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint open letter from the IFJ and RSF to the President regarding threats made against journalists The role of Pakistan’s journalists and media workers is more important than ever in gathering and conveying impartial and accurate information about the conflict and the humanitarian crisis in NWFP. It is imperative that journalists and media workers are able to conduct their important work with the maximum protection and provision of safety measures available. Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific Again, we respectfully request that you use your authority as President to act on the grave concerns held by the IFJ and RSF for the welfare of our colleagues in Pakistan, including Iqbal Khattak, Shamim Shahid, and Sohail Qalandar, in the spirit of serving the best interests of all people in Pakistan. News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder May 26, 2009center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Jean-François Julliard General Secretary Reporters Without Borders News We further request that you direct your government, its offices and provincial authorities in NWFP to take all necessary action to ensure the security of these three men and all media personnel in NWFP and other areas of conflict in Pakistan. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The IFJ and RSF understand that scare tactics such as hit lists are commonly used by militant groups in various districts of Pakistan in an effort to block or distort media coverage of their activities. The risk of serious harm for the named journalists is very real and authorities must take action to address these threats. The IFJ and RSF are alarmed to learn that several senior journalists based in Peshawar and NWFP have been named on a “hit list” by individuals grouped under the banner of Taliban. The list reportedly names Sohail Qalandar, resident editor of the Daily Express and vice-president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate; Iqbal Khattak, bureau chief of The Daily Times; and Peshawar Press Club president Shamim Shahid, bureau chief of The Nation; as well as several other journalists. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) respectfully seek your urgent intervention to ensure the protection of three senior journalists in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), whose lives may be in immediate danger. We respectfully request that you exert your authority as President of Pakistan to take urgent action to condemn any suggestion or threat of attacks against these three men and other media personnel in Pakistan, and make clear your concerns for their safety. to go further Receive email alerts International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) The IFJ and RSF remind the Government of Pakistan of its obligations as a signatory to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and to the 1997 Additional Protocol on the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II) to ensure the protection of journalists as civilians. Article 13 of Protocol II states: “The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.” News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation In addition, we draw your attention to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1738, which was adopted in 2006 and explicitly stresses the civilian status of journalists reporting in war zones and crisis areas within national borders. The resolution stipulates: “… that all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international law related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including journalists, media professionals and associated personnel.” PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Schneider Electric Announces Launch of Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program

first_img BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced the launch of its Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program. This new formalized partner program highlights Schneider Electric’s commitment to providing the resources, incentives and support distributors need to sell more product, grow their business and increase revenue. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Schneider Electric’s Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program offers more dedicated resources and training so partners can meet today’s demand for reliable energy efficient products. (Photo: Business Wire) Core building parts such as HVAC controls, valves, sensors, thermostats and switches play a critical role in the health of a building, including ensuring proper ventilation and air quality. As offices and schools begin to reopen, repairing and replacing core building parts with reliable, open and connected solutions has never been more important. The Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program makes it easy for partners to offer mechanical contractors and facility managers products that are specifically designed to meet today’s demand for quality, reliable, affordable and energy efficient products. Wholesale Building Management Systems (BMS) Distributors that sell Schneider Electric core building energy parts will be automatically enrolled in the program. All distributors that meet a minimum threshold will be able to access benefits, such as the industry’s first vendor-neutral training program for end users, while other financial incentives are available based on tier level. Distributors are assigned a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Priority tier level based on growth and volume targets. “The agility and resiliency of our partners – particularly evident this past year – is unmatched, and we want to thank them for all of their hard work,” said Justin Lavoie, Vice President of Channel Development at Schneider Electric. “We are thrilled to officially launch a program that rewards distributors for selling more products, and therefore, will grow our transactional business. Together, we are supporting buildings of the future and providing partners with reliable products that are critical building blocks for connected smart buildings.” Partners will start earning a number of benefits based on their tier level immediately. These include:Semi-annual large stocking order with re-balance assurance to reduce risk: Partners that meet specific thresholds can add significant Schneider Electric supplied inventory to their warehouse to reduce risk and improve customer service, inventory turns and margins.Online trainings for both staff and customers to accelerate learning: Distributors can offer their customers a free vendor-neutral educational site with more than 200 courses that teach how to identify, implement, and monitor efficient improvements for sustainable energy savings. Plus, with the Schneider Electrical Technical and Professional Development Training program, the program goes beyond product training to offer free developmental training for specific roles. With this, resellers can create an elite team that prioritizes customer satisfaction, performance and technology expertise.Annual and Q1 multiplier benefits provide pricing discounts: Largest volume distributors are rewarded by securing lower pricing and access to an array of manufactured and sourced products. As an incentive to start the year off strong, additional discounts are available for all orders purchased during the First Quarter of 2022.Free shipping to reduce costs: Smaller orders will qualify for free shipping starting in 2022. HVAC can account for up to 40% of energy costs in a building, so optimizing those operations is critical. The breadth and depth of Schneider Electric’s valve portfolio has provided reliable environmental control to customers for over 100 years, and this new program will only make will make it easier for partners to support their customers with the right tools needed for efficient building management. Learn more about the Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program Partners can reach out to their dedicated Schneider Electric sales representative for additional details about Schneider Electric’s Wholesale Building Management Distributor Program. If you are interested in becoming a Schneider Electric reseller, please contact us here. About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values. Follow us on: View source version on CONTACT: Schneider Electric Vicki True Tel.: 774-613-1158 [email protected] KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE NETWORKS UTILITIES OIL/GAS DATA MANAGEMENT TRAINING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY EDUCATION BUILDING SYSTEMS SOURCE: Schneider Electric Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Taxi driver caught speeding in Burnfoot

first_img Pinterest Taxi driver caught speeding in Burnfoot Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News Google+center_img Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – January 31, 2019 Pinterest Previous articleDeclan Bonner – Donegal will need to be at their best for MeathNext articleFunerals of crash victims underway News Highland A taxi driver has been caught speeding in the Burnfoot area of Donegal.Buncrana’s Roads Policing Unit Buncrana detected the vehicle travelling at 91km in a 60km zone.A fixed charge penalty notice has been issued. Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

Hawaii becomes 26th state to decriminalize marijuana

first_imgNastasic/iStock(HONOLULU) — Hawaii has become the 26th state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana — but its governor cautioned it does not mean the state is ready to say aloha to legalizing recreational use of cannabis. While Hawaii Gov. David Ige declined to sign the decriminalization legislation, the change in law will take effect in January because he took no action by Tuesday’s veto deadline. Under the new law, people caught with small amounts of marijuana will no longer face a misdemeanor charge that had been punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Now people caught with 3 ounces or less of weed can still be hit with a citation carrying a $130 fine, but no jail term.Ige did not put the bill on his notice of legislation he was considering for veto, but said during a news conference last month that there are things about the bill “I don’t like.”“That was a very tough call. I did go back and forth on decriminalization,” he said.The governor said one thing he disliked about the bill is that it does not include a provision to help young people who want to get into substance abuse programs.He also said the new law does not mean Hawaii, which was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, is on the verge of joining the bandwagon of states that have legalized recreational cannabis.“We continue to learn from other states about the problems they see with recreational marijuana, and most of the governors that I talk to that have recreational laws have acknowledged significant problems with those measures,” Ige said last month.Eleven states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational use of marijuana.Illinois became the latest state to legalize the recreational use of weed last month when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law the first bill to legalize weed that was passed by a state legislature. Ten previous states approved the recreational use of cannabis through ballot initiatives.The Illinois law also allows residents of the state convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to petition to have their records expunged if the offense was not associated with a violent crime.Ige, a Democrat, noted that there were several bills voted down by the legislature this session to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.“Hawaii can benefit from not being at the head of the table, that we would be smart to engage and recognize what’s happening in other states, acknowledge the challenges and problems that it has raised and allow us to look at how we would implement it here in a much better controlled fashion,” Ige said last month.While Ige took a hands-off approach to decriminalizing pot, he vetoed two other marijuana bills passed by the legislature.He struck down legislation that would have made it legal for people to transport medical cannabis from island to island, and another bill that would have created an industrial hemp licensing program. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more