Anglican Consultative Council begins with discussion of ‘consequences’

first_img Comments (9) susan zimmerman says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council began April 8 in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Anglican Consultative Council members beginning their April 8-19 meeting here committed to working with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the primates in the aftermath of the latter’s gathering during which they called for consequences for the Episcopal Church.However, it was at least initially unclear exactly what that commitment entails or if all of the ACC members understand it in the same way.Welby reported to the ACC members April 8 on the primates’ gathering, saying, “It is both my and the primates’ desire, hope and prayer that the ACC should also share in working through the consequences of our impaired relationships.”The confusion came later when, following table discussions among the members, ACC vice chair Elizabeth Paver told the group that Welby did pose a “direct request from the primates to us.”Anglican Consultative Council vice president Elizabeth Paver from the Church of England told a news conference April 8 that she had asked ACC members to commit “individually and collectively to work for the flourishing of all parts of the communion.” Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceTherefore, she said, the leaders of the ACC “ask you, really, are you individually and collectively willing to work together for mutual flourishing and in relationships?”“We decided that votes are … just divisive but we would like in Christian love and friendship in our Anglican way just to be able to say to our archbishop and affirm our beliefs as a body to work together with our primates on these difficult issues,” she continued. “If that be your will, would you just affirm it in an applause; if it is not, don’t.”Scattered applause followed but not all members participated.At a post-session news conference, held in the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross where the ACC is meeting, Paver was asked to clarify the intent of her question and what she saw as its practical implications.The question she put to the ACC members, she said, was whether they were “willing individually and collectively to work for the flourishing of all parts of the communion, particularly in relational terms, that we walk alongside each other and we affirm each other.“And if the primates, who are our spiritual leaders, are prepared to do that through their difficulties, we wished just to give the members of the ACC an opportunity to say they too will put their efforts, their energies and their prayers and hopes in that, so this communion can stay together and flourish in all parts of the world.”A majority of the leaders of the communion’s 38 provinces – known as primates – during their January gathering called for three years of “consequences” for the Episcopal Church in response to the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).The primates said that they were “requiring” that for those three years the Episcopal Church not serve on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee, and “that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision-making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”Welby, who spoke for 30 minutes, said that he had already acted where he has responsibility and ability to act. He has appointed the task group asked for by the primates to maintain conversation among themselves with the aim of restoring relationships and trust. That group, he said, has a “very wide” representation from across the communion of male and female laity and clergy.The communion’s Standing Committee, which met in Lusaka April 6-7, said in a report to the ACC that it welcomed the task group. The members also “affirmed the relational links between the Instruments of Communion in which each Instrument, including the Anglican Consultative Council, forms its own views and has its own responsibilities.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby April 8 reports to the Anglican Consultative Council about the January meeting of the communion’s leaders – known as primates – during which those leaders called for consequences on the Episcopal Church for its decision to allow same-sex marriage. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceWelby made no specific mention of his recent removal, as part of the consequences, of the two Episcopalians who had been serving on two ecumenical bodies. The Rev. Amy Richter had been serving on the International Reformed-Anglican Dialogue and the Rev. Katherine Grieb was a member of the communion’s Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.After Welby’s report, ACC members had a chance to ask clarifying questions. The only member who spoke was Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak. He did not ask a question but instead spoke about his experience of the primates’ gathering, saying that “the spirit of God was in the room.“The ACC have to support the initiative already led by the Archbishop of Canterbury that managed to bring the primates together and make one statement,” he said, adding that the ACC ought to adopt the primates’ actions “to keep the church of God together.”The Episcopal Church’s three members are Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, whose term will end after this meeting; House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, attending her second meeting, and Diocese of the Virgin Islands Deputy Rosalie Ballentine, who was elected in June 2013 and thus attending her first meeting. Douglas is also finishing a term on the communion’s Standing Committee.“Our province is a member [of the ACC] and so therefore it’s our responsibility to attend and participate as representatives from a member province,” Jennings said prior to the meeting’s start. “As a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, I am bound to follow the constitution.”When, on April 8, ACC chair and retired Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga summarized the responsibilities of ACC members, the vast majority of whom are new to their role, he reminded them that the constitution requires their attendance at each meeting. Tengatenga had said earlier this year that the Episcopal Church members had the “right and responsibility” to attend the meeting and to vote.However, a group of Episcopal bishops and priests known as the Communion Partners recently called on the church’s ACC members to voluntarily comply with the primates’ consequences.Welby noted in his report to the ACC that the primates have “no legal authority over provinces” and that no one Instrument of Communion can make another instrument do or not do something.The Anglican Communion exists when the relationships at all levels within it allow for mutual discernment and interdependence, he said.The last ACC meeting received a 56-page report (beginning on page 33 here) about the relationships between the Instruments of Communion.In a letter dated March 16, Welby told the 38 primates that “the decisions we took in January can only have effect if they gain general ownership in the Communion, taking in laity, priests and bishops.”Forming the ACC-16 communityThe first three days of the ACC’s meeting are titled “establishing the ACC Community,” but the community is lacking some of its members.Four provincial leaders – Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Nigerian Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Rwandan Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje – have all said that their provinces will not send their ACC members to the meeting. (Ntagali’s statement is here, Okoh’s is here and Wabukala’s is here. Rwaje did not issue a statement about his decision.)However, Kenya’s three ACC members have come to the meeting. Wabukala acknowledged that decision on April 6, claiming that those three members had “been encouraged to disregard my spiritual counsel and attend this meeting.”“It seems that the rejection of the moral and spiritual authority of the Primates by the ACC Chairman, without public rebuke from the Archbishop of Canterbury, has become infectious and is encouraging further breakdown of godly order in the Communion,” he said in part.In addition, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis from Jerusalem and the Middle East, who is also a Standing Committee member, has refused to attend. He recently said he would not attend the ACC meeting or the April 6-7 Standing Committee meeting here because of what he saw as the Episcopal Church’s “disregard” of the primates’ “consequences.” Saying he “did not mind” that the Episcopal Church would attend the ACC meeting, he implied, without naming Connecticut’s Douglas, the Episcopal Church was not honoring the intent of the primates’ “consequences” which said no Episcopalian should be “appointed or elected” to any of the communion’s internal standing committee. The ACC elected Douglas in 2009 to be one of its representatives on the Standing Committee.Ntagali, Okoh and Wabukala cited in part the Episcopal Church ACC members’ plans to participate fully in the Lusaka meeting and Tengatenga’s statement about their right to do so.While some Anglican Communion-watching blogs have reported that Welby’s March 16 letter asked all 38 primates to attend the meeting, he did not actually make that appeal. Rather the archbishop wrote that that it is his hope and prayer that “every province that is able will be represented in Lusaka.”Normally, primates attend ACC meetings only if they are on the Standing Committee. Then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori attended in 2009 and 2012 in that capacity. West Indies Archbishop John Holder has been elected by his colleagues to succeed her and represent the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition to Anis, Archbishops Richard Clarke from Ireland, Philip Freier of Australia and Thabo Makgoba of Southern Africa are the other primatial members.Thus, Presiding Bishop Curry is not at the meeting because he is not one of the church’s three ACC members, nor is he on the Standing Committee.At this meeting, a few primates, such as Deng and Hong Kong Archbishop Paul Kwong are attending as provincial ACC members.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tags Jeff Lovell says: David Allen says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York ACC16, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN susan zimmerman says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA April 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm I think this pretty much sums it all up: “Welby noted in his report to the ACC that the primates have “no legal authority over provinces” and that no one Instrument of Communion can make another instrument do or not do something.” And, since when are the regional archbishops (Presiding Bishops) called “primates?” What a terrible, inappropriate title for a servant leader of the worldwide Anglican Church! It’s time to stop pretending to be what we are not. Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Rector Albany, NY Brian K. Tench says: Anglican Consultative Council, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Primates Meeting 2016 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Primates Meeting, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA susan zimmerman says: Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Featured Events J. Coder says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cynthia Katsarelis says: Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Consultative Council begins with discussion of ‘consequences’ Episcopal Church’s three members present for 16th ACC gathering in Africa Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel April 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm Once you delete the American Wordphobics they will not care…they are/will delete all homophobics…your actions will allow the Wordphobics to dump the Scripture (and they cant wait!) …why dont we follow the Protestant way and remember that each person is responsible for their ‘own’ sins…try to embrace/respect (not tolerate) all people…The Catholic side of the faith must remember that we’re responsible as individuals…within the community…in PECUSA the individual is primary… This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 April 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm I find the effort by Elizabeth Pavers, as reported, to be as clear as mud. Surely there’s no one in the room who doesn’t want every part of the communion to flourish. The issue is whether “flourishing” means respecting difference or allowing any group to exercise power over another province. It doesn’t help that she showed her bias, calling the primates our spiritual leaders and noting they’ve made a request. In TEC, we elect our spiritual leader. We don’t elect the ABC or the primates of other provinces, so it is not correct to collectively call all the primates our spiritual leaders. This is yet another example of overreach and does not build trust or confidence for walking together with difference. The Anglican Covenant failed, it appears that the ABC and Ms. Paver are not living in that reality. It’s frustrating. There is a lot of pain in this world, and a lot of work to do to heal it. Could we not get the English to stop acting colonial, stop trying to force a square peg into a round hole, and get on with the Jesus Movement? Acts of love, kindness, healing, justice, and peace don’t have to stop while the ACC figures out that TEC is not going backwards on love, kindness, healing, and justice for LGBTQI people. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA April 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm I concur with Jeff Lovell. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC April 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm I came away with a different take on Ms Pavers weak attempt. I think that this was a typical softly, softly approach used by many English so as not to upset anyone, that, and their bassackwards approach to asking questions and explaining things. I think it went over like a lead balloon perhaps because most folks were as confused by her statement & question as we are. Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 9, 2016 at 11:44 am Any discussion of “consequences” for the Episcopal Church for embracing its gay and lesbian brothers and sisters is absurd. The Episcopal Church should consider voluntarily withdrawing from the communion, perhaps under a resolution for guidance on separation of same sex couples, until the communion, as a whole, comes to its senses. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 8, 2016 April 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm It’s been quite a long time since I read something from the ENS.My congratulations to Ms. Schjonberg on writing a piece that achieves equanimity to a much greater extent than was the tendency years ago. It’s possible even for the ENS to write reliable news stories, and I am glad that this one is so much better than before. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Anglican Communion, Rev. Dr. John T. Sorensen says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm I agree regarding this absurdity..ethicists do not rank the ethics of consequential-ism or ethics as responsibility very high on their lists (mainly for uneducated middle and lower classes)Consider ‘ethics’ as eschatology, which is a system to base all ‘moral’ actions Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR April 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm ,…re the Jesus Movement…Jesus is in Heaven!…we’re in the time of the Holy Spirit (She)!…Jewish Jesus didn’t resend himself..rather he resent רוה the Spirit they had been waiting on since ‘their’ breaking of ‘their’ covenant!last_img read more

New guide to defending local grants in the recession

first_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. New guide to defending local grants in the recession AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Local Grants Forum, a partnership of national organisations which campaign to protect grants for local third sector organisations and community groups, has published a guide to show them how they can defend the local grants still available to them.The amount of grant funding made available by local authorities has fallen since 2001 and the economic recession threatens to exacerbate this problem. Already in Gloucester and Hastings, the local authority has proposed cuts to the local third sector.‘Defending Local Grants’ is designed to help local groups convince councillors, commissioning officers and procurement professionals that grants should continue to be used to fund local organisations and groups.It wiill enable local groups to quote government ./guidance which supports use of grants; challenge the myth that grants are no longer possible because of competition law and European regulations; and explain what grants can achieve for local communities that contracts cannot.Kevin Curley, Chief Executive of NAVCA and a member of the Local Grants Forum said: “Research from the Finance Hub last year showed that local authority grant funding fell by 13% in just three years.“With an economic recession and tighter budgets we are worried that grant funding will suffer even more as local authorities make budget cuts, even though grant funding is vital to many of the groups that support communities who suffer most in a downturn. This includes groups providing debt advice, credit unions and organisations that help get people get back into employment.“That’s why the Local Grants Forum has produced this guide now. We want to equip local groups with the resources and evidence they need to argue the case for grant funding. Local grants are vital for a healthy third sector and we must defend them.”The four-page document can be downloaded at no charge as a 2.3Mb PDF.www.navca.org.uk/publications/defendinggrants/Home.htm Tagged with: Funding Law / policy recession Howard Lake | 26 January 2009 | News  24 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

Sheep’s head, Kermit & prosthetic leg among weirdest items donated to charity

first_imgSheep’s head, Kermit & prosthetic leg among weirdest items donated to charity A sheep’s head takes first place in the top ten oddest items donated to UK charity shops as revealed by Charities Aid Foundation this week.Charities including Oxfam, Guide Dogs For The Blind and Cancer Research UK submitted items for inclusion.  The donations have either been left at charity shops or bequeathed as legacies. One of the most unusual items donated via a CAF charitable account was a Central London townhouse.Items donated to different charities include a Doulton Faience ceramic vase, which was spotted by valuers working for Oxfam.  Known as a moon flask because of its shape it was given to one of the charity’s high street shops.  The piece, which was dated circa 1890, sold for £2,400 at auction in June 2016.The top ten, and the charity each item was donated to are as follows:1. A sheep’s head (Sue Ryder)2. A prosthetic leg (Emmaus)3. A ventriloquist dummy (British Heart Foundation) About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  154 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Melanie May | 23 December 2016 | News Joanna Walker, head of private clients at CAF said:“People think about giving money, but it is fascinating to see all the surprising and strange items which have been donated to charities either via charity shops or bequeathed as legacies.“Works of art and property can be hugely valuable to charities and provide enormous support for their work. The popularity of vintage chic means that one person’s junk may be a charity’s treasure and can be used again to provide vital resources for the causes we care about.”  153 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img 4. A Victoria Cross Medal (CAF)5. Property (ranging from a townhouse in Central London to rural chocolate box cottages)6. A moon flask (Oxfam)7. A pair of canaries (Cancer Research UK)8. A live ferret (Blue Cross For Pets)9. A wedding dress used in an episode of Coronation Street (Guide Dogs For The Blind)10. A Kermit The Frog puppet from the 1970s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Donated goods Advertisementlast_img read more

Black History Month – Celebration, not appropriation

first_imgBlack History Month began as a weeklong celebration, proposed by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) in 1926 to honor, in his words, the contributions, achievements and vibrant history of Negroes in the U.S. and the world. He believed Black people needed to demonstrate that they had a past, present and future.Woodson, an author, historian and early scholar studying African-American history, wrote “The Mis-Education of the Negro.” He was also known as “the father of Black history.” Woodson chose the month of February because of the birth dates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.W.E.B. Du Bois (left), Nina Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson were key organizers of the 1917 march in Harlem, N.Y., against ongoing violence aimed at Black people, including the East St. Louis Race Riots, where white mobs claimed the lives of up to 250 African Americans and left nearly 6,000 fleeing from burning homes.The observance of Black history evolved from a week into Black History Month. This came about as a result of African Americans continuing to organize and struggle for racial justice and equality. Black people had been celebrating Black historical accomplishments and wanted official recognition.Under sustained pressure, fifty years later in 1976, at the height of the Black Power Movement, President Gerald Ford made Black History Month official, coincidentally or not, during the 200th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War.Government recognition of Black History Month also served the interests of the capitalist ruling class. Capitalism co-opts observances to its own end, whenever suitable. Many Black people were thus uplifted to a national height, but only because their legacies could serve the continuation of elitist politics.The official telling of Black history tends to be watered down and controlled. On the surface, Black History Month is a sound way to remember and celebrate the forebears of the struggle for mass liberation. But the ruling class, along with its political allies, promotes a contrived account of Black resistance that obscures the more militant histories and achievements of Black Americans. The Civil Rights Movement’s history is thereby diminished and legacies of racial injustices omitted.Celebrations in the U.S. don’t tend to affirm people whose histories are challenging. For the most part, celebratory aspects of Black History Month are reserved for figures whose history doesn’t upset the status quo. Selective retelling of Black history plays into the hands of the oppressor’s socioeconomic and political systems upon which it is based. This ignores and leaves out the radical foundations of those it claims to represent. Radical and revolutionary Black figures and agents of change are generally overlooked or diminished. Civil Rights leader W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) focused on racial uplifting, economic strength and self-sufficiency for African Americans during the early 1900s. A sociologist, historian and author, DuBois was also a Pan-Africanist and co-founder of the NAACP. He wrote the groundbreaking “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880” and “The Souls of Black Folks.”  But what’s ignored are his socialist politics and Communist Party USA membership, as well as his renouncing U.S. citizenship and self-exile to Ghana.The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is spotlighted, but not his more radical “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Rosa Parks did not just refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. — the full scope of her political life included fighting for global justice, especially during the U.S. war on Vietnam, along with fighting for racial, criminal and economic justice in the U.S.Rosa Parks being booked into the Montgomery, Ala., jail for defiantly breaking segregation laws on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955.The more militant histories of Black resistance and the achievements of African Americans like Malcolm X, Mabel and Robert Williams, the Black Panthers and the Deacons of Defense are also obscured by the ruling class and their political allies. These stories have been deliberately erased or co-opted when teaching U.S. history.Defend Black history and Black struggleThe merits of Black History Month continue to be debated in the U.S. One contention places the observance as being the opposite of so-called “American values” for focusing on a specific racial group. It insists the U.S. is a “color-blind” society. Profane attacks on Black history deny past and present achievements, against all odds, of African-descendant trailblazers in the U.S. and elsewhere.Another telling of Black history defends and speaks to the necessity of the observance due to the historical and current oppression of African Americans. Unique to the African-American experience are the nearly two-and-a-half centuries of being enslaved, followed by the legal practice of segregation and racial discrimination against Black people from 1880 to 1965, forbidding them to be in “white-only” spaces, in the South and the North, which also provided justification for killing Black people.There’s a saying that since Black History Month is commemorated in February, it can be deduced that white history “month” expands to the rest of the year.Movements aimed at transforming the social order have to continue to do so. It’s only when the basis of society is drastically altered that these differing histories can supersede current principles and policies. Until that time, Black History Month must exist and be defended –- not only from flagrant racist and right-wing attacks -– but also from liberals who view tokenism and Black tolerance as the only appropriate ways of representing and remembering the Black past.Truthful U.S. history reveals the great impact that Black Americans have had since colonial times. But this legacy must not and cannot be understood in ways that strengthen a dominant white view of the world, shown and seen mainly through that lens.The elite appropriate and rewrite history in order to quiet dissent. The more unsavory forces of racist and reactionary politics distort and attempt to do away with the history altogether. Black history will be synonymous with U.S. history only when there’s a solution to the “race” question. But this is way off into the future —  and not possible yet due to existing socioeconomic, political and cultural realities.Black History Month must be supported and widened, and not just in February. There’s need for continued advocacy directed at understanding Black history on more radical grounds, along with wider social movements aimed at overthrowing the status quo. Black History Month won’t be necessary when the long-existing racist environment is eliminated.Revisionist history erases and whitewashes Black history, but nevertheless that history has been and will ultimately be passed down through generations. Black people must continue to affirm their humanity, while refuting racist stories. Telling full, real and authentic stories helps fill the void left by incomplete textbooks. The U.S. needs to come to terms with its true past. The country has not fulfilled the promises that it says it is most proud of. Black history must be fought for — and against those who seek to eliminate it through opportunistic appropriation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In an attack on free expression, insult and libel to be recriminalised in Romania

first_img Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor November 23, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 20, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In an attack on free expression, insult and libel to be recriminalised in Romania RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Follow the news on Romania RomaniaEurope – Central Asia The following is a joint statement, led by ActiveWatch – IFEX’s member in Romania, signed by over 30 IFEX members and partners to the Prime Minister of Romania and other officials:16 December 2013H. E. Victor PontaPrime Minister of RomaniaOffice of the Social Democratic Party of RomaniaSos. Kiseleff, nr.10, Sector 1Bucharest, RomaniaCC: Valeriu Zgonea, Head of the Chamber of DeputiesCrin Antonescu, Head of the SenateYour Excellency,We the undersigned 36 organisations, members and partners of IFEX, express our deep concern that the Romanian Parliament voted to recriminalise insult and libel as part of a wider amendment of the Penal Code, thus undoing the progress made by Romania during the last eight years to legally protect the right to freedom of expression. Criminalisation of insult and libel is a serious attack on this right, as it works to intimidate voices who criticise the structures of power in society and expose corruption, abuse and other wrongdoings.These proposed changes may not take effect if Romanian President Traian Basescu vetoes them, as he has promised to do. In this case, the law will return to Parliament where it will be subject to a new voting procedure. We urge the President to follow through on his commitments, and ask Romanian authorities to do everything in their power to prevent these amendments from becoming law.In 2006, the Parliament repealed offenses of insult and libel, a decision that was overruled in 2007 and 2013 by the Constitutional Court. However, Parliament voted on 10 December 2013 to reintroduce insult and libel to the Criminal Code.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) congratulated Romania after insult and libel were decriminalised. This initial decriminalisation also improved the rating of the country in international human rights rankings, such as that of Reporters Without Borders.In 2011, a bill (Pl-x 680/2011) was proposed to repeal a single article, Article 74/1. Under suspicious circumstances, this bill was radically changed the night before being adopted by the Chamber of Deputies during the plenum of 10 December 2013 (International Human Rights Day) by introducing, among other provisions, the offenses of libel and insult.This decision, taken without any public consultation, rendered useless ten years of efforts to decriminalise insult and libel. It removes Romania from the list of democracies who reject the idea that a person can be imprisoned for her/his words.We remind politicians that decisions of the Constitutional Court which are referenced as a pretext to introduce the offenses of insult and libel in the Criminal Code must comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the jurisprudence of the ECHR – which have the force of law in Romania. Imposing an obligation for defamation to be criminally sanctioned is not supported by any article of the ECHR or by any judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.On the other hand, due to the haste with which the amendments to the Criminal Code were adopted, another obsolete article was passed, namely Article 207, or burden of proof. This article is in clear contradiction with ECHR jurisprudence, demanding those who make a statement to prove the absolute truth of the facts narrated – proof that is impossible in many situations, especially regarding journalistic investigations in sensitive or complex cases. According to the jurisprudence of the ECHR, (see the case Dalban v. Romania for example), those who make a statement, even false or exaggerated, cannot be penalised in any way if they prove the existence of a reasonable factual basis for their statement.It is imperative that Articles 205-207, which recriminalise insult and libel, be removed from the Criminal Code. The current form of the law is a serious assault on press freedom and freedom of expression in general.Signed,ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring AgencyAlbanian Media InstituteArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association of Independent Electronic MediaBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Independent Journalism – RomaniaCenter for Media Freedom and ResponsibilityCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCentro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información PúblicaFoundation for Press Freedom – FLIPFreedom ForumFreedom HouseGlobe International CenterHuman Rights Network for Journalists – UgandaIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationInstitute of Mass InformationInstituto Prensa y Sociedad de VenezuelaInternational Press InstituteInternational Publishers AssociationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaMedia Rights AgendaMedia WatchPacific Islands News AssociationPakistan Press FoundationPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADAPEN InternationalReporters Without BordersWorld Association of Newspapers and News PublishersAssociation for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania – the Helsinki CommitteeAssociation for Technology and Internet to go further News December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

George Shultz wasn’t ‘afraid to struggle against the odds’

first_img Twitter George Shultz wasn’t ‘afraid to struggle against the odds’ TAGS  Previous articleLoyola of Chicago beats Evansville 69-58, 10th win in a rowNext articleWright scores 24 to lead High Point over Hampton 72-58 Digital AIM Web Support WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. Shultz said he would keep trying. “Who’s afraid to struggle against odds?” he asked. And so he did, in futility, until the Reagan administration ended in January 1989 without putting the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel on a course to a settlement. But he shaped the future by legitimizing the Palestinian Arabs as a people with a defensible stake in determining their future. Shultz, who died Saturday at age 100, was one of America’s most respected 20th-century statesmen. He served in President Richard M. Nixon’s Cabinet as secretary of labor and as secretary of treasury and then pursued accommodation with an evolving Soviet Union as President Ronald Reagan’s top diplomat for 6½ years. A lifelong Republican, Shultz negotiated the first-ever treaty with the Soviet Union to reduce the size of their ground-based nuclear arsenals. The 1987 accord was a historic attempt to begin to reverse the nuclear arms race, a goal he never abandoned in private life. “Now that we know so much about these weapons and their power,” Shultz said in an interview in 2008, “they’re almost weapons that we wouldn’t use, so I think we would be better off without them.” A year earlier, in 1986, a U.S.-Soviet summit in Iceland had collapsed in spite of his hopes that the superpowers could ban much of their nuclear arsenals. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sought to limit Reagan’s cherished Strategic Defense program, known as Star Wars, to research. The president would not yield, and Reagan and Shultz returned to the United States disappointed but determined to pursue an accord. Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, reflecting in his memoirs on the “highly analytic, calm and unselfish Shultz,” paid him an exceptional compliment in his diary: “If I could choose one American to whom I would entrust the nation’s fate in a crisis, it would be George Shultz.” Throughout his career, Shultz was admired for loyalty, pragmatism and levelheadedness. He was called “the Sphinx” for his ability to be affable and seemingly open while giving nothing away. Shultz enjoyed an instant, easy rapport with Reagan. But a rare public disagreement came in 1985 when the president ordered thousands of government employees with access to highly classified information to take a “lie detector” test as a way to plug leaks of information. At the time Shultz told reporters, “The minute in this government that I am not trusted is the day that I leave.” The administration soon backed off the demand. A more serious disagreement was the secret arms sales to Iran in 1985 in hopes of securing the release of American hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists. Although Shultz objected, Reagan went ahead with the deal and millions of dollars from Iran went to right-wing Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua. The ensuing Iran-Contra scandal swamped the administration. “The arms transfer could not be justified,” Shultz later wrote. “I could not support this program in public, and I would not acquiesce with its continuation.” Shultz’ reputation for decency and patriotism stood firm while the Nixon and Reagan administrations were scarred by Watergate and the Iran-contra scandals. And, by all accounts, he was a considerate boss. “Thanks for the Memory,” was written on the gigantic cake the Air Force stewards served him on his final flight as secretary of state. Over 6½ years, he covered 880,941 miles and arranged breaks in his diplomatic duties to pay tribute to the culture of the people and places he visited. “I think the thing I felt the best about had to do with the area of human rights,” he said. On his trips to Moscow he spent time meeting with Jews and other dissidents who were denied exit permits to Israel and elsewhere. He arranged a Passover seder at the U.S. Embassy and made sure “refuseniks” were invited. When he pledged to keep trying to promote peace talks in the Middle East, his desk was piled high with summit planning, turmoil in Panama and completing an agreement for the withdrawal of the Red Army from Afghanistan. He plotted carefully. Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, had memorized the line demanded by the United States and renounced terrorism, while hard-line Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir had agreed to the principle of exchanging land for peace. But Shultz, like a long line of U.S. mediators, secretaries of state and U.S. presidents, could not get serious peacemaking on track. “I failed,” he said on the U.S. plane taking him home. As it would turn out, though, the Palestinians edged their way toward statehood and Israeli withdrawal from lands surrendered by the Arabs in the 1967 Mideast war. And Shultz, as much as anyone, set the stage. Andrew Young had lost his job in 1979 as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for unauthorized meetings with Palestinian diplomats. But only a few years later, Reagan and Shultz, considered Israel’s best friends, had opened the door to Palestinian legitimacy and possibly a Palestinian state on land held by Israel. Shultz liberalized the rules for the briefings that secretaries of state gave to reporters traveling with him. He could be identified by name, not shrouded in partial secrecy as “a senior U.S. official.” He assured reporters, “I have nothing to hide.” ——— The late AP Diplomatic Writer Barry Schweid contributed to this report. Pinterest Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Facebook Local NewsUS News WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 last_img read more

Emergency services dealing with crash on main L’kenny to Lifford Rd

first_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – February 5, 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Previous articleHIQA publishes reports on four Donegal nursing homesNext articleBacklog of Tory Island refuse to be removed today News Highland WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Emergency services dealing with crash on main L’kenny to Lifford Rd Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Emergency services are currently at the scene of a crash on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road.The two car collision occurred shortly before 12 noon at Ballyholey.The Donegal Fire Service and ambulance have been dispatched to the scene.Traffic is currently down to one lane with motorists advised to take care on approach to the area.No further details are known.last_img read more

SheBang! to perform at Macy’s Parade

first_img Tricia Ratcliffe couldn’t help but wonder how, “after all these years,” luck had found its way to downtown Troy.But when she opened a box of dance costumes, directly from New York City, she said, “Oh, yeah. This is how it went down.”Ratcliffe isn’t certain just how many years ago it was that she sent an audition video of SheBANG!, the championship clogging company that she directs, to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade selection committee. Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Skip By The Penny Hoarder The dancers will be performing to several country hits including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Cotton Eyed Joe.”“I think they knew that our dancers would be great performers and they will,” Ratcliffe said.Seven of Ratcliffe’s top dancers ages 14-18 were chosen to clog at the 84th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is the longest running, most spectacular show down Broadway.Dancers Randi Childs, Hannah Floyd, April Garrett, Merla Jo Laviner, Faith Spivey, Katy Spivey and Stephanie Spivey, along with dancers from across the nation, will perform live on NBC. Ratcliffe, the dancers and six parent/chaperones left Friday for the Big Apple and will return on Nov. 26. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “I just know that all of the dancers on that video have graduated high school,” Ratcliffe said. “So, it was years ago.”Each year since then, Ratcliffe has renewed the application and until this year, with no luck.“I just didn’t know how we finally go so lucky and I’m still not certain but, when I opened the box of costumes, I had a good idea. I think it had a lot to do with this year’s dance theme, “Country Hoedown.” By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content You Might Like Officials: Local holiday shopping boosts economy Holiday shoppers who stay in Pike County do more than stimulate the economy—they also support the arts, help local animals,… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration SheBang! to perform at Macy’s Parade Published 9:08 pm Friday, November 19, 2010 Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “The dancers will rehearse all week and will do a live rehearsal for NBC producers to perfect television angles for the live broadcast on Thanksgiving Day,” Ratcliffe said. “Although the week will be intense with rehearsals, the girls will have some time to enjoy the big city — Broadway shows, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating.”The SheBANG! cloggers will join other dancers on the performance stage during the parade and then subway uptown to Central Park to join the parade.“They will escort Santa as he makes his way to Herald Square to welcome the holiday season,” Ratcliffe said. “Look for them in red, white and blue country hoedown costumes.”Ratcliffe said the dancers have been fundraising, fundraising and fundraising for the once-in-a-lifetime performance event.“A number of businesses and individuals in Troy and the surrounding areas have supported the girls’ efforts to make this opportunity happen,” Ratcliffe said. “They would like to thank all of those who have supported their efforts.“Their special Macy’s tee shirts include the names of their sponsors and the dancers will proudly wear them in New York City.” Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Top coach suspended nearly two decades after US Figure Skating dismissed abuse allegations

first_imgMarch 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Top coach suspended nearly two decades after US Figure Skating dismissed abuse allegations FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, and U.S. Figure Skating, the sport’s national governing body, have suspended renowned figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, pending a new investigation of earlier allegations, nearly two decades after several male skaters made allegations of sexual misconduct against him.His name was added to U.S. Figure Skating’s roster of banned or suspended members late Wednesday night — listed alongside more than a dozen others publicly shamed for various alleged misdeeds — though no further public announcement of his suspension was made.Callaghan, who once coached Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal, had been permitted to continue coaching under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating despite troubling allegations stemming from alleged incidents of misconduct from 1977 to 1995.The suspension was announced as U.S. Figure Skating was made aware of new interest in those earlier allegations. Documents obtained by ABC News, amid an ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct claims in figure skating, indicate that the association took no disciplinary action following detailed allegations of abuse against Callaghan levied by several of his former students, citing skating bylaws stipulating that alleged violations be reported within 60 days.For Craig Maurizi, who accused Callaghan of sexual misconduct in 1999, Callaghan’s suspension is “a great step in the right direction.” He would not comment further, however, until he reached an agreement with an attorney.“At this time, I’m not going to discuss whether I have or have not filed a new claim through SafeSport,” Maurizi told ABC News. “I’m in the process of securing legal representation on my behalf.”A spokesperson for the U.S. Center for SafeSport said the organization does not comment on active matters, but said in cases involving abuse of minors, the organization always reports the matter to law enforcement.U.S. Figure Skating did not immediately respond to a request for comment.When reached for comment, Callaghan told ABC News he had not been notified of his suspension.“I have not been given any information about this, so I really can’t make a comment,” Callaghan told ABC News. “No one’s notified me. I just saw a note on a website somewhere.”Callaghan, who said he has retired to Florida but still coaches a few times per week, is listed as the CEO of Champions of America, a skating clinic owned by his former student Todd Eldredge, a three-time Olympian and former world champion.Callaghan would not confirm his employment, but the company’s website still advertises private skating lessons — $57 for one half-hour — with Callaghan, alongside his phone number and email address.At the time of Maurizi’s first complaint to U.S. Figure Skating in 1999, Callaghan told The New York Times he never had sex with Maurizi and dismissed any suggestion that he had engaged in any improper behavior.When asked about the history of allegations against him by ABC News, however, Callaghan said he had no further comment.“That’s 19 or 20 years ago,” he said. “I have nothing to say.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS MEETING SCHEDULE

first_imgBOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERSREGULAR MEETINGKEVIN WINTERNHEIMER CHAMBERSROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER COMPLEXWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 201712:00 NOON AGENDA1. CALL TO ORDER2. MEETING MEMORANDUM   FEBRUARY 1, 20173. CONSENT AGENDA a.  Request Re:  Approve and Execute- Agreement Extension with Priority One Fire and SafetyCompany for all Park facilities.b.  Request Re:  Approve and Execute- Agreement with Aquatic Control for Lake MaintenanceProgram at Helfrich Golf Course.c.  Request Re: Approve and Execute- Park Use Application with March of Dimes “March forBabies Walk and 5K Run.”d.  Request Re: Approve Painting with a Twist event at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden– Maureen Duncan*e.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Contract with Comaier Services for Mesker Park Zoo& Botanic Garden- Maureen Duncan*f.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Contract with Swat Pest for Mesker Park Zoo & BotanicGarden- Maureen Duncan*g. Request Re: Approve and Execute Contract with Mike Wathen forMesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden- Maureen Duncan*f.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Contract Extension with Maxitrol Inc- Mesker Park Zoo& Botanic Garden- Maureen Duncan**Recommendation from Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Advisory Board. 4.        OLD BUSINESS   c.   Request Re: Any Other Business the Board Wishes to Consider and Public Comments 6.        REPORTSa.   Brian Holtz, Executive Director7.        ACCEPTANCE OF PAYROLL AND VENDOR CLAIMScenter_img 5.         NEW BUSINESSa.   Agreement with Convention and Visitors Bureau for Management of GoebelSoccer Complex- Holtzb.   Permission to establish a rental rate for the outside Skate Park at Swonder- Fankhouser 8.        ADJOURNFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more