By Pat McCaughanPosted Nov 14, 2014 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC November 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm Martha, in Ft. Lauderdale it became a criminal offense to carry out our regular course of feeding the hungry–“following in the footsteps of Jesus”–on October 31, 2014. How ironic that on Halloween Night, when millions of people in this country were ritually handing out food on streets and driveways to anyone who asked, it became illegal to hand out food to the homeless and hungry on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA November 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm When did feeding those in need become a criminal offense following in the footsteps of Jesus? Youth Minister Lorton, VA November 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm The real mark of courage will be when local law enforcement officers protest the injustice of this ordinance by refusing to enforce it as law. THAT witness will further serve to put institutional authorities on notice that they are indeed responsible for the charge that has been entrusted to their office. Stand strong brother! Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Florida priest cited for feeding homeless wants his day in court The Rev. Lucretia Jevne says: The Rev. Thomas Ryan says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 December 3, 2014 at 7:36 am ***(My previously posted comments were all incomplete per computer error!)***It’s always amazing to me how in this outright utterly disposable society of ours, Common human decency just gets thrown out the window!- Especially by those whom we’ve entrusted to be our so-called “Leaders!”… Nevermind that for those of us whom are Christians, this is totally a violation of our constitutional rights; being persecuted for religious beliefs & the right to practice those beliefs! (The very rights that a large number of our Country’s homeless population fought wars to defend!) How about just a little human compassion & common decency?… Not just as citizens of this great Nation, but merely as brothers and sisters who share this planet!- Our political leaders should be in the forefront, using all of their contacts and the power of their platforms in a public outcry on “The World Stage” to promote a sort of “Global Treaty” to end hunger once and for all!… Let alone, to clothe, shelter, educate and otherwise care for those in need. Vicious convicted felons get better treatment in prisons the whole world over, for crying out loud!The real question is: “Where is our wonderful President when you need him?…(“Probably off vacationing as usual, frivolously spending our taxpaying dollars while our citizens go hungry!)- “What a damn shame!”ReplySpeak Your MindErin Mulvaney Name * Sanford Hampton says: November 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm I am a member of Episcopal Charities (Matthew 25 Committee) and I fully support Fr. Mark Sims. And knowing him like I do, I would expect no less. Keep up the good work. God’s peace and love, M November 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm If I am ever arrested for feeding the homeless and they want to know who told me to do this I will say I will say the Lord Jesus Christ told me to feed the hungry ,give drink to the thirsty and clothe the naked. Take it up with Him. Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Oliver Prescott Wilcox IV says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 November 18, 2014 at 7:47 am And Jesus was arrested and condemned … Unfortunately, after so many years of Gospel presence in our nation, this continues to be the path for the exercise of prophecy in our society. But your courage, Mark, is precisely what is needed to submit the “powers and dominions” to the spirit of the Kingdom. It is sad to realize that that our socio-political discourse in our “Christian nation” is becoming more and more exclusive! Keep doing the good work, Mark… Keep living the Gospel! November 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm Br. Hal, Thank you for your offer of help. I need all of the help I can get right now. I am determined to strike an acceptable covenant with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and provide shelter for all those who need it. Until that time, hungry people need to eat, and this can be done in an orderly and civil manner, which we in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. Please support us with funds so that we can continue our mission to the hungry and homeless. Please visit our website at Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida: ECSEFL.orgAll funds will be used solely for food and basic human needs. ECSEFL.orgYou may call me, Canon Mark Sims, at 954.806.7410.Friend me on Facebook: Mark SimsYou can follow the discussions, view the television interviews, and follow my legal challenge. Peace. November 14, 2014 at 11:37 pm Was Jesus speaking ironically when he said that the poor will always be with us? Why, because it is easier to make “the other” someone else’s problem. Bless all those who see need and respond with compassion and substance. November 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm Br. Jeremy… The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale and all but one of the City Commissioners, the ones who just passed this ordinance into law and are vowing to continue to enforce it until the feedings move off the streets and into controlled indoor spaces, are Democrats. Rector Martinsville, VA November 15, 2014 at 10:11 am I have been providing clean used men’s clothing in small Publix bags to our homeless for years and usually at traffic lights. I also sometimes give them hot coffee, donuts, power bars for nourishment.So, come arrest me to….I am guilty like Fr. Sims! God is crying!Chaplain Charles HumphriesMemorial Hospital, Hollywood martha knight says: The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Comments (28) Canon Mark Sims says: The Rev. Gail Vince says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Ruth W. Campbell says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Karen Morgan says: Erin Mulvaney says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest November 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm I work with Episcopal Community Services in Northern California. Many of our congregations have programs to feed the hungry. It is shocking that in this rich nation so many people have to go hungry. What we need to do is outlaw hunger not those who feed the hungry! dwight smith says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Martha I. Richards says: Featured Jobs & Calls Gregory C. Willmore says: Kitty Swain-Evans says: The Rev. Canon Mark H. Sims (wearing a stole), rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, is issued with a criminal citation for feeding the homeless.[Episcopal News Service] A Florida priest who was issued a criminal citation for feeding homeless residents in a local park is fighting back.“I am suing the city of Fort Lauderdale for the right to continue to feed the homeless on city streets,” according to the Rev. Canon Mark H. Sims, rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.Sims told the Episcopal News Service Nov. 13 that he has hired local attorneys Bill Scherer, a well-known trial lawyer, and Bruce Rogow, a constitutional lawyer who teaches at Nova Southeastern University, to defend him “in court against a criminal citation I was issued.“I want to fight the constitutionality of the ordinance that was passed. As someone issued a citation I have standing and I’m going to use that opportunity.”Scherer told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that the city ordinance, passed Oct. 31, which bans feeding of homeless in public places, is unconstitutional and discriminatory.Police arrive at Stranahan Park where Sims and others were feeding homeless residents.Local law enforcement officials halted Sims and two others from feeding homeless residents in Stranahan Park on Nov. 2. Sims, 57, said he was detained by police, fingerprinted, issued the citation and released. He is awaiting a court appearance date and faces a $500 fine and a possible 60 days in jail.“If I get sentenced to jail, I’m going to jail,” Sims said. “But, I’m willing to stay there [in jail] for the right to compassionately feed people who are living on the street,” he added.City officials have said they want feeding programs moved indoors but Sims and others say there are simply not enough locations to accommodate growing numbers of homeless families and individuals.“I am determined to allow people to be able to compassionately feed the homeless and people who are hungry on the streets of Florida. I don’t see how we can pass an ordinance that restricts human decency,” added Sims, who has created a legal defense fund on “gofundme.com” and expects “a tough challenge in court.”He vowed to continue to feed homeless people and on Nov. 12 joined others doing just that at a local beach.“The Episcopal Church in this diocese feeds people every single day through one of several agencies,” Sims said. “We have on-site places that we use and there are so many social service agencies we have created in Southeastern Florida to help families and individuals as much as we can, but there are still not enough.”As chair of the board of the Episcopal Charities of Southeastern Florida “we just funded for a two-year cycle $600,000 worth of grants to parishes with at least half of that going to programs that are caring for the feeding of hungry people, homeless people and the elderly,” Sims said.Typically, during winter months families and individuals who are homeless migrate to Florida from colder climates, so there has been a noticeable uptick in their numbers locally, he said.On Sunday, Nov. 9, members of his parish returned to the park and served a hot meal of sautéed chicken, rice, vegetables and dessert and distributed “takeout bags of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apples. We saw more women than we normally see. It was a bit surprising and a bit sad,” Sims said.But he added that “the city wants them off the streets. They don’t want to do anything to encourage them to be able to stay on the streets. The problem is, there’s no place else to go. They want to make it someone else’s problem.”Feeding people who are homeless is nothing new for Sims, who said “this has been going on since I was in seminary in 1999 and before that when I was a parishioner in South Florida. I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”His goal, he said, is for city officials to rescind the ordinance “and I want to sit down with a clean slate and help rework it.”Meanwhile, local, national and international church communities have rallied in support of Sims, according to the Rev. Canon Donna Dambrot, Episcopal Charities executive director. She compared his legal struggle to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance to unjust laws.The area has “seen an amazing increase in homelessness and hunger needs,” Dambrot added. “When Fort Lauderdale adopted this ordinance there was already feeding going on in the streets. We’ve gotten … requests for additional funding because the need is so great and food pantries have run out of food and their access to government sources of food is not available.”She said ECSF “serves hundreds of thousands of meals a year” through partner agencies and that she has noticed at least a 10 percent increase recently in numbers of meals served.The issue of homelessness is complex and layered, she added. “We have people come out of the woods and the mangroves in the [Florida] Keys; there are homeless folks living in encampments. In Pompano Beach, they’re sleeping under the highway. We even have some people living in canoes in the water, who come ashore to food pantries in Key West.”There are levels of homelessness, including those who are temporarily without housing who receive job skills and employment training and eventually find permanent living arrangements.“There is also that layer of folks we serve at St. Lawrence Chapel and our Jubilee Center in South Broward, that will be chronically homeless,” she said. “It’s an ongoing challenge and we’ll be in this for a long time.”Yet, she added that Sims’ advocacy has inspired others “to take those steps necessary to change what we perceive as unjust regulations.” Sims, the agency and the church community are all simply attempting to respond to Jesus’ directives to help others.“We follow Matthew 25,” which emphasizes Jesus’s call to serve those in need, she said. “That is our road map. That is our intentional vocational mission.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. The Rev’d Carl Byrd, Sr. says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC November 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm Thank you for taking a stand Rev. “If you live me…” “Pure religion and undefiled before the Father is this…” “Oh mortal what does The Lord your God require of you, but to do justice…”Keep on feeding. Rector Bath, NC Canon Mark Sims says: PJ Cabbiness says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon Mark Sims says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET November 18, 2014 at 5:46 am I am the Director of a Federal Summer Food Service Program (USDA) out of Church of the Holy Spirit Orleans Cape Cod MA -Food for Kids. A faith based organization partnering with a federal program which feeds children in the summer who qualify for free/reduced meals during the school year. We do this at open meal sites in playgrounds, and in school yards in census based poverty rural areas . Would you stop this program in your community too! Micah 6:8 Canon Jesus Reyes says: Rev’d Charles Humphries says: Ed Cimler says: John Covert says: Press Release Service Brother Jeremy, CSJW says: November 15, 2014 at 12:08 am This arrest is so ludicrous I cannot believe I am actually responding to it. Perhaps there is not enough crime in Fort Lauderdale – or perhaps they have too many policemen with nothing to do. All over the world those who can, feed and clothe the homeless and destitute. Christ said, whatever you do to the least of these you do to me – (my own translation). We are charged to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick… if a man or woman of the cloth cannot minister to the homeless and needy without fear of being persecuted by the law, then I think we must be living in another place other than the USA!! Look at what the newly elected Pope Francis is doing in the world – for God’s sake, don’ disgrace the entire nation by following through with this in-humane act and process. Perhaps the police and those in charge should stand back and get a better view of what they are doing – there for the Grace of God go they (homeless) and pray that they are never in the same situation. November 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm You lost me Brother Jeremy when you introduced politics into this. I think that Jesus would also approve of Republicans also feeding the hungry. Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH November 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm Shame on the city government of Fort Lauderdale for passing such a dispicable piece of garbage as a city ordinance! They, like so many other municipalities, are taking the easy way out. Rather then face up to the real problems of the homeless, they counter the teachings of Jesus and simply look the other way. Watch out that this doesn’t happen in your own cities and towns. Be active and follow the activities of your local government. Don’t let them do this to the homeless and the good Christian people who simply want to help the unfortunate. November 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm We faced a similar challenge in 2003 and “the whole damn bar” joined to help us win the right to shelter children in our own home. Parks are one thing, and public or private land is another. I’m sure the owners of beachfront lots would be glad to lease you a vacant lot that would be more convenient for your homeless diners.See RLUIPA.ORG for your answer. Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK November 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm I am a retired priest from the Diocese of Southeast Florida and former Chair of Social Concerns, Convenor for Outreach Programs, and Diocesan Representative for Jubilee Ministries to the Episcopal Church. This issue of feeding and caring for the homeless has long been a ministry of several parishes and Jubilee Centers of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. About 25 years ago we established a parish grant program supported by the diocesan budget for the purpose of assisting congregations in the development of ministries such as the meal program at St. Mary Magdelene . It is truly a blessing that those programs have continued in this faithful ministry.My continued prayers for their work. November 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm I guess they would have arrested Jesus and fined him for feeding the 5000. They also could have charged him with practicing medicine without a license. It is interesting to notice that in spite of the blatant religiousity in our society, anyone actually following Jesus will be persecuted. I wonder if they will outlaw the reading on Matthew 25:31-46 on The Feast of Christ the King? (Well, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…which of course means I am a Democrat,…see Matthew 25:31-46 ) Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Rev. Christopher Johnson says: Colin McAfee says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI November 14, 2014 at 7:16 pm This what we are called to do and be! Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm So living out the Second Great Commandment is considered criminal activity in Florida. Unfortunately typical of the times in which we live. Br. Hal Weiner, OUM says: November 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm “The real mark of courage will be when local law enforcement officers protest the injustice of this ordinance by refusing to enforce it as law.”Wouldn’t that be something to see! November 24, 2014 at 7:56 am To attempt to prevent a Priest from feeding the hungry………despicable. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Paula Lorraine Pavanis says: November 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm Enough frivolity. How can we help? Please send his e mail and mailing addressof the Church in Ft.Lauderdale. Rector Smithfield, NC November 15, 2014 at 11:07 am Karen, I am glad that you are responding to this issue and the fact that it is a criminal violation to feed the homeless under most circumstances here in Ft. Lauderdale. This is very real. We are fighting hard to simply follow the example Jesus established for us. Be vocal. Pray. Spread the word. Contribute. And, most of all, thank you!Blessings, Canon Mark Sims+ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL November 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm My middle son was threatened with arrest for attempting to distribute oranges to homeless people in downtown Seattle on Christmas morning several years ago. November 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm I agree and am a Republican!Matthew 25! Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL
Howard Lake | 31 March 2010 | News 30 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) has appointed Shankar Vipulanandarajah as its new Fundraising Manager. Starting earlier this month, one of his first objectives is to oversee the implementation of the fundraising components of the DEC’s ThankQ-based fundraising database.Vipulanandarajah joins from Christian Aid, one of the DEC’s members, where he had worked for nearly five years, most recently as Supporter Services Manager, overseeing all emergency fundraising appeals and Christian Aid Week, raising up to £60 million per year. Before that he worked for WaterAid and Children’s Society. He takes over from Pat Willson who is retiring after more than 10 years in the role.The ThankQ database is designed to help DEC manage its relationship with donors, notifying them when the organisation launches appeals and informing them of how the funds raised have been used.Vipulanandarajah said: “This is a time of major change as we implement our first fundraising database. Because of the unique role of the DEC in raising funds for major overseas emergencies on behalf of our members, we focus on one-off donations rather than regular gifts. We can however use the database to encourage donors to continue their support from one appeal to the next.”The DEC’s most recent appeal, for Haiti, raised £94 million in just over two months. During this appeal, some of the DEC’s aid agency members seconded fundraising staff to help the DEC handle the volume of responses.www.dec.org.uk Tagged with: DEC Management Recruitment / people New fundraising manager at DEC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Red or Dead have created a canvas shopping bag to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The bags feature a print with a light beige background, adorned with corset-clad showgirls swinging from chandeliers. All profits will be received by the charity.The design label created the bag both to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and help reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in landfill.Cancer Research UK‘s trading director, Simon Ledsham, said: “We’re very excited to be working with legendary fashion brand Red or Dead. The bags not only look fantastic but the money raised from sales will help fund our vital research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers.’”The ‘Swing on a chandelier’ bag is available from 12 April 2010 at Cancer Research UK’s 600 shops across the country, and from the charity’s online gift shop.www.shoptobeatcancer.org.uk Tagged with: Trading 48 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Red or Dead design canvas bag for Cancer Research UK Howard Lake | 31 March 2010 | News 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.
June 15, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more to go further Nabeel Rajab – Twitter BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Arrested at his home on 13 June, Rajab was transferred to a military hospital with cardiac problems on 28 June after two weeks in solitary confinement. According to Bahraini human rights NGOs, he was examined by a doctor and was then returned to West Riffa police station for further custody. He is facing up to 13 years in prison on charges of “spreading false rumours in time of war,” “insulting public authorities,” and “insulting a neighbouring country” in a series of tweets last year about Jaw prison in Yemen. At yesterday’s hearing, the first since his arrest, the court adjourned his trial until 2 August, extending his detention until then. “It is outrageous that the Bahraini authorities are holding a human rights defender and are subjecting him to appalling prison conditions just because he used Twitter to provide information.” RSF said. “We call on them to free Nabeel Rajab and to withdraw all the charges against him.” A major international campaign is under way for the Bahraini authorities to abandon the proceedings against Rajab. RSF joined 25 other international NGOs in signing an open letter calling for his release. A resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 7 July called for “the immediate and unconditional release of Nabeel Rajab and other human rights defenders jailed on allegations relating to their rights to free expression, assembly, and association, and for all charges against them to be dropped.” Meanwhile, journalist Mahmoud Jaziri’s trial on a charge of supporting terrorist activities was adjourned until 28 September when the first hearing was held on 28 June. Newly released blogger Ali Al Maaraj was arrested again, without a warrant, on 5 June. He is also accused of being part of a terrorist cell. Recently, journalist Nazeeha Saeed has been put under atravel ban, without any official reason. The Kingdom of Bahrain is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. After a court extended Bahrain Centre for Human Rights president Nabeel Rajab’s detention in connection with some tweets for another three weeks yesterday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of Bahrain’s constant obstruction of freedom of information and its repeated harassment of journalists and bloggers. October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Organisation BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en News News News News July 13, 2016 RSF condemns court’s decision to keep Nabeel Rajab in detention
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Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific July 10, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Parliament president urged to raise cases of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents on visit to China ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes 中文版本Reporters Without Borders wrote to European Parliament president Josep Borrell urging him to raise the cases of three imprisoned Chinese cyber-dissidents during a seven-day visit to China, thereby showing that the resolution about online free expression passed by the European Parliament will be followed up by concrete action.“We ask that, during your meetings with the Chinese authorities, you intercede on behalf of Hao Wu, Shi Tao and Yang Zili, three people who have been accused of posting ‘illegal’ information on the Internet,” the organisation said in its letter.“We are convinced that you will not be unmoved by the cases of these three journalists and cyber-dissidents who were imprisoned just for wanting to put out information,” the letter continued. “We are aware that important economic matters will be on the agenda of this official visit, but we hope the EU will also use this direct dialogue with the Chinese authorities to stress its determination to defend free expression and mention these cases by name.”Hao was arrested in Beijing on 22 February after attending an underground Protestant church meeting as part of his preparations for a documentary film. He had lived for more than 10 years in the United States and had a blog called Beijing or Bust. He was also a correspondent for Global Voices, a bloggers group that belongs to the network of Reporters Without Borders partner organisations.The authorities still have not said what Hao is charged with, and he may have been arrested in order to get him to provide information about the members of this underground Protestant church. His family has received virtually no news about him since his arrest and the authorities have still not allowed a lawyer to act on his behalf.Arrested on 24 November 2004, Shi was sentenced on 20 April 2005 to 10 years in prison for “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” because he took the text of an official memo that had been sent to his newspaper, Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News), and posted it on foreign websites. The memo warned journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Shi is currently held in Prison No. 1 in the south-central province of Hunan, which is located on a small island near the city of Yuanjiang. He shares a cell with more than 10 other inmates and makes jewellery in a workshop of poor sanitary standards.Yang, a computer specialist and founder of the website lib.126.com, was arrested on 20 April 2001. He wrote many articles for his website advocating political liberalism, criticising the government’s crackdown on the Falungong spiritual movement and deploring the problems faced by the peasantry.He also posted articles written by other members of the New Youth Society, an underground discussion group to which he belonged that met once a week to discuss political reform. Charged with “subverting state authority,” he was sentenced on 28 May 2003 to eight years in prison by the Beijing intermediate court. The sentence was confirmed on appeal on 10 November 2003. His family has not been allowed to see him since his arrest.“We point out that 51 cyber-dissidents and 32 journalists are currently imprisoned in China, where the press freedom situation in both the traditional media and on the Internet has declined sharply in the past year,” the letter said.“More and more websites are blocked inside China and, thanks to the deployment of considerable financial, human and technological resources, the filtering of online news and information is becoming steadily more effective,” the letter continued. “We therefore hope you will follow the recommendations in the resolution passed yesterday by the European Parliament and will be ready to argue for online free expression with the Chinese authorities.”————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders wrote to European Parliament president Josep Borrell urging him to raise the cases of three imprisoned Chinese cyber-dissidents during a seven-day visit to China, thereby showing that the resolution about online free expression passed by the European Parliament will be followed up by concrete action. Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China RSF_en to go further News
Facebook WhatsApp By admin – February 15, 2016 Twitter Homepage BannerNews Google+ Previous articleArlene Arkinson inquest overshadowed by row over withheld filesNext articleSOS committee to meet again as community hospital campaign gains momentum admin There are 116,680 people eligible to vote in the Donegal constituency in the General Election on Friday February 26th. Islanders will vote on the previous day, Thursday February 25th.The largest concentration of voters is in the Letterkenny Electoral Area with 31,274 voters, followed by Inishowen with 30,582 and Glenties with 22,318.There are 19,663 voters in the Stranorlar Electoral Area, and in the Donegal Electoral Area, there are14,952 people registered in the Donegal Constituency.A further 6,885 people in the Donegal Electoral Area are now within the Sligo Leitrim constituency. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Almost 117,000 people eligible to vote in Donegal constituency 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterest
Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Half of the employees in the UK claim their talents are under-used at work. According to a survey of 1,000 people, one in five want more challengingwork and nearly a quarter want to play a bigger part in their organisation. The research, by HR consultancy Chiumento, also reveals that 29 per cent ofworkers feel their manager underestimates their abilities, a quarter have givenup making suggestions and nearly a third of respondents believe there is a lotof wasted talent in their organisation. Sheena Mason, director of learning and development at Chiumento, said:”Today’s employers need to think about working in partnership withemployees to develop talent from within. It is motivational for employees andcost-effective as it retains staff. “Employers need to realise identifying talented staff is far moreimportant than spotting the intelligent ones. Development practices such ascoaching need to be put in place to seek it out.” The study finds that nearly half of employees claim to receive little or nocoaching and more than a third rarely or never have reviews to discuss theircareer progress. www.chiumento.co.uk Employers fail to tap into workforce talentOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today
Written by March 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams pens powerful letter on International Women’s Day FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Hyde/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams wrote a heartfelt essay for International Women’s Day about the meaning of day to her and the lessons she wants to impart to her daughter.The tennis star, who is an outspoken proponent of equality and empowering young women, described the special day as a “reinvigorated call to action,” in her piece for Fortune.She discussed some of the standards she feels are forced upon women in society.“In our fast-paced world, expectations for women continue to rise, as do workplace demands and, unfortunately, double standards,” she wrote.“Navigating it all is especially tough for working moms, myself included —- I feel the pressure both on and off the court,” she continued. “Even with all the resources I’m incredibly blessed to have, motherhood comes with so many unexpected challenges, especially when it’s time to go back to work.”She expanded on the balance she’s trying to find between motherhood and her career, after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in 2017.“Now that I have Olympia, she is my absolute priority —- spending as much time as possible with her every day is so important to me,” she wrote. “But I’m still training to win Grand Slams and sometimes I have to make hard choices about how I spend my time.”“I’ve cried over Olympia so many times that I’ve lost count,” she continued. “I cried when I stopped breastfeeding. I sat with Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it, and I told her, ‘Mommy has to do this.’ I cried when I missed Olympia’s first steps because I was in training.”“I’m honest about my struggles as a working mom because I want other women out there to know they are not alone,” she added. “We have to show ourselves and our female counterparts compassion and reality.”However, she realizes that she doesn’t have to sacrifice her career choices in order to have a family.“Since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of being the best tennis player in the world … but I also dreamed of having a family,” she wrote. “The dream was not divided — it was to be successful in both arenas.”“I want to stay in this game long enough for Olympia to watch me, cheer me on, and be proud to say, ‘That’s my Mom.’ I want her and all women out there to know you can be whatever you want to be,” she continued. “Dream big. The sky is the limit. Take risks.”She said that her dreams are “just beginning.”“I want Olympia to see and remember her mom winning a Grand Slam title,” she wrote. “I want her to know that my work fulfills me, that I’m proud and passionate about what I do even if I’m not perfect at it, and that she should never give up on her dreams.”“I want her to see a world of possibilities at her feet and to believe in those first steps she took when I was training, every time she takes a leap toward her goals— however big the risk,” she added.In working to balance time with her daughter and being one of the most successful athletes in the world, she wrote that she’s come to an important realization.“I want to make it clear that perfection is an impossible goal and should never be a true pursuit in life. And this is something I’ve had to come to terms with myself,” she shared.Williams believes in the power of supporting other women and feels others should as well.“While I think all women are superheroes, we are not superhuman and we need each other’s support,” she wrote. “We need to give each other grace when we fall short—and when society sets unrealistic expectations or our workplaces have antiquated rules.”For the piece, she also asked SurveyMonkey, an online survey company for which she is a board member, to conduct surveys focusing on adversity women face in different aspects of their every day lives.“One focuses on the experiences of working parents, while the other delves into those of all women in the workforce,” she explained. “After reviewing the results, one thing is clear: many of us are facing strikingly similar challenges.”“Our data show that women are four times more likely to say they provide more childcare than their male partner—pulling a double shift at work and home,” she explained.“This contributes to the fact that nearly half of women say they have sacrificed career goals for their family. I know I did,” she added. “More than half of moms feel guilty leaving their children to go to work and a third say their job makes it challenging to do the things they want and need to do for their family. Forget the cliché of ‘having it all,’ the reality is, women are trying to do it all.”Williams finished the piece with a call to action.“On International Women’s Day, let’s promise to come together and support one another in honor of all the groundbreaking women who came before us—and those who are proudly following our lead.“We must band together and fight for what’s fair,” she added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund