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Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.La Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, actual presidente de la Cámara de Diputados de la Iglesia Episcopal, donó los candelabros, los hachones procesionales y el Cirio Pascual en honor de su predecesora, Bonnie Anderson, que ayudó a recaudar el dinero para construir la nueva iglesia de Santiago.La mayoría de los muebles principales, entre ellos el púlpito, las barandas del comulgatorio, los bancos y un retablo que contiene una pintura mural de la Ascensión, cuyo trasfondo puede ser una representación de las colinas que se encuentran fuera de la iglesia, vinieron de la iglesia luterana Houhlum en Lake Park, Minnesota. Floberg creció en Hawley, al oeste de Lake Park, y se enteró de la clausura de la iglesia en agosto de 2013 mientras leía el periódico local y [de inmediato] se puso en contacto con la congregación  [luterana] para contarles del incendio en la iglesia de Santiago y del plan de reconstrucción.El altar, sin embargo, es otra historia. Una simple mesa con los laterales cerrados, en cuyo frente se destaca la palabra Wakan (Santo) flanqueada por una cruz dorada, había servido a la congregación de Santiago —regalo de la iglesia congregacional de Big Lake— en la reserva india hasta los años 90. Cuando una iglesia episcopal en el vecino Park Ridge cerró y sus muebles vinieron a Santiago, el viejo altar se envió al Campamento San Gabriel [St. Gabriel’s Camp] en Solen. Ahora se encuentra de regreso en Santiago.La construcción de una nueva [iglesia de] Santiago a los 16 meses del incendio ha sido un esfuerzo de primera magnitud. Un acuerdo con el seguro de la Iglesia [Church Insurance] sumado a algún dinero diocesano hizo ascender la recaudación a $359.392, aunque aún faltaba una diferencia. Anderson dirigió el Fondo de Reconstrucción Ikpanazin que reunió otros $67.532, junto con $5.000 en donaciones y promesas de la propia congregación de Santiago, dijo Floberg a Episcopal News Service. La Ofrenda Unida de Gracias le dio a la iglesia una subvención de $48.500 durante su asignación de fondos de 2013.Pat Fearing, representante local de la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias, describe cómo la subvención de $48.500 que la iglesia de Santiago recibió como ayuda a la reconstrucción de su nuevo templo —y todas las subvenciones de la UTO— provienen de contribuciones que los episcopales hacen en gran medida a través de las “cajitas azules”, como la que sostiene el Rdo. John Floberg. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.El empeño de recaudación combinado sobrepasó los objetivos y ahora está en marcha una segunda fase para construir un terreno de béisbol y áreas de picnic cerca de la iglesia.Sin embargo, los fondos que se recogieron durante el oficio de consagración del 23 de noviembre se donarán. “En gratitud por todo lo que hemos recibido de los demás”, le dijo Smith a la congregación, el dinero se destinará al empeño de la Iglesia Episcopal  de reconstruir la catedral destruida por el terremoto en Puerto Príncipe, Haití, la primera fase del cual se espera que cueste $15 millones.La firma constructora Prairie Outpost Log Homes de Mandan, a unos 64 kilómetros al norte, construyó el encofrado de madera de la iglesia de Santiago luego de sugerir el concepto de troncos de balsa que suben en espiral para imitar los postes de una tienda  india y con piezas en cruz que añaden el efecto del atrapasueños. Jordan Shelltrack, un joven miembro de la congregación que leyó un pasaje del Apocalipsis durante el oficio, bosquejó el plano del suelo. Más detalles acerca del proceso de la planificación pueden encontrarse aquí. Una colección de fotos de la página de Facebook de la congregación aquí recorre las faces de la construcción.De mayo a septiembre, la congregación se reunió para el culto en un salón de banquetes de propiedad tribal, Prairie Knights Casino and Resort, a unos 16 kilómetros al sur de la iglesia, y los miembros acudieron después allí para una comida. El nuevo edificio ha sido utilizado por los 60 miembros del grupo de jóvenes de la parroquia para reunirse todos los miércoles por la noche.La iglesia episcopal de Santiago en Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte, antes de que un incendio destruyera la propiedad el 25 de julio de 2012.‘Uno de los pueblos más difíciles de Dakota del Norte’La congregación de Santiago se estableció en 1890 en Cannon Ball, que es parte de la Reserva Permanente de Indios Sioux de Cannon Ball, y ha sido el hogar de generaciones de episcopales, dijo Floberg.Cannon Ball, en la parte centro sur del estado, fue el primer lugar en que se estableció la Iglesia Episcopal en la reserva de Dakota del Norte. Otras tres congregaciones remontan sus raíces a Santiago, según la página web diocesana. Los oficios incluyen himnos en legua dakota.En la página web de la diócesis, la congregación dice encontrarse en “uno de los pueblos más difíciles de Dakota del Norte. Los niveles de alcoholismo y de desempleo son muy elevados. Pero no vamos a darnos por vencidos”. Ese pensamiento estaba escrito antes de que el incendiario hiciera su obra.“La iglesia era una roca en el cimiento de la pequeña comunidad de la reserva”, dijo el Bismarck Tribune en un editorial del 21 de noviembre que alentaba a la comunidad en su continuo servicio a la gente del lugar.Alrededor de 875 personas viven en la zona de Cannon Ball, de los cuales 813 son nativoamericanas, según el Censo de 2010.Conforme a uno de los criterios, el ingreso promedio en 2011 fue de $25.504; en comparación con $51.704 del estado como un todo, y el ingreso per cápita es de $9.597, mientras el promedio del estado se acerca a $26.000.La participación de la Iglesia Episcopal con los sioux comenzó de mediados a fines del siglo XIX después de la sublevación dakota de 1862 en la vecina Minnesota que dio lugar a que el gobierno de Estados Unidos los deportara a las reservas de Dakota del Sur. Inmediatamente después de la guerra de Secesión, el gobierno federal les ofreció tierras a varias denominaciones cristianas a cambio de su complicidad en el empeño de obligar a los indios a asimilarse a la cultura de los colonos blancos mediante el sistema de reservas del gobierno federal.La Iglesia Episcopal ayudó a llevar a cabo ese plan, principalmente al este del río Misurí. La Convención General de 1871 creó el Distrito Misionero de Niobrara, que incluía partes o la totalidad de lo que son ahora Dakota del Norte, Dakota del Sur, Wyoming y Nebraska. Los episcopales que viven dentro de las fronteras de ese distrito anterior todavía se reúnen en convocación cada mes de junio.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Joshua Floberg, que renovó su pacto bautismal unos minutos después, observa la escena. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg par ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte] En la radiante aunque fría mañana del 23 de noviembre, aquí en la reserva india de Standing Rock, la congregación de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago [St. James] inauguró oficialmente una nueva iglesia que se asemeja a una tienda nativoamericana y que se percibe como si los feligreses se reunieran en un atrapasueños.La temperatura rondaba en torno a los 6 grados F. (-14 C.) y un viento ligero soplaba del cercano río Misurí mientras los miembros de la congregación y los visitantes permanecían de pie en el estacionamiento de suelo de grava a la espera del comienzo del oficio.Cantaban “Muchas y grandes [son] tus obras, oh Dios” [“Many and Great”] un himno que el Rdo. John Floberg, rector de Santiago, dijo que creía que había sido el primer himno cristiano escrito en lakota. Él le contó a la congregación que fue  ese himno el que iban cantando los 38 dakotas el 26 de diciembre de 1862 camino del patíbulo en lo que habría de ser la mayor ejecución llevada a cabo en un solo día en la historia de Estados Unidos. Los reos habían sido declarados culpables de haber formado parte de una sublevación ese año.“Que se abra la puerta” dijo Michael Smith, obispo de Dakota del Norte, llevando un penacho indio de plumas, en lugar de la mitra, mientras golpeaba sonoramente la puerta de la iglesia.El techo de la nueva iglesia episcopal de Santiago en Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte evoca una tienda nativoamericana y un atrapasueños. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.Cuando el Rdo. Neil Two Bears y la acólita Mia Two Bears abrieron la puerta, Smith proclamó: “Paz sea a esta casa y a todos los que entran en ella” al tiempo que usaba su báculo pastoral para trazar el signo de la cruz en el umbral.La escena no tenía nada que ver con la noche del 25 de julio de 2012, Fiesta de Santiago, cuando un incendio deliberado se propagó por las estructuras de madera de la iglesia y del salón parroquial.Phoenix Martínez, de 19 años, se declaró culpable de un cargo de incendió voluntario y fue sentenciado el 30 de septiembre a tres años y cuatro meses de reclusión en una cárcel federal, seguido por cinco años de libertad supervisada. También le impusieron que pagara una restitución de $354.100.El único recuerdo visible de esa noche es la cruz que cuelga delante de una manta de retazos sobre el púlpito. Está hecha de dos toscos pedazos de madera chamuscados provenientes del piso del salón parroquial, la única madera que no se redujo a cenizas en el incendio.“Es como un regreso al hogar”, dijo Florestine Grant, la guardiana mayor, antes del comienzo del oficio. “Soñamos con las cosas que podemos hacer por los niños, los ancianos y por la cultura”.Una de sus hijas, Alex Spotted Elk, dijo que era una lástima que un incendio hubiera obligado a la congregación a tener que construir un nuevo edificio. Pero, agregó, al tiempo que miraba hacia el techo de la nueva iglesia, “este es un lugar para nuevos recuerdos”.El Rdo. Terry Star, diácono que creció en [la congregación] de Santiago y que ahora es seminarista en Nashotah House en Wisconsin, recordaba durante su sermón cómo hace casi 100 años un obispo episcopal les dijo a los sioux de la zona que tenían que renunciar a sus adornos indios para ser cristianos. Esa actitud ha cambiado, afirmó Star, como resulta obvio de la decoración de la nueva iglesia de Santiago.El Rdo. Terry Star, un diácono que creció en la iglesia de Santiago y que es seminarista en Nashotah House, predica el 23 de noviembre durante la consagración de la nueva iglesia de Santiago. Detrás de él está la cruz hecha de dos rugosas piezas de madera chamuscadas provenientes del piso del salón parroquial de Santiago, la única madera que no se redujo a cenizas en el incendio provocado del 25 de julio de 2012. Foto de Mary Frances para ENS.“Podemos ser dakotas; podemos ser quienes somos —para lo que Dios nos hizo— y no obstante seguir a Jesucristo”, afirmó.Star dijo que esperaba que la iglesia hermosa y colorida llegara a convertirse en un símbolo pujante para las personas de la zona.Él recordó un relato que le contaba su abuela acerca de Iya, un monstruo gigantesco cuyo nombre significa literalmente “boca”, y de Ikto, el embaucador que halagaba al monstruo para que éste confiara en él. Ikto fingió ser el hermano mayor del monstruo y le preguntó a éste que era lo que más temía. Iya le dijo que le temía al estruendo de cantos y tambores. Ikto fue hasta la próxima aldea y les dijo que empezaran a celebrar con cantos y tambores.La treta funcionó; Iya se quedó paralizado por el miedo e Ikto aprovechó la oportunidad para matarlo. Cuando le abrieron el estómago a Iya, todas las personas que el monstruo se había tragado recobraron la vida.“Hay una oscuridad que está devorando a nuestro pueblo” dijo Star. “Algo se está tragando a nuestra gente”.Un paseo en torno a Cannon Ball, agregó, muestra una falta de “arte y colorido”, nada más que “casas pintadas de color malvavisco”, cuyos tonos no fueron escogidos por sus ocupantes.“Tenemos una oportunidad en este edificio y a través del Evangelio y a través de nuestro culto en este edificio de devolverle color y celebración a la comunidad”, añadió. “Podemos ahuyentar al Iya que está devorando a nuestro pueblo”.Star dijo que los miembros deberían invitar [a la iglesia] a artistas “que puedan escuchar estos pasajes del Evangelio y expresarle a la iglesia estos relatos evangélicos a través de su obra” y “mostrar que hay lugar aquí para ese clase de obra”.Él también instó a la congregación a no ser tan sólo asistentes de Navidad y Pascua.“Este edificio no funciona si sólo se usa en Navidad y Pascua; tenemos que estar aquí todo el tiempo”, enfatizó.Y luego, “toda la alegría y la felicidad” que viene de adorar aquí en este espacio, dijo Star “no se supone que se quede aquí”.“Se supone que las saquemos por esas puertas y las llevemos a la comunidad”, concluyó. “Matemos ese Iya y devolvámosle la alegría y la felicidad a nuestra comunidad”.Star, que leyó el Evangelio en Dakota, epitomizó la confluencia del cristianismo occidental y de la espiritualidad sioux de la Iglesia. Él estaba revestido de sotana, sobrepelliz, esclavina y bandas de predicación, llevaba un medallón en que parecía bordado con mostacillas el crismón o cristograma [las dos primeras letras griegas del nombre de Cristo], una pluma de águila sujeta al cabello e iba calzado con unos mocasines con mostacillas. Star leyó su sermón en un iPad.Una iglesia llena de artistas y donantesLa nueva iglesia de Santiago, todavía con los rincones un poco sin terminar y con cajas de revestimientos para el piso escondidas debajo de los bancos, y donde instalaron las barandas del comulgatorio en las primeras horas de esa misma mañana, está equipada con artículos y muebles de otras iglesias, junto con nuevas contribuciones.Una colorida manta de retazos cuelga de cada una de las cuatro esquinas de la nave. Estas mantas con frecuencia se obsequian en funerales, ceremonias para darle nombre a alguien, bodas y otras celebraciones que representan la gratitud del dador hacia la persona que la recibe. Otra manta de retazos, que adornó el púlpito durante el oficio, también servirá de paño frontal del altar.La pila bautismal, tallada por el artista local Charles McLaughlin, hecha de alabastro de Colorado, evoca una canoa de piel de búfalo, que se usaba para cruzar de una a otra orilla del río Misurí. Algunos sioux yanktonai que sobrevivieron a la masacre de White Stone Hill de 1863 cruzaron el río para vivir con otros dakotas asentados cerca de la desembocadura del río Cannon Ball.White Stone Hill estará representada en un mural lateral del ápside que aún está por terminarse. Las montañas cercanas aparecerán representadas en el otro panel y, en el medio, la Nueva Jerusalén como una aldea india, dijo Floberg.En la parte inferior del lateral donde han de pintarse las montañas cercanas, ya cuelga una gran pantalla plana de televisión.Holly Doll, nieta de dos episcopales de abolengo de [la tribu de] Standing Rock, el Rdo. Innocent y Edna Goodhouse, diseñó y creó un evangelario de parfleche. Esto último es una bolsa de cuero crudo que los indios de las Grandes Planicies usaban tradicionalmente para guardar y llevar documentos importantes. La Biblia que se encuentra dentro de esta bolsa es una traducción al dakota del Nuevo Testamento.Algunos episcopales de la zona donaron otros artículos y la iglesia de la Santa Trinidad [Holy Trinity] de Juneau, Alaska, otra iglesia que sabe lo que es perder su edificio en un incendio, donó la cruz procesional. Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

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Ministry serves farmworkers through sacraments, outreach

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Ministry serves farmworkers through sacraments, outreach Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Farmworkers wear long pants, sleeves and gloves to work in the fields partly to protect themselves from pesticide exposure. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Newton Grove, North Carolina] On a rainy, humid mid-September morning five hours before the Sunday noon Eucharist at Sacred Family, the Rev. Tony Rojas got behind the wheel of a white van and began making the rounds to pick up men from the farmworker camps set back on highways and county roads among the single- and double-wide trailers and more stately brick homes of rural North Carolina.He picked up men like Abraham Cruz, 47, of Tlaxcala state in east-central Mexico, who for the last seven years has traveled to the United States on a temporary agricultural worker visa to work eight- to 12-hour days in the fields planting and harvesting cucumbers, watermelons, tobacco and sweet potatoes. Cruz’s earnings go to support his family in Mexico, whom he sees two to three months a year.Over the past 18 years, Rojas has built up the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, a joint ministry of the dioceses of North and East Carolina, with a 16-acre campus on Easy Street in Newton Grove. The ministry serves farmworkers in 47 camps scattered across Sampson, Harnett and Johnston counties.The men arrive by van or decommissioned school buses early for the ministry’s free ESL classes, haircuts, immigration services and tax and legal advising, and to play soccer. Farmworkers, who spend six days laboring in the fields wearing long sleeves and pants to protect themselves from pesticide exposure, on Sundays change into shorts, jerseys and cleats, practicing for an annual daylong soccer tournament organized by the ministry.Farmworkers typically range in age from 18 or 19 to more than 50 years old. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSThe ministry began in 1982 when a single outreach worker identified a need and from her car began distributing clothing and personal care items to farmworkers, then mostly Haitian migrants. Today, with its sacramental ministry that includes three mission congregations and its 20-plus outreach programs, the ministry reaches 3,500 farmworkers directly and impacts the lives of thousands more.There are some 150,000 farmworkers, the majority of them from Mexico, working in North Carolina’s fields; some documented, some undocumented. The ministry serves them all.Providing sacraments and outreach to farmworkers, regardless of their immigration status, is rooted in the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”By focusing on the sacraments and social outreach, the ministry remains “bipartisan,” said North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry during an interview with ENS in his office in Raleigh, the state’s capital. “That’s the work of Jesus that can be done by Republicans and Democrats.”Curry has publicly called for immigration reform that would reunite families, but the church’s official advocacy for farmworker justice or immigration reform on the state level is coordinated through the North Carolina Council of Churches, of which the dioceses of North, East and Western North Carolina all are members.Farmworkers head to the fields early in the morning picking sweet potatoes by the bucket load to fill trucks like these. Photo: Christine McTaggart/Diocese of North CarolinaAgriculture has a rich legacy in North Carolina which today ranks fifth nationally with 8.4 million acres under cultivation and more than 50,000 farms producing $11.7 billion annually in agricultural commodities. Though corn, soybeans and cotton are machine-harvested crops, 85 percent of fruits and vegetables – beans, melons, sweet potatoes, tobacco, strawberries –are picked by hand.When members of the North Carolina Growers Association can demonstrate the local labor force is insufficient to meet the production needs of the farms, they can fill the gap through the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. North Carolina has close to 7,000 H-2A agricultural workers, and ranks high among agricultural states using the program. (The visa program provides legal entry to work, but critics see it as a means to keep farm wages low.)Growers can ask for anywhere between 20 and 200 farmworkers, Rojas said.In 2000, Latinos made up 50 percent of the state’s farmworkers; today that percentage is 95, said Jennie Wilburn, a program associate with the Raleigh-based North Carolina Council of Churches.The North Carolina Council of Churches, its history advocating for the rights of farmworkers going back decades, runs public awareness campaigns in English and Spanish and uses a Bible-based curriculum to involve the churches, said Wilburn.Still, she said, “The political climate for vulnerable groups isn’t great.”Wilburn said, “One thing that’s gotten a lot of attention recently is the Human Rights Watch report on tobacco.”Farmworkers live in trailers like this set back off rural, county roads. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSThe 138-page report released in May documents the hazardous conditions and nicotine poisoning faced by children working in the top four tobacco producing states, including North Carolina.Alice Freeman, who serves on the farmworker ministry’s board, knows what it’s like to work on a tobacco farm.“I am the daughter of sharecroppers … my dad had five girls, his brother had five girls, they always farmed together, no boys,” she said. “When you grow up on a farm, a tobacco farm with cotton, tobacco, soybeans, corn, you do the work yourselves. We didn’t have brothers to do the work, we didn’t have so much money to hire other workers, we did the work in the fields; I know what it’s like to be in the fields.”The farmworker ministry addresses a need, seeks to treat people as humans, to be compassionate. “When you are a long way from home, a friendly face, a helping hand goes a along way,” said Freeman.(Click here for a video of Alice Freeman talking about the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry and its programs.)In addition to working long hours under the hot sun, migrant and seasonal farmworkers often live in substandard housing sleeping on filthy mattresses or the floor; there might be a shared toilet, or an outhouse, a single shower for bathing and a washtub for laundry.The Rev. Tony Rojas, or “Father Tony,” came to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry 18 years ago. Rojas himself comes from the Roman Catholic tradition.  Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSDuring his first three years of ministry to farmworkers and witnessing the living conditions, Rojas said he had trouble sleeping. He’d visit camps at 2 a.m. and all the lights would be on and the farmworkers would be preparing their lunches, which sometimes they’d crouch under the bus to eat to get out of the mid-day sun. He’s seen farmworkers suffering nicotine poisoning through their exposed skin rolling on the ground in agony.Even after 18 years of working with farmworkers, Rojas still doesn’t understand how they do it, he said. Like the growers, who face the challenges of farming and often carry heavy loan burdens, farm work is a vocation. The farmworkers and the growers provide human beings with the food necessary to sustain the miracle that is life. “Without food we cannot survive, cannot keep the life,” he said.In 1960, before Cesar Chavez founded the National Farmworkers Association bringing attention to the plight of farmworkers, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, a native North Carolinian, co-produced an hour-long documentary “Harvest of Shame,” which examined the lives of migrant farmworkers and the poverty that marked their lives.Murrow’s film depicts the lives of primarily white and African-American farmworkers; today’s farmworkers come mostly from Mexico and Central America. Otherwise, the lives of migrant farmworkers have changed little, according to a follow-up, 30-minute documentary, “Harvest of Dignity,” produced in 2011 in association with the Durham-based Student Action with Farmworkers.Farmworkers with temporary worker status, or the seasonal workers, are guaranteed certain employee rights, their travel to and from the United States paid for, housing and food provided, and they live on the farm to which they are assigned. Seasonal workers rely on the growers to bring them back to work year after year, and can sit idle while waiting for crops to come in; undocumented workers tend to be migratory and follow their crew leaders to where the work is.A report released in 2011 studying migrant farmworkers’ housing conditions in North Carolina conducted by the National Institutes of Health found housing standards inadequately enforced and farmworkers living in substandard conditions, with undocumented workers living in worse conditions than temporary workers.Over the years Rojas said he’s seen some camps’ living conditions improve. And through grassroots efforts, like those of the North Carolina Council of Churches, Student Action with Farmworkers and the Farmworker Advocacy Network, more and more people in urban areas, like Raleigh, Durham and Research Triangle Park are becoming aware of the farmworkers living within 50 miles of them.For instance, “Harvest of Dignity,” said Wilburn, led the North Carolina Department of Labor, which inspects migrant and seasonal farmworker housing, to require camps to have one toilet per every 10 and one washtub per every 30 residents.(Jon Showalter and his family, members of Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, North Carolina, have for a decade driven the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle some 40 miles to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Newton Grove, the first Saturday of every month. “It has been a blessing for our family to be involved in this ministry,” Showalter said. Click here for video of the food shuttle.)Changing demographics“Strong roots, new growth,” reads a sign at the entrance to Harnett County, where on one side of Highway 55 is the campus of Stoney Run Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church and on the other is Iglesia de Dios Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer Church of God.For the Episcopal Church, said Rojas, to have a presence in this part of the state is itself an anomaly, and building it up among the Latino population, with its Catholic roots, wasn’t easy.“Latinos by culture and tradition come from the Roman Catholic Church, that’s the one true church,” he said. For them, a different church “means the devil is coming.Now, however, at peak harvest, the Sacred Family mission, which meets on a concrete slab under a metal roof on the ministry’s property, is one of the largest Episcopal congregation in North Carolina, serving migrant farmworkers, families and immigrants who’ve made the state home.Soccer has always played a strong role in Rojas’s ministry. Here on a Sunday morning farmworkers practice for an upcoming annual tournament before the Eucharist. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSAt 78, Rojas, a former Roman Catholic priest-cum professional soccer player in his native Colombia, maintains a youthful appearance. And when he first began his ministry in the camps, it was the soccer ball that gave him entrance, not the Bible.“That was how I built a natural relationship with the farmworkers,” he said. After he’d gained their trust, he said, they began asking for blessings and the sacraments.It took seven years, working for three of those years with the same 18 people.Today, however, Rojas said, it’s understood that all are welcome and the message is simple: “Christ is our lord and savior … and to live a Christian life: love God, love self and love the other.”It touches Father Tony to administer the Eucharist to men, like Abraham Cruz, here,  with calloused hands, because in Latino culture, women are more likely to present themselves for the Eucharist, he said. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSAfter making inroads into the Latino community and building up the farmworker ministry, for a time serving as both the sacramental minister and the ministry’s executive director, Rojas’ next priority is to fortify Sacred Family, which is housed on the ministry’s administrative campus in Newton Grove, and the two other congregations he serves, St. Joseph’s in Smithfield and St. Francis in Goldsboro.After noon Eucharist, Rojas drives some of the farmworkers back to the camps, and then drives some 25 miles to Goldsboro for a 4 p.m. Eucharist. (Click here for a video of Rojas reflecting on his ministry.)Since the year 2000, North Carolina’s Hispanic population has increased by 111 percent, according to a report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan, independent educational institute.In rural schools, like Hobbton Middle School, where 12-year-old Idalia Rubio-Trejo is a sixth grader, the student body is almost half Latino, Rubio-Trejo said.Idalia’s father is a farmworker and her mother is a homemaker. Idalia, who is fully bilingual, has three brothers and two sisters; the family has been in North Carolina for 16 years and attends services at Sacred Family on Sundays.In addition to Rojas, the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is staffed by Silvia Cendejas, assistant director; and Maria Acosta, an immigration specialist who annually assists some 3,000 immigrants navigate paperwork, work visa renewals and petitions for family reunification.One need Cendejas and Acosta have identified that is not being met is to provide assistance to women in domestic violence situations. The women are confronted with three or four cases weekly, they said.An individual farmworker on average must pick two tons, 4,000 pounds, of sweet potatoes to earn $50. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSThe population increase and the fact that more often farmworkers and their families are choosing to remain in North Carolina year-round has put increased demands on the ministry, said Patti Trainor, the Diocese of North Carolina’s development coordinator for the farmworker ministry.Longtime volunteer Rolffs Pinkerton, a retired psychologist and member of Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, who 10 years ago began volunteering as a translator, framed it this way: “We’re asked to serve the neediest of the neediest,” said Pinkerton, a North Carolinian who grew up in Venezuela. “And this is probably as close as you can come in North Carolina; I don’t know of a population more in need.”To meet the demands of a growing Latino population and to continue to serve farmworkers, in 2013 the Diocese of North Carolina initiated the Harvest for Hospitality campaign aimed at raising $400,000 – double the ministry’s annual budget – by June 2015.Robert E. Wright, who co-chairs the campaign, said Harvest for Hospitality is an investment: “They [immigrants] are a part of our community, and us, a part of theirs.“It’s a holistic ministry, body, soul and spirit; it’s really seeing people as people, as fellow human beings. It’s empowering, not paternalistic.”Harvest for Hospitality also aims to bring the farmworker ministry into the 21st century, said the Rev. Lisa Fischbeck, who co-chairs the campaign with Wright and serves as vicar of Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill.A successful campaign will not only to provide the ministry with the financial resources necessary for transformation – the hiring of a new executive director and a person to serve as a liaison between the growers and the farmworkers – but also engage young people, both as participants in the ministry and financial supporters.Already, young people are active in the ministry’s visitation program. In June, for example, the youth group at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines helped out at a nearby Head Start program for children of migrants, did yard work, and with Rojas, visited the camps distributing clothing and personal care items to farmworkers.The participants, said Paul Collins, the youth minister at Emmanuel, took their experiences and their stories about farmworkers home with them and shared them; they’ll continue to engage in the work and educate themselves about issues affecting farmworkers. After all, he said, they are the future voters.– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By Lynette WilsonPosted Oct 10, 2014 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

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From Ferguson to Baltimore: JAIL KILLER COPS!

first_imgBuffalo, N.Y., activists support Baltimore Rebellion, May 3.WW photo: Ellie DorritieThe murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson ignited an almost two-week uprising in Ferguson, Mo. Led by Black youth, this rebellion began the process of shining a spotlight on the deep-seated, horrifying atrocities that have been taking place inside and outside police departments around the U.S. for many decades. The current ground zero of this upsurge is Baltimore.Even though the U.S. Department of Justice in early March failed to indict Wilson for civil rights violations in Brown’s murder due to “probable cause,” it issued a damning report March 4 that confirmed rampant racism in the Ferguson Police Department. This report would not have seen the light of day so quickly were it not for the heroic rebellion that exposed the militarization of the police there.Abayomi Azikiwe wrote about the DOJ report for this newspaper: “Data collected by the Ferguson Police Department from 2012 to 2014 shows African Americans account for 85 percent of vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, and 93 percent of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67 percent of Ferguson’s population. African Americans are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops even after controlling for non-race-based variables such as the reason the vehicle stop was initiated, but are found in possession of contraband 26 percent less often than white drivers, suggesting officers are impermissibly considering race as a factor when determining whether to search.” (workers.org, March 10)This report came less than four months after a secretive Missouri grand jury failed to indict Wilson for Brown’s murder. Also, the white Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson — reportedly a Confederate sympathizer — was forced to resign a week later. But the Ferguson police scandal was just the beginning.Endless atrocitiesOn Dec. 4, after a two-year investigation, the DOJ issued a report on the Cleveland Police Department, stating, “unreasonable and unnecessary use of force” is systemic. The report went on to say that not only were firearms used indiscriminately by a 65-percent-white police department against a population that is 53 percent Black, but also Tasers, chemical spray and beatings were employed. The report also found that the police had used excessive force against people with mental disabilities and employed tactics that escalated potentially nonviolent encounters into dangerous confrontations. (New York Times, Dec. 4)This report came less than two weeks after the heinous, fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park on Nov. 22. Rice was carrying a toy gun when shot by a white police officer who had a known history of violence that had led him earlier to resign from another police department. Rice’s shooting was captured on videotape.The police on the scene refused to let Rice’s 14-year-old sister, Tajai, come to his immediate aid following the shooting, instead they tackled her to the ground and handcuffed her. Her younger brother bled to death in the back of a police car.On May 7, the San Francisco district attorney’s office announced a widening probe into that city’s police abuse. African Americans comprise only 5 percent of the city’s population but make up 50 percent of those arrested and those incarcerated, as well as more than 60 percent of detained juveniles.Seven out of 14 San Francisco police officers were suspended April 3 for sending racist and anti-gay text messages to each other, including calling for the lynching of people of color. Firing was recommended for the seven; an eighth officer resigned and the other six received disciplinary actions. The probe also disclosed that sheriff’s deputies organized betting pools among prison guards involving gladiator fights forced on prisoners. Deputies reportedly threatened to withhold food and impose violence on those inmates who refused to beat each other for blood sport. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.And now BaltimoreAnd then came the recent federal probe into the Baltimore police department in light of the torture death of Freddie Grey, who lapsed into a coma after his spinal cord was severed April 12 while in police custody. Six police officers, three white and three Black, have been charged with his death, which occurred on April 19.Newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on May 8 that her office will be conducting an investigation to determine whether the Baltimore police department “engages in systematic discrimination, civil rights violations and excessive use of force.” Lynch visited Baltimore days before making the announcement.A citywide rebellion led by Black youth erupted in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Grey on April 27. The Maryland governor’s response was to impose a five-day curfew and call out thousands of National Guard. At least 500 people were arrested between April 27 and May 2 when the curfew was called off. Many of those arrested still languish in jail without any due process.The Baltimore police are notorious for their brutality against the African-American population. Since 2012, the department has paid out an estimated $6 million in compensation to the families of victims who brought lawsuits against the police.Police scandal investigations are also taking place in other cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and countless others.Youth upsurge exposes economic injusticeThe Ferguson rebellion ignited the Black Lives Matter movement — initiated by Black women and Black transgender people.  This dynamic movement got an important jump start in 2012 before and after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.Since the Dec. 3 national uprising after a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury failed to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner in a chokehold, the Black Lives Matter movement has shut down highways, malls, bridges, businesses, etc., from coast to coast. These shutdowns have been accompanied with massive marches in the streets by militant youth, sometimes for many hours.The Black Lives Matter struggle has helped to expose the root cause of this endemic police terror: the intensification of no jobs for young workers, especially youth of color. As youth unemployment and underemployment skyrocket to 40 percent and even 60 percent or more, so do police violence and mass incarceration.On May 11, two prisoners were reported killed during a rebellion in Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska. Prisoners there had been complaining about overcrowding, among other inhumane conditions they are forced to endure. The prisons are overflowing with workers behind bars who are resisting isolation.Numerous announcements have been made of probes into police abuse on the city, county, state or federal level, but this will not stop the epidemic of police killings and other forms of brutality, especially against Black and Brown youth.Authorities are hoping against hope that these investigations will somehow either slow down or bring to a halt altogether the anti-police youth upsurge that is permeating the country. However, these investigations are nothing more than futile attempts to put bandaids on a malignant cancer that can offer no end to the disease, since it is the capitalist system itself that breeds racist terror, poverty, war and occupation.These youth are proof-positive that where there is repression, there is resistance. Others in the working class will be sure to follow their lead because the police are no friends of the workers, especially workers on strike or fighting for $15 and a union.To demand the jailing of killer cops or any brutal cops is an important first step. The next step is to take it to a higher political level by calling to disarm and abolish the police. In their place must be community-controlled and -organized self-defense squads to protect the people from any form of oppression.Getting rid of the capitalist police must become more and more a clarion call for youth, who are already raising the slogan of shutting down the entire system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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What would a people’s impeachment look like?

first_imgOur news cycle is dominated by one overwhelming, all-encompassing story. While millions of people in the U.S. suffer without medical coverage, while police in Texas make a habit of entering Black people’s homes and murdering them, and while our climate catastrophe looms, it is the palace intrigue of Trump’s White House that dominates the air waves. Commentators on cable news networks breathlessly cover every twist and turn of the ever-evolving scandal. But what does the discussion of Trump trading political favors, or Joe Biden’s son receiving a cushy, unearned salary, have to do with the people?Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes addressed the impeachment story at an Oct. 10 New York City party meeting. There, he raised a salient but mostly undiscussed point: The nature of the impeachment investigation against Donald Trump is being conducted in such a way as to totally exclude the participation of the masses. There is nowhere for the people to vote, no issue behind which people can rally. The struggle is between attorneys in the Republican and Democratic parties. The crime in question is the leveraging of international relationships by one member of the political elite to the disadvantage of another.  But what does any of that have to do with the people? How will this impeachment address all the crimes which directly affect the masses? As First Secretary Holmes argued, what we on the left must ask is: What would a People’s Impeachment look like?It is not hard to imagine that immigrants and migrants from the global South might lay different charges at the feet of this U.S. president. An impeachment inquiry by Latinx, African and Asian refugees would likely focus on the heinous crimes being perpetrated not in Washington, D.C., but along the southern border, where adults and children are being held in concentration camps.These are crimes against humanity which the entire world agree should never again take place. And yet, Donald Trump openly and gleefully cages human beings for the crime of trying to survive. And what of Black people in the U.S.? Before Attorney General and known racist Jeff Sessions left office, he rolled back the meager consent decrees (federally mandated police reforms) imposed by the Obama administration. Considering that the police have shown no signs that they will stop murdering Black people, the Trump administration’s loosening of regulations only seems likely to encourage them. What would Black people argue if they were asked to file articles of impeachment? What is a greater high crime or misdemeanor — digging for dirt on Joe Biden or murdering Botham Jean?Donald Trump is one of the most openly bigoted presidents in recent U.S. history. He gloats about assaulting women. He despises people of color. He is a base, odious, predatory monster who deserves to be removed from office — any office. But our revulsion at Trump should not deter us from the machinations of the ruling class. The ruling class, as always, seeks to shut out the will of the people in this impeachment inquiry. The true crimes being committed against women, LGBTQ2+, people of color, those with disabilities and all other members of the working class, both in the U.S. and abroad, go unmentioned by the spokespeople of the capitalist class. We should mark their attempts at exclusion and challenge them at every opportunity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Guinean website editor held illegally for defamation

first_img Follow the news on Guinea Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months April 15, 2021 Find out more July 4, 2018 – Updated on July 6, 2018 Guinean website editor held illegally for defamation April 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisoned GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisoned Help by sharing this information Le journaliste Mamadou Saliou Diallo © guineelive.com Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns news website editor Mamadou Saliou Diallo’s detention on a defamation charge for the past two weeks in violation of Guinea’s press law and calls for his immediate release. center_img Update: Nouvellesdeguinee.com editor Mamadou Saliou Diallo was released yesterday, one day after RSF issued a press release condemning his detention for the past two weeks as illegal. “We welcome this decision and we now ask the authorities to lift the judicial control under which this journalist has been placed pending a court ruling on the substance of the justice minister’s defamation action against him,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.The founder and editor of Nouvellesdeguinee.com, Diallo was arrested by the judicial police directorate on 19 June as a result of a defamation complaint by justice minister Cheick Sako over an article accusing Sako of taking bribes and obtaining an apartment in Spain in return for the award of the contract to build a new prison. The article was removed several hours after being posted online.“Defamation is not punishable by imprisonment in Guinea so Mamadou Saliou Diallo’s detention is a flagrant violation of the 2010 press law,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “How can a justice minister let himself be responsible for a reporter’s illegal detention? Diallo must be freed at once, without waiting for a judicial decision on the substance of the case.”In a statement issued on 20 June, the Guinean Online Press Association (AGUIPEL) called on the authorities to “respect procedures” and reminded them that “only the law on press freedom can be applied to journalists” accused of press offences.The justice minister did not respond to RSF’s request for a comment.After RSF published the latest World Press Freedom Index, in which Guinea fell three places to 104th positon, President Alpha Condé accused Guinea’s journalists of presenting an image of the country that “does not correspond to reality” and boasted that “no journalist has been arrested by the government.” Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists News News Receive email alerts Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says News May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newslast_img read more

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Horgan predicts bright future ahead of U-20 Kerry clash

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSFutureGAAgaelic footballkerrylimerickLimerick PostMartin HorganMunster U-20 Football ChampionshipNewcastle WestPost Sport Facebook NewsHorgan predicts bright future ahead of U-20 Kerry clashBy John Keogh – June 15, 2018 1811 “Back in January we had a recruitment drive in and around Limerick where we wanted to express interest in the clubs for guys that didn’t come through the Development Squads system,” Horgan explained.“We put an open invitation to a lot of the clubs around Limerick and we also wanted to integrate the guys that did come through the Academy to see where we were going and what we were doing long term.“We viewed 74 players which was quite exciting and spent six weeks bringing the 74 down to 31. In the last 15 or 16 weeks we have been focusing on those 31.”Horgan said that he has enjoyed the challenge of putting together a group of players for the challenge that Kerry will bring to Newcastle West.“Preparations have been good. They have been challenging and very interesting. We are at a level where we are dealing with 17,18 and 19 year olds that have a lot going on in their lives.“The Leaving Cert, first year in college, club football. Some are duel players, rugby and soccer. They have a lot going and I think that we have to respect the fact that they want to play football for Limerick. We want to coach them to play football for Limerick and so it’s about finding a balance.”Limerick face a massive uphill challenge against a vastly experienced Kerry side that are 7/4 favourites to win the All-Ireland but Horgan is relishing the task ahead.“The challenge is exciting and it’s one that we are ready for,” he said. “It’s something that the players have bought into and we are certainly going to give it a great shot.“They are one of the best opponents out there. Kerry have high expectations and we have expectations of our own but it’s a challenge that we are really prepared for.“We have been putting our shoulder to the wheel for the last five months and hopefully we won’t be found wanting.”The game in Newcastle West has a 7pm throw in and will be refereed by Cork’s James Bermingham.Limerick Team: Mark O’Callaghan (Ballylanders); Cillian Ferris (Ballysteen), Karl Maloney (Crecora-Manister), Adam Riordan (Fr Caseys); Oran Collins (Adare), Daniel Enright (Monaleen), Lee Woulfe (Newcastle West); Rob Childs (Galtee Gaels), Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins); Padraig McGrath (Galtee Gaels), Adam Storan (Mungret St Pauls), Liam Kennedy (St Kierans); Calvin Moran (St Patrick’s), Adam Kearns (St Senan’s), Barry Coleman (Rathkeale).Subs: Cian Walsh (St Senans), James Cummins (Galbally), Adam Lacey (Knockaderry), Evan Gilvarry (Na Piarsaigh), Nathan Byrnes (Galbally), Gearoid Brennan (Claughaun), Darragh Lane (Adare), Jack Downey (Oola), Diarmaid Kelly (Newcastle West). Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleBruff goes full-on for BloomsdayNext articleVertical dancers fly from iconic Limerick buildings John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Limerick U-20 manager Martin Horgan ahead of his side’s game against Kerry.Limerick face a mammoth task when they welcome Kerry to Newcastle West tonight in the Munster U-20 Football Championship quarter final.Kerry have won the last four All-Ireland Minor Football Championship’s and will be backboned by many players from those sides.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Despite adverse results in recent times Limerick team manager Martin Horgan thinks that whatever the result tonight, football in the county is on an upward curve.“I think it’s exciting times for Limerick football,” said Horgan. “I’m under no illusions. My task at the start of the season was to develop an environment and culture where these guys could play football and football in a way that I feel football should be played – nice attacking football.“Limerick have guys like Rob Childs, Padraig McGrath and Daniel Enright. We have been lucky enough to get Oran Collins and Colm McSweeney down from the seniors.“Throw in Barry Coleman who is very, very young, Calvin Moran. The list of names go on. I think it’s really exciting for Limerick football.”Horgan’s positive outlook on the future of football in Limerick is refreshing given the fortunes of the senior side in 2018 who exited the season with two massive defeats to Clare and Mayo.The Castleisland man cast his net wide and far to bring fresh talent for the new competition that is in its infancy this year.last_img read more

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‘Whether Particular Device Be Adopted For Curbing Air Pollution Is Policy Matter’: SC Dismisses Plea To Mandate ‘Vehicular Mask’ For All Automobiles

first_imgNews Updates’Whether Particular Device Be Adopted For Curbing Air Pollution Is Policy Matter’: SC Dismisses Plea To Mandate ‘Vehicular Mask’ For All Automobiles Mehal Jain1 Feb 2021 7:40 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea to require the authorities to confirm efficacy of ‘Vehicular Masks’ in curbing air pollution and subsequently, make it mandatory for all vehicles to incorporate the device. “Whether a particular device should be adopted for controlling air pollution is a matter of policy which lies within the domain of the statutory…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea to require the authorities to confirm efficacy of ‘Vehicular Masks’ in curbing air pollution and subsequently, make it mandatory for all vehicles to incorporate the device. “Whether a particular device should be adopted for controlling air pollution is a matter of policy which lies within the domain of the statutory authorities concerned”, held the bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud in dismissing the petition. The bench, however, allowed the petitioner to make an appropriate representation before the competent authorities. The bench was hearing the plea by one Madan Mohan Manocha, seeking a writ directing the Central Pollution Control Board and the government of India to submit “the robust research evidence-based outcomes. supported by necessary Test and Trails”, of Vehicular Mask, from any govt. or privately owned laboratory of their preference and choice. This was with a view to validate the proposed claims of the petitioner-in-person as regards the helpfulness of the Vehicular Mask to curb air pollution. In the event the outcome/findings delivered by CPCB/Department of Science and Technology or any other government or privately owned laboratories are positive and convincing, and if the outcomes of “Test and Trail and the robust research-based evidence” are found positive, the petitioner sought that a direction may be issued to concerned Authorities/Ministries etc. to make it mandatory for all vehicles plying at present as well as forthcoming automobiles to incorporate provision to support, mount or affix these Vehicular Masks as early as possible. “Whether a particular device should be adopted for controlling air pollution is a matter of policy which lies within the domain of the statutory authorities concerned. This Court would not be justified in entertaining a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution”, observed the bench. Granting liberty to the petitioner to pursue appropriate remedies in the form of representation before the competent authorities, the bench dismissed the PIL, noting that it will not give rise any cause of action under Article 32 of the Constitution. Next Storylast_img read more

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Fast-moving storm will bring rain to Northeast on New Year’s Eve

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Two different systems will combine Monday to produce a significant storm system affecting New Year’s Eve plans from the Central Plains to the Northeast. Temperatures will be mild, but revelers in Times Square will need to wear their ponchos and rain boots.The developing storm will bring multiple hazards Monday and early Tuesday, such as heavy rain, snowfall and severe weather, including tornadoes and strong winds. Winter weather alerts and wind alerts have been issued for much of the Rockies, Upper Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast.Heavy rain was falling across parts of the South and Midwest on Monday morning with rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Some of this precipitation is moving into the Chicago area, where it is encountering air temperatures near 32 degrees and bringing some freezing rain.Meanwhile, a separate system is bringing snow across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota. Nearly one-tenth of an inch of ice has fallen north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Monday morning and a wind gust of 61 mph was reported in Rapid City, South Dakota.During the day Monday, these two different systems will combine into a significant, but quick-moving storm. Severe storms are likely along the cold front Monday in parts of the Tennessee Valley and northern Gulf Coast.Meanwhile, heavy rain will push into the Northeast with possible isolated flash flooding. Colder air on the back side of this storm will bring some snow for parts of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.The intensifying storm will race off to the Northeast during the evening hours, and bring strong winds and heavy rain from Philadelphia to Boston, including those ringing in the new year in New York City.Wind gusts exceeding 30 mph are possible in New England and upstate New York leading to some power outages and downed trees. This is especially a concern in the Boston metro area early Tuesday morning.Since the storm system is moving fast, snow accumulation and rainfall totals will be kept on the low side. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches are possible along I-70 from St. Louis to central Pennsylvania, as well as along I-95 from Philadelphia to New Haven, Connecticut.Snowfall totals of 3 to 6 inches are possible across Wisconsin and Michigan on Monday. Meanwhile, mixing precipitation could cause some ice accumulation in the metro areas of Chicago; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Burlington, Vermont.Behind the storm, much colder air will dip into the central U.S. with wind chills below zero for a large part of the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. Wind chills as low as minus 30 are possible in some parts of this region to ring in 2019.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USA: President Nominates Top Navy Leaders

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: President Nominates Top Navy Leaders Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced July 21, the President has made the following nominations:Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert for reappointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Greenert is currently serving as vice chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.Vice Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III for appointment to the grade of admiral and for assignment as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Ferguson is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training, and education, N1, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel, Arlington, Va.Vice Adm. Cecil E. D. Haney for appointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Haney is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Harris is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet/commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO/ deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/joint force maritime component commander Europe, Naples, Italy.Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk for reappointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training, and education, N1, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel, Arlington, Va. Van Buskirk is currently serving as commander, Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan.Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as commander, Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan. Swift is currently serving as director for operations, J3, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.[mappress]Source: navy, July 22, 2011; View post tag: usa View post tag: Nominates View post tag: Navy View post tag: leaders Authorities View post tag: Topcenter_img View post tag: President July 22, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval USA: President Nominates Top Navy Leaders Share this articlelast_img read more

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GLOW DANCE (Dr. Walter F. Robinson)

first_imgGLOW DANCE — This past week Dr. Walter F. Robinson Community School’s PTC hosted a glow dance for their students. The students were supplied with all the glow sticks, necklaces, and snacks to fuel the party. The dance came to a grand finale with a burst of confetti and a ton of school spirit. The entire Robinson community would like to thank the PTC for their tremendous start to the year. ×last_img

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