Associate Rector Columbus, GA Back to Press Releases Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL A message from Presiding Bishop Curry related to worship changes during a public health emergency Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Mar 12, 2020 Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Health & Healthcare, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ COVID-19, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Statement of the Presiding Bishop to the House of BishopsThursday, March 12, 2020Day #3“Opportunity is always to be given to every communicant to receive the consecrated Bread and Wine separately.” (BCP p. 407)“The Rector or Priest-in-Charge shall have full authority and responsibility for the conduct of the worship and spiritual jurisdiction of the Parish, subject to the Rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution and Canons of this Church, and the pastoral direction of the Bishop.” Canon III.9.6(a)(1)Neither the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer nor the Canons of the Episcopal Church address a public health emergency such as the one we are facing. My message to you sent last evening, which is being made public today, is designed to send a signal to the Church that the Presiding Bishop is supporting bishops who make decisions to suspend the common cup because of this public health emergency. My hope is that this will obviate or mitigate any effort to take canonical action directed at any bishop for these actions in these circumstances. This is to help uphold the good order of the Church in this context in which the moral primacy of Jesus’ command to love thy neighbor must guide us.The next 30-60 days at the least are simply going to be unlike anything we have experienced in recent history, even including 9/11. The dilemma of what we know and what we don’t know will continue to complicate our decision making and our lives.In an email to me last night our brother Mark Van Koevering of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington spoke of the decision to honor the Kentucky Governor’s request of religious leaders to suspend public worship with these words.“I am loathe to cancel services, but I do support the Governor’s recommendation and think that I must humbly ask our faith communities to practice a Lenten fast of public worship this week as a sign of love for one’s neighbor especially the most vulnerable.”Obedience to the moral primacy of love for the neighbor must direct us. My hope is that this will enable us to do that while maintaining the good order of the Church for the sake of following Jesus in God’s mission for God’s world.God bless you and keep the faith.+Michael Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Featured Events
The judging panel is co-chaired by Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK, and Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, and is made up of experts from the fields of public health, science and academia.As well as providing funding, this year’s Healthcare Innovation Award will provide a platform to review and evaluate new approaches to health system challenges, to recognise those that are having an impact, and share their learnings with the wider global health community.2014 winnersLast year’s top prize was awarded jointly to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa and ColaLife in Zambia. UKZN developed a project to promote life-saving breast feeding for vulnerable premature babies including a mobile phone app to aid the safe pasteurization and storage of donated human breast milk.ColaLife’s project adapted the supply chains used to get soft drinks and other consumer goods to remote areas to deliver a specially tailored diarrhoea treatment kit for infants. Both organisations were awarded $350,000 to take forward their work.Entries to the 2015 Healthcare Innovation Award close on 7 September 2015 at 11.59pm. Howard Lake | 15 July 2015 | News For the third year pharmaceutical and healthcare company GSK and Save the Children are offering a $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award to reward innovations in healthcare that have helped to reduce child deaths in developing countries.Organisations across developing countries are invited to nominate their own innovative health approaches that have:• resulted in tangible improvements to under-5 child survival rates• are sustainable• and which have the potential to be scaled up and replicatedThe Healthcare Innovation Award was announced following the launch of GSK and Save the Children’s new partnership in May 2013, which aims to save the lives of 1 million children in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.Developing country health systemsThis year there is a special focus on innovations that aim to strengthen developing country health systems and have proven to help increase access to public healthcare for pregnant women, mothers and children under five.Ramil Burden, vice-president for Africa and Developing Countries at GSK, said:“Robust healthcare systems are the backbone of thriving communities but too many countries still lack the trained health workers and facilities they need to manage everyday health challenges, let alone crises like the catastrophic outbreak of Ebola. Through this year’s award, we hope to identify and support those innovations that are most effectively helping to strengthen health systems so that mothers and children are better able to access the care they need, when they need it.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Funding 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis GSK and Save the Children launch third $1m Healthcare Innovation Award 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.
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 9 September 2019 | News Tagged with: crowdsourcing Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 362 total views, 2 views today Charity uses crowdsourcing for research project on smell loss 363 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 AbScent, a UK charity that supports people with smell loss, is offering free membership in exchange for participation in a research project.The charity’s Sense of Smell Project survey seeks to find out more about the condition and how it affects people. A collaboration between patients with smell disorders and scientists, it requires completion of a detailed questionnaire via the AbScent website.Because AbScent feels that submitting patient stories is more valuable to the patient and research community alike, it is encouraging participation through the offer of free membership.All information on patient stories is anonymised upon submission and the data will be analysed by two leaders in the area of smell disorders: the University of Dresden’s Professor Thomas Hummel, and Robert Pellegrino of the University of Tennessee. By collecting the data, it is hoped that the Sense of Smell Project will be able to spot clusters in experience that will help identify new areas for future study.Chrissi Kelly, Founder of AbScent, lost her sense of smell in 2012 after a sinus infection. She said:“Smell loss changed my life, my personality and my view of the world. It is a unique bereavement, impossible to put into words. I felt untethered from my daily experience.“By the time the patient gets to the doctor, the problem has often spread beyond the nose, altering the quality of the person’s life and relationships. We don’t just need doctors; we need strategies for self-help and self-care. By launching the Sense of Smell Project I hope we can unearth much more information about smell loss, and people’s experiences, so that more can be done to support patients.”
Because of the worldwide struggle of people with disabilities for equal rights, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was established by the United Nations on Dec. 3, 1992. Ever since, it has been celebrated around the planet to promote an understanding of disability issues and also mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of the gains from the integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.On Dec. 13, 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international human rights treaty to protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Parties to the convention are required to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by people with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.Despite protests by many organizations of disabled people in the United States, including the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind, the U.S. government has still refused to ratify this human rights treaty.With the 2016 U.S. presidential election looming, an article in Al Jazeera America on Nov. 10, “Politicians Are Ignoring Americans with Disabilities” by David M. Perry, complains: “On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has just a brief overview of disability rights issues on her website, and [the self-proclaimed socialist] Bernie Sanders will sometimes mention disabled Americans when talking about marginalized groups. Both said nice things about the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary in July. But in the first Democratic presidential debate, the only mention of disability occurred when Sanders responded to a question about recent mass shootings by talking about mental health. Because people with psychiatric disabilities are vastly more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it, many disability rights experts find the conflation of disability with gun violence dangerous.”On the Republican side, the racist and fascistic billionaire Donald Trump recently disrespected a disabled New York Times reporter.There is a presidential candidate who gives priority to support for disability rights. Monica Moorehead of Workers World Party and her running mate Lamont Lilly are the real socialist candidates.WWP recently published a pamphlet, “Disability Rights and the Class Struggle,” a collection of articles by disabled activists from the pages of Workers World that documents issues and battles of the disabled liberation movement in America. This pamphlet exposes the discrimination in U.S. laws that exclude disabled workers from minimum wage protections.Protest in New York on Dec. 3Moorehead is the only presidential candidate who has endorsed a New York protest on Dec. 3 to commemorate the International Day of the Disabled and protest the murder of Jeremy McDole, a 28-year-old African-American paraplegic who was shot and killed by police in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 23 while in his wheelchair.The protest is being called by the People’s Power Assembly, an organization of mostly young activists who have been on the front lines of the struggle for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and a union and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to combat the rising national epidemic of police murders, particularly of youth of color. It will start at 6 p.m. at the elevator bank on the south side of 34th Street, near Seventh Avenue and Penn Station. The flier for this protest points out that “40 percent of people killed by police have a disability.”One of the PPA activists who plans to attend the demonstration in her wheelchair is Rene Imperato, a transgender disabled veteran who also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the U.S. imperialist war against Vietnam. Imperato is also a former elected Junior Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and United Spinal Association (formerly Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association). Imperato contributed an article on “Racism, PTSD and righteous rage” to the WWP pamphlet.On Nov. 29, Imperato joined this reporter in an access inspection of the site of the Dec. 3 protest. We found that the signage directing the disabled to accessible elevators was inadequate, in violation of the ADA. There were unacceptably long distances for wheelchair users to have to roll to get to the accessible elevators, and the ramp to New Jersey Transit was extremely narrow. Imperato mentioned she was once almost pushed into a pillar by a speeding able-bodied commuter.At a July 26 Chinatown birthday party for the ADA, a disabled New York worker said: “While all disabilities are important, we salute the most those with physical disabilities who have been in the vanguard of the leadership of the disabled civil rights movement, for whom equal access and sufficient funding for equal access is the single most important demand.”Shortly before the ADA was passed in 1990, activists with physical disabilities coalesced without warning in front of the Capitol in Washington, shed their crutches, wheelchairs, powerchairs and other assistive devices, and proceeded to crawl and pull their bodies up all 100 of the Capitol’s front steps. Many chanted “ADA now” and “Vote now.” Some who remained at the bottom held signs and yelled encouraging words to the “Capitol Crawlers.”Jennifer Keelan, a second-grader with cerebral palsy, was videotaped as she pulled herself up the steps, using mostly her hands and arms and saying, “I’ll take all night if I have to.” This direct action was reported to have “inconvenienced” several senators, but it pushed them to approve the act.It is through such struggle that people with disabilities are joining all the oppressed to build a world where, in the words of Karl Marx, all people “contribute according to their abilities and receive according to their needs.”Yudelovich is a Workers World Party activist and organizer who has emotional and one-sided hearing loss disabilities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Bay Area Philadelphia – Hundreds of people braved bitter cold weather to come out here for Mumia Abu-Jamal on Dec. 9, the 35th anniversary of his incarceration. Some traveled from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina to save Mumia’s life and demand his freedom.At a kickoff rally at Municipal Plaza, Rufus Farmer, from the Philadelphia Racial, Economic and Legal (REAL) Justice Coalition, discussed the group’s campaign to tear down a bronze statue there of Frank Rizzo, former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner. Farmer detailed Rizzo’s history of brutality against Black and Brown communities, especially his assaults on the Black Panther Party and the MOVE organization. As a journalist in Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal became a target of the state for exposing and calling out Rizzo’s crimes.Farmer led the crowd chanting “Take it down!” and encouraged everyone to sign a petition on Facebook at #FrankRizzoDown.Pam Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE organization, called on people to support Leon Williams, a Mumia and MOVE supporter, who hopes to defeat District Attorney Seth Williams in the next general election. She also thanked City Council Members Cindy Bass and Janie Blackwell for getting the entire council to vote for a resolution calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to ensure that individuals incarcerated and working in state prisons have access to clean water and proper health services.Abu-Jamal and 7,000 other prisoners in Pennsylvania suffer from untreated hepatitis C. SCI Graterford prisoner Jose Varios died in early December from hep C complications stemming from the state’s year-long delay in giving him life-saving drugs.Lamont Lilly, activist and organizer from North Carolina and the 2016 Workers World Party vice presidential candidate, paid tribute to Abu-Jamal for inspiring him and other young Black journalists: “The Philadelphia police and Cointelpro thought they had silenced Mumia by putting him on death row, but he kept writing.”The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, a community organizer with the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly and president of that city’s chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said: “The movement is stronger because of Mumia. We understand that when the state was forced to take him off death row, their strategy was for him to die sick behind bars. We want our brother released now!”REAL Justice Coalition organizer Erica Mines described Abu-Jamal as “the epitome of Fred Hampton’s slogan that ‘you can jail the revolutionary but you can’t jail the revolution.’” Mines was seven years old when she watched the bombing of MOVE take place in 1985.Orie Lumumba, of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, said, “What this government failed to do Dec. 9, 1981, they are trying to do now, and that is to murder Mumia through medical neglect. New York and other states have treated prisoners with hepatitis C, but Pennsylvania wants to make Mumia an example. We won’t let them!”Protesters marched to the Philadelphia office of Gov. Wolf, while pushing two large shopping carts with boxes of petitions calling on Wolf to give Abu-Jamal the drugs that can cure him and provide clean water for all Pennsylvania prisoners.Outside the governor’s office, Keith Cook, Abu-Jamal’s older brother, read the City Council resolution. He and Suzanne Ross announced they would take the petitions into the building accompanied by a videographer. Police blocked their access. As the crowd chanted, “Take our petitions!” Wolf’s staff finally agreed to post cell phone pictures as proof that they had accepted the petitions.Town hall on hep C and water crisisAt an evening town hall at the Arch Street United Methodist Church, panels discussed the health care and water crises; legal updates on Mumia’s case; and the next steps for Mumia and other political prisoners in the toxic atmosphere created by Trump’s election.Teresa Sullivan and Shani Akilah, community health care advocates, said hep C has surpassed HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania prisoner and environmental advocate Bryant Arroyo called in from SCI Frackville to discuss the ongoing crisis of contaminated water plaguing Pennsylvania prisons. Dr. Michelle Strongfields, a graduate of Cuba’s Latin America School of Medicine, connected the health care crisis with Philadelphia’s deep rates of poverty.Attorney Robert Boyle gave an update on legal actions against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for violating prisoners’ Eighth Amendment protection against “cruel and unusual punishment” by refusing to provide antiviral drugs that could cure Abu-Jamal and other prisoners. Attorney Rachel Wolkenstein reported on a new appeal filed on Abu-Jamal’s behalf based on the precedent-setting 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision Williams v. Pennsylvania. The court overturned Terry Williams’s conviction on the grounds that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castile held a dual role as prosecutor and then judge in his case. The Williams case applies fully and directly to Abu-Jamal’s.Other speakers included immigrant activist Carmen Guerrero and representatives of struggles to free political prisoners Leonard Peltier, Oscar López Rivera, the MOVE 9 and Dequi Kioni-Sadiki. Larry Hamm, chairman of the New Jersey Peoples Organization for Progress, gave a rousing call for struggle and movement building in the face of the ultraright Trump administration.The session included a prerecorded message from Abu-Jamal reminding people of our collective power. “When we come together, we are a force to be reckoned with. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the death penalty, the hepatitis C crisis or freedom. When we come together, when we rumble together, we make things happen. We can open the prison gates. Trust yourself. Trust in the movement. Trust in the people. The people united will never be defeated.”Below are reports on several other Mumia protests that day.Houston, TexasHouston activists held a militant demonstration demanding freedom for Mumia, clean water and treatment for all prisoners with hep C.Liliana Castrellon, with the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, speaking in English and Spanish, said Mumia should never have been arrested and must be treated humanely. She reported on a demonstration for Mumia in Mexico City that day.Participating in the Houston action were members of the Black Panther Party Alumni Association, the National Black United Front, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Workers World Party and other activists.– Gloria RubacOakland, Calif.Ras Ceylon, hip-hop artist and activist, emceed a rally of several hundred people at Oscar Grant Plaza. Speakers were Mumia Abu-Jamal on tape; Pierre LaBossiere, Haiti Action Committee; Cristina Gutierrez, Frisco 5 hunger striker; Derrick Muhammad, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 secretary-treasurer; Carole Seligman, Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia; Gerald Smith, Oscar Grant Committee; and Michael Sandoval, Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation, just back from Standing Rock.The protestors marched to Oakland Police Department headquarters, chanting “Brick by brick, wall by wall, we’re going to free Mumia Abu-Jamal!” Speakers there included Richard Becker, Answer Coalition; Judy Greenspan, Workers World Party; and Dave Welsh, who sang a solidarity song.– Terri KayBuffalo, N.Y.A demonstration for Mumia outside the notorious Erie County Holding Center jail was co-sponsored by the Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition, Burning Books, the International Action Center and Workers World Party.The crowd demanded treatment for prisoners with hepatitis C; clean, safe water in prisons; and that prisons, which are nothing but concentration camps for the poor and oppressed, be torn down. – Ellie DorritieFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Philadelphia Buffalo, N.Y.
By Doris GrassPhiladelphia–A new and rapidly growing association of residential and commercial tenants of OCF Realty was formed to demand that OCF meet the needs of its tenants during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Since the inception of Tenants of OCF several weeks ago, members have faced a high level of harassment, intimidation and retaliation from OCF and its owner, one of Philadelphia’s top gentrifiers, Ori Feibush.Logo of the Tenants of OCFA household of four tenants, who wish to remain anonymous for fear of further retaliation, reported that an OCF employee attempted to enter their home twice without notice, violating Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order while increasing the tenants’ risk of exposure to COVID-19.In one instance, an OCF employee successfully entered the house while only one tenant was home and showering. The employee, claiming to be doing a “wellness check” was not wearing any form of personal protective equipment, which greatly alarmed the tenant concerned for her health. When questioned about the purpose of these “wellness checks,” Feibush responded, “A wellness check is exactly what it sounds like.”Feibush went on to claim that these wellness checks were conducted because previous attempts to contact the tenants went unanswered. However, the tenants had no notice that any wellness checks occurred. The second wellness check was pure harassment.Under the guise of “wellness checks,” these visits appear to be a method of pressuring the tenants into paying rent. Unable to pay rent due to job loss from the COVID-19 pandemic, some tenants began withholding rent in April. Yet organizers have made it clear that so far they have not called for a broader rent strike.According to OCF’s lease agreement, OCF is required to provide tenants with 24-hours’ written notice before entering their home unless there is an emergency. During a pandemic with a statewide stay-at-home order, such an emergency would be along the lines of a fire, not a vague “wellness check” or failure to pay rent.Feibush proceeded to harass these tenants and their cosigners via telephone, text message and email to try to coerce them into paying rent. Feibush called them over 20 times in one day. Other OCF tenants have reported alarmingly similar incidents.Tenants of OCF recently held a meeting to discuss writing a letter to OCF, demanding that OCF follow landlord-tenant law in interactions with tenants. OCF infiltrated the meeting. The following day, Feibush personally called one of the attendees, Shaun Miller, a black small business owner in the Point Breeze neighborhood. Feibush told Miller that his lease would not be renewed because of what he said in the meeting. This refusal to renew Miller’s lease is blatant retaliation for participation in tenant organizing, a legally protected action.Tenants of OCF are actively seeking to connect with as many OCF tenants as possible to demand that OCF treats its tenants fairly and professionally during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. All OCF tenants are urged to contact Tenants of OCF at [email protected] or call 267-416-0708.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
West Texas Food Bank Logo The results are pretty good, the message, not so much. And that is the State of The Donald today. A front page article in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday reports that Iowa has a state leading low unemployment rate, a mere 2.9 percent. The problem is that there are literally not enough workers to fill the positions available. Community college training centers lack individuals to train.This is the result of massive cuts in business regulation. This is the result of cutting the corporate tax rate 40 percent. This is the result of making the U.S.A. more energy independent than it has ever been. ISIS is on the run in the Middle East. And the caravan from Central America is idling now in southern Mexico.All these campaign promises have been kept. Nancy Pelosi no longer mentions the “thousand dollar crumbs” delivered in bonuses to workers. All of a sudden the worst bill passed in American history (the tax cut) is no longer mentioned. All the Democrats were AWOL on that legislation.But a negative media never mentions the accomplishments. And in the Alabama Senate race, the Pennsylvania House race and the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, Democrats turned out but Republicans did not. And with 36 Republicans not seeking re-election in the House, these become open seats. An open seat is much easier for a challenger than facing an incumbent. And frankly, one has to wonder, would the Republicans secretly be glad to lose the House, blame it on Trump and be done with him? And of course, handily blame it all on Trump tweets and bombastic comments. A loss of the House will surely mean impeachment proceedings for whatever reason of the moment, and end the Trump presidency. In a recent column, I suggested The Donald listen to someone to whom he could not say, you’re fired. Donald, are you listening?Donald’s approach to legislation and negotiation reminds me of Sam Nunn’s description of Barry Goldwater’s approach. Nunn described the approach as Ready, Fire, Aim! This art of the deal consists of outrageous, no way to compromise remarks, then a surprise reaction from the targets of this wrath and then two weeks later, a complete softening of the position. Now we learn that most of the tariffs would not take hold for a couple of months, so let’s play nice and negotiate.Just as Nancy stopped talking about $1,000 paycheck bonuses, Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are not asking if you have looked at your 401(k) lately. No wonder, as the Dow reverberates 500 – 700 points either way on an intra-day basis. Donald, this is not winning friends and influencing people …But the February low at 23,300 has held. The markets moved up nicely Wednesday and Thursday this week. Boeing, Chevron, Caterpillar and Nike snapped back. For the technically inclined, the Dow Industrials registered a buy signal on the daily point and figure chart.And we are seeing some positive green shoots for the Permian Basin. The XLE Energy ETF bounced 1.8 percent Friday. Marathon MRO was up 5.73 percent. Freeport McMoran FCX jumped 4.44 percent, which is bullish for gold and copper. The SPX advanced 18.15 and a good close this Friday would be encouraging. Donald may pull this out yet.My greatest concern has been the weakness in the energy service sector. The XES has traded just above its 2009 lows. Thursday it did advance 3.64 percent. It is below all four of the moving averages I follow. So a rally here would be most encouraging.Finally I have suggestions for a possible “knock it out of the park” rebound. Tanger Factory Outlets SKT is one of the top five tourist destinations in Texas. Located in San Marcos between Austin and San Antonio, it boasts dozens of “outlet stores.” The parking lot is packed on the weekend with numerous Mexican license plates. SKT has fallen from $39 to $22.18. It pays a 6.29 percent dividend.Floserve FLS has fallen from $77.50 to $44.81. The dividend is meager at 1.76 percent but it is a beaten down well–run company.Apache APA has discovered the Comstock Lode of oil in the Davis Mountains. IT is making a higher low above $33 now at $38.75.Put them on your radar screen. Twitter Pinterest Twitter ELAM: A problem of his own making By admin – April 8, 2018 WhatsApp Previous articleMATTER OF RECORD: Mar. 29 through Apr. 6Next articleWILLIAMS: ‘Discrimination and Disparities’ book worth the read admin Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness
ColumnsThe Mahatma’s Initial Struggles With Law Afreen Alam & Hamza Lakdawala1 Oct 2020 10:12 PMShare This – xIn classic Indian fashion, Gandhi’s plans for life were brushed aside by his family in the name of superstition.A young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi sailed for England on 4th September 1888 to study law and become a barrister. Law wasn’t Gandhi’s idea but was rather suggested by a family friend and advisor Mavji Dave who had a son studying in England. Dave suggested that Gandhi go there while his son was still in England and get from him all the help and guidance he can. Mohandas, on the…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?LoginA young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi sailed for England on 4th September 1888 to study law and become a barrister. Law wasn’t Gandhi’s idea but was rather suggested by a family friend and advisor Mavji Dave who had a son studying in England. Dave suggested that Gandhi go there while his son was still in England and get from him all the help and guidance he can. Mohandas, on the other hand, wanted to become a Physician. Gandhi recalled in his autobiography about how his brother was against the idea. His brother told him, ‘Father never liked it. He had you in mind when he said that we Vaishnavas, should have nothing to do with dissection of dead bodies. Father intended you for the bar.’ The main objective of providing young Gandhi a legal education was to guarantee an income for the family. Legal education did not come without a cost. Gandhi’s desire to go abroad was met with vehement opposition from the members of his caste. In Bombay, he was forced to attend a meeting of his entire caste, at which the question of his going abroad was to be addressed, the headman of the community, who was a good friend of his father accused him, ‘In the opinion of the cast, your proposal to go to England is not proper. Our religion forbids voyages abroad. We have also heard that it is not possible to live there without compromising our religion, one is obliged to eat and drink with the Europeans! Therefore, we command you to reconsider your decision, or else the heaviest punishment will be meted out to you.’ To which Gandhi replied ‘I do not think it is at all against our religion to go to England. I intend to go there for further studies. And I have already solemnly promised to my mother to abstain from the three things you fear the most. I am sure the row will keep me safe.’ The Sheth (head) of the caste thereupon ordered that Gandhi was no longer his father’s son, instructed all members of the caste to have nothing to do with him, and declared him an outcast.He started his legal education in 1888. He studied at the Inner Temple. It is speculated that he chose it because it focused on the common law, the study of which would aid him later in his practice in India. He managed to intensify his burden of preparation by forgoing the use of notes on the law that were circulating among students, choosing instead to go directly to the recommended textbooks instead. Foreshadowing the meticulousness that would characterize his entire life at the bar, he felt that to do otherwise would be a fraud. Consequently, he purchased and read all the text-books.. investing much money in them. Among the treatises he read was Broom’s Common Law, which according to him was ‘a big but interesting volume that took up a good deal of time.’ Snell’s The Principles of Equity, which he found ‘full of interest, but a bit hard to understand’ and which actually would aid him in his religious explorations later in life. He also read Williams’ Principles of the Law of Real Property, intended as a first book for the use of students in conveyancing, the only law text in existence ever described as reading “like a novel.” In January 1891, he passed the bar exam, which was quite complicated; 32 of 109 who sat for the exam failed. Of the 77 who passed Gandhi was ranked at 34th. He procured his call to the bar on June 10, was sworn in before the High Court on June 11, and on June 12 he was on his way back to India. Even after passing the bar, he was very anxious, he mentioned in his autobiography that ‘notwithstanding my study, there was no end to my helplessness and fear. I did not feel myself qualified to practise law.’ According to him, it was easy to be called, but difficult to practice at the bar as he had read the laws but not learned how to practice the law. He further attributed in this autobiography that he read with interest the legal maxims but did not know how to apply them in the profession. He gave the example of Sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas (Use your own property in such a way that you do not damage that of others), but he did not know how to employ this maxim for the benefit of one’s client, he had read all the leading cases on the maxim, but it gave him no confidence in the application of it in the practice of law. He further confessed that he had learned nothing of the Indian law and did not have the slightest idea of the Hindu and Mahomedan law. He had not even learned how to draft a plaint and “felt completely at sea.” He wasn’t even sure if he would ever be able to earn a living by this profession. He went to meet Frederick Pincutt. He asked Gandhi the extent of his general reading. When Gandhi told him about his little stock of reading, at first Mr Pincutt was disappointed. Then he said, ‘I understand your trouble. Your general reading is meagre. You have no knowledge of the world, a sine qua non for a vakil. You have not even read the history of India. A vakil should know human nature. He should be able to read a man’s character from his face and every Indian ought to know Indian history. There is no connection with the practice of law, but you ought to have that knowledge. I see that you have not even read Kaye, and Malleson’s history of the Mutiny of 1857. Get hold of that at once and also read more books to understand human nature.’ His family, especially his brother, had high expectations from him. This made Gandhi very nervous about starting his law practice at Rajkot. According to him, ‘to start practice in Rajkot would have meant sure ridicule. I had hardly the knowledge of a qualified vakil and yet I expected to be paid ten times his fee! No client would be fool enough to engage me. And even if such a one was to be found, should I add arrogance and fraud to my ignorance, and increase the burden of debt I owed to the world?’ His friends advised him to go to Bombay for some time in order to gain experience at the High Court, to study Indian law, and to try, get what briefs he could. He took up the suggestion and went to Bombay. At Bombay, he was joined by his friend Virchand Gandhi. For him, the study of Indian law was a tedious business. He set about studying Mayne’s Indian Law, which he read with “deep interest.” He had no similar luck going through the Civil Procedure Code, one of the driest subjects. By contrast, the Evidence Act held his interest. But even after learning the Indian law, he was “hopeless beyond words.” Gandhi leaped at the chance to represent a real paying client in court when a defendant in a civil case, Mamibai, asked Gandhi to represent her. He thought it would be an easy case; little did he realize how unprepared he was by nature to advocate a client’s cause in open court. A lawyer has to be a people’s person, someone who does not have a lack of nerve. In the year 1891 twenty-two-year-old M.K. Gandhi, barrister at law, lacked the nerve. Consequently, his representation of Mamibai ended in failure and embarrassment. As she was the defendant, Gandhi’s first task at the courtroom was to cross-examine the witnesses for the plaintiff. When he stood up to conduct his first cross-examination as a barrister, he was clutched with fear. He became dizzy, and his head began to spin. His heart sank. He was unable to ask a single question. He wobbled to his seat and told the client’s agent that he could not go on. Then, he stumbled out of the courtroom in disgrace. He decided not to take up any more cases until he had the courage enough to conduct them. He started attending the High Court daily to learn something, about this experience he mentioned, ‘I used to attend the High Court daily, but I cannot say I learned anything there. I did not have sufficient knowledge to learn from. Often I could not follow the cases and dozed off. There were others also who kept me company in this and thus lightened my load of shame. After a time, I even lost the sense of shame, as I learned to think that it was fashionable to doze off in the High Court.’ While Gandhi was optimistic, the stalemate in Bombay continued. Eventually, he made peace with reality and packed his bags. With the memory of his failure fresh in his mind, Gandhi arrived at Rajkot and set up his own office. With a steady flow of drafting work, he managed to earn around Rs. 300 a month. This however wasn’t a result of his skill, but due to the influence his brother’s partner had. However, this success was short-lived. Gandhi got into a spat with an English Saheb. He soon realized that the Saheb wasn’t of the forgiving kind and thus their history stood in the way of his practice. While he struggled to make ends meet in Rajkot, a golden opportunity came his way. He spoke of the incident in his autobiography, ‘A Meman firm from Porbandar wrote to my brother making the following offer: We have a business in South Africa. Ours is a big firm, and we have a big case there in the Court, our claim being £ 40,000. It has been going on for a long time. We have engaged the services of the best vakils and barristers. If you sent your brother there, he would be useful to us and also to himself. He would be able to instruct our counsel better than ourselves. And he would have the advantage of seeing a new part of the world, and of making new acquaintances.’Gandhi went to South Africa in April 1893 and stayed for a whole year in Pretoria in connection with the case of Sheth Dada Abdulla who was involved in a civil suit with his near relative Sheth Tyeb Haji Khan Mahammad. The year’s stay in Pretoria changed Gandhi’s life. Here it was that he had opportunities of learning public work and acquired some measure of his capacity for it. And it was here where his religious spirit became one with his work. It was here too that he acquired a true knowledge of legal practice and learned the things that a junior barrister learns in a senior barrister’s chamber and also gained confidence that he would not after all fail as a lawyer. It was here in South Africa that he learned what it takes to succeed in the law. At the end of the Abdulla case, he was to return to India. However, a new Natal government discriminatory proposal led to Gandhi extending his original period of stay in South Africa. He had decided to assist Indians in opposing a bill which denied them the right to vote, a right then proposed to be an exclusive European right. Though unable to halt the bill’s passage, his campaign was successful in drawing attention to the grievances of Indians in South Africa. It was here that he found his true calling. From 1893 till 1913 Gandhi practiced in South Africa. Early in his practice, he realized that “the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.” “This lesson”, he writes, ‘was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases.’ Soon enough, Gandhi settled in South Africa as a lawyer. He was known for his industry and dedication. He read his cases and ensured he was abreast of the facts. What made him stand out was his non-adversarial nature and calm style of presenting arguments, which starkly opposite to the aggressive advocacy which judges were used to. More importantly, Gandhi excelled at cross-examination, which was one of his earliest sources of embarrassment. He rarely failed to break down a dishonest witness and managed to do so without attacking like a mad-dog. As far as he could, Gandhi discouraged litigation and advised out-of-court settlements through mediation – something that would go on to become the foundation of the freedom struggle he led. When one thinks of Gandhi, a national leader comes to mind. However, much of his early years were spent in struggle and professional stagnation. A man who captured the imagination of a country could once barely speak before a magistrate. And still, despite his initial struggles with self-confidence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi rose to become the man we know as the Mahatma – who single-handedly inspired a country to push for independence. Views are personal only. [Hamza Lakdawala is an aspiring litigator, researcher, and writer from Mumbai. He studied Journalism at Mumbai University and is currently pursuing his LL.B. at Kishinchand Chellaram Law College, Mumbai. He tweets at @hamzamlakdawala] [Afreen Alam is a law student, researcher, and writer from Delhi. She is currently pursuing her B.A. LL.B from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. She tweets @Afreenalam_] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story