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william dailey says: Gene Moore says: Joe Prasad says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 10, 2018 at 11:42 am Jordan,Thank you for your comment. You show a clear sociological understanding that others who wish to use individual evidences for their points of view do not understand. Racism is a sociological and spiritual reality, not simply an interactive and psychological one. I would like to hear more from priests of our Church, like myself, in this dialogue. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Matt Ouellette says: August 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm Doug,We do give credit where credit is due. There has been great progress in American society. However, there is always more progress to be made, more injustices to correct. For example, Do you think it right and just that the voting rights of minorities are actively being suppressed by the imposition of voter identification laws or for college students to be forced to pay poll taxes in order to vote? (They are a non-traditional minority as they are often poor and in various forms economically disadvantaged- see: https://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/gop-bill-targeted-liberal-voting-bloc-of-college-students/article_343da53c-86d7-11e8-86a6-b7774ad0acf7.html) We have made much progress in many forms of our civil and social rights as a country, but we still have so far to go. General Convention, Comments (53) Matt Ouellette says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Lou Schoen says: Jordan Sakal says: August 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm Seems like almost every discussion of public issues these days, including racial justice, if addressed in a broad audience, descends into a battle between “conservatives” and “liberals.” I’d love to see us progress to a point where we can exchange information, experiences and viewpoints without condemning those expressed by someone else. Without such a strategy, there’s little hope of building a Beloved Community. Robbie Johnson says: August 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm Mr. Waters,Again, if you had read my comment instead of just skimming it for select pertinent quotes and trying to “soundbyte” me, you would realise that I agreed with you (See: While you are correct that it is not you personally who is responsible for the sins of slavery or of economic injustice, or so many other social ills. We all share the responsibility as members of a people who through their own erroneous deeds and actions throughout history have caused these injustices to exist.) I absolved you of personal responsibility which you so righteously clamored for. That being said, I respectfully again hold that as part of the human race, Caucasians including myself and yourself and all others are responsible for those evils referenced previously. We did not personally do those crimes or commit those actions, but we are still responsible for the making of reparations or the healing of those social ills. We must all take actions that will help heal those divisions. How would you like to have “respectful” discourse on this issue? Would you like to just sweep it under the rug and pretend that it doesn’t exist? I’m sorry but that’s your status quo and it will not stand any longer. Not for me, not for my generation, and not for others here too. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Robbie Johnson says: Rector Albany, NY Jordan Sakal says: Racial Justice & Reconciliation Larry Waters says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ken Taber LMSW, M Div says: Jordan Sakal says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Doug Desper says: August 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm We can talk about “privilege” in many terms if we want to be truly honest. Dare we? I’ll take the hit for saying this as someone who worked with minority youth and their families for years in social services. It was found by young people that having more children out of wedlock would get government largess which made the prospect of legitimate earning foreign. Turning down work and tuition-free education was too common. That’s privilege! I am sad to say that there were few “takers” to live self-sufficiently. There were a few radically good changes — but too few. Yes, there are examples of white privilege. Some of them are horrible and deserve exposure. But whites are not alone, and that is my point. This is the blind spot of today’s efforts of racial reconciliation. Heaping the world’s ills on one race while not addressing the privilege and lack of personal responsibility of, for example, the nearly 80% out-of-wedlock births of the African American community (and all of the setbacks, obstacles, and taxpayer burden of those choices) is just plain wrong. When did it become fashionably accepted to blame whites for the ills of America? Liberals don’t even hide it anymore. The New York Times just hired an opinion editor who was defended by them – defended – for her inflammatory hatred of whites. One of Sarah Jeong’s more tame racial zingers was “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men”. (I wonder if it entered her mind that one of those “old white men” served in the Korean Conflict to help her nation of origin from being overrun by Communism).Talk about privilege. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing August 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm Robbie,Bless your poor cotton socks. “War on Southern Heritage?” Do you mean southern traditions like racism, bigotry, hatred, anti-semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, and sexism? The church is doing good works here in reaching out to other communities and trying to build bridges. We should be celebrating this endeavour, not attacking it. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Robbie Johnson says: August 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm Mr. Sakal, thanks for your reply. From your response, it is obvious that you and I do not agree on much of anything. For example, you say “…You do not know our struggles nor can you speak for them”…”. I agree and the reverse is true! We are at stalemate now with those two sentences. Where I fundamentally disagree with you is saying “…that we all historically responsible for the sins of slavery and racism…”. I am NOT responsible for those evils nor are “white” people who treat others[ black, Asian, white, Hispanic, American Indian etc.] in a respectful and decent manner. And for you Mr. Taber, I have said and will say again, that sadly, bigotry exists and will exist so long as there are humans. Mr. Sakal, as long as folks with your viewpoint continue to “blame” me and other Caucasians for the sins of others, we as a country will NEVER overcome this slavery horror. Our dialogue has to be respectful from the outset and not “blameful”. August 8, 2018 at 7:21 am Matt – oh, I see. It is perfectly ok for you to dismiss others opinions based on real and perceived beliefs because, well, you feel that your opinions are dismissed.. the ol’ “They do it too!”, “Two wrongs make a right!” “It’s ok when I do it, wrong when they do it”. It is very rich that you quote Matthew 7:5; maybe you should read it a bit more closely and ponder the meaning as it applies to you. I am done with this, but know you will reply because from previous history, you have to have the last word. Maybe you should “check your privilege”… August 8, 2018 at 8:37 am Doug, what statistics do you have that racism is not experienced by most black people in this country? Providing anecdotal evidence of your three neighbors, while interesting, is not strong evidence. There is plenty of polling and statistical evidence that racism is still a major problem in this country, and that the majority of African-Americans believe it is a problem. Here are some examples:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/19/upshot/race-class-white-and-black-men.htmlhttps://www.vox.com/cards/police-brutality-shootings-us/us-police-racismhttps://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/poll-64-percent-americans-say-racism-remains-major-problem-n877536https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/16/politics/blacks-white-racism-united-states-polls/index.htmlI’d also like to see evidence that fake claims of racism are widespread and systemic in society; actual polling and studies by non-biased sources, not merely anecdotal evidence. I am fairly confident that instances of racial discrimination outweigh fake claims of racism by minorities. And where did you see the media admit to giving a pass to President Obama? It seems to me they treated him normally like every other president. There were days they were hard on him (usually when he messed up) and there were days they were easy on him (usually when he did things right). Unless you were expecting the media to follow the Fox News model and just criticize him no matter what he did, the media was perfectly fair in my opinion. James McKim says: August 7, 2018 at 6:12 pm It’s not just the past, though. It’s the present as well. There is still a lot of racism and white privilege in our society, and we as a church should do our part to combat this systematic sin in our society. August 8, 2018 at 9:26 am Robbie,Once again, you overshot my point and completely missed, so let’s try again shall we. My point was that the only flag that matters for the Confederacy is the white flag of surrender. The war is long over, the dead are resting at peace, the cause is ended. There may be modern day neo-confederates, neo-nazis, and white supremacists who fly this “flag” of a nation-state that has been wiped from history, but they do that out of a hypocritical patriotism which they do not even understand and that shames the United States. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books August 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm Matt, you have not the experience or viable true statistics to be able to make the claim that racism – true racism – is a sustained experience of a majority of African Americans. I have three African American families around my street who will tell you that you don’t know what you’re talking about. They call out their own community for exaggerating being offended. Like them I would question what is being experienced and whether it is racism or something else. When some people are questioned it is called racism. When criminals who in fact DO the crime are caught and are punished it has been called racism. The collective media recently admitted that they gave Mr. Obama lots of room and softball questions with limited scrutiny because of fear of being labeled a racist. (Now they tell us.). The race card is pulled too often. Yes, racism and hate exists and should be examined and resisted, but a grievance and entitlement orientation also muddies the water and – as the labyrinth at the opening of this article suggests – we must get to all of the truth. Joe Prasad says: David A Salmon says: August 7, 2018 at 8:25 pm Robbie,People do not “hate” the south. However, we have come to recognise that those symbols of traitors, of enemies of the United States who took up arms against her deserve no recognition or praise/honours. They deserve to be remembered in the history books or in museums but NOT in any places of honour or special recognition. The only flag for the Confederacy that matters is the white flag of surrender. Ann Raynolds says: Rector Tampa, FL August 7, 2018 at 8:22 pm I’d say conservatives like Terry and yourself often dismiss the opinions of liberals and progressives without listening, so perhaps you should heed the advice of Matthew 7:5. I’m sorry, but there is abundant evidence of white privilege and racism in society, and it’s ridiculous to dismiss it as an excuse for people to not pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. There are real obstacles in society for people of color to get ahead in society. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Jordan Sakal says: August 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm When I was a young Marine there were a lot of racial tensions in the Marine Corps. So they developed a program called “Human Relations” to get us all talking about our differences. Racial problems only got worse. Eventually they discarded that approach and started talking about what made us all Marines. You will never unify people by focusing on the differences. The Episcopal Church’s efforts towards “racial reconciliation” are bound to aggravate the problem rather than solve it. John Hobart says: Robbie Johnson says: Featured Events August 10, 2018 at 1:12 am Mr. Waters, By your very assertion that “White privilege is crap,” you are exhibiting that very self same white privilege you denigrate as not being real. You do not have the ability to speak for all peoples in marginalised communities. You do not know our struggles nor can you speak for them. (Speaking as a member of one of those marginalised communities as a gay man.) While you are correct that it is not you personally who is responsible for the sins of slavery or of economic injustice, or so many other social ills. We all share the responsibility as members of a people who through their own erroneous deeds and actions throughout history have caused these injustices to exist. We are all historically responsible for the sins of colonialism, exploitation, and greed, we are all responsible for the sins of slavery and racism. It is all of our duties to make amends for these evils and ensure that they never happen again. Doug Desper says: August 9, 2018 at 10:41 pm To see this much vitriol aimed at white folks[really Caucasians] because they are “white” is the epitome of bigotry and hate! White people did not murder those nine poor people in South Carolina, an evil, possibly insane person did. Should I blame B. Sanders for the attempted murder of Steve Scalise and his colleagues because the shooter was a Sanders’ supporter? Many of you folks on this platform are trying with all your might to blame white people for the world’s ills. Ethnicity has NOTHING to do with evil acts. Blame the people who committed the crimes and stop this hate filled rhetoric about white people. I think the Episcopal Church is no longer a religious organization but an episcopal center for bigotry and hate. I would suggest that all “white” people leave the ecfb&h! Then all these white haters using this forum can have it to themselves. August 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm Mr. Sakal, my recent reply was not allowed; too much radicalism for the EC. I did read your reply and note that while you say that L. Waters is not personally responsible for past evils, you then say that all Caucasians are responsible for past evils and that includes me as a Caucasian. As far as healing social ills and evils, I try to treat each person with dignity and respect; that’s the way I was reared and that is the Christian way too. On another topic for a moment, how should modern day German people be treated for the evils/horrors of the WW2 concentration camps? My wife does not blame the German people for the atrocities committed by Germans against Jewish ancestors only the less than human/evil people who did these heinous acts. Back to your post, I never said anything about sweeping the racism issue under the rug , as you put it. I suggested that any discussion about racism/bigotry be respectful and not “blameful”. I have already stated that slavery was a most dreadful and horrible thing and should have never occurred. I cannot conceive how one so called human could enslave another human. Finally, Mr. Sakal, what would you like me and other Caucasians, who had nothing to do with slavery, do about healing wounds? Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information about the latest round of United Thank Offering grants, which are focused on racial reconciliation this year.[Episcopal News Service] One of the biggest developments at the 79th General Convention related to the Episcopal Church’s work on racial reconciliation was the approval of a new grant program to support grassroots efforts, building on the progress made under the church’s new Becoming Beloved Community framework.The grant program outlined in Resolution D002 marks the first time a churchwide grant program will be dedicated specifically to providing financial support for Episcopalians working toward racial healing and justice in their congregations and communities. The 2019-2021 church budget includes $750,000 for the grants, much less than the $5 million recommended by D002, but these initiatives – such as forums, workshops and informal gatherings – often don’t need a lot of money to become viable and thrive.“It is exciting to think about how $750,000 over three years could really seed some powerful work,” said Heidi Kim, the church’s staff officer for racial reconciliation, and she is hopeful that the grant process will shine a brighter light on existing efforts already making a difference. “I think people all over the church are doing amazing things that we just don’t know about.”The money will be in addition to the more than $1.2 million in United Thank Offering grants announced in July for 34 projects. This year’s round of UTO grants were focused on racial healing, reconciliation and justice.The church also is taking steps to bring people together to share their insights. Another resolution, A228, calls for the creation of a Becoming Beloved Community summit by the end of 2019 to support and inspire the leaders of such initiatives.The resolution references the church’s aspiration to create “a network of healers, justice makers, and reconcilers” who would benefit from the pool of knowledge and shared experiences. Church leaders and staff members point to the model of the Episcopal Church’s church planting network, through which the creators of new ministries receive grant money and learn from fellow church planters.“That’s when grants make a huge difference in the church, and that’s what we now have the opportunity to build around Beloved Community,” said the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care.General Convention in 2015 identified racial reconciliation as one of the church’s three top priorities, along with evangelism and creation care, acknowledging the church’s decades-old efforts to confront its historic complicity in the sin of racism during the eras of slavery and segregation.The labyrinth diagram showing the four parts of the Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community is colored for an Advent mailing.Becoming Beloved Community is a framework that launched just last year. It is broken into four parts that are illustrated as a labyrinth: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing the way of love in the pattern of Jesus and repairing the breach in society.Because Becoming Beloved Community launched in the middle of the triennium, about $1 million was left from the money budgeted for implementation in 2016-2018. When the 79th General Convention met last month in Austin, Texas, it approved a new budget that applies that unused amount to continued implementation in the new triennium.A total of $10.4 million was OK’d for racial justice and reconciliation work over the next three years. That amount includes a range of expenses, from anti-poverty initiatives to ethnic ministries, as well as Becoming Beloved Community and the new grant program. The grant program was assigned to Executive Council for development and implementation. Executive Council meets next in October.The local focus of the grants will be critical, said the Rev. Edwin Johnson, a deputy from Massachusetts and chair of General Convention’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee.“We’re excited because there is considerable funding available for communities to do this work in their own context,” said Johnson, who is rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. “There was overwhelming support in both houses [of General Convention] for this work and, in particular, for work that is decentralized.”Johnson points to the experience of his own congregation, which is largely Afro-Caribbean. He received a Mission Enterprise Zone grant to start a Spanish-language ministry there, and it has thrived with support from the network of Episcopal church planters.Johnson is active in the development of a similar network of racial reconciliation leaders. About 50 people testified before Johnson’s committee at General Convention about the various resolutions assigned to the committee, and afterward, he reached out to each of them to enlist them in a new community of action around racial healing.“I think we did a really good job of bringing forth and calling forth new leadership in this area,” he said. Their energy is “precisely what we’re going to need for the long haul.”Catherine Meeks, one of the pre-eminent leaders in the church’s longtime push for racial justice, echoed Johnson in emphasizing the role of congregations.“This work has to be done at the parish level ultimately. … Becoming Beloved Community is trying to make that happen,” she said. “The more informed, the more conscious people are, hopefully, the more they engage with the work.”Meeks’ work in developing and conducting anti-racism training for the Diocese of Atlanta has served as a model churchwide for such training, which was mandated for ordained and lay leaders by a 2000 resolution passed by General Convention. Implementation has been uneven.“It’s a mandate that nobody really enforces,” she said, and dioceses’ track record of implementing plans for the training continues to be a topic regularly taken up by General Convention.Last month, General Convention passed Resolution A044 attempting to clarify the criteria for such training, suggesting a structure that coincides with the four parts of Becoming Beloved Community. Another resolution, A045, acknowledges “not all dioceses have followed the spirit of the anti-racism training required,” and it calls for better documentation of participation in the training.The training is vital, Meeks said, because it provides a safe setting for Episcopalians to confront tough questions about their church and themselves while helping them open their minds and consider ways they engage in racial healing and justice.Meeks now serves as executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, a ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta that offers a churchwide resource for fostering open dialogue about race and racism.At the same time, Meeks led a push this year to move away from the term “anti-racism” in favor of a greater focus on healing, justice and reconciliation. She helped Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright and others draft Resolution B004, which sought that shift in language.“To talk about our work under the rubric of healing and justice and reconciliation just has a more positive energy around it and states what we’re trying to do in the world,” Meeks said.Questions about the language of reconciliation and clarifying the mandate of the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism generated spirited debate during General Convention, and it ultimately ended in something of a compromise. “Anti-racism” remains in the committee’s name, but “reconciliation” was added, making it the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism & Reconciliation. And the approved version of B004 adjusts the church’s focus to “dismantling racism” while adding the emphasis on “racial healing, justice and reconciliation.”“What pleased me the most was the conversation we had around the issue, because I think that conversation was very healthy and very needed,” Meeks said.Many people feel strongly about these issues, whether affirming the need to maintain a focus on dismantling racism or pushing for a more theological approach to racial healing, said Kim, the staff officer for reconciliation. The value of the Becoming Beloved Community framework, she said, is that it seeks to engage all Episcopalians in that conversation, wherever they may be on their spiritual journey.“We all have room to grow in terms of how we can be reconcilers and healers,” she said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Terry Francis says: August 7, 2018 at 2:58 pm Doug, speaking as a black conservative I could not agree more. I think Booker T. would be disgusted at the rhetoric of our so-called black leaders and progressives in general in this country. This whole “white privilege” concept is being used as a crutch for many who want things handed to them rather than actually working to improve their lot. It gets really old after a while. Will the black community still be whining about wp 2 or 3 generations from now? Probably. August 8, 2018 at 8:33 am Mr. Salmon, In fact, Mr. Ouellette has done nothing but been kind and courteous in these discussions from what I have seen since joining them myself. You were wrong to attack his comments because as he said his point could have been made clearer and he clarified his intentions and made a valid argument. He took the time to answer your “outrage” and acquitted himself well.Maybe you should try climbing off that high horse of yours? Although I don’t think they make ladders tall enough. Matt Ouellette says: 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Larry Waters says: August 14, 2018 at 10:53 am It is just a matter of time until this demographic is swept out of the church! Rector Bath, NC August 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm Matt – so what you are saying is that you do not trust and will dismiss the opinions and beliefs of a person of color because those opinions do not match your own. Terry’s opinions are not trusted by you because they are opinions you consider a minority in the AfricanAmerican community? I thought this process of reconciliation was to first listen to each other and value all opinions but I guess the only ones that matter are those that match the opinions of white liberals. I cannot believe you made that statement and you cannot see your own bigotry and privilege. But I am confident you will come back and explain how your beliefs are righteous and conservative beliefs should be dismissed David A Salmon says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET August 8, 2018 at 3:18 am Regardlesswhat you haters of the south say, there are those who proudly display the flags of the CSA. Les Ferguson says: Matt Ouellette says: August 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm I did not dismiss his opinion, but rather voiced my disagreement (although perhaps I could have worded my disagreement better). I said that I agreed with the majority of African-Americans who don’t think white privilege is a concept used by people who “want things handed to them rather than actually working to improve their lot.” I didn’t know that I wasn’t allowed to disagree with someone just because they are conservative. I would also say conservatives such as Terry and yourself are often dismissive of the opinions of liberal and progressives, so you perhaps should keep that in mind when judging people of being privileged for dismissing conservative opinions (and remember Matthew 7:5). Larry Waters says: August 6, 2018 at 11:35 am I would hope that all involved wit this program would read “White Guilt” by Shelby Steele in order to better understand what is needed to make this program a success. August 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm We do recognize the progress made. But we also don’t deny that there is still progress that is needed, unlike many conservatives who deny the problem of racism in general. August 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm The war on southern heritage is the continued effort by haters of the south to remove all Confederate statues, Confederate names on buildings and streets/highways, and stained glass windows. Included in his vile attitude is the removal of the Confederate battle flag along with the three official flags of The Confederate States Of America, some of the flags on private property no less! Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service General Convention 2018, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI August 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm Another book which should be considered is entitled: “In honor of Frank T. Griswold: I Have Called You Friends.” That provides insights into fair reconciliation without placing blame. Grant program to be developed to support congregations’ grassroots work on racial healing Doug Desper says: August 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm There are liberals whom would love to see southern white males that are descendants of Confederates euthanized Matt Ouellette says: Matt Ouellette says: August 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm Bruce and Lou. I didn’t deny that white privilege exists. I remarked that whites are not the only privileged persons when you stop the abstract statements and watch actual people. Circumstances and choices affect the level of advantage. The Civil War is over. The Great Society of President Johnson, and 50 years of national advancements have opened doors for people of all backgrounds. Booker T. Washington proved over 100 years ago that people can succeed and advance themselves but that it won’t be handed and it requires change. You want a total elimination of racism, privilege, and unfairness. So do I. Give credit, however to the successes and the opportunities. Have awareness, too, that there are significant numbers of people who want advantage without personal change. Who want their choices at the expense of others. Who scapegoat whites as though they are helpless. August 9, 2018 at 11:43 pm Mr. Ouellette, please DO NOT come at me with this “white privilege” crap. Using that term , among others, is just another way to further spur discontent and divisiveness. Of course you don’t feel hated in the ec because you are one of the folks who promotes white guilt, even though in your own words, you are white. What I did not say in my earlier post is that if you are Caucasian and do not leave the ec, then in my view, you are a person who wants to see the U.S.A. follow the path of the Roman Empire to self-destruction. I do not believe that there is systemic racism in this country; and while we are “chatting”, racism [bigotry] is NOT peculiar to white folks; bigotry is, sadly, human and will be around so long as humans are here. If you ever wanted me to join you and other folks who share your views in a discussion, then I would be pleased to do so, BUT if anyone ever started this “white guilt” garbage, I would immediately leave the discussion. I am NOT responsible for anyone’s actions but my own and the bigotry against black people and American Indians are the actions of evil people; ethnicity had nothing to do with their evil. They perpetrated their bigotry because that is who they were. August 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm Many years ago, I read Dinesh D’Souza’s book – The End of Racism. I may not agree with everything that he wrote but it was the first time I became aware of the complexity of slavery. It is good to have laws and policies to help those in real need but continued welfare based on past / perceived grievances should be discouraged.Sometimes a simple gesture of apology can go a long way towards reconciliation and healing. Leaders of African nations from where people were kidnapped and sold into slavery ought to participate in this also. Jordan Sakal says: Bruce Garner says: August 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm Mr. Sakal, I did read your posting and in my response I said that not only was I not responsible for the evils perpetrated but other white folks who treated non-white people decently etc. were not responsible. It is your “we” that I object to, even though you said that L. Waters was not responsible for the evils, you then blamed “we whites” which includes me! So far as healing, I try to treat other people in a respectful and dignified manner. And the discussion to which you refer, I have never pretended that slavery did not happen. It was a horrible and unspeakable evil done to many people. Moving out of the slavery discussion for a moment, what do think that the current German people should do about the concentration camps of WW2? My wife does not blame the current German populous for atrocities perpetrated on her Jewish ancestors. She is tearful but does not place blame except on the evil, monstrous people who did these inhuman acts. So back to the main discussion, what is it that you believe that I should do to atone for evil that other people committed? Larry Waters says: Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Bruce Garner says: Jordan Sakal says: August 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm Robbie, as one who was born, raised and lived his entire life in Georgia, there are parts of my so-called Southern Heritage that do need to be the victim of “war” as you call it. I can’t change history, but I can look at it honestly and use it as a teaching tool to help future generations learn from our horrible mistakes in how we white folks treated anyone who was not white. I have known too many who made an idol out of portions of history that should never even be highlighted much less viewed favorably. We need to be ashamed of much of what we did and even in whose name we claimed to have done it. I am indeed a child of the south with all the baggage and the joys that come with that. We have work to do. Period. August 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm Do you really believe that? If so, I’m sorry. Matt Ouellette says: Larry Waters says: Robbie Johnson says: August 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm I look forward to the time when all training will adhere to the framework put forth by GC 2018-A044 and racial reconciliation certification process is tied to the framework and consistenly applied across the church for only then will the difficult conversations take place resulting in beloved community. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Robbie Johnson says: David A Salmon says: August 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm As soon as you liberals get rid of southern white hetro males age 60 and over things will get better! August 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm Doug…seriously???I am an “old white man” and I do take ownership of my white privilege and my part in creating the problems related to racism in this nation. White folks were the perpetrators of racial inequality in this nation from the beginning when we bought human beings who had been enslaved and brought over from Africa. I come from a very poor background and doubt that anyone among my family could have afforded to buy another human being. They were more likely to be indentured to someone themselves. I was born and raised in Georgia and that colony was originally founded by indentured servants.Perpetrating racial bias and prejudice by whites didn’t end when slavery allegedly ended. We are still dealing with Jim Crow laws in certain parts of the country. I can introduce you to people who will still show no qualms about using certain terms for African-Americans. I can take you places where anyone of color would not be welcomed. These are sad examples of what white privilege can create.The victims of bias and discrimination cannot resolve the problem. The resolution, the healing and the reconciliation has to begin with the admission on our part that we created the situation that still fosters racism and white privilege. Until we do that, progress toward healing and reconciliation will continue to be painfully slow. Yes, the color of your skin has brought you privilege you did not earn. August 8, 2018 at 3:13 am The last active Confederate flag to be retired was the flag aboard The CSS Shenandoah at the port of Liverpool England in November 1865. It WAS NOT the white flag of surrender! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm Robbie,Where do you get this belief from? TEC is not sweeping anyone from the church. Jordan Sakal says: Rector Collierville, TN 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 Les Ferguson says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Jordan Sakal says: Submit a Press Release August 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm Robbie Johnson, this story is not about the South, nor is the grant program. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem August 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm Well, I’m white and I certainly don’t feel hated in TEC or when discussing race relations. Nor have we blamed all whites for evil acts against black people. What we are doing is pointing out white privilege and forms of systemic racism that disenfranchises people of color, which are still serious problems in this country as I demonstrated with links in a previous comment. Pointing this out is not “hating white people.” That is not a serious criticism. Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC August 11, 2018 at 6:57 pm Mr. Waters,You are correct in that I said that you personally met absolve yourself of responsibility for the crimes of the past. However like I said as a collective we caucasians do bear a responsibility for the granting of reparations or healing of those social ills. We should do our part to make amends for the past and make sure it never happens again.Regarding your information about Germany and World War II I believe that the German people have done the correct thing in repudiating the actions of the Nazis and disowning this portion of their history. This is in direct contrast to the neo-confederates and others who in this country cling to the statues of Robert E Lee and other Confederates. As a nation we should acknowledge this part of our history in the place of museums but not directly in places of honour not on street corners or in town squares. What I would suggest doing in regarding the making of reparations or amends would be to reach out to communities that you would not normally reach out to and learn what life is like on the other side. As an example, African Americans speak frequently of being deathly afraid of being killed every time they exit their homes by police officers perhaps having a discussion and learning about this perspective will help you heal wounds August 14, 2018 at 10:50 am The Episcopal Church favors all groups EXCEPT white conservative hetrosexual southern males. August 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm I’m glad to see this program happening. Racism is one of our country’s original sins, and we still have a lot of work to do to rid the nation of it. Curate Diocese of Nebraska August 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm I would say that I trust the majority of African-Americans who point out the racism and white privilege in our society over the minority of black conservatives who deny the problem. Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA August 7, 2018 at 7:41 pm Matt – Ih, and for the record, I believe there is racism in our society that we need to continue to work against but am appalled you dismiss Terry’s opinion because he is conservative. That is a prime example of privilege… Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK David Paulsen says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm Just another fancy way of saying The War On Southern Heritage!7 Doug Desper says: August 11, 2018 at 12:55 am I have had opportunity to work with people from different countries including Britain. I have heard British colleagues speak nonchalantly about the atrocities their ancestors committed against people of various countries including their own. They proceed to tell that why should they be held responsible for crimes that their grandfathers, great-grandfathers, etc committed. There is some truth to this. It may take multiple generations before wounds especially psychological ones are finally healed. The way forward would be to have proper laws to prevent similar acts happening again keeping history in mind.When the MeToo movement gained momentum, a lady friend commented that insulting acts against women have been going on for years but it is only now that laws are properly being implemented. Wonder who decided to allow the laws to be finally implemented!The British committed many atrocities in India; racism and casteism co-existed during their rule and this was a double curse esp for the middle and the lower castes. Once the British rule ended, people realized that they had to move on with their life and stop blaming the British for all their troubles. Robbie Johnson says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Lou Schoen says: Robbie Johnson says: August 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm Thank you, Bruce! Virginia plantation owners and colonial leaders founded the racist system in America and imbedded color-based definitions of race in the law. While the South was the most visible part of the emerging country in maintaining the race-based slave system and its aftermaths, Northern states gained massive economic benefits from it and mostly supported it until Southern political leaders decided they wanted full control. After slavery, the Jim Crow system prevailed in the North, as well, albeit with fewer written laws. We still struggle with the destructive results of housing segregation, which was legally as well as economically required.The challenge of overcoming and transforming the historical impact of racism, including the social privileges distributed by our culture predominantly to people defined as “white,” is probably the number one test of our capacity to move toward anything resembling a Beloved Community – but, please, Everyone, let’s try!! Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Matt Ouellette says: Tags August 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm Sorry, but I’m getting tired of reading all this racial reconciliation stuff. We can feel guilty about the state of things (or not) now, but I can’t personally help, defend, or condemn what went on in the past. In my 60 years of being an Episcopalian in the south, I’m sure there were probably some staunch racists in our fold, but they must have kept it hidden quite well, because I can’t name one from my past. I don’t have numbers or any sort of documentation, but I’m thinking that the vast majority of our parishes (small, large, rural, urban, whatever) are usually predominantly white, African American, Latino, or something else. How can we address racial issues in our Church, when generally we don’t worship together. I know there are exceptions somewhere, and there many times may be a small (very small) group of worshipers within a congregation who are of some other race or culture than that which is the majority. So, money, workshops, committees, etc. can have at it. But, if racially we are still going to be sitting in different buildings on Sunday morning, I don’t know what we gain, except that some of the activist types will probably feel better. Just my thoughts. August 7, 2018 at 10:28 am Ann, one of my favorite books is “Up From Slavery” written by someone who actually lived as a slave and then as a free person who taught others how to move forward in life. Isn’t that person the one to move to the front of the line and gain our attention? Booker T. Washington actually experienced and taught about what others write about from a distance. He proved his points and had a lot to say about race relations and how to achieve advancement. Victimhood was not in his vocabulary. One famous quote: “There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”That was written over 100 years ago. America has advanced far since then and this reality is rarely recognized by progressive liberals some of whom make their living keeping the disease alive. No one writing today can claim the same credibility as someone who actually lived through the greatest injustice in American history. The bottom line for Washington is simple: don’t expect to obtain dignity from anyone – it comes from your character and what you achieve. You are not a victim except of your own limited thinking and dependence on others and what they think of you. Advancement means personal sacrifice and will not be granted easily to you. Embracing those ideals helps the “patient get well”. August 7, 2018 at 8:52 am There are many books. My favorite is by Jim Wallis : AMERICA’S ORIGINAL SIN. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Jordan Sakal says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By David PaulsenPosted Aug 6, 2018
Architects:Khy Architects, B2ShapesCity:Ujeong-dongCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The thought of having a weekend beach house gives us special expectations for urban dwellers. Client was a married couple living in a high-rise studio apartment. They had contradictory wishes about how they wanted their new home to be on this special site. One was to actively face the beach, and the other was to be protected securely from it. These conflicting desires generated a certain way for us to define relations between the beach and this house. Consequently, we ended up with a house that has clear gesture of facing the beach and a nuance of protection from beach at the same time.Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelFirst, we placed a long wall and added short walls perpendicularly that forms spaces that solely face the ocean. These structural walls stand independently dividing and connecting spaces of different sizes and shapes. The house, therefore, is provided with a rich variety of sceneries between different walls. Sequence of house starts from penetrating long solid walls towards short walls, and continues when climbing upstairs by curved walls or walking on a bridge from a wall to another. Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelSave this picture!First Floor PlanThese walls suggest an enthusiastic attitude to view ocean. Openings, in this case, is not perceived as a window, but sensed as an exterior experience as if one is standing outside between vertical barriers. Therefore the walls extend the sense of being inside towards the beach that fades distinction between inside and outside.Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelMeanwhile, the finishing material and shape of these walls act as a nuance of protection. Like wings of mother birds, the incurved walls form a shelter for dwellers. This slight gesture of curved walls shields inside dwellers from outside eyes. Finishing materials are bright toned dried mud bricks. These bricks represent the structural role in the building, implying the image of thick mud wall. Light falls gently on this material, bringing out the delicate texture of soil particles. According to time of the day, distance between walls, or shape of a wall, light casts soft or heavy shadow that deepens the gaze towards the beach. Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelBy the time sun starts falling, daylight is invited all the way down to a void space placed on second and third floor from skylight. Since west side of the wall is solid without any openings, tiring rays from west is blocked. Hence, indirect light washes a marble finished wall of the void and gently brightens lower floors.Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelExterior has two contrasting looks from the back and the ocean. Rear side of the house stands is flat with a firm and reliable presence. In contrast, the front shows clear stance of opening and facing towards the beach. This facade facing the beach has an ever-changing figure according to sunlight that treats the house differently as weather changes. This weekend house looks as if it is looking at the ocean even when it is empty.Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo ChelProject gallerySee allShow lessConcerto House / Baumschlager Eberle ArchitektenSelected ProjectsTab House / Takanori Ineyama ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Projects 2015 Architects: KHY architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: DuraVent, Clay Max, LG System Window Seaside Wall House / KHY architects Photographs Lead Architects: Seaside Wall House / KHY architectsSave this projectSaveSeaside Wall House / KHY architects CopyHouses•Ujeong-dong, South Korea “COPY” Save this picture!© Hwang Hyo Chel+ 23 Share Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/881369/seaside-wall-house-khy-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/881369/seaside-wall-house-khy-architects Clipboard Houses “COPY” Kim Hyo Young, Jin Young Choi ArchDaily Photographs: Hwang Hyo Chel Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area: 225 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project South Korea CopyAbout this officeKHY architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUjeong-dongSouth KoreaPublished on October 18, 2017Cite: “Seaside Wall House / KHY architects” 18 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
£1.35m funding for Pocket Parks in EnglandCommunity-led organisations working in partnership with local authorities across England can apply now for grants of up to:£15,000 for new pocket parks.£25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.Match funding is required, and the funding should be spent by 31 March 2020.The Pocket Parks funding is intended for communities to develop new green spaces or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.The funding can support the following types of costs, but is not limited to:Capital – support to prepare a site, earth-works, landscaping, tree planting, structural works etc. and put it into a good condition for further development.Resource – to secure support from relevant experts (ie. landscape architects, lawyers, horticulturalists or wider green sector experts) and/or to connect with existing green space support networks.Applications will be considered from community groups in England. This might include friends’ groups, tenants or residents’ groups, community gardeners’ associations, town teams, coastal community teams, voluntary and community organisations, town and parish councils or even Business Improvement Districts and Community Interest Companies (CIC).Pocket parks are defined for this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass, but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict.The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 (5pm). Here are three different funding opportunities currently open for applications, offering grants for projects covering health and education, housing, and pocket parks. £50,000 grants available to housing projects through NationwideNationwide Building Society is looking to support local housing projects that seek to help the most vulnerable through its Community Grants, with applications for grants currently open for the South West, South East, London, Central and East of England.Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for one or two years to make a change in their local area.The application process closes on 22 November 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2020. A Community Board, comprised of Nationwide members and employees, will review all the grant applications and award grants of up to a £50,000. The Board and Nationwide branches within the region will also be providing time and expertise to these charities.So far Nationwide has awarded £7 million in grants to more than 180 projects and will be investing over £20 million in housing projects across the UK over 5 years. The programme is being delivered with support from the national network of UK Community Foundations, which include Kent Community Foundation. Tagged with: Funding 3 great funding opportunities to start November 2019 gbpartnerships Community Fund grants available around Birmingham, Coventry & LiverpoolHeart of England’s gbpartnerships Community Fund has grants of up to £2,000 available in areas of Birmingham, Coventry and Liverpool for projects focusing on health, education, empowerment and raising people’s skills and aspirations.Applications must meet one of the following themes:The promotion of good physical & mental health for all agesImproving wellbeing & aspirations through learning opportunities & the artsProviding opportunities to develop sustainable & supportive communities through environmental, social & diverse activities.More information about this fund is available on the fund factsheet.Grants are available for organisations based within a 10-mile radius of gbpartnerships’ Coventry and Birmingham sites.These are rolling programmes, and a full list of Heart of England’s available grants can be found on its site. 225 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 224 total views, 2 views today 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 | 1 November 2019 | News
October 18, 2016 Find out more Follow the news on Oman News Organisation Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report News January 25, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Flurry of prosecutions and convictions in Oman Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists News Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Read in ArabicThe Omani blogger and human rights campaigner Saeed Jaddad, arrested on 14 January, was released three days ago on the orders of Sultan Qaboos after posting bail. According to the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Jaddad was questioned in the absence of his lawyer on 22 January as he was completing the formalities for his release in the public prosecutor’s office. It said the prosecutor asked him to sign an undertaking to stop writing. Jaddad refused and the charges against him of inciting sectarian strife, inciting demonstrations, sit-ins and unrest, undermining the reputation of the state and damaging the reputation of the security forces, were allowed to stand. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. Reporters Without Borders deplores his arrest, and considers his detention unreasonable. Such practices are in breach of the sultanate’s constitution and international undertaking signed and ratified by the authorities guaranteeing freedom of information and the right to a fair trial. The press freedom organization calls for all the charges against Jaddad to be dropped and also for the release of other bloggers accused of lèse-majesté and cyber crimes. Related documents 130125_cp_oman_ar.pdfPDF – 286.75 KB News December 27, 2016 Find out more OmanMiddle East – North Africa Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders OmanMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts November 25, 2016 Find out more Jaddad was summoned on 14 January by the special section of the Muscat police, who immediately arrested him when he arrived. He was kept in solitary confinement until his release on 22 January. Jaddad has documented human rights violates in the Dhofar region in the south of the country and published articles on his blog about the lack of basic freedoms. He had been under pressure from the authorities for several months during which he was questioned several times.On 16 January the appeal court handed down prison sentences on eight writers and bloggers for lèse-majesté and cyber crimes :- Esmaeel Al-Miqbali, received a one-and-a-half year sentence and a fine of 1,000 rials (1,950 euros). He is held in detention.- Hassan Al-Roqaishi received a one-and-a-half year sentence and a fine of 1,000 rials. He is held in detention.- Eshaq Al-Aghbari, received a one-year sentence. He has been released.- Ali al-Hajji had his sentence reduced from 18 months to one year. He is held in Samail central prison. – Mahmoud Al-Jamodi was given a one-and-a-half year sentence and a fine of 1,000 rials. He is held in detention.- Mukhtar Al-Hinai received a one-year sentence and a fine of 1,000 rials. He is held in detention.The appeal court also upheld the sentences on three other bloggers and activists, each of whom received a one-year prison term and a fine of 1,000 rials. All are held in detention : Ahmed Al-Maamari, Awad Al-Sawafi and Osama Al-Thuwaiya.Reporters Without Borders notes that 28 netizens were convicted in the month of December alone, against a background of social and economic grievances that have alarmed the government.
Help by sharing this information Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 17, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bahrain News German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders condemns the detention of the person the authorities say is the well-known satirical blogger Takrooz (@Takrooz). He has been held on charges of “inciting hatred against the regime” and “using expressions that incite sectarianism” ever since his arrest at Manama airport on his return from Thailand on 18 June.The person, who has not been named by the authorities, was arrested in connection with an unnamed Twitter account. He has reportedly denied being its owner or user but has recognized being the owner of the email address to which it was registered. The @Takrooz Twitter account has meanwhile been inaccessible since his arrest.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release.With around 18,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 accumulated Tweets, Takrooz has been emblematic figure in the protest movement against the Bahraini monarchy since February 2011.According to Bahrain Watch, Takrooz has long been a leading target of Bahrain’s Cyber Crime Unit.Bahrain is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives July 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Satirical blogger held for past three weeks June 15, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts October 14, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News to go further
China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Police officers roughed up foreign journalists trying to cover a protest yesterday on Beijing’s Wangfujing Street, including a Bloomberg News reporter who was badly beaten by plainclothes security men and had to be hospitalized with a head injury. Cameras were seized in order to delete photos and video. A dozen journalists were held for several hours in a police station. Media and websites including TV5, CNN and Linkedin were censored.Inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” pro-democracy demonstrations in Tunisia and elsewhere, the Beijing demonstration had been announced in advance on the Internet but hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes police officers, accompanied by police dogs, were deployed in major show of force to prevent it from taking place.Reporters Without Borders condemns the thuggish attitude of the police officers who used force and violence against the journalists. The incidents clearly reflect the government’s concern to prevent the circulation of any photos or videos of protests so that others are not inspired to follow suit.“The Communist Party needs to understand that free expression is not a crime, even if the National People’s Congress is due to meet in a few days,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It needs to understand that criticism and debate are not synonymous with chaos and political instability. It also needs to respect everyone’s right to information.”The press freedom organization added: “Censorship is often defended on the grounds of the need to maintain political stability. But, in practice, it too often serves as a pretext for protecting private interests, for covering up corruption and nepotism, and for maintaining political immobility.”Journalists who went to the site announced for the demonstration were checked by the police and were forbidden to film or conduct interviews, on the basis of an old regulation under which a person’s written agreement must be obtained prior to the interview. In a veiled form of censorship, the authorities had also told journalists several days ahead of time that they would need a permit to cover the demonstration.When invitations to tea turn into arrestsThe authorities have meanwhile been adopting harsh measures with human rights activists and ordinary Internet users who have relayed the calls for demonstrations every Sunday in 13 Chinese cities. They are being accused of “jeopardizing state security” and “subverting state authority.”On 22 February, officials in Shantou, in Guangdong province, ordered 10 days of administrative detention for Yuan Feng, a young migrant worker from Henan province, on a charge of “using a false identify to surf the Internet” after he allegedly posted information about the Jasmine Revolution on the Chinese social network QQ.Ran Yunfei (冉云飞), a 46-year-old blogger and writer for the Sichuan Literature magazine, has been held by the Chengdu police since 20 February, when they invited him to come and drink some tea. The police also searched his home and confiscated his computer.Hua Chunhui (华春晖), a 47-year-old netizen, was arrested on 21 February in Wuxi, in Jiangsu province. His fiancée, Wang Yi, has been held in a reeducation camp since last November for posting an ironic comment on Twitter about the previous month’s violent anti-Japanese demonstrations.Liang Haiyi (梁海怡), a netizen who uses the pen-name of Miaoxiao (渺小), received an invitation to drink some tea with the police in Harbin, the Heilongjiang province, after she posted information about the Jasmine Revolution on foreign websites. She is now being held in a Harbin detention centre.Chen Wei (陈卫), a 42-year-old resident of Suining, in Sichuan province, went missing after being invited to have tea with the local police on the morning of 20 February. He was formally arrested the next day and transferred to a detention centre. The police also searched his home, seizing his computer, hard disks and USB flash drives. News Receive email alerts Follow the news on China to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more February 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police violence against journalists, invitations to tea News Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en
Although the Great Recession only officially lasted for a total of two years, from 2007 through 2009, its devastating ripple effects lasted—and were clearly felt by all—well beyond that, according to a new report. One main catalyst for this era in real estate history was the highly erratic and unstable mortgage market at the time. However, the problem lied in the fact that no one really knew this was the case until it was too late.From the outside, the economy appeared to be thriving, boasting low-interest rates and teeming with an abundance of mortgage lenders more than eager to offer loans to applicants across the board. With the chance to own a home at their fingertips, many would-be homeowners jumped at the chance to pursue their own slice of the pie, taking a shot at the idyllic American Dream of having it all, including homeownership. At this time, investors were literally banking on the belief that homes would continue to gain value, regardless of the telltale warning signs that were there, but few seemed to notice or regard.With the growing numbers of mortgages being handed out, the inevitable fallout became the fact that a plethora of risky borrowers was among the bunch, all of whom were more likely to—and eventually did— default on their loan payments. Enter the financial crisis and the Great Recession, thus setting an example of how sometimes things really can look and sound too good to be true, and leaving current consumers and prospective buyers and lenders wary of the recent growth in the economy. The signs are all pointing to the fact that it seems as if the market is “banking” on another shoe dropping, assuming yet another crash may just be on the horizon. The barebones of the current state of the mortgage industry are as follows: the majority of people today—especially the younger generations—are in debt and have less (if any) savings or residual income than their elders did at their same age.However, they are still making purchases that—in light of their circumstances—are financially questionable. Such choices include buying a home with very little or no savings. So the question remains: are we doomed to repeat history? It seems the answer is maybe, or maybe not, as credit and mortgage lending standards have become more strict since the Great Recession, yet mortgage lenders today are still approving loans for subprime borrowers, most of whom are applicants with mountains of non-mortgage debt already. Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Did the Great Recession Change the Mortgage Industry? Home / Daily Dose / Did the Great Recession Change the Mortgage Industry? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Andy Beth Miller is an experienced freelance editor and writer. Her main focus is travel writing, and when she is not typing away from her computer at her home in the Hawaiian Islands, she is regularly roaming the world as a digital nomad, and loving every minute of it. She has been published in myriad online and print magazines, is a fan of all things outdoors, and finds life (and all of its business, technological, and cultural facets) fascinating in their constant evolution. She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. March 18, 2020 1,264 Views Print This Post About Author: Andy Beth Miller The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Previous: New Foreclosures Rose 3.5% From Prior Quarter Next: Industry Reacts to New York 90-Day Mortgage Relief Plan Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: debt Great Recession housing market 2020 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago debt Great Recession housing market 2020 2020-03-18 Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
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