first_imgBychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileBychemex Limited is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac & Co. Limited and specialises in the manufacturing and sale of specialized chemical products and auxiliaries for the textile industry in Mauritius. Bychemex Limited handles its operations through the segments of textile auxiliaries, bleaching and dyeing chemicals, and scouring chemicals, where the company produces detergents, wetting agents, anti-crease agents, sequestrates, dispersants, and softeners, hydrogen peroxide, brine solution and caustic solutions. Bychemex Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

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first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Miembros del Consejo Ejecutivo y del personal [denominacional] participan de un estudio bíblico el 10 de junio durante la oración matutina antes del comienzo de la sesión de clausura del Consejo. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Chaska, Minnesota] El Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal se comprometió el 10 de junio a atender una solicitud de la Diócesis de Fort Worth, de $600.000 en ayuda económica, en el mismo espíritu de creatividad que los episcopales allí han tenido en reorganizarse durante casi los últimos ocho años.Con la opinión del obispo primado Michael B. Curry de que no se trata de un rescate, sino de una inversión en las nuevas formas de ser la Iglesia, la aprobación se produjo el último día de la reunión que tuvo aquí el Consejo del 8 al 10 de junio.La permanente Diócesis de Fort Worth ha estado reorganizándose desde noviembre de 2008 cuando una mayoría de ex clérigos y líderes laicos decidió abandonar la Iglesia Episcopal. Cuando el Consejo se reunió en febrero, lo hizo en Fort Worth y oyó testimonios de cómo la diócesis no quiere simplemente reconstruirse, sino más bien transformar la manera en que la Iglesia Episcopal ministra en los 24 condados del centro norte de Texas. Este empeño surge, en parte, de la necesidad, en la medida en que la Iglesia Episcopal y la diócesis procuran recuperar propiedades y otros bienes que aún controlan los que se fueron.Por ejemplo, la obra en algunos lugares significa adorar en espacios no convencionales, tales como un teatro y un centro comercial.Y la diócesis ha creado nuevos ministerios, como es el de un programa de almuerzos de los jueves que atiende a más de 300 estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de Tarleton y a estudiantes de la iglesia episcopal de San Lucas [St. Luke’s] en Stephenville. Junto con la ayuda a estudiantes universitarios hambrientos —que están tratando de estirar sus planes de comidas y a los que hacen sentir como en casa, hay una caja de plegarias para que ellos dejen sus peticiones. Valiéndose de esas peticiones, los voluntarios oran por los estudiantes de manera permanente.Durante la reunión de febrero, el Consejo recibió una solicitud de Fort Worth de $600.000 para los próximos dos años. En el transcurso de la reunión en Chaska, el Comité Permanente de Misión y Ministerio Locales del Consejo (LMM, por su sigla en inglés), junto con el Comité de Finanzas para la Misión, presentó un plan para financiar la mayor parte, si no la totalidad, de la propuesta.El Rdo. Frank Logue dijo a sus colegas del Consejo que el LMM había colaborado con representantes de Fort Worth desde febrero para financiar de manera creativa su solicitud, dado que encontrar una reserva de $600.000 en el presupuesto de la Iglesia 2016-2019 le parecía “una acción quijotesca en este momento”. En consecuencia, el LMM propuso un plan “que llega a ustedes con lágrimas de gozo”, dijo Logue, que “permite que me parezca que ha ocurrido un milagro”.Según el debate del comité y la resolución formal aprobada el 10 de junio, el Consejo convino en otorgarle a la diócesis $107.500 para sus ministerios de evangelización y crecimiento de la Iglesia en 2016, y $55.000 anuales en 2017 y 2018. Se animó a la diócesis  a solicitar cerca de $188.000 en subvenciones derivadas de la Resolución D005 para el proceso de plantación de iglesias. El Consejo también se comprometió a ayudar a Fort Worth a encontrar fuentes de subvenciones y donaciones por otros $200.000.La financiación, que será equiparada por la diócesis y sus congregaciones, costeará un programa de curato para emplear y adiestrar a nuevos sacerdotes, ayudar a incorporar a clérigos —a los cuales se les paga por trabajo de jornada parcial— con salarios de jornada completa y a contratar plantadores de iglesias.El Muy Rdo. Brian Baker, miembro del Consejo proveniente de la Diócesis de California Norte, arguyó durante una reunión del comité de Misión y Ministerio Locales a favor de un nuevo enfoque en la forma de ayudar a las diócesis en dificultades. “No se trata de pedir dinero para evitar que se hunda un barco que se está hundiendo, que es muchísimo en lo que la Iglesia ha botado el dinero”, dijo él. “Esto es una oportunidad de crecimiento en una diócesis que está creciendo significativamente, y que si sencillamente los ayudamos un poco más, habrá un gran rendimiento”.Fort Worth tiene 17 congregaciones, entre ellas una congregación luterana pastoreada por un sacerdote episcopal. La diócesis ha visto un aumento de un 19,3 por ciento en miembros comulgantes y un 11,9 por ciento de aumento en ingresos operativos. Desde su reorganización en 2009, Fort Worth ha pagado anualmente la totalidad de lo que le ha pedido la Iglesia Episcopal para sostener el presupuesto trienal de la denominación. Es la única de las seis diócesis del estado de Texas en hacerlo.La Rda. Janet Waggoner, canóniga del Ordinario en la Diócesis de Fort Worth, le da las gracias al Consejo Ejecutivo por su apoyo de lo que ella llamó la obra de resurrección que está teniendo lugar en la diócesis. Foto de Brian Baker“Es realmente importante para nuestra moral seguir pagando nuestra tasación completa”, dijo la Rda. Janet Waggoner, canóniga del Ordinario en la Diócesis de Fort Worth, al comité de Misión y Ministerio Locales durante una reunión el 8 de junio.Ella señaló que llega con retraso a la transformación de la diócesis. “Es el pueblo de Dios de la Diócesis de Fort Worth el que lleva a cabo esta labor”, apuntó. “Ellos lo harían todo de su bolsillo, si pudieran, pero no pueden”.Después de que el Consejo aprobara la resolución, Waggoner les dijo a los miembros que “el crecimiento, la resurrección, sigue proclamándose mientras juntos alzamos el nombre de Jesús” en la diócesis.“Este es el Movimiento de Jesús sobre el terreno y me siento agradecida de ser yo misma parte de él y de tener esta conexión con la totalidad de la Iglesia Episcopal, porque esta historia es nuestra historia. Que la luz del Evangelio se propague ampliamente en todos los sentidos y si podemos ser un ejemplo seremos felices siéndolo”, dijo ella suscitando el aplauso y una ovación de pie.Durante una conferencia de prensa posterior a la reunión, la Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados y vicepresidente del Consejo, dijo que Fort Worth y otras diócesis emergentes podían darle lecciones al resto de la Iglesia. Jennings se reunió recientemente con los obispos en Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, San Joaquín y Carolina del Sur, los cuales, dijo ella, la impusieron de todo lo que esas diócesis han enfrentado, no por razones de su propia elección, enormes cambios del tipo que el resto de la Iglesia va a tener que enfrentar o que ya está enfrentando desde el punto de vista de disminución de bienes en ingresos y propiedades.“Creo que tienen muchísimo para enseñarnos al resto de nosotros”, afirmó, añadiendo que todas esas diócesis han encarado el pesar de sus pérdidas y ahora “la convierten en una actitud basada en la fe” de discernir quienes están ellos llamados por Dios a ser en su contexto.“Creo que aportan una enorme esperanza al resto de nosotros”, dijo. “Francamente, puedo creer que hacemos algo por ellos cuando el Consejo Ejecutivo adopta la resolución y les da $600.000; pero creo que no hemos medido aún las cosas sorprendentes que ellas nos enseñan al resto de nosotros. En verdad tenemos que prestar atención y aprender de esas diócesis.El obispo primado Michael B. Curry se mostró de acuerdo, al decir que el plan “no es un rescate; esto es una inversión para hacer avanzar la Iglesia”. Él la definió como “una importante iniciativa evangélica en un contexto emergente”, que crea otros modelos para el resto de la Iglesia.Los comités ejecutivos conjuntos de Finanzas para la Misión y de Misión y Ministerio Locales, ambos del Consejo Ejecutivo, se reunieron juntos el 9 de junio para convenir en encontrar medios para apoyar la creciente iniciativa de misión y evangelización en la Diócesis de Fort Worth.. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.En otras decisiones, El Consejo:•    Asignó $1,5 millones en subvenciones de sostenibilidad (partida 167 del presupuesto) para las cuatro principales diócesis que se dedican al ministerio de los nativoamericanos. Los ítems que abarcan las subvenciones van desde preparación para el liderazgo y ministerio de los jóvenes hasta paneles solares y dinero para comprar una retroexcavadora de manera que resulte menos costoso para los residentes de la reserva india de Standing Rock cavar tumbas para sus parientes difuntos. Curry dijo que las subvenciones estaban “poniendo en pie al Movimiento de Jesús” y encarnando tanto la evangelización como la reconciliación racial.•    Convino en seguir apoyando una asociación emergente entre la Iglesia y dos colegios universitarios tradicionalmente negros que tienen raíces en la Iglesia Episcopal: Voorhees College en Denmark, Carolina del Sur, y la Universidad de San Agustín [St. Augustine’s] en Raleigh, Carolina del Norte. El Equipo de Trabajo de Colegios y Universidades Episcopales Tradicionalmente Negros ha estado fomentando esa asociación.•    Dio un paso histórico al autorizar el gasto de hasta $3,4 millones para ayudar a implementar una campaña de captación de fondos y finalmente mudar los Archivos de la Iglesia Episcopal hacia un nuevo edificio ya previsto en Austin, Texas. Actualmente, los Archivos, 566 metros cúbicos de materiales están esparcidos en más de cinco lugares y a la mayor parte de la colección no se puede tener acceso fácilmente, según el archivero canónico Mark Duffy. Hay negociaciones en marcha con posibles constructores de un terreno propiedad de la Iglesia Episcopal en Austin, dijo Duffy. El objetivo es tener un nuevo hogar allí para los Archivos dentro de cinco años. Detalles del proyecto propuesto se encuentran aquí.•    Aprobó resoluciones ratificando el apoyo de la Iglesia a leyes que impiden la discriminación basada en identidad o expresión de género tal como quedó descrito en la Resolución D012 de la Convención General de 2009 y su permanente apoyo a un salario decoroso para todos los que trabajan por horas. Jennings dijo durante la conferencia de prensa que la resolución en contra de la discriminación sigue una trayectoria que se remonta al menos a 1985 cuando, el entonces recién electo obispo primado, Edmond Browning declaró que no debía haber parias en la Iglesia Episcopal. [Jennings] dijo que ella y Curry pronto tendrían más que decirle a la Iglesia sobre este asunto y sobre lo que ella llamó una “importante resolución”. La resolución sobre el salario digno engendró debates sobre la eficacia de ese salario mínimo. George Wing, miembro del Consejo y proveniente de Colorado, dijo que exigir [un salario mínimo de] $15 la hora en verdad reduce el empleo. Y, agregó, $15 la hora significa algo distinto en Manhattan de lo que significa en otras partes del país. La Rda. Marion Luckey, de la Diócesis de Michigan Norte, convino en esto diciendo que “en nuestra zona del país resulta muy perjudicial pedirle a un pequeño negocio que pague este tipo de salario”. Luckey dijo que ella estaba a favor de un salario decoroso, pero que se oponía a imponerlo, puesto que “en verdad tiene consecuencias imprevistas”. El Rdo. Stan Runnels, de la Diócesis de Misurí Occidental, dijo “entiendo  el reto de los $15 la hora en diferentes lugares… Es un incordio; pero así es la justicia.”•    Convino en que el Consejo y el Comité Permanente Conjunto de Programa, Presupuesto y Finanzas “considerará seriamente” reducir la extracción anual sobre los ingresos de inversiones a un 4,5 por ciento para 2021.  La decisión se produjo en respuesta a las advertencias del comité de inversiones del Consejo y del tesorero N. Kurt Barnes de que la tendencia de recientes presupuestos trienales de tomar más de las ganancias por inversiones de la Iglesia del normal 5 por ciento anual estaba “minando el futuro poder adquisitivo” de esas inversiones. En un asunto relacionado, la Rda. Mally Lloyd, miembro del Consejo Ejecutivo proveniente de la Diócesis de Massachusetts y miembro del Comité Permanente Conjunto de Programa, Presupuesto y Finanzas de la Iglesia, bosquejó el plan del comité de Finanzas para el Ministerio para desarrollar el presupuesto 2019-2021 que el Consejo debe proponer a principios de 2018. Y ella dijo que Finanzas para la Misión había decidido, en conversación con Curry y con Jennings, no basar esa propuesta en las Cinco Marcas de la Misión como había sido el caso en los dos últimos presupuestos trienales. “No que no nos gusten, pero limitan la manera en que el presupuesto puede encajar”, explicó.La reunión está teniendo lugar en el Hotel y Centro de Conferencias Oak Ridge en Chaska, un suburbio al sur de Minneapolis y San Pablo. Anterior cobertura de ENS sobre la reunión de Chaska se encuentra aquí.La próxima reunión del Consejo tendrá lugar del 20 al 22 de octubre en New Brunswick, Nueva Jersey, durante la cual se espera que los miembros visiten el Centro [Denominacional] de la Iglesia Episcopal,  a unos 64 kilómetros al noreste en el centro de Manhattan.El Consejo Ejecutivo lleva a cabo los programas y políticas adoptadas por la Convención General, según el Canon I.4 (1). El Consejo está compuesto de 38 miembros, 20 de los cuales (cuatro obispos, cuatro presbíteros o diáconos y 12 laicos) son elegidos por la Convención General, y 18 por los nueve sínodos provinciales (un clérigo y un laico cada uno) por períodos de seis años, más el Obispo Primado y el Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados [que son miembros ex oficio]. Además, el vicepresidente de la Cámara de Diputados, el Secretario, el Director de Operaciones, el Tesorero y el Director de Finanzas tienen asiento y voz, pero no voto.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News  4 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Who’s Who in Charities 2011center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. [amzn_product_post]Information on key individuals within the charity sector. Over 1000 pages of detailed biographies on senior charity and adviser contacts.last_img read more

first_imgTeresa GutierrezWW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts from the Nov. 17 talk given by Teresa Gutierrez, WWP secretariat member and an organizer of the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, at the Workers World Party Nov. 17-18 conference in New York. A few days after Hurricane Katrina obliterated the Gulf Coast, comrade Johnnie Stevens and I traveled to Louisiana to deliver a modest amount of aid and carry out other work as needed.As we filled the car with gas at a truck stop on the road between Houston and New Orleans, one Latino brother who spoke Spanish came up to us, very animated. He asked me to tell Johnnie: “They want to get rid of people like us. The government wants to kill off Black and Brown people.”Back then, like now, the capitalist class aims to take advantage of hurricane devastation to obliterate the remaining affordable housing projects, to disperse the Black community, as well as the sick and the poor, to get them out of sight, so that people are unable to unite or organize.How more devious and heinous can the ruling class get than to take advantage of such catastrophes for gentrification and racist displacement?Once again, the capitalist system is carrying out policies that will most affect workers of color. There is a vicious racist war of terror unleashed against the oppressed here and around the world.But all workers are in jeopardy. When you participate in solidarity actions for the workers of Europe, when you consider sending a solidarity delegation to Greece or Spain, then you know the shit has hit the fan. The capitalist crisis that for decades wrecked the lands of Asia, the Americas and Africa has come to the shores of the imperialist world.Nothing is in place to guard you or protect you from yet another hurricane, or raging fire, or pounding tornado, or a devastating drought. Here in the richest country of the world, a child could and does die from a toothache!The intolerable conditions that capitalism with its last breath has created are creating desperate conditions for billions of people.But we are a revolutionary party, a socialist organization that aspires to create communism right here in the United States, where the ultimate end for capitalism will occur. We have a unique and profound task to hit the final nail in capitalism’s coffin.The time has come to build People’s Power AssembliesOur party leadership maintains that at this moment, the conditions created by this period of capitalism lay the basis for a movement for People’s Power. This is work and thought in progress.A massive movement of People’s Assemblies can and must happen. We are not the only ones; others have made this call, here and abroad. This idea was raised by our party in 1992 when we united activists in Baltimore and called for dual power there.These conditions are even more ripe today. The misery and devastation brought on by hurricanes and disasters alone have created ripe opportunity for building People’s Power Assemblies.This is what is behind the relief efforts by organizations that have broken away from the Democratic Party and are ready to take the struggle in another direction.Our goal is to work with them all, with the politicals, the activists, with those in the struggle to build this movement for a People’s Power Assembly. That is the aim of the Dec. 15 meeting in Baltimore, and we urge you all to be there.To prepare for the upcoming glorious wave of struggle, nothing is more urgent than to build the party. Nothing is more urgent than recruiting. Nothing is more urgent than to strengthen ourselves in every single way. Whether it is raising urgently needed money or revitalizing internal committees, we must do it now.A component of the PPA be used as a vehicle for the party to deepen its roots among the working class. Work with the politicals, build coalitions, but bring workers into the class struggle and eventually into the party.This is a time for boldness; this is a time for confidence, when revolutionary communists and socialists should not only link up with all those disaffected with the capitalist system in order to carry out a massive fightback movement, but bring them into the working-class struggle.This is a time to examine the 1930s, when communists played a major role in every single struggle. Whether it was for food, jobs, a signal light, in Washington or in the neighborhoods, they were the boldest and fiercest fighters.This is the opportunity that Hurricane Sandy has presented to us right here in the belly of the beast, right at Wall Street’s doorstep. The contradictions of capitalism have been exposed for all to see. We must take this further, not just because we want to build the struggle, not just because we want to recruit to our party, not just because our class is devastated.It is important that we get shoulder to shoulder, on the ground, in the trenches on this issue because we must help give the movement a class perspective. If we don’t, our class will not go further and might even suffer setbacks.Hurricane Sandy and climate change as a whole demonstrate vividly the need for struggle with a revolutionary class perspective. People’s Power Assemblies should participate in everything from organizing soup kitchens to rebuilding homes.But the government and Wall Street have billions of money and resources, booty that was made by the blood and sweat of our class. Andwe want it back. We need and demand a national jobs program that can only be carried out by the government. We know we can’t depend on the capitalist government nor its parties. But until workers have seized the means of production and built a workers’ government, we must fight to wrest every single damn concession we can.In the process of this fight, in the process of mounting a massive fightback, we can and must recruit to our party.We must take the rising waters of Hurricane Sandy that washed out much of Wall Street and turn those waters into the rising rage of the workers and oppressed. That is a rising tide that will wash out Wall Street forever. It will destroy the capitalist system once and for all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgThey won! The historic 10-day strike by workers at medical facilities in three Illinois cities resulted in an all-out victory, with every demand met. Black and Latinx women workers played a decisive role in organizing the strike and steering it to its successful conclusion. Chicago health workers in the ‘Strike for Our Lives.’Over 4,000 members of Service Employees (SEIU) Local 73 launched an unfair labor practice strike on Sept. 14 at University of Illinois medical facilities in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford. After working without a contract for over a year, the workers had had enough! Moreover, as a threat, the bosses brought in strikebreakers from out of state in advance of the strike.This job action demonstrated the determination and unity of medical center workers: maintenance, custodial, technical and clerical workers, occupational therapists and other professionals. It pressured the UI-Chicago bosses to give in. The negotiated, tentative, multi-year contracts guarantee pay increases for all workers, including a $15 minimum wage in Chicago for those on the lowest-paid scale, safety measures to deal with COVID-19, adequate staffing and protection against management outsourcing of union jobs, reported the union’s bargaining committee on Sept. 24. SEIU Local 73 President Dian Palmer said the settlement “is a victory for all working people in Illinois and shows what’s possible when workers unite and demand that employers respect us, protect us and pay us. I am so proud of the Black and Brown women who led this strike, who convinced their co-workers striking was worth the risk.  “They never gave up,” stressed Palmer. “They were out there at dawn every day demanding justice for essential workers. UIC called them heroes, but their pay and benefits didn’t reflect that, but UIC now understands what it means to be ‘essential.’” (seiu.org, Sept. 24)‘We are loud and proud!’ Alicia Uwumarogie, physical therapist and SEIU bargaining committee representative, said, “We are leaving the picket lines victorious in so many areas! We have gained the confidence and strength to take on management. We have demonstrated our collective power through the execution of this strike. Our members will be loud and proud about this win and what we did in this past few weeks.” The workers will “continue fighting until justice, fairness, equity and respect become the norm at UIC.”Striking nurses at UIC Hospital joined SEIU Local 73 workers on the picket lines and at a Sept. 18 rally in downtown Chicago. They struck for seven days beginning Sept. 12, with demands including a prohibition on outsourcing of union nurses’ jobs to inadequately trained, nonunion nurses. Although hospital management obtained an injunction to bar nurses from striking, 800 UIC nurses defied the bosses and picketed.The Illinois Nurses Association reports a tentative agreement has been reached,  granting pandemic hazard pay, hiring of more nurses and provision of more PPE.  The 1,400-person bargaining unit will vote Sept. 28 on whether to approve the contract, the same day as Local 73’s contract vote. (Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 24) Teamsters and Electrical Workers (IBEW) locals honored the SEIU Local 73 picket lines and joined strikers in solidarity, as did individual union members. These courageous workers showed that even in the anti-labor Trump era, a strong, united strike force can win.Women organize!Many union organizing drives and job actions have been led by women this year in defiance of the antilabor, pro-corporate Trump administration. Trump’s appointees to the so-called Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board, as well as the Supreme Court, have attacked and weakened unions’ and workers’ rights.In July, in a historic, landslide vote, childcare providers in California voted to unionize — a stunning victory for the U.S. labor movement. They voted to establish and be represented by Child Care Providers United, a collaboration among United Domestic Workers of America/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3930 and SEIU Locals 99 and 521.This workforce is composed primarily of women — Black, Latinx and immigrant — making this victory even more significant as part of the overall fight for racial, gender and economic justice. Nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., voted to unionize in an NLRB election Sept. 16, in what National Nurses United called the “largest hospital union victory in the South since 1975.” And registered nurses at Alameda Hospital and San Leandro Hospital in California plan a five-day strike for Oct. 7 to demand management protect patients’ safety and provide sufficient staffing and PPE during the pandemic, reports the NNU’s website. The California Nurses Association said Sept. 26 that management has bargained in bad faith and taken punitive actions against nurses. These righteous struggles show that workers are strong collectively and can fight and win, despite government and corporate hostility to the multinational working class and their organizations. These bold actions boost all workers — organized and unorganized. Additional sources: AFSCME, National Nurses UnitedFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On Nov. 27, a People’s Webinar entitled, “Post Election Fight for Reparations Now!” was organized by the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based December 12th Movement to demand that President-Elect Joe Biden issue an executive order to make a down payment of at least $500 billion on the debt owed to the descendants of enslaved Africans. The panel included long-time Black leaders and activists in the political, community and labor struggles, who all extended, in their own words, solidarity for this demand.  D12 leader Omowale Clay stated in opening remarks: “The U.S. debt is as real as the crime for which it sprung, which demands acknowledgment to concrete action. Therefore, it is the urgency of now, that demands that this president use his authority to issue an executive order for this first down payment on the debt owed. “What must we do? We must mobilize our people that Day One of Biden’s presidency is Day One of reparations right now. We are in support of all government actions that benefit and raise the quality of life of masses of people who have been devastated by the current pandemic, and victims of the corporate greed that has only exacerbated hardships and the death toll. However, the extreme devastation this pandemic has brought squarely on the conditions of the Black community will not be allowed to be brushed aside as simply our people’s pre-existing conditions.”  Go to D12 Movement’s Facebook page at tinyurl.com/y5sv7j3r to view the entire webinar.  The following are edited remarks presented to the webinar by Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes. It’s an honor to share the platform with these freedom fighters with many, many decades of experience. I had a very good conversation with brother Omowale, where he broke down their plans for moving forward with this demand that the new administration issue an executive order as part of a down payment on reparations, that they set up various programs mostly to deal with health care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Black communities, programs to train doctors and health workers. And that should be done immediately.  I think [this demand] will interest and excite many forces, including many in the Black Lives Matter movement. We all know how important they are and the force they played in the Intifada against police terror over the past six months. It’s a good project. It also says that we’re not going to have some “honeymoon period” for the Biden administration. And as a matter of both principle and practice, we should not have this “honeymoon period.” Biden is a loyal servant of capital. He’s a white supremacist, maybe not the most infamous one, but he’s there. He has always been comfortable with white supremacists.  [He has been] infamous for being against even affirmative action programs. It’s a good time to put forward a strong, popular way of raising and popularizing reparations. About two months ago, more than 40 unions representing millions of workers issued a statement calling for work stoppages against racism. That’s important. [This was] also out of concern that Trump might try to hold on to power with a coup. Even some of the unions are talking about a general strike. Whether we’re excited about the general strike to save what they call democracy, which we know as something being phony, is another argument. But the mere fact that they’re talking about having a general strike about anything, for those of us who have any experience with the organized labor movement, that’s a big step forward. And some of them are even trying to extend that call for a general strike to demanding COVID relief. So there are lots of good things happening, things that from the point of view of labor give the rank-and-file workers something to organize around and push back the conservative top leadership of the organized labor movement. So I hope that this demand to Biden for a down payment on reparations will be one of a number of foundations, one of a number of bases for a new wave of struggle right off the bat in 2021. Let’s not do what some of us — not all of us — did when Obama got in and we gave him a honeymoon. And I think we paid for that.last_img read more

first_imgNews December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to US Defense Secretary ahead of Manama Dialogue News News to go further Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Sincerely, RSF_en Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders wrote to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on December 2 to share its concerns about freedom of information in Bahrain ahead of his visit to the kingdom for the December 6-7 Manama Dialogue on security in the Persian Gulf.The letter asks him to raise the issue of freedom of information in his talks with Bahraini officials.Read the letter: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel US Department of Defense 1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1400 Paris, December 2 2013Dear Secretary Hagel,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to share with you its concerns about the situation of freedom of information in Bahrain ahead of your participation in the Manama Dialogue’s ninth session on December 6-7.In the two years since the start of a popular uprising in Bahrain, the kingdom’s authorities have crushed demonstrations calling for political reforms and have not hesitated to target journalists and other news providers covering this protest movement and the methods used by the security forces to suppress it.The Bahraini authorities continue to obstruct the work of journalists and to arrest, imprison and prosecute news providers in violation of the international undertakings it gave to the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.Seven news and information providers are currently detained in Bahrain:- Arrested in 2011, Hassan Ma’atooq received a three-year jail sentence from a national security court for posting photos of people who were injured during major protests in February 2011.- A blogger and head of the human rights bureau of the Al-Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy, Abduljalil Al-Singace has been held since March 2011 and is now serving a sentence of life imprisonment that a high court of appeal upheld on September 4, 2012. He is one of 13 opposition leaders and activists convicted of “creating and running a terrorist group aimed at changing the constitution and system of monarchy (…) by force,” “being in contact with a foreign terrorist group that acts in the interests of a foreign country and carries out hostile actions against Bahrain,” and “raising funds for this group.”- The well-known photographer Ahmed Humaidan was arrested on December 29, 2012 on a charge of attacking a police station in Sitra on April 8, 2012, although he was not there that day. His trial began on February 12, 2013 but the prosecution keeps on postponing hearings because it has difficulty producing witnesses. The next hearing is set for December 19. His lawyer has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested an independent investigation into his client’s allegations of torture. His requests to the prison authorities to let his client be examined by a doctor have also been unsuccessful.- Arrested in July 2013, the photographer Hussain Hubail was charged on August 21 with “managing (electronic) accounts calling for the government’s overthrow,” “promoting and inciting hatred against the government,” “inciting others to disobey the law,” and calling for illegal demonstrations. He is also accused of “contributing to the Twitter account of the February 14 media network.” According to witness accounts, he has been mistreated and even tortured. A hearing in his case was scheduled for November 28 but was postponed until December 22.- Arrested at his home by masked plainclothesmen on July 31, 2013, the blogger Jassim Al-Nuaimi is accused of using social media to incite anti-government hatred and to call for illegal demonstrations. He was particularly active during the uprising, posting on the 14Feb media website. After being held for several days at the General Directorate of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he was transferred to Dry Dock prison on August 3, only to be transferred back to the CID and then forced to sign a confession before a prosecutor. Witnesses say he has been tortured or mistreated. A hearing scheduled for November 28 was postponed until December 22.- Freelance cameraman Qassim Zain Al-Deen was arrested at his home on August 2, 2013, in the run-up to the “Tamarod” demonstrations in mid-August, and has been held at the Dry Dock detention centre ever since. On November 26, a judge postponed his hearing until January 20, 2014. The charges against him include vandalism inside the detention centre. – The photographer Abdullah Salman Al-Jerdabi was arrested on September 13, 2013 while covering a demonstration in the village of Mussala. He is charged with participating in “illegal gatherings.” The blogger Mohamed Hassan was released a few weeks after being arrested on July 31 but is still facing charges of “managing (electronic) accounts calling for the government’s overthrow,” promoting and inciting hatred against the government, inciting others to disobey the law, and calling for illegal demonstrations.Many news providers have reported being mistreated during detention. These claims should be independently investigated. The investigations so far carried out have been at the very least partial and have resulted in the withdrawal of all charges or acquittals or derisory prison sentences. The journalists who have been victims of such denial of justice include Nazeeha Saeed, a reporter for France 24 and Monte-Carlo Doualiya. The policewoman accused of torturing her during detention in 2011 was acquitted on appeal on June 23, 2013.Impunity reigns. No independent investigation has been conducted into 22-year-old cameraman Ahmed Ismail Hussain’s death on March 31, 2012. Hussain was fatally shot while covering a peaceful demonstration in Salmabad, a village southwest of the capital. After Karim Fakhrawi, co-founder of the only opposition newspaper, Al-Wasat, died in detention in April 2011, two policemen were initially sentenced to seven years in prison for torturing him to death, but their jail terms were reduced to three years on appeal on October 27, 2013.The netizen Zakariya Rashid Hassan, administrator of a now-closed online forum that provided information about the village of Al-Dair, where he was born, died in detention on April 9, 2011, seven days after his arrest on charges of inciting hatred, disseminating false news, promoting sectarianism and calling for the regime’s overthrow in online forums. The interior ministry claimed that he died as a result of sickle cell anemia complications, but his family has ruled this out. The authorities’ tolerance of such abuses violates Bahrain’s international obligations.The authorities furthermore mean to control the media. This is a country where six of the seven daily newspapers are controlled by associates of the royal family or government. The independence and impartiality of the media (and therefore freedom of information) is, at the very least, compromised.The Information Affairs Agency, created by a 2002 media law, was used to restrict media freedom during the 2011 unrest. It was responsible, for example, for the newspaper Al-Wasat’s closure for several months and the prosecution of its editor and co-founder, Mansoor Al-Jamri. It has many powers, including the power to censor or prevent the distribution of Bahraini publications, to close newspapers by means of judicial proceedings, and to block websites. Giving a government agency so much power is a serious threat to freedom of information.The government has been promising a new media law since 2012 that will supposedly be more progressive. Its architect is the current information minister, Sameera Rajab. But this new law has yet to be adopted and Bahrainis still do not know what provisions it will contain.We therefore think that it is important that you should raise the issue of freedom of information in Bahrain during your talks with Bahraini officials.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter. October 14, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain Christophe DeloireGeneral Secretary, Reporters Without Borders Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_img Bui Chat, the head of the independent publishing house Giay Vun (“Recycled Paper), was released on 2 May after being held for three days on his return from Argentina but was briefly detained again on 3 May for more questioning.The authorities have also kept the “Freedom to Publish Prize” which he received from the International Publishers Association (IPA) during his visit to Buenos Aires and which was confiscated when he was arrested on 30 April.Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, who heads the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, hailed Chat’s release but voiced concern about the fact that the authorities were still questioning him. “Vietnamese law theoretically permits his detention for up to 12 months before charges are pressed,” he said.Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities are treating Chat, who has committed no crime or offence.The IPA has awarded it “Freedom to Publish” prize to several journalists in the past, including Iran’s Shalah Lahiji in 2006 and Zimbabwe’s Trevor N’cube in 2007. It was also awarded posthumously to the Russian newspaper reporter Anna Politkovskaya and the Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink.——Detained for winning “Freedom to Publish Prize02-05-2011Reporters Without Borders condemns underground publisher and poet Bui Chat’s arrest at Tan Son Nhat airport on 30 April. The founder of the Giay Vun publishing house, Chat had just returned from Buenos Aires, where he had received the “Freedom to Publish Prize” from the International Publishers Association (IPA).“The Vietnamese authorities gave no reason for Chat’s arrest but it seems directly linked to the prize he received,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although Vietnam claims to have made significant progress on human rights, journalists, netizens and now publishers continue to be jailed if they dare to defy the government by voicing or relaying dissident views.”The IPA condemned the Chat’s arrest, describing him as a “courageous underground publisher” who had published the works of “pavement poets” and who had “helped create an independent publishing movement.”The authorities seized Chat’s award and the prize certificate when they arrested him.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to release Chat immediately and to abandon any plans to prosecute him. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts April 22, 2021 Find out more April 7, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prisoncenter_img News News May 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent publisher freed, but questioned again Follow the news on Vietnam Organisation News VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Newslast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News November 13, 2020 1,276 Views The Week Ahead: FHA Discusses CWCOT Changes Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily This week, on Wednesday, November 18, representatives from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) via a complimentary webinar will offer guidance on the Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) program “in which the mortgagee attempts to secure a third-party purchaser for the mortgaged property so that conveyance to HUD is not required in exchange for mortgage insurance benefits,” according to an FHA notice regarding the virtual event.A similar webinar was offered earlier this month. It is offered on two separate dates to maximize attendance, according to the FHA.As the FHA explained in a July statement, the most recent CWCOT enhancements take into consideration public feedback received earlier this year when a first draft was posted on the Single-Family Housing Drafting Table.FHA’s CWCOT program and recent adjustments were designed to make the program “more viable for foreclosure sales associated with defaulted FHA-insured mortgages,” the FHA added in the same statement. Industry experts discussed HUD’s recent updates to the CWCOT program to help improve efficiencies and minimize losses, during a complimentary DS News webinar that can be revisited here.Topics will include:Enhancements to the program announced in Mortgagee Letter 2020-21, servicer participation and eligibilityHow foreclosing on FHA properties may differ from previous guidelinesRequirements for appraisals, bidding instructions, and claim requirementsThis week’s webinar, which takes place from 1-2:30 p.m. (CST), is complimentary when you register here.Here is what else is happening in the week ahead:Construction Spending Report, U.S. Census (Monday)House Financial Services Committee Hearing, “Insuring against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers” (Thursday)RCLCO, “2020, The Year of the Suburb?” (Thursday) Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Releases Foreclosure-Prevention Report Next: Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion  Print This Post About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-13 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: FHA Discusses CWCOT Changes Subscribelast_img read more