Tambores y cantores del Coro Mensaje de la iglesia anglicana de Santa Verónica entonan un canto de despedida a los participantes de la eucaristía de apertura del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano a la entrada de la catedral de la Santa Cruz en Lusaka. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] Servir al mundo mientras representamos el amor y la unidad en la imitación de Cristo fue el abrumador mensaje del oficio eucarístico de cinco horas de duración el 10 de abril que inauguró oficialmente la 16ª. reunión del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano.Los miembros del CCA comenzaron a reunirse dos días antes, pero en esta eucaristía fueron acogidos y festejados por anglicanos de todas partes de la Iglesia de la Provincia de África Central. Se calcula que entre 4.000 y 5.000 personas asistieron al oficio en que el presidente zambiano Edgar Chagwa Lungu y el primer presidente de Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, se unieron a funcionarios del gobierno y a ciudadanos de los cuatro países de la provincia anglicana.El arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby observa el 10 de abril como uno de los líderes de las brigadas de la Iglesia Anglicana de Lusaka enfunda su espada al prepararse para hacer que rompa filas la guardia uniformada del oficio casi al final de la eucaristía de clausura del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano de cinco horas de duración. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Al arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby, que fue el predicador, lo saludaron frecuentemente con gritos y ululaciones durante el oficio. Welby tuvo el inusual papel litúrgico de darle permiso a un oficial de las brigadas de la Iglesia que portaba una espada para que la guardia uniformada con las banderas de los países de la provincia y de toda la Comunión Anglicana pudiera entrar en el espacio de culto. Él luego recibió las banderas de Zambia, Zimbabue, Malawi y Botsuana. Casi al final del oficio, le pidieron permiso para retirar la guardia, y al concederlo, devolvió las cuatro banderas.En el ínterin, hubo incienso y tambores africanos; cánticos modernos e himnos antiguos; bandas de metales y música amplificada. La gran danza irrumpió en muchas ocasiones, entre ellas durante el rito de la paz, cuando Lungu se unió a ella, junto con su servicio de seguridad y un tumulto de fotógrafos.Tres niñas recitaron de memoria un largo poema acerca del CCA cuyo estribillo era “El amor nunca fracasará mientras el CCA una a la Iglesia”.Albert Chama, arzobispo de África Central fue el celebrante, y el obispo William Mchombo, secretario provincial, el oficiante.La lluvia había amenazado los planes de celebrar la eucaristía al aire libre, pero prevaleció un clima seco y parcialmente nublado, y el altar se quedó puesto en el pórtico de la catedral de la Santa Cruz [Cathedral of the Holy Cross]. La congregación se reunió en tiendas levantadas sobre los céspedes que rodean la iglesia en la colina de la Catedral, en el barrio de Lusaka que incluye también los organismos del gobierno y la embajadas. El plan alternativo en caso de lluvia era trasladar al grupo del altar, los miembros del CCA y los dignatarios dentro de la catedral, mientras el resto de la congregación permanecía bajo las tiendas.Durante su sermón, Welby dijo que todas las lecturas del día (Deuteronomio 6:6-16, Salmo 1:1-6; Efesios 4:8-16 y la Gran Comisión que Jesús da en Mateo 28:16-20) apuntan a la manera en que los cristianos deben contar sus historias, vivir sus vidas en el presente y llevar a otros a Cristo. En un sermón dirigido a los miembros del CCA, a los miembros de la provincia anfitriona y a funcionarios del gobierno, entre otros, Welby abordó el tema de la política y las elecciones, el servicio al mundo y el valor de ser veraz respecto a la propia historia en lugar de usarla para fomentar el odio.Recordando que lo último que Jesús hizo fue enviar a sus discípulos al mundo y que uno de sus predecesores, William temple, dijo que la Iglesia existe para los que no son sus miembros, Welby dijo: “Demostramos que venimos de parte de Cristo cuando salimos en servicio humilde y jubiloso”.Somos el cuerpo maduro de Cristo que Pablo describió en el pasaje de Efesios cuando nos regocijamos en el culto y estamos llenos de amor, cuando no somos críticos, cuando no incurrimos en la costumbre de la Iglesia antigua de lanzar piedras al débil y de adular a los orgullosos y a los fuertes”, afirmó el Arzobispo. “Y eso es algo muy difícil de hacer para todos nosotros en la Iglesia o en el gobierno”.“¿Está nuestro mensaje tan lleno de la serena Esperanza de Cristo que creamos sociedades de esperanza?, preguntó él. “¿Hay en nosotros tanto de las buenas nuevas que inconscientemente tratamos de llevar a las personas a conocer a ese Jesús que nos ha llenado de gozo y esperanza?”Welby también se refirió al llamado del obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal Michael Curry a que la gente se una al Movimiento de Jesús, diciendo que cuando contamos las historias de nuestras vidas individuales y colectivas —incluso si esas historias son de dolor y pérdida— las historias deben estar centradas en Jesús y su amor reconciliador.Eso no significa, dijo el Arzobispo, que no tendremos “debates y discusiones y llamados a la necesidad de resistir la doctrina errónea y llamados a la unidad de la fe, pero sólo discerniremos lo correcto de lo erróneo cuando escuchemos en amor”.“Carecemos de rectitud cuando sugerimos que el poder y el liderazgo de la Iglesia, ya sea localmente o a través del mundo, sólo existe para beneficio de los vencedores”, afirmó. “De manera que nuestra historia como Iglesia, según prosigue para ser implementada por este CCA, debe estar centrada en Dios y motivada por la búsqueda de la justicia”.El Rdo. Samson Mwanza interpretó el sermón del arzobispo al cheuá, un idioma bantú que se habla en Malawi, Zambia y Zimbabue.El presidente zambiano Edgar Chagwa Lungu, al centro, revisa la guardia de honor presentada por las brigadas de la Iglesia Anglicana de Lusaka después de la eucaristía de apertura del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano. El arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby, que también pasó revista al grupo, se asoma sobre el hombro izquierdo del Presidente. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Casi al final del oficio, el presidente Lungu dijo que la reunión “es un gran honor para nosotros como nación”.El hecho de que el CCA reúna a arzobispos, obispos, clérigos y laicos de diferentes procedencias y países bajo un mismo techo “refuerza el carácter mismo del cristianismo como unificador de la humanidad”, dijo el Presidente.Lungu llamó la reunión del CCA “un símbolo de unidad y de amor en un mundo de conflicto, divisiones y diferencias” y dijo que es también “un testimonio de que pese a nuestras diferentes nacionalidades, aun podemos coexistir”“Si hay una gran lección que la religión puede prestarle a la política, es el efecto unificador de la tolerancia como virtud”, afirmó.El presidente recordó que la Iglesia ha desempeñado un “papel fundamental” en el desarrollo de Zambia durante sus 51 años de independencia. Lungu dijo que quería rendir un “brillante tributo” a la Iglesia Anglicana en Zambia por haber sido un asociado a lo largo de todos esos años.El primer presidente de Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, de 91 años, en primer plano, abandona su lugar de honor en la catedral de la Santa Cruz en Lusaka, el 10 de abril, después de la eucaristía de apertura del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.“Ustedes han sido valiosos aliados de todos los sucesivos gobiernos zambianos y los saludamos por eso y estamos dispuestos a apoyar sus labores”, dijo Lungu. “Su asociación con nosotros en educación, salud y buen gobierno sigue siendo vuestro testimonio cristiano”.Él destacó [el papel de] la catedral de la Santa Cruz por ofrecer lo que llamó “la plataforma y la atmósfera indispensables y propicias” para la obra que logró el regreso de Zambia a la democracia pluripartidista en 1991. Zambia, dijo él, se ha convertido en un modelo de la paz y la unidad en África.Luego de un almuerzo en los terrenos de la catedral, las festividades del día continuaron con una celebración provincial durante la cual a los miembros del CCA se les brindó información acerca de cada uno de los cuatro países de la provincia —Botsuana, Malawi, Zambia y Zimbabue— y la vida de la Iglesia Anglicana en cada uno de esos lugares.La 16ª. reunión del CCA se extiende hasta el 19 de abril.Antecedentes del CCAEl CCA es uno de los cuatro instrumentos de la Comunión, siendo los otros tres el arzobispo de Cantórbery (que preside el CCA), la Conferencia de Lambeth de los Obispos Anglicanos y la Reunión de los Primados.Creado en 1969, el CCA incluye entre sus delegados a clérigos y laicos, así como a obispos. La membresía incluye de una a tres personas de cada una de las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana. [La delegación] que tiene tres miembros, consta de un obispo, un sacerdote y un laico. En la que cuenta con menos miembros, la preferencia se le da a los laicos. La constitución del CCA se encuentra aquí.El Consejo por lo general se reúne cada tres o cuatro años. La primera reunión se celebró en Limurú, Kenia, en 1971. La última reunión del CCA sesionó a fines de 2012 en Auckland, Nueva Zelanda. El CCA no se ha reunido en África desde su novena reunión en Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, en 1993.La Iglesia Episcopal está representada por Rosalie Ballentine, de la Diócesis de Islas Vírgenes; la Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, de Ohio, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados y el obispo Ian Douglas, de Connecticut.La información actualizada de ENS sobre el CCA puede encontrarse aquí.La página de noticias de la Cámara de Diputados también está publicando artículos sobre la reunión.A los comunicados de Twitter se accede con #ACCLusaka.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Barry Randolph stands outside the Church of the Messiah in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Rebecca Cook/Faith & Leadership[Faith & Leadership] By now, no concept or idea is too off-the-wall for the Rev. Barry Randolph and his congregation at Church of the Messiah in Detroit.More than 200 affordable housing units run by the church? Check. Free internet for residents who didn’t have access? Done. A growing list of incubated businesses with products ranging from tea to deodorant to a clothing line? No problem.This innovative Episcopal church anchors the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. In a city with an estimated poverty rate of 36%, more than three times the national average, Randolph is driven by a desire to foster an equitable community whose residents have a stake in its success.Parishioners attend a Sunday service outside the Church of the Messiah. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Faith & Leadership“You can’t throw money at it. It’s not about just getting somebody a job. Now you have to teach people how to keep the job,” said 57-year-old Randolph. “And it’s not about just bringing people up. Sometimes you gotta bring up the whole community.”This approach helped Randolph transform the church, once on the verge of shuttering, to a community hub that’s now more than 300 members strong, racially diverse and majority young.Randolph and his parishioners see the church as an incubation center. At the church, someone with a business idea can team up with accountants and attorneys to get it off the ground, and many have.“You need your phone charged? Here’s a charging station,” said Bishop Bonnie Perry of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, referring to Church of the Messiah’s four solar-powered community charging stations. “The entrepreneurial spirit, that kind of spirit, is what our church longs for.”People returning home from prison can seek help getting a job from the church’s employment office. The church is also the home base for a marching band that secures college scholarships for teens who once thought they wouldn’t graduate from high school.To Randolph, it all ties back to providing people a path out of poverty.A relatable approachAsk members at Church of the Messiah(link is external) their impressions of Randolph and his leadership and they’ll likely say he’s the “realest” pastor they know.Before he became a priest, Randolph was a businessman. He co-owned a distribution company, dabbled in catering and managed the deli at a local market for a decade.He doesn’t write down his sermons. He doesn’t preach from the pulpit, because he doesn’t like to be elevated above his congregation.He dresses casually, wearing a short-sleeved button-up and khakis during a recent outdoor service.His congregation calls him Pastor Barry, not Father.Randolph welcomes parishioners to the church’s outdoor Sunday service. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Faith & LeadershipOf the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan’s 90 active priests and deacons, he’s one of six Black clergypeople.Bucking the trend of the majority-white denomination, 60% of Church of the Messiah’s members are Black men under 30. Randolph says 70% of his congregation is under age 35.“It was kind of different for me seeing people exactly like me, the exact same mentality,” said 22-year-old Samijai Blanks, a Black man who has been involved with the church since he was a boy. “A lot of people my age wouldn’t even think about church.”Randolph lives at the church and doesn’t take a salary. He has a large family — 11 brothers and sisters, and 31 adult nieces and nephews — who pitch in to support him financially. His relatives pay for his groceries and help with transportation, because he doesn’t own a car.Foundation funding, philanthropic donations, and a mix of spiritual and secular collaboration sustain the church’s ministries. Over the years, the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and others have financed efforts such as the business incubation program and the employment office.“We never do anything based on money. We do it, and then the money seems to follow,” Randolph said. “People see the work, and then they come in and they help us to be able to build.”Church of the Messiah’s work in the community has drawn interest from as far as Latvia and Uganda. The church is spearheading what it calls The Master’s Plan, a coalition of 103 religious organizations seeking to rebuild communities and lift people out of poverty by drawing on the talents of their congregations. Randolph is leading churches in doing an asset assessment to identify members who work in the medical field, skilled trades, education and other professions to “help build the kingdom.”“We’re trying to use other churches to be able to do it in their community and neighborhood with no excuses,” he said. “It’s worked for us.”The hardest aspect of this type of community building is for churches to shift their mindset from focusing on what people are missing to realizing what they have, said the Rev. Michael Mather, the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Boulder, Colorado, and a faculty member at the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University.Mather is a former pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where he revamped the church’s approach to ministry by asking people what their gifts were and looking for opportunities around those talents.“One of the rules that we followed and that we’ve tried to think about a lot was that money should always flow into the hands of the people who don’t have much,” Mather said. “In the past, what we’ve done is we would pay ourselves to run programs for people whose problem was they didn’t have money. But we didn’t see the irrationality of it when we were doing it.”Making the word of God tangibleRandolph first came to Church of the Messiah in 1991. He attended a service to hear his mother, a member, speak about faith.He hadn’t been to church in two years. Raised a Baptist, he’d always believed in God. “I just couldn’t stand organized religion,” he said.He found the Episcopal service ritualistic and dry. He hated the chanting. The hymns reminded him of a funeral march. Bored by it all, he swore he’d never return.But the church was looking for someone to tutor kids in reading, and Randolph agreed to it. The church’s commitment to the community, demonstrated through efforts like the Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation founded in 1978, and his respect for the people behind those efforts, including then-rector the Rev. Canon Ronald Spann, eased his skepticism. Randolph eventually became a member.Affordable townhouses built by the Church of the Messiah. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Faith & LeadershipHis relationship with the church deepened thanks to his love for working with kids. He became the Sunday school teacher, then the youth director, then the worship leader.Randolph moved to the Islandview neighborhood in 1997 to be close to Church of the Messiah. He grew up six blocks away, but unlike Islandview, his childhood neighborhood had no concentrated poverty. When he moved there as an adult, he realized that while his upbringing had been more privileged, he felt more at home in tightknit Islandview. The residents were the jewels of the community — they just needed opportunity.Becoming an Episcopal priest wasn’t in Randolph’s plans. But in 1998, God spoke to him and called him to bring more young people to Church of the Messiah as a priest.The church’s numbers had plummeted to 40 members by the time Randolph became ordained in 2002. The situation only worsened over the following years. With Church of the Messiah in debt and the building in disrepair, Randolph knew he needed to do something different.“Church of the Messiah was always a community church in the sense that people knew that we did housing or summer camps or after-school programs,” he said. “What they didn’t get was how we worshipped. They didn’t come to worship. They came to everything else.”The traditional service didn’t resonate with the community, so Randolph redesigned it. He added a noon service to attract young parishioners. Mindful that some people might be illiterate, he got rid of the collective readings. The outline of the Episcopal service remained, but this new version was wrapped in a package that was accessible to first-time churchgoers.“He attracted all these young people,” said Kenyon Reese, 48, who has been a member nearly all his life. Reese recalls the service dwindling to just eight or nine people before Randolph switched it up. “He just changed the energy,” he said.Samijai Blanks holds his daughter Lyrie Blanks during a worship service. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Faith & LeadershipRandolph geared the service toward bringing out parishioners’ greatness, with the church acting as the incubation center to help people realize their goals. Through the doors came formerly incarcerated people, former gang members and individuals who’d dropped out of school. These new parishioners wanted to know how to tap into the greatness Randolph preached about. What did greatness mean for them when they couldn’t find a job? Randolph directed them to the church’s employment office and entrepreneurship mentoring.“We were putting things in place to where we were making the word of God tangible, regardless of your background,” Randolph said.Word traveled in the neighborhood and beyond. The buzz attracted professionals, doctors and attorneys curious about the church’s growing reputation as a business incubator, an employer and a housing provider. The church’s membership grew to 100 people within six months, Randolph said. Then to 200 the next year. Within three years, Church of the Messiah was home to 300 members.Though the coronavirus pandemic has forced changes, the Church of the Messiah has been growing. Photo by Rebecca Cook/Faith & LeadershipInvesting in second chancesSome arrive at the church out of necessity and come to view it as a community center and a home.That was 26-year-old Dwight Roston’s path.At 16, Roston said, he was getting into trouble — skipping school, fighting and stealing cars — a product of being young and bored and unable to find a job. He showed up at Church of the Messiah to do community service as a condition of his probation. He wasn’t looking for guidance, but Randolph quickly noticed that Roston was artistically inclined.Randolph asked him: Why was he stealing cars if he was this good at drawing?So Roston stuck around. At the church, he learned to use a screen press to make and sell his own T-shirts. He recorded music. He worked for Nikki’s Ginger Tea, the longest-running business incubated by the church, which showed him the ins and outs of wholesale and retail. He learned to install free internet in the neighborhood through the church’s participation in the Equitable Internet Initiative.(link is external) He learned video production, worked on a project with PBS and started his own company, I Am Productions.The church service is only an hour on Sundays, but Roston finds himself at the church every day.“It has all these different programs, and you can’t find that anywhere else,” he said. “They don’t care about what kind of past you have or anything like that. Are you willing to be a productive person? Everybody has something to bring to the table, like a bunch of puzzle pieces.”Kimberly Woodson, 50, credits Randolph with helping her find a job and launch her own nonprofit after she served 29 years in prison for a murder conviction as a juvenile.Woodson was pregnant and looking for housing when someone brought her to Church of the Messiah a few years ago. She shared her story with Randolph and later became a member.Kimberly Woodson stands on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building after speaking at a rally organized by the National Lifers of America. Photo courtesy of Kimberly WoodsonWoodson told Randolph that she wanted to help others reenter society after incarceration. He introduced her to a woman who works in prison ministry and could walk Woodson through the process of starting a nonprofit. She helped Woodson fill out paperwork for articles of incorporation and apply for an employer identification number, steps that Woodson said would have been overwhelming without guidance.Now Woodson’s organization, Redeeming Kimberly, has been operating for a year and hosts events such as clothing drives and resource fairs at the church.Randolph could help the community by simply giving away food and clothing, Woodson said, but instead, he chooses to invest in people and their ideas.“He don’t just give you a fish. He’ll give you a fish and a fishing rod, tell you how to get to the water, the best methods to make the bait and how to catch the fish,” she said.Randolph believes that people have been blessed with talents from God. And at Church of the Messiah, he invites them to grow those gifts.“We’re created in the image of God,” he said. “So we need to bring it into fruition. We don’t want to waste that gift or talent.”This story was republished with permission from Faith & Leadership. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT A church-run business incubator grows its community’s own solutions to poverty Under the Rev. Barry Randolph, a thriving Detroit church has brought a young community together to improve their lives with their own ideas. 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Buffalo, N.Y.WW photo: Ellie DorritieBoston’s school bus drivers’ union, Steelworkers Local 8751, continues to garner support from parents, unions and community leaders in the face of an ongoing attack by the multinational conglomerate Veolia against the union and its leaders.On Nov. 6, Veolia fired two more leaders, Recording Secretary Andre Francois and three-time President Garry Murchison. This action by the French-based company follows the terminations of Steven Gillis, 8751’s vice president, pension administrator and key benefits advocate; and Stevan Kirschbaum, chair of the grievance committee and the local’s founder. Along with local founding member Richard Lynch, who was suspended, these leaders make up the School Bus Union 5.HoustonWW photo: Gloria RubacThe USW International legal team has launched a full-scale campaign to defend the fired leaders, including filing unfair labor practice charges against Veolia and aggressively pursuing grievance and arbitration, as per the contract. The campaign has also involved the full participation of the International and the Local’s membership at every step in the process. The legal team filed for unemployment benefits for the four fired workers based on “discharge without just cause.” In addition, the International has demanded a high-level meeting with Veolia to call for the immediate reinstatement of the four.Los AngelesWW photo: John ParkerVeolia has been working overtime in an attempt to divide the militant union’s rank and file from these leaders ever since the company illegally locked out the workers on Oct. 8, following a work stoppage that day to demand that Veolia address the union’s grievances. These attempts have spectacularly failed, however, and the union stands strong and undivided.Undeterred by an onslaught of anti-union propaganda by the city, the mayor, the Boston Public School system and the entire corporate media establishment, the larger community in Boston and even international allies have come out to support the SBU5 in various ways. Solidarity statements have been issued by the San Francisco Labor Council, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 in New York and Sinaltrainal, the bottler’s union in Colombia. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222 donated their offices to serve as the official headquarters of the Labor Committee to Defend the School Bus Union 5.In the past week, members of the Black Educator’s Alliance of Massachusetts staffed the Local 1181 office, phonebanking their members to invite them to a major rally in support of the union on Nov. 9 (see accompanying article). The organization, along with the Coalition for Equal Quality Education, is holding an important parents’ summit on Nov. 13 in solidarity with the SBU5.Actions by communities and labor in support of Local 8751 are in recognition of the union’s long-standing militancy against racism and in support of labor around the world. The union was at the forefront of the struggle to desegregate Boston schools from the time of its founding in 1974, and has fought hard against recent racist attempts towards resegregation. The union has always maintained constant contact and dialogue with Boston’s parents, as its members safely transport Boston’s youth to and from school each day.City councilor orders hearingBoston City Councilor Charles Yancey has ordered the City Council to hold a hearing to investigate Veolia and its violations of the company’s contract with the school bus drivers.The hearing order, released Nov. 7, reads in part:WHEREAS: The Boston School Bus Drivers are hard-working women and men, the overwhelming majority of whom are from Boston’s communities of color, and they have a decades-long and proud record of providing safe, professional, on-time service to the students and parents of Boston; andWHEREAS: USW 8751 has a well-earned reputation for solidarity and activism with the educational community of Boston. …WHEREAS: USW Local 8751 has provided Labor Solidarity in Action for workers throughout the city, the region, and in fact throughout the globe, from the Verizon telephone workers, to Colombian, Venezuelan and Haitian unions, to the NYC school bus workers, to workers in West Bengal, India. The charges currently filed against Local 8751’s leaders by Veolia Transportation specifically seek to punish the 5 for their solidarity actions; and …WHEREAS: The five threatened with termination, the School Bus Union 5, are collectively responsible for retirement, enforcement of benefits, civil rights on the job, grievance and arbitration processing from the first step of writing through arbitration advocacy, and the first line of defense of the contract on behalf of the rank and file; and …WHEREAS: Veolia Transportation has committed numerous unfair labor practices and failed to respect the role of the union as the employees’ exclusive representative; Therefore Be ItORDERED: That the appropriate committee of the Boston City Council holds a public hearing to investigate the actions of Veolia Transportation, Boston Public Schools and Mayor Thomas Menino in the illegal lockout of the school bus drivers as well as allegations included in the Unfair Labor Practice charges now being heard before the National Labor Relations Board to determine if Veolia Transportation is in breach of its vendor contract with the City of Boston; and Be It FurtherORDERED: That representatives of Boston Public Schools, Veolia Transportation, the National Labor Relations Board, the Menino Administration and members of the public be invited to attend.For more information on this struggle, visit bostonschoolbus5.org and workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Estamos en medio de una pandemia épica y creciente en los EE.UU. Hay 200.000 casos nuevos casi a diario y las muertes se están acelerando.Todos sabemos esto. Lo que falta es cómo, al menos, frenar, si no detener, las trágicas pérdidas que más golpean a las personas en situación de pobreza, las comunidades de color, las personas discapacitadas, las personas mayores, las personas LGBTQ2S + y cualquier persona marginada en el acceso a la atención médica.Mientras nosotros, los trabajadores, enfrentamos la crisis, ¿qué están haciendo las grandes empresas?Ganar más dinero que nunca cancelando el pago por condiciones de vida peligrosas, negándose a proporcionar PPE o pruebas de virus a los trabajadores, recortando el pago de los trabajadores por el tiempo perdido en cuarentena y enfermedad, y responsabilizando a los trabajadores por la propagación de la enfermedad.Un artículo de The Guardian del 27 de noviembre informó sobre un estudio de Kaiser Health News que mostraba un patrón deliberado por parte de los dueños de negocios de negarse a asumir la responsabilidad de prevenir la transmisión en el lugar de trabajo, en parte al no reportar las infecciones por COVID en sus empresas. (tinyurl.com/yxcq8jqt)“Lost on the Frontline” investigó más de 240 muertes en el seguimiento de 1.413 trabajadores de la salud de primera línea. El informe encontró que “los empleadores no informaron más de un tercio de ellos a una oficina de OSHA estatal o federal, muchos basados en decisiones internas de que las muertes no estaban relacionadas con el trabajo, conclusiones que no fueron revisadas de forma independiente”. (tinyurl.com/y393ndr2)El informe señaló: “En California, los funcionarios de salud pública han documentado alrededor de 200 muertes de trabajadores de la salud. Sin embargo, la oficina de OSHA del estado recibió solo 75 informes de fatalidades en instalaciones de atención médica hasta el 26 de octubre “.Los jefes de la atención médica se niegan a informar las muertes, a pesar de la certeza de que los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea tienen más probabilidades de contraer COVID-19 en el trabajo.Mientras tanto, según Axios, “una gran mayoría de las empresas de atención médica están reportando ganancias que muchas personas asumieron que no habrían sido posibles a medida que avanzaba la pandemia”. (tinyurl.com/yxolpjfg)En realidad, los economistas marxistas y comunistas podrían haber predicho este aumento en las ganancias, ya que los capitalistas son legendarios por su crueldad al utilizar las condiciones de crisis, como la guerra o una pandemia, como oportunidades para hacer aún más dinero con las personas que mueren.Por supuesto, la tendencia capitalista de sacrificar la vida de los trabajadores por el resultado final ocurre en todas las industrias, no solo en los trabajadores de la salud.Por ejemplo, un trabajador automotriz jubilado le dijo a WW que los trabajadores automotrices que todavía están en el trabajo informan que sus empresas atribuyen los casos de plantas a la “transmisión comunitaria”, aunque el contacto cercano entre miles de trabajadores debe estar provocando una infección.Pero los trabajadores de todo el mundo se están movilizando contra la negligencia asesina y el sacrificio deliberado de sus vidas por parte de las grandes empresas.En Puget Sound, Washington, un grupo de 200 médicos y enfermeras practicantes se declararon en huelga el 23 de noviembre, por primera vez, contra el aumento de casos sin el equipo de protección personal adecuado. (Informe del día de pago, 24 de noviembre)El mismo día en Oaklawn, Ill., y en otros 11 lugares en ese estado, 700 asistentes de enfermería certificados, ayudantes, amas de llaves y otros trabajadores hicieron huelga por las condiciones de trabajo inseguras y la cancelación del pago por peligrosidad de COVID.En la zona rural de Austinburg, Ohio, 200 trabajadores del almacén abandonaron el trabajo el 20 de noviembre debido a problemas de seguridad y pago relacionados con las políticas COVID-19 de la empresa, incluidos los trabajadores a los que se les retiró cientos de dólares por tiempo perdido debido a la cuarentena.Y en un almacén de Amazon en Bessemer, Alabama, los trabajadores presentaron un aviso ante la Junta Nacional de Relaciones Laborales de sus planes de sindicalizar a los 1,500 empleados de tiempo completo y parcial allí. Uno de los almacenes más nuevos de Amazon, ha aumentado el negocio durante la oleada de compras pandémicas, lo que se suma a las ganancias récord de la empresa y crea aún más posibilidades de infección por COVID en el lugar de trabajo. (tinyurl.com/y2z76aa3, NPR, 25 de noviembre)La declaracion de los trabajadores “¿Por qué un sindicato?” en bamazonunion.org decía: “Con un contrato sindical, podemos formar un comité de seguridad para los trabajadores y negociar los más altos estándares y protocolos de seguridad para nuestro lugar de trabajo”.Las grandes empresas buscan sacar provecho de las vidas y muertes de los trabajadores. La economía marxista explica por qué esto siempre sucederá, a menos que los trabajadores se resistan.¡Y durante esta emergencia pandémica, los trabajadores están contraatacando! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
By admin – May 7, 2018 Odessa Police DepartmentThe Odessa Police Athletic League will kick off Police Memorial Week with the annual steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Gwin Park.The dinner includes a ribeye steak, vegetables, a potato, a roll, drink and dessert.Tickets at the door will be $20 per person. Children 4 and under are free.For tickets call, 432-335-3361 or 432-230-4068. Twitter Local News WhatsApp Previous articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY INDICTMENTS: April 25, 2018, Part IINext articleProviders: Heart attacks can happen at any age admin Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Police Steak Out dinner tickets on sale now Pinterest
Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] November 30, 2017 1,764 Views About Author: David Wharton Print This Post This week HUD announced a $615.9 million grant had been awarded to the State of Florida, designed to help communities in the Sunshine State recover from Hurricane Irma’s damaging floods earlier this year. This comes after a mid-November grant of more than $5 billion to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. Both grants are pulled from a larger $7.4 billion block that is being divided between Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and California (following that state’s widespread wildfires). But how exactly will the money be distributed and used on the ground in Florida and Texas?In the case of Florida, the nearly $616 million will be distributed through Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The grant is earmarked for housing, business losses, and damaged infrastructure, but it almost certainly won’t be enough to cover every need. Of Florida’s 67 counties, FEMA designated 48 of them for individual assistance. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “in Orange, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties, more than 37,660 Irma-related insurance claims had been closed without payment—making them part of the 250,000 unpaid and closed claims statewide.”According to a HUD analysis, thousands of middle- and lower-income Florida homeowners and renters “experienced serious damage to their residences and were not adequately insured for flood damage.” The state is coordinating with various government officials to figure out exactly how that grant money will be disbursed. Tiffany Vause, director of communications for the state Department of Economic Opportunity, also said that they will likely seek additional federal funds beyond the $615 million.In Texas, it’s been three months since Hurricane Harvey hit the gulf coast. According to the Texas Tribune, Texas leaders are estimating they may need as much as $121 billion in federal money to tackle damages just to public buildings and infrastructure—a figure that makes that $7.4 billion grant look like a drop in the bucket. There’s no official estimate for what the damage tally is for private homes, but according to the Tribune, “more than 18,000 families were still living in FEMA-paid hotel rooms as of Nov. 13 and federal inspectors have visited more than 570,000 homes damaged by Harvey.”While that HUD grant is undoubtedly much needed, the Tribune reveals that none of that money has been handed over to the State of Texas yet. Given that it’s only been two weeks since the initial HUD announcement, that’s not too surprising, but HUD will reportedly be announcing spending parameters for the Texas grant sometime in December.Texas has received more immediate federal relief from FEMA, which has so far spent around $1.4 billion to assist Harvey victims with short-term needs, including $186 million toward hotel rooms for displaced residents. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid out even more, paying more than $5.7 billion in claims for Texan homeowners who were underinsured or not covered by private insurance.Even once those HUD millions are disbursed, it will be a long road to recovery for Florida and Texas homeowners trying to pick up the pieces after hurricane season. 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carlballou/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NEWS(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of George Floyd, had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes — including almost three minutes while Floyd was unresponsive — according to court documents.Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck went viral earlier this week, sparking widespread protests across the country that have taken a violent turn in Minnesota as outrage mounts.In the video, Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.”On Friday, prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, released what they say are new details about the incident from analysis of police body camera footage and other evidence that paint a harrowing picture of the last few minutes of Floyd’s life.The complaint claims that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.Chauvin was not the first responding officer to the 911 call reporting that Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods, according to the complaint.Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived at the scene and were reported to Floyd’s car, where they found him in the driver’s seat with two adult passengers.Officer Lane began speaking with Floyd and then pulled his gun out and pointed it at Floyd’s open window, asking him to show his hands, according to the complaint. When Floyd put his hands on the steering wheel, Lane holstered his gun and then ordered him out of the car and pulled him out of the vehicle, the statement reads.Floyd “resisted being handcuffed,” according to the complaint, but once he was in cuffs he “became compliant” as Lane sat him on the ground and asked for his name, identification and told him why he was being arrested.Lane and Keung then stood Floyd up and attempted to walk him to their squad car. At 8:14 p.m., however, the complaint says Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground and told the officers he was claustrophobic.Officers Chauvin and Tou Thao then arrived in a separate squad car.The officers made several attempts to get Floyd in the backseat of the police car from the driver’s side, according to the complaint, which says Floyd “did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down,” and “refusing to stand still.”While standing outside the car, Floyd began saying that he could not breathe, the statement reads. The officers then attempted to get him into the car from the passenger side.Next, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car and he landed face down and still handcuffed, according to the complaint. Two of the officers held his legs down and then Chauvin placed his left knee on the back of Floyd’s neck.As Floyd said “I can’t breathe” and “Mama” and “please,” the complaint states that the officers stayed in their positions. An officer told him, “You are talking fine.”Lane eventually asked, “Should we roll him on his side?” Chauvin responded, “No, staying put where we got him.”When Lane said he was “worried about excited delirium,” Chauvin said, “That’s why we have him on his stomach,” the statement reads.Floyd went face down on the ground with Chauvin’s knee in his neck at 8:19:38 p.m., according to the complaint. At 8:24:24, Floyd stopped moving. Approximately a minute later, video “appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak.”Keung checked for a pulse on Floyd’s right wrist, said he couldn’t find one, the complaint states, and still none of the officers moved from their positions.At 8:27:31 p.m., Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck, according to the statement. An ambulance was called to the scene and Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center shortly after.The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.Chauvin faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.Prosecutors say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests and charges are anticipated.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved
Dealing with red tape costs UK business £20bnOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Thetime and money employers spend dealing with red tape is spiralling out ofcontrol, the latest research finds.Asurvey of more than 200 businesses by Peninsula reveals the overall cost of redtape to business increased from £19.24bn per year in 2001 to £20.73bn lastyear. It is anticipated costs will jump again during 2003 to £21.36bn.Theamount individual companies spend on complying with new legislation hasincreased year-on-year from £18,242 in 1997 to £26,762 last year.Theaverage time employers spend dealing with HR issues and red tape has alsoclimbed from three hours a week in 1997 to nine hours in 2002.PeterDone, managing director of Peninsula, said the survey shows the Governmentneeds to change the way it introduces new legislation.”Howcan the Government expect employers to run a successful business while tryingto cope with constant new employment legislation, the threat of a tribunal anda substantial amount of their time diverted from their primary role,” hesaid.Thestudy reveals that more than three-quarters of employers think the Governmentdoes not do enough to help business tackle red tape.www.peninsula-uk.comRisingcost of red tapeAnnualcost for individual firms to comply with new legislation:1997:£18,2421998: £19,3471999: £20,3772000: £22,4552001: £24,3212002: £26,762Source:Peninsula Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Previous Article Next Article An NHS trust is offering sick employees fast-track treatment in a bid to getthem back to work as quickly as possible. Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust will offer its staff outpatientconsultation within one month of referral, and treatment as an in-patientwithin three months, or the next available appointment. Nick Groves, the trust’s director of workplace development, hoped theproject would help staff recover more quickly and boost recruitment. He said the scheme – which is due to be piloted for six months from April –would benefit the trust’s patients as staff will be back at work as soon aspossible after sickness. It will also cut costs by reducing the number ofagency staff needed to cover for absent trust employees. “We wouldn’t be able to provide care without our staff, so helping themto stay healthy and get back to work as quickly as possible is of directbenefit to other patients,” he said. Groves said no patients will have operations cancelled as a result of thescheme, and staff will still have to go through the normal GP referral process. Fast-track treatment provided for NHS trust’s workersOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.