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first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing The Rev. Audra Abt presides over the Spanish “Misa,” or Mass, at a home service in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & Leadership[Faith & Leadership] In an apartment in Greensboro, North Carolina, fresh fuchsia crepe myrtle flowers brightened the front left corner of a table serving as a makeshift altar. The Rev. Audra Abt, dressed in a clerical collar and a rainbow stole, lifted her hands as she presided over the Spanish-language “Misa,” or Mass.Most of the nine people crammed into the living room were immigrants from Central America, including host José David Garay, who came from Honduras in 2013. Some sat on sofas next to the photos of his three children, while he and his son sat on the temporarily repurposed dining chairs.Earlier, Abt had led a discussion about the meaning of the baptismal vows, translating as she went for those who didn’t speak Spanish.“Buscarás y servirás a Cristo en todas las personas, amando a tu prójimo como a ti mismo?” Abt asked the group. “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?”The next morning, Abt stood in the pulpit of Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, preaching a Sunday sermon on the good Samaritan to the 20-member congregation, where she serves as part-time vicar.“Your neighbor is anyone who has need or suffering that lays a claim on your love and care,” she preached. “But your neighbor is also the person that shows up when you’re suffering, even if they cussed you out last week.”Two days later, Abt greeted visitors to the church’s weekly health access ministry in the rearranged sanctuary, where community members come to meet with a nurse and share a meal. The chairs now surrounded plastic tables instead of the pulpit, and adults chatted while kids chased each other around the room.The 40-year-old priest’s ministry has multiple strands — presiding at the Misa for a Latinx house church, mostly because she enjoys it; serving a small, multiracial congregation as a part-time vicar; and organizing a community health access ministry in the church building for the congregation’s neighbors.The common thread is engagement with the community, an approach that has benefited both the church and those who live near it.Spanish-speaking immigrants have found community in a new country, and members of the city’s Episcopal churches have helped out during housing crises and immigration scares.The small congregation at Holy Spirit has gotten a needed boost of life and energy with the arrival of the new priest, her partner and the new connections to its community. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC A parishioner receives a blessing during the Misa. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & Leadership“I’ve never had just one job since I’ve been ordained, nor have I had a full-time position,” she said.During her time in the city, she has worked at multiple churches and as an area missioner. Currently, she serves half time at Holy Spirit and half time as a mission developer for the diocese, working with three churches in North Greensboro to help them think about their future.One of the skills she brings to the job is proficiency in languages. Abt learned Portuguese living in Brazil and has spent the past 15 years learning Spanish “backward,” through Portuguese and “lots and lots of patient friends,” she said.Among those patient friends is José David Garay.A friendship flourishesGaray, the host of the Spanish-speaking Misa, arrived in the U.S. with his family in May 2013, eventually settling in Greensboro. He hadn’t wanted to leave El Progreso, the city in northwestern Honduras where he lived; he was a social sciences teacher and enjoyed the life he led. But he left the country when he saw the increase of corruption and drug trafficking.Garay and his family attended an Episcopal church in Honduras, so when they arrived in Greensboro, he set out to find another one.He found St. Andrew’s — the most accessible Episcopal church by bus from his new apartment — where Abt was working at the time. Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Margaret Akingbade walks through the community garden at Holy Spirit, where she has been a member for more than three decades. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipThe health center draws many African immigrants and African Americans from the surrounding neighborhoods. Abt and church members are conscious about offering a space for community, not just a space to provide services, and the result is that those who come experience a sense of dignity that they rarely do in other spaces, where they’re treated as cases or clients.For example, the church decided to use ceramic plates and metal silverware and have those who come serve themselves. They saw impact that they did not expect.After a few weeks, as people started to feel comfortable, they began inviting their friends. Neighbors began bringing their own food to share and started a diaper pantry.Many people arrive on buses, taking sometimes an hour to get to the church, but everyone makes sure that each person has a ride home.“I feel like I’m being invited into a community, and I feel like I’m meeting Christ,” Abt said.And seeing this vibrant community form as an offshoot of Holy Spirit has reinvigorated the Sunday congregation as well.“It’s the most neighbors that I’ve seen in this church in almost 36 years,” Akingbade said.The church has long lingered with a small membership. The pressure to grow has often caused anxiety, but this gathering of neighbors on Tuesdays has caused a glimmer of hope, not of increased membership or a more secure financial future, but that “church can be fun and enjoyable, and not scary and always praying that God won’t close us down,” Abt said.Membership numbers have not grown, but the congregation’s sense of purpose has been renewed. They are learning to be better neighbors.This was first published in Faith & Leadership. In addition to a Tuesday health access ministry, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit offers a food and diaper pantry. Abt and a parishioner check out the items in the closet. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipOther churches in the area bring food, caterers give leftovers, and a community program called Share the Harvest provides fresh vegetables.Abt cobbled together free resources and hoped people would come and enjoy them. They did.Forty-five people have been showing up weekly for the health center and dinner — double the Sunday service, and the maximum capacity of the sanctuary.When asked about the explosion of numbers over the course of a few months, Abt said: “That is both the Holy Spirit at work and the result of several years of relationship building.”“On Tuesday, this place is full — full with people you didn’t even know were our neighbors,” said Margaret Akingbade, a parishioner who helped plant the church 36 years ago. She is an immigrant herself, from Nigeria. 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Audra Abt started a Spanish-language Mass and a health access ministry, meeting neighbors’ needs and rejuvenating a small church in Greensboro, North Carolina.center_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Fatima Flores laughs with Abt as she holds Flores’ son Jair, who will be baptized Sept. 1, 2019. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipAs of 2017, an estimated 325,000 undocumented immigrants live in North Carolina, some 40% of the state’s immigrant population and 3% of its population total. Another Episcopal church in Greensboro has made national headlines for housing Juana Tobar Ortega in sanctuary for the past two years to avoid deportation.The Rev. David Fraccaro, executive director of Greensboro’s FaithAction International House, said he appreciated Abt’s call to welcome the stranger. She is a former board member of the immigrant advocacy organization and has referred people and served as chaplain there.“She recognizes that the Holy Spirit is moving in new and deep relationships between existing citizens and newcomers — that there is spiritual gold to be found there,” Fraccaro said.In Abt’s community, undocumented people face economic insecurity, having to change jobs frequently because employers treat them poorly or won’t keep them long, in view of their lack of papers. Other challenges arise when someone is deported. Abt remembers a mother who was arrested and deported, leaving two children without a parent. Immigration officials neglected to relocate them, but Abt and the community mobilized quickly to find them a new home.For Garay, support from Abt and Greensboro’s Episcopalians has been critical.Of meeting Abt in 2013, he said: “God put her there.”‘Playful and neighborly’At the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, about 20 people gather any given Sunday in a church that once was a house. The wood-floor kitchen holds snacks and tea as the parishioners trickle into the sanctuary, a converted garage that has been expanded and carpeted. Founded 36 years ago, the church has stayed small.“I’m assuming that when a priest starts a church, there’s probably a number that they’re reaching for. But for whatever reason, we’ve never gotten to that number,” said longtime parishioner Gail Stroud. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Abt leads parishioners in a hymn at the Spanish Misa. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipFor Abt, the practice of listening is vital to making these connections.“Listening is saving me,” she said. “It can break open the church. When the church doesn’t have to be the one to provide salvation or provide answers or fix people, when we need our neighbors and community as much as we think that they might need us, God can do some amazing things.”Piecing together a careerAbt moved from Ohio to Greensboro in 2010, when her partner, Jen Feather, took a teaching position at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Raised in the Roman Catholic Church, Abt admired the priests, who did the sacramental work of the Mass but were also deeply involved in the congregation’s life. She began asking about the priesthood in the third grade, but quickly learned that women can’t be Catholic priests.“If I were a boy, they would have helped me discern a call to the priesthood, but for a girl, it was like, ‘Don’t ask those questions,’” she said.Then at 25, she was invited to an Episcopal church for the first time and began to consider the priesthood again, eventually earning an M.Div. at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.She finished her degree after arriving in Greensboro, then began piecing together a career as a priest. Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Parishioners at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit gather for a Sunday service. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipUnlike some vicars before her, Abt has not focused on size, but instead on engaging the community around the church.“I see my role as a clergyperson … as not just cultivating the internal community of this congregation but to be really present in the neighborhood and in businesses and to encourage the members of the congregation to just be present and know people,” Abt said. “To experiment with different ways of being playful and neighborly to see where those relationships might lead us.”One of those experiments is the health center, which meets every Tuesday evening at the church.Abt first started working with Holy Spirit as the area missioner before she became vicar in 2017. The congregation was wrestling with whether to keep doing the same programs or to try something new, even risky. To help them discern what to do, Abt went out with the parishioners and knocked on doors, asking people to share prayers, dreams and concerns.They heard a lot of health concerns: people needed surgeries they couldn’t afford; people had relatives who were depressed and isolated and they didn’t know how to talk to them about it; others had pain that had not been diagnosed; still others were struggling with alcohol. Many of the people they met did not have insurance, and some did not have immigration documents, another barrier to receiving quality medical care.Partnering with Cone Health’s congregational nurse program, the church began offering an on-site community nurse to help diagnose illnesses, connect people to financial assistance and have conversations about mental health, work and stress. The health access ministry opened in spring 2019.Then they began wondering what people might do while waiting for health care — so they decided to start a free dinner.Some church members were initially unsure whether they could really pull off a free health center and free meal as a 20-member church, Abt said.“They asked, ‘Can we really do this on our own?’ And the answer is no, we can’t do it on our own. … I was confident God was already sending us the friends we needed.” By Chris KarnadiPosted Aug 20, 2019 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest José David Garay (in the red shirt) and his family immigrated from Honduras in 2013. They are an integral part of the Spanish Misa. Photo: Alex Maness/Faith & LeadershipArriving in the middle of the week, he knocked on the door and met a confused secretary who could not speak Spanish. The secretary invited him in to talk to Abt, and the two quickly became friends — a young priest with a passion for migrant communities and an immigrant looking for a faith community.Garay and Abt registered his children for school and shopped for the family’s first winter coats. He taught her Spanish songs, and they eventually started a Spanish service at the church.But after a few months, the services started meeting in homes instead of the church. Garay told Abt that families would gather in people’s homes week by week and then meet at the church occasionally. The house gatherings provided more opportunity for direct conversation and deeper relationships, he said.“Audra’s enthusiasm helped,” he said. “I appreciate being able to support Audra’s mission. There’s personal fulfillment there.”Even though he now attends a Spanish-speaking Baptist service, Garay continues to host the Spanish Misa at his apartment. On a recent Saturday, Fatima Flores, an immigrant from El Salvador, rocked 11-month-old Jair — who sported red baby Air Jordans and a red snapback hat — as Abt opened up a discussion of the meaning of the baptismal vows in anticipation of the baby’s Sept. 1 baptism.Abt asked what it meant to love your neighbor, your “prójimo,” as the vow said.Flores struggled aloud with the term. In her home country of El Salvador, she said, “prójimo” didn’t always have a positive connotation. It could refer to the victim of a murder, for example — as when a man was stabbed in front of her in a bakery.Abt nodded, providing space for the parishioners to process the vows through their own experiences.The Misa is a place where recent immigrants have found a faith community, something especially important in the current anti-immigrant climate. 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first_imgHundreds of demonstrators greeted Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he arrived to address well-heeled luncheon goers at the Chicago Club on Dec. 30. Protesters chanted, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay! Mike Pence go away!” and other slogans outside the wealthy private club.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img


first_img“Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S” chronicles the terminal decline of capitalism. The book itself is an example of what can be accomplished through cooperation by progressive working-class organizations.This anthology is a collaboration by social justice advocates like Ajamu Baraka of the Black Alliance for Peace, Margaret Flowers and the late Kevin Zeese from Popular Resistance, the Greyzone’s Max Blumenthal, historian and journalist Vijay Prashad, and Workers World Party leaders Monica Moorehead and Deirdre Griswold. The brilliant political prisoner and jailhouse professor, Mumia Abu-Jamal, contributes an essay dictated to Prison Radio. Firsthand accounts and analysis come from Lee Siu Hin of the China-U.S. Solidarity Network, who co-edited the book with Sara Flounders of the International Action Center.The compilation of these works is an act of internationalism and working-class unity. The result demonstrates the successes and true potential of a socialist system and exposes the cruelty and injustice of the capitalist system.In reviewing this groundbreaking anthology, I had foremost in mind that many of our readers have lost a loved one to the novel coronavirus that broke out in late 2019 and quickly spread across the Earth. Some of you reading this may have contracted COVID-19 yourself. The virus does not discriminate in its indifference to race, gender, nationality and even class, as has become abundantly clear since the U.S. White House “super spreader event” in early October.But capitalism, on the other hand, does discriminate — in order to survive. It must draw borders and then enforce them at the barrel of a gun. It must isolate communities from their neighbors, and it must pit co-workers against each other. It must make a virtue of competition while outlawing cooperation. “Capitalism intentionally breaks down social cohesion,” writes Sara Flounders in the book’s introduction. “Mass mobilizations, unions and community self-control organizations are a threat to exploitation. Police repression and racism are an essential part of the fabric of this society, used like Krazy Glue to forcibly hold together a crumbling system.”Capitalist COVID’s toll on workersThirty-six and a half million workers in the U.S. joined the ranks of the unemployed as of October. As their jobs vanished, so did their health insurance. The lucky ones who kept their jobs faced the danger of exposure to a deadly virus. Grocery store and food distribution workers relied on pitiful wages without any guaranteed hazard pay. Even hospitals faced mass shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), as nurses and other health care workers had to reuse disposable facemasks and fashion smocks out of trashbags and tarps. One of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. is warehouse work, and the average salary is about $13 an hour. But none of these massive distribution networks were mobilized by the U.S. government to allocate dwindling supplies of PPE. Many of the 1.5 million warehouse workers are asking themselves if the risk of distributing cheap consumer goods during a pandemic is really “essential.”The lives of our family members and friends and colleagues have been flung like coal into a furnace to keep the engine of capital running. For capitalism, this human sacrifice was, indeed, “essential” — essential to the functioning of a system whose sole purpose is to enable a small cohort of property owners to keep for themselves all the wealth that we create with our work. The stolen value of our collective labor is what they call profit. This theft isn’t a secret. It’s a capitalist crime that’s committed in broad daylight, on the books, with the sanction of the courts and the approbation of the corporate press — just like the state murder of George Floyd.The COVID-19 pandemic death toll in the U.S. had already surpassed 100,000 by May 25, 2020, when workers of the world saw with clarity what this capitalist state considers truly essential to its survival. On that day, the lynching of George Floyd by Minneapolis police was murder and not a “mistake.” It was an atrocity, and it is not an aberration. Only with naked force can such a relatively small group of people — the capitalist class — maintain control over so many human beings. This class scatters and divides us with racist myths, xenophobic paranoia, the pseudoscience of “biological gender” and other outright lies, until workers and oppressed people lose sight of who our enemies really are.As the virus festers, and we try to reckon with the fact that nearly a quarter of a million of us are now gone, we can come to only one conclusion: Mass death is the policy of the capitalist state.Socialism pushes back COVIDBut it doesn’t have to be this way. We know this because socialist states have shown us a different world is possible.“The success of China’s struggle against the virus and the U.S. failure demonstrates the success of China’s socialist system and the failure and dysfunction of the U.S. capitalist system,” writes Lee Siu Hin. “It also shows that the arrogance of the U.S. — due to the ceaseless anti-communist cold war against China — meant that the U.S. could not put aside differences and learn from China’s successful experience.” Lee Siu Hin, who has appeared on Workers World Party’s weekly live broadcasts (every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET), was in China in January and on his return to the U.S. followed closely the mass mobilization of worker power to contain the spread of the virus.According to the World Health Organization: “In the face of a previously unknown virus, China has rolled out perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history.” (“Truth and Propaganda about Coronavirus,” Vijay Prashad, Weiyan Zhu and Du Xiaojun)The working class of China, Cuba, Vietnam and other socialist countries have provided us with an example of this truth. Every day, those of us living under capitalism confront unemployment, racism, ecological destruction, sexism and transphobia, poverty and homelessness and terror. Capitalism tells us that’s “just the way the world works.” But socialism shows that they are obstacles which can be overcome through the power of a united and uncompromising working class. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 17, 2019 Planting May be Late and Difficult Home Indiana Agriculture News Planting May be Late and Difficult Planting May be Late and DifficultThe 2019 planting season is shaping up to be late and difficult. However, there is one good thing: no drought worries. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says, unlike last year at this time, the chances of a drought are not high.“I think it is safe to say that given the wetness we have seen over the winter and continue to see, there are going to be very few drought concerns over the next few weeks.” He noted that most of the nation has been experiencing above normal precipitation in the from of rain, ice, or snow.That does not mean, however, that it will be an easy plant this spring. In fact, Dr. Ryan Bartlett, with Compass Minerals, paints a very bleak picture of what growers will be facing this spring.“Soils are saturated, the harvest that went late last year probably caused some compaction issue. We are going to be dealing with cold and wet conditions that will make it hard to seeds to germinate and get even emergence. Farmers are likely going to see a compressed planting window that will make it hard to get much field preparation done.” Bartlett says seed treatments will play an important role this year in not only protecting the seed in cold and wet conditions but in helping it get off to a good start in what will be less than ideal weather conditions.There is a relatively dry forecast this week, but as we finish out the month, HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin says more rain is in the forecast. He states, “Starting later next Sunday afternoon. We see rain from there through Monday bringing half to 1” of rain with 80% coverage. Then a second batch of moisture arrives Tuesday night and goes through Wednesday, adding another .25”-.5” and 100% coverage. Then, we finish the extended pattern going back dry for Thursday and Friday, as we get ready to finish the month.” SHARE Previous articleCommentary: Will the Adults Please Enter the Room on Animal Rights?Next articleAfrican Swine Fever Could Swing China Negotiations in US Favor Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Twitter Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Howard’s had a strong career at TCU.  As a true freshman, he appeared in nine games as a reliever, throwing a 2.77 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks.  The Horned Frogs went well above average when Howard took the mound in 2014: TCU was 7-2 in games Howard pitched.As a sophomore, Howard went 4-0, throwing a 3.52 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings.Last year he had a regular spot in TCU’s starting rotation. Howard thrived, posting a 10-2 record while throwing 3.19 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 30 walks in 98.2 innings pitched. His 10 wins were the most on the team.Major League Baseball took notice. Howard was drafted in the 17th round by the Houston Astros last summer, but elected to stay with the Frogs for another year.“Obviously, a dream of mine is to play Major League Baseball, and an organization like the Astros would’ve been a great fit,” Howard said. “Once I thought about everything this university has done for me and everything that I owe this university as far as making me into a better person on and off the field, it was really easy to come back and give my senior year to this university.” Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award By putting Major League Baseball on hold, Howard said he hopes to be part of TCU’s first College World Series championship.“I can’t wait to start this journey,” Howard said. “We’re focused on writing our 2017 story and getting the young guys acclimated, so we can make this year the best out of all of them.” Previous articleStudents learn “Why Diversity Matters”Next articleTCU has plans for parking lots along Merida and Princeton Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Linkedin TAGSplayer news Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin + posts Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Twitter printSenior pitcher Brian Howard returns to the mound after turning down a chance in the majors  for one last go around with the Horned Frogs. Howard, a 2017 preseason All-American, said he hopes to make the most of his decision to stay true to his school. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/last_img read more


first_imgGatherings Five Acres Hosts 28th Annual Golf Classic and Round Up @ 5A Corral Dinner From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 1:43 pm Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The clouds parted and there were gorgeous blue skies for the better part of the day on Monday, October 5th, at Annandale Golf Club for the 28th annual Five Acres Annual Golf Classic. A full playing field of golfers came out in support of Five Acres’ programs and services for children and families in crisis. The rain did not stop supporters from joining the party for the Round Up @ 5A Corral afterward, for a rootin’, tootin’ good time!Guests were encouraged to dress in their best western get-ups to raise funds for the children and families of Five Acres. Friends, donors and sponsors were treated to country western themed food; including steak and signature cocktails, a silent auction and a rowdy live auction, URB-E raffle, line dancing and a few guests even tested their skills on the mechanical bull. All the hootin’ and hollerin’ helped Five Acres to reach its fundraising goals for this event.Five Acres sponsors include title sponsors, Brad Reaume and Bolton & Co, as well as, Excelsior Partners, Wells Fargo, 1st Century Bank, Greg and Kristin Chapman, William R & Virginia Hayden Foundation, Alcoa Wheel/Bendix, AIG/EyeMed/Cigna, Angeleus Block Co, Inc. Boris and Tiffany Beljak, Chantal and Stephen Bennett/Hendrickson, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Community Bank, John and Michele Hall, Max Studio/California Bank & Trust, Miller Barondess LLP/Brooknol Advisors, LLC, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank ad Josef Farrar, SAPA Extrusions, Colliers International, Concept Builders, Dedeaux Properties, Realty Advisory Group Inc, South Hills Properties, Maria Low Way, Global Food Properties, Graeme Gilfillan, Harrington Group Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc, Paul and Linda Maurin, Sue McGuirl and Bob Musselman and Trench Plate Rental Co.Underwriters and Supporters include Majestic Realty Co/Ed Roski, Jr. /Bill Hayden, Chantal and Stephen Bennett/Alcoa Wheel/Bendix/Hendrickson/SAPA Extrusions, Roncelli Plastics, Tesla Motors, Community Bank, The Reith Company, Max Studio/California Bank and Trust, Jennifer and John Berger, Sarah and Daniel Rothenberg, Gold Road Brewing, Ohana Brewing Co, Phillipe the Original, Haralombos Beverage Co, Monster Energy, Urban626, Carolyn Adams, Keri and Andrew Crowell, Excel Property Management Services, IUOE, Local 12 Charity Golf Committee, Ann Marculescu, Marian Nolan, Karen Ryan, Maria Low Way and Wendy Wisbon.For more information please contact Director of Communications Rebecca Haussling [email protected] or (626) 773-3809.About Five AcresFive Acres is a child and family services agency strengthening families and preventing child abuse through treatment and education in community-based and residential programs. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers an array of services including community-based services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, supporting the nearly 8,400 children and families in five counties, including Los Angeles. www.5acres.org Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a commentcenter_img Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newslast_img read more


first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter ELAM: Dear Mr. President Previous articlePERRYMAN: Another win for the Texas economyNext articleWILLIAMS: America hasn’t always been like this admin By admin – March 25, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp West Texas Food Bank Logo Dear Mr. President,I see you are changing multiple advisors including Secretary of State, Chief Economic Adviser, National Security Adviser and various others. Let me suggest you consult another source, which is to say this column. It runs weekly in multiple newspapers and well, pardon the blatant self-promotion (but surely you of all people can understand that), it appears that you are off track. Frankly my work speaks for itself, consider the recent titles at www.themarketperspective.com:“The tariff wars begin” (Actually, a total of three columns warning you about letting the Darth Vader Trade Genie out of the bottle.)“Brinksmanship” (China now threatening retaliation.)“Stocks Complete Nine Year Cycle” (All gains for the year are now kaput.)“A Change in Mood” (Just ask Mark Zuckerberg about this one.)“The Bear Market Comes in on Little Feet” (at first they call it a correction, then the kitty turns into a bear)“Triangles Should Resolve in the Next Two Weeks” (didn’t take that long, downside here we come)“Inflation in the Air” (gold is up $14 just today as I write)At any rate, there are multiple advantages of utilizing The Market Perspective column. From your standpoint, it is zero cost. I am not in the White House so you and John Kelly won’t have to worry about another pesky leaker. As I am located way outside the Beltway, you can rely on an unbiased opinion. And you won’t have to fret about what I say on a Sunday talk Show (recall that Betsy DeVos problem) as no one has invited to appear. And from my standpoint, I don’t have to move to Washington, DC, a thousand thanks for that.So what is my take on things now? I warned you not to brag about the stock market in your State of the Union speech. You can rest assured Democrat ad agencies are capturing your every last triumphant gesture during the SOTU speech, with a side panel of the DJIA falling over 700 points just yesterday. Or as Collin Powell puts it, you break it, you own it. If you claimed credit for the rally, bet your last reservation at the Presidential Suite in Mar a Lago that Democrats will credit you with the stock collapse. The headlines today say it all.“President Slapping Tariffs on China, Fear of Trade War Sends Stocks Down”You are not helping your Texas voters with headlines like this.“Tariffs on Chinese Imports could Hinder LNG Ambitions”You are putting the billions of dollars in new LNG export facilities from on the Texas Gulf Coast at risk, as well as the jobs they promise. And then there is the damage to foreign policy among whoever is left that we might call an ally. Claiming no country will be exempt from your tariffs, and then exempting Canada, Mexico and next the EU, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea, well, that leaves China which only exports 2% of our steel use anyway. Apparently someone in the White House realized you would need those countries to convince the Chinese to change their ways. But having damaged relations to begin with, the chance they will sign on now lessens.Yes it is true that China blatantly ignores our intellectual property laws. But perhaps there would be a less contentious way to negotiate rather than putting China in charge of a New Pacific Rim Trade Group.Your new man at the FED claims there is little inflation Have Jerome examine a ratio graph of gold versus the DJIA. It is turning up every day. And the index of gold and silver miners jumped up 3.24% today. See “Inflation in the Air” Weblog I cited earlier.I had thought the stock market would be on a slow swoon to the downside. But with 300-700 point down days, maybe not. The 200-month moving average for the DJIA is now 13,149. It last visited that measure in 2010. But at this rate we could be back there in a couple of months. (Don’t laugh; recall the 2008 and 2014 oil collapse.) By the way, the DJIA has now closed below both the 50 and 125 day moving average, next stop is probably the 200 day at 23,359.Larry Kudlow seems like a nice fellow and I wish him well as your latest Economic Adviser. But frankly, how about listening to someone to whom you cannot say,You’re Fired!Follow Dennis at http://www.themarketperspective.comlast_img read more


first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Thaw sets in after “White Christmas” in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Temperatures have risen slightly after a white christmas, with many areas of Donegal experiencing fresh snowfalls on Christmas Day. However, gardai are warning motorists that while temperatures are not reaching the record lows experienced earlier this week, they will slip below zero in places tonight, and extreme caution is still needed on roads, particularly minor roads which have not been gritted by Donegal County Council. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Google+center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleRecord low temperatures as Christmas rush reaches peakNext articleKeyholders urged to check unoccupied premises for water problems News Highland Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – December 26, 2009 last_img read more


first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Randox Covid test to be offered in Dublin Airport WhatsApp Two covid testing facilities will open at Dublin Airport on Thursday, one of them using a test part developed in Donegal.They facilities will be operated by healthcare firms Randox and RocDoc and will offer people either a drive through or walk-in test.The facilities are fully open to the public whether they require a test for travel or other reasons.All customer will need to pre-book their test online, with prices starting at 99 euro.Randox’s walk-through facility will be located in a building close to the Terminal 2 multi-storey car park.RocDoc’s drive-through facility will be situated in the Express Green car park. Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAcenter_img Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter By News Highland – November 16, 2020 Facebook Previous articleGallagher’s bakery announces a major rebrandingNext articleCouncil approves planning for two regeneration projects News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more


first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Julisa Abad said she’s one of the more fortunate transgender women in Detroit’s Six Mile and Woodward area.The 34-year-old said she’s never worked in the sex industry, but she understands why many others feel as if they don’t have a choice.“When I first moved to Detroit, despite everything that I brought to the table, I couldn’t find employment,” Abad told ABC News. “I hated that the social stigma, especially within the area that I lived in, was that all trans women are sex workers.”Abad eventually landed a position as a victims’ rights advocate with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that assists in solving serious crimes targeting members of the LGBT community. Most of the organization’s cases involve transgender women of color subjected to violence from straight men, often an intimate partner.The Human Rights Campaign has tracked at least 136 deaths of transgender people since 2013 due to fatal violence, with most victims being black transgender women, but the organization said the violence is hard to track due to misgendering and transphobia. The actual number of killings could be much higher.One of the most-recent victims, 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker, was fatally shot in Dallas last week, just months after she spoke out against a gang of men who brutally attacked her while yelling transphobic slurs.“She was always full of life, the life of the party and a jokester,” Booker’s aunt, Lakeitha Lemons, told ABC News. “She knew the things she would have to face. She knew about the violence, the backlash and the criticism that she would receive, but she didn’t care. She would die for her cause.”Police are investigating to see if Booker’s murder was a hate crime, or if it could be linked to two other attacks that targeted black transgender women in the area. Brittany White, 29, was fatally shot inside her car in southeast Dallas in October 2018 and another transgender woman was nearly stabbed to death in April.Experts and advocates point to these violent attacks as examples of why the U.S. needs stronger anti-discrimination policies and legal protections for transgender people.In many states, including Michigan, discrimination laws do not include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving transgender people more vulnerable to job discrimination and more likely to resort to illegal activity to earn a living, according to LGBTQ rights advocates. It also makes them prime targets for violence and abuse.In 2018, advocates tracked at least 26 U.S. murders involving transgender victims, with black trans women representing an overwhelming majority, according to Human Rights Campaign, which considers itself the “largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.”At least five transgender people have been killed so far this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. All five were women of color.Many of the reported cases involved clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness or sex work, according to HRC’s research.“While the details of these cases differ, it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities, barriers that make them vulnerable,” HRC said in a statement. “Many of these victims are misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which can delay our awareness of deadly incidents.”Rebecca Williams, a humanities professor at Essex County College in New Jersey and adviser to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance program, said she expected to see more outrage in response to such “epidemic” violence.“Those particular incidents where these black trans women have been murdered, they haven’t been met, as far as I can see, with as much outrage as they should be met with,” Williams told ABC News. “Violence is a problem in our society, but we have to pay particular attention when vulnerable members of our society are murdered and when acts of violence are committed against them.”“Even though we have our civil rights and marriage equality, and laws against discrimination, there is still violence and there’s still hatred and there’s still harassment going on,” she added.Williams, a former city councilwoman and current freeholder of Union County, New Jersey, said a lot of the violence stems from rigid religious beliefs and a lack transgender visibility. That’s an issue her county is working to change.“Governors and mayors can issue proclamations, as we did here in Union County, stating that their municipalities are a safe space for LGBT people. It shows that violence and harassment won’t be tolerated,” Williams said. “They can also host training for city officials and residents to help them understand how to create positive interactions with LGBTQ folks.”Jamie Powell Horowitz, who serves as the special prosecutor for the Fair Michigan Justice Project, said her organization focuses on LGBTQ awareness and training. The project started by training local police departments on the proper ways to talk to members of the LGBTQ community, and how to make them feel comfortable.“Unfortunately, yes, you do have to tell people how to talk to people,” Horowitz said. “Basically, the point of the project is bridging that gap between the community and law enforcement, so that when they are targeted, we can actually address it and prosecute those crimes.”Now, nearly three years later, the organization said it has a 100% conviction rate.“Today, we’ve had 26 cases that we’ve done, and I would say half, about half, of that caseload has involved biased-based crimes against transgender women of color,” Horowitz said. “The whole community is changing their attitudes towards law enforcement. Now, victims are starting to report and come to court.”“I think that it helps to keep the community safe because people who go there to rob, to rape, to kill, or take advantage of them now know that they’re they’re going to report and that the police are going to show up immediately,” she added.Horowitz said she couldn’t disclose specific details about pending cases involving transgender victims, but she said a lot of past cases dealt with transgender prostitutes who were involved with married, straight men who would “rather kill them” than be “caught” with them.“The majority of the cases that we have involving trans women of color, they involve women who are doing sex for survival work,” she said. “Something will happen — they’ll have a dispute over money, something will go wrong — and they’ll get rough with the girls, and rather than being in a position of getting caught with them, these men kill them.”Abad, who currently serves as Fair Michigan Foundation’s director of transgender outreach and advocacy, said a lot of transphobic violence stems from the social stigma attached to being with a trans woman.She said there’s support groups for just about everything except for men who are attracted to trans women.“They are struggling with it internally because society — their families and community — says it’s not right, and they can’t talk to their homeboys about it because of the stigmatization,” Abad said. “So when you combine all these layers, we — trans women — end up with a higher rate of mortality and violence.”“We need to change the way things operate, educate people and give these men a safe space to articulate their feelings,” she added. “Society shouldn’t demonize them or try to take away their manhood because they like trans women.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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