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Speaker Announced for 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 gennaio 2019

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration will be held at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids on January 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. The event is free to all participants.
Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration featuring renowned speaker, Dr. David Stovall. Dr. Stovall is a professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois in Chicago.This event, hosted by Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University, will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“I am incredibly proud of the work the three universities undertook as a collegiate body to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King,” said Rhae-Ann Booker Ph.D., executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Davenport University. “With the incredible and powerful presentation planned by Dr. Stovall, we’ll be able to engage audiences around key issues impacting our community involving justice, bias and community engagement, an effort that will honor the very principles established by Dr. King.”
The event’s speaker, Dr. Stovall studies the influence of race in urban education, community development and housing. His work investigates the significance of race in the quality of schools located in communities that are changing both racially and economically. From a practical and theoretical perspective, his research draws from Critical Race Theory, educational policy analysis, sociology, urban planning, political science, community organizing and youth culture.

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Commemoration of the Syrian Chemical Attacks of August 21, 2013 Green Cross Calls for Immediate International Support of the Victims

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 agosto 2014

attacchi chimici sirianiZurich, Switzerland (ots) – A year ago, on August 21, 2013, several residential areas of Damascus, the Ghoutas, were hit by a mayor chemical weapons attack causing the death of an estimated 1.400 civilians and injuring many more. The world was shocked and under international pressure the Syrian government joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and assented to the OPCW-led destruction of its declared chemical weapons arsenals. But one year after the attacks it seems that the international furor over the use of toxic agents against civilians in Syria has subsided. The still-besieged Ghoutas have not received any substantial international aid and the survivors are still suffering from heavy after-effects due to their exposure to toxic agents. Green Cross is calling for immediate international support of the victims and points out the necessity to strengthen international efforts to ban all weapons of mass destruction from the region.
Green Cross has recently successfully implemented an emergency aid project in Ghouta together with the Syrian partner organization, Al-Seeraj. The project aimed at providing urgently needed medicine against the further spread of diseases within the population already weakened by the chemical attacks. But the ill and traumatized people need much more support. “It is a real humanitarian disaster that is taking place in the besieged areas”, says K. A., a woman aged 27, who has lost all her family members during the attack on Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta. She stayed in her besieged neighborhood despite all the horror and is devoting now all her strength as a medical assistant to the suffering people.
Since early 2008, Green Cross has supported local social-medical care projects in the Halabja Region in northern Iraq, infamous for the deadly poison gas attacks ordered by the regime of Saddam Hussein in 1988. These projects are focusing on the long-term sociological, psychological and physical health effects of those chemical attacks and show how important it is to support the victims even a long time after the event.
Falah Muradkhin, survivor of the 1988 attacks and who is today project coordinator of the local partner organization of Green Cross, Wadi Iraq, mourns the victims of the Ghouta attacks and points out that “25 years ago the technology was not available to send immediate news and reports to the world about what happened in Halabja. Today, however, the situation is different. The horrible pictures from the Ghoutas were quickly disseminated and seen by many people. Yet no action was taken to help the victims of the attacks and no adequate response has been seen either from the United Nations or from countries, also in Europe, which supposedly were involved in the development of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenals”. Green Cross is therefore calling on this day of commemoration for immediate international support of the forgotten victims of the Ghouta-attacks.
Green Cross is also supporting actively the establishment of a world truly free of chemical weapons and therefore calls on the remaining six non-State Parties – Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan – to join the CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention). And in view of the close relationship between all three classes of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical, and biological – Green Cross calls for the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)-free zone as a next step. “There will be no real security for the people living in this politically tense region as long as there are any weapons of mass destruction stockpiled”, concludes Dr. Stephan Robinson, Unit Manager (Water, Legacy) of Green Cross.

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Women’s ordination on vatican’s year of the priest

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 giugno 2009

On March 16, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI announced a Jubilee Year of the Priest beginning tomorrow, June 19, 2009, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure d’Ars, St. Jean Vianney. The year-long commemoration is intended to strengthen and reinvigorate the male, clerical priesthood.  The year is expected to close on June 19, 2010, with a “World Meeting of Priests” in St. Peter’s Square. The following is a statement from Erin Saiz Hanna, incoming Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC), effective July 1, 2009. Erin Saiz Hanna currently serves as Assistant Director. In Pope Benedict’s letter to clergy, he states that the example and teachings of St. Jean Vianney should serve as a ‘significant point of reference’ for today’s clergy and quotes the saint’s teaching, ‘Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put Him there in that tabernacle? The priest…. After God, the priest is everything!’ In fear of their escalating loss of credibility and influence, this dangerous mentality can only be described as the hierarchy’s desperate attempt to latch onto outdated doctrine used to oppress the people of whom they should be focused on serving.  Simply declaring this ‘the year of the priest’ cannot and will not rebuild credibility. From sex abuse scandals, to threats of excommunication, to denying that condoms are effective in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, ordained men have obliterated their moral credibility with the people of God. Since 1975, the Women’s Ordination Conference has worked for women’s full inclusion in the church, especially as priests, deacons and bishops, and for inclusive, participatory church structures where all Catholics take part in decision-making within the Church. We celebrate the countless women and men who make a positive difference in our churches and communities every day. Right now in every diocese, lay ecclesial ministers are working for justice and responding to the spiritual needs in our communities.  There are over 31,000 lay ministers in the U.S.A., surpassing the 29,000 diocesan priests in the country. It is important to note that 80 percent of these ministers are women.  Though the Vatican may call on us to praise our priests this year, we will not turn back the clock on our vision for a discipleship of equals.  When women are full and equal partners in every aspect of the Catholic Church, only then, will the Roman Catholic Church be associated with accountability, transparency and justice rather than hierarchy, exclusion, and scandal. Until then, we will continue to raise our collective voices and organize actions that will bring our church closer to the gospel values of Jesus.”
Founded in 1975, the Women’s Ordination Conference is the oldest and largest organization that works to solely ordain women as priests, deacons and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic church.  WOC represents the 63 percent of US Catholics, and millions of Catholics worldwide, that support women’s ordination. WOC also promotes new perspectives on ordination that call for more accountability and less separation between the clergy and laity.

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In memory of the Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

President appeared at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance, a somber ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in memory of the Holocaust.  President’s remarks were preceded by those of a few others, including Elie Wiesel, as well as a presentation of the flags of the U.S. Army divisions that had liberated concentration camps – along with a mention of the camps each had freed. Wiesel spoke movingly – perhaps a redundancy – about some of his own experiences and the failure of those in the free world – singling out Washington as well as the Washington Post and the New York Times – to warn the remaining European Jews in the early 1940s about what was in store for them. He said it might have saved his own family, which had an option to try to avoid the trip that turned out to be a journey to the death camps. And Wiesel waded into present day politics as well, condemning Iranian President Ahmadinejad as a Holocaust denier and thanking President Obama for boycotting the recent Durban II U.N. conference, where the Iranian leader called Israel racist. Obama’s remarks, which you will soon have, focused more on lessons going forward and were laced with a greater sense of optimism about learning from the past.

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On the 15th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 aprile 2009

The White House. This week marks the 15th commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  It is a somber occasion that causes us to reflect upon the deaths of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children who were killed simply because of their ethnicity or their political beliefs.  The memory of these events also deepens our commitment to act when faced with genocide and to work with partners around the world to prevent future atrocities.   The figure of 800,000 is so enormous, so daunting, that it runs the risk of becoming a statistic.  Today, we must remember that each of the 800,000 individuals who died in 1994 had their own story, their own family, and their own dreams.  As we mourn their senseless passing, we must also acknowledge the courageous men and women who survived the genocide and have since demonstrated remarkable strength and generosity in forgiving those who committed these heinous acts.  These individuals inspire us daily by working to restore trust and rebuild hope in Rwanda.  The United States is committed to its partnership with Rwanda and will continue to support efforts to promote sustainable development, respect for human rights, and lasting peace in Rwanda.

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