About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awards Individual giving 36 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 October 2008 | News 35 total views, 1 views today NSPCC DRTV advert Advertisement A £2 a month regular giving appeal. This is one of five videos shortlisted in the The Gold Star for Excellence in Fundraising DRTV Awards 2008, hosted by the International Fundraising Congress:www.resource-alliance.org/ifc/latest_ifc_news/659.asp AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Prisoners at the Marquette Branch Prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula held a mass boycott of the facility’s cafeteria on May 24. More than 700 of the 1,100 low-security inmates united in this action to protest the awful food provided by Trinity Corporation. Immediately following this nonviolent action, prison officials locked down the entire facility for 24 hours.Similar actions against bad food had occurred the previous months at the Kinross, Chippewa and Cotton Correctional facilities, all located in Michigan.The Michigan Department of Corrections cancelled its contract with Aramark Foods last fall, replacing it with Trinity because of numerous concerns. Prior to December 2013, prison food services were provided by state workers. Trinity’s performance, as shown by the numerous protests, may even be worse.Political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney was able to call his supporters after the lockdown ended on May 25. He told them that there are “maggots and rat feces in the food. It’s disgusting food and the quantities are inadequate. We believe that the Department of Corrections is getting kickbacks from Trinity.” (bhbanco.org)Rev. Pinkney has vowed not to eat prison food while at the prison. He says he will subsist on quarterly packages of food from a vendor supplying prisoners and paid for by his spouse.Since the May 11 appeal on his 2014 conviction has been “held in abeyance” until the Michigan Supreme Court rules on a different case, Pinkney faces a likely minimum of one more year before being eligible for parole. The Michigan Court of Appeals denied him bail again in late May.On June 8, Marquette-area ABC TV10 News broadcast a story about the May 24 food protest. Rev. Pinkney was able to call in to the station for a short powerful interview. (abc10up.com) Prison officials retaliated by barring Rev. Pinkney from contact with the media.A protest supporting LGBTQ prisoners was held outside MDOC headquarters in Lansing on May 26.In other prison news, supporters of gay and trans prisoners at the Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson have been directing protests to MDOC Director Heidi Washington for mistreatment of LGBTQ prisoners. Seven prisoners filed grievances under the federal Prisoner Rape Elimination Act, citing years of harassment by guards and administration inaction. Retaliation against these prisoners soon followed, including three transfers and disciplinary action.Letters and calls to Director Washington continue as word of the mistreatment spreads. (517-241-7238; Heidi Washington, Director MDOC, 206 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing MI 28909)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Lima, PeruThe economic crisis is hitting Peru hard, especially in Lima’s working class sectors called “settlements” where there are hundreds of people’s “ollas,” or food kitchens. People are also organizing to deal with the pandemic, and to face a political crisis that exploded on Nov. 9. It is a process of resistance often invisible to the big media.People’s kitchens feed the hungryThe ollas have multiplied in Lima during the months of the pandemic. It is estimated that there are more than 800 in the city, principally in the poorest areas. They were created to confront the hunger resulting from the economic recession, the collapse of the informal economy and the lack of a sufficient government response to the crisis.In the district of Independencia, in the northern part of Lima, there are 60 ollas. One of them is in the Ermitaño area on the top of the hill, where the city spreads out before our eyes and we see the splendor of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Zoraida Vargas Manya is standing in front of the food kitchen with about 40 people, mostly women. “We started up because of everything we are going through. We began to meet with all the mothers looking at the need that exists here in our village,” said Vargas Manya, as the neighbors hauled 50-kilo sacks of rice for the next day’s meals.Vargas Manya explained: “The government had said that we should not leave the house. So many people lost their jobs, and many were living from hand to mouth because they could not go outside anymore, including elders and mothers who had gone out to do their everyday work, carrying their children on their backs. “Then came the hunger, and then the olla,” she continued. “They went everywhere asking for food: the Mayor’s Office, the Ministry of Social Inclusion and social organizations. The response has been insufficient,” says Vargas Manya. In front of the olla that feeds 150 people every day from Monday to Friday, she said, “We are all in the same situation, we are suffering for what we don’t have.”Vargas Manya and the residents of her neighborhood joined the protests when Congress ousted President Martin Vizcarra on Nov. 9. “We didn’t agree with the removal of President Vizcarra. How can one corrupt politician depose another?” she asked, referring to the fact that more than half of the current Congress members are charged with corruption.In Ermitaño, they banged pots. They went out to the streets in the center of Lima. “We think that the politicians are only out for their own interests. That is what they defend. They are not thinking about us, about the people. That’s what I believe,” says Vargas Manya. She expresses a feeling that seems to be widespread among a majority of the population.Mass organizing against COVID-19The organizing in the Independence district was done not only to combat hunger, but it also created community anti-COVID committees. “We are neighbors who have organized ourselves to coordinate with doctors in the health centers,” says Zulay Reinaga, an organizer of one of the eight committees in the district.The committees were originally proposed by the Ministry of Health, but, in reality, there was none of the necessary follow through. “The Ministry proposed them, but the communities created them,” says Rafael Almonte, a Peruvian physician who received his degree in Venezuela. He provided the training in the committees to fight against COVID-19. In the committees, health promoters are trained in the neighborhoods to work at the primary care level and learn how to prevent the disease. Then they explain to the community about the pandemic, how to detect symptoms and how to deal with cases working together with health centers.The presence of the committees has been necessary, said Reinaga, particularly because of the situation in the health centers. “When we have been carrying out the campaigns, we have seen the deficiencies of the Ministry of Health and the municipality,” he said. “We have seen the limitations they have put on the health centers, which lack medicines and equipment that the personnel need to use.The Peruvian health care system’s shortcomings are a major reason for the overwhelming number of cases, with more than 35,000 deaths, and the [second] highest pandemic mortality rate in the world. Victoria Yépez Placencia, head of the district anti-COVID committee, called Túpac Amaru, explains: “We have developed a system to help the population because the health care system is broken. From the beginning, no primary care was given. There were many deaths because the state did not have the necessary measures ready,” Medical care for all!Placencia says one of their priorities was to go “to the high areas, which lack access to networks, to the Internet.” There, they gave “talks in the same settlements with the mothers. We have encountered the economic problems apart from the COVID problems; 70 percent of Peruvians are informal workers. With everything shut down, they had nothing to eat, so they had an urgent need to create communal ollas.” [Informal workers are precariously self-employed and/or work day to day, week to week without any legal protections or benefits.]The committees were able to carry out projects of organization and prevention, something Dr. Almonte says is strategic: “People are empowered and they want to know all about health, and health belongs to all citizens.” Coupled with that, an immediate material victory was achieved: “With social pressure we have been able to create a people’s pharmacy next to the town hall with access to cheap products.”Youth take the leadErick Macías, known as Celta, is part of the Plasma Collective. He says, “We do community work in the neighborhoods, in the settlements, in the peripheral areas where many times neither the municipality nor anyone else goes. We recover the public spaces in those neighborhoods and we activate them with art and culture.” Celta took part in protest demonstrations after Congress dismissed Vizcarra and appointed as president Manuel Merino, who was forced to resign after five days of massive social pressure. Celta says: “I was there because, more than anything else, it should be our duty for each and every one of us to go and complain about things that we see as unjust. What we saw in the protests was the police mistreatment of the people who were protesting. They fired weapons. People were injured, even murdered.”After the protests, the collective decided to paint two murals in their area, Tahuantinsuyo, which is part of the Independencia district. One mural reads “New Constitution!” and the other one reads “You messed with the wrong generation!” The second mural is a tribute to Inti Sotelo and Jack Bryan Pintado, two young people killed on Nov. 14, when police attacked the demonstration.There are several youth collectives in the district: cultural, artistic and feminist. There are some links between them, although Celta says it is necessary to go further, particularly at a time when the role of youth — called the “failed generation” or the “generation of the bicentennial” — has proven itself to be decisive in national politics.Many believe that this new generation has a major role to play. Yolinda Quiquia Saez is in the same people’s food kitchen where Vargas Manya participates: “The majority of the population may not have good knowledge, but our young people are more attentive to the realities that are happening in our nation with the Congress and with so much corruption. We must give them the opportunity.” Popular resistance is keyThe people’s resistance, the social organizing, has been key in confronting the overlapping crises of health, hunger and the political instability. Those who lead it have often been made invisible by the big media. They are women and young people from the humble neighborhoods constructed on the hills by those who come from rural areas in search of work, like Quiquia Saez .In the settlements, people despise the politicians, who campaign in the neighborhoods as candidates for office and then disappear once they are elected. For this reason, and mainly out of necessity, the people decided to organize themselves and to make demands on the state while building their responses [to the crises] independent of any institutional framework. It was the last straw when Congress impeached Vizcarra and they took over the streets and banged their pots in frustration.The needs are great, particularly in the most neglected sectors. The ollas are overflowing with people who need food. And there is the threat of a probable second wave of the pandemic. In this context, the new government of Fernando Sagasti — the “emergency government,” as he calls it — must succeed in providing concrete solutions. He must give political signals that show that not all political representatives, as people in that neighborhood believe, turn their backs on the people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this A caravan of demonstrators on motorcycles ride after interim President Manuel Merino resigned his post, in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Merino announced his resignation following massive protests, unleashed when lawmakers ousted President Martin Vizcarra. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)Published Nov. 23 in Sputnik. Translation by Michael Otto.Introduction by Hildegardo Córdova-Aguilar: Peru has a population of 32 million people. Lima’s expanding urban population is approaching 11 million. Millions of workers live in places known as “asentamientos humanos” (human settlements) on the periphery of the historic city center. The settlements grew up on the sides of the surrounding hills during the massive migration and informal urbanization that began in the 1950s. Up to one-third of Lima’s population lives in precarious housing on unstable slopes vulnerable to landslides in the event of the heavy rains that will be inevitable with climate change. In the 1940s, the city’s spread began to encompass the hacienda workers who lived on the edge of the city. Then immigrants from rural parts of the country began to occupy the marginal desert terrain. The city passed legislation in 1960 to legalize the shanty towns. However, later housing developments were not protected by law or provided with infrastructure. The people were left to their own devices. In this context, the neighborhoods were identified as groups of houses occupied by populations lacking water, drainage, electricity, sidewalks, vehicular transit routes, etc. (tinyurl.com/yyqd54at)
Children across the country are encouraged to put pen to paper and write an essay on the theme of ‘How We Can Save Our Planet’ in 800 words or less and send it, with the €2 per entry (per child) fee to: Essay Competition, World Vision Ireland, Rathmines, Dublin 6, by the deadline of the 30th April.Further information on the competition can be found on https://www.worldvision.ie/essay-competition Print TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19essayessay writingKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRyan turbidyworld vision Previous articleAround The Town: Fergal Nash will give everyone a liftNext articleLimerick band Protobaby bring ‘Hope’ Meghann Scully Advertisement The entries will be narrowed down to the final 10, and celebrity judge Ryan Tubridy will choose the winning essay.“We decided to extend the deadline for this competition to accommodate parents who have little ones at home during the COVID-19 shutdown.” Fiona O’Malley, Director of Communications at World Vision Ireland, said.“Climate change is a great topic to explore with children while they’re spending time at home. We don’t want to cause anxiety, but rather set a positive example of what daily steps we can take to live more sustainably.“Our children will face the impacts of climate change more than any previous generation. Today’s children are tomorrow’s business leaders, decision makers and politicians.“They will be the ones shaping the future of the country, our economy, and our transport systems; so, it’s important that they are equipped with the knowledge of the impact of global warming, and how to tackle it.“We believe this essay competition is a great way to start the climate change conversations in homes across the country, in a positive and creative way.” she explained. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook smartWorld Vision Ireland has extended the deadline for their Climate Change Essay Competition so that children can write essays in their homes, while schools are closed during the COVID-19 shutdown.The charity is calling on children across the country to put pen to paper and enter their Climate Change Essay Competition, which will be judged by Ryan Tubridy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The winner will get the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTE studios (when schools and businesses reopen) and will also win a €500 Smyths voucher.World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change essay competition 2020 is opened until the 30th April for children between the ages of 8 and 18. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsWorld Vision Ireland Extends Essay Deadline for Children at Home During COVID-19 shutdownBy Meghann Scully – March 20, 2020 190 Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
Students in the Public Safety Program at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center now have a fire truck to use for hands-on training thanks to Alcoa Warrick Operations. On Tuesday, Alcoa Plant Protection Chief Harold Grossman and Location Manager, Warrick Operations, Jeff Boris, officially handed over the keys to the fully equipped fire truck to SICTC Public Safety Instructor Rick Schnautz.“This fire truck will really help give our students real-world training and give them a leg up when they graduate if they want to pursue a career in public safety,” Schnautz said. “It will give them the opportunity to get familiar with the equipment used on fire trucks as well as the equipment used for Jaws of Life.”The fire truck is officially being retired from use at Alcoa Warrick Operations, and because of Alcoa’s long commitment and support of SICTC, the decision was made to donate the truck to the program.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Please join usto celebrate the grand opening of our newVanderburgh County Democratic Party HeadquartersFriday, January 10, 20203:00 – 6:00pm220 N.W. 4th St.Evansville, INLight refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to come out and mingle with office holders, talk with party members and check out how you can volunteer with the party this year. Vanderburgh County Democratic PartyCentral CommitteeEdie Hardcastle, Chair; [email protected] Iaccarino, Vice ChairAlex Burton, Political DirectorCheryl Schultz, TreasurerMelissa Moore, SecretaryWe welcome volunteers!Call 812-499-9257 How can we strengthen Indiana’s gun laws to protect our communities — especially our children? Will Vectren follow through on its promise to stop polluting our communities and incorporate more renewable energy sources to power our region? Vanderburgh County Democratic PartyP.O. Box 3208Evansville, IN [email protected] The Vanderburgh County Democratic Party is looking for qualified Democratic candidates to run for multiple political offices on the 2020 ballot. Please contact head of our candidate recruitment, Nick Iaccarino, to discuss opportunities at 812-598-9864.Wednesday, January 8, 2020 is the first day a declaration of candidacy for major political party primary nomination (or election as a Democratic Party precinct committeeman, or state party convention delegate) may be filed. Refer to the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division’s Candidate Information web page for candidate forms: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm.FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATESA candidate for nomination at the Primary election for Vanderburgh County offices must file a declaration of candidacy in the office of Vanderburgh County Election Office located in Room 216 in the Civic Center Administration Building.A candidate wishing to declare their candidacy should call the Election Office at 812-435-5122 to arrange the declaration. The candidate will need to bring their voter’s registration card to be filed with the declaration.BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR CANDIDATESA person must be a registered voter in the election district to be represented.A person is disqualified from holding or being a candidate for an elected office if the person hasa) Entered a plea of guilty to a felonyb) Been convicted of a felonyContact the election office 812-435-5122 for more details of qualifications and requirements.Candidates for precinct committeeman must file a CAN-37 form with the county clerk between Wednesday January 8, 2020 and noon Friday, February 7, 2020. Form CAN-37 can be found on the Secretary of State Election Division’s Candidate Information web page: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm. Will our teachers remain the lowest paid in the state? Paid for by the Vanderburgh County Democratic party, Cheryl Schultz, Treasurer. Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Will Evansville improve the availability of affordable housing? Indivisible Evansville will be joined by 15 – 20 other local activist groups calling on all concerned citizens to come together on January 11, 2020 to mobilize and re-energize our efforts to make positive change happen! This is your chance to identify that group that speaks to your values and where you can best contribute your time. Working together, we can achieve a brighter future for ourselves. Please join us.***Be sure to stop by the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party’s table. The Vanderburgh Democratic Party Central Committee will have its 2020 kickoff meeting at:Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 136Saturday, January 2510:00am2300 St. Joseph Industrial Park Dr.Evansville, IN 47720Donuts and coffee will be provided. Join us and the National Democratic Training Committee at our Blue Bench Training for candidates and potential candidates, campaign staff and volunteer staff, and local party infrastructure on January 25 at the IVY Tech Conference Center (2820 N Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46208) for all the tools and tips you need to launch a successful campaign or create and build infrastructure for your local party. More women, first-time candidates and young people have stepped up to move Indiana forward. If you’re ready to do the work, let us help you get started.Registration begins at 8:30am and the training runs to 4:45pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. How do we fix our disastrous and financially ruinous healthcare system? Meet Your LegislatorsSaturday, January 119:00am – 11:00amEvansville Central Library200 SE Martin Luther King Jr BlvdEvansville Indiana 47713Local state legislators are invited to make themselves available to answer questions from the audience on the second Saturday of each month during each year’s legislative session.Doors open at 9 am. Sessions start at 9:15 am and end at 11 am.MYL sponsors are the Evansville Teachers Association, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, League of Women Voters of SWIN, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136, Teamsters Local 215, United Neighborhoods of Evansville, and Valley Watch.Sessions are made available for streaming on the WNIN website under Regional Voices. Direct links will be posted as they become available. January 11th, 202012:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Evansville Central LibraryBrowning Room A&B2020 is a critical year for a host of issues; locally as well as nationally.
‘Folklife’ lead by Jayme Stone will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on March 29. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Defurio) ×‘Folklife’ lead by Jayme Stone will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on March 29. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Defurio) Repertoire for this concert may include sea island spirituals, stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes, Bahamian sea chanties, Creole calypsos, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers.Look forward to a moving, inventive, and participatory experience with spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling. And to the group’s brand new album to be released soon on Borealis Records.For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website – www.hrpac.org – or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540. Juno Award winner Jayme Stone will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series. The free concert will take place on Wednesday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. The concert is open to the general public, part of a series co-sponsored by the Hudson Reporter newspapers.In recent years, banjoist and composer Jayme Stone has focused his considerable energy on the wealth of music discovered by the pioneering folklorist and field music engineer Alan Lomax.He now presents his latest musical exploration, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, which evolved out of the Lomax Project.This unique musical collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. It blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears.The artists playing with Jayme include noted vocalist Moira Smiley, fiddle player Sumaia Jackson, and upright bass player Joe Phillips.The group’s last album received a Juno award nomination. National Public Radio called Stone’s work a “fresh contemporary take on musical treasures.” A wide range of roots music
By Donald WittkowskiHurricane Maria was swirling hundreds of miles away off the coast of North Carolina, but Hannah and Elijah McCready felt the effects of the storm while splashing in the surf Tuesday morning in Ocean City.Elijah, 9, described how the waves knocked him down a few times when he was standing in only knee-deep water at the Eighth Street beach. His 10-year-old sister said she had to fight the back-and-forth flow of the choppy surf.“When you stand up, it pushes you back a little bit and then it pushes you in,” Hannah said.Their mother, Kayla McCready, kept an eye on the children while they played in the water, absolutely forbidding them to venture out any deeper than their knees.Treacherous surf and a high risk of rip tides have Jersey Shore beachgoers being extra cautious – particularly if they have children – as Maria churns north up the coast Tuesday and Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane packing sustained winds of 75 mph. The hurricane is expected to stay well offshore of New Jersey, but forecasters say it will continue to generate rough waves.Maria’s journey up the coast coincides with the time of year when Ocean City and other shore communities no longer have their beaches protected by lifeguards. However, summer-like weather and unseasonably warm water at the end of September continue to attract visitors to the shore for one last fling at the beach.Over the weekend, three people in Ocean and Monmouth counties died after being pulled from the dangerous surf.Ocean City has posted a message on its website urging beachgoers to use “extreme caution,” swim only in shallow water and heed any potential warnings as surf conditions change.“When Maria’s swell begins to arrive, it will be quite obvious that conditions are dangerous,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said. “But it’s important for individuals and families to respect the power of the ocean every day. While it may be tempting to take advantage of the last of the warm water, it’s just not a good idea to swim at unprotected beaches.”Kayla McCready, of Bloomsburg, Pa., makes sure her daughter, Hannah, and son, Elijah, stay close to her during a day of heavy surf.Kayla McCready, of Bloomsburg, Pa., who was taking a brief vacation with her children on Tuesday, said she had been following the weather alerts to keep abreast of the surf conditions. She stressed the potential dangers to her children before they took one step into the water, she noted.“I told them not to go out far,” she said.The children’s grandmother will take charge of Hannah and Elijah on Wednesday when McCready returns to work. Both children are on vacation because the schools in their small Pennsylvania town, about 40 miles from Wilkes-Barre, are closed for the week for an agricultural fair.“We were a little bit nervous coming here for vacation because of the rough surf,” McCready said. “But I told them about the rip tides. They know they’re not supposed to go in deep.”McCready also instructed her children on how to escape from a rip tide if they are caught in one by swimming parallel to the shore instead of trying to fight the current head-on and becoming exhausted.Other Ocean City beachgoers were wary of the strong surf on Tuesday. Mike and Cheryl Smith, of Medford, N.J., stayed close to their 3-year-old granddaughter, Kenzie, while she was frolicking in shallow water at the Eighth Street beach.“She’s not walking 20 feet away from me,” Mike Smith said. “After everything I heard on the news about rip tides and undertow, she’s not getting very far from me.”Pint-sized Kenzie dipped her toes in the surf and went out no deeper than her ankles. Her grandfather was standing next to her.Although her grandparents were concerned about the big waves, Kenzie had only one complaint about the ocean.“It’s cold,” she said.Mike Smith, of Medford, N.J., keeps an eye on his 3-year-old granddaughter, Kenzie. With rough waves looming in the background, brother and sister Elijah and Hannah McCready stay close to shore in shallow water.