Advocates – Animal Rights Cafe http://animalrightscafe.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://animalrightscafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6-150x150.png Advocates – Animal Rights Cafe http://animalrightscafe.com/ 32 32 Cultivating a community of brand advocates with Traeger CMO Todd Smith https://animalrightscafe.com/cultivating-a-community-of-brand-advocates-with-traeger-cmo-todd-smith%ef%bf%bc/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:19:48 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/cultivating-a-community-of-brand-advocates-with-traeger-cmo-todd-smith%ef%bf%bc/ Todd Smith developed a deep respect for brands and brand managers early in his career. After years of working in several different industries, Todd has been CMO at Traeger for three years, where he spends most of his time working with the sales, product and technology teams to drive innovation every step of the way. […]]]>

Todd Smith developed a deep respect for brands and brand managers early in his career. After years of working in several different industries, Todd has been CMO at Traeger for three years, where he spends most of his time working with the sales, product and technology teams to drive innovation every step of the way. customer.

In this episode, Todd and I discuss that whatever you’re selling, it’s about understanding who you’re trying to reach and working to make a connection. Todd is passionate about cultivating a community of advocates and is always trying to adapt and develop new ways to engage.


In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Traeger cultivates a community of passionate advocates
  • The benefits of leveraging product and marketing collaborations
  • The importance of valuing relationships

Highlights

  • [03:30] How Todd became CMO at Traeger
  • [07:00] Marketing in different industries
  • [07:35] How is the role of the CMO defined at Traeger
  • [08:20] what is Traegerhood?
  • [11:20] Role of Marketing in Promoting Community
  • [14:45] How Traeger builds a sustainable customer journey
  • [16:40] Transition of distribution channels
  • [17:50] Leverage product and marketing collaborations
  • [20:00] Product innovation as a driver of growth
  • [23:00] The “coaching tree” and how it guides Todds’ decision-making
  • [24:50] The importance of valuing relationships
  • [25:55] Stay up to date by being close to consumers
  • [27:00] Companies to watch
  • [29:30] Evolve the way you reach your consumer

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Alan B. Hart is the creator and host of “Marketing Today with Alan Hart,” a weekly podcast where he interviews leading marketing professionals and business leaders. Alan advises senior executives and marketing teams on brand, customer experience, innovation and growth opportunities. He has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, but is first and foremost an entrepreneur, having founded or led nine companies.

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Lawmakers and advocates brace for another push in vouchers for private schools https://animalrightscafe.com/lawmakers-and-advocates-brace-for-another-push-in-vouchers-for-private-schools/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/lawmakers-and-advocates-brace-for-another-push-in-vouchers-for-private-schools/ Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivers his State of the State Address January 11 before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines. She will outline her legislative priorities in a similar speech in January. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) DES MOINES — Legislation calling on taxpayers to help fund private scholarships is […]]]>

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivers his State of the State Address January 11 before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines. She will outline her legislative priorities in a similar speech in January. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES — Legislation calling on taxpayers to help fund private scholarships is set to return in Iowa’s next legislative session, and supporters say they hope the proposal that hasn’t been adopted earlier this year will be expanded.

Senate Republicans passed a bill that would have made up to 10,000 scholarships available to students to attend private schools or charter schools. The scholarships would have been offered to families up to 400% of the federal poverty level and to students with an Individualized Education Program, typically students with disabilities or special needs.

The proposal would have seen about $55 million diverted from public schools to fund those scholarships, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

Supporters of the policy say it gives parents more choice over their children’s education and would help underachieving students in public schools. Opponents argue it would hurt public schools; that keeping taxpayers’ money in public schools helps the greatest number of children.

The measure did not pass the Iowa House, where a dozen Republicans did not support it, including many in rural districts concerned about the policy’s effects on schools in their area. Democrats in both houses opposed the measure.

The bill was one of Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ flagship policy proposals last session, and she has campaigned this year to bring back a similar measure in the next session.

A spokeswoman for Reynolds said she would reveal her legislative priorities in her annual state of the state address once the legislative session begins, and that she “will never give up on providing children with the best environment in which to live.” learning they deserve”.

The legislative session begins on January 9.

Legislative landscape

House Republicans will create a new education reform committee in the upcoming session that will deal with “bills containing significant reforms to our education system,” according to a news release. Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley of New Hartford, who will chair the committee, did not say whether he would consider a private scholarship bill.

“The House Republican caucus plans to consider a wide range of education reforms this session,” he said in a statement. “This new committee will allow these important issues to be brought forward to the full caucus for the in-depth discussions they deserve.”

Both houses also passed bills during this year’s session dealing with “transparency” in education, which would require schools to post lesson materials and lesson plans online. But the legislation stalled amid disagreement over the proposed private scholarships, often called vouchers.

In the Senate, where the proposal has passed over the past two years with less dissent among Republicans, Majority Leader Jack Whitver said it was too early to know exactly what a Senate bill would contain. dealing with tuition assistance in private schools.

“I expect to debate policies similar to the bills that Senate Republicans passed in the 2021 and 2022 sessions allowing parents to use scholarships to send their children to the school that best suits their needs. needs,” he said in a statement.

Democrats are expected to oppose these measures if they are introduced in the next session.

“The people of Iowa don’t care about the creation of a new committee in the Iowa Legislature to review the governor’s voucher plan or other bad ideas like jailing teachers and banning books, because it’s just politics,” said House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights. A declaration. “House Democrats stand with the people of Iowa and will oppose any bill that transfers money from public schools to private schools. It’s time to put people above politics.

Supporters push for expansion

Proponents of the policy have said their “gold standard” is to see a system where any family can use public funds that would go to a child’s public school for private education or home schooling, rather than the limited number that was proposed at the last session.

While Iowa Republicans may not go that far this year, supporters said they expect to see a proposal that expands on what Senate Republicans passed earlier this year.

“If I was going to guess, and I didn’t see a bill…it would be over 10,000,” said Chuck Hurley, vice president and chief attorney at conservative Christian organization The Family Leader. “It would be quite expensive. Because I think the governor is really on a mission to try to help more parents.

Trish Wilger, executive director of the Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education, said the formation of the House Education Reform Committee is a sign that House Republicans will make progress.

“We’re not sure what the intent of this committee is or how education and education reform will work together, but we’re optimistic it means the House is very serious about education issues. , including school choice,” she said.

But not everyone expects an extension of the measure. Margaret Buckton, a lobbyist for the Rural Education Advocates of Iowa and the Urban Education Network, which both opposed the scholarship bill, said she would be surprised to see a bigger proposal than what the Senate has already passed.

Mike Beranek, executive director of the Iowa State Education Association — the union that represents teachers and educators in Iowa — declined a request for an interview because no specific legislation was proposed. But in an emailed statement, he said ISEA would continue to oppose the diversion of money from public schools to private schools.

“Iowa public schools continue to heroically serve their communities, students and families and public funds must go to public education,” he said. “Spending vital taxpayer dollars on private education vouchers, when our public schools need resources to meet the needs of the nearly half a million students who attend them, is detrimental to the people of Iowa in every community in the state.”

Opponents of the idea say public opinion is on their side. In a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for the liberal advocacy group Progress Iowa, 54% of respondents who voted in November’s midterm elections said they think public tax money should go only to public schools, while 39% said some students should be able to use dollars for non-public schools.

Count the votes

With a new class of Republicans joining the Legislative Assembly, it remains to be seen whether there will be enough support in the House in the upcoming session. Reynolds threw his support behind the challengers of nine House Republicans who did not support the measure in this year’s primary election. Several of those Republican incumbents lost in the primary to governor-backed rivals.

Notably, Rep. Dustin Hite, R-New Sharon, who chaired the Education Committee and opposed the measure, lost his re-election bid to primary challenger Helena Hayes.

“There have been some changes in the Republican majority seats. Republicans also have a bigger majority,” Wilger said. “And we think school choice supporters are some of those new faces in the House. We are therefore optimistic.

On the other side, Buckton said his optimistic opponents can persuade lawmakers of the adverse effects they say private school tuition assistance would have on Iowa’s public schools.

“When you get to actually look at the policies and hear voters express their feelings about it, I think it’s not going to be a done deal at all,” she said. “I think there will be a lot of good quality conversations.”

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NM ethics agency sues advocacy group https://animalrightscafe.com/nm-ethics-agency-sues-advocacy-group/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/nm-ethics-agency-sues-advocacy-group/ Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE — The state Ethics Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing an advocacy group of trying to cover up its role in ads supporting the early childhood voting measure and other violations of the state’s election law. New Mexico. The nine-page lawsuit, filed this month in the state’s 5th […]]]>

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SANTA FE — The state Ethics Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing an advocacy group of trying to cover up its role in ads supporting the early childhood voting measure and other violations of the state’s election law. New Mexico.

The nine-page lawsuit, filed this month in the state’s 5th Judicial District Court, seeks a civil penalty of up to $20,000 against the Working Families Organization, doing business as Unemployed Workers United .

The Ethics Commission alleges that working families — at a cost of at least $9,000 — texted Independent and Democratic voters ahead of the general election touting the benefits of a constitutional amendment that would generate more funding for early childhood education and public schools.

But Working Families did not disclose that it paid for the messages, the lawsuit said, suggesting instead that the Unemployed Workers United group paid for them.

Further, according to the lawsuit, the Working Families Organization has not registered with the Secretary of State’s office as a political committee or filed any reports disclosing its expenditures for advertisements or contributions it has made. accepted to cover costs.

In a written statement, Neidi Dominguez, executive director of Unemployed Workers United, said the group was eager to resolve the dispute.

“We believe deeply in transparency as a principle of a strong democracy, and in our work,” Dominguez said.

She added that Unemployed Workers United – which she described as a project of the Working Families Organization – is proud of its work for the ballot measure.

The text messages at issue sought support for Constitutional Amendment 1 on general election balloting. It was adopted with 70% of the votes.

Congressional approval is also required before the amendment becomes effective.

Once final, the measure will increase annual withdrawals from the state’s largest permanent fund — an endowment of sorts — from 5% to 6.25%.

It is expected to generate an additional $140 million for early childhood education in the fiscal year that begins next summer and another $90 million for public schools.

The State Ethics Commission lawsuit does not address the merits of the amendment itself. But he is seeking a court ruling saying the Working Families Organization should report its expenses for the ads and disclose the donors who helped pay for them. The suit is also seeking civil penalties of up to $20,000.

The working families, the commission said in its lawsuit, “refused to inform New Mexicans of the basic facts about who ultimately funded the election-related ads they purchased.”

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Many have signed up as HC defenders at the behest of Bar Council leaders: Judge Obaidul https://animalrightscafe.com/many-have-signed-up-as-hc-defenders-at-the-behest-of-bar-council-leaders-judge-obaidul/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 17:29:00 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/many-have-signed-up-as-hc-defenders-at-the-behest-of-bar-council-leaders-judge-obaidul/ Appellate Division Judge, Justice Obaidul Hassan speaks during a discussion on “The Changing Role of the Legal Profession in Bangladesh: Issues and Challenges” hosted by Chattogram University LL.M at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium on Sunday. – Photo taken from facebook. The Chairman of the Registration Committee of the Bangladesh Bar Council, Justice Obaidul […]]]>

Appellate Division Judge, Justice Obaidul Hassan speaks during a discussion on “The Changing Role of the Legal Profession in Bangladesh: Issues and Challenges” hosted by Chattogram University LL.M at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium on Sunday. – Photo taken from facebook.

The Chairman of the Registration Committee of the Bangladesh Bar Council, Justice Obaidul Hassan, said on Sunday that many candidates were registered as lawyers to practice in the High Court Division at the behest of the leaders of the lawyers regulatory body.

“We have to register them even if they cannot answer any questions,” said Obaidul Hassan, also an appellate division judge, during a discussion on “The Changing Role of the Legal Profession in Bangladesh: problems and challenges organized by Chattogram University”. Association LL.M.

“It is an injustice to me and the Supreme Court, although the leaders of the Bangladesh Bar Council consider the registration of 3,000 lawyers in the High Court division as a great achievement for them,” the judge said. Obaidul, explaining the current status of lawyers at the Supreme Court.

Judge Md Habibul Gani, Judge Sheikh Hassan Arif, Senior Advocate Rokanuddin Mahmud and Attorney General AM Amin Uddin, among others, spoke during the discussion with Association President Syed Md Tazrul Hossain at the Presidency.

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chattogram University, Prof. Abdullah Al Faruque delivered his keynote address during the discussion held at the Supreme Court Bar Association Auditorium.

The association’s secretary, Helal Chowdhury, moderated the discussion.

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BHP shareholders reject calls for government climate lobbying https://animalrightscafe.com/bhp-shareholders-reject-calls-for-government-climate-lobbying/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:31:04 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/bhp-shareholders-reject-calls-for-government-climate-lobbying/ (Bloomberg) – The shareholders of BHP Group Ltd. rejected a resolution calling on the miner to lobby the Australian government on climate change, following a vote at its annual general meeting. Bloomberg’s Most Read Only 13% of votes backed the move, which the board opposed, according to a company filing. Shareholders were asked whether BHP […]]]>

(Bloomberg) – The shareholders of BHP Group Ltd. rejected a resolution calling on the miner to lobby the Australian government on climate change, following a vote at its annual general meeting.

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Only 13% of votes backed the move, which the board opposed, according to a company filing. Shareholders were asked whether BHP should “proactively advocate for Australian policy settings consistent with the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius”.

The miner’s shareholders also rejected a resolution calling for more detailed scenario modeling in line with a 1.5C world, with around 19% support. Both resolutions were filed by the Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility.

Chairman Ken MacKenzie said the board gave “careful consideration” to the plea resolution and concluded it was too “ambiguous” and would amount to “overbreadth”. BHP “should be advocating where things are relevant to our business, and we should be advocating where we are having an impact,” he said at the Perth meeting.

Committed to coal

The miner was “no longer leading or even following the weather,” the ACCR said in a statement. “BHP is Australia’s largest company and it wields immense political power, which it willingly wields on a variety of political issues. It should deploy its influence to increase the likelihood of a 1.5 degree trajectory,” Harriet Kater, climate manager at the ACCR, said in the statement.

BHP sold its oil and gas business to Woodside Energy Group this year and pledged to close its thermal coal operations in Australia by 2030. It has adopted a 30% emissions reduction target for its operations by 2030 and wants to reach net zero by 2030. mid-century.

The miner – which produces iron ore, copper and coal – believes that coal is the only viable option for producing steel over the next few decades. MacKenzie said Thursday that steel was vital for the deployment of renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar, and that there was “no known path” to carbon-free production.

Demand for coking coal would be strong for “decades” but steelmaking technologies replacing coal with hydrogen could eventually pick up the slack, he said. Chief executive Mike Henry said Thursday that BHP currently has no “growth capital” allocated to coking coal.

(Updates with the official voting results in the first 3 paragraphs.)

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Eswatini Catholic Commission denounces violence and pleads for ‘meaningful dialogue’ https://animalrightscafe.com/eswatini-catholic-commission-denounces-violence-and-pleads-for-meaningful-dialogue/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 06:29:58 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/eswatini-catholic-commission-denounces-violence-and-pleads-for-meaningful-dialogue/ There would have been at least 16 shooting incidents targeting police and soldiers in Eswatini since the beginning of the year. In the last incident, which took place on October 18, two traffic police officers were killed while manning a roadblock in a residential area. The assassins took away the rifles of the officers. In […]]]>

There would have been at least 16 shooting incidents targeting police and soldiers in Eswatini since the beginning of the year.

In the last incident, which took place on October 18, two traffic police officers were killed while manning a roadblock in a residential area. The assassins took away the rifles of the officers.

In their Nov. 2 statement, CJPC officials in the country previously known as Swaziland said shooting security personnel “will not bring us any solution, but rather create long-term enmity between the citizens”.

“Therefore, we condemn anything that constitutes an attack on human integrity and anything that undermines dignity,” they say.

CJPC officials are calling on the government of Africa’s only absolute monarch to speed up the dialogue process.

“We call on the government to speed up the process. Let’s hope that an inclusive and meaningful dialogue will bring solutions to the ongoing political turmoil,” the Catholic entity officials said.

They express the hope that after the nation holds a national dialogue, there will be “a system that promotes the common good, protects individual rights, accountability and allows the majority of citizens to participate in matters that affect all spheres of their lives.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with a passion for Church communication. She holds a degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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Pope in Bahrain must balance dialogue and advocacy https://animalrightscafe.com/pope-in-bahrain-must-balance-dialogue-and-advocacy/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:37:31 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/pope-in-bahrain-must-balance-dialogue-and-advocacy/ ROME — As Pope Francis departs for the Gulf nation of Bahrain to take part in an international forum for dialogue, he does so amid a chorus of opposition from human rights advocates who argue that the government’s insistence on tolerance is a farce. Pope Francis, who will be in Bahrain from November 3-6, is […]]]>

ROME — As Pope Francis departs for the Gulf nation of Bahrain to take part in an international forum for dialogue, he does so amid a chorus of opposition from human rights advocates who argue that the government’s insistence on tolerance is a farce.

Pope Francis, who will be in Bahrain from November 3-6, is the first-ever pope to visit the country, and the trip therefore carries significant weight for the local Catholic community and for a kingdom that wants to cement its image as a forerunner of regional tolerance.

While Catholics are delighted with the visit and eager to welcome their shepherd among them, opponents of the government have expressed skepticism and pleaded with the pope not to allow Bahraini officials to use the visit as a photo op while continuing repressive practices.

Speaking to reporters during a media roundtable last month, Bishop Paul Hinder – vicar emeritus of the Apostolic Vicariate of South Arabia and current administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of North Arabia in Kuwait – said that he believed that Pope Francis would “try to push through as much as possible with the Muslim world.

Bahrain is 70% Muslim, with about two-thirds belonging to the Shia tradition, and one-third, including the Al Khalifa ruling family, belonging to the Sunni tradition, which means that there is a certain “societal tension”, Hinder said.

RELATED: Bahrain’s Shiites Hope Pope Will Raise Human Rights During His Visit

While religious freedom in Bahrain is among the highest in the Arab world, according to Hinder, some issues are still present. After living in the area for 18 years, Hinder said he learned “to take the diplomatic route” lest anything he says be taken as offensive.

“We who live here must always be careful not to lose our residency in this country,” he said.

Pope Francis is traveling to Bahrain to attend a conference titled “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence,” which is expected to attract other high-level religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al- Azhar in Egypt, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

The pair were recently in Kazakhstan together for another high-level interfaith summit, and in February 2019 they signed a document on human brotherhood during the Pope’s visit to Abu Dhabi.

Bahrain, although predominantly Muslim, is home to the first Catholic church in the Persian Gulf, which opened in the capital Manama in 1939, as well as its largest, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, which opened last year in the city of Awali and was built on land donated by His Majesty King Hamad.

Pope Francis will visit both cities during his visit.

In addition to attending the forum, the pope is then in Bahrain is also scheduled to meet with King Hamad Al Khalifa and civil authorities, and he will also meet privately with el-Tayeb, and participate in a meeting with members of the Muslim Council of Elders.

He is to participate in an ecumenical prayer for peace and celebrate Mass with the local Catholic community and will organize a meeting with young people in Bahrain. He will also meet bishops, priests and religious before returning to Rome.

According to Hinder, apart from some tensions between families who do not allow conversions, religious freedom is respected in Bahrain and there is no official government sanction for conversions from Islam.

There is also a common interest between the different religions present in the country to protect the environment, and their land, he said, saying he knew “that if there is a conflict between a country with a Christian majority and a country with a Muslim majority, it is a problem for the world”. , not one or two countries.

Hinder expressed his belief that one of the Pope’s goals in Bahrain is to achieve “a common platform” based on the Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity, and that if this can be done, it would be ” an important and valuable step forward”.

“The pope will move forward, even if not everyone in the Catholic Church or the Muslim world agrees, but his courageous steps will open doors,” he said. “We don’t know where it will end, but I hope it will contribute to solutions to conflicts” around the world.

Asked about Bahrain’s use of the death penalty given Pope Francis’ consistent opposition to the practice, Hinder said he was aware there was a difference of opinion, but even as a representative of the pope, “my experience after 18 years is not to give open criticism.

Speaking publicly about points of disagreement or criticizing the government for some of its practices, he said, would be difficult, because while the Western world is used to openly criticizing, “our context is certainly limited.”

It is this limitation that many Bahraini activists have challenged, accusing the government of trying to muzzle any form of dissent or opposition.

For years, pro-democracy activists have challenged what they have described as the Al Khalifa family dictatorship, accusing the Bahraini government under the king’s orders of various human rights abuses such as political arrests and acts of torture.

Activists say rights such as freedom of speech and assembly are virtually non-existent and have accused the ruling Al Khalifa family, who are Sunni Muslims, of discriminating against the country’s Shia majority. They also accused the government of prisoner mistreatment, saying that in addition to torture, aging detainees were denied routine medical care.

Many activists were arrested during the 2011 uprisings, including Hassan Mashaima, 73, who is one of the most prominent of the so-called “Bahrain Thirteen”, which refers to 13 opposition leaders, activists, bloggers and Bahraini Shia clerics who have been arrested. between March 17 and April 9, 2011, in connection with their role in nationwide pro-democracy protests led that year by the country’s Shia majority at the height of the region’s “Arab Spring” uprisings.

RELATED: Bahraini activist and son urge Pope to speak out during visit

Many activists and advocacy groups have spoken out ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, calling on him to either pull out of the trip or publicly condemn what they say are human rights abuses by the government during his stay. in Bahrain.

In a letter to the pope from BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy), the organization’s director, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, expressed concern that King Hamad “will exploit your trip to try to legitimize his discrimination systematically against the majority of the population of Bahrain”. and whitewashing his government’s international image over its repressive human rights record.

He accused the king of arbitrary detentions, torture, executions and even child abuse, saying his ‘hands are soaked in the blood of his own citizens’ and it would be ‘heartbreaking’ for the families of political prisoners And the dead. Row inmates to see the Pope shake hands with the King.

Alwadaei said he was also tortured by officials and exiled after participating in protests in 2011, and had his citizenship revoked in 2013, “rendering me stateless in a flagrant violation of international law”.

The United Nations cited his case in its concerns about Bahrain’s human rights record, Alwadaei said, and accused the government of “systematic discrimination” against the Shia Muslim community, which he said is intensified after the 2011 protests.

“I believe that a king who suppresses his own people and systematically discriminates against the Shia population cannot be a legitimate voice for religious freedom and coexistence,” he said, and asked the pope to abstain. to shake hands with the king and be “open”. and outspoken” about government wrongdoing.

Another activist who spent more than nine years in prison, Ali Al-Hajee, 39, also wrote a letter to Pope Francis saying he was a victim of torture, and that the use of “undue force” to suppressing the 2011 protests had “a negative impact on the social fabric and human coexistence” in the country.

Calling himself a “prisoner of conscience”, Al-Hajee said his only crime was participating in a peaceful protest and that his confession was obtained under duress through the use of torture. He said he also suffered physical and psychological abuse in prison and that Shia Muslims were not allowed to perform religious ceremonies in groups.

He urged the Pope to tell the King of Bahrain to “respect the peace” and release all political prisoners.

In a letter to the Pope from the families of 12 death row inmates, they described the treatment of their loved ones, saying their trials “involved serious violations of international law” and that the death sentences they had received were from “sham trials based solely or primarily on confessions allegedly obtained under duress through torture and ill-treatment”.

Referring to a report by BIRD and Human Rights Watch, the families said the death row inmates were subjected to “electric shocks to the chest and genitals, sleep deprivation, beatings and to attempted rape.

“Their trials cannot be considered fair, but they have exhausted all legal remedies and, with a stroke of the pen from King Hamad, they could be sent to the firing squad,” they said, and expressed the hope that the pope would reiterate his condemnation of the death penalty in Bahrain.

Yet as activists formulate their demands, enthusiasm for the Pope’s visit is mounting among Bahrain’s Catholics, the majority of whom are foreigners.

Regarding his own expectations for the visit, Hinder said he believed the pope would continue the process of dialogue and promotion of human brotherhood that he had begun in Abu Dhabi, and had continued through many trips since.

“I think the pope’s intention is to open our minds, to make us understand that it is absolutely necessary to find relationships of mutual respect and collaboration in areas where it is possible,” he said. he says, asserting that no matter how small Bahrain is, people will always hear the pope’s message.

Catholics, he said, are happy that the pope is coming and “feel recognized as a small herd without power, but we exist. The fact that the Pope comes to celebrate with us, for us, it is not possible for people from outside to understand the moral value, the human and religious value,” he said.

As Pope Francis visits Bahrain, he will have to manage not only his desire to support the country’s small Catholic community and promote regional dialogue, but also the growing chorus of voices saying this is not possible with the leadership. current, and calling for it to be expressed.

For a pope who practices the diplomacy of dialogue and who strives to cement Catholic-Muslim ties, but who also defends the oppressed and prisoners, Pope Francis will have a lot to balance in the days to come.

Follow Elise Ann Allen on Twitter: @eliseannallen

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Homeless advocates hold pit stop outside Minneapolis mayor’s home https://animalrightscafe.com/homeless-advocates-hold-pit-stop-outside-minneapolis-mayors-home/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 22:51:25 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/homeless-advocates-hold-pit-stop-outside-minneapolis-mayors-home/ Homeless advocates hold pit stop outside Minneapolis mayor’s home A group of homeless advocates held a supply drive on Sunday to collect needed items for homeless people. They also used the event to demand a moratorium on the eviction of homeless encampments in the city; while standing outside what they believe to be the home […]]]>

A group of homeless advocates held a supply drive on Sunday to collect needed items for homeless people. They also used the event to demand a moratorium on the eviction of homeless encampments in the city; while standing outside what they believe to be the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Mayor Frey disagrees that the goal should be encampments, instead saying the goal should be shelter and permanent housing.

In a statement, Frey’s office told FOX 9, “At this time, the administration does not intend to issue a moratorium. We remain focused on providing people with access to safe, stable housing. and permanent – which we have delivered at record levels.”

“He could end it right now today if he wanted to, so we’re putting the pressure on him,” replied DJ Hooker, the procurement campaign organizer. “All that happens is they end up taking to the streets and you repeat the process.”

Last week, the Minneapolis City Council voted against temporarily suspending the forced withdrawal and closure of encampments.

“We’re talking life and death when people are trying to stay warm and temperatures will be below zero,” Hooker said of the ruling. “We just need our politicians to care as much as everyone else.”

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Education advocates hope Tennessee’s school safety toolkit leads to more change https://animalrightscafe.com/education-advocates-hope-tennessees-school-safety-toolkit-leads-to-more-change/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 22:42:38 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/education-advocates-hope-tennessees-school-safety-toolkit-leads-to-more-change/ KNOXVILLE, TN (WATE) — School safety concerns have grown over time in East Tennessee as it has become a national issue due to recent tragic events that have occurred on school grounds across the country. Governor Bill Lee officially launched the School Safety Toolkit through the SafeTN app in hopes of ensuring families have the […]]]>

KNOXVILLE, TN (WATE) School safety concerns have grown over time in East Tennessee as it has become a national issue due to recent tragic events that have occurred on school grounds across the country. Governor Bill Lee officially launched the School Safety Toolkit through the SafeTN app in hopes of ensuring families have the resources and tools they need to keep their students safe.

“Earlier this year, I signed an executive order to make schools safer across the state, and one of our goals was to create a new resource and engagement guide for Tennessee families,” said Governor Lee.

One of the strengths of the toolkit is to allow students, parents, teachers and the general public to anonymously report any behavior related to assaults, threats and other forms of violence. It’s an effort that state PTA Chairman Dwight Hunter says will hopefully move the conversation about school district safety forward.

“I hope this puts us on the right track for more involved family and community engagement. This is one of the things I see lacking across the state in many schools,” Hunter said.

Another factor in the toolkit is to provide resources for students and families. One such resource is about mental health.

“Unfortunately, in many of our communities there are often barriers to mental health access and treatment. So this service, this resource helps alleviate those barriers by providing those mental health supports in the school setting,” said Shannon Dow of the McNabb Center as Senior Director of Blount County Services.

A student’s mental state is tied to school safety, which is why Dow is happy to see all the information students may need in one place.

“Mental health and its impact on the safety and well-being of our children is very important,” Dow said. “Mental health can impact a child’s ability to connect, to engage with their peers, with their caregivers and the adults in their life.”

It is the possibility of reporting incidents and having resources at the click of a button that makes this toolbox a leeway to act before it is too late.

“It is really important that the parents and guardians of their students and children are involved in the decision making, and that is one of the most important decisions that can be made by a school is to create a safe environment, to create a safe harbor,” Hunter said. .

Other resources and information can be found in the School Safety Toolkit through the SafetyTN app.

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“Loyal and Wise” Advocates have a long history of promoting access to justice – Neil Mackenzie https://animalrightscafe.com/loyal-and-wise-advocates-have-a-long-history-of-promoting-access-to-justice-neil-mackenzie/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 06:09:10 +0000 https://animalrightscafe.com/loyal-and-wise-advocates-have-a-long-history-of-promoting-access-to-justice-neil-mackenzie/ In England, the Magna Carta was signed by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215 and included: “To no one we will sell, to no one will we deny or delay the right to justice”. In 1424 the Scottish Parliament passed an Act which allowed poor people who needed legal advice and representation to […]]]>

In England, the Magna Carta was signed by King John at Runnymede on June 15, 1215 and included: “To no one we will sell, to no one will we deny or delay the right to justice”.

In 1424 the Scottish Parliament passed an Act which allowed poor people who needed legal advice and representation to “obtain a leill and a wise advocate”. This provision was followed and developed both north and south of the border and in 1742 in Scotland six poor lawyers were appointed each year, their names being written in the sederunt book so that Bench and Bar would know who had been appointed. year. Until the introduction of legal aid in the mid-20th century, however, representation of the poor continued to be provided by lawyers and agents at the expense of higher paying employment.

In the summer of 1774, James Boswell, a barrister, had his heaviest tenure yet: within months he had earned 120 guineas (about £11,000) – through civil cases. He also represented John Reid before the High Court of Justiciary at the trial on Monday August 1, 1774.

Neil Mackenzie KC, is the Custodian of the Faculty of Advocates Library

Mr Reid was a man of meager means: he was ‘never worth £10 and never much in debt, so he was always an equal in the world’. Mr Reid was charged with being a known sheep thief and stealing or resetting “approximately 19 sheep” – a capital crime.

The prosecution was represented by the Lord Advocate, the Solicitor General, William Nairne and Robert Sinclair. Boswell represented Mr. Reid alone.

Mr. Reid was found guilty and sentenced to death, despite Boswell’s best efforts. Boswell repeatedly visited Mr. Reid in the Tolbooth, wrote a petition to the king, and tried to persuade others in powerful positions to stay the execution; all he could do was get 14 days.

What happened next might have been “leill” (loyal) but was of dubious wisdom. When it became clear that Mr. Reid was to be executed, Boswell not only arranged for Mr. Reid’s portrait to be taken, but also planned to recover Mr. Reid’s body and take it to a surgeon for dissection. ; he even organized the means to transport and hide the body. In the end, Mr. Reid (still claiming his innocence) was hanged but his body was left too long to be of use to the dissector and Boswell abandoned his plan.

Pro bono work is, thankfully, much less colorful in 2022. The Faculty’s Free Legal Services Unit (FLSU) helps provide advice and representation as a complement to, not a replacement for, an appropriate system of legal services. state-funded legal aid. Accredited agencies provide new cases on behalf of people with unmet legal needs. We have a panel of King’s Counsel who volunteer to review cases and refer them to appropriate volunteers. These volunteers, who may be practicing lawyers (including king’s attorneys) or devils (trainee lawyers), provide the necessary advice and/or representation.

One of our volunteers, John Moir, lawyer, represented an elderly lady who had suffered years of abuse and coercive control by her ex-husband. They had also been partners on a farm. In the divorce settlement, the ex-husband had demanded that the sums owed to him be reduced by tens of thousands of pounds to reflect the (disputed) claim that she had got rid of the farming equipment. He also sued her for tens of thousands of pounds over another (disputed) claim that she got rid of other farm equipment. He obtained court orders to “seize” his bank accounts and prevent him from selling his property. The lady, naturally distressed, could not find a lawyer. She turned to Scottish Women’s Aid (an accredited agency), which contacted FLSU. Mr. Moir brought the claim to fruition – the lady did not have to pay her ex-husband’s legal costs, her bank account was freed and she was once again free to dispose of her property. Mr. Moir, a loyal and wise lawyer, is to be commended for avoiding an injustice.

The FLSU will participate in two events, one of which is hosted by the Scottish Young Lawyers Association, during Pro Bono Week, November 7-11, 2022.

Neil Mackenzie KC, is the Custodian of the Faculty of Advocates Library

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