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Reading for January 24 from Praying for Justice. “I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.” Psalm 88: 3

With apologies to Bayard Rustin and to history… I had only know him through reading his words and had thought of him as one of the influential writers behind the Civil Rights movement. I should think that he would rather be remembered, though, for putting his body where his leadings were and that he encouraged us all to do the same.

“The only weapon we have is our bodies, and we need to tuck them in places so wheels don’t turn” -Bayard Rustin

Another update about the Quaker Homeless Action shelter in Gospel Oak (St Martin’s Church, 5 minutes from Gospel Oak overground, a bit further from Kentish Town).. Responses have been great to the previous request for sleepover volunteers and for people willing to cook or deliver hot dinner for 10 people staying overnight at the shelter (8 clients, 2 volunteers).

Great, but not yet enough!

Sleeping over: Still need volunteers for 4, 9, 10, 11 16, 18 and 24 February.

Cooking: 4, 11, 16 and 18 February.

The duties of volunteers are minimal since the clients attend to pretty much everything. Lights out and heads down by 10pm with a decent sleeping bag, pillow and foam pad. Clean toilets. And the place doesn’t smell other than churchy. I enjoy the conversation with clients too.

If you want to offer support, please contact Katie Calvert at admin@qha.org.uk

23.01.2019 – Redazione Italia

Copyright negotiations hit a brick wall in Council
(Image by Wikimedia Commons, modified)

by Julia Reda, 18/01/2019
originally posted under CC here

Today, Council firmly rejected the negotiating mandate that was supposed to set out Member States’ position ahead of what was supposed to be the final negotiation round with the European Parliament, Politico reports. National governments failed to agree on a common position on the two most controversial articles, Article 11, also known as the Link Tax, and Article 13, which would require online platforms to use upload filters in an attempt to prevent copyright infringement before it happens.

A total of 11 countries voted against the compromise text proposed by the Romanian Council presidency earlier this week: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Slovenia, who already opposed a previous version of the directive, as well as Italy, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, Luxembourg and Portugal. With the exception of Portugal and Croatia, all of these governments are known for thinking that either Article 11 or Article 13, respectively, are insufficiently protective of users’ rights. At the same time, some rightsholder groups who are supposed to benefit from the Directive are also turning their backs on Article 13.

This surprising turn of events does not mean the end of Link Tax or censorship machines, but it does make an adoption of the copyright directive before the European elections in May less likely. The Romanian Council presidency will have the chance to come up with a new text to try to find a qualified majority, but with opposition mounting on both sides of the debate, this is going to be a difficult task indeed.

The outcome of today’s Council vote also shows that public attention to the copyright reform is having an effect. Keeping up the pressure in the coming weeks will be more important than ever to make sure that the most dangerous elements of the new copyright proposal will be rejected.


Julia Reda
 (born 30 November 1986) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. She is a member of the Pirate Party Germany, part of The Greens–European Free Alliance. She has been Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group since 2014.[1] She was also previously the president of Young Pirates of Europe.[2]

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