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Happy birthday, Elise Boulding (July 6, 1920 – June 24, 2010). Quaker. Pacifist. Feminist. Sociologist. Elise helped establish the academic field known as “Peace studies.” She met her husband Kenneth Boulding at a Quaker meeting in 1941. Author of “The Underside of History: A View of Women through Time” (1976), among many other works. International President of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) from 1968 to 1971. Born in Oslo, Norway. Died in Needham, Massachusetts.

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On this date in 1415 (July 6th), Jan Hus was burned at the stake in Konstanz, Germany. He was about 45 years old. Czech priest. Philosopher. Reformer. Hus’s execution enraged and radicalized his followers back in Bohemia, who became known as Hussites. Their activities unleashed social and religious forces that gave rise to a reformation movement throughout Bohemia and beyond. This “Czech Reformation” preceded Luther (and the Anabaptists) by a century. Today’s Moravians are direct descendants of the Hussites.

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On this date in 1768 (July 6th), Johann Conrad Beissel died. (Born March 1691.) Communitarian. Mystic. Pacifist. Printer. Publisher. Advocate for simple lifestyle. Born in Eberbach, Germany. Immigrated to America in 1720. In 1732, Beissel founded the Ephrata Cloister community in Ephrata, Pennsylvania (Lancaster County). The Ephrata printing press produced the first American edition of “Martyrs’ Mirror” (in German). The community was an industrial center, with its own sawmill, paper mill, tannery, weaving, and pottery factories. At its height, the community included about 80 celibate men and women, and about 200 married persons. The buildings are still standing and the grounds are open to the public. Beissel is buried in the Ephrata Cloister Cemetery.

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Happy 86th birthday, Dalai Lama (born July 6, 1935)

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I quaccheri e i leader ebrei sono tra coloro che si sono espressi contro il ′′ Police Crackdown Bill votato di nuovo questo pomeriggio, così come gli zingari rom e i leader viaggiatori, i gruppi per i diritti umani, i portavoce delle Nazioni Unite e anche alcuni personaggi della polizia!Nella sua forma attuale la legislazione proposta, minaccia di criminalizzare l’intero stile di vita delle persone nomadi in Gran Bretagna, ribadiscono la protesta pacifica e rafforzano i poteri di polizia già usati in modi discriminatori.Diversi parlamentari liberali e socialisti propongono oggi emendamenti al progetto di legge, dopodiché continuerà ai Signori, che potrebbero rimandare altri emendamenti per i parlamentari su cui votare di nuovo.Il sito dei Quaccheri in Gran Bretagna ha idee su cosa puoi fare:…/now-is-the-time-to-act-on…  ·

02.07.2021 – Geneva, Switzerland – UN News Centre

“Stop denying racism, start dismantling it” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says
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Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 28 2021 issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by people of African descent – on a daily basis and across different States and jurisdictions.

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The report states that the worldwide mobilization of people calling for racial justice has forced a long-delayed reckoning with racism and shifted debates towards a focus on the systemic nature of racism and the institutions that perpetrate it.

“The status quo is untenable,” High Commissioner Bachelet said. “Systemic racism needs a systemic response. There needs to be a comprehensive rather than a piecemeal approach to dismantling systems entrenched in centuries of discrimination and violence. We need a transformative approach that tackles the interconnected areas that drive racism, and lead to repeated, wholly avoidable, tragedies like the death of George Floyd.”

“I am calling on all States to stop denying, and start dismantling, racism; to end impunity and build trust; to listen to the voices of people of African descent; and to confront past legacies and deliver redress.”

The UN Human Rights Office was mandated in June 2020 by Human Rights Council resolution 43/1 – in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the United States – to produce a comprehensive report on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, government responses to anti-racism peaceful protests, as well as accountability and redress for victims.

The analysis carried out by the Office is based on online consultations with over 340 individuals, mostly of African descent; over 110 written contributions, including with States; on a review of publicly available material; and on additional consultations with relevant experts.

The report details the “compounding inequalities” and “stark socioeconomic and political marginalization” that afflict people of African descent in many States. Across numerous countries, most notably in North and  South America and in Europe, people of African descent disproportionately live in poverty and face serious barriers in accessing their rights to education, healthcare, employment, adequate housing and clean water, as well as to political participation, and other fundamental human rights.

“The dehumanization of people of African descent […] has sustained and cultivated a tolerance for racial discrimination, inequality and violence,” the report says.

In examining deaths at the hands of law enforcement officials in different countries with varying legal systems, the report found “striking similarities” and patterns – including in the hurdles families face in accessing justice.

While there is a lack of comprehensive official disaggregated data in individual countries regarding police killings of people of African descent, a patchwork of available data paints “an alarming picture of system-wide, disproportionate and discriminatory impacts on people of African descent in their encounters with law enforcement and the criminal justice system in some States,” the report says.

The report sets out three key contexts in which police-related fatalities have occurred most frequently: the policing of minor offences, traffic stops and stop-and-searches; the intervention of law enforcement officials as first responders in mental health crises; and the conduct of special police operations in the context of the “war on drugs” or gang-related operations. In many of the cases examined, the information shared indicates that the victims did not appear to pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to law enforcement officials, or to the public, that would justify the level of force used.

The High Commissioner’s analysis of 190 deaths demonstrated that law enforcement officers are rarely held accountable for human rights violations and crimes against people of African descent, due in part to deficient investigations, a lack of independent and robust oversight and complaint and accountability mechanisms, and a widespread “presumption of guilt” against people of African descent. With rare exceptions, investigations, prosecutions, trials and judicial decisions fail to consider the role that racial discrimination, stereotypes and institutional bias may have played in the deaths. Seven illustrative cases were particularly closely examined: Luana Barbosa dos Reis Santos and João Pedro Matos Pinto (Brazil); George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (United States); Kevin Clarke (United Kingdom); Janner (Hanner) García Palomino (Colombia) and Adama Traoré (France).

Families of those who died after an encounter with law enforcement officials told UN human rights staff of their fervent desire to establish the truth about how their loved ones died, to hold those responsible to account as well as to prevent others from suffering a similar fate. Many of the families “felt continuously betrayed by the system,” and spoke of “a profound lack of trust,” the report notes, adding that “it often falls on victims and families to fight for accountability without adequate support.”

“Several families described to me the agony they faced in pursuing truth, justice and redress – and the distressing presumption that their loved ones somehow ‘deserved it’,” Bachelet said. “It is disheartening that the system is not stepping up to support them. This must change.”

The report also sets out concerns of “excessive policing of Black bodies and communities, making them feel threatened rather than protected,” citing the criminalization of children of African descent as one key issue.

Credible and consistent allegations were also received about differential treatment, and unnecessary and disproportionate use of force in the context of anti-racism protests, notably in the United States. In that context, large numbers of protesters were arrested, the report notes, and there were numerous disparaging comments from officials against the protesters, including labelling them as “terrorists” and “sick and deranged anarchists and agitators”.

The report states that while charges were reportedly dropped against the majority of those arrested, “the clampdown on anti-racism protests that has occurred in some countries must be seen within a broader context in which individuals who stand up against racism face reprisals, including harassment, intimidation and sometimes violence.”

“The voices of those seeking racial justice and equality for people of African descent must be heard and acted on,” the report says, adding that civil society activism is “crucial for advancing ideas and aspirational goals in the public domain as a constructive way of affecting change.”

“The Black Lives Matter movement and other civil society groups led by people of African descent have provided grassroots leadership through listening to communities,” Bachelet said. “They are also providing people with the necessary agency and empowerment that enables them to claim their human rights. Such efforts should receive funding, public recognition and support.”

The High Commissioner’s recommendations included that the Human Rights Council either establish a specific, time-bound mechanism, or strengthen an existing mechanism to advance racial justice and equality in the context of law enforcement in all parts of the world.

The report also identifies a “long-overdue need to confront the legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism, and to seek reparatory justice.”

While the report highlights some promising local, national and regional initiatives to undertake truth-seeking and limited forms of reparations, including memorialization, acknowledgements, apologies and litigation, “no State has comprehensively accounted for the past or for the current impact of systemic racism.” Instead, there remains a pervasive failure to acknowledge the existence and impact of systemic racism and its linkages with enslavement and colonialism.

The High Commissioner called upon all States to adopt “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” reforms and responses, through adequately resourced national and regional action plans and concrete measures developed through national dialogues, with the meaningful participation and representation of people of African descent.

She stressed the importance of “debunking false narratives that have permitted a succession of racially discriminatory policies and systems to persist and enabled people and governments to deny both what is still happening now, as well as what happened in the past.”

“States must show stronger political will to accelerate action for racial justice, redress and equality through specific, time-bound commitments to achieve results. This will involve reimagining policing, and reforming the criminal justice system, which have consistently produced discriminatory outcomes for people of African descent,” Bachelet said. “It is essential that we finally act to ensure that problematic cycles and patterns do not just go on repeating themselves. There is no excuse to continue avoiding truly transformative change. My Office stands ready to assist States in pursuing transformative change towards justice and equality.”

“Racial discrimination in law enforcement cannot, as the Human Rights Council recognized, be separated from questions of systemic racism,” the High Commissioner concluded. “Only approaches that tackle both the endemic shortcomings in law enforcement, and address systemic racism – and the legacies it is built on – will do justice to the memory of George Floyd and so many others whose lives have been lost or irreparably damaged.”

 The original article can be found on our partner’s website here

Happy birthday, Hannah Johnston Bailey (July 5, 1839 – Oct. 23, 1923). Quaker. Pacifist. Feminist. Suffragist. Teacher. Opponent of capital punishment. Early member of the Woman’s Peace Party (forerunner of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom). Editor of the “Pacific Banner” and “Acorn” (temperance publications). President of the Maine Woman Suffrage Association. Born in Cornwall, New York. Died in Portland, Maine. Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Winthrop, Maine.

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On this date in 1585 (July 5th), Leonhard Summerauer was executed by beheading in #Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany. He was a #Hutterite. (See Martyrs’ Mirror, p. 1060.)

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03.07.2021 – Common Dreams

‘Nature and Physics Will Not Fall for It’: Greta Thunberg Rips Into Climate Theatrics of World Leaders
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“Let’s be clear—what you are doing is not about climate action or responding to an emergency. It never was.”

In the wake of the latest failure by the G7 nations to take meaningful steps to combat the climate emergency and record-breaking heatwaves on multiple continents, Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg on Friday accused world leaders of hypocrisy for persecuting climate activists while “pretending” to take the threat seriously.

By Brett Wilkins

“Young people all over this planet are no longer falling for your lies.”
—Greta Thunberg to world leaders

Addressing the Austrian World Summit virtually, the 18-year-old Thunberg noted that “more and more people around the world have woken up to the climate and ecological crisis, putting more and more pressure on you, the people in power.”

“Eventually the public pressure was too much,” said the Fridays for Future founder. “You have the world’s eyes on you, so you started to act. Not acting as in taking climate action, but acting as in role-playing. Playing politics, playing with words, and playing with our future. Pretending to take responsibility; acting as saviors as you try to convince us that things are being taken seriously.”

“Meanwhile the gap between your rhetoric and reality keeps growing wider and wider,” Thunberg continued. “And since the level of awareness is so low you almost get away with it.”

“But let’s be clear,” she stressed, “what you are doing is not about climate action or responding to an emergency. It never was. This is communications tactics dressed as politics.”

Thunberg accused leaders of high-income nations of “pretending to change and listen to young people,” and in a thinly veiled criticism of U.S. President Joe Biden, by “pretending to take science seriously by saying ‘science is back’ while holding climate summits without even inviting one single climate scientist as speaker.”

She also accused leaders of “pretending to wage war against fossil fuels, while opening up brand-new coal mines, oil fields, and pipelines.”

“You don’t only continue business as usual,” said Thunberg, “in many cases you’re even speeding up and scaling up the process, pretending to have the most ambitious climate policies while granting new oil licenses [and] exploring future oil fields.”

In another swipe at Biden, Thunberg decried “pretending to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic even though astronomical sums of money have already been locked in, and not in green projects.”

“And when your empty words are not enough, when the protests grow too loud, you respond by making the protests illegal.”

“The G7, as an example, is spending billions more on fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure than on clean energy,” she noted.

“And when your empty words are not enough, when the protests grow too loud, you respond by making the protests illegal,” Thunberg charged. Her remarks came amid a wave of arrests of climate activists, including members of the youth-led Sunrise Movement in Washington, D.C. and Indigenous-led water protectors protesting the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota and elsewhere in recent days and weeks.

“But as your acts continue, more and more of us are seeing through… your role-playing,” Thunberg said. “The gap between your actions and words is becoming more impossible to ignore, while more and more extreme weather events are raging all around us. And as a result, young people all over this planet are no longer falling for your lies.”

“You say we need to move slowly to bring the public along,” Thunberg continued. “However, how do you honestly expect to bring the people along if you don’t treat this crisis like a crisis? The climate crisis is today at best being treated only as a business opportunity to create new green jobs, new green businesses and technologies.”

“Perhaps playing a role helps you sleep at night,” Thunberg speculated. “But while you are busy working the stage, you seem to forget that the climate crisis is not something distant in the future. It is already taking so much from the most affected people in the most affected areas.”

“This might just be a game to you, a game to win votes, popularity, points on the stock market, or your next highly paid position in a company or a lobbying firm,” she said. “You can and will continue to pretend, but nature and physics will not fall for it.”

 The original article can be found on our partner’s website here

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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