Month: April 2014

Women and Children’s Aid for Development (W.O.C.A.D)-Plans to Grow for the Future

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

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HIV and AIDS have dramatically transformed the circumstances of children worldwide. As reviewed from 2003-2013.An Estimated 39,4 million people worldwide are living with AIDS, and two-thirds live in Africa. An Estimated over 15 million youth under 18 have lost one or both parents who succumbed to AIDS. Millions likewise are enduring with a chronically ailing parents. A large population of children that reside in Uganda and are orphaned or exposed for other reasons in Sub-Saharan Africa poses a significant obstruction to human well-being and economic development.

 

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HIV and AIDS have dramatically transformed the circumstances of children worldwide. WOCAD wants to help.

 

 

WocadMore than two million orphaned child and other vulnerable youth live in Uganda. These children face numerous difficulties in their life, including poverty; military conflicts; poor health; and a shortage of food, shelter, sanitation, and education. Additionally funding committed to services for these children has progressed in recent years.

 

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Women and Children’s Aid for Development, Uganda (WOCAD) is a growing Christian international charitable upstart organization that strives to improve the lives of the disadvantaged so they may reach their full potential by enabling them and contributing resources that will encourage them to become self-reliant and beneficial to their communities. Programs focus on education, livelihood support, health and housing.

The theology of the Wocad is mainstream Christian although it is distinctive in its appeal. The Wocad concept follows mainstream Christian beliefs, and its doctrine of Faith emphasize God’s “saving purposes.” Its objectives are “the progression of the Christian religion of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects helpful to society or the community as a whole.

 

 Women’s and Children’s Aid for Development Mission

Vision:

To Change the lives of OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and marginalized women

Mandate:

Promote, facilitate, coordinate and develop communities where OVC and the marginalized women live.

Mission:

To provide psycho-social, social and economic support to care for the OVC and the marginalized women.

Programs include:
1.Education,
2.Livelihood support,
3.Health and
4.Housing

For more information on W.O.C.A.D and their outreach and how you can help-Please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/wocad.uganda?fref=ts

 

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg  L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

 

Is Today’s Church Failing to get the message out!

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For over 100 years now we the church has been sending out missionaries to be pastors of churches, and thus God’s order has been reversed. Our methods as a “Church,” have not been scriptural. Hence, the world is majorly still evangelized in spite of all our efforts

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ChurchFor over 100 yearsnow we thechurch has beensending out missionaries to be pastors of churches, andthus God’s order has beenreversed. Our methods as a “Church,” have not beenscriptural. Hence, theworld is majorly stillevangelized in spite of all our efforts. How will thechurchequipthenextgeneration of leadersforthetask of proclaimingthegospel in the global world that is evennow upon us?
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Paul, thegreatestandmostsuccessfulmissionarytheworld has everknown, did not become a pastor, or a bishop. Hetravelled, preached, wonconverts, organizedchurches, placed them under leadership, andpassed on. Hedid not attempt to changethemannersandcustoms of thepeople. The Gospel, wherenecessary, did

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Activist Prepares for Hunger Strike to Combat Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings in California

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

On May 13, 2014 A California Professor James Cosner will go on a hunger strike “to his death,” according to Cosner and Organizers (CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE) as a method of civil disobedience against the State of California in a battle for cause. Cosner’s desire is to bring national attention to the growing stream of violent deaths of many mostly young men (citizens)-the reason given-is the incredibly tragic way many have died (resulting at hands of Police) or better know as “Police Brutality.

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Although he (Cosner) has not fallen victim to directly to Police Brutality, Cosner though his long-term Social Activism has dedicated his life to the rescinding of unethical social and economic aspects of the Criminal Justice policies in California and abroad. Additionally, Cosner has had dealings with law enforcement, which is not unusual and usually “Power for the Course,” as most advocates consider civil disobedience to be a very successful method of fighting Injustice.

 

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In California,  use of deadly force by police shootings continue to disturb communities. The “Hardest,” demographic base hit are low-income communities and communities of color. Many citizens recognize that no force is exceedingly more explosive and leads to tragedy, more than Police Brutality caused deadly force. Activist believe the multiple cases that most go under  Federal Justice Department scrutiny and investigation concerns are records of police wrongdoing addressed over the last several years, also any inquiries to the United States Attorneys and in addition to The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Activist believe the investigations, must include any/all Police Brutality cases handled solely by local police departments.

 

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Cosner’s objection, while timely, is not without merit- to date there are a growing list of examples – one in particular, in Bakersfield California, a 911 caller claimed a, “guy” had been viciously battered to death on one road by eight police officers. The man, who died that evening, was father of four, David Sal Silva, 33. Two eyewitnesses claimed to have recorded videos of the beating on their cell phones, but local police seized the phones.

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Other Major California Cases

 

Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. More info https://www.facebook.com/groups/433149643404154/
Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare

It has been two years since Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. Police later claimed that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, allegedly shot himself to death during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who attempted to arrest him for alleged fare avoidance.

Oscar Grat Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by "Police Brutality."  http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by “Police Brutality.”
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

 

With the particular example of Oscar Grant, Officer Johannes Mehserle claimed he mixed his service revolver for his taser. However, for what reason? Would the officer taser Grant in the first place? Grant continued to be restrained, also as he was circled by police officers and lying face-down in cuffs on the Oakland rapid transit platform. Many who know of the incident still question, under which? assumption did Mehserle think of the necessity to use any force at all? Officer Mehserle was eventually convicted in criminal court of involuntary manslaughter but completed less than two years in prison.

Rarely do methods of civil defiance draw the same level of public awareness as a hunger strike. This method has been used around world over to galvanize public support, unite a movement, and draw awareness to issues that under other conditions might go overlooked. What is completely reliant is how long the striker can continue to go without his or her most essential instincts, hunger strikes do not require posters or conference halls or television cameras. It is a method of dissent available to practically anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Here is a brief history of more well known-Hunger Strikes. While Cosner has not made himself a comparison to anyone else- Cosner’s Actions are inline in comparison and also in the thoughts and views of many great leaders, examples include;

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1. Mohandas Gandhi
An influence for many non-violent peace demonstrations, Gandhi conducted a twenty-one day fast against British control in February 1943. A Separate fast in 1948 concluded after five days, with Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus declaring they would work toward Gandhi’s concept of comprehensive national solidarity.

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2. Cesar Chavez
The Latino-American labor movement leader used hunger strikes on various occasions while agitating for farm workers. In 1968, Chavez began a 25-day fast to obtain recognition for the union he helped co-found, the United Farm Workers.

 

 bobby_sands_33. Bobby Sands
An Irish nationalist died 66 days into a hunger strike in 1981, and likewise Nine hunger strikers died after Sands after necessitating that many Irish Republican Army members were made political prisoners by the British during the unrest. The 27-year-old Sands dropped 60 pounds before he died.

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Statement from James Cosner

On May 13th, whether I am one or many, I will not eat as a form of spiritual and political protest until either I return to my ancestors or until the government meets the following demands:

First: Free Leonard Peltier, Move 9/8, Mumia Abu Jamal, Ramsey Muniz, and Rocky Boice immediately!

2nd: Fire immediately and level 1st degree murder charges against the following officers:

Gregory Sur and company for killing Mark Garcia, retry Johannes Mehserly for killing Oscar Grant, John Moody for killing Ernest Duenez, Miguel Masso for killing Allen Blueford, Steve Gilley for killing Michael Nida, Manuel Ramos for killing Kelly Thomas, Richard Hastings, Mikeal Ali, and Mathew Lopez for killing Kenneth Harding, Dan Hurtado, Ray Drabek, and Mike Brannigan for killing Martin Angel Hernandez, John Nesbitt, Gregory Dunn, and Erick Azarvand for killing James Rivera, Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for killing James Boyed, and ?? for killing Everado Toress.

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As landscape gets denser, more complex, the public outcry from inside California is growing louder, there will be more groups willing to come forward and engage the public, and the ability to undertake collective action. In the political arena, as the protests and demonstrations are increased Cosner and his group of “Freedom Fighters,” can only hope that their coordinated public effort with bring much-needed change.

I am committed to a particular course of action because I believe it to be true, my truth, and if I am wrong then I will take responsibility for being wrong. But, I do not believe that I am wrong.
We do wish for all the Creator’s children to mature, to grow up, to take responsibility, to find integrity, to secure intelligence, and achieve lasting wisdom.

James Cosner, Peace!

For More Information on James Cosner and the CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463153727251897/admins/?order=default

Related  Articles

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/david-silva-cell-phone-video-bakersfield-police-beating_n_3314957.html

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/01/22/284918/activists-in-california-protest-police-brutality/

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Texas & Florida Governors-Go on Execution Marathon (Including recent execution of a “mentally disabled” man)

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In TALLAHASSEE — Not since any time in recorded history have any two Governors Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants. Both in Florida and Texas the lining up three executions over the past few weeks, the most in such a brief time, in more than two decades. While, in both states use of Capital punishment, has become extremely questionable. There is a wealth of mounting evidence that corroborates this fact.
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Both Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his FLORIDA Rick Scott counterpart been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott have been responsible for a U.S. record at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
 According to research by many organizations including this recent report by Amnesty International-The death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world is discriminatory and is used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities.
In Florida Governor Scott has been so eager to use the death penalty. The state also leads the nation with 24 cases of death row exoneration‘s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Since taking office in January 2011, Governor Scott has endorsed eleven death warrants, and 13 more inmates face the impending issuance of a death warrant.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant." Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain
Governor Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida at one point recently by lining up three executions over the in a matter of weeks, the largest in such a brief period, in more than two decades. “It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and that information has long been shrouded in mystery in Florida, and it has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates. Inmates are entitled to appeal their convictions in both the state and federal courts, and every case undergoes an inquiry by the Florida Parole Commission before the governor can sign a death warrant.


Again, Scott not long ago signed three death warrants in succession, for sentenced murderers Elmer Leon Carroll, William Van Poyck and Marshall Lee Gore. All three have been on death row for greater than 20 years, A historical record.
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No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and which inmates are chosen, has long been shrouded in mystery, in Florida, and has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates

  

Unfortunately, Florida is one of 33 states that has the death penalty, and it has 405 inmates on death row, more than any other state except California. The state has executed 75 people since 1976.
USA 2013 ExecutionsScott’s stream of death warrant signings likewise parallels the Legislature’s recent passage of a bill aimed at speeding up the death penalty appeals process-dubbed the Timely Justice Act by legislators, the bill (HB 7083) passed both chambers by wide margins. Death penalty abolitionists released a current Columbia Law School “studyindicating to show massiveerror rates.” 
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffers from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic


In TEXAS- Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday April 9, 2013-executed Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, with research conducted by Amnesty International. Ramiro Hernandez Llanas  had a final hope for mercy a reprieve from the state governor because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency.

There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since Judicial Killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have happened during Governor Perry’s time in office.

In the Hernandez Llanas  case, the state had relied upon racial stereotyping and the views of discredited “expertise” to secure his death sentencenow carried out shortly after 6pm, local time, on 9 April.

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USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office.

“This case cried out for Governor Perry to use his power of reprieve. He must have recognized that the state has relied upon shoddyexperttestimony to get Ramiro Hernández Llanas to the death chamber,” said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s researcher on the USA.

At the 2000 trial, the prosecution turned to the testimony of a discredited psychiatrist, Dr. James Grigson, to rebut the opinions of mental health experts retained by the defense. Grigson, who had never examined the defendant, declared that Ramiro Hernández Llanas would likely commit future acts of criminal violence because he was a sociopath who lacked a conscience. James Grigson persuading the jury that the defendant will be a “future danger” to society, even in prison, reprimanded and although Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association because of his resort to such unscientific testimony in capital trials,” said Rob Freer. 

Being supportive of Hernández Llanas-The Mexican government filed a brief in the US Supreme Court in January condemning thedefamatory stereotyping of the functional abilities of persons raised in Mr. Hernandez’s low socio-economic, Mexican culture.”

Given that which came nextwas psychiatric testimony tainted by racial stereotyping – this case stood out starkly as one more Texas injustice that turned into continuity in the lethal injection chamber.
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Texas is no stranger to injustice when it comes to the death penalty,” said Rob Freer.
“Here it is again, Texas carried out a death sentence against someone whose mental disability called the constitutionality of his execution into serious question. Governor Perry  did not act as a matter of urgency.”

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, founded in 1876, together with The Arc of the United States, the USA’s largest community-based association working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also urged the Court to intervene. It refused to do so.

Last week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issuedprecautionary measures,” calling on the USA not to go ahead with the execution so that the Commission could have time to consider a petition before it. Today, the Commission stressed that for the USA to allow the execution to go ahead in these circumstances would “seriously contravenes its international legal obligations.”
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Background information on Hernandez Llanas 

Ramiro Hernandez Llanas was sentenced to death in February 2000 for the murder of his employer, Glen Lich, who was bludgeoned to death at his ranch in Kerr County on 14 October 1997. 

Hernández Llanas  only knew severe poverty in Mexico, as a child with his family living in a cardboard shack next to a scavenge dump. In tests conducted over the past decade, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas has been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits across a range of skill areas including linguistic, academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic.
There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office(glg)
“Constitutional protections must not be lost to expediency.”

 Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. And I believe that future generations, throughout the world, will come to agree.

Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations 1997 -2007.

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