Advocacy Campaign – The Arc Marion http://thearcmarion.org/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:20:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thearcmarion.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7.png Advocacy Campaign – The Arc Marion http://thearcmarion.org/ 32 32 EPA Action Gives Grassroots Momentum to Cut Toxic ‘Eternal Chemicals’ | Health News from the Healthiest Communities https://thearcmarion.org/epa-action-gives-grassroots-momentum-to-cut-toxic-eternal-chemicals-health-news-from-the-healthiest-communities/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/epa-action-gives-grassroots-momentum-to-cut-toxic-eternal-chemicals-health-news-from-the-healthiest-communities/ ROME, Ga. — Intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River are now mostly dormant in this northwest Georgia city. Local officials say years of contamination miles upriver have sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, making it potentially dangerous for […]]]>

ROME, Ga. — Intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River are now mostly dormant in this northwest Georgia city.

Local officials say years of contamination miles upriver have sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, making it potentially dangerous for the estimated 37,000 city ​​residents. A change in the Oostanaula’s water source and additional treatment reduced the traces of chemicals passing through residents’ faucets, but it did not eliminate PFAS from the community’s water supply.

Test results that revealed contamination in Rome have echoed in communities across the country as researchers and regulators grapple with concerns about the implications of consuming the ubiquitous chemicals. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is accelerating the debate. In June, the EPA issued new drinking water advisories for PFAS that lower the level regulators consider safe for four chemicals in the family, including two of the most common, PFOA and PFOS.

EPA health advisories are not legally enforceable. But the agency is expected this year to propose new limits on PFAS in public water systems. If these drinking water regulations reflect the latest advice from the EPA, water system operators nationwide will need to take action to address the presence of these chemicals.

“It’s a pretty important message,” said Dr. Philippe Grandjean, a PFAS expert and adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. “This stuff is everywhere.”

The Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization that tracks PFAS, said it has recorded more than 2,800 sites in the United States contaminated with PFAS. Public records show the chemicals appeared in water samples taken from household water wells, churches, schools, military bases, nursing homes and municipal water supplies in small towns like Rome and big cities like Chicago.

They are also present in the blood of almost all Americans, according to studies. And some PFAS compounds bioaccumulate, meaning the chemical concentrations are not readily eliminated in the body and instead increase over time as people consume trace amounts of them each day.

In July, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said PFAS testing should be offered to people who have likely been exposed to high levels in the course of their work or those who live in areas where PFAS contamination is known. Grandjean, who helped review the report for the National Academies, said the committee concluded that “people have a right to know their level of exposure and to be offered appropriate medical follow-up.” He said it was “very important and, in my opinion, necessary”.

The EPA advisories and National Academies report follow ongoing grassroots efforts to limit PFAS chemicals, which have been used in consumer products for decades. Since their invention in the 1940s, the compounds – known by the nickname “eternal chemicals” because they don’t break down quickly – have been widely applied to household and industrial products, including carpets, rainwear and kitchen utensils. non-stick cooking.

The presence of PFAS in fire-fighting foam, food packaging and even dental floss poses an ongoing challenge. And efforts to reduce PFAS resemble the often frustrating decades-long campaign to eliminate another environmental hazard – lead – from homes, soil and water.

“There has been a dramatic increase in advocacy and public awareness of PFAS,” said Alissa Cordner, chemical expert and professor of environmental sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

In their report, National Academies researchers said they found links between PFAS exposure and four health problems: decreased immune response, elevated cholesterol, decreased infant and fetal growth, and increased risk of kidney cancer. The report also found a possible association between the chemicals and breast cancer, changes in liver enzymes, an increased risk of testicular cancer and thyroid disease.

And EPA officials said the agency’s latest advice is based on new scientific data and takes into account indications “that certain adverse health effects may occur with concentrations of PFOA or PFOS in water close to zero”.

However, most states do not regulate PFAS.

That makes the EPA’s advisories important, said Jamie DeWitt, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina University. “The message from the EPA is that if these PFAS can be detected in drinking water, they pose health risks,” she said.

The American Chemistry Council, an industry trade group, pushed back against the advisories and recently asked a federal court to overturn them, saying the agency’s process was “scientifically flawed and procedurally inappropriate” and set “incredibly low standards for PFOA and PFOS in alcohol consumption”. water.” In a June statement, the council said PFAS have important uses, including in renewable energy efforts and medical supplies.

A producer of PFAS, 3M, said in a statement that the company “has acted responsibly with respect to products containing PFAS and will vigorously defend its record of environmental stewardship.”

Compound development took off with initial successes in Teflon and later in Scotchgard. There are currently 12,000 variants, but only about 150 are being studied by scientists and government agencies, DeWitt said.

American manufacturers have voluntarily eliminated PFOS and PFOA, the two most common products, but they are still found in drinking water. The city of Rome is among 10 communities in North Georgia where PFOS or PFOA have been found in the drinking water supply at levels higher than those reported by EPA advisories, the agency said. state environmental regulations.

Six years ago, Rome officials were forced to switch the city’s water supply from the Oostanaula to the nearby Etowah River, a brownish tributary that merges with the Oostanaula near a bridge in the downtown. Years of chemical contamination in the Oostanaula, which Rome officials say begins dozens of miles upstream at Dalton, has made the water potentially dangerous. They said that in Dalton, the epicenter of carpet manufacturing in the United States, industrial waste containing PFAS seeped into the Conasauga River, which empties into the Oostanaula.

Rome officials plan to build a $100 million reverse osmosis filter system to remove chemicals from the city’s water supply. Taxpayers will foot the bill, though a city lawsuit against carpet makers and their chemical suppliers seeks to recoup those costs. A separate lawsuit filed by a Rome resident and a taxpayer makes similar charges against the upstream companies. Defendants in the two Rome-based lawsuits have denied the allegations.

The EPA announced $1 billion in grants so states can address PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water. But changes to public water systems nationwide will likely exceed that allocation quickly.

Downstream from Rome, officials in the towns of Center and Gadsden, Alabama, reported high levels of PFAS in the Coosa River and filed lawsuits against carpet makers. The Gadsden trial is expected to go to trial in October.

Chemicals have drawn a wave of litigation over the past two decades. A Bloomberg Law analysis found more than 6,400 PFAS-related lawsuits filed in federal court between July 2005 and March 2022.

Substantial payments followed. DuPont and Chemours, which had made PFAS products for decades, settled more than 3,500 lawsuits in 2017 for more than $670 million. Both companies have denied any wrongdoing. And 3M settled a lawsuit from the state of Minnesota for $850 million. The same company settled a lawsuit in the Decatur, Alabama area for $98 million.

The EPA should now cast a wider net to consider the wide variety of chemicals, Cordner said. “The persistence of PFAS means we’re going to deal with it for a long time,” she said. “Because of their quantity, we have to treat PFAS as a class. We cannot proceed chemical by chemical.

EPA spokesman Tim Carroll said in an email to KHN that the agency is working to divide the large class of PFAS into smaller categories based on similarities such as chemical structure, physical and chemical properties and toxicological properties. This work, he said, would “accelerate the effectiveness of regulations, enforcement measures, and the tools and technologies needed to remove PFAS from air, land, and water.”

Meanwhile, some companies and the military have decided to stop using the chemicals.

The Green Science Policy Institute, an environmental advocacy group, has compiled a list of PFAS-free products, including clothing and rainwear, footwear, baby products, cosmetics and dental floss.

Two years ago, Home Depot and Lowe’s said they would not sell rugs or carpets containing PFAS. This year, textile manufacturer Milliken said it would eliminate all PFAS from its facilities by the end of 2022.

A handful of flooring companies have followed suit. Dalton-based Shaw Industries, a defendant in the Rome lawsuits, said it has stopped using PFAS in floor and stain treatments for residential and commercial carpet products.

The Coosa River Basin Initiative, a Rome-based environmental advocacy organization, is following the PFAS issue closely. Its executive director, Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, said the EPA acted “lightning fast” on PFAS, compared to the agency’s other actions.

But unless eventual regulations are sweeping and cleanups are extended, he said, “we the people will be guinea pigs for PFAS-related health issues.”

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism on health issues. Along with policy analysis and polls, KHN is one of the three main operating programs of the KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed non-profit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

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Healey and Campbell make their first joint campaign appearance for Governor, AG https://thearcmarion.org/healey-and-campbell-make-their-first-joint-campaign-appearance-for-governor-ag/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 20:48:50 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/healey-and-campbell-make-their-first-joint-campaign-appearance-for-governor-ag/ “We write history. Are you ready to make history,” Campbell asked supporters during his appearance with Healey in Mattapan Square. Campbell represented the neighborhood during his six years on the Boston City Council. “We are going to change the game,” she said. Campbell’s competitors for the Democratic nomination in the race for attorney general are […]]]>

“We write history. Are you ready to make history,” Campbell asked supporters during his appearance with Healey in Mattapan Square. Campbell represented the neighborhood during his six years on the Boston City Council.

“We are going to change the game,” she said.

Campbell’s competitors for the Democratic nomination in the race for attorney general are Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, and Quentin Palfrey, a former assistant attorney general who won the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.

The primary is Sept. 6, but voting has already started for people voting by mail.

Palfrey’s campaign said he was attending events this weekend in Franklin, Bridgewater, Salem, Attleboro and Falmouth. He has racked up more than 300 endorsements, according to his campaign, including support for progressive organizations and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2222, which helps State House workers trying to unionize.

“This election is going to be decided by the voters,” a spokesperson for Palfrey said in a statement. “Voters want a people’s advocate who will stand up to the Supreme Court, who will fight for Medicare for All, who is backed by the Democratic Party and not funded by special interests.”

Liss-Riordan’s campaign manager, Jordan Meehan, said in a statement that she’s ‘focused on getting her message to voters and will spend every day until the polls close doing so. “.

“The fact is, she’s the only practicing attorney in this race for attorney general, and voters want someone who practices law to be the next AG,” he said. “We see it every day.”

The winner of the Democratic primary will face James R. McMahon III, the only Republican in the running. In 2018, he ran unsuccessfully against Healey, who garnered 70% of the vote to win a second term.

Healey is the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, after State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz of Jamaica Plain ended her candidacy in June. The Republican gubernatorial candidates are Geoff Diehl, a Donald Trump-backed conservative; and first-time contestant Chris Doughty, a Wrentham businessman.

Healey said she offered Campbell her endorsement unsolicited because she thought “Andrea is the best person to be the next attorney general, the people’s advocate.”

Campbell has the “courage and conviction” to take on powerful corporations, Healey said, and she has empathy for others drawn from her compelling life story. While poverty and incarceration shaped Campbell’s family history, she excelled academically, graduating from Boston Latin School, Princeton University, and UCLA Law School. . In 2012, her twin brother died while remanded in state custody. Three years later, she was elected to represent District 4 on the city council.

In 2020, she launched a bid for mayor but failed in the preliminary elections, finishing third behind fellow city council members Annissa Essaibi George and eventual winner Michelle Wu.

“She brings an incredible lived experience,” Healey told supporters. “And I know from her lived experience that she will be that much better placed to deliver to the people who need it most in this state.”

Shortly after, Campbell and Healey passed a woman on the sidewalk who told them she was homeless.

“I am Maura Healey. I want to be your governor. It’s Andrea Campbell. She wants to be your attorney general,” Healey told her.

“I read about you,” the woman told Campbell. Then she addressed Healey.

“I don’t know much about you, but your energy is really good,” she said.

Healey and Campbell then headed north to campaign at the city’s Open Streets event on Blue Hill Avenue, where they were joined by Councilwoman Ruthzee Louijeune.

Louijeune said Campbell spent years advocating for criminal law reform and social justice.

“I believe in his zealous advocacy,” she said. “She is relentless when it comes to our communities.”


Laura Crmaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.

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Gabby Petito’s family announces $100,000 donation to domestic violence hotline https://thearcmarion.org/gabby-petitos-family-announces-100000-donation-to-domestic-violence-hotline/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 20:44:13 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/gabby-petitos-family-announces-100000-donation-to-domestic-violence-hotline/ FBI (NEW YORK) — Nearly a year after Gabby Petito’s death, her family has announced a major donation to help victims of domestic violence. The Gabby Petito Foundation, formed by Petito’s family after his death, donated $100,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provides free resources and support for people suffering from domestic violence. […]]]>
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(NEW YORK) — Nearly a year after Gabby Petito’s death, her family has announced a major donation to help victims of domestic violence.

The Gabby Petito Foundation, formed by Petito’s family after his death, donated $100,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provides free resources and support for people suffering from domestic violence.

“No family should feel the pain we feel every day since we lost Gabby,” Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said in a statement. “Survivors who are able to reach out should connect with an attorney promptly.”

The hotline said it would use the donated money to hire and train more full-time advocates and use it to “advance its technology infrastructure” so it can respond to more calls and messages online.

Hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones said the donation comes at a much-needed time due to rising rates of domestic violence throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The donation went to the hotline’s ‘Hope Can’t Wait’ emergency fundraising campaign, which is trying to raise $2 million.

“The volume of Hotline contacts has almost doubled compared to last year; on average, we receive nearly 80,000 incoming calls, chats and texts each month,” Ray-Jones said in a statement. “More than ever, survivors need validation, support and planning for safety, and a connection to resources such as shelter, legal aid, economic assistance and health care.”

She continued: “The generous donation from the Gabby Petito Foundation and all donations to our campaign will help ensure that our critical work continues 24/7 and we can connect with more people affected by domestic violence. .

Petito, 22, disappeared in late August while traveling through Colorado and Utah with then-boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who then disappeared after returning to Florida without Petito.

On September 19, 2021, search teams discovered a body in Bridger-Teton National Park, Wyoming, which was later determined to be Petito’s. An autopsy revealed she died of strangulation, officials said.

Search teams combed through the Florida wetlands where Laundrie was last seen and found her remains at the Carlton Reservation near North Port on October 20, 2021.

In January, the FBI released new details in the investigation into Petito’s death, saying Laundrie wrote that he killed her in his notebook.

Petito’s parents have worked since his death to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide support to those in need.

In his eulogy at his daughter’s funeral, Joseph Petito told mourners, “If there’s a relationship you’re in that may not be the best thing for you, leave it now. . Take care of yourself first.”

The mission of the Gabby Petito Foundation is “to meet the needs of organizations that support the location of missing persons and to provide assistance to organizations that assist victims of domestic violence situations, through strategies of education, awareness and prevention,” according to its website.

Experts note that when cases like Petito’s make the news, although extremely tragic, they can raise awareness of domestic violence and the many forms it can take.

On average, more than one in three women and one in four men will experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 experience the highest rates of domestic violence, according to Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy and advocacy for Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit focused on ending violence against women. women and children.

“Domestic violence is still a very serious issue,” Stewart told ABC News last year. “As a country, we’ve made great strides over the past 25 years, but we haven’t really reduced homicides that dramatically, and that still needs to be a real priority.”

If you need help or need help helping someone else, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text START at 88788 or chat online at TheHotline.org. All calls are free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7.

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Columbia City Council Third Ward; Lovelady defeats Skala after April draw https://thearcmarion.org/columbia-city-council-third-ward-lovelady-defeats-skala-after-april-draw/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 04:14:24 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/columbia-city-council-third-ward-lovelady-defeats-skala-after-april-draw/ Roy Lovelady made changes to the third quarter. After tying Columbia City Council incumbent Karl Skala in the Third Ward race on April 5, Lovelady defeated Skala in a special election on Tuesday, knocking him out after four terms. Lovelady received 1,419 votes on Tuesday to Skala’s 1,269 in the unofficial results, with all nine […]]]>

Roy Lovelady made changes to the third quarter.

After tying Columbia City Council incumbent Karl Skala in the Third Ward race on April 5, Lovelady defeated Skala in a special election on Tuesday, knocking him out after four terms.

Lovelady received 1,419 votes on Tuesday to Skala’s 1,269 in the unofficial results, with all nine constituencies reporting.

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The excitement at Lovelady’s salon, 360 Star Styling Studio, was palpable for Lovelady and her followers who were on hand to cheer her on when the final result arrived.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m a mix of emotions, but they’re all grateful,” he said.

While Lovelady, a community activist and business owner, is in no rush to place agenda items before council, he wants to address crime issues in the Third Ward, he said. before Tuesday.

He wants to take the time to learn and understand his new role, he said.

Columbia City Council Third Ward candidate Roy Lovelady speaks to members of the media shortly after news broke that Lovelady defeated incumbent Karl Skala in a special election on Tuesday.  Lovelady received 1,419 votes to Skala's 1,269.

Tackling crime rates in the neighborhood could include developing a strategic plan, Lovelady said, adding that other priorities will focus on affordable housing.

“I’m not saying that I alone will be the answer,” he said Tuesday.

Lovelady likes the idea of ​​bringing back neighborhood-focused community policing, but wants to find a new way to reinstate such a program, he said.

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The American Kidney Fund announces renewed support for https://thearcmarion.org/the-american-kidney-fund-announces-renewed-support-for/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/the-american-kidney-fund-announces-renewed-support-for/ ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced that Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Otsuka) and Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company are renewing their support for the ‘AKF national education campaign, Know Your Kidneys™ whose goal is to empower individuals to realize life’s possibilities by preventing or […]]]>

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) today announced that Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Otsuka) and Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company are renewing their support for the ‘AKF national education campaign, Know Your Kidneys™ whose goal is to empower individuals to realize life’s possibilities by preventing or slowing the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This support will help AKF expand the campaign to include new materials and messaging to continue to reach those most at risk for kidney disease.

In the United States, 37 million people live with kidney disease, but nine out of 10 people with the disease are unaware they have it because they usually have no symptoms until the advanced stages, when the kidneys are already badly damaged. The Know your kidneys encourages Americans to better understand the vital role their kidneys play in their overall health and to take steps to ensure early diagnosis and proper management of CKD, as well as its key precursors, high blood pressure and diabetes , to help prevent or slow progression.

“We are grateful to Otsuka and Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly for helping AKF continue and grow our Know your kidneys said LaVarne A. Burton, AKF President and CEO. “As kidney disease rates continue to rise in the United States, we hope to increase access to educational tools that will help people be diagnosed with kidney disease earlier and hopefully prevent it altogether. .”

The campaign has a positive message: by knowing the condition of your kidneys, you can ultimately live a longer and healthier life. It offers educational content and downloadable discussion guides to encourage patients to start critical conversations with their healthcare teams to protect their kidneys before and after a diagnosis of kidney disease. With additional support from Otsuka and Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly, the campaign will expand to include new materials such as animated explainer videos and information focused on stage 3 chronic kidney disease, a tipping point before the disease progresses to renal failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney. transplant to survive.

“Kidney disease is often called ‘the silent killer’ because you don’t develop any signs or symptoms until the disease has progressed to kidney failure,” Burton said. “By continuing to improve our Know your kidneys campaign, the AKF aims not only to raise awareness of the importance of kidney health, but also to educate and empower people to learn about the condition of their own kidneys, intervening early before it does not put their lives in danger.

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About the American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit. AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease and millions more at risk, with an unparalleled range of programs that support people everywhere in their fight against kidney disease, from prevention to transplantation. With programs that address early detection, disease management, financial assistance, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than the ‘AKF. The AKF, one of the nation’s highest-rated nonprofits, invests 97 cents of every dollar donated in programs, earning Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for 20 consecutive years as well as the seal of Platinum Transparency from Candid, formerly GuideStar.

For more information, please visit KidneyFund.orgor join us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram and LinkedIn.

        
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Christians banned from worship in Burkina Faso https://thearcmarion.org/christians-banned-from-worship-in-burkina-faso/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 19:46:12 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/christians-banned-from-worship-in-burkina-faso/ 30/07/2022 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – According to Aid to the Church in Need International, Catholic churches in Burkina Faso are experiencing interference from Islamic groups in the country. In many cases, activists enter churches during service and force men and women to sit separately. In other cases, sermons are replaced by Islamic sermons. […]]]>

30/07/2022 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – According to Aid to the Church in Need International, Catholic churches in Burkina Faso are experiencing interference from Islamic groups in the country. In many cases, activists enter churches during service and force men and women to sit separately. In other cases, sermons are replaced by Islamic sermons. However, many people in the villages do not receive proper pastoral care, and the pastoral care that occurs is only because it is authorized by the Islamists.

This recent interference follows an attack that killed 20 people on July 3. It also follows another recent incident in which a New Orleans native, Sister Suellen Tennyson, was abducted from her bed in Burkina Faso in April 2022. At 83, radicals took her without her glasses. , his phone or his medicine in his sleepwear. She has not yet been found.

Once a harmonious nation, Burkina Faso has fallen under the shadow of radical Islamists since 2015 and has suffered like many other Sahel countries in Africa. Deliberate targeting of Christian places of worship has been one of the main goals of radical Islamic groups targeting the area since they began to establish a foothold there.

Please continue to pray for Burkina Faso and for an end to Islamic extremism. Pray for those who commit horrible crimes against humanity, that they will experience the love of Jesus and be guided from darkness to light. Please also pray that the Lord will protect and strengthen the persecuted church and bring healing to all those affected by the violence.

Please also pray for the safety and recovery of Sister Suellen Tennyson.

For interviews, please contact press@persecution.org.

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The Church has an obligation to uphold basic human rights https://thearcmarion.org/the-church-has-an-obligation-to-uphold-basic-human-rights/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 05:10:29 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/the-church-has-an-obligation-to-uphold-basic-human-rights/ Joseph F. Naumann is Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. by Bishop Joseph F. Naumann Next Tuesday’s (August 2) election on the “Value Them Both” amendment is of supreme importance, not only to our state, but to the nation as a whole. I am grateful to everyone in the Catholic community who […]]]>
Joseph F. Naumann is Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

by Bishop Joseph F. Naumann

Next Tuesday’s (August 2) election on the “Value Them Both” amendment is of supreme importance, not only to our state, but to the nation as a whole. I am grateful to everyone in the Catholic community who has been involved in the broad coalition of Kansans working to pass the “Value Them Both” amendment.

Unfortunately, opponents of “Value Them Both” have engaged in a disinformation campaign aimed at spreading confusion about the amendment. Their advertisements labeled the “Value Them Both” amendment as an abortion ban. Personally, I wish I could protect every child and every mother from the tragedy of abortion, but this amendment does not do that.

It simply corrects the Kansas Supreme Court’s 2019 decision that claimed to have found an abortion right in the Kansas Constitution. The court, giving reasons for its decision, declared that all existing laws regarding abortion are presumed unconstitutional.

The law behind the lawsuit was a ban on live mutilation abortions. These are abortions where the abortionist literally dismembers the body of the unborn baby while it is still alive in the womb, pulling the little limbs one by one out of the mother. The doctor then crushes the baby’s head so that he can also remove it from the mother’s womb.

The first law the abortion industry successfully asked the court to strike down was a clinic regulation law that resulted from revelations of unsanitary conditions at an abortion clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. One of the provisions of the law required the abortionist to have medical privileges at a nearby hospital in case of medical complications resulting from the abortion.

Interestingly, the ads opposing “Value Them Both” claim that abortion is already highly regulated in Kansas. It is true that Kansas, through our elected representatives, has passed laws requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortions, informed consent requirements for women undergoing abortions, and prohibitions on taxpayer-funded abortion.

All of these laws have been vigorously opposed by the abortion lobby, the same groups that fund today’s ads. All are subject to overthrow if the “Value Them Both” amendment is not passed.

Opponents of ‘Value Them Both’ claimed that its passage would prevent women from receiving proper treatment for ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages. It is completely false. In fact, in an official legal opinion issued on July 22, 2022, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt stated that the medical treatment of ectopic pregnancies or fetal death is not “abortion” under Kansas law and therefore would not be affected by the passage of the “Value Them” proposal. Both” constitutional amendment. (See: ag.ks.gov/opinions.)

I received a few letters and emails objecting to the church’s support of “Value Them Both,” asking if I was diverting money from other important pastoral ministries. All of the money that has been used to support “Value Them Both” comes from an appeal I made to every member of the Archdiocese several months ago.

Those who donated to the Respect Life Special Fund were informed that their donations would be used to support the educational efforts of “Value Them Both” as well as increase financial support for Pregnancy Resource Centers (aka Pregnancy Clinics in crisis cases), Project Gabriel, Walking with Moms in Need, post-abortion reconciliation and healing programs (Project Rachel and Project Joseph), and our efforts to better serve foster children.

Donors have given over $6 million to this special Respect Life appeal, allowing us to be generous in our support of “Value Them Both,” but also allowing us to dramatically increase support for the many pastoral programs that also help those who have a premature pregnancy. such as those who suffer emotional and/or spiritual trauma after an abortion.

If you haven’t donated to our special Respect Life fund yet, please consider doing so. Any additional donations will support these crucial pastoral programs that not only help during pregnancy, but continue to support mothers and their children after the child is born.

Some people objected to the church advocating so strongly to “value them both”. They interpret the involvement of the archdiocese as a violation of the so-called separation of church and state. Supporting a constitutional amendment is not partisan politics. It does not endorse political candidates or political parties.

Nor is it the imposition of Catholic theology on our fellow Kansas. Protecting women and children from abortion is a human rights issue. I will never apologize for the church’s advocacy of basic human rights. The churches were rightly leaders of the civil rights movement in the second half of the 20th century and the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century. In a democratic society, the Church has not only the right, but the obligation, to defend fundamental human rights.

“Value Them Both” will allow Kansans, through their elected representatives, to determine public policy regarding the protection of women and children from the abortion industry.

It’s hard to understand why opponents of “Value Them Both” fear that the Kansans will determine abortion policy through their elected representatives. Abortion advocates insult not only Kansas legislators, but also the people who elected them by questioning their abilities to create public policy that reflects the views of their constituents.

When it comes to abortion, Pope Francis has often said that it is never right to kill a child to solve a problem. The Holy Father also said it is never right to hire someone else to kill a child to solve a problem. Pope Francis has also been clear that the protection of the unborn child is above all a matter of human rights accessible to all through reason.

I urge you to pray and fast for the passage of “Value Them Both.” I also encourage you to vote “yes” to “Value Them Both” on August 2.

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Gap’s back-to-school campaign ‘EVERYONE BELONGS’ spotlights real kids with unique abilities and differences who inspire and embody inclusion https://thearcmarion.org/gaps-back-to-school-campaign-everyone-belongs-spotlights-real-kids-with-unique-abilities-and-differences-who-inspire-and-embody-inclusion/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 12:56:00 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/gaps-back-to-school-campaign-everyone-belongs-spotlights-real-kids-with-unique-abilities-and-differences-who-inspire-and-embody-inclusion/ According to the book Everyone Belongs, by Heather ReviewsGapKids’ latest campaign continues to celebrate children of all kinds who thrive on their unique abilities and talents NEW YORK, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inspirational, inclusive and full of joy, the GapKids fall campaign reminds us that life is brighter when everyone has a place and […]]]>

According to the book Everyone Belongs, by Heather ReviewsGapKids’ latest campaign continues to celebrate children of all kinds who thrive on their unique abilities and talents

NEW YORK, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inspirational, inclusive and full of joy, the GapKids fall campaign reminds us that life is brighter when everyone has a place and everyone has a chance to shine. Just before the start of the school year, Gap celebrates its belonging with a new creation inspired by the children’s book of the same name, everyone belongsby Heather Reviews. The campaign features a wide range of real children of all special abilities and talents, including those of Avis’ own children with Down syndrome.

Check out the full interactive multi-channel press release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8840358-gapkids-fall-everyone-belongs-campaign/

Avis, a mother, founder of The Lucky Few Foundation, a national Down syndrome advocacy organization, New York Times bestselling author and uncompromising storyteller, is dedicated to creating a more inclusive world. With this release of his second book, everyone belongsAvis creates the perfect backdrop for Gap’s latest GapKids campaign, taking inspiration from the book and showcasing a diverse group of kids who are making the world a brighter place by sharing their individuality.

Designed by the creative director of Gap, Leon Peltiershot by Jack O’Connor and led by Lauren sick, the cast of kids showcase their individual styles and the joy they feel in being who they are and doing what they love. Dressed in loose organic denim, khakis, pocket tees, dresses, varsity jackets and more, the modern prep shines in GapKids Fall Icons.

“Celebrating individuality has always been emblematic of the Gap brand,” says Mary Alderete, Global Head of Marketing Gap. “Back to school is a great time to bring this message of belonging to the forefront and reinforce that there is no greater joy than being yourself. ‘EVERYONE BELONGS’ shares an important message for children and adults, and we’re excited to continue to nurture the individuality, acceptance and joy we feel when we embrace our unique selves.”

GapKids’ ‘EVERYONE BELONS’ Campaign Cast Includes 13-Year-Old Adrina Castro who can be found playing basketball, making silly videos with his sister, keeping fit and spreading positivity, all from his wheelchair; Beauden Baumkirchner, a four-year-old septic shock survivor who, with two prosthetic legs, enjoys biking, quad biking, swimming and kneeboarding; Six years Brody Schaffer has gained a large following on social media for her adorable personality and many talents. Brody can sing, dance, play the piano and more. everyone belongs The author Avis’ three children, Macy, Truly and August, are her inspiration for social awareness and acceptance. This is the third time Avis children have been featured in a GapKids campaign, amplifying their incredible journeys.

Beyond the campaign, GapKids is hosting its first-ever digital talent show, encouraging kids across the country to participate and show off their own talents and skills. There will be a call to action for families to upload videos of children performing their talents on social media, using the hashtag #GapKidsBelong, with a range of participants highlighted on future GapKids channels and campaigns.

And, to further celebrate belonging, Gap is turning the page on educational barriers by donating 20K new copies of everyone belongs to schools in need through First Book, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning materials to disadvantaged classes.

Gap’s “EVERYONE BELONS” campaign debuts on July 27, 2022, on GapKids Channels, TV and Digital. Follow @gapkids to see #GapKidsBelong content going live over the next few months.

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Strength : Jenna Satnick, [email protected]

ABOUT GAP @gap and @gapkids
Gap is an authority on modern American style. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap continues to build on its denim-based heritage and connect with customers online and at company-operated and franchised outlets around the world. Gap is a lifestyle brand that includes apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapTeen, GapMaternity, GapBody, GapFit, YEEZY GAP and GapHome collections. The brand also offers value-conscious customers collections designed exclusively for Gap Outlet and GapFactory stores. Gap is the namesake brand of the leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), which includes the Old Navy, Gap, Athleta and Banana Republic brands. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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NAM launches six-figure TV ad campaign against reconciliation https://thearcmarion.org/nam-launches-six-figure-tv-ad-campaign-against-reconciliation/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:12:27 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/nam-launches-six-figure-tv-ad-campaign-against-reconciliation/ Washington D.C.- The National Association of Manufacturers has launched a six-figure TV and cable ad campaign ahead of a potential reconciliation bill that threatens manufacturing innovation and competitiveness. The campaign calls on senators to oppose government price controls that would undermine the development of lifesaving drugs and the livelihoods of manufacturing workers across America who […]]]>

Washington D.C.- The National Association of Manufacturers has launched a six-figure TV and cable ad campaign ahead of a potential reconciliation bill that threatens manufacturing innovation and competitiveness. The campaign calls on senators to oppose government price controls that would undermine the development of lifesaving drugs and the livelihoods of manufacturing workers across America who deliver them.

“Government price-fixing programs that undermine our ongoing work to develop life-saving cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and respond to health crises are never the answer,” said the president and CEO of NAM executive Jay Timmons. “At a time when manufacturers are already facing extraordinary economic pressures, the Senate should focus on strengthening the competitiveness of our industry, not undermining it. We call on senators to vote “no” to reconciliation and to stand with American manufacturers and workers who are integral to fighting this pandemic and finding future cures. »

To see the latest TV commercial, click here.

-NAM-

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in all industry sectors and in all 50 states. The manufacturing sector employs more than 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion annually to the US economy, and accounts for 58% of private sector research and development. NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the primary advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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Cruz stumps in St. Charles County for Schmitt’s Senate bid https://thearcmarion.org/cruz-stumps-in-st-charles-county-for-schmitts-senate-bid/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 20:12:00 +0000 https://thearcmarion.org/cruz-stumps-in-st-charles-county-for-schmitts-senate-bid/ As he neared the end of his speech at a packed up St. Charles County Banquet Hall on Saturday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out that he has specific criteria when endorsing Republican primary candidates. Cruz said they had to be conservative and have a chance to win. Attorney General Eric Schmitt ticks both of […]]]>

As he neared the end of his speech at a packed up St. Charles County Banquet Hall on Saturday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out that he has specific criteria when endorsing Republican primary candidates.

Cruz said they had to be conservative and have a chance to win. Attorney General Eric Schmitt ticks both of those boxes, he said.

“If you’re really conservative, you’ll wear the stripes. You will carry the scars, because you fought,” Cruz said. “I support Eric Schmitt because he stood up and fought for the men and women of Missouri over and over and over again.”

Cruz praised Schmitt for his lawsuits against items on President Joe Biden’s agenda and school districts that implemented COVID-19 mandates. He also said a victory for Schmitt on Aug. 2 will ensure that the Missouri Senate seat remains in Republican hands.

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Supporters of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, cheer during a Saturday rally with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

“When Eric wins a week from Tuesday, I think the Democrats will be so demoralized that they’ll take the money out of the state,” Cruz said. “Because they know they can’t beat Eric in November.”

Even though Missouri has moved strongly toward the GOP in recent election cycles, some observers worry that if former Gov. Eric Greitens wins the primary, it will put the seat in jeopardy. Greitens has had an outrageous gubernatorial term and he is fending off further attacks over accusations he abused his ex-wife and son – which he has denied.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher. We need the majority,” Schmitt said. “But we also need people who are going to go out there and be disruptive and fight for you and never back down. And that’s why I run. Being the most popular person in Washington doesn’t interest me at all, I don’t care about going to cocktail parties. I will fight for you.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the Missouri Senate open seat, speak to supporters Saturday in Cottleville.

Greitens’ supporters have pushed back against the idea that he can’t win a general election, saying GOP insiders actually fear that Greitens will get a national platform that includes criticism of the Republican Senate leadership.

Greitens and U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler stepped up their attacks on Schmitt’s record in the Missouri Senate. Among other things, they criticized Schmitt’s plea for a so-called Chinese hub aimed at increasing international trade at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

“There are others in this race who talk like they’re tough on China,” Hartzler said Friday during a campaign stop in Lake St. Louis. “But they were really lenient with China.”

After Cruz’s speech, Schmitt dismissed this criticism.

“These attacks totally misrepresented my case,” Schmitt said. “I will continue to fight for an American-first agenda – for American jobs, energy dominance, more exports.”

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Abortion rights protesters shouted, “Blood is on your hands,” at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Saturday during a rally in Cottleville for Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Against Cruz and Schmitt

Two demonstrators interrupted Cruz’s speech by shouting, “Ted Cruz has blood on his hands”, before being escorted out of the event. Cruz then said, “There’s actually a simple way to keep angry lefties out of a room, just hand them a job application,” and he continued his remarks.

Several dozen protesters decrying both Cruz’s and Schmitt’s stance on abortion rights lined up outside in temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

Missouri banned most abortions after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Schmitt signed documents bringing the state’s “trigger ban” into effect.

“I believe there is going to be a backlash because there will be a lot of people voting to try and put things back where they were,” said one of the protesters, Manchester resident James Robinson.

TJ Moe, a former University of Missouri-Columbia football player and Schmitt supporter, alluded to the protesters outside during his introductory speech.

“I don’t know if you notice the protesters outside, but they’re there specifically because six minutes after Roe was overthrown, our attorney general declared Missouri the first pro-life state,” Moe said. “I mean, the worst thing you can accuse Eric Schmitt of doing while in office is trying to save America.”

The three leading Democrats running for the Senate nomination, Spencer Toder, Trudy Busch Valentine and Lucas Kunce, have all criticized the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Toder and Kunce want to get rid of the Senate filibuster so Congress can pass legislation legalizing abortion everywhere.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

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