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  2. By Chris Gelardi MARCH 20, 2018 5 CITIZENSHIP 5 Ridiculous Refugee Policies You Should Know About The worst refugee crisis since World War II has brought out some countries’ inhospitable sides. Although it no longer dominates headlines, the world is still facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II. According to the United Nations, there are more than 65 million displaced people worldwide, including 22.5 million registered refugees, who have fled war, persecution, hunger, and natural disaster in hopes of finding safety and security across international borders. While countries like Canada — where many families have privately sponsored and supported resettled refugee families — and Germany — which is welcoming asylum-seekers as a way to revitalize run-down towns — have responded to the increasing numbers of refugees arriving at their borders with compassion and humanity, others are less hospitable. Some governments have done everything they can to close their borders and slow refugee arrivals, giving rise to some shocking policies. These are the five of the most ridiculous refugee policies in place right now. 1. In one French town, it’s illegal to feed refugees. Embed from Getty Images Calais, in northern France, used to be the the site of the “Jungle” — a makeshift refugee settlement occupied by migrants from countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2015 and 2016, thousands of refugees, including many unaccompanied children, set up camp in the Jungle as they attempted night after night to sneak across the English Channel to seek asylum in the United Kingdom. Read More: France to Close Calais Refugee Camp But in October 2016, citing public health, crime, and terrorism concerns, French authorities dismantled the Jungle, forcing around 9,000 of its residents to move elsewhere. To discourage refugees from forming another settlement in Calais, the city’s mayor enacted decrees effectively banning humanitarian organizations from distributing food to migrants. Since the camp was destroyed, French politicians have also committed to preventing large gatherings of refugees in public spaces. 2. In Saudi Arabia, refugees aren’t refugees In late 2015, Amnesty International asserted that Saudi Arabia was hosting a grand total of zero resettled Syrian refugees. By late 2016, the Saudi government claimed that it was hosting as many as 2.5 million. Strange as it may seem, both of these things may have been true. To be officially considered a refugee, a displaced person has to register for refugee status. That status, and countries’ obligations to protect refugees, are outlined in a 1951 United Nations convention which most UN member states have signed. However, Saudi Arabia, along with other Persian Gulf countries like Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, never signed it. So, when migrants fleeing violence enter Saudi Arabia, they’re not registered as international refugees, and therefore usually have to go through Saudi visa processes. This might not sound like it would make a big difference, until you consider that the Saudi government can, and often does, deny visas to migrants whom it would otherwise be illegal to deport under international law. This means that some refugees, like Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, have to make tough decisions, like between rotting in a Saudi jail or being deported back to a country where their people are experiencing ethnic cleansing. Take Action: Call on our leaders to tackle the refugee crisis Brought to you by: Coty Take the Quiz: What Do You Know About the Inequalities Faced by People Living with Disabilities? PASA A LA ACCIÓN 3. Immigration officials can seize asylum-seekers’ jewelry in Denmark Nestled between two of the world’s most desired destinations for asylum-seekers — Germany and Sweden — Denmark has become a bastion of anti-refugee policies over the past few years. These policies came to a head in early 2016, when the Danish parliament approved a law that would allow officials to seize cash and valuables valued at $1,450 or higher from asylum-seekers entering the country, supposedly to pay for the government services they were going to use during their stay. Initially, the law was used simply as a way to deter migrants from entering the country, but in June 2016, Danish immigration authorities seized around $11,000 from a group of Iranians who had flown to Denmark to seek asylum. Some critics of the law have compared it to the Nazi policy of stealing valuables from Jews as they were removed from their homes during the Holocaust. 4. Australia’s military blocks refugees from reaching its shores Embed from Getty Images They call it “Operation Sovereign Borders." In Australia, military officials patrol the waters seeking to intercept asylum-seekers traveling to the country by boat in order to send them (or even tow them) back to Indonesia or India. If refugees’ boats end up making it to Australia’s shores, they’re not allowed to stay in the country while their asylum cases are processed. Instead, they’re sent to processing centers on the tiny island nation of Naura, which Human Rights Watch says is rife with “appalling abuse,” or Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, which the UN has described as an “unfolding humanitarian emergency.” If migrants are granted asylum, they’re still not allowed into Australia. Rather, they have to resettle on whatever island nation they were detained. While the Australian government is starting to close the processing centers on Nauru and Manus Island because of well-documented human rights abuses at the facilities, asylum-seekers being released from those centers still aren’t allowed in Australia. Instead, the Australian government is exporting them to the United States. Read More: Notorious Refugee Detention Center Is Being Closed — But Refugees Refuse to Leave 5. In the US, asylum-seeking toddlers can represent themselves in court Since 2014, more than 200,000 unaccompanied children — mostly fleeing violence in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador — have traveled through Central America and Mexico, braving rape, robbery, and death from exposure to seek asylum in the United States. When they arrive in the US, half of these children don’t have lawyers to represent them as they present their asylum cases in immigration court. As the saying goes, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” Well, not in this case. Asylum cases are heard in civil court rather than criminal court, so the government is not required to appoint free lawyers, even if the defendants are children. According to one immigration judge, children as young as three are capable of representing themselves. “I’ve taught immigration law literally to 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience," the judge said during a deposition. “They get it. It’s not the most efficient, but it can be done.” According to Kids in Need of Defense, a legal nonprofit that represents immigrant children pro-bono, children without legal representation are five times more likely to be deported back to danger than those who have lawyers. Global Citizen campaigns for the support and protection of refugees everywhere. You can join by taking action here. 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  3. 🎉KILKENNY 🎉 You are amazing 😍 We are so proud to be called Chernobyl KILKENNY Outreach Group 🎉 Massive thanks to Mairead O Donnell, brain child, organiser extraordinaire & absolute legend 🎉 to Shane, Mairead’s right hand, thank you for joining us & helping with absolutely everything, no job too small 😘 To the people of Kilkenny who lined the streets for us, you are amazing 👬👫 TO Adi Roche for supporting us all today. Our stewards especially Vinnie Guthrie, to all the young ladies who sold posters all day long with smiles on their faces, our amazing celebrities especially those who braved the Segways! To SegwaySights.com, Kilkenny City Tours, Kilkenny Motor Club, Ray Brophy, who always provides music at the drop of a hat, Danny Lahart & Vicky Comerford, KCLR96FM, Kilkenny People, Ronan Phelan, Bourke’s shop for the us of their premises, to Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow especially Andy who makes all our guests smile, to Richie Guilfoyle of The Playwright who treated everyone to their dinner tonight & it was fab & to anyone who helped make today as brilliant as it was .. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM IF OUR HEARTS 💕
  4. A powerful speech from Sasha at last night's Kilkenny Chain for Chernobyl🧡
  5. https://www.charitycareersjobs.ie/job/communications-and-fundraising-officer/?fbclid=IwAR2XRj97VUQXc9w0EEjgX9jCkMMZ8prCKTt6vQUFjG56N2LkbPHzn0Vj9Pg Chernobyl Children International are #hiring a Communications and Fundraising Officer to join their organisation which gives support, care and hope to the children and families affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster https://bit.ly/2GdW5M8 #irishjobs #corkjobs #jobfairy
  6. We were delighted to see the wonderful work of harper and harp tutor Siobhan Buckley featured in The Irish Times today. Siobhan works with 120 young harpers at Music Generation Laois each week, providing quality harp tuition to the young people in the county. A great watch here! https://www.irishtimes.com/120-young-harp-pupils-benefit-from-innovative-tuition-in-laois-1.3961390?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR1L_HaQb2PdXzH6MRB4brqbG5muEbJwLKeGEurmFmIQGUmA4jeRrqCmFzU
  7. Put yourself in the 👟 👞 👠 of someone with a learning disability and find out what it's like to go to a hospital . Find out more and get involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF-JY1KL6m4
  8. LATEST UNAIDS NUMBERS SHOW WE HAVE NO TIME TO WASTE IN THE AIDS FIGHT If there’s ever been a time to take action, it’s now. The latest numbers just came in from UNAIDS—the world’s main source for the latest AIDS info—and the data is alarming. The pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment, and ending AIDS-related deaths is slowing down. This year’s Global AIDS Update from UNAIDS, Communities at the Centre, shows a mixed picture. Some countries are making impressive gains, meanwhile others are experiencing rises in new infections and AIDS-related deaths. We’ll be talking about the details of the report a lot more over the next few months, but the key takeaway is that AIDS is very much still a crisis. HERE ARE SOME NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW: 37.9 million people globally are living with HIV 23.3 million people are accessing life-saving HIV treatment—meaning more than 62% of all people living with HIV are accessing the medicine they need to stay healthy and alive 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV last year—equal to 3 people contracting HIV every minute 770,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses last year Over 400 babies are born every day with HIV We’ve made so much progress in recent years, but unfortunately, it’s nowhere near enough. The findings in today’s UNAIDS report show that we’re completely off-track to hit key 2020 targets to eliminate new infections and end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. And on a worrying note, the gap between resource needs and resource availability is widening. For the first time since 2000, global financing for the AIDS response—from governments, multilateral institutions and other donors—declined by nearly US$ 1 billion. We have absolutely no time to waste. We must take action now if we’re going to end AIDS, once and for all. SHOP (RED) SAVE LIVES
  9. 0 HEALTH 6 things you did to help land a historic Global Fund pledge 15 July 2019 11:52AM UTC | By: BILLY HILL ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email At ONE, we have a bold vision for a healthier, more equal world. I want to share the incredible news that we’ve won a huge battle in the fight for this. The British Government recently announced its pledge to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – and it’s a historic high. The pledge will play a key role in the fight against these diseases by helping to save an incredible 2 million lives over the next 4 years. As our UK Director Romilly Greenhill said, this bold pledge is something that everyone in the UK should be truly proud of. These diseases are some of the worst killers in human history. We can eradicate them for good, but only if the world rises to this challenge. This is why the strong leadership being shown by the UK is absolutely vital. ONE members played a huge role in convincing the UK government to make such a bold pledge and we wanted to share 6 things you did to make a difference: 1. 140,007 (… and counting) voices demanding more in the fight against AIDS An incredible 140,000+ members have signed our petition calling on global governments to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. We took your voices and delivered them to Number 10 Downing Street. ONE Youth Ambassador Laura (left) and Harriet Baldwin MP (right). 2. Meeting the decision-makers Over the last few months, ONE members have been getting out to meet the Ministers for the UK’s Department for International Development who make these life-saving decisions. Laura, a ONE Youth Ambassador, met her MP and government minister, Harriett Baldwin, to discuss why the Global Fund is such an important investment. 3. The next generation raising their voice Whether you’re 18 or 80, we’re lucky to have huge support for our campaigns across the country. Earlier this year, we visited secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask students why they wanted to see a healthier, stronger world and we were blown away by their responses. Hundreds of students wrote personalised postcards to their MP, and Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, setting out why they passionately believe in change (it was even covered in the local paper)! ONE Youth Ambassador Abigail (left) and Dawn Butler MP (right). 4. Meeting the MPs who make a difference Throughout May, ONE members met with MPs in the Houses of Parliament and beyond to talk about the importance of the funding for these diseases and asked them to write to Ministers in support of our call. 5. Championing British health heroes In May, we brought 5 incredible health heroes — everyday Brits doing extraordinary things around the world to fight disease — to the Houses of Parliament. Here, they shared what they’ve been doing to raise awareness, campaign, and asked their MP to act. Vreni — a teacher from Surrey who runs a small NGO in Zimbabwe supporting children that have lost their parents to AIDS-related symptoms — met her MP, Dominic Raab. Michael Sheen (centre) with Stephen Crabb MP (right). 6. Michael Sheen Last but certainly not least, ONE supporter and actor Michael Sheen joined us to deliver a speech to Parliament on why he fundamentally believes that supporting people and communities living in the world’s poorest countries is the right thing to do. This is a great step forward, but we still have more work to do! Add your name now to tell more world leaders that we need to #StepUpTheFight together to end AIDS. Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS Dear government and business leaders, We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.
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  11. 45061 Counting in relatively cool weather while awaiting the coming heat
  12. I’ve emailed live nation korea today and they said: “We don't have any plan for second show right now. Thank you, Live Nation Korea” The use of ‘right now’, could mean not ruled out completely but looks very unlikely.
  13. Jeremiah 20:10 Common English Bible (CEB) 10 I hear many whispering— “Panic Lurks Everywhere!— proclaim, yes, let’s proclaim it ourselves!” All my friends are waiting for me to stumble: “Perhaps he can be enticed. Then we’ll prevail against him and get our revenge on him!”
  14. Now down to 400 GA available. The slow trickle continues!
  15. 3. James 1:19-20 "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."
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  17. You seem to love her very much. That's everything, which I think you know. I'm very sorry to hear all of this, padawanbeck84. I will continue to say prayers. Please keep me/us posted. Not about me when I say my good thing is that I care. 💙
  18. 8 WAYS NELSON MANDELA CHANGED THE WORLD Today marks Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and we’re joining people around the world who are celebrating the life, achievements, and legacy of the former South African leader. Mandela’s impact on his people, his country, and the world as a whole has been far too vast to measure, though it has also been too important to leave untried. Here are eight ways Nelson Mandela used his life to change the world forever. 1. FROM THE BEGINNING, MANDELA KNEW THAT A SINGLE PERSON COULD BE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE. HE WASN’T AFRAID TO BE THAT CATALYST. “THERE IS NO PASSION TO BE FOUND PLAYING SMALL - IN SETTLING FOR A LIFE THAT IS LESS THAN THE ONE YOU ARE CAPABLE OF LIVING.” Mandela was born in 1918 in a small village in the Transkei, then a British territory in what is now South Africa. He would go on to lead a nation, change lives, and inspire countless people along the way. While he was only one man, Mandela shaped a better world through his own initiative. Mandela formed and joined many organizations and alliances during his lifetime and continues to be a symbol of the power that one individual has to make a difference. Almost every personal and professional road he traveled—whether that road meant establishing the first black law firm in South Africa, forming the African National Congress Youth League, or refusing a pardon due to continued injustice—was a brave and powerful example of the long journey to freedom. As Mandela put it, “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” 2. HE REFUSED TO GIVE UP ON HIS CAUSE AND HIS COUNTRY. Fewer images in history are more powerful than that of Nelson Mandela, fist raised in a dignified grey suit, walking after his release from 27 years of imprisonment. Mandela was only 44 years old when he was given a life sentence by the apartheid regime for his leadership of the African National Congress, an organization outlawed by the government for its anti-apartheid actions and positions. Mandela was first arrested on treason charges just four years after starting South Africa’s first black law firm and working with others calling for a nonracial state in the country. He would later be acquitted of these charges, only to be arrested yet again in 1962 for his work as a leader within the African National Congress. 3. MANDELA SET AN EXAMPLE OF DEDICATION, COURAGE, AND SACRIFICE FOR ALL. “YOUR FREEDOM AND MINE CANNOT BE SEPARATED.” During his trial, Mandela refused to defend himself in order to not legitimize the charges levied against him. In 1985, the government offered to release Mandela under the conditions that he would not engage in political activities once free. Nelson refused. "I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free," he said. "Your freedom and mine cannot be separated." 4. HE KNEW THAT HIS STRUGGLE WAS HIS PEOPLE’S, AS HIS PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE WAS HIS. BUT MANDELA OPENED THAT STRUGGLE AND HIS MESSAGE OF JUSTICE TO THE WORLD. In the mid-1980s, the world slowly awakened to the suffering of South Africans under apartheid rule. And while Mandela suffered behind bars, his message had never been louder. As anti-apartheid rallies grew, so did awareness of Mandela’s struggle for freedom for black South Africans. His message was so powerful that a protest song named “Free Nelson Mandela,” written and performed by the ska band The Special AKA after attending such a rally, became a top ten hit in the UK, and a legendary anthem worldwide. Mandela’s message was one of peace, justice and freedom, an inclusive campaign that all people could support. He set the precedent for messaging and rallying for future activists to come. 5. HE SET UP A FOUNDATION IN ORDER TO SECURE THAT HIS WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE COULD CONTINUE. Founded in 1999, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is the legacy that Mandela has left behind. The organization focuses on what was central to Mandela’s work: justice, dialogue, and social cohesion. Just as Mandela did so successfully in South Africa, the foundation “aims to use the history, experience, values, vision and leadership of its Founder to provide a non-partisan platform for public discourse on important social issues, and in doing so, to contribute to policy decision-making.” The foundation hopes that by providing people and politics with the relevant tools, the public can have informed discussions that lead to justice and freedom for all. 6. MANDELA DELIVERED A GROUNDBREAKING SPEECH FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS AT A CRUCIAL TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICANS. In 2000, a quarter of South African citizens between the ages of 15- and 45-years old tested positive for HIV/AIDS. In a time and place with four million infected people and incalculable stigma, Nelson Mandela called for bold new measures to be taken in the fight against AIDS. While he regretted not doing enough while he was in office, Nelson Mandela single-handedly set a new agenda for the future fight against HIV/AIDS with a groundbreaking speech in 2000 at an International AIDS conference in Durban. Combined with his public meeting with the revolutionary South African HIV/AIDS activist Zackie Achmat in 2002 and his relentless engagement with the fight through the later years of his life, Nelson Mandela was a devoted advocate for HIV+ South Africans all the way up until his death in 2013. 7. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT TO FORGIVE, HISTORY MUST NEVER FORGET ITS TROUBLED PAST. Nelson Mandela sought remembrance, rather than revenge, in response to injustices under Apartheid rule. He understood that the key to moving forward as a nation was understanding and learning from its troubled past. That’s why one of Mandela’s first actions as president of South Africa was to set up a Committee for Truth and Reconciliation, a governmental agency dedicated to investigating crimes committed under apartheid from 1960 to 1994. The program is a beacon for human rights volition investigators everywhere, and stands as a shining example as a guide for healing from past atrocities and unifying divided peoples. 8. MANDELA CHANNELED HIS CHILDHOOD LESSONS OF UBUNTU, AND GAVE THOSE VALUES TO THE WORLD. “HE NOT ONLY EMBODIED UBUNTU, HE TAUGHT MILLIONS TO FIND THAT TRUTH WITHIN THEMSELVES.” — BARACK OBAMA At his core, this was Nelson Mandela’s mission, and its story goes back all the way to his days as a child in that small African village. Ubuntu is the Xhosa idea that there is a oneness to all people. An impenetrable tie that binds us all to one another. A principle stating that conflict amongst people is temporary, only a brief diversion from the natural order of our true nature as human beings: togetherness. Mandela took this belief to heart, and with it shaped the world around him, believing that strength will overcome strife and refusing to be cynical. As Barack Obama said during Mandela’s eulogy: “Ubuntu, a word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: His recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. . . . He not only embodied Ubuntu, he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.” July 18, 2018
  19. Today is #MandelaDay! We're celebrating the life, achievements & legacy of the former South African leader. http://bit.ly/2NZsdoT
  20. Happy Birthday to one of our favorite (RED) Ambassadors, Kristen Bell! Thank you for everything you do in the fight to #endAIDS. 🎂
  21. 0 CULTURE 3 things you can do to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day! 17 July 2019 8:59AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Today we celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century: Nelson Mandela! In the later years of his life, Mandela spoke publicly and passionately about the fight against AIDS. He also took concrete action for change running campaigns dedicated to fighting AIDS. Mandela was convinced that ending the stigma that surrounded HIV and providing access to antiretrovirals (ARV) were solutions to combating the disease and saving lives. So, we thought, what better way to honour Mandela’s legacy than continuing to transform these words into action? Join us in sharing Mandela’s words and continuing his fight to end AIDS! Here are three things you can do to get involved: 1. #StepUpTheFight against AIDS. Nelson Mandela said, “History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against HIV/AIDS.” Honour his legacy by adding your name to our petition and show your commitment to ending HIV/AIDS for good. 2. Send a message. To change the world, we need to work together. To do that, we need you to spread the word about how we’re amping up the fight to end AIDS. Click here to amplify our call to action! 3. Learn more about the powerful fund aiming to end AIDS. Since 2002, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has helped slash deaths from these diseases by a third! This innovative partnership backs brave frontline nurses and doctors and the latest technologies to help people fight back against these killer diseases. Read more here about the incredible work they’re doing around the world. BONUS: Find out what superhero you are! Just like the Global Fund, our powerful crew of life-saving heroes work in all kinds of different ways to fight for a better world. Are you ready to find out which of these superheroes you’re most like? Click here to take our quiz! Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS Dear government and business leaders, We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.
  22. Nelson Mandela did tremendous work in the fight against AIDS, but there’s more to be done. This#MandelaDay, keep his legacy alive by taking action to #StepUpTheFight: bit.ly/30svGBM
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