Neutral Perspective: “Migrant & Immigrant Workers” take Jobs Nobody (Natives) Wants & Do Want?

‘Walmart Wendy’ filmed calling police on city worker she claims looks ‘illegal’ and ‘creepy’ Yahoo Lifestyle Hope Schreiber,Yahoo Lifestyle 6 hours ago (April 11th 2019)yahoo.com
“…A woman in a Glendora, Calif. Walmart parking lot showed her true colors when she was filmed going on a racist rant while asking police to “come get” a man who she claims looked “illegal.”

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On Monday, a Southern California Edison contract worker asked the woman to move her car so he could park the company truck straight. Instead of complying with the request, she rang the police and asked them to come to Walmart and arrest the city worker. At one point in the video, she asks the police dispatcher, “Do you live here? Are you from Africa?”

The video, shared on Facebook by a friend of the contractor, has already been shared nearly 5,000 times…”

DO WANT

How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy
A handful of industries get low-cost labor, and the taxpayers foot the bill.

Steven Malanga
Summer 2006 The Social Order
California city-journal.org
“…Velasquez’s story illustrates some of the fault lines in the nation’s current, highly charged, debate on immigration. Since the mid-1960s, America has welcomed nearly 30 million legal immigrants and received perhaps another 15 million illegals, numbers unprecedented in our history. These immigrants have picked our fruit, cleaned our homes, cut our grass, worked in our factories, and washed our cars. But they have also crowded into our hospital emergency rooms, schools, and government-subsidized aid programs, sparking a fierce debate about their contributions to our society and the costs they impose on it…

Yet while these workers add little to our
economy, they come at great cost, because they are not economic abstractions but human beings, with their own culture and ideas—often at odds with our own. Increasing numbers of them arrive with little education and none of the skills necessary to succeed in a modern economy. Many may wind up stuck on our lowest economic rungs, where they will rely on something that immigrants of other generations didn’t have: a vast U.S. welfare and social-services apparatus that has enormously amplified the cost of immigration. Just as welfare reform and other policies are helping to shrink America’s underclass by weaning people off such social programs, we are importing a new, foreign-born underclass. As famed free-market economist Milton Friedman puts it: “It’s just obvious that you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state…..”

Immigration Is Hurting The U.S. Worker By Steven A. Camarota on April 1, 2007 cis.org
“..The United States needs fewer immigrants, not more. Lower levels of immigration, both legal and illegal make sense for my country because the growing number of undereducated people crossing our borders have hurt less educated native-born workers. The U.S. needs to focus on reducing overall immigration levels. This means a drop in the number of immigrants from Latin America, which accounts for half of the new arrivals, many of them at the lower end of the educational spectrum…”

Of Course Immigrants Take Jobs From People; But They Also Create Them For Others Tim Worstall , Contributor Apr 4, 2015 @ 09:07 AM 15,547 forbes.com
“..One of the standard arguments against immigration is that those immigrants then take a job or two that could have been done by some native born worker. This is, of course, entirely true: immigrants do indeed take jobs that could have been done by someone else, native born or not. However, that’s not the entire story. Immigrants also bring with them (whether they are documented or not) their own set of desires and needs. And fulfilling those desires and needs thus creates a job or two that other people can do: some of those will obviously go to the native born. So, yes, immigration does “steal jobs” but it also creates them. What we’d actually like to know then is what is the net effect: and the net effect is undoubtedly beneficial overall. Thus the reason that economists generally believe that immigration is a good thing..”

Migrant Workers Hurt by Slowdown

NEUTRAL

Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers By GEORGE J. BORJAS September/October 2016 politico.com
The candidates tell drastically different stories about immigration. They’re both skipping half the truth.
“..Here’s the problem with the current immigration debate: Neither side is revealing the whole picture. Trump might cite my work, but he overlooks my findings that the influx of immigrants can potentially be a net good for the nation, increasing the total wealth of the population. Clinton ignores the hard truth that not everyone benefits when immigrants arrive. For many Americans, the influx of immigrants hurts their prospects significantly.

This second message might be hard for many Americans to process, but anyone who tells you that immigration doesn’t have any negative effects doesn’t understand how it really works. When the supply of workers goes up, the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down. Wage trends over the past half-century suggest that a 10 percent increase in the number of workers with a particular set of skills probably lowers the wage of that group by at least 3 percent. Even after the economy has fully adjusted, those skill groups that received the most immigrants will still offer lower pay relative to those that received fewer immigrants…

We don’t need to rely on complex statistical calculations to see the harm being done to some workers. Simply look at how employers have reacted. A decade ago, Crider Inc., a chicken processing plant in Georgia, was raided by immigration agents, and 75 percent of its workforce vanished over a single weekend. Shortly after, Crider placed an ad in the local newspaper announcing job openings at higher wages. Similarly, the flood of recent news reports on abuse of the H-1B visa program shows that firms will quickly dismiss their current tech workforce when they find cheaper immigrant workers…

When we look at the overall value of immigration, there’s one more complicating factor: Immigrants receive government assistance at higher rates than natives. The higher cost of all the services provided to immigrants and the lower taxes they pay (because they have lower earnings) inevitably implies that on a year-to-year basis immigration creates a fiscal hole of at least $50 billion—a burden that falls on the native population.”

Are immigrants taking U.S. jobs? debate.org

Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers? immigration.procon.org

Does Immigration Cost Jobs? By Viveca Novak Posted on May 13, 2010 factcheck.org
Economists say immigration, legal or illegal, doesn’t hurt American workers.
‘..Miller makes it all sound so easy: Eight million illegal immigrants working in the U.S., 15 million unemployed American citizens and legal immigrants — we could cut the number of unemployed in half if we just booted out the illegal workers. “The numbers are simple,” he says.

The numbers certainly would be simple, if they worked that way. But they don’t…

Immigrant workers “create almost as many” jobs as they occupy, “and maybe more,” said Madeleine Sumption, policy analyst at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, which is funded by a range of foundations, corporations and international organizations. “They often create the jobs they work in.” In addition, “they buy things, and they make the economy bigger,” she told us…”

Do Undocumented Immigrants Hurt The Economy? Not Exactly – Newsy
https://youtu.be/ZoWfjWSQ_yo
*they pay for social security, which “they” will unlikely see using in the future

Stats

The Effects of Immigration on the United States’ budgetmodel.wharton.upenn.edu
“…Despite these increases in labor supply, in many cases immigrants appear to complement American-born workers rather than replacing them. Because less-educated immigrants often lack the linguistic skills required for many jobs, they tend to take jobs in manual labor-intensive occupations such as agriculture and construction. Even for low-skilled native-born workers in these industries, the effects of increased competition from immigrants are ambiguous, as many take advantage of their superior communication abilities and shift into occupations where these skills are more valuable, such as personal services and sales.
Similarly, highly educated immigrants face a disadvantage in communication-intensive jobs, and therefore tend to work in scientific and technical occupations. Highly skilled natives in management, media, and other culture- and language-dependent jobs face little competition from high skilled immigrants. The inflow of foreign labor is, therefore, concentrated in a subset of occupations that tend to employ many immigrants already. Consequently, it is earlier immigrants who face the greatest increase in competitive pressure….

More often than not, immigrants are less educated and their incomes are lower at all ages than those of natives. As a result, immigrants pay less in federal, state, and local taxes and use federally-funded entitlement programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and other benefits at higher rates than natives. But they are also less likely than comparably low income natives to receive public assistance. Moreover, when they do take public assistance, the average value of benefits received is below average, implying a smaller net cost to the federal government relative to a comparable low income native.

However, immigrants often impose a heavier tax burden on natives at the state and local level. Immigrants — particularly those with low levels of education and income — generally have larger families and more children using public K-12 education, the largest component of state and local budgets. Furthermore, if immigrants’ children are not already fluent English speakers, the per-student cost of education may be substantially higher than for native-born children.
These factors impose short-term costs on state budgets. Over the long term, however, the upward economic mobility and taxpaying lifetime of second generation immigrants more than offset the initial fiscal burden.

NOBODY WANTS

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant On Money By ADAM DAVIDSON MARCH 24, 2015 nytimes.com

“..But immigrants aren’t oranges. It might seem intuitive that when there is an increase in the supply of workers, the ones who were here already will make less money or lose their jobs. Immigrants don’t just increase the supply of labor, though; they simultaneously increase demand for it, using the wages they earn to rent apartments, eat food, get haircuts, buy cellphones. That means there are more jobs building apartments, selling food, giving haircuts and dispatching the trucks that move those phones. Immigrants increase the size of the overall population, which means they increase the size of the economy. Logically, if immigrants were “stealing” jobs, so would every young person leaving school and entering the job market; countries should become poorer as they get larger. In reality, of course, the opposite happens.

Most anti-immigration arguments I hear are variations on the Lump of Labor Fallacy. That immigrant has a job. If he didn’t have that job, somebody else, somebody born here, would have it. This argument is wrong, or at least wildly oversimplified. But it feels so correct, so logical. And it’s not just people like my grandfather making that argument. Our government policy is rooted in it…”

Immigrants Aren’t Stealing American Jobs Tanvi Misra, CityLab Oct 21, 2015 theatlantic.com
More evidence surfaces that low-skilled native workers pursue different jobs than their immigrant counterparts.
“..Urban’s Maria E. Enchautegui studied a cohort of 16 million American workers without high school diplomas. She found that within this group, immigrants and native-born workers do very different jobs. In fact, she writes that native and immigrant workers at this level of education are much more dissimilar when it comes to their role in the job market than are workers at other levels of educational attainment. Here’s how she summarizes these results and their implication in a blog post:..”

Immigrants do jobs natives won’t do openborders.info
“..One of the arguments offered by supporters of expanded immigration, particularly in the context of low-skilled immigration to the United States, is that “immigrants do jobs that natives won’t do.” This argument, in the form stated, is incorrect, or at any rate, misleading. However, it does capture a conclusion many economists reach, which some have summarized as: “immigrants do jobs that wouldn’t exist if the immigrants weren’t there to do them.”

This position has been critiqued by many who are critical of immigration. For instance, in a syndicated column titled Immigration Taboos, Thomas Sowell writes:..

However, the actual economic argument is more subtle, and not so easy to ridicule. The key is to remember that prices not only affect the quantity of labor supply, but also the quantity of labor demand. If the supply curve shrinks inward because immigrants are not allowed in the labor market, then the price of labor increases, but the quantity supplied decreases, so overall, there are fewer jobs and less production…”

Foreign Workers Take Jobs Americans Don’t Want

Stats

Jobs Americans Won’t Do? numbersusa.org
“..According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are approximately 8.3 million illegal workers in the United States. Only 4% of illegal workers work in agriculture (Pew Hispanic Trust, Tables 5 & 6), where most laborers are foreign-born and employers have a legal guestworker program (the H-2a visa) to supply all the seasonal labor they need. Nationally, 25% (of 1.4 million) crop laborers are U.S. citizens; 21% are legal immigrant workers (including H-2a workers); and 53% are illegal workers (National Agricultural Workers Survey). In the midwest, 48% are citizens, 23% are legal permanent residents, and 29% are illegal workers…’

5 Reasons Why Immigrants Do Not Take Natives’ Jobs By Prof. Amelie F. Constant, Ph.D. huffingtonpost.com
“..In my World of Labor article “Do migrants take the jobs of native workers?“ I lay down the pros and cons of the impact of migration on natives and show that ‘migrants rarely take native workers’ jobs, and indeed they tend to boost employment effects in the long term.’ The five reasons are: a) self-employed migrants directly create new jobs; b) migrant innovators indirectly create jobs; c) new migrants fill labor shortages and lubricate the labor markets; d) the high-skilled contribute to technological adaptation and the low-skilled to occupational mobility, specialization, and human capital creation thus creating new jobs; e) by raising demand, immigrants cause firms to expand and hire more workers.

Public opinion research carried out in the U.S., France, Germany and the UK after the 2008-2009 recession also supports that finding. Accordingly, most people believe that immigrants fill job vacancies and many believe that they create jobs, rather than taking jobs away from native workers (see Figure 1)…”

Jobs Americans Won’t Do? A Detailed Look at Immigrant Employment by Occupation By Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler on August 17, 2009 cis.org
“…This analysis tests the often-made argument that immigrants only do jobs Americans don’t want. If the argument is correct, there should be occupations comprised entirely or almost entirely of immigrants. But Census Bureau data collected from 2005 to 2007, which allow for very detailed analysis, show that even before the recession there were only a tiny number of majority-immigrant occupations. (Click here to see detailed table.)

Among the findings:

Of the 465 civilian occupations, only four are majority immigrant. These four occupations account for less than 1 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Moreover, native-born Americans comprise 47 percent of workers in these occupations.
Many jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly immigrant are in fact majority native-born: ..”

Agriculture

‘They’re Scared’: Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage 5:48 September 27, 20178:00 AM ET Melissa Block Marisa Penaloza – Square
“..As in the rest of the country, growers in heavily agricultural northern Michigan rely overwhelmingly on migrant laborers to work the fields and orchards. Most of the pickers are from Mexico. Growers say it’s just about impossible to find Americans to do this work. ..”

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job By Natalie Kitroeff and Geoffrey Mohan March 17, 2017 | reporting from Stockton, Calif. latimes.com
Trump’s immigration crackdown is supposed to help U.S. citizens. For California farmers, it’s worsening a desperate labor shortage.
‘..Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Obama tightened the border. Now President Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border…”

That has made California farms a proving ground for the Trump team’s theory that by cutting off the flow of immigrants they will free up more jobs for American-born workers and push up their wages.

So far, the results aren’t encouraging for farmers or domestic workers.

Farmers are being forced to make difficult choices about whether to abandon some of the state’s hallmark fruits and vegetables, move operations abroad, import workers under a special visa or replace them altogether with machines.

Growers who can afford it have already begun raising worker pay well beyond minimum wage. Wages for crop production in California increased by 13% from 2010 to 2015, twice as fast as average pay in the state, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics…”

-Dairy Farms

The Worst Job In New York: Immigrant America
https://youtu.be/QXUdozfL7iM
“VICE News
Published on Jul 23, 2014
Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News

Milking cows is a dirty, monotonous job, and as we found out in our latest episode of Immigrant America, it’s not a job many unemployed Americans are willing to do. But for some reason the government doesn’t give dairy farms a way to recruit foreign workers legally, so most feel forced to hire illegal immigrants. This makes the farms and their workers easy targets for immigration authorities looking to fill deportation quotas. We went to upstate New York to try to understand the cat and mouse game going on between dairy farms and immigration authorities. We found a lot of wasted taxpayer money, racial profiling, and a broken system that unnecessarily treats family farmers and hardworking immigrants like criminals.

Read more: Unauthorized Immigrants Paid $100 Billion Into Social Security Over Last Decade: http://bit.ly/1o7iyfZ”

Food Prices Will Go Up

What Would America’s Food Supply Look Like Without Immigrant Labor? Wyatt Marshall Jan 31 2017, 2:00pm munchies.vice.com
If Trump follows through with plans to restrict immigration and deport undocumented immigrants, some industry experts say that farms and factories could be left scrambling, and the price tag for food could inflate dramatically.

Good News Sociology
https://www.facebook.com/groups/139706352858524/

Peacemaking: Various Ways Between Arabs and Jews

History

Why Jerusalem Matters To Palestine & Israel

Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 – review

Anshel Pfeffer

Mon 6 Nov 2017 04.30 EST
Last modified on Wed 21 Mar 2018 19.49 EDT

theguardian.com
“..Ian Black opens his excellent new history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Enemies and Neighbours, with a note on terminology titled Language Matters. He points out that in colloquial Arabic used by the Palestinians, Israelis are still often called “Yahud” – Jews. On the other hand, while until 1948, the year of Israel’s establishment, the term “Palestinians” usually referred to all inhabitants of Palestine, including Jews, it only gradually came to be used to describe one side in the conflict. Only in recent decades have Israelis started to differentiate their next-door neighbours from the rest of the neighbourhood, calling them “Palestinians” instead of the more amorphous “Arabs”. Words matter. They are the building blocks of the contradicting narratives each side has continued telling themselves, and the world…”

*see Neutral Perspective: Support or NOT for a Palestinian “State”? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/

Current News

Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The Biblical Impact: Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital …

Why Is Jerusalem a Controversial Capital? – YouTube

Jerusalem is Israel’s capital: Donald Trump’s FULL … – YouTube

What could happen if Trump moves the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? By Rebecca Shabad CBS News December 20, 2016, 6:00 AM cbsnews.com
“Moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may have been one of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises, but experts and Palestinian officials are warning of serious consequences if he follows through…

About a decade later, lawmakers passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Signed into law by President Clinton, the measure authorized the U.S. to move the embassy to Jerusalem by 1999 with one caveat — the president could indefinitely delay the move by signing a waiver, citing national security concerns…

Feith said he doubts relocating the embassy would trigger a spate of violence because he said it wouldn’t be much different than the way the U.S. already treats Israel since he said U.S. government officials hold official meetings with their Israeli counterparts in West Jerusalem “all the time.”

“As far as the Arab world going up in flames because we do this — it shouldn’t,” he said, “Because it does not, in fact, represent a significant departure. It’s not like the United States has actually been fighting the Israeli presence in Jerusalem all these years and now, all of a sudden, we’re reversing it. All we’re doing is we’re putting a label on it.”..”

Jewish Perspective

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JERUSALEM IN JUDAISM ijs.org.au
“..Jews have lived in the land of Israel for nearly 4,000 years, going back to the period of the biblical patriarchs (c.1900 BCE). The story of the Jewish people, Israel, its capital, Jerusalem, and the Jewish Temple there, has been one of exile, destruction and rebirth. In its 4,000 years of history Jerusalem has been destroyed many times and many times reborn. There has always remained a Jewish presence in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem, and the Jewish people as a whole always dreamed of returning to and rebuilding it, a longing reflected in the concluding words of Israel’s national anthem, ‘Ha Tikvah’ (‘The Hope’):

“The hope of 2000 years: To live as a free people in our own land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

..”

The Jewish Perspective of Jerusalem – YouTube

Muslim Perspective

The Islamic perspective of Jerusalem soundvision.com
“..The city of Jerusalem is very sacred to Muslims. It is one of the three most sacred cities in Islam. Jerusalem is called al-Quds al-Sharif (the Noble Sacred Place). In order to understand the sacredness of this city in Islam, one has to understand the faith structure of Islam. There are three basic principles of faith in Islam:

1. Belief in the oneness of Allah (Tawhid).
2. Belief in the divine guidance through His chosen Prophets and Messengers (Risalah).
3. Belief in the life after death, divine judgment and heaven and hell (Akhirah).

It is the second principle of faith in Islam in Islam that is directly related to our love and devotion to Jerusalem…”

Christian Perspective

The Significance of Jerusalem to Christians Jerusalem Day Prayer Breakfast speech by Susan Michael By: ICEJ News Posted on: 2 Jun 2011 (All day)
“Jerusalem has always been significant to Christians because of the places there where Jesus ministered and, most importantly, where he died and rose again. This is the obvious and simple significance of Jerusalem to the Christian world. This is why Helen, mother of Constantine, built churches there in the 4th century that commemorated these events in the life of Jesus and is why Christians from every denomination on earth visit Jerusalem and these very churches and sites…”

“..Isaac’s Birth Promised (Genesis 17:13)

15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah4 shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will cgive5 you a son by her. I will bless her, and dshe shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17 Then Abraham efell on his face fand laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 19 God said, “No, but gSarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name hIsaac.6 I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and imultiply him greatly. He jshall father twelve princes, and kI will make him into a great nation. 21 But lI will establish my covenant with Isaac, mwhom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” ..”

All 3 Have in Common

“..The Call of Abram (Genesis 12 )

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you…”

Both

JITLI 2010: Jewish and arab teens studing koran and bible

The Peacemaker in Jewish-Rabbinic and Arab-Islamic Traditions Daniel Roth
Volume 4. Issue 2, Spring 2011 religionconflictpeace.org

In rabbinic and Islamic law, a distinction is made between a judge engaged in arbitration (tahkim in Arabic, borerut in Hebrew) and a peacemaker engaged in conciliation (pius in Hebrew, solh or sulha in Arabic) or mediation (al wasata in Arabic, peshara in Hebrew). [5] This paper examines four questions regarding the peacemaker as found in Jewish rabbinic and Arab-Islamic traditions:

Who is the ideal peacemaker?
Should the peacemaker pursue peace only through acts of humility and nonviolence, or do certain situations warrant the use of force?
Should an offender approach a victim directly or send a peacemaker first?
Is the peacemaker permitted to lie in order to promote peace?

Each of these questions is examined in light of normative rabbinic and Islamic legal sources as well as descriptive accounts of peacemakers acting within Arab and Jewish societies. [6]
The Ideal Peacemaker

In Jewish rabbinic tradition, Aaron, the older brother of Moses and the first high priest of the Israelites, is the ideal peacemaker, known for “loving and pursuing peace.” [7] Aaron would “pursue peace between a man and his fellow, husband and wife, family and family, tribe and tribe.” [8] Aaron himself is described as never having fought with anyone: “If a man curses him, he says to him, ‘Peace be upon you!’ Should a man quarrel with him, he keeps silent.” [9] In rabbinic literature, the high priest (and eventually the rabbi) was the model peacemaker. One early legend found in the Babylonian Talmud tells the following story:

There were once two men who, being egged on by Satan, quarreled with one another every Friday afternoon. Rabbi Meir once came to the place and stopped them from quarrelling and settled them down for three Friday afternoons. When he had finally made peace between them, he heard Satan say, “Alas for this man [Satan] whom R. Meir has driven from this house!” [10]

In this story Rabbi Meir, one of the most respected rabbis of his time (second century CE, Palestine), made peace between the two individuals just by staying with them, thereby exorcising Satan from the house. [11]

One of the primary roles of the local rabbi, or hacham, was to promote peace in the community. In the sixteenth century, however, a small Jewish community under Ottoman rule believed it better for the communal peace that they not have a hacham. As time went by, communal conflicts increased and the community came to the realization that only a hacham could unite them all again and “mediate the peace, love and brotherhood” between them. [12]

In Jewish rabbinic tradition, the peacemaker was not always a holy or religious leader. Even jesters, according to a legend in the Babylonian Talmud could bridge differences:

Rabbi Beroka Hoza’ah was standing in the market of Debey Lapat. Elijah came and appeared to him. [R. Beroka] asked, “Who, in this market, has a share in the world to come?” He replied “No one.” … In the meantime, two [people] passed by and [Elijah] remarked, “These two have a share in the world to come.” [Rabbi Beroka] asked them, “What is your occupation?” They replied, “We are jesters. When we see people depressed we cheer them up; furthermore, when we see two people quarrelling we strive to make peace between them.” [13]

These jesters, while not appearing to the human eye to be particularly righteous or holy, are identified by the prophet Elijah as having a share in the world to come for their meritorious deeds, such as making peace through the use of humor. [14] In a similarly-themed legend, a distinguished character, though not a rabbi, identifies himself as a peacemaker; according to the legend, he is portrayed as more righteous than the rabbinic figure in the same story who focuses solely on the study of Torah. [15]

In Jewish history, there were individuals referred to as rodfei shalom (pursuers of peace) or mitavchey shalom (peace mediators). These peacemakers were active in communities from eleventh-century Muslim Spain through fifteenth-century Christian Prague and until twentieth-century Morocco. Unlike earlier traditions, such as Aaron, the pursuer of peace, these peacemakers were not holy or religious leaders but generally well-respected laypeople. Also in contrast to Aaron, these peacemakers did not act alone in their pursuit of peace. [16] It is interesting to note that mentions of these community peacemakers ended with the immigration of Jews to Israel from North Africa in the 1950s.

In Islamic tradition, Muhammad, known as the Prophet and Allah’s Apostle, is considered the ideal peacemaker. For example, in the hadith of Sahih al-Bukhari, several accounts of Muhammad making peace are narrated by Sahl bin Sad:

There was a dispute amongst the people of the tribe of Bani ‘Amr bin ‘Auf. The Prophet went to them along with some of his companions in order to make peace between them. … Once the people of Quba fought with each other till they threw stones on each other. When Allah’s Apostle was informed about it, he said, “Let us go to bring about reconciliation between them.” [17]

In several Arab-Islamic societies today, such as rural Jordan, [18] northern Israel, [19] Bedouin groups of Israel’s Negev region,[20] and Sunni communities in Lebanon, [21] the mediator or peacemaker is a well-respected lay leader. [22] These peacemakers may be referred to as members of the jaha (delegation), which in Arabic, according to Elias Jabbour, a peacemaker in northern Israel, “suggests that these people have attained a high level of respect in the region.” [23] The respect given to the peacemaker may be due, for example, to his advanced age, leadership position in the community, or wealth. [24] These peacemakers almost always act as part of a delegation and not alone. [25]

Alternatively, in some Arab-Islamic societies, the peacemaker is a holy or religious leader. For instance, amongst the Berber Bedouin in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, it is insufficient to be a respected member of society; to be a peacemaker one must also be born into the sect of the “saints.” [26] According to Gellner, these saints serve the Bedouin people living around them, “not only to mediate with God, but also to help with inter- and intra-tribal political mediation.” [27] Gellner also writes that the saints “claimed not to feud or litigate at all. A mediator who was himself involved in a network of hostilities and alliances would not be much use for mediation and sanctuary.” [28] According to Ginat, the saint, as opposed to the peacemaker of Bedouin and rural Arab societies, works alone in mediating conflicts. [29]

Hamzeh has noted that in Shia communities in Lebanon there has been a shift in recent years from the model of respected lay leader as peacemaker to the model of religious leader associated with the Hizbullah as peacemaker. [30] Abu-Nimer also notes that in Gaza, the peacemaker is often a religious leader, such as an imam who may be “the most trusted person in the community because of his strict observance of Islamic values and traditions.” [31]

Both Jewish rabbinic and Arab-Islamic traditions regard the identity of the peacemaker in two ways. One way is that of the religious and holy leader—a high priest, rabbi, saint, or imam, for example—who acts alone in making peace. The second is that of the respected lay leader who generally acts as one member in a delegation of peacemakers. Both of these models sharply contrast with the Western image of the peacemaker or mediator where the peacemaker rejects any claim to power or authority over the conflicting parties; The peacemaker is, instead, responsible only for the mediation process itself. [32]
Humility and the Peacemaker..”

Hundreds of Israeli Jews and Arabs rally for peace
Around 700 people form human chain in north of country, call for coexistence and condemn violence
By JTA and TOI staff October 16, 2015, 9:39 pm timesofisrael.com
“…Approximately 700 Jews and Arabs held hands in a chain in the central Galilee to call for reconciliation amidst a wave of violence throughout Israel over the past few weeks.

The symbolic gathering on Friday afternoon was organized by Givat Haviva, an educational organization that promotes Arab-Jewish coexistence. ..

After the event, entitled “Choosing to Engage,” Givat Haviva held a small ceremony with discussions.

Givat Haviva issued a declaration before the event titled “Call for a Secure and Shared Life in Israel” that condemned “any attack on body, soul or property, as well as any expression of physical or verbal abuse.”…”

Education

Peace when Jews and Arabs educate their children togetherBy Rebecca Bardach March 22, 2017 22:02 jpost.com
“…Golda Meir was one of my heroes growing up – a smart Jewish woman who worked tirelessly, selflessly, on behalf of the Jewish People to secure the establishment and security of the State of Israel. So I was taken by surprise when my children’s school principal, Nadia Kinani, came in to school one day deeply upset after visiting another local school, which had these oft-quoted words of Golda Meir embedded in a huge mural at the school’s entrance: “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

Nadia is an Arab mother. She has spent the past 20 years of her life helping found and develop a Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual school in Jerusalem. At the time, this was almost unprecedented in Israel. She and other teachers had to innovate pedagogical approaches so students could learn each other’s languages, traditions, cultures and histories, while helping them commit to a shared future. Even now there are only nine such Jewish-Arab schools in all of Israel…”

Movies

Exodus(1960) .tcm.com
“..Brief Synopsis

A young Israeli activist fights to set up a homeland for his people…”

EXODUS – Trailer (1960)

Exodus (1960) Plot imdb.com
“…Ari Ben Canaan, a Haganah rebel who had been a decorated captain in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in the Second World War, obtains a cargo ship and smuggles 611 Jewish inmates out of the camp for an illegal voyage to Mandate Palestine before being discovered by military authorities. When the British learn the refugees are in a ship in the harbor of Famagusta, they blockade the harbor and prevent it from sailing. The refugees stage a hunger strike, during which the camp’s doctor dies, and Ari threatens to blow up the ship and the refugees. The British relent and allow the Exodus safe passage.

Kitty has grown very fond of Karen Hansen Clement, a young Danish-Jewish girl searching for the father from whom she was separated during the war. She has taken up the Zionist cause, much to the chagrin of Kitty, who had hoped to adopt Karen and take her to America to begin a new life…”

The Pentagon Papers (2003) -James Spader-Alan Arkin – YouTube

Was Vietnam a Holocaust for Zion? Laurent Guyénot • April 2, 2018 unz.com
“The latest Steven Spielberg film, The Pentagon Papers, made me wonder about the historical significance of this glorious episode of whistleblowing and victorious struggle for freedom of the press. The leaking and publishing in 1971, by the New York Times then the Washington Post, of excerpts from this 7000-page classified report on the Vietnam War (requested by Robert McNamara before leaving the Department of Defense in 1967) is comparable to the exposure by the same Washington Post of the Watergate scandal one year later. The Watergate scandal passes today as evidence of the independence of the American media as a necessary counter-power against government abuses. But in reality, it simply illustrates the increasing involvement of the media in deep political warfare. Likewise we must go beyond the public and Spielbergian narratives on the Pentagon Papers to understand what was really at stake. In both scandals, I believe the leadership of both the New York Times and the Washington Post, the two biggest propaganda machines in the US, were acting not only in the service of truth, but also in service of a power deeper than the deep state they were exposing. After all, there are so many truths to choose from to make the front pages. And in matters of foreign policy, many suspect that the final choice is often determined by the ultimate question: Is it good for Israel?..

Johnson and the Six Day War

It was during that period that Israel chose to launch its operation to annex Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian territories, by creating the illusion that it was acting in self-defense. Johnson had given Israel a green light in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, dated June 3: “I want to protect the territorial integrity of Israel […] and will provide as effective American support as possible to preserve the peace and freedom of your nation and of the area.”[7] Johnson also asked the CIA to transmit to the Israeli army the precise positions of the Egyptian air bases to be destroyed….

Had the USS Liberty been successfully sunk, the attack would have been blamed on the Egyptians, and would have given Johnson the pretext to intervene militarily alongside Israel, probably forcing the USSR to go to war.[8]

But it failed. The affair was successfully smothered by a commission of inquiry headed by Admiral John Sidney McCain II (father of Arizona Senator John McCain III). The survivors received a medal in an unadvertised ceremony, accompanied by a formal order never to mention the incident. Only recently have some broken the silence.[9] Johnson accepted Israel’s spurious “targeting error” explanation, and rewarded the unprovoked attack by lifting the embargo on the sale of offensive military equipment to Israel….

The USS Liberty failed false flag attack is proof of Johnson’s secret complicity with Israel, and of his high treason against the country he had sworn to protect. But Johnson had in fact always been Israel’s man. As early as 1948, his campaign for a Senate seat had been financed by Abraham Feinberg, president of Americans for Haganah Incorporated and financial godfather of Israel’s atomic bomb.[10] In 2013, the Associated Press reported on newly released tapes from Johnson’s White House office showing LBJ’s “personal and often emotional connection to Israel.” The tapes showed that during the Johnson presidency, “the United States became Israel’s chief diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier.”…

LinkBookmarkAgainst McGovern’s demand for immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, Kristol could have added: “American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to withdraw from Vietnam, it is important to pursue the genocide of the Vietnamese, so that America’s youthful idealists will protest against their own government rather than against Israel’s violation of international law.””

*see Now you know: What “really” happened in the Vietnam War? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Daniel Ellsberg: Secrets – Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers – YouTube

Music

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song (w/ English subtitles) – YouTube

Arabs, Jews play in symphony of peace – YouTube

Religion

Jerusalem: Three religions, three families | Faith Matters

Unity gives Jerusalem a prayer: Jews, Muslims and Christians join for worship Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Jerusalem Saturday 24 September 2016 02.00 EDT theguardian.com
Eight religious leaders brought their congregations together for eight days in one room. It was a dangerous move
“..Last week, and for just eight days, a music school in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated city.

The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religious figures – two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader – who were very traditional in their beliefs and practices, but also open to discussions with other faiths…”

Sports

Jews and Arabs play soccer for peace Eitan Goldstein|Published: 17.08.16 , 12:44 ynetnews.com
“…A soccer camp for Israeli kids wrapped up with a world cup-style tournament last Thursday. 100 children, aged 12 – 13, were split up into six different teams each representing a “world cup” country. The tournament was made all the more unique for being held in the Israeli-Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye.

..”

Women

Jewish-Arab Women’s Peace Group Delivers Political Message While Avoiding Politics Judy Maltz (Barta’a) Oct 10, 2016 8:38 PM haaretz.com
During the ‘March of Hope,’ Palestinian and Jewish women walk from northern Israel to Jerusalem in support of a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“..About 40 women are participating in the two-hour hike from Katzir, a mainly Jewish town in the Wadi Ara region, to Barta’a. Roughly half of them are Women Wage Peace activists taking part in the entire 200-kilometer trek from Rosh Hanikra to Jerusalem, which began the night after Rosh Hashanah. The rest are joining them for the day…

Women Wage Peace is a grassroots organization founded two years ago, right after Israel’s last war in Gaza.. The group drew its inspiration from Four Mothers, another anti-war movement founded close to 20 years ago, which has been credited with Israel’s ultimate pullout from Lebanon.
..”

Christian Perspective

How to Be ‘Pro-Jesus’ in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Interview by Timothy C. Morgan| January 27, 2014 christianitytoday.com
What one leading Israeli Arab evangelical thinks American Christians can do to promote Mideast peace.
“A leading Israeli evangelical, Botrus Mansour, head of the 77-year-old Nazareth Baptist School, is attempting the impossible: to be realistic and hopeful at the same time about peace between Israelis and Palestinians….

.. Inside Israel, the messianic community is becoming larger and more visible. Is it possible for Arab Christians and Israeli messianic believers to work together?

It’s a good idea. We are part of one body of Christ. Messianic Jews and Arab evangelicals might agree on 90 percent of theology. This relationship is a testimony that in Christ we can become one. The barriers and animosity have been demolished, not just with God through Jesus Christ, but also between one another…

Jesus talks about peace, human dignity, and dealing with the other, created in the image of God. Give the other something so that he will not say, “I have nothing to lose. You put me in the corner, so I’m going to fight. I’m going to kill. I’m going to explode myself.”…

Pray that God will preserve the Jews and take care of them. We’re not against the Jews. I’m an Israeli citizen. I’ve known Jews all my life. My personal story is involved with the Jewish people. They have visited my home all my life. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem including Arabs and Jewish people…”

Israel’s Future Steven E. Meyer 03-02-2015 By Steven E. Meyer March 2, 2015 cpjustice.org

“…International Efforts

Europe and the United States have added to tensions in the region and to Israel’s growing isolation. The Europeans have become strong supporters of the Palestinians and several European states have withdrawn economic and financial aid to Israel, scaled back trade, and condemned heavy-handed Israeli military action. Consequently, European policies have enabled Palestinian violence and compelled Israel to dig in deeper.

American efforts to bring peace to the region have been pusillanimous and conflicted. Congress—the heartbeat of American support for Israel—stymies the meager efforts by Republican and Democratic administrations alike to force even the mildest restrictions on both sides, thereby emboldening Israeli intransigence and reinforcing Palestinian resentment. Most recently, the House of Representatives has invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 just before the Israeli election. This not only seems designed by the House leadership to affect the outcome of the Israeli election, but it intrudes into the realm of foreign policy, normally the prerogative of the executive branch.

Peacemaking and Principled Pluralism

The Israeli-Palestinian (Arab) issue is a particularly appropriate peacemaking challenge for Christians. For one, the church has been intimately entwined with the region for centuries as the place of origin of the Gospel. However, the ongoing tensions and conflicts there have led to the dispersal of Arab Christians and the decline of the church. Of the three major religions that claim Jerusalem as a special place, only Christianity lacks a concrete role in its governance. Christians should have a vested interest in peace in the Middle East and a desire to rebuild Christian influence. Christians should have a stake in the outcome of peace efforts, including a role in the administration of Jerusalem. Although placing Jerusalem under international control benefits Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, Christians have been forced to back off because of heavy pressure from Jews and Muslims. This has created additional hurdles to overcome for Christians contributing to peacemaking…”

PEACE


*see Protecting Israel openbible.info

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Israelis and Palestinians … – YouTube

What are other ways we can bring peace?

Groups

Jews & Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies facebook.com

Good News Peace
https://www.facebook.com/groups/639527079395556/

Weather: Hurricane Matthew-Prayer Faith Action-Help?

PRAYER

Pray for Florida: How people are showing solidarity online as Hurricane Matthew nears
By Alice Foster
PUBLISHED: 14:10, Thu, Oct 6, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19, Thu, Oct 6, 2016
express.co.uk
‘Pray That God Keeps Us Safe’: Hurricane Matthew Slams Into Haiti With Deadly Waves ruth-mawhinney Ruth Mawhinney Christian Today Editor 04 October 2016 christiantoday.com
“…”Pray that God, who has control over the hurricane, slows it down, minimises its threats, and keeps the nation safe,” he said. “Pray for enough provision for the eventual victims and affected people. Pray for the Haitian government and authorities to make the right decisions to help the people who might be affected.”..”

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS-HAITI

MATTHEW HURRICANE HITS JAMAICA 2016 ( BAHAMAS ) Haiti cuba storm


“..Published on Oct 1, 2016

– MATTHEW – POWERFUL HURRICANE HITS JAMAICA OCTOBER 2016

cuba
MATTHEW hurricane southeast of Jamaica strengthened to a “powerful” Category 5 storm late Friday, forecasters said, and watches were in place for that nation as well as the southeastern coast of Haiti.
.

Hurricane Matthew: Aerial Footage shows Haiti Villages leveled by Hurricane


How To Help Haiti Victims After Hurricane Matthew: Donate Money, Food And Medicine To These Organizations
By Julia Glum @superjulia On 10/04/16 AT 2:03 PM ibtimes.com

FLORIDA

Matthew’s Wrath in Florida: Multiple Deaths Reported, More Than 1 Million Without Power, By Ada Carr Published Oct 7 2016 10:27 PM EDT weather.com
“…Hurricane Matthew, in its destructive march along the Florida coast on Friday, caused widespread flooding, damage and power outages across the state. At least five people have died.
..”

Destructive winds as Hurricane Matthew hits Florida



-West Palm Beach

Watch WPBF News Live wpbf.com

GEORGIA

Hurricane Matthew Leaves At Least 3 Dead in Georgia as Flooding, Damage Force Road Closures By Ada Carr and Stephanie Valera Published Oct 8 2016 08:01 PM EDT
weather.com
“…Storm surge flooding began Friday evening along the coast of Georgia, leaving at least 3 dead and inundating roads that had been ordered closed.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police issued a statement Saturday, stating they are investigating the death of a man at his home, possibly from structural damage caused by a falling tree…”

Hurricane Matthew Drenches Georgia Coast

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hurricane Matthew lashing South Carolina coastal areas, Last Updated Oct 8, 2016 11:07 AM EDT
“…At 5 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center, in Miami, said the storm’s northern eyewall was lashing Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Pritchards Island, S.C. with hurricane-force winds, adding that storm surge flooding was occurring in South Carolina and Georgia.

The National Weather Service’s Charleston, S.C. office tweeted an urgent message about areas of Georgia and South Carolina:..”

NORTH CAROLINA

Hurricane Matthew causes flooding on I-40 | News & Observer Oct 08, 2016
Heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew flood lanes of I-40 in Benson, N.C. Saturday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2016.
Chris Sewardcseward@newsobserver

Officials: 138 water rescues from flood waters in NC

News Coverage

Hurricane Matthew Live Coverage

More than 280 reported dead in Haiti as extent of Hurricane Matthew … .foxnews.com
Hurricane Matthew slams Bahamas island chain, leaving trail of … 10.6.16 miamiherald.com
Hurricane Matthew’s US Death Toll Rises to 13; Nearly 2 Million Without Power By J.J. GALLAGHER Morgan Winsor EMILY SHAPIRO JULIA JACOBO abcnews.go.com Oct 8, 2016, 6:42 PM ET
“… “This is a very serious and deadly storm,” McCrory said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. He urged the public to stay off roads and remain indoors.

Six people also lost their lives in Florida due to the storm, which at one point left 1 million households and businesses without power in the Sunshine State.

In Georgia, four deaths were reported.

The storm touched down in South Carolina, southeast of McClellanville, at 11 a.m. ET as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. ..”

Deadly Hurricane Matthew Brings More Misery After It Batters South Carolina and Georgia


“…
Charleston wakes up under water: Deadly Hurricane Matthew brings more misery after it batters South Carolina and Georgia through the night, kills six in Florida and leaves 1.4 million without power
Hurricane Matthew continued to thunder along the east coast on Friday night and Saturday morning
It swept through the coast of Georgia at around 8pm and reached Charleston, South Carolina, at 1am
Most powerful hurricane to threaten the Atlantic Seaboard in more than a decade is set to make landfall
Six people died in Florida as a result of the aggressive storm which also killed almost 900 in Haiti..”

Prayers Answered?

Florida Was Spared the Wrath of Hurricane Matthew’s Worst Winds By Just Miles
By Chris Dolce
Published Oct 10 2016 12:44 PM EDT
weather.com
*the eye was just far enough from the coast that it didn’t do worse damage as it could’ve done

ACTION

Hurricane Matthew : Charity Navigator charitynavigator.org

-Children

Compassion UK, sponsor a child in Haiti

-Aid

Convoy of Hope Responds to Hurricane Matthew convoyofhope.org
“October 6, 2016 | 11:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.As Haiti reels from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, our team on the ground continues to work with local partners to distribute supplies to children and families in need. Because we pre-positioned supplies, we were able to begin distributions immediately after the storm. We have an international response team en route to Haiti to join our Haitian staff to best meet the needs of storm survivors.

Hurricane Matthew also tore through Cuba leaving mass destruction. We are working with partners on the ground to see what assistance they will need in the coming days.

A U.S. response team deploys later today for Florida to pre-position supplies as the Eastern seaboard braces for impact.

They will take a load of food, water and hygiene kits that can be distributed as needed. As always, our goal is to be among the first on the scene to help survivors quickly and efficiently. Similar to our responses for Katrina and Sandy, pre-positioning our teams and supplies enables us to do just that. ..”
Haiti: Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Hurricane Matthew
October 8, 2016 • Haiti samaritanspurse.org
“..This week Samaritan’s Purse sent two airlifts and 40 tons of water filters, heavy-duty plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, and blankets to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. A Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was also aboard our DC-8. They have joined our field staff in distributing these relief supplies to Haitians in desperate need. The 40 tons of supplies will reach 5,000 households.

“Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc on Haiti,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Our teams are on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name. They’re going to do all they can to meet the needs of the suffering people there. Please pray for the people of Haiti as they recover from this deadly storm.”

Next week we are scheduled …”


Hurricane Matthew Devastates Haiti: Help Needed
Oxfam America

“..Published on Oct 7, 2016

We urgently need your help to reach the people in Haiti who are worst affected by Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years. Donate now: https://www.oxfamamerica.org/matthew

Thousands of people have lost their homes, hundreds have been killed and the number of deaths is likely to rise. Oxfam is there delivering water purification kits and construction materials…”

World Vision relief for Hurricane Matthew survivors in Haiti


“Published on Oct 7, 2016

World Vision is distributing desperately needed emergency relief supplies to survivors of deadly Hurricane Matthew. You can help by donating to the relief effort. http://www.wvi.org/help-haiti-recover

Good News Weather
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525012397723929/

Deep Thought: Ever “taught” something that you wished you didn’t?

I’ve heard this a couple of times lately from pastors -“I would’ve not taught this if I knew what I know now”. Pastors are human too and we need to give them some slack. Can you relate?

-Others

Francis Chan from Doctrine Youth Study – Bluefish TV

This topic came about during a message at my local church after a guest speaker shared at women’s conference (see Reflection: Church Service-“Spirit Move~Freedom of Change”

What lies have you been taught? How do we discern what is taught in church is Biblical?

Good News Ministry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313230752154108/

Maryland: Baltimore “Good” & “Bad” Reports of Freddie Gray’s Funeral Aftermath

Law Enforcement

or
https://goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/netural-perspective-law-enforcement-police-protect-and-to-serve/

Freddie Gray FULL RAW VIDEO: Black Man DIES as Baltimore Cops Break SPINE in BRUTAL Police Beating

Baltimore Man Spine Severed By Police #FreddieGray

New video shows arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Latest Police Neglect Victim: Freddie Gray Dies Of A Severed Spine [Graphic Video]

Police: We failed to get Freddie Gray timely medical care after arrest
By Ed Payne, Steve Almasy and Michael Pearson, CNN
Updated 8:31 PM ET, Fri April 24, 2015
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/us/baltimore-freddie-gray-death/

IMPORTANT : It’s getting crazy out there in Baltimore…
(4.26.15)

Baltimore riot: seven officers hurt, one ‘unresponsive’
http://news.yahoo.com/clashes-erupt-funeral-baltimore-man-died-custody-200822002.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/27/us/baltimore-unrest/index.html

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/042715-749842-stephanie-rawlings-blake-calls-for-space-for-those-who-destroy.htm

In a press conference Sunday, Rawlings-Blake said, “I … instructed (the police) to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. … We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that.”

“Space” to rob, loot and commit arson? Even after 35 people were arrested and six police officers injured during the protests? It was an extraordinarily inflammatory comment.

Meanwhile, Baltimore police report “credible information” that an alliance of gangs has formed to “take out” cops — possible fallout from the mayor’s remarks.

It has been claimed that this violence was all the handiwork of “outsiders.” “The Baltimore Police Department believes that outside agitators continue to be the instigators behind acts of violence and destruction,” Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told the media.

Yes, some fanning the flames were outsiders. As several news organizations reported, one of them was Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former head of the New Black Panther Party.

Angry mother beats son for participating in Baltimore riots

http://mic.com/articles/116680/11-stunning-images-highlight-the-double-standard-of-reactions-to-riots-like-baltimore

Media

-Negative Image

*coverage goal?

-Positive Images

http://news.yahoo.com/baltimore-bishop-speaks-out-against-violent-riots-210853782.html

Peaceful

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/28/baltimore-protests-peaceful/26510645/

#Baltimore (VIDEO) Gang members speak out:

“We did not make truce to harm cops.”

#FreddieGray #BaltimoreRiots

MLK’s Niece: Baltimore Mayor’s Invitation ‘Unbelievable’
CBNNews.com
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/April/Latest-on-Police-Custody-Death-Stores-Looted-Cars-Burned/?cpid=%3AID%3A-1259-%3ADT%3A-2015-04-28-18%3A22%3A10-%3AUS%3A-AB1-%3ACN%3A-CP1-%3APO%3A-NC1-%3AME%3A-SU1-%3ASO%3A-TW1-%3ASP%3A-NW1-%3APF%3A-TX1-

Question’s?????

NowThis
A Baltimore activist was snatched up by police, black-bag style, on live TV
Joseph Kent: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 1:32 am EDT, April 29, 2015 Updated 3:43 pm EDT, April 29, 2015 183 Comments By Paul Farrell 181.1k
Joseph Kent: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Update:
Baltimore protester Joseph Kent a ‘free man,’ attorney says
USA Today Network Lori Grisham, USA TODAY Network 10:46 a.m. EDT April 30, 2015
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/29/joseph-kent-arrested-live-tv-missing/26565625/

-Sports

=Baseball

Stats


#FreddieGray was the 111th person killed by Maryland police between 2010 and 2014, according to a new ACLU report.

Solutions?

CBS This Morning
“To see my son come from across the street with a rock in his hands… I just lost it.”
Baltimore’s “#MomOfTheYear” Toya Graham describes the moment she saw her son in the riots: http://cbsn.ws/1zo2ope

Good News USA
https://www.facebook.com/groups/141726762684036/

more..
http://travel.goodnewsusa.info/maryland.html

Netural Perspective: Law Enforcement-Police “Protect and to Serve?”

Bio: I personally have had more positive experiences with local and statewide law enforcement overall as a “law-abiding” citizen. Unfortunately, this might not be the same for many of you out there. Please feel free to share your stories down below.

Good

*I had a personal “good” experience this past winter (2014) when my car got stuck going to work (overnight shift) around 10:45pm. A policewoman was driving around town helped me get “unstuck”. I was very grateful of her driving around town late at night during this last snowstorm/blizzard in Morris
smile emoticon

Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: November 28, 2012

http://videos.komando.com/watch/5719/viral-videos-man-dealing-with-alzheimers-has-a-tearful-moment-of-clarity

Instead of giving out a ticket, Officer Ben Hall went beyond the call of duty for a young mother who couldn’t afford a car seat for her daughter.

Good Morning America
WATCH this amazing holiday spirit: while pretending to pull over drivers, a police officer asks people what they, along with family members, want for Christmas – minutes later, his helpers deliver the gifts. Bravo, Rob Bliss Creative and Lowell Police Department!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/after-arrest-florida-teen-helps-save-officers-life/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17

FUNNY
https://www.facebook.com/groups/440876362659827/

Actual Bank Robbery In Detroit — Absolutely Priceless !!!!

LAW
https://www.facebook.com/groups/537904866304553/

2nd Amendment: Right to bear Arms

Love

Police officer buys bed, TV, Wii for teen
Posted: May 07, 2014 9:41 PM CST
http://www.wsmv.com/story/25459694/police-officer-goes-above-and-beyond-for-sumter-teen

Militarizing

http://rt.com/usa/urban-shield-police-militarization-762/
“SWAT teams, military contractors and law enforcement from the world over are gathering this weekend in Oakland, CA for the annual event Urban Shield, a training and weapons expo made possible by the Department of Homeland Security and arms manufacturers.”

Religion

-Satanism

Illuminati Defector Details
Pervasive Conspiracy
Satanic Cult Plans ‘Fourth Reich’
By Henry Makow, Ph.D
10-14-2
http://www.rense.com/general30/illuminatidefector.htm
The cult trained military leaders and people under their direction will use arms as well as crowd control techniques to implement this new state of affairs. …Military bases will be set up, in each locality (actually, they are already here, but are covert). In the next few years, they will go above ground and be revealed. Each locality will have regional bases and leaders to which they are accountable. The hierarchy will closely reflect the current covert hierarchy.

Tourists

NYC subway fight: Swedish cops on vacation break up homeless brawl on uptown 6 train



Truth

White Police Chief Loses It and Tells the Blunt TRUTH About Black Crime [VIDEO]
Monday, November 24th, 2014
http://conservativetribune.com/police-black-crime/

NEUTRAL

Justified or NOT?

-North Carolina

Brentley Vinson: The Charlotte cop involved in deadly shooting
Michael Walsh,Michael Walsh Fri, Sep 23 10:13 AM PDT yahoo.com

“..One of Vinson’s friends, Michael Scurlock, told CNN that Vinson is “distraught” and “torn” over the incident.

“No matter if it’s justified or unjustified, it’s tough when you have to know that you had to take someone else’s life,” the friend said.

Scurlock said he had a brief phone conversation with Vinson and could tell that the situation was hard for him based on the emotional tone of his voice…”
Yielding to Pressure, Charlotte Releases Videos of Keith Scott Shooting
By ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD FAUSSETSEPT. 24, 2016 nytimes.com
“…The dashboard video, the lawyers said, appeared to show that the front window on the driver’s side was rolled up. Mr. Bamberg said the video then showed Mr. Scott stepping out of the vehicle, his hands down, with his right hand empty and “some type of object” in his left hand. “It’s impossible to make out what it is,” he said, noting that Mr. Scott was right-handed.

“He doesn’t make any dramatic movements,” Mr. Bamberg said. He also said Mr. Scott seemed “confused.”

In the video, Mr. Scott took a couple of steps forward “in a nonaggressive manner,” Mr. Bamberg said, and then a step back. Gunshots followed…”

-Excessive force?

WATCH: Cop Slams 22-Year-Old Woman to the Ground Face-First During Scuffle insider.foxnews.com
“A disturbing Instagram video shows a Colorado police officer slamming a woman face-first to the ground after a scuffle.

In the video, which was posted by Barstool Sports over the weekend, a woman in a black dress and high heels can be seen struggling with a Fort Collins police officer outside a bar.

After several seconds of grappling, he turns and throws her face down on the pavement with a judo-style trip.,,”

BAD

*I had a policeman asked me to give him $10/$20 after I asked him if he could borrow me his cell phone to call a relative to pick my mom and I up at the airport (Manilla Philippines) in November 2012.

Abuses Documented
https://www.facebook.com/groups/380276108747293/

-Civil Rights

Video shows cop punching woman on L.A. freeway
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/05/la-police-assault-woman/12241601/

-Elderly
https://www.facebook.com/groups/471659289554782/

Why Did Police Beat an Elderly Man for Jaywalking?
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:12 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21394-why-did-police-beat-an-elderly-man-for-jaywalking
“..But we need to go bigger than that. We need to make a commitment to funding the COPS program so that police work is seen not just as a way to catch the bad guys, but as a way to serve communities all across the country…”

-Family

Vacationing Family Pulled Over, Handcuffed At Gunpoint By Air Force Base Security
Vacationing Family Pulled Over, Handcuffed At Gunpoint By Air Force Base Security

-Geographic
http://travel.goodnewsusa.info/

=>Alabama

http://news.yahoo.com/alabama-police-officer-charged-assaulting-indian-man-062639725.html

=>California

http://mic.com/articles/98826/lapd-confuses-black-actress-kissing-white-husband-for-prostitute?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social


HEY PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO ASAP !! SHARE IT ONLINE FRIENDS PLEASE !! IS TIME TO PUT A STOP TO ALL OF THIS BARBARIC INHUMAN AND UNCIVILIZED TREATMENT FROM THESE TYPES OF POLICE MEN !!! THE LOCATION WERE THAT HAPPENED WAS IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA, AND IT HAPPENED TODAY!! JUST RECENTLY, IM ALSO GOING TO TELL ALL OF MY FRIENDS ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO REASON FOR THIS. THESE MEN HAVE NO RIGHT TO WEAR THE UNIFORM MUCH LESS THE BADGE. POLICE BRUTALITY HAS TO STOP.

Full un-edited video presented in Kelly Thomas Murder Trial
http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/69846618/News/Full-un-edited-video-presented-in-Kelly-Thomas-murder-trial

=>Indiana

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/10/08/shocking-video-lawsuit-filed-after-indiana-cops-bash-car-window-taser-man

=> Louisiana

Alton Sterling Shot! (*Warning Graphic 18+)


New Video Emerges of Alton Sterling Being Killed by Baton Rouge Police written by
Zack Kopplin thedailybeast.com
“.. homeless man reportedly called 911 after Sterling showed him his gun after the man asked him for money, an official told CNN. A Baton Rouge police dispatcher then told officers a man matching Sterling’s description “pulled a gun” on the 911 caller, according WAFB-TV.

Muflahi walked out the front door when he saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops tasered and tackled Sterling. That’s when Muflahi took out his phone and started recording.

The Daily Beast is publishing this video in its entirety—despite its graphic nature—because it shows what happened before, during, and after the killing of Sterling. A previous video only showed him being tackled and the first two gunshots…”
Here’s what liberals DON’T want you to know about Louisiana shooting victim
Written by Matt Palumbo on July 7, 2016 allenbwest.com
“…Police were called after Sterling had been threatening a homeless man with a firearm for asking him if he had any spare change. The homeless man had made the 911 call. After police arrived, Sterling had resisted arrest, and appeared to make a grab for his firearm at one point. This is still disputable, however. In the video footage of the shooting, you can hear the officer shout “He’s got a gun!” and “if you f—king move, I swear to God.” One of the officers then says something unintelligible, and two shots are fired.

So who is Alton Sterling? For starters, liberals should know he possessed an illegal firearm. As a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, Sterling is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. Police records show Sterling had been a member of the Bloods gang, and had a list of offenses including battery, assault, drugs and weapons charges, and owed $25,000 in child support. He was also a registered pedophile, having impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 20. The media, by contrast, has portrayed him as a loving father of five.

..”

Peter Rosenberg Loses It On Police Officer Over Alton Sterling Killing

=>Maryland

Baltimore protests death of Freddie Gray – RT Special Coverage


“Published on Apr 22, 2015

Ben Swann reports from the scene of the Baltimore protests following Freddie Gray’s mysterious death in police custody. Swann interviews the Gray family lawyer and a local minister in an attempt to unravel the events going on in the city. Anya Parampil reports live from the protests and captures the mood of the demonstrators. Finally, Manuel Rapalo delivers the latest information on the timeline leading up to and after Gray’s death.”

-Misc
Top 10 Cases of Police Brutality
Zabrina November 7, 2012
http://listverse.com/2012/11/07/top-10-cases-of-police-brutality/

Rodney King tape on national news.flv

The L.A. Riots: 15 Years After Rodney King
http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/la_riot/article/0,28804,1614117_1614084_1614831,00.html #ixzz2rB4IrLqJ

http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1614117_1614084,00.html

=> Minnesota

Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM PDT
St. Paul police violently arrest a black man for sitting on bench, waiting for his children (VIDEO)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/28/1325409/-St-Paul-police-violently-arrest-a-black-man-for-sitting-on-bench-waiting-for-his-children-VIDEO?showAll=yes%3Fdetail%3Dfacebook#

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/08/st_paul_police_defend_chris_lollie_arrest_lawyers_question_aggressive_use_of_force.php

4 Roseville police officers sued for excessive force
Jana Shortal, KARE 11:05 p.m. EDT April 16, 2014
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/04/16/roseville-officers-accused-of-using-excessive-force/7805073/

My “Racist Tones” andrealucado.com
“..There is a reason that the second feeling I felt when I heard about the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile was shame. First, I felt sadness. Then, I felt shame…”
EXCLUSIVE: Black man whose shooting death by police was streamed live by his girlfriend had been pulled over AT LEAST 31 times and hit with 63 traffic charges Published: 11:35 EST, 8 July 2016 dailymail.co.uk

->Missouri

BaseballMLB All-Star Adam Wainwright’s Secret to Successhttp://www.cbn.com/tv/3673904621001more…http://travel.goodnewsusa.info/missouri.htmlpic taken way back in 2000 or so

Posted by Sal Monteagudo on Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
U.S. News
08.15.14
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/15/the-day-ferguson-cops-were-caught-in-a-bloody-lie.html

http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/15/ferguson-police-video-shows-michael-brown-robbing-convenience-store-clerk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/neighbor-live-tweeted-brown-shooting-damning-evidence-officer/#hpzBKwCo8BfdBYb5.99

*false accusation?
http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/170048-star-witness-michael-brown-shooting-charged-theft-filing-false-police-report/

http://www.tmz.com/2014/12/23/michael-brown-song-video-dead-police-parody-leroy-brown/

8.20.14

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/904789-kajieme-powell-shooting-video-shows-st-louis-cops-firing-at-man/

-Mentally
https://www.facebook.com/groups/133973023445443/

  • How Police Officers Are (or Aren’t) Trained in Mental Health
    Megan Pauly Oct 11, 2013 theatlantic.com
  • Requirements vary across the U.S., but experts say training is necessary and helpful.
    “…Without the appropriate amount of mental health training for police, experts say, rash stigmatization and misinterpretation of the intentions of the mentally ill can cause vital errors and ultimately make the difference between life and death….

    Dallas police shoot mentally ill man on his porch, footage reveals


    “Published on Mar 19, 2015

    WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
    Recently released body cam footage from June 2014 shows two Dallas police officers fatally shooting the mentally ill Jason Harrison seconds after arriving on scene. Shirley Harrison, Jason’s mother, walks past Officers Andrew Hutchins and John Rogers telling them her son is “biopolar, schizo,” when Jason exits the home with a screwdriver. Seconds after telling him to drop it, the officers open fire.”

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/10/violent_video_shows_michigan_police_shot_homeless_man_46_times.html

    -Murder

    4 Unarmed Black Men Have Been Killed By Police in the Last Month
    From New York City and LA to Ohio and Ferguson, MO, they all died under disputed circumstances.
    —By Josh Harkinson
    | Wed Aug. 13, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/3-unarmed-black-african-american-men-killed-police

    Justice?

    => Nevada

    MUST SEE: How One Filmmaker May Have Prevented the Bundy Standoff From Becoming a Massacre

    By Top Right News on April 17, 2014 in Bundy Ranch, Liberty, Politics, Top Clips
    http://toprightnews.com/?p=2512

    =>New Jersey


    “WATCH AND SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU SEE COPS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DOMESTIC ENEMIES DO NOT TRUST ANY OF THEM! YOU DON’T KNOW WHO’S GOOD OR WHO’S BAD ANYMORE! Follow Blaine Cooper
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/24/dash-cam-video-reveals-what-really-happened-when-cops-arrested-man-during-traffic-stop/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=ShareButtons

    =>New Mexico

    FBI investigating police shooting of camper
    http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/fbi-investigating-police-shooting-of-camper
    This March 16, 2014 photo from an Albuquerque Police Department lapel camera still shows a standoff with an illegal camper in the Albuquerque foothills, before police fired six shots at the man.
    AP 1 hr ago (Sat. Mar 29th 2014)| By JERI CLAUSING of Associated Press

    =>New York

    Architecture…

    Posted by Sal Monteagudo on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Behind the Video of Eric Garner’s Deadly Confrontation With New York Police
    Josh Sanburn @joshsanburn
    July 22, 2014
    http://time.com/3016326/eric-garner-video-police-chokehold-death/

    http://kickerdaily.com/watch-white-police-officer-repeatedly-punches-teenage-black-boy-while-handcuffed/

    =>Pennsylvania

    After video surfaces, grand jury charges 2 Philadelphia policemen in beating
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-philadelphia-police-charged-20150205-story.html

    => Utah

    Ferguson-like attack in Utah escapes media notice; race bias seen
    Discrepancy in attention given to Ferguson’s Michael Brown, Utah’s Dillon Taylor fuels resentment
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/25/critics-see-racial-double-standard-in-coverage-of-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

    =>Wisconsin

    Madison Police Response to Shooting Contrasts with Ferguson
    http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3728507.shtml

    Former police officer accused of assaulting 8 boys
    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/05/02/former-police-officer-accused-of-assaulting-8-boys/8614473/

    -Education

    http://www.lawenforcement.com/How-To-Become-Law-Enforcement-Police-Officer

    http://study.com/law_enforcement_programs_minnesota.html

    -Funny


    *Disclaimer: I don’t encourage fleeing

    -Physically/Mentally Challenged
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/133973023445443/

    Caught On Cell Phone: LA Cop Punches Special Needs Girl In The Face On A Bus!
    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhvvqUN45rNQy4vm30

    -Racism

    http://thegrio.com/2015/01/15/florida-police-black-men-target-practice/

    -Thieves

    -Words

    GLOBAL

    ASIA

    -Hong Kong

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/world/asia/hong-kong-police-protest-video/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    LATIN

    -Mexico

    Mexico leader vows justice over 43 missing students
    AFP
    By Leticia Pineda (Mon, Oct. 6th 2014)
    http://news.yahoo.com/hitmen-admit-killing-17-mexican-students-prosecutor-005040009.html
    Ayotzinapa (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexico’s president vowed Monday to punish those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students who vanished in a night of violence blamed on crooked police tied to a drug gang.

    LAW
    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/08/29/when-must-you-show-id-to-police/14825985/

    Any personal stories (good/bad) related to the stories above? What is your suggestion to solve this growing epidemic?

    Good News USA
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/141726762684036/

    Pray for Nepal: Earthquake April 25th 2015

    Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with ‘violent’ aftershock causing more chaos:

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says some British nationals “almost certainly” caught up in Nepal’s earthquake, but no reports yet of any Britons killed or injured – follow latest updates telegraph.co.uk

    Earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal 2015 | New Video | Nepali News


    “Published on Apr 25, 2015

    Earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal 2015 | New Video | Nepali News नेपालमा शक्तिशाली भूकम्प
    A magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal ( Nepali Video )

    A powerful earthquake shook Nepal killing more than 2152 people, flattening sections of the city’s historic center, and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks.

    As officials in Nepal faced the devastation on Sunday morning, they said that most of the 2152 deaths occurred in Katmandu and the surrounding valley, and that more than 4,700 people had been injured. But the quake touched a vast expanse of the subcontinent. It set off avalanches around Mount Everest, where at least 17 climbers died. At least 34 deaths occurred in northern India. Buildings swayed in Tibet and Bangladesh.

    The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8, struck shortly before noon, and residents of Katmandu ran into the streets and other open spaces as buildings fell, throwing up clouds of dust. Wide cracks opened on paved streets and in the walls of city buildings. Motorcycles tipped over and slid off the edge of a highway.

    Four of the area’s seven Unesco World Heritage sites were severely damaged in the earthquake: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a temple complex built in the shape of a conch shell; Patan Durbar Square, which dates to the third century; Basantapur Durbar Square, which was the residence of Nepal’s royal family until the 19th century; and the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the oldest Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.

    नेपालमा शक्तिशाली भूकम्प गएको छ । लम्जुङ जिल्लालाई केन्द्रबिन्दू बनाएर शनिबार दिउँसो ७.५ म्याग्निच्यूटको भूकम्प गएको हो ।

    भूकम्पबाट काठमाडौंको सुनधारास्थित ऐतिहासिक ९ तले धरहरा पूरै ढलेको छ ।”

    Traumatized nation: Nepal copes with earthquakes’ devastation

    By Manesh Shrestha, Ralph Ellis and Mark Morgenstein, CNN

    Updated 3:04 PM ET, Sun April 26, 2015 cnn.com
    “…On Sunday, Nepal began coming to terms with the death and devastation left by earthquakes and aftershocks. At least 2,430 people died in Nepal alone, and that number is sure to climb. Counting fatalities in India and China, more than 2,500 were killed…..

    Cheers for a survivor

    Only a few bright moments occurred in Kathmandu.

    A clip on Nepal State Television showed uniformed soldiers frantically digging through rubble in a tight space and slowly extracting a man in a while shirt and a green belt. They slid the man onto a stretcher and carried him down a ladder to the street below where onlookers cheered.

    Many other rescues were performed by regular citizens or tourists — people dressed in street clothes who lacked stretchers and other proper tools. In one scene, four men carried an injured man in their arms while a fifth man ran beside the group, fanning the man’s face with a magazine.

    Formanek said people are banding together in other ways, with stores shuttered and very few sources of food and drinkable water.

    “Communal kitchens have been set up for cooking. Not by the government — people set them up on their own,” she said….

    Good News
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/466665473400958/

    The world came together to help the victims of the deadly typhoon of my parent’s homeland (Philippines), so I wanted to show my gratitude by doing what I can to help the victims from the earthquake in Nepal the other day (Saturday, April 25th 2015-U.S. Central Daylight Time)…

    What can “we” do?

    7.8 earthquake in Nepal, time to pray. from stepsofjustice.org
    “On the morning of April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal and the surrounding areas. Over 1,300 people have died in the past 12+ hours and that number will only rise in the next few days. As brothers and sisters we need to respond to our fellow man and woman in that region. There is no wrong way to respond, the only wrong thing is not to respond. Here are a few ways you can respond to this need currently.

    Pray– Pray for peace and healing. Pray that the aftershocks will be few and of low magnitude. Pray for the workers who are going in there to help with the recovery efforts. Pray and ask if Jesus wants you to give or go.
    Give– There are many ways to give to this need. There are also many organizations who are providing ways to give. Here are a few from an article in Mashable:

    Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the disastrous quake, from samaritanspurse.org

    A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team member who arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the early morning hours on Sunday is seeing incredible destruction, death, and need.

    “There’s a lot of hurting people here,” said Patrick Seger, the team leader for our response. “I saw a number of needs out there, a number of dead people, a lot of structures had fallen. A lot of people lost their homes and lost their incomes. They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do.”….

    Good News Asia
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/657315670977193/