Leadership Retreats – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:05:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ncnyumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1-150x150.png Leadership Retreats – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ 32 32 Leadership Music is now accepting nominations from alumni; Opening of the application period … https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/05/leadership-music-is-now-accepting-nominations-from-alumni-opening-of-the-application-period/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/05/leadership-music-is-now-accepting-nominations-from-alumni-opening-of-the-application-period/ In Search of the Class of 2023 The NASHVILLE LEADERSHIP MUSIC program is now accepting nominations from alumni for its class of 2023. Program graduates can nominate established music industry leaders here until MONDAY, JANUARY 31st. After the nomination period, interested candidates can apply on their own between 1 and 28 FEBRUARY. Find this app […]]]>

In Search of the Class of 2023

The NASHVILLE LEADERSHIP MUSIC program is now accepting nominations from alumni for its class of 2023. Program graduates can nominate established music industry leaders here until MONDAY, JANUARY 31st. After the nomination period, interested candidates can apply on their own between 1 and 28 FEBRUARY. Find this app here.

While the field is competitive, with an average of 300 applications per year (and 382 last year) for around 40 spots, the program specifically seeks this year to strengthen participation in the fields of media (and in particular radio ), creation (songwriters, artists, engineers, producers) and diversity (genre, genre and ethnicity). The 2023 schedule runs from OCTOBER this year to MAY 2023, with opening and closing retreats, and monthly one-day meetings in between.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for those for whom the cost of the program’s $ 1,500 might deter them from applying. Find more information on program dates, requirements and scholarship opportunities here.

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Coomi Kapoor’s Inside Track: Modi’s retirement, Mamata’s power and other defining moments of 2021 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/02/coomi-kapoors-inside-track-modis-retirement-mamatas-power-and-other-defining-moments-of-2021/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/02/coomi-kapoors-inside-track-modis-retirement-mamatas-power-and-other-defining-moments-of-2021/ The ruling Center party miscalculated by failing to project state-level leaders. His polarizing campaign, the brutal blows to Mamata and the mismanagement of the second wave of Covid did not please the voter. Key moments: 2021 2021 will be remembered for two events. The deadly impact of the coronavirus and the long-standing and disruptive turmoil […]]]>

The ruling Center party miscalculated by failing to project state-level leaders. His polarizing campaign, the brutal blows to Mamata and the mismanagement of the second wave of Covid did not please the voter.

Key moments: 2021

2021 will be remembered for two events. The deadly impact of the coronavirus and the long-standing and disruptive turmoil among farmers.

The second wave of Covid-19 in the middle of the year was one of the worst tragedies to hit India in the past 50 years. There were desperate cries for help to secure hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and life-saving medicine. Each day brought new bad news, with friends struggling to survive or moving away. An unusually high number of celebrity deaths indicated that it was a virus that did not distinguish between the powerful and the underdog.

Some of those responsible for fighting the pandemic have been deemed to be in default. We were faced with a severe shortage of vaccines for months. The Election Commission has not banned the holding of mass rallies in election-related states. Politicians have set the worst example by promoting mass events. With the increase in Omicron cases, it is hoped that some lessons have been learned from the mistakes of the past year.

Modi Retreats

The other big story of the last year was the agitation of farmers, for the withdrawal of the three new agricultural laws of the Modi government. The government insisted that the new legislation was designed to allow small farmers to sell and buy grain outside of mandis and across states. Farmers feared that large private companies would squeeze them out and that the laws could end the MSP-based supply system. The well-organized farmers prepared for the long haul and camped for months on the highway with their tractors obstructing traffic. On Republic Day, there was a near riot outside Fort Rouge.

In Lakhimpur Kheri, UP, a convoy of cars, including one belonging to a BJP minister, mowed down four farmers and the agitators retaliated, killing two BJP leaders and the driver of one of the vehicles. For a year, the government refused to give in despite roadblocks, violence, rallies and public hostility both in India and abroad. Finally, in November, the normally inflexible Modi backed down and agreed to withdraw the three disputed laws.

On the political front, the year was marked by four events: the decisive victory of Mamata Banerjee in the elections to the Assembly of West Bengal; the further weakening of Congress still controlled by the Gandhis, who preside over a rapidly declining empire; the emergence, under the astute leadership of Prashant Kishor, of other contenders for the mantle of opposition leadership; and finally the growing uncertainty within the BJP as to who is in second place in the party.

The power of Mamata

After its spectacular success in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, the BJP entered the Assembly election campaign with arrogant confidence and all the guns. But despite its high-powered campaign, led by Prime Minister Modi, the BJP juggernaut has encountered a roadblock in the fiery Banerjee. The ruling Center party miscalculated by failing to project state-level leaders. His polarizing campaign, the brutal blows to Mamata and the mismanagement of the second wave of Covid did not please the voter. Modi’s jibe on “Didi o Didi” was seen as unworthy.

Emboldened by his success in Bengal, Banerjee now dreams of emerging as the leader of the alternative opposition to the Gandhis at the national level. She is courting disgruntled congressional leaders in other parts of the country. The AAP and the NCP also reduce the share of Congress votes.

Leadership gap

Many in the opposition, and even in Congress, fear that the de facto President of Congress, who still shies away from an official coronation, may not be the best candidate to face a savvy Modi in 2024. Rahul Gandhi’s bad choices , frequent overseas travel and failure as commander-in-chief is reflected in the party’s waning prospects in once infallible states like the Punjab.

Who is number 2?

The BJP has also seen its fortunes drop this year, but not as quickly as Congress. In 2019, after its spectacular victory in the legislative elections, the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team appeared invincible. Shah, as the all-powerful Home Secretary who tabled the resolution in parliament to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and continued to have his say in the BJP even after he stepped down as president, was the undisputed No. 2. But in 2021 the hierarchy is no longer so clear-cut. With all eyes on the UP Assembly polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has become a rising star.

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Every Marvel 2022 event Kang the Conqueror sees, explained https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/29/every-marvel-2022-event-kang-the-conqueror-sees-explained/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:56:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/29/every-marvel-2022-event-kang-the-conqueror-sees-explained/ WARNING: Spoilers for Timeless # 1 follow. In true Marvel Comics tradition, the publisher ends 2021 with a special one-shot that sets up various events scheduled throughout 2022. This year’s edition is Timeless # 1 with Kang the Conqueror, who rose to prominence thanks to Jonathan Major’s portrayal of the Kang variant in the Loki […]]]>

WARNING: Spoilers for Timeless # 1 follow. In true Marvel Comics tradition, the publisher ends 2021 with a special one-shot that sets up various events scheduled throughout 2022. This year’s edition is Timeless # 1 with Kang the Conqueror, who rose to prominence thanks to Jonathan Major’s portrayal of the Kang variant in the Loki Disney + series. Since Kang is a time traveler, he offers the reader a unique insight into the events to come in the future of the Marvel Universe, which may surprise some fans. Some of Marvel’s most popular titles are involved, and some returning favorites are shown as well, but with a different facelift.

The creative team on Timeless No.1 is writer Jed MacKay, artists Kev Walker, Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessey, color artist Marte Gracia and letterer Ariana Maher from VC. After Kang detects an earthquake – an event that causes a ripple event throughout the timeline – he retreats to one of his out of time observation stations to investigate. He is accompanied by a writer and lecturer on superhuman studies named Anatoly Petrov. He begins to write an article dedicated to Doctor Doom, but since Kang and Doom have an emerging rivalry, Kang chooses to take Anatoly with him so that he can witness his exploits in a ploy to change his mind.

Once Kang takes a look at what’s going on in the timeline, he’s taken a look at 12 future events destined to take place in the Marvel Universe. Some of these events are already underway, like Punisher’s logo change and alliance with The Hand, the introduction of a new Iron Fist, and Iron Man’s transition to an Iron God. Other events tease major changes and possible death fates for the X-Men, Captain America, and more.

Let’s take a look at what Marvel has in store for fans next year.

Doctor Strange Nemesis slain by his own son

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Dormammu is one of Doctor Strange’s greatest enemies … which is what made it all the more surprising that Strange accepts Dormammu’s son, Doyle, as a student at his new college academy. Strange academy by Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos follows the titular mystical school in New Orleans. Other masters of the mystical arts like Doctor Voodoo, Magik, Scarlet Witch, the Elder, Daimon Hellstrom, and Agatha Harkness have stopped by to educate the next generation of wizards.

Timeless # 1 shows Doyle attacking his father Dormammu with the Twilight Sword with the caption: “The son takes the Twilight Sword and hits the father …”

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Ben Reilly goes to Hollywood

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Peter Parker’s clone Ben Reilly has currently replaced the web-slinger as Spider-Man in the pages of The Incredible Spider-Man. Dubbed “The Beyond Era,” Amazing Spider-Man associates Ben Reilly with Beyond Corporation, who filed the name “Spider-Man” and outfitted Ben with a new costume and gadgets. He also receives special training from Colleen Wing and Misty Knight.

Marvel’s March 2022 solicitations reveal that Spider-Man Beyond will end this month. Now, a teaser shows Ben Reilly leaving New York for Hollywood, “… as a fatherless son finds a new home.”

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Marvel forges a new iron fist

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“The Iron Fist, reforged for a new hand …”, pronounces Kang the Conqueror in Timeless # 1. A new five-issue Iron Fist miniseries will introduce fans to a mysterious character replacing Danny Rand. All we know about the character is that he’s Asian, and the creative team for the miniseries are writer Alyssa Wong, artist Michael YG, and colorist Jay Ramos.

“It is an incredible honor to introduce a new Iron Fist to the Marvel Universe. I am delighted to immerse myself in and develop the rich myth of comics,” Wong said upon announcing the series. “What does it mean for someone to take on the Iron Fist mantle now, today?” As a newcomer, how do you interact with heritage and honor it while forging a new path? “

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The great judgment is upon us

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Billed as a 15-year-old event in the works, the Fantastic Four’s “Reckoning War” is the darling of writer Dan Slott, who has sown the story through his many Marvel titles. The story features the returns of Uatu the Watcher and the original Nick Fury, now called The Unseen.

“If you stalk all of the past [Reckoning War] hints about Marvel Unlimited or your long boxes, it’ll be fun! Slott wrote on Twitter. “But new readers will be able to jump right in – as the biggest, most cosmic, and complete Marvel story ever launched – with the best comic book characters!”

Timeless # 1 quote for “Reckoning War” states, “The moon has cracked in a great Reckoning …”

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A dangerous X-Men enemy rises

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Orchis is a new organization introduced in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X. Made up of former members of different groups in the Marvel Universe such as SHIELD, AIM, Hydra, Alpha Flight, and more, Orchis intends to eradicate the mutantkind so that humanity can remain the dominant species on Earth. . Their base of operations is a giant Master Mold Sentinel head floating just outside the sun. The X-Men attempted to deal with Orchis, though every mission ended in failure.

According to Kang, in the very distant future, Orchis will be victorious and take over the rule of Earth. “… while further into the future, another calculation leaves humanity with dominance over Earth.”

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Captain America vs. Winter Soldier

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Best friends Captain America and Winter Soldier will go to war at some point in 2022. An image in Timeless # 1 shows Cap on his hands and knees holding his stomach as blood flows from his body. Above him is Bucky Barnes, who has smoke billowing from his hands in a ball. Winter Soldier’s face is locked in shadow, making him look sinister as he betrays Steve Rogers. Kang tells us that “an old icon is falling.”

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Who are these young avengers?

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It’s only a matter of time before the Young Avengers officially debut in the MCU, there’s bound to be a new series with the team name on it. Marvel teased a Young Avengers reunion as Hulkling, Wiccan, Speed, America Chavez, Kate Bishop and Patriot appeared in Marvel comics # 1000 and Empyre: Aftermath Avengers # 1, stories centered on the secret marriage of Hulkling and Wiccan.

However, the image of the Young Avengers in Timeless # 1 looks slightly different from the main team. “A younger generation of Avengers is rising…” Kang says, which may mean different characters on the team decide to take on the mantle of Young Avengers. This could lead to the original team meeting to reclaim his name.

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Evil Lightning Strikes

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Similar to Young Avengers, Marvel Studios is apparently in the process of putting together a Love at first sight project. The team made their debut as heroes, but quickly emerged as villains masquerading as superheroes, led by Baron Zemo. Nowadays, the Thunderbolts name has been used by Wilson Fisk, the kingpin of crime, to carry out his orders. Villains like Taskmaster, Rhino, Batroc, Doctor Octopus and many more have been recruited for the Thunderbolts in the ‘event series’ King in black and the reign of the devil.

It looks like someone will be looking to reclaim the Thunderbolts name, but it could also be related to the Young Avengers teaser. If Kingpin or another villain decides to create their own Young Avengers with teenage villains, that could get the heroic Young Avengers and Thunderbolts to straighten things out.

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“A new god takes their throne …”

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Iron Man has faced off against the Power Cosmic in his recent battles with a resurrected Korvac. The two characters have stolen Galactus’ power, fighting to see who can prevail. Iron Man eventually came out on top, and cosmic deities like the Living Tribunal kept Tony Stark in the power he had acquired. Now an iron god, Iron Man returns to Earth with the intention of using this power to reshape the Earth. The only question is whether his allies from the Avengers, Fantastic Four and more will be okay with these changes?

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Mayday Parker and Shuri’s Black Panther?

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Fans got a match from May “Mayday” Parker, aka Spider-Girl / Spider-Woman, back in The Incredible Spider-Man # 74 / # 875. The comic is the final issue in Nick Spencer’s series and solves many of its plots. Before passing the torch to Beyond’s creative team, Spencer and a host of artists tease a demonic future led by Mephisto. As he tells Doctor Strange, whatever alternate reality Mephisto envisions, he’s always stopped by Spider-Man. We see this happen in one scene and in the next panel, Peter Parker is replaced by his alternate reality daughter.

Given that Mephisto interferes with the multiverse in Avengers, this could open the door for Mayday to reappear. However, the sign we see in Timeless # 1 shows Mayday next to what appears to be a Black Panther female with the caption, “The brave honor the sacrifices of those in their hearts…” Someone close to Mayday and this Black Panther seemingly sacrifice themselves, although the Black Panther could also come from another part of the multiverse.

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Punisher, Warlord of the Hand

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The Punisher has made a lot of fuss about moving away from his controversial skull logo in a maxi-series by Jason Aaron, Jesús Saiz, and Paul Azaceta. If you take a closer look at the actual details, Frank Castle changes his logo when he becomes Warchief for The Hand. The new Punisher logo slightly modifies the original by adding samurai horns. Punisher will let fans see how Frank Castle ends up being employed by The Hand and promises to be the “definitive highlight” of Frank Castle’s journey into the Marvel Universe.

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A heart that we thought was lost beats again

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The final teaser for Marvel’s 2022 lineup features the return of classic Avenger Jack of Hearts. The image shows a close-up of Jack of Hearts face with energy burning from his left eye. Jack of Hearts was a member of the Avengers alongside Wasp and Scarlet Witch. Jack has died and has been resurrected several times, although this time his rebirth seems to be lasting. It remains to be seen where and when Jack of Hearts returns.

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Desmond Tutu was a moral voice for South Africa and the world (obituary) https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/26/desmond-tutu-was-a-moral-voice-for-south-africa-and-the-world-obituary/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:29:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/26/desmond-tutu-was-a-moral-voice-for-south-africa-and-the-world-obituary/ Cape Town, December 26 (UNI) One of the world’s most respected human rights and spiritual leaders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a living testimony to faith in action, unsustainable in his opposition to the evils of racism, oppression, intolerance and injustice not only during apartheid in South Africa, but all over the world, it saw moral […]]]>

Cape Town, December 26 (UNI) One of the world’s most respected human rights and spiritual leaders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a living testimony to faith in action, unsustainable in his opposition to the evils of racism, oppression, intolerance and injustice not only during apartheid in South Africa, but all over the world, it saw moral wrongs, particularly affecting the most vulnerable and voiceless in society.

Although he was a Christian leader in his official work, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and people of all faiths were led and guided by him.

Every public action he took was based on his deep Christian faith and his personification of Ubuntu, which gave his words and actions immense moral gravity.

From its position on non-violence but in favor of sanctions in the fight against apartheid, its criticism of the ANC’s abuses, its support for antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive people in the Thabo Mbeki era, its opposition to the American invasion of Iraq, his denunciation of Robert Mugabe, his outspoken support for Palestinian rights, his message of uncompromising love for gays despite conservatism in the church, and his support for physician-assisted dying , he was a long-time fighter for human rights and against oppression.

During the 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was in prison and silenced by the National Party, Tutu was the most important global voice in the anti-apartheid struggle. Like Mandela, he was until his last day committed to the vision of a non-racial South Africa without economic inequalities and poverty.

Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp in 1932. He first entered the teaching profession. A formative experience was when an Anglican monk, Father Trevor Huddleston, raised his hat to young Tutu’s mother as they stood together at a bus stop in Soweto. This helped Tutu decide to enter the priesthood.

He was trained at St Peter’s Priory by the Resurrection Community of which Huddleston was a member. This community, with its emphasis on sacramental life centered on the incarnation of Christ, was to be the foundation of Tutu’s spirituality, which in turn informed his political activism.

For Tutu, apartheid, a system that defined humanity on the basis of color, was blasphemy. He became one of its most vocal opponents in the 1970s, leading protests and civil disobedience against the government. In response, the National Party attempted to portray Tutu as a political opportunist.

He became bishop of Lesotho, then secretary general of the South African Council of Churches. In 1985 he became Bishop of Johannesburg and in 1986 he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest post in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Much to the government’s dismay, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

At the root of it all was his spirituality, his focus on the daily Eucharist, morning and evening prayer and regular intercessory prayer with time for retreats and quiet days.

The Nobel Prize, his high position in the church and his opposition to violence made it very difficult for the National Party to deal with him like its other opponents. In some ways, he was the regime’s most formidable opponent.

Tutu also used his fiery rhetoric to advocate for international sanctions against South Africa – an offense under the apartheid government’s terrorism law, which provided for a minimum sentence of five years in prison. His courageous speech won him hatred of white racists and the adulation of majority black South Africans. This propelled him to the rank of the most prominent anti-apartheid leader on the international stage, a position cemented when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

When black political leaders were finally released from prison in 1990, Tutu left the political scene to Nelson Mandela and others, while reserving and exercising the right to criticize politicians of all stripes, including Mandela himself. even, for their failure to live up to his own and theirs. ideals. Its ideals have always been deeply rooted in faith, justice and ubuntu.

His criticism of the government continued under the ANC. He denounced those who were eager to board the “sauce train”. He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He believed that by facing the truth about our past, South Africa could move forward as a nation. And he called on all those involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to put aside their prejudices and fears and work for peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

Tutu lent its name to two major medical research institutes in Cape Town: the Desmond Tutu HIV Center at UCT and the Desmond Tutu TB Center at the University of Stellenbosch. He was a strong supporter of access to medicine.

When Tutu was first diagnosed with cancer in 1994, he described how it made him aware of his mortality. After being praised around the world for his contribution to establishing democracy in South Africa, he said he needed to be reminded that he too “was mortal”.

In a statement made years later, on behalf of the World Council of Churches, Tutu explained his perspective on racism: “Racism is a sin. It is contrary to God’s will for love, peace, equality, justice and compassion for all. It is an affront to human dignity and a flagrant violation of human rights. “Human dignity is a gift from God to all mankind. It is the gift of the image and likeness of God in every human being. Racism defiles the likeness of God in every person. Human rights are the protections we give to human dignity. We participate in the human rights struggle to restore the integrity that has been shattered by racism. The fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance is the struggle to sanctify and affirm life in all its fullness.

As a mediator during the violence of South Africa’s difficult transition to democracy in the early 1990s, Tutu focused on helping the country towards healing and reconciliation, stressing that just as l Apartheid has devastated the lives and psyches of black South Africans, it has also damaged the souls of prejudiced white South Africans.

Forgiveness, Tutu has always been careful to explain, demands that the wrong be fearlessly resolved by both parties, and that the need for restitution be honored.

In 2007, President Mandela invited Tutu to become a founding member of “The Elders” along with former US President Jimmy Carter, retired UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Irish President Mary Robinson. The vision of the Elders was close to Tutu’s heart: to fight injustice, resolve conflicts and promote ethical leadership. He was the first president of the group. Annan called Tutu “the highest moral authority of our time”.

Conspicuously retiring from public life on his 79th birthday on October 7, 2010, even in his later years, Tutu has not silenced his lifelong legacy of speaking the truth to power over a series of issues: corruption, illegal arms sales, xenophobia, oppressed people in Palestine, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, respect for the rule of law, HIV / AIDS, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and LGBTQI + rights.

Tutu once made the famous remark: “I wish I could shut up, but I can’t and I won’t.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: “Wherever there are human rights violations or people’s freedom is taken away, whether in Burma or Tibet”, from his dear friend Tutu “he is always the first person to oppose it. He works tirelessly for truth, honesty and equality. He sees no difference ”.

Tutu has received numerous prizes, the Gandhi Peace Prize in India; the Templeton Prize; the Mo Ibrahim Award for Achievement in African Leadership; is a member of the Order of Meritorious Service, Gold (South Africa), Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor (France) and honorary member of the Order of Companions of Honor (United Kingdom); and received the United States’ highest civilian honor from President Barack Obama, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tutu has also received more than 100 honorary doctorates from universities around the world, including Harvard in the United States and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

More recently, Pope Francis named him, along with Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi, among those who inspired his third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, which (echoing one of Tutu’s key messages) calls for brotherhood and human solidarity.

Tutu was a healer at heart, an eternal optimist (a true “prisoner of hope”) and an ironic humorist. He will be remembered for his powerful words in defense of the most vulnerable among us, his infinite capacity for empathy, his quick wit, his infectious laughter, and his infallible ability to turn to the light even during times of crisis. unbearable darkness.

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Democrats’ departures undermine hopes of holding House https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/24/democrats-departures-undermine-hopes-of-holding-house/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 09:31:47 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/24/democrats-departures-undermine-hopes-of-holding-house/ WASHINGTON – House Democrats face a wave of departures in the year following the midterm elections. So far, 23 Democratic representatives have said they will not stand for re-election, including five in December alone. Three of them – Stephanie Murphy from Florida, Lucille Roybal-Allard from California and Albio Sires from New Jersey – made their […]]]>

WASHINGTON – House Democrats face a wave of departures in the year following the midterm elections.

So far, 23 Democratic representatives have said they will not stand for re-election, including five in December alone. Three of them – Stephanie Murphy from Florida, Lucille Roybal-Allard from California and Albio Sires from New Jersey – made their announcements last week.

Some retired members have said they are stepping down because their districts have become more competitive in this year’s redistribution, while others have spoken of dysfunction on Capitol Hill or satisfaction with their legislative accomplishments in this Congress. Several others are running for other political posts.

The decisions come as the party faces significant headwinds ahead of November.

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has hit new lows in recent weeks amid concerns about his handling of the economy and the coronavirus response – potentially ominous given that a president typically loses seats during the midterm elections. And Democrats’ concerns about maintaining their very small majorities in Congress next year have been exacerbated by the GOP sweep in last month’s election in Virginia and the surprisingly tight governor’s race in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the party’s hopes of pushing through Biden’s centerpiece, a $ 1.7 trillion social and climate package, collapsed when Sen. Joe Manchin, TBEN.Va., announced Sunday of Unexpectedly, he wouldn’t back the legislation, which Democrats have been negotiating for months, further highlighting the party’s internal disarray. This is in addition to key Democratic initiatives like the voting and immigration reviews that have already failed.

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Against this backdrop, 15 of the nearly 23 Democrats not running for reelection have chosen to withdraw from public life altogether, including senior members.

Murphy, co-chair of the Moderate Blue Dog Coalition and member of the Special House Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, is the Deputy Chief House Whip. Roybal-Allard is a “cardinal” of the House, at the head of the subcommittee on internal security expenditure, and has served in Congress since 1993. Sires, member since 2006, chairs a subcommittee on foreign affairs and sits to the budget and infrastructure committees.

Other prominent members who have announced their retirement in recent months include Peter DeFazio of Oregon, chair of the transportation and infrastructure committee; John Yarmuth of Kentucky, who heads the powerful Budget Committee; and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

DeFazio, who has been in his seat for more than 30 years, was instrumental in negotiating the great infrastructure package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in November, while Yarmuth, a 15-year-old member, has helped lead the Democrats. . “A huge package of social spending.

Representatives Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the former head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and GK Butterfield of North Carolina, a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, are also retiring.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, allayed concerns about the flow of departures, saying it was to be expected as it is a year of redistribution.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with our outlook in 2022,” he told reporters last month. “We are going to hold the House and we are going to become a majority. We will do it through extraordinary leadership.

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Image: Peter DeFazio (Caroline Brehman / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images file)

Across the aisle, a dozen House Republicans have announced their intention to step down from Congress or run for another position, not counting members who have already left. Those leaving include Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the two GOP members of the Jan. 6 committee; Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, Senior Member of the Ways and Means Committee; Representative Tom Reed of New York, former co-chair of the bipartisan problem-solving committee; and Devin Nunes of California, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump who is leaving to become CEO of Trump’s new media company.

So far, only one Senate Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, has announced he will not stand for re-election. Across the aisle, five Senate Republicans have announced their intention to retire, including Richard Burr of North Carolina; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; Rob Portman of Ohio; Richard Shelby of Alabama; and Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Spurred on by the upcoming Senate recess, four House Democrats are running for the Senate in their home states: Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Tim Ryan in Ohio, Peter Welch in Vermont and Val Demings in Florida. Several of their colleagues, meanwhile, are running for other elected positions, including Charlie Crist, for the post of governor of Florida, seat he previously held; Karen Bass, also former president of the Congressional Black Caucus, for the mayor of Los Angeles; Anthony Brown for the Attorney General of Maryland; and Tom Suozzi for Governor of New York.

State of races

Democrats hold a 222-213 advantage in the House, meaning Republicans would have to win five seats to regain control of the chamber. They last held a majority in 2018, before Democrats won a number of seats in that year’s election.

According to the Cook Political Report, five House seats are considered Democratic draws in the next election and seven districts are Democratic, while two GOP races are considered draws and four skinny Republicans – numbers that could change over time. . let redistribution continue.

Democrats also stand a chance of losing control of the equally divided Senate, where they only hold a majority because Vice President Kamala Harris can vote to break the tie.

The Cook Political Report notes three outgoing Democratic Senate seats: Arizona’s Mark Kelly; Rafael Warnock from Georgia; and Catherine Cortez Masto from Nevada. He also believes that Senator Maggie Hassan’s seat, DN.H., is rather Democratic.

The poll rates three Republican seats as equally competitive, including the open seats in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson’s seat in Wisconsin.

Asked Monday about the implications future retirements would have for Democrats, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment, only saying Biden would be “out there” campaigning for the candidates.

Bustos, which represents a toss-up district, said Monday in an interview with MSNBC that Democrats need to focus on the “big middle” of the country rather than fighting between progressives and moderates.

“This is what we need to focus on if we want the legislation to be completed and if we are to ensure that we are successful in the 2022 election,” she said. “Retreats are part of the natural cycle, I think it’s worth noting. But there are a lot of things that need to be sorted out by next November.


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NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre’s Misleading Testimony on Free Bahamas Yacht Travel https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/22/nra-chief-wayne-lapierres-misleading-testimony-on-free-bahamas-yacht-travel/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:31:06 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/22/nra-chief-wayne-lapierres-misleading-testimony-on-free-bahamas-yacht-travel/ This story was published in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering guns in America. On July 9, 2013, Colleen Sterner, the niece of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, received an email from a manager of the Weddings and Special Affairs division of Atlantis, a popular family resort on Paradise Island. “It […]]]>

This story was published in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering guns in America.

On July 9, 2013, Colleen Sterner, the niece of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, received an email from a manager of the Weddings and Special Affairs division of Atlantis, a popular family resort on Paradise Island. “It gives me great pleasure to provide you with the contract for your wedding at our incredible resort!” Said the email. Sterner and her future husband, Terry, had booked the Simply Love plan, with a venue upgrade for their ceremony. It would be held a week later, at a neighboring, more upscale property. The couple planned to exchange vows through the 12th-century Augustinian cloisters that had been transported to the site and completed in the sixties.

On the wedding day, July 16, there was rain and lightning, and the wedding took place indoors at Atlantis. Sterner wore a white, jeweled-necked cocktail dress in a ceremony she described in a statement as “petite” and “private.” LaPierre and his wife, Susan, were among the guests. The event was part of a trip in which the LaPierre and Sterners sailed the Caribbean on a luxury yacht provided free of charge by an NRA contractor.

In 2020, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA over a self-operation model that included LaPierre’s alleged acceptance of lavish gifts from entrepreneurs. When asked about the yacht trip, LaPierre did not disclose the marriage. Instead, he testified under oath that he used the boat that summer because his life was in imminent danger. He said the trip – the first of six annual summer yacht trips to the Bahamas from 2013 to 2018 – was a “safety retreat” and the only way for him to be safe after the mass shooting. at Sandy Hook Elementary School. LaPierre explained that he was under “presidential threat without presidential security” and that the boat “was being offered” as a refuge. When he finally got to the yacht, he remembered thinking, “Thank goodness I’m safe, no one can bring me here.”

Internal NRA documents, other documents and interviews with former staff suggest that LaPierre has repeatedly made misleading and possibly false statements under oath about the yacht and her niece. LaPierre testified that Sterner, whom he hired at the NRA, was a full employee in the organization, but former colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, say she has does little work.

Stephen Gillers, a professor at New York University School of Law, said LaPierre’s testimony could strengthen the attorney general’s legal case against the NRA “The real risk with lies under oath, if they can be demonstrated, is that a jury or judge will conclude that the person who lied had something more to hide and knew it. What they said will then become evidence against them, ”Gillers explained. “If LaPierre knowingly gave false testimony, it would be additional ammunition for the GA’s efforts to dissolve the NRA”

The organization disputed numerous allegations by the Attorney General and brought forward counterclaims against James for alleged violation of his constitutional rights. The nonprofit maintains it is committed to “good governance” and, in recent tax returns, has revealed that LaPierre has reimbursed most of the travel expenses that the NRA has so far deemed inappropriate and intends to repay the rest. In October, its board of directors elected LaPierre for his thirty-first one-year term as CEO. organization in its legal fight with James, said. “Any suggestion to the contrary is reckless and misleading.” He added that, “in the opinion of the NRA”, LaPierre “honors all of his professional obligations to the association, by operating with transparency and by committing to good governance”. In a statement provided by the NRA, Sterner said, “I have no idea why there is such a fixation on my marriage, but it seems personally harassing to me.”

For nearly a decade, LaPierre did not list free yacht travel on the NRA’s internal disclosure forms, as required by organization rules and New York state law. Instead, he only did so this spring, the same day he was scheduled to testify before a judge for the first time. According to a charity auction brochure, a four-night cruise on the one hundred and eight-foot yacht – which has four cabins, a slide and a hydraulic bathing platform – is worth more than seventy-five thousand dollars . In a deposition, LaPierre explained that because he viewed the yacht as a “safety issue with my family, with myself”, he had not viewed it as “a conflict at the time.”

The yacht’s owner, David McKenzie, was a close confidant of LaPierre and a longtime NRA entrepreneur. For twenty years, the pro-gun group paid McKenzie’s production company Associated Television International millions of dollars for “Crime Strike,” a reenactment show on cable television that featured LaPierre as host. Between 2011 and 2020, according to tax returns, the NRA also paid some seventy million dollars to two fundraising companies that are at least in part owned by McKenzie’s wife, according to company documents that ‘she signed. McKenzie told me that he had nothing to do with the two companies and that his wife had no role in their operation. “It’s a long story of how it all happened,” he said. “It was essentially a passive investment, and it has nothing to do with it either.”

The contracts obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker for one of the companies, Allegiance Creative Group, were signed by LaPierre. The first extension was signed in November 2013, four months after Sterner’s marriage. In his testimony, LaPierre claimed he was not involved in contract negotiations with companies related to McKenzie’s wife. The NRA told me that LaPierre never reviewed the entity registration documents.

LaPierre also testified that for about ten or twelve years the NRA decided that he should always “travel privately, whether on business or in a personal capacity.” The organization’s security director, added LaPierre, “was adamant about it, based on what he saw in terms of harassment and threats.” But the NRA told me that the LaPierre and Sterners made a commercial flight to the Bahamas in July 2013 and then boarded the yacht. Former NRA staff said Sterner initially posted photos of her wedding to Facebook and deleted them in recent years. Several months ago, the “recordings” section of Sterner’s Facebook page, as well as that of her husband, in July 2013 contained references to Atlantis. These references have also disappeared. When asked why, the NRA said it “does not comment on the practices of its employees on social media.”

Sterner is like a LaPierre girl, according to former NRA staff. The couple married in 1998, but never had children. Sterner comes from Susan’s family side. When she and her husband had a daughter in 2014, they gave her the middle name Susan. A year later, according to the attorney general’s complaint, at Susan’s request, LaPierre hired Sterner, then in his mid-thirties, to work for the NRA’s Women’s Leadership Forum. Susan was technically a volunteer, with the title of “co-chair,” but she ran the company, which cultivates wealthy donors. Each year, the WLF hosts expensive lunches and retreats at some of the major hotels and resorts in the United States.

Sterner received expensive benefits, including private jet flights, which were not available to his colleagues. In his testimony, LaPierre testified that his niece was a key employee and that the expenses were for a legitimate business purpose. But former staff members who worked on WLF events found Sterner’s role bewildering. They remember that she occasionally did menial tasks assigned to her, like ordering flowers, but most of the time she just wasn’t there.

Tyler Schropp, who oversees NRA fundraising efforts involving wealthy donors, defended his niece’s LaPierre job. He said Sterner is an “extraordinary and valued employee” who manages “national events that positively impact the NRA, its members and its mission.” In 2015, the year he was hired, Sterner attended a WLF summit at Broadmoor, a stylish five-star resort in Colorado Springs. Sterner also brought his daughter, who was then an infant, to the event. NRA spokesperson Andrew Arulanandam said Sterner “played a leading role in the production” of the case. Still, one of the summit organizers told me, “I had never met Colleen before the event started, but Susan had mentioned that she would be on staff. She wasn’t working at headquarters, and she wasn’t on the planning calls or the regular meetings we had. His status was never clear to me.

Internal NRA records show that Sterner was given half a dozen basic responsibilities, such as providing “recording support as needed” and serving as a point of contact for snare shooting activity. and skeet. Several people who worked at the summit said it was often difficult to locate Sterner. At one point, they said, she was unavailable due to a private photoshoot with her daughter and two photographers from Ackerman McQueen, the NRA’s public relations firm at the time. NRA spokesperson Arulanandam defended the photoshoot. “While a few personal photos have been taken, it is neither inappropriate nor extravagant,” he said.

Since being hired by the NRA, Sterner has lived in Nebraska, far from the association’s headquarters near Washington. Schropp, the NRA’s fundraising manager, said Sterner was involved in a number of tasks such as “event planning, administrative issues and other projects that contributed to the success of the WLF.” . LaPierre authorized the NRA to pay for a private flight from Dallas to Nebraska for Sterner and her husband. The plane ticket cost the organization more than eleven thousand dollars. When LaPierre was asked about it in a court hearing, he said there were a limited number of commercial flights to the family’s remote corner. “Our annual meeting was coming up there. She was working on the Women’s Leadership Forum with people in Dallas and. . . this is the advantage of the NRA to have it. . . do this work.


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Saint Peter Canisius – Catholic Telegraph https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/21/saint-peter-canisius-catholic-telegraph/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 05:46:37 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/21/saint-peter-canisius-catholic-telegraph/ An important figure in the Catholic counter-reform which responded to the spread of Protestantism in the 16th century, the priest and doctor of the Church Saint Peter Canisius is recalled liturgically on December 21. His efforts as a preacher, author, and religious educator strengthened the Catholic faith in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of central […]]]>

An important figure in the Catholic counter-reform which responded to the spread of Protestantism in the 16th century, the priest and doctor of the Church Saint Peter Canisius is recalled liturgically on December 21.

His efforts as a preacher, author, and religious educator strengthened the Catholic faith in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of central Europe during a period of doctrinal confusion.

Writing on Saint Peter Canisius in 1897, Pope Leo XIII noted similarities between the late 19th century and the saint’s own life, “a period when the spirit of revolution and the loosening of doctrine resulted in a great loss of faith and a decline in morals “.

More recently, during a general audience in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI taught that the holy Jesuit has found success in ministry by living as “a personal witness of Jesus and an instrument at his disposal, closely linked to him through faith in his Gospel and in his Church. . “

Peter Kanis – his name later Latinized as “Canisius” – was born in the Netherlands in May 1521. His father Jacob was a wealthy civil servant, but his mother Aegidia died soon after his birth. Peter started his university studies in Cologne around the age of 15 and graduated before he was 20. His friends during this period included several men who held to the Catholic faith in opposition to the Protestant doctrines which were then gaining ground in Germany.

Despite his father’s preference for him to marry, Pierre made the decision in 1540 to remain celibate. Three years later, he entered the Society of Jesus under the influence of Blessed Peter Faber, one of the first companions of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He founded the first Jesuit house in Germany and became a priest in 1546.

Only a year after his ordination, Peter accompanied the Bishop of Augsburg to the Council of Trent as a theological advisor. He spends part of his time in Italy working directly with Saint Ignatius of Loyola, before leaving for Bavaria where he will exercise the functions of university professor as well as catechist and preacher. This combination of academic and pastoral work continued in Vienna from 1552, allowing it to visit and assist many Austrian parishes which found themselves without a priest.

In the mid-1550s, Peter’s evangelistic journeys took him to Prague, where he eventually founded a Jesuit school with another in Bavaria, and later a third in Munich. The year 1555, in particular, was a milestone for Canisius: Saint Ignatius promoted him to a leadership position within the order, which he held until 1569, and he published the first and the longest version of his Catholic catechism. This work and its two shorter adaptations have been the subject of hundreds of prints and have remained in use for centuries.

Engaged in discussions with Protestants in 1557, Peter pleaded for the Church by showing how followers of Protestantism could not get along on matters of doctrine. During this time, he maintained his commitment to religious instruction at the popular level – teaching children, giving retreats, and preaching carefully crafted and doctrinal sermons to large crowds.

Canisius’ service to the Council of Trent continued in the early 1560s, but mostly at a distance. He maintained a demanding program of preaching and establishing universities, while ensuring that the decrees of the council were received and followed in Germany after its conclusion. His tireless efforts over the next two decades contributed to a major revival of German Catholicism.

A mystical experience in 1584 convinced Canisius that he had to stop his travels and stay in Switzerland for the rest of his life. He spent his last years building the Church in Freiburg through his preaching, his teaching and his writings. Peter suffered a near-fatal stroke in 1591, but recovered and continued as an author for six years. The Dutch Jesuit viewed writing as an essential form of apostolic work, a view supported by the continued use of his catechism long after his death on December 21, 1597.

Saint Peter Canisius was simultaneously canonized and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in May 1925. In a famous saying, the Jesuit priest revealed the secret behind the accomplishments of his energetic and fruitful life: “If you have too much to do, with the help of God, you will find the time to do everything.


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Defense spokesperson wins SAEMA media award https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/19/defense-spokesperson-wins-saema-media-award/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 15:38:24 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/19/defense-spokesperson-wins-saema-media-award/ Defense spokesperson wins SAEMA award Director of Defense Information (DDI), Defense Headquarters Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyer won the “Media Friendly Personality” of the Year award at the 3rd Security and of Emergency Management (SAEMA) 2021. The award ceremony, which took place at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja on Saturday, bestowed the honors on General […]]]>
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Director of Defense Information (DDI), Defense Headquarters Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyer won the “Media Friendly Personality” of the Year award at the 3rd Security and of Emergency Management (SAEMA) 2021.

The award ceremony, which took place at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja on Saturday, bestowed the honors on General Sawyer for demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, friendliness and a high sense of responsibility in the exercise of its functions.

“During his short tenure, he improved his media relations activities, mostly responding to press inquiries, even in the face of occasional provocations. He has also organized workshops and media retreats to further strengthen mutual and beneficial relationships, ”the award quotation reads.

When he took office in July, Sawyer vowed to pursue an open-door policy to expedite the information journalists need to report.

Now in its third year, the SAEMA Award was organized by Emergency Digest, a publication of the award-winning Image Merchants Promotion Limited in conjunction with the Center for Crisis Communication (CCC) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) to publicly recognize and celebrate outstanding security and emergency management contributions to create a resilient and professional approach to addressing national challenges.

He also presented the SABER Awards and the Inaugural Spokesperson’s Communication Awards (SCA).

Nigerian Army Lt. Col. Ponfa Andrew Wuyep, Flt. Lieutenant Abayomi A. Dairo of the Nigerian Air Force, and Inspector Abimaje Isaiah of the NSCDC and ASP Mariam Yusuf of the police.

Other winners of the individual categories of the SAEMA Award were Ms. Abimbola Animashawun from Nigeria Customs Service, Saminu Audu from Civil JTF and Sifon Essien from TVC.

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Lecia Brooks, Chief of Staff of SPLC, appointed 2022 Rockwood Fellow | Southern Poverty Law Center https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/17/lecia-brooks-chief-of-staff-of-splc-appointed-2022-rockwood-fellow-southern-poverty-law-center/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 21:21:39 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/17/lecia-brooks-chief-of-staff-of-splc-appointed-2022-rockwood-fellow-southern-poverty-law-center/ Advancing fairness and racial justice has been the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center for the past 50 years, and one of the leaders who has been at the forefront of this effort is the Chief of Staff of the SPLC , Lecia Brooks, who was recently named a 2022 Fellow for the Rockwood […]]]>

Advancing fairness and racial justice has been the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center for the past 50 years, and one of the leaders who has been at the forefront of this effort is the Chief of Staff of the SPLC , Lecia Brooks, who was recently named a 2022 Fellow for the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

The selection places her on a prestigious list of pioneers of social change across the country working for justice in American society.

As part of the fellowship, Brooks will work alongside other accomplished leaders to create and maintain a powerful vision for the work the SPLC is doing to advance civil rights for all in the Deep South and beyond.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to join the Rockwood Institute’s 2022 National Program for the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship,” said Brooks. “I look forward to seeing Rockwood’s transformative leadership development work and connecting and learning from engaged social change leaders across the country. “

Being selected as a leader among Inside Out Fellows requires a rigorous nomination and application process. It takes nationally recognized leaders through an intensive, transformative and advanced learning program designed to create a radical change in their ability to lead organizations effectively. It trains them to collaborate across the boundaries of problem areas, political and organizational orientation, geography and context.

Since its inception in 2003, this Executive Leadership Program has grown into one of the nation’s premier learning centers for seasoned social change pioneers like Brooks.

Lecia Brooks, then director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center at the SPLC, addresses members of the Kenyan Children’s Choir at the Civil Rights Memorial in 2010. (SPLC)

Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Brooks served as SPLC’s Workplace Transformation Leader, supporting leadership and staff efforts to create a culture of inclusion and ensure an ongoing focus on diversity and l ‘equity. She has also served as the SPLC’s Outreach Director, traveling across the country and abroad to speak out on hate and extremism. She also testified before Congress about the SPLC’s efforts to counter hatred and extremism.

Brooks began her tenure at the SPLC in 2004 as Director of the SPLC’s Mix It Up Project – a learning for justice program designed to break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools by bringing together school children from diverse backgrounds.

At the SPLC, she conducted diversity advocacy training for businesses and nonprofits including Walmart, Lyft, Pixar, Salzburg Seminary, and Newark Public Library.

She has appeared in numerous news programs to discuss race and civil rights in the United States. On MSNBC in August 2013, for example, she compared the civil rights movement from the past to today.

She was also the director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center, an interpretive center run by the SPLC that includes interactive exhibits on civil rights martyrs.

Previously, she worked for 12 years in various positions for the National Conference on Community and Justice in her Los Angeles office.

“Lecia has a wealth of experience that makes her an ideal fit for Rockwood,” said Margaret Huang, President and CEO of SPLC. “At the SPLC, his work has been defined by educating communities, students, civil rights leaders and government officials to promote racial justice and advance human rights for all. As Chief of Staff of the SPLC, she provides invaluable advice in the pursuit of our mission. I just can’t overstate how thrilled we are to see Lecia named a Rockwood Fellow at this critical moment in our country’s history.

The Rockwood Fellowship 2022 program brings together 30 human rights leaders to catalyze deeper partnerships within and between social justice movements by training individuals to be successful agents of change at a time when the nation is deeply divided.

Brooks and the other fellows – from organizations as diverse as the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Economic Security Project, Law for Black Lives, the Texas Civil Rights Project and Greenpeace USA – will participate in three weeklong leadership retreats at the over the next year while having access to coaching sessions from experts and peers, daily practices to support learning throughout the year and a variety of other resources and tools to use in their organizations .

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In recent years, Brooks’ dedication to fighting hate and extremism has taken her to the nation’s capital on several occasions to speak to members of Congress about tackling far-right extremism.

On March 24, Brooks testified before the House Armed Services Committee regarding extremism in the military. His testimony focused on the rise of the white supremacist movement in the United States and how it presents a distinct and current danger to our country and its institutions.

Lecia Brooks, Chief of Staff of the SPLC, testifies before Congress on hate and extremism. (Youtube)

In addition, last February, following the deadly insurgency on the United States Capitol on January 6, Brooks gave testimony in Congress focusing on the white nationalist movement; how far-right extremists are harnessing internet technology to create a larger, more decentralized and more dangerous movement; how the movement finances itself in this decentralized paradigm; and what steps we need to take to deal with the threat.

In his testimony, which draws on the work of investigators and analysts in the SPLC’s intelligence project, Brooks said the insurgency has been brewing for years and came after Donald Trump’s campaign and administration energized the white nationalist movement through its membership of the far right. conspiracy theories and racist disparagement of immigrants.

She told Congress that in 2018, two years after Trump was elected, hate groups reached a record high of 1,020. The SPLC found that white nationalist groups also grew by almost 50% from the previous year, from 100 groups to 148.

Lecia Brooks testifies before Congress

Lecia Brooks, chief of staff of the SPLC, testifies before the Congressional committee hearing titled “How to stop white supremacy” on February 11, 2020, in Washington. (Credit: Shutterstock)

“Long before he took office, [Trump] embraced and helped propagate the kind of false conspiracy theories that animated far-right extremists and helped push their radical ideologies into mainstream politics and media, ”Brooks told Congress. “After taking office, Trump continued to use his platform to promote the conspiracy theories and baseless fabrications of the radical right, many of which are laden with racial and anti-Semitic undertones. “

Ultimately, these conspiracy theories and blatant lies took center stage and led to the insurgency, which ultimately claimed the lives of five people and threatened democracy in the United States.

Brooks presented policy recommendations to curb these vitriolic and violent attacks.

Experts from the SPLC intelligence project are now providing information to the House special committee investigating the January 6 insurgency, including how funding for extremist groups was factored into the attack on Capitol Hill.

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At the SPLC, Brooks continued to support senior leaders, assist with strategic planning, and work with people across the organization to ensure the success of the SPLC, whether in meeting its long-term goals or maintaining efficient daily operations and a fair working environment.

“The SPLC’s support for my leadership development is a testament to the inclusive leadership approach taken by Margaret Huang, our President and CEO,” said Brooks. “I look forward to sharing what I am learning with my colleagues to improve and support our important work to advance racial justice in the South and beyond.”

Congressman John Lewis and Lecia Brooks

The late United States Representative John Lewis, left, greets Lecia Brooks during a 2017 Congressional delegation visit to the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. (Credit: SPLC)

Brooks’ outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues have led the SPLC to advance its promotion of tolerance and diversity, while fostering a better understanding of the civil rights movement.

Huang has full confidence in Brooks’ ability to grow and challenge herself – and in turn, the SPLC – by participating in a fellowship that will take her to new heights.

“As a member of Rockwood, Lecia will only expand the scope of her work dedicated to seeking racial justice and challenging the forces opposing a multicultural and equitable nation. “

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COMPASS Pathways announces changes to its leadership team https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/16/compass-pathways-announces-changes-to-its-leadership-team/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:54:50 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/16/compass-pathways-announces-changes-to-its-leadership-team/ M Matthew Owen s appointed General Counsel and Legal council ; Lars Wilde, Chief Business Officer and co-founder, settles Senior to advise orie role London, United Kingdom December 16, 2021 COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) (“COMPASS”), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation by mental health matters, today announced […]]]>

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London, United Kingdom December 16, 2021 COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) (“COMPASS”), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation by mental health matters, today announced the appointment of Matthew Owens as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. Mr. Owens will join COMPASS on February 1, 2022. The company also announced that Lars Wilde, President, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder, will take up a senior advisor role at COMPASS effective January 1, 2022.

Matthew Owens joins COMPASS from Novartis International, where he is Global Head Legal, Digital, in charge of the development and execution of legal and IP strategy. He has been with Novartis since 2010, also serving as Senior Legal Counsel and Head Legal, Strategic Partnerships and Digital. Named “Most Innovative European In-House Lawyer 2015” by the Financial Times, Mr. Owens has extensive experience leading legal teams in the areas of digital transformation, biotechnology and innovation. Prior to Novartis, he was Senior Counsel at Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Corporate Counsel at Mettler-Toledo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Law and Political Science, History and Criminology) from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, and a JD (Doctor of Laws) from Capital University Law School where he was presidential scholar. He is a lecturer at the Europa Institute of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich.

Matthew Owens said, “COMPASS brings innovation to mental health care, and I’m excited to join them. I am passionate about digital health and improving the patient experience and look forward to working with the COMPASS team as they continue to develop new therapies supported by digital technologies.

Lars Wilde joined COMPASS in 2017 as a co-founder and has been instrumental in the company’s many accomplishments in a number of strategic and operational areas including fundraising, business development and business development. its discovery center.

Lars Wilde said, “We have built an amazing business at COMPASS and I am grateful to everyone who continues to support us. We are the clear leader in the development of psilocybin therapy for unmet mental health needs, initially in treatment-resistant depression, and now moving into PTSD and other illnesses. We are building a portfolio of new psychedelic compounds through our Discovery Center and our partnerships. We have raised over $ 429 million and have built a strong team of over 120 talented, passionate and dedicated people. Above all, we have maintained our commitment to patients and to our goal of transforming mental health care. This is the natural time for me to move into an advisory role and I am proud to be able to continue working with COMPASS. ”

George Goldsmith, CEO and Co-Founder of COMPASS Pathways, said: “COMPASS has grown rapidly since its inception in 2016. Our mission and commitment to patients remains the same, but operationally we are a business. very different and our leadership team is evolving to reflect that. Earlier this month, we announced the appointment of Mike Falvey as the new CFO, with experience in launching and commercializing innovation for patients. As General Counsel, Matt will bring significant expertise in technology, digital health and innovation. We are delighted to welcome him to our team and are excited to work together to transform mental health care. ”

George Goldsmith continued, “The three COMPASS co-founders have always worked closely and tirelessly to create a new kind of business to transform mental health care. Without Lars COMPASS wouldn’t be where it is today. He helped us transform from the start. – to a well-funded Nasdaq listed company with the best team, a strong pipeline and a real opportunity to make a difference for patients. We will miss being here every day, but we look forward to his continued contributions as a senior advisor and support as a major shareholder. We are excited to see what Lars does next as we are sure it will be a success! ”

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About COMPASS Pathways

COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our goal is to improve the lives of those with mental health problems who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a breakthrough therapy by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we have completed a Phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, at 22 sites in Europe and North America. . This was the largest randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial of psilocybin therapy ever to be conducted, and our baseline data showed a statistically significant effect (p www.compasspathways.com

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “could”, “could”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “should”, “expect”, “intention”. “,” Plan “,” goal “,” anticipate “,” believe “,” contemplate “,” estimate “,” predict “,” potential “,” continue “and” in progress “or the negative of these terms or d ‘other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements include express or implied statements regarding, among other things, the effectiveness of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for the treatment of depression, the business strategy and objectives of COMPASS, including its ability to launch and market products. , COMPASS’s ability to continue to advance its research or develop plans to bring its products to patients, including COMP360, and COMPASS’s expectations regarding the benefits of its psilocybin therapy and the effectiveness of its leadership team . The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements as they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of COMPASS and which could cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: and the risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the COMPASS Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of United States on March 9, 2021 and in subsequent COMPASS filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by law, COMPASS disclaims any intention or responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on COMPASS’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof.

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Media: Tracy Cheung, tracy@compasspathways.com, +44 7966 309024
Investors: Stephen Schultz, stephen.schultz@compasspathways.com, +1 401 290 7324

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