IoF shares recent experiences of UK fundraisers at international conference

first_imgIoF shares recent experiences of UK fundraisers at international conference Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Law / policy Rogare AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  133 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 3 May 2017 | News Advertisementcenter_img Photo: Jason Lee (interim President and CEO of AFP) , Peter Lewis (CEO of Institute of Fundraising), Leah Eustace (President, Your Blue Canoe) and Emmett Carson (CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation).  134 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, encouraged fundraisers from around the world to ‘place donors at the heart of your fundraising’.Lewis was speaking in front of an international fundraising audience at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual conference in the USA.He was one of three guests speaking at Tuesday’s General Session at the AFP conference which focused on the public policy and media landscape across the United States, Canada and the UK. He shared the experiences of the Institute and of charities over the pasts two years, during which media and political attention has focused on some fundraising practices carried out by some charities and their agencies.He explained how these had led to a new regulatory regime, and how this had taken places amid reports of a drop in the levels of the public’s trust in charities.At AFP he explained how charities can best respond and energise their supporters and donors.In his opening remarks, he also emphasised the importance of ensuring a charity’s values are embedded within their fundraising practice.Ian MacQuillin, Director of Rogare, presented his analysis of and lessons from the media attacks on fundraising in a session at AFP on “Why Media Attacks on Fundraising Really Are ‘Ideological’ and How We Can Deal With Them”.The AFP International Fundraising Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues.This year it took place in San Francisco from 30 April to 2 May. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New website for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave campaign

first_img Melanie May | 11 July 2017 | News  207 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 New website for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave campaign “We created a fantastic, collaborative working group with Macmillan to deliver a robust website experience. We look forward to working closely with the team as it continues with its digital plans.”  206 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Charity Website Design Digital Macmillan Cancer Supportcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a new website for this year’s Brave the Shave campaign.The creation of the new Brave the Shave site, by independent agency Initials is part of the charity’s digital transformation strategy.Brave the Shave is now in its third year and encourages people to shave their heads to raise money to support those living with cancer. Last year’s campaign raised £7.1 million for Macmillan, with more than half (55%) of the 23,000 people who signed up opted to take part because their loved ones had been affected by cancer and they wanted to do something to make a difference. The 2017 campaign will again focus on the Shavers’ stories as they reveal their motivations and reasons for taking part.The project included an overhaul of the charity’s current website technology following on from Macmillan’s wider digital transformation plans. Initials worked closely with Macmillan on the development of the new Brave the Shave website, to helping to more closely align the product portfolio with Macmillan’s plans, and to streamline internal processes and drive greater operational efficiency.Lisa Shorter, National Events Marketing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:“Initials was selected after a thorough competitive pitch and evaluation process, we were impressed with the breadth of skills and expertise, as well as the team’s dedicated approach to delivering in true partnership. We are very happy with the results.”Dipesh Bhimjiyani, Head of Digital at Initials, said: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

DCMS inquiry highlights lack of Government support for sector during Covid-19 crisis

first_imgIn terms of support needed, the report ‘backs the charity sector’s calls for a stabilisation fund to secure the long-term financial health and organisational diversity of the sector’, and states that the Government should establish further funding to assist charities and voluntary organisations to stay afloat throughout the Covid-19 crisis and that the Secretary of State should provide an update on progress made by Friday 5 June.It also urges the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund ‘to publish clear and comprehensive guidance about the criteria that will be used when allocating support, and how organisations can apply for it, without delay’.Chair of the DCMS Committee Julian Knight MP said:“The strong message that charities gave us was not that they have some sort of right to survive but that people have a right to the services they provide.“We warned the Chancellor that charities told us they faced a £4bn gap in money coming in, with some smaller charities facing insolvency within weeks without immediate emergency support.“The sum of money that’s been made available goes nowhere near replacing the income that many charities have lost. We’re urging the government to set up a stabilisation fund to assist organisations to stay afloat so that we avoid increasing hardship among those who depend on charities to help them during this crisis and beyond.” Melanie May | 7 May 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 DCMS inquiry highlights lack of Government support for sector during Covid-19 crisis The Government has not provided enough support for the charity sector during the Covid-19 crisis, which will result in ‘untold damage to individuals and communities’ if services are lost, according to the DCMS Committee inquiry into its impact on the sector.DCMS published its report yesterday, 6 May, finding that while the Covid-19 crisis had left many charities fighting for survival with traditional methods of generating income drying up overnight, the support announced to date is insufficient, with a lack of transparency in how funds are being allocated meaning some charities will lose out.It calls on the Government to act within the next month to increase its support and to ensure it is also available to charities facing hardship but not directly working on tackling Covid-19, saying that losing these charities ‘cannot be allowed to happen’.The report praised charity workers for being ‘some of the real heroes of the response to the pandemic, with many working with great courage on the frontline of the crisis’, and also said that while the Government’s support has so far prioritised those charities on the frontline of tackling Covid-19, many others are doing work that, ‘while not necessarily responding to Covid-19, none the less enriches our society and will be needed once the crisis is over’. These too, it said, require support.The DCMS inquiry included an evidence session to hear directly from charities and umbrella bodies about the challenges they were facing, and also received evidence from over 70 charities as well as beneficiaries.It found:The level of financial assistance announced to date falls short of what is neededThe government has been too slow to make funding availableBusiness support measures fail to deliver on needs of charity and voluntary sectorLack of clarity about how the £750 million will be allocated means charities are unclear about their eligibility and how they should applyThere has been a lack of transparency in how the funding made available is being distributedOn transparency, the report says:“Some two weeks after HM Treasury outlined £750 million of support for charities, the Secretary of State was still unable to provide sufficient detail or clarity about the eligibility criteria for allocating that funding. It seems inevitable that this lack of transparency means deserving charities will miss out on much-needed support.” Advertisement  453 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2center_img Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding  452 total views,  2 views today Sector responseChartered Institute of Fundraising Chief Executive Peter Lewis said:“The DCMS report makes a strong case for Government to take further steps that we have been calling for to provide support for charities. Every day of this crisis the need for charity services increases, yet their financial position becomes more fragile.“While we support the Committee’s focus on smaller charities,  it is not just smaller charities that are struggling to maintain services. An enhanced government package should include essential support to medium & large charities struggling to maintain services. We also believe there should be a specific focus on supporting BAME organisations who support BAME communities, and who have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis.“We need Government action to take these measures now to safeguard the future of those services that so many people and communities rely on. We will continue to make the case to Government on behalf of those charities that are never more needed.”Sir John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, also commented on the report:“This is an important report and we are pleased the committee has responded positively to our recommendations for ways to bolster the charities that do so much to support society, both now and as we  move into the recovery phase.“We proposed a whole package of measures which could be implemented to help charities in the short and longer term. We stand ready as always to work with Ministers to make this happen.“MPs on the committee rightly welcome the Government’s support for charities, but we need to think about ways in which Government, donors and charities can work together to ensure the sector remains strong. We need our charities now more than ever, and Britain cannot afford to lose this vital part of our national life.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal reaches £130 million

first_imgNHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal reaches £130 million Tagged with: appeals NHS Melanie May | 3 July 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal has now raised £130 million since launching in March.Over £30 million has been distributed to local NHS charities so far to support NHS staff, volunteers and their patients during the crisis.The funds have been used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of staff, volunteers and patients as well as helping tackle the longer term effects on health and wellbeing. This has included the provision of nutritious food and drink, comfortable places to take a break during long shifts, tablets so patients, staff and volunteers can stay in contact with friends and family, “wobble” rooms and specialised psychological support for staff.The appeal raised £100m in its first six weeks. Donations from individual fundraisers have included Captain Tom Moore’s £32m+, 18 month old Beatrice George who has been sponsored for more than £1,300 to do daily pebble hunts and 90-year-old Margaret Payne, who has raised £350,000 climbing her stairs at home during lockdown. Many businesses have donated too, with Aviva giving £5m in April, and XTX Markets £10m in March. Philanthropists have also supported the appeal, including Hans and Julia Rausing.Local NHS charities have now widened the scope of the support they are providing, to help partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, making sure those support services and organisations have the resources they need to care for patients, volunteers and staff.They are also providing additional support where it is most urgently needed by NHS staff, volunteers and patients in their area, with a focus on support for people who are disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, such as patients and staff from BAME communities and high-risk groups like those living with disabilities.In the longer term the money raised will also fund programmes to help staff and families recover fully once the crisis has passed, to help reduce the long-term impact.Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, commented:“When we started the appeal, we never imagined we would hit a total like this in just a few months. On behalf of all our member charities and the NHS staff, volunteers and patients they support, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made that possible, your generosity is making such a difference.”Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: Advertisementcenter_img “On behalf of all the staff and patients who have benefitted, I’d like to thank everyone who has led or contributed to this massive fundraising effort, which is already making a difference across the country and will continue to do so for years to come.“This year has been the most challenging in NHS history and our colleagues have gone to extraordinary lengths to care for all those who have needed it, but we haven’t done it alone, and the public’s support has been vital – whether raising money for added extras, volunteering in their local community, or simply staying home to stop infection spreading.This Sunday marks the NHS’s 72nd birthday. NHS Charities Together and NHS England will be joining staff and volunteers from across the country to say thank you to everyone who has donated or raised money for the Covid appeal.NHS Charities Together has also partnered with /together and NHS England to encourage everyone to come together at 5pm on Sunday to clap for everyone who has been there for them during the pandemic.  1,229 total views,  2 views today  1,230 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Youth panel focuses on capitalism and police terror

first_imgYouth and students meet and strategize during WWP conference.Workers World Party held its annual national conference here this year at a Native community center. Members of numerous organizations, all part of the working class, attended and gave speeches of solidarity and information riddled with passion.Among the many speakers were youth — tired of the dead-end offerings of capitalism — who took to the streets to stand up for workers and organize in their own communities.Cameron Aviles, founder of Building Revolutionary Conscious Knowledge, opened the conference with a poem he wrote. Summer Smith, of the Revolutionary Students Union in Utah, and Dinae Anderson, a high school organizer in New York, were among the many speakers, including this writer, who participated in a panel on why we joined WWP.The many failings of capitalism have become a painful truth that youth can no longer turn away from. At a separate workshop panel catering to youth, the many issues we face were discussed in small groups after we introduced ourselves and the organizations we belonged to.Highlighted speakers were Zaina Alsous, from the North Carolina Student Power Union and WWP Durham branch, and Shannon X, from the Baltimore People’s Assembly and WWP Baltimore branch. Topics discussed were police brutality, race relations, spreading consciousness and building people’s power.The root concern that seemed to be the common thread in all the issues discussed was the increasing rate of police brutality. Ideas were then formulated on how to raise awareness through a change of language, like referring to “police brutality” as “police terrorism,” and informing people of the many legal and illegal tactics that police are using to carry out these terrorist acts in communities nationally. Through this information, a local organization that people can become involved in — be they victims of police terror or just those concerned — can be formed.Another major step toward organizing was networking youth organizations that are now working together nationally to keep each other updated on events and community issues as they arise. WWP national youth fraction conference calls are a major part of keeping together and spreading consciousness. The calls are conducted from Durham, N.C. For inquiries on youth fraction conference calls, contact [email protected] Davis is one of the newest members of the Detroit WWP branch.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Flint residents demand water justice

first_imgFlint, Mich. — “Rebuild Flint” was the theme of a mass demonstration Feb. 19 called by TV Judge Greg Mathis, originally from Detroit; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; and Flint’s Concerned Pastors for Social Action. One media source estimated there were “thousands,” mostly Flint residents. (mlive, Feb. 19) The church that hosted the pre-march rally was overflowing.The strongest message on signs, shirts and hoodies was “Flint Lives Matter,” linking the brutality of trigger-happy police with the environmental racism that contaminated Flint’s drinking water and perpetuated the lie that it was drinkable.Marchers chanted “Fix the pipes now!” and “No pipes, no peace!” Another popular chant, referring to the criminal governor who allowed this disaster to happen, was “Snyder’s got to go!”This was the largest action so far in the growing movement to demand justice for this majority-Black city. The whole world now knows how Flint was lead-poisoned by a racist governor, aided by governor-appointed dictators called emergency managers and cronies with no scientific background at the misnamed Department of Environmental Quality.The main demand of the demonstration was to replace all the corroded pipes and to start right now. “We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Pastor Allen Overton of Concerned Pastors. “Today we serve notice that we are sick and tired of bottled water.”Judge Mathis demanded the $600 million in federal aid that the U.S. Senate is debating be released. Referring to the state budget surplus, he led the crowd in this chant, “The surplus is for us!” Rev. Jackson demanded lead testing be made available for everyone.Because toxic Flint water was allowed to go untreated for 18 months, letting lead leach into the water supply, all the pipes are corroded and the water infrastructure needs to be rebuilt to make Flint’s drinking water safe again. Between the budget surplus and the “rainy day” fund, the state has at least $1 billion and could begin the process now. But the legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder, who finally acknowledged the lead problem in October and declared a state of emergency in January, are sitting on the funds.“Today we stand up for environmental justice, we stand up for ourselves, we stand up for our rights,” said Melissa Mays, founder of Water You Fighting For. “At the end of the day we’re sick, we’re tired, we’re broke, we’re fed up, but at the end of this march we will all know we are not victims. We are fighters.” Mays and her three children are all sick as a result of the water contamination.After the march, which ended at the water plant, there was a second militant rally. Kristin Moore, speaking on behalf of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, said, “The fight will not be over until we have new pipes.”Solidarity for Flint’s besieged peopleThe latest water-related tragedy in Flint is the death of two teenagers who died after smoking marijuana through a water-based bong. Lead residue accumulated in the water pipe during the 18 months residents were told the water was safe. Inhaling the metal, unsafe at any level, caused their deaths. The death toll is now at least 11, counting nine people who died from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak blamed on the water.The Baltimore People’s Power Assembly held a Flint solidarity demonstration Feb. 19 and the New York City PPA followed suit on Feb. 21. A demonstration is planned in Los Angeles for Feb. 25. Activists hold weekly pickets of the governor’s condo in Ann Arbor, calling for his arrest. A mass convergence on the state Capitol is planned.The state is not meeting even the minimal needs of the population for bottled water, despite activating Michigan National Guard troops and using fire stations as water distribution centers. Solidarity donations from churches, mosques, synagogues, unions, schoolchildren, celebrities, individuals and even prisoners are keeping residents alive.Underserved communities — the undocumented, people with limited mobility and those in the poorest neighborhoods — still depend on dedicated volunteers who go into their homes and do needs assessments.GM and the ‘system that poisoned Flint’Flint was already suffering before being poisoned. The city had the highest poverty rate in Michigan at over 40 percent. Almost 20 percent of the population of “Vehicle City” has no access to a vehicle.Flint’s job crisis was the subject of a front-page story in the Feb. 21 Detroit Free Press. Every zip code in the city has lost jobs since 1998, with zip code 48505 losing 72 percent. Half the working population must travel over 25 miles to get to work in the suburbs.General Motors stripped Flint, the city where it was founded, of most of the jobs that made Flint a prosperous working-class city of 200,000. That and the foreclosure crisis drove half the population away. The protest march passed by the former site of the Buick City complex, opened in 1985 with a workforce of 28,000, only to be shuttered and demolished seven years later. More than 150 businesses have closed in Flint, many as a consequence of GM’s pullout.Members of Detroit’s Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs received many positive comments to a leaflet calling for Snyder’s arrest and demanding GM pay $4 billion — out of its $9.7 billion record profits for 2015 — in reparations to Flint.Activists distributed Workers World newspapers with Flint coverage and analysis, while youth organizers with FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together — passed out 500 flyers entitled “Fight the system that poisoned Flint!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Virginia rallies vs. Verizon

first_imgCommunication Workers Local 2204 hosted a rally May 28 in Roanoke, Va. Union members and labor and community supporters drove from across the state to participate.Since the strike against Verizon began on April 13, members of CWA and the International Electrical Workers, with strong labor and community solidarity, have sponsored daily picket lines during all kinds of weather in a variety of rural and urban locations across Virginia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bannon, ¡lo Peor!

first_img¿Qué está haciendo Stephen Bannon en el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional? El CSN es el comité ejecutivo del complejo militar-industrial e incluye un panel de asesinatos secreto. (Reuters, 5 de octubre de 2011)El proto-fascista Bannon es el principal estratega político de Trump y ex jefe del derechista Breitbart News, el medio de comunicación preferido de los supremacistas blancos. Fue Bannon quien anuló la decisión del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de eximir a titulares de tarjetas verdes [de residencia] de la prohibición de Trump a las/os viajeros de países musulmanes. (New York Times, 29 de enero)Mientras que a Bannon le dieron un asiento permanente en el CSN, la posición del general de Marina Joseph Dunford, nombrado por Obama y quien dirige el Estado Mayor Conjunto, fue degradada. Dunford asistirá a las reuniones del CSN sólo cuando sea invitado. También lo hará el Director de Inteligencia Nacional.El CSN ya está dirigido por el ex teniente general del ejército Michael Flynn, ex jefe de la Agencia de Inteligencia de Defensa, quien fue despedido de ese cargo por el presidente Obama en 2014.Desde entonces, Flynn ha tuiteado acerca de Hillary Clinton estar involucrada con el “tráfico sexual de niños” y haber “secretamente librado la guerra” contra la Iglesia Católica. Flynn también acusó a Obama de haber “lavado” dinero para terroristas. (Politico, 5 de diciembre 2016)Hacer Flynn Asesor de Seguridad Nacional y promover Bannon, mientras se degrada al Gen. Dunford, significa que el CSN puede llevar a cabo reuniones sólo con los aliados de Trump. Esa es una fórmula siniestra para establecer un estado policial, tal vez en coordinación con el FBI.Esto podría ser una opción real si hay una nueva guerra o simplemente para aplastar cualquier oposición a Trump. En los últimos 75 años, el capitalismo estadounidense no ha salido de una crisis económica sin una nueva guerra.Ayudando a este escenario de pesadilla están los demócratas del Senado. Sólo un senador votó en contra de la confirmación de “Mad Dog” (perro rabioso) James Mattis como Secretario de Defensa de Trump.Kirsten Gillibrand, de Nueva York, fue la única que se opuso a poner al ex general de la Marina a cargo del Pentágono, lo que es una burla al control civil de los militares. El resto del “mejor cuerpo deliberativo del mundo” no tuvo ningún problema con el militar que ha declarado: “Es divertido disparar a algunas personas”. (ABC News, 1 dic. 2016)Sólo unos 11 senadores votaron en contra de confirmar a John Kelly – otro ex-general de cuatro estrellas de la Marina – como el Secretario de Trump para Seguridad Nacional. Los policías de Kelly en los aeropuertos han violado las órdenes de los tribunales federales llevando a cabo la directiva racista de Trump para evitar la entrada de inmigrantes musulmanas/es.No es tan sorprendente que el líder demócrata del Senado Chuck Schumer votara por Mattis y Kelly. Pero también lo hizo el senador Bernie Sanders. No es por eso por lo que millones de votantes votaron por Sanders en las primarias demócratas del año pasado.El voto de Sanders apoyando a “Mad Dog” y Kelly no era tanto una capitulación al militarismo, como un voto de alianza con él. Los liberales como Sanders realmente creen que rodeando a Trump con “adultos” como estos dos ex-generales de alguna manera restringirá a la Casa Blanca.Esa ilusión fue arruinada cuando Trump nombró a Bannon al CSN. Sólo el pueblo puede detener a Trump. ¡A permanecer en las calles!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Vietnam War: Whose truths?

first_imgWhen the Vietnamese people smashed U.S. imperialism’s attempt to conquer their country in 1975, the imperialist propaganda machine immediately began rewriting and distorting the history of the decades-long struggle for Vietnam’s national liberation.The Public Broadcasting System will begin airing a 10-part, 18-hour documentary on Sept. 17 about the Vietnam War produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.Burns and Novick say their Vietnam epic will be “a film everyone can embrace” and that in it “there are many truths.”Without even seeing the opening credits, this tells us that it will be far from a clear indictment of the U.S. criminals who provoked and pursued the wars against Vietnam and the rest of Indochina.U.S. presidents like John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, generals like William Westmoreland and cabinet members like Robert McNamara and Henry Kissinger — among others — committed war crimes against the Vietnamese and other Indochinese peoples. They also lied continuously to the people in the U.S. to justify sending millions of U.S. youths to kill and die.The most egregious lie the Pentagon Papers disclosed in 1971 was the phony Tonkin Gulf “attack” in August 1964, used to get congressional approval under Johnson for a mammoth war escalation.The Veterans For Peace organization, whose membership includes many vets of that period, reacted to the announcement of the series by publishing “Full Disclosure: Truth About America’s War in Vietnam.” This newspaper has 28 pages of articles to reverse what the VFP fears will be miseducation if the viewing public sees a film that war criminals can also embrace.There are really only two truths that need to be presented in a documentary on the U.S. war against Vietnam:One is the truth of the Vietnamese, who liberated the northern half of their country first from French imperialism in 1954 after an eight-year war and signed an agreement for an election in 1956 that would have liberated the southern half. Then, after the U.S. and French regimes broke that agreement, the Vietnamese fought from the early 1960s to 1975 to free their country. This is a story of unimaginable heroism from the Vietnamese soldiers and the entire population.The other truth is that of the worldwide movement that opposed U.S. intervention, including that in the U.S., which was greatly inspired by the courage and determination of the Vietnamese.This was a movement that penetrated so deep into the U.S. Armed Forces that, as military historian Marine Lt. Col. Robert Debs Heinl wrote in the Armed Forces Journal of June 7, 1971: “By every conceivable indicator, our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, … and dispirited where not near mutinous.” In other words, a large section of the troops understood they were misused, fighting for the wrong side, and many decided to resist.The upcoming documentary will provoke discussion of the war on Vietnam. This discussion should be led by those in the U.S. who opposed the war and those in Vietnam who fought for their country’s freedom.For a history of Worker’s World Party’s organizing in the military during the U.S. war against Vietnam, see “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions” (World View Forum, 2017) by WW managing editor John Catalinotto.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ireland and Mexico act to reduce global warming

first_imgWhile the Trump administration in the U.S. continues to deny the pressing impact of global warming — and acts to reduce environmental protections for the benefit of gas, oil and coal companies — governments in at least two other countries have taken positive actions in recent weeks.On July 12, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuel companies. Then, on Aug. 1, Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.The Irish Parliament ratified the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to compel the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell off its shares in coal, oil, peat and gas “as soon as practicable [within five years].”  To emphasize that, “A message to the Irish government to divest from fossil fuels is spelled out in lights in front of the lower house of parliament.” (Guardian, July 12) The bill is expected to become law before the end of 2018.Previously, Norway had divested from some fossil fuels, targeting coal companies, but still has major gas and oil holdings.  Globally, the movement to divest from fossil fuels has impacted trillions of dollars of investment funds from pensions, insurers, cities, including New York, churches and universities.The Irish state holds more than $367 million in fossil fuel investments in 150 companies. “The bill considers a company to be a fossil fuel company if 20 percent or more of its revenue stems from exploration, extraction, or refinement of fossil fuels.”Unlike the U.S., which recently pulled out of the 2016 Paris Agreement on global warming, the bill enforces Ireland’s climate change commitments to the agreement and has bipartisan backing throughout the government.   In June, Ireland was ranked the second-worst European country on climate action, so the passage of this bill is welcome news. Environmental activists view this as a powerful statement.Mexico to ban frackingLópez Obrador, who won Mexico’s presidential election on July 7, stated in a press conference on Aug. 1 that he will ban hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  Fracking for natural gas is thought to be a major contributor to higher atmospheric levels of carbon monoxide (CO) gas directly linked to increasing global warming.Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter applauded this call, while urging López Obrador to “move even further by pledging to transition Mexico to a fully clean, renewable energy future, thereby setting a remarkable example for its neighbors to the north.” (Mintpressnews.com, Aug. 1)López Obrador, who will take office on Dec. 1, also spoke out in opposition to the 2013 privatization of Mexico’s oil and gas reserves, which had been previously controlled by the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  He accused the previous neoliberal government of deliberately closing the CFE plants to buy electricity from foreign countries at very high prices.These measures demonstrate that progress is being made in the worldwide  campaign to curtail global warming, stop corporate pollution and move toward “a clean, renewable energy future.” But the movement must go further and challenge the capitalists who ravage the earth in their drive for superprofits, no matter what damage they cause. The capitalist system is the main danger to the planet and its inhabitants. It’s time to say so!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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