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Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians and church leaders are cheering the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 15 ruling that protects gay and transgender Americans from workplace discrimination, a groundbreaking decision that follows decades of church advocacy for greater LGBTQ rights.“The Supreme Court has spoken again for the equality of all God’s children,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said on June 16, praising the court’s 6-3 decision in remarks to church employees at the start of their two-day annual staff meeting.In July 2019, Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, signed a friend of the court brief supporting the plaintiffs in the case.Speaking to employees via Zoom, Curry put yesterday’s ruling in the context of the court’s June 2015 ruling that upheld same-sex marriage nationwide. That earlier decision was handed down just as The Episcopal Church’s General Convention was getting underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, spurring bishops and deputies to approve trial-use marriage rites for same-sex couples.Jennings posted the news on Facebook, quoting from a July 2019 statement she made when she and Curry filed their legal brief on behalf of more than 700 interfaith leaders.“As Christians, we bear a particular responsibility to speak out, because attempts to deny LGBTQ people their dignity and humanity as children of God are too often made in the name of God,” Jennings said. “This way of fear is not the way of Jesus Christ, who teaches us to cast out fear.”The Supreme Court’s majority opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court’s sole Episcopalian. “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law,” he declared.The court’s ruling this week expands job protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Gorsuch was joined in the majority by Chief Justice John Roberts and the four members of the court’s liberal bloc.The decision settled a series of lawsuits brought against employers by former employees who said they had been fired after revealing they were gay or transgender. The plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, Gerald Bostock, was working as coordinator of a program monitoring children placed in foster care in Clayton County, Georgia, near Atlanta, when he was fired in 2013. He had joined a gay softball league six months earlier.“I’m elated, and words cannot fully express the gratitude I have for the justices,” said Bostock, 56, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s report on his post-ruling news conference.Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright also praised the ruling and highlighted The Episcopal Church’s ongoing work toward greater LGBTQ inclusion in the church and society.“Our joy flows primarily from the fact that this ruling affirms what God has ordained and what we already know, that every human being is made in the image of God and has inherent, dignity, value and worth,” Wright said June 16 in a written statement. “And that prejudice in every form is incompatible with faith in God and with a nation whose goal is greatness.”TransEpiscopal, a group that connects transgender and nonbinary Episcopalians and advocates for their full inclusion in the church, celebrated the decision and thanked Curry and Jennings for their part in it.“We feel the support of our wider church, particularly from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings, who were lead signers on an amicus brief,” the group wrote. “Thank you.”However, the group tempered its celebration of the ruling by noting that just a few days before, the Trump administration eliminated an Obama-era regulation that banned discrimination against transgender people in health care, part of a broader effort by the administration to remove protections for transgender people throughout the federal government. Health care in particular, the group wrote, continues to be a major vector of inequality in America, made visible in recent months by the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on African Americans.The group also lamented what it called a “horrific systemic pattern” of killings of transgender people of color in America.Some Episcopal bishops joined Wright in celebrating the Supreme Court ruling. Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde expressed gratitude for the years of advocacy work that led up to the decision. “What once seemed impossible happened today,” she said. Curry echoed their sentiments in a statement released to Episcopal News Service later June 16.“The fundamental equality of humanity is God-given. It is enshrined in the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis when it says human beings are created in the image and likeness of God,” Curry said. “There is no hierarchy of that image, we equally bear it. Later in Genesis, in the ninth chapter, verse six, the text picks up the theme of the image of God in human beings as conferring value so great that human life should not be taken.“This decision is another one of those moments when our nation is living up to the ideals of America.”In recent years, some of the most intense debate within The Episcopal Church over greater inclusion of LGBTQ Christians has focused on same-sex marriage, though the church’s opposition to anti-gay discrimination dates back even further. In 1976, General Convention passed a resolution affirming that “homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens.”Expanding that position to include gender identity, a 2009 resolution called for “enactment of laws at the local, state and federal level that prohibit discrimination.” It also sought prosecution of violence against people for their gender identity as hate crimes.And in 2017, the church’s stance against discrimination nearly prompted Episcopal leaders to move the 79th General Convention rather than hold it as planned in Austin, Texas. At that time, the Texas Legislature was considering a “bathroom bill” that would have required anyone using a public restroom in Texas to use the facility labeled with the gender that matched the sex stated on the person’s birth certificate or driver’s license.Curry and Jennings sent a letter to the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in February 2017 saying if the bill became law, The Episcopal Church would face the “difficult choice” of moving General Convention to a different state rather than support legalized discrimination.The bill was defeated in August 2017, and Episcopal leaders kept Austin as host city for the church’s triennial gathering.“We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices publicly against this proposed law and the physical, spiritual and emotional damage it threatened to do to transgender people,” Curry and Jennings said at the time.When General Convention met in Austin in July 2018, it passed a resolution reaffirming its support for transgender rights and pledged to support “legislative, educational, pastoral, liturgical, and broader communal efforts” to oppose violence and discrimination against transgender people.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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“COPY” Switzerland 2008 Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/315669/house-uesslingen-spillmann-echsle-architekten Clipboard “COPY” House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle ArchitektenSave this projectSaveHouse Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten CopyHouses•Uesslingen-Buch, Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/315669/house-uesslingen-spillmann-echsle-architekten Clipboard Save this picture!© Roger Frei+ 13 Share Houses Year: Photographs: Roger FreiSave this picture!SectionText description provided by the architects. The 300 sqm single family house lies on a slope at the edge of the village of Üsslingen in the Canton Thurgau. It is a prefabricated timber construction on a pre-cast concrete basement. The positioning of the building itself results from the topographical conditions.Save this picture!© Roger FreiThe house is entered on the top floor (living area). From there one descends down past the sleeping area on the middle floor to the basement (work/cellar) and further on to the outdoor pool on the terrace. The idea of the triple sawtooth roof originally derives from the local building laws that only allow pitched roofs, the latter of which connotate with the typical factory roof when lined up in a series.Save this picture!© Roger FreiThus the top floor of this small “factory for living” is divided into three areas for working, cooking and living.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessLowering the Cost of Housing CompetitionArticlesmodeLab Introduction to Physics-Based Design with Kangaroo WebinarArticles Share ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeSpillmann Echsle ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasUesslingen-BuchWoodHouses3D ModelingSwitzerlandPublished on January 07, 2013Cite: “House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten” 07 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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B&W Building / mzc+Save this projectSaveB&W Building / mzc+ Save this picture!© Marco Zanta+ 34 Share Area: 980 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Houses Projects Italy Photographs: Marco Zanta Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/869496/b-and-w-building-mzc-plus Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/869496/b-and-w-building-mzc-plus Clipboard CopyHouses•Treviso, Italy Year: ArchDaily Architects: mzc+ Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Fassa Bortolo, GLIP, Impresa Epoca, Officina Bellio, Veneta TettiExterior / Interior Architect:Giuseppe CangialosiProject Structures:Natalia VectorsPlant Project:Stefano MelatoInterior Design:Michele PozzobonArchitect In Charge:Giuseppe CangialosiExterior Architect:Giuseppe CangialosiInterior Architect:Giuseppe CangialosiCity:TrevisoCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marco ZantaText description provided by the architects. B&W building was born in a place that is the entrance to the city of Treviso for those coming from Venice. The building has been conceived as a landmark, for its particular position in the city and for the traffic flows that continually emphasize the shape in plan view.Save this picture!© Marco ZantaThe project involved the rehabilitation of a corner volume by simply treating it with the color white, a color that highlights every detail, every molding, every decoration. Alongside the new volume instead communicates with the existing historical city: painted with a neutral gray that will be the backdrop to a vegetation cover consists of climbing plants that relate to the green belt of the old city walls.Save this picture!© Marco ZantaSave this picture!© Marco ZantaThe raumplan of the interior spaces defines a spatial continuity that begins from the lowest level and ends at the second floor, finding its most important interior in the white volumen resting on the gray cube, designed as an origami, interprets the lightness and transience. From this volume you can observe the city with its traffic, with its infrastructure, with the lights of the night, with the sounds of car horns, with the sound of car mufflers, with the headlights of cars moving form of reflections on the interior walls. As in a camera.Save this picture!© Marco ZantaProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Photoseries Captures the State of China’s Renowned Architectural IconsArchitecture NewsUrbanLab: BowlingArchitecture Books Share 2017 B&W Building / mzc+ CopyAbout this officemzc+OfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTrevisoItalyPublished on April 20, 2017Cite: “B&W Building / mzc+” 20 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Thank you teacher service to benefit PTAs 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. Howard Lake | 22 June 2011 | News 15 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Children’s online gift service timto has created a new service for pupils and their parents to thank their teacher at the end of term and generate income for charities and parent teacher associations (PTAs).Timto aims to move beyond the standard end of term gifts such as flowers, wine and chocolates by letting parents and children create a collective online ‘thank you page’ through which pupils can contribute towards a joint gift. In addition a proportion of the money will be donated to the school PTA or a charity.Sandra Taylor of Teachers Support Network said: “The timto teachers service is a wonderful idea. Whilst our teachers appreciate the gifts given to them by their pupils, there is inevitably a lot of waste and often an element of competition among parents associated. This way, not only does the teacher receive a meaningful gift but the school PTA can benefit too!”Nathan Cornish, Co-founder of timto, explained: “As a family-run business, we understand the importance of educating children about the environment and charitable giving and feel this new service is a great way to bring these messages to life. With timto teachers we could immediately see the many benefits for children, parents and schools, and we are extremely excited to launch the service”.www.timto.co.uk/teachers
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Awards School Fundraising The awards categories are: Entries open for National PTA Awards Parentkind, the network of Parent Teacher Associations, is hosting its inaugural National PTA Awards to recognise the success and resilience of volunteer school fundraisers over the past year. Parentkind welcomes nominations from all its PTA members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. PTAs can nominate themselves or be nominated by school leadership teams, governing bodies, other educational professionals and parents and carers. Howard Lake | 12 May 2021 | News Each category award winner will receive £250 and there is a £1,000 prize for the National PTA of the Year. Founded in 1956 and formerly the NCPTA, Parentkind has 13,000 members who raise over £120 million per year, “placing us alongside some of the largest charities in the UK”. As a national charity, Parentkind works to give those with a parenting role a voice in education. 573 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The awards will close National PTA Week, which runs from 21 to 25 June 2021. The week features a range of other events for volunteer fundraisers and the publication of new resources. The National PTA Week is dedicated to celebrating PTAs and what they achieve. Each award category comes with a downloadable guidance form, and a PDF application form. PTA Fundraising Achievement of the YearPTA Community Initiative of the YearChanging the Life of the SchoolNew PTA of the YearVolunteer of the Yeareasyfundraising PTA HeroPTA of the year Entries and nominations for the Parentkind National PTA Awards close on at 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021. 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.
Wages for U.S. workers have stagnated for decades, but a lot of economic problems, like low growth, could be alleviated if workers made more. (Pew Research, Oct. 9, 2014)The Pew conclusion is perhaps part of the explanation for the White House announcing June 29 that it was proposing to change how overtime pay is granted to salaried workers. According to the June 29 Huffington Post, “The president will recommend updating overtime rules so that salaried workers who earn less than roughly $50,400 per year would be guaranteed time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.”Enforcing this rule would be a step forward for workers, but it must not substitute for a raise in the minimum wage.The Post continues, “Under the current rules implemented by former President George W. Bush, salaried workers must earn less than $23,660 per year in order to be automatically eligible for overtime pay.” The law must undergo a long period of bureaucratic and legal wrangling, but this new standard could go into effect in 2016.Secretary of Labor Tom Perez claimed that this change “could have the capacity to help millions of workers get back into the middle class.” (Huffington Post, July 3) He suggested that it would affect around five million workers currently denied overtime pay rates as proscribed by the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.Using Perez’s figures, and assuming that overtime pay would be at least $200 per worker, these workers would have hundreds of millions of dollars a year more in their pockets.The Wall Street Journal, which makes no pretense about its pro-boss bias, headlined its front-page, June 30 article on this change noting, “Companies, Business Groups Blast Overtime Proposal.” The article quotes an executive with White Castle, the burger joint chain, saying his company saves $8 to $12 million a year on overtime for its managers.There are various subterfuges and maneuvers companies use to avoid paying overtime. They even classify people whose salary is below the $23,660 limit as supervisors, and thereby exempt from the time-and-a-half overtime rate. Or they give them a tiny raise to put them slightly over the limit.The law addresses some of the wage shortfalls that workers classified as managers experience, but leaves many workers still working over 40-hour weeks without getting any overtime pay. There are a lot of exemptions to overtime built into law. Farmworkers, ranch hands, forest fighters, workers in the merchant marine and childcare providers are all “exempt” from getting overtime. Of course, anyone working two part-time jobs to make ends meet has to work over 40 hours at one of them to get overtime pay.The overriding tendency of capital is to drive down the price of labor, and getting out of paying the overtime rate is one of their schemes. Even in the unionized auto industry, contract provisions to pay the overtime rate after eight hours and on weekends were gutted with the help of the state during the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.Outright theftThere are many ways hourly workers are cheated out of their wages for extra hours worked, even at the regular rate. This writer years ago worked a third-shift job, which supposedly started at 11:30 p.m. and went to 8 a.m. with a half an hour break. But the foreman insisted we punch in by 11:15 p.m. Most nights there was no break and we had to work until we were relieved. Generally, this amounted to an hour of unpaid time a day. We figured the company got between 200 and 300 unpaid hours a week from its 60 employees in the press room.A lot of small enterprises engage in this kind of small-time chiseling. They unfairly miscalculate your time, generally to their advantage. These businesses, especially restaurants and in retail, take the attitude that, if you want overtime, sue us. Workers often win a settlement but only after years of waiting for what they were owed.Raise minimum wageOne of the online comments to the WSJ article mentioned raising the minimum wage. While the commenter’s sneering tone — that you could hear even in the printed comment — made it clear he opposed such a step, the fact is that a $15 an hour minimum would help many more workers than expanding overtime eligibility.Enforcing the Fair Wages Act of 1938 is a step forward, but raising the minimum wage — so workers can support themselves and their families on a 40-hour check — is what is crucially needed for the working class to survive.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The corporate media claim that Detroit is being revitalized. A rally and march at Hart Plaza on the Detroit River and at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (City Hall) on July 21 exposed this false narrative.The city emerged from a contrived financial emergency and forced bankruptcy late in 2014. Billions were stolen from pensioners and residents, who witnessed private interests seize public assets under the guise of cost cutting. Over 60,000 households still face property tax foreclosures, while billionaires like banker Dan Gilbert and stadium owner Mike Illitch receive hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies.Despite the media propaganda, the majority African-American population has had no economic revival since the Great Recession began in late 2007. Banks have made over 100,000 foreclosures in this city, while politicians did nothing to protect the interests of their working-class constituents.African-American shop owners are being driven out of the downtown and midtown areas. Taxi drivers must compete with Uber Technologies, Inc., a transportation service which has generated controversy and protest internationally by super-exploiting its worker-drivers.On July 21, both shop and restaurant owners rallied, beginning with a caravan from Eastern Market to Hart Plaza. Banks threaten to close Bert’s Market Place, a jazz club and restaurant whose African-American owner, Bert Dearing, lost it to foreclosure after a lengthy illness. The property was listed on auction.com with a starting price of $700,000, and Dearing says he has until 2017 to resolve the issue or move.Bert’s Market Place has been a center for people throughout the city. In 2011, Dearing opened his doors for a fundraiser in support of people’s attorney Vanessa Fluker after she had been fined by a local Wayne County judge. Fluker was known for her militant efforts to save a family’s home by appealing an unjust, implicitly racist decision.Other small-business owners at the demonstration discussed familiar scenarios. Owners of the buildings where they rent have sold to new interests that want the African Americans and their customers out.Taxi drivers join inBeside shop owners and their supporters, Metro Detroit Cab Drivers Association members were also protesting. They say the growing influence of Uber services puts the local drivers at a disadvantage. Expenses for inspections, insurance and bond-plates fees, along with random stops by the police — who often ticket drivers for spurious violations such as not having an updated log of trips — leave them at a loss.Longtime activist and professional photographer Kenneth Kabaka Reynolds, who is also president of the Cab Drivers Association, said Uber is “illegal in the state of Michigan and they’re operating with impunity. And if you’re not going to regulate Uber, deregulate the taxicab industry.” (Detroit News, July 15)During the rally a statement of solidarity was delivered by Cecily McClellan, a leader in the Detroit Active and Retirees Association (DAREA). This organization was formed after Judge Steven Rhodes, who presided over the federal bankruptcy, imposed pension and healthcare cuts.DAREA’s leaders were the most vocal opponents of the bankruptcy during the 2013-14 proceedings. At present they have filed an appeal in federal court to overturn the attacks against municipal retirees.After the demonstrators marched from Hart Plaza to City Hall for another rally, dozens of taxi vehicles began to circle the building, the drivers honking their horns in an act of defiance. Later, rally participants marched around the building, chanting slogans against current city policies under the corporate-imposed administration of Mike Duggan, the first white mayor in 40 years.Calls for Aug. 29 solidarity actionAt that demonstration, members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs addressed and encouraged participants to endorse the upcoming People’s Assembly and Speak-Out scheduled for Grand Circus Park downtown on Aug. 29. The Moratorium NOW! Coalition reminded the crowd that African Americans still constitute the overwhelming majority of the population of Detroit and that the people of Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore have spoken to the concrete conditions prevailing in urban areas, pointing the way forward.If the city administration is ignoring African Americans, then we must fill the streets with angry people committed to reversing the downtown area’s business-as-usual atmosphere, the activists concluded. Poverty and jobless rates among the people who live in the city hover near 50 percent. There are no plans for the implementation of a jobs program locally or nationally, which means that hundreds of thousands will remain on the margins of the working class.The theme for the Aug. 29 People’s Assembly and Speak-Out is “Rally for Our Future: Stop the War on Detroit!” Organizers are circulating leaflets that read, “From Greece to Puerto Rico to Spain and across the United States, workers are fighting back against the austerity being imposed by the banks and financialinstitutions.”A list of grievances and demands on this leaflet calls for stopping police killings and brutality and jailing killer cops. Other issues include a $15-an-hour minimum wage, health care for all and single-payer now, halting tax and mortgage foreclosures, along with a demand to release federal Hardest Hit Homeowners funds to keep people in their residences in Detroit and Wayne County.This demonstration will emphasize the need for a moratorium on water shutoffs and to stop the ongoing attempts to privatize the Detroit Water & Sewage Department, which is undergoing a regionalization process as the Great Lakes Regional Water Authority. The Moratorium NOW! Coalition, along with DAREA, is supporting a petition drive to force a vote to stop regionalization of water services.Also on July 21, the same day as the demonstrations, the Detroit City Council, in a 5-4 vote, approved a 7.5 percent water rate increase. The state-run Detroit Financial Oversight Committee, which really runs the city in the post-bankruptcy and emergency management period, was behind this increase. These policies will force more people into poverty and threaten to terminate their water services.The Moratorium NOW! Coalition asks other local, national and international organizations to endorse the Aug. 29 actions. To support the initiative, contact Moratorium NOW! at moratorium-mi.org or call 313-680-5508.Photo: Protesters outside Detroit’s city hall, July 21.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this