Mujeres y niños refugiados rehacen sus vidas en Arizona

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Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Tucson, Arizona] La paz y la seguridad les han permitido cerrar los ojos y dormir por la noche; la posibilidad de trabajar y de sostener a sus familias: estas son las cosas que las refugiadas —la mayoría de ellas madres solteras— dicen que han cambiado del modo más dramático en sus vidas después de haber sido reasentadas en Tucson.“En realidad estoy mucho mejor aquí. Hay comida en la mesa. Los niños están en la escuela. Tengo agua potable, leche y, sobre todo, paz”, dijo Murorunkwere Zaburiya, de 58 años. “Puedo dormir tranquila”.Zaburiya, refugiada congolesa, llegó a Tucson hace siete meses con cinco niños, de 10 a 26 años de edad, luego de haber pasado 18 años en un campamento de refugiados en Ruanda.Analfabeta y sin hablar una palabra de inglés, se hizo miembro de un grupo de capacitación de mujeres dirigido por Refugee Focus, que recibe apoyo del servicio del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS) gracias a la financiación de la Oficina de Reasentamiento de Refugiados del gobierno de Estados Unidos.(La DFMS [Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society] es el nombre legal y canónico con el cual la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, funciona empresarialmente y lleva a cabo la misión).En la actualidad, Zaburiya ha aprendido las destrezas necesarias para mantener un empleo. Mediante cursos de inglés como segunda lengua, está empezando a reconocer palabras en inglés. Y sus hijos están recibiendo educación.Las mujeres aprenden rudimentos de matemática durante un taller de capacitación matutino en la oficina de Refugee Focus en el centro de Tucson. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENSA través del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, la DFMS se asocia con 30 programas de reasentamiento afiliados en 26 diócesis de toda la nación. Es una de las nueve agencias que trabajan en asociación con el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. para recibir y reubicar a refugiados en Estados Unidos.“El Ministerio Episcopal de Migración es parte de este programa humanitario, realmente maravilloso, que permite que algunas de las personas más vulnerables del mundo comiencen a reconstruir sus vidas”, dijo Nicolle Trudeau, directora de Refugee Focus, durante una entrevista con Episcopal News Service en su oficina en el centro de Tucson. Aproximadamente la mitad de los 300 refugiados que atiende anualmente Refugee Focus vienen a través del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración.En 2014, La DFMS y sus asociados se esforzaron en reasentar a 5.155 de las decenas de miles de refugiados que vienen a Estados unidos a través del proceso de selección del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (UNHCR). Se empeñarán en servir un número semejante de personas este año en tanto Estados Unidos se propone el reasentamiento de 70.000 refugiados — la mitad del 1 por ciento de los 15,5 millones de refugiados que serán reubicados este año en todo el mundo.Muchos de esos refugiados provienen de la República Democrática del Congo.Desde 1998, más de 5,5 millones de personas han muerto en el Congo por causa de la guerra, las enfermedades y la desnutrición; 2.5 millones de personas se han visto desplazadas interiormente; y unas 500.000 han huido del prolongado conflicto del país, la vasta mayoría de los cuales vive en campamentos de refugiados en las regiones de los Grandes Lagos y en el Cuerno de África.En el transcurso de los próximos años, la UNHCR se propone reasentar 50.000 refugiados del Congo, de los cuales del 70 al 90 por ciento serán reubicados en Estados Unidos, dijo Kurt Bonz, director del programa del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, durante un seminario en la Red auspiciado por la DFMS y destinado a educar a la comunidad de fe acerca de la situación en el Congo y la manera de apoyar y defender a los refugiados congoleses.“La mayoría de los refugiados han estado en los campamentos un promedio de 20 años, el nivel de escolaridad es bajo, y muchos de ellos son mujeres solteras con hijos que siguen sufriendo la experiencia traumática relacionada con la vida en el Congo, con la huida y con vivir en un campamento de refugiados”, apuntó él.El actual conflicto armado ha sido particularmente brutal en el Congo; el número de mujeres congolesas en peligro es el doble del que se encuentra en otras poblaciones de refugiados. Esto ha dado lugar a estudios orientados a identificar riesgos, retos y puntos fuertes en particular, y a desarrollar estrategias para que legisladores y proveedores de servicios atiendan mejor a las mujeres y sus familias.Un refugiado es alguien que ha huido de su país de origen debido a “un temor bien fundado de persecución” debido a su raza, religión, etnia o su afiliación política o social.Entre las refugiadas que se consideran “mujeres en peligro”, la mayoría han sido víctimas de violaciones o de otras formas de violencia sexual relacionada con el género, y muchas de ellas viven con hijos concebidos como resultado de una violación.A su llegada a Estados Unidos, los refugiados reciben tres meses de gestión procesal y de sostén económico para ayudarles a ajustarse, además de apoyo adicional para ayudarles a encontrar empleo y a lograr la autosuficiencia económica. La fórmula funciona para algunos, pero no para todos los refugiados. Los programas financiados por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales de EE.UU. ofrece dinero adicional a las agencias de reasentamiento para ayudar a refugiados con necesidades especiales —en este caso, mujeres solteras con hijos.De los 50.000 refugiados congoleses seleccionados para reasentamiento, se espera que Estados Unidos admita al 80 por ciento. De esos, al menos el 20 por ciento se espera que sean mujeres en peligro y por tanto con derecho a una gestión procesal intensiva.Reconociendo esa necesidad, en 2013 y con una subvención de $8.000 de una iglesia no denominacional, Refugee Focus creó su propio programa destinado a capacitar a mujeres en peligro. El año pasado, el programa continuó con el apoyo del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, dijo Trudeau.Dados los elevados índices de violencia y trauma que han soportado las mujeres congolesas y sus hijos, era esencial que esta población tuviera la oportunidad de reasentarse en Estados Unidos y tener acceso a un ambiente comunitario de ayuda donde las mujeres pudieran relacionarse entre sí para reconstruir sus sistemas de apoyo, dijo Trudeau.El programa de capacitación de mujeres de Refugee Focus comenzó con una pregunta para las mujeres: ¿Qué podemos hacer para servirlas mejor? Las mujeres respondieron: “Hacemos todo como un grupo, queremos recibir los servicios como un grupo”.Los objetivos del programa de capacitación [o reforzamiento] eran crear una red social para refugiadas, fortalecer las destrezas utilizables mediante una mejora del dominio del inglés, estimular la independencia económica y promover el desarrollo personal y las capacidades económicas.A través de subvenciones privadas, a las mujeres les pagaron entre $300 y $400 en pequeños incrementos por su participación en el programa: asistencia a talleres de capacitación y a clases de inglés como segundo idioma, participación en eventos comunitarios. Si llegaban a tiempo se lo tenían en cuenta para el pago, y les deducían los pagos si no lo hacían.“Resultó ser un magnífico instrumento de adiestramiento para personas que nunca habían tenido un empleo”, dijo Trudeau. “Les dio un sentido de control para ganar dinero y pagar sus cuentas”.El programa comenzó con 22 mujeres. En seis meses, 20 de ellas han encontrado empleo. “Somos tan exitosos, que nos quedamos sin gente”, dijo ella.Más que sus factores mensurables, el programa de capacitación les brinda un recurso vital a mujeres que de otro modo estarían enfrentándose a una nueva manera de ser, a un nuevo país y a una ciudad extraña por sus propios medios.Namughisha Nashimwe, de 41 años, llegó a Tucson en diciembre de 2013, luego de cuatro años en un campo de refugiados, con cinco hijos, que ahora tienen entre 5 y 20 años de edad. Al principio, un consejero le dijo que primero se recobrara de su trauma y que, en lugar de asistir a la escuela, su hijo mayor debía conseguir un empleo y sostener a la familia.Sin embargo, las compañeras de Nashimwe en el grupo de capacitación y el personal de Refugee Focus la aconsejaron de otro modo: le dijeron que ella era capaz de trabajar y de proporcionarle sustento a su familia.“Las mujeres me ayudaron muchísimo. Estaba motivada por el grupo”, dijo ella, hablando en kinyarwanda —la lengua oficial de Ruanda— e interpretada por Jeanine Balezi, directora de casos de gestión intensiva para Refugee Focus. “Algunas personas te dirán que no tienes que ir a trabajar. Pero hablando con otras en el grupo y con Jeanine, decidí que iba conseguir un empleo para ayudar a que mi familia tuviera una vida mejor”, dijo ella durante una entrevista con ENS en su apartamento, a 10 o 15 minutos en auto del centro de Tucson.Nashimwe trabaja a jornada parcial como conserje de una escuela. Su hijo es estudiante de secundaria y hace poco comenzó a trabajar durante los fines de semana en una agencia de lavado de autos.“Si ella no hubiera tenido un grupo, habría estado en crisis”, dijo Trudeau. Uno no puede progresar cuando está en estado de crisis, y Refugee Focus no tiene dinero para asistir a clientes en crisis, sólo para ayudarles a alcanzar la autosuficiencia, agregó ella.“No es un proceso fácil, la gente sí llega con barreras muy concretas”, explicó Trudeau, añadiendo que hay un límite adonde los fondos no pueden llevarles. “La fuerza que han usado para sobrevivir durante muchos años tiene que alcanzar hasta aquí. No hay red de seguridad a largo plazo”.Invertir en refugiados, continuó ella, es más que el reasentamiento inicial, se trata de desarrollar planes y una base de sustentación de la que los individuos y las familias puedan depender durante los muchos años en que lucharán para vencer las barreras asociadas con la pobreza en Estados Unidos.De cierta manera, dicen las mujeres, el reasentamiento es como ganarse la lotería. Sin embargo, cuando un refugiado llega a Estados Unidos, el entusiasmo de comenzar una nueva vida también trae consigo una mayor ansiedad, aislamiento y una pérdida de lazos de familia y de comunidad.“Sientes como si estuvieras perdida y vacía, que no puedes comunicarte”, dijo Balezi, de 41 años, que pasó dos años en un campo de refugiados congoleses en Camerún antes de llegar a Tucson en 2000 con su hijo bebé. Él tiene ahora 15 años y asiste a la escuela secundaria.Balezi asistió a la universidad en el Congo y, además de hablar francés con fluidez, habla por lo menos otras siete lenguas regionales. Pero cuando llegó a Tucson, contó, no hablaba nada de inglés ni siquiera para decir “hola”.En más de un sentido, ella es un ejemplo.Gracias a las relaciones de Balezi con las mujeres, el amor y el respeto que éstas sienten por ella son obvios. Con facilidad, se ríen y hacen chistes en su presencia. Pero también resulta claro que ellas las empuja a dejar sus zonas de confort —para aprender una nueva ruta de autobús o solicitar un empleo— y ellas lo aprecian.Una vez que un refugiado llega a Estados Unidos los cosas se mueve con rapidez. Desde el aeropuerto, a los refugiados los llevan a su apartamento amueblado, donde el personal y los voluntarios les enseñan como manejar los electrodomésticos, tales como el fogón y la televisión, el lavadero de la cocina y la ducha.La despensa está llena y una comida culturalmente apropiada —por lo general arroz y frijoles y pollo, en el caso de los congoleses— se le ha preparado a la familia.Refugee Focus trabaja con asociados locales a fin de preparar este espacio exterior para organizar eventos y que de este modo los adolescentes tengan un lugar donde reunirse. Foto de Refugee Focus.Al día siguiente, los inscriben para recibir cupones de alimentos. En el curso de una semana han solicitado su tarjeta de la Seguridad Social. Para el décimo día, los niños están matriculados en la escuela.Refugee Focus maneja un presupuesto anual de $1.600.000 con 16 empleados de jornada completa y 10 disponibles en caso de necesidad y dos voluntarios permanentes de AmeriCorps VISTA. Además de fondos federales, Refugee Focus depende del apoyo de donantes, de asociados locales y de voluntarios de la comunidad para financiar y llevar a cabo sus programas.Dado el papel de la DFMS en el reasentamiento de refugiados, la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal aprobó una legislación en 2012 que requiere la modernización del programa de refugiados de la nación para hacerle frente a las necesidades de una población diversa.“Uno de los mayores recursos con que cuenta el programa de reasentamiento de refugiados es la asociación entre lo público y lo privado, gracias a la cual fondos y donaciones privadas complementan los servicios y el apoyo financiados por fondos federales”, dijo Katherine Conway, analista de política de refugiados de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal con sede en Washington, D.C. “Todos los días la Sociedad Misionera y los voluntarios participan en el ministerio de bienvenida, pero las contribuciones privadas deben equipararse con servicios generosamente financiados. Un voluntario puede ayudar a amueblar el apartamento de una familia refugiada o a proporcionar abrigos, pero él o ella no puede aconsejar a un sobreviviente de la tortura o brindar servicios de renovación de certificaciones”.Los episcopales pueden ayudar a los refugiados uniéndose a la Red Episcopal de Política Pública de la DFMS.Tucson, una ciudad con una población de poco más de medio millón de habitantes, cuenta con tres agencias de reasentamiento de refugiados y se convierte en el hogar de 1.000 nuevos refugiados cada año. Los refugiados que tienen derecho a trabajar con frecuencia llenan vacantes en empleos no calificados de bajos jornales en la industria de servicios, lavando platos en restaurantes o limpiando cuartos de hoteles; trabajando en gran medida sin ser vistos.El cuerpo de estudiantes de la escuela intermedia Imago Dei incluye a 12 refugiados, 11 de ellos procesados a través de Refugee Focus. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La labor de reasentamiento de Refugee Focus también ha pasado casi siempre inadvertida. Y entonces, hace cuestión de un año, Trudeau mudó sus oficinas de un pequeño centro comercial fuera del núcleo de la ciudad a unas pocas cuadras de la terminal de autobuses del centro.La nueva ubicación le ha proporcionado visibilidad tanto a Refugee Focus como a sus clientes, que a menudo toman el autobús y luego van andando hasta la oficina en la avenida North Stone que queda enfrente del edificio principal de la Biblioteca del Condado de Pima. También está al doblar la esquina de la escuela intermedia Imago Dei, que brinda educación holística destinada a romper el ciclo de la pobreza para 70 estudiantes que cursan allí del quinto al octavo grado.Trudeau ha desarrollado una sólida asociación con la Rda. Anne Sawyer, sacerdote episcopal y cofundadora y directora de la escuela. Las dos se conocieron a través del Club Rotario cuando Trudeau andaba en busca de un espacio de oficina en el centro de la ciudad. Posteriormente, Trudeau visitó la escuela y comenzó a identificar a niños refugiados que se beneficiarían del intensivo curso escolar de 6 días a la semana 11 meses al año, lo cual les permite a los estudiantes que no pueden estar al nivel de su grado el tiempo y la atención personal para alcanzarlo.“No es inusual que nuestros escolares de quinto grado nos lleguen con un nivel de segundo o tercer grados y, si son bilingües, pueden estar en el nivel de kindergarten o primer grado”, explicó Sawyer.El cuerpo estudiantil incluye ahora a 12 refugiados, 11 de los cuales han sido referidos a través de Refugee Focus, explicó Sawyer.“Observamos comportamientos que indican que la vida fue difícil”, dijo Sawyer. Los estudiantes refugiados han perdido sus países de origen, han crecido en campamentos de refugiados, en ocasiones han perdido a sus padres y han experimentado o sido testigos de traumas, dijo ella. “A tierna edad, han tenido multitud de experiencias, pero eso no es diferente de algunos de los otros estudiantes que también han experimentado la pobreza”.Los estudiantes africanos, originarios del Congo, Ruanda, Uganda, Malawi o Sudáfrica, dicen que se proponen estudiar medicina, ingeniería y otras profesiones, y que el pequeño tamaño de las clases, la atención individual y la lengua compartida contribuyen a un ambiente educacional cómodo y comprensivo.Los tambores ayudan a los sobrevivientes de traumas a recobrarse y a reconectarse. Foto de Refugee Focus.“Cuando vine aquí por primera vez lo sentí diferente”, dijo Emeline, una estudiante proveniente del Congo. “Me sentí como si estuviera en casa. Todos comenzamos a hablar swahili”.Otro modo en el que Refugee Focus ha fomentado la comunidad es a través el auspicio de actividades en asociación con Richard Noell, que usa los tambores como un medio de ayudar a los sobrevivientes de traumas a recobrar la confianza y a expresarse por sí mismos.La música y los tambores ayudan a las mujeres a reconectarse con la alegría y las predisponen a la recuperación, dijo Noell.El personal y los voluntarios que han trabajado con mujeres en peligro se han quedado “sorprendidos por la fuerza y la perseverancia con que han llegado estas mujeres”, dijo Trudeau.“Esa es la diferencia: cuando uno ve la descripción de alguien en el papel, una madre soltera que tal vez es víctima de violación y que tiene cinco hijos y puede estar de nuevo embarazada, que viene a Estados Unidos [se pregunta] ¿Cómo va a sobrevivir? ¿Cómo va a sostenerse ella y su familia? Y sin embargo vemos que sucede todos los días”, siguió diciendo Trudeau.“Vienen aquí, y dentro de unos meses están aprendiendo un nuevo idioma y cerciorándose de que sus hijos asisten a la escuela todos los días, cerciorándose de que se bañan, y ocupándose de ellos y alimentándolos y viajando en autobús durante dos horas para tomar una clase de inglés y trabajando luego tal vez en un empleo de media jornada, y aprendiendo a balancear su economía, y ello no sucede sin un sistema de firme apoyo y servicios”, agregó.“Pero en gran parte ocurre por la fuerza de los clientes a quienes servimos, y yo creo que eso sencillamente muestra que lo que algunos son en el papel no define realmente quienes son”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Mujeres y niños refugiados rehacen sus vidas en Arizona Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ last_img read more

Glenda Curry consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Glenda Curry consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT center_img Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Women’s Ministry Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Consecrations, Posted Jun 29, 2020 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Rt. Rev. Dr. Glenda S. Curry was ordained and consecrated to serve as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.[Diocese of Alabama] The Rt. Rev. Glenda S. Curry was ordained and consecrated to serve as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Alabama on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. She is the first woman to serve as bishop in the Diocese of Alabama.The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, the 10th bishop of Georgia, served as the chief consecrator. He was joined by the Rt. Rev. Phoebe Roaf, bishop of West Tennessee; the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, bishop of Alabama, and the Rt. Rev. Brian Seage, bishop of Mississippi. The Rev. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, was the preacher.For health concerns, in-person attendance was limited to those with participating roles in the service and the bishop’s family. The service was livestreamed through the diocesan Facebook page and website. The livestream itself was a combination of pre-recorded videos and a live-feed of the service.Curry has served as a priest in The Episcopal Church since 2002, most recently as rector of All Saints in Birmingham. Before becoming a priest, she served as the president of Troy State University in Montgomery and was the first woman to lead a four-year university in Alabama.In reflecting on her new role, Curry said, “It is a challenging time right now to be moving into a bigger leadership role in the church. At the same time, the world needs the church; the world needs Jesus now more than ever. You can see it. You can feel it. You can’t turn on the television or go on the internet and not see signs of hatred and difficulty around us. The answer is not more darkness: it’s more love.” she continued, citing former dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, the  Very Rev. Alan Jones. “The church is the ‘school of love’ and I really believe that’s true. I am excited to be in the place that God is calling me.”Curry will serve as bishop coadjutor in the Diocese of Alabama until Sloan’s retirement at the end of 2020. She will be invested as the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Alabama on January 9, 2021, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

What Does the Orange County Sign Ordinance Allow?

first_img“Sign, sign, everywhere a signBlockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mindDo this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”From “Signs” by The Five Man Electrical Band You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Previous articleMystery Surrounds Bronson’s Status as Apopka Fire ChiefNext articleIs Another Charter Review in Apopka’s near future? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herecenter_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Signs can be useful for many purposes: selling your home, advertising an event, or expressing your beliefs.Signs, however, are not all created equal and, depending on the placement and size of a sign, it may not be legal.It is illegal to place any sign in a public area, like the right-of-way, on electrical boxes, or on poles.Orange County has a sign ordinance which it outlines what signs are permitted and under what circumstances.County CommissionerBryan Nelson“In order to place a sign in Orange County, the Sign Ordinance must be followed,” according to County Commissioner Bryan Nelson. “Signs must have proper permits.”The sign permitting process requires a plan drawn to scale indicating the location, size, and copy area of the proposed sign relative to property lines, physical markers, and other signs on the proposed grounds of the sign. In addition to the plans, a legal description of the parcel, the street address of the parcel on which the sign will be, the name and address of the proposed sign owner and the name and address of the owner of the parcel of land on which the proposed sign will be located.Sign permits must be submitted to the county zoning manager along with the sign permit fee. Sign permit fees vary; signs up to 25 square feet must pay as little as $38. Once a complete sign permit application has been submitted, the sign will be approved or disapproved within 30 days.Signs on private propertySigns on private property, like in your own front yard, are treated differently than those on public property or the right-of-way. Certain signs are exempt from the Sign Ordinance. Signs that indicate a warning and are not for advertising (such as “No trespassing”), a memorial sign, a temporary real estate sign, or a sign carried by a person are just a few of the exemptions.Temporary real estate signs are exempt from the Sign Ordinance if they do not exceed 6 sq. ft. in copy area and 4 feet in. high in residential areas. These real estate signs must be removed a week after the property is sold.Yard sale signs are allowed 3 weekends per year and up to 6 signs may be displayed each weekend.Some signs which are always prohibited are signs that are on public property by a private entity or individual (this include the public right-of-way), signs that obstruct a fire escape, signs that simulate emergency lights, multiple signs in one area that have identical advertising messages, and signs that obstruct visibility of intersections are a few signs that are prohibited.Many businesses like to place their signs on the right-of-way for advertising. These signs are not permitted by any business and are subject to a $150 citation and the business can be taken before the code board. When people or businesses receive a notice from a code enforcement officer that their sign is not compliant then they have 10 days to remove the sign or the officer will remove the sign at the expense of the owner.Signs which express religious or political affiliation are permitted, but they cannot be placed on private property without the explicit expressed permission of the landowner. These types of signs are restricted on size and quantity in order to not make the area unappealing. Political signs are restricted to no more than 90 days before an election, and they must be removed within 10 days after an election and are subject to removal by enforcement officers without notice after that time. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Charity gaming convention raises awareness and funds for Changing Futures North East

first_img Melanie May | 12 June 2017 | News Changing Futures North East and Hartlepool College of Further Education have raised £662 for the charity with their third annual gaming event, GameCon.The event launched in 2015, and won North East Youth Project last year at the The PoSBOs (Positive Social Behaviour Order) awards. The 2017 event raised £662 for Hartlepool-based Changing Futures North East, which has been the benefactor of GameCon for the past three years in recognition for its work with young people and their families across the region.GameCon saw people play a range of classic game releases from a variety of gaming consoles including PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo. The event ran for three days from May 31th to June 2nd in the conference centre of Hartlepool College, with activities including retro and current gaming stations, a local-area network (LAN) café for gamers to compete against each other and an indoor drone racing circuit.A number of gaming competitions and tournaments were held during the event, as well as a live-streaming Twitch broadcast of the event by Twitch user Kakkakarrot94. Attendees included YouTube personalities The Game Booth and The Kryl.Jess Watson, community and volunteer organiser at Changing Futures North East, said:“The whole event has exceeded our expectations. We’re very grateful for all those at the college involved with GameCon, this has further strengthened our working relationship. It’s been really nice to see the students lead on the event.“We’ve had such a large number of people attending the event come to our stall and express an interest in volunteering. Because of this, I’ve been able to have conversations with lots of students about the process of helping out with our services and what they need to do next.“An event like GameCon really lets people learn about our services and what we do. It also makes them confident to approach us for help, especially if they see a member of our team ready to answer any questions that they may have.”  67 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Charity gaming convention raises awareness and funds for Changing Futures North East AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: Fundraising ideas Gaming North East 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

Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘A rogue nation?’– a commentary

first_imgThis slightly edited commentary from July 8 by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is available at prisonradio.org/media/audio/mumia.Several days ago, the European Union announced that Americans were not welcome to visit any of the 28 member countries of the EU.Why?  Because of the explosive expansion of the coronavirus among U.S. states, which surpasses that in many foreign nations.Mumia Abu-JamalAt last count, over 3 million people in the U.S. are infected, resulting in at least some 130, 000 deaths. Americans, long regarded as disputatious, quarrelsome and argumentative, are now regarded as a threat to the public health of European states. The U.S. now joins Brazil as a nation banned from European soil.Europeans must also regard Americans as foolish and undisciplined for failure to abide by simple health rules which threaten to surge [the virus] throughout European society.In the U.S., meanwhile, Southern and Southwestern states regarded masking as an assault on “American rights” and an affront to freedom.What is most unnerving, however, is the elevation of politics over science, for the U.S. proves that he who substitutes a politician’s decision for that of a doctor has a fool for a patient.For politicians serve their egos or their donors, and others suffer the consequences.The U.S. has emerged as a nation out of control, either unwilling or unable to follow simple medical directions designed to mitigate a pandemic.Here, state governments seem ineffective; the national government seems simply incompetent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Caltech Reacts to President Trump’s Immigration Order

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Education Caltech Reacts to President Trump’s Immigration Order From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, January 30, 2017 | 5:13 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Caltech is taking steps to assure students, faculty members and staff affected by President Donald Trump’s Friday executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspending all refugee admission for 120 days, and banning all Syrian refugees for an unknown period of time.Caltech’s Presidential Chair Thomas F. Rosenbaum published a letter addressed to the Caltech community, saying that Caltech “remains fully dedicated to supporting every individual in our community, regardless of country of origin.”“Friday’s executive order limiting immigration and entry to the United States has heightened anxieties for members of our community on campus and at JPL,” Rosenbaum wrote. “This order immediately impacts the personal and professional travel of a subset of students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from abroad and elevates uncertainties for the next few months and likely beyond.”Rosenbaum said Caltech will honor “all financial commitments and help those in need obtain legal advice and other support services.”He also announced Caltech officials will lead a meeting Tuesday, January 31, for students, postdocs, faculty and staff from the seven countries cited in Trump’s executive order.Ilana Smith, Director for International Office at Caltech and JPL International Scholar Services, and Cindy Weinstein, Vice Provost, have been assigned to lead Tuesday’s meeting, to be held at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Center for Student Services. Rosenbaum said another meeting will be scheduled soon for individuals from other countries.Rosenbaum also advised the affected individuals to get in touch with either Smith or Weinstein for any concerns or about the Trump executive order.“We are all committed to welcoming and supporting the most talented scholars from around the world; and we will work together to ensure that Caltech’s future fully represents these ideals,” Rosenbaum concluded. 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Subscribe Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Republican Women award scholarships

first_imgLatest Stories Email the author Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Baker, who tossed her hat in the political arena for the first time, said running for the Troy City Council District 4 seat without any opposition placed her in a unique position.“But not having to campaign, I won’t have that opportunity to share my ideas and visions with voters.But I am open to ideas and suggestions from the community and will appreciate those who share them with me.”Baker said her background in communication and economic development and in life lessons learned have helped prepare her for service on the city council.She said she will dedicate her talents and gifts to that service.“I know I have a lot to learn so I’m not going to kick back my heels,” she said. “I’m open to ideas and suggestions. I will always have an open ear to the community.”Bowden expressed his appreciation to the PCRW for keeping the Republican Party vibrant in the county. He then, laughingly, as them all to move to Brundidge and vote for him in the mayoral race.“With six candidates, the race is up in the air,” he said. “There will be a runoff and my objective now is to get in it.”Bowden explained that in 1994, the Brundidge City Council passed an ordinance to employ a city manager who would assume some of the duties of the mayor with the exception of the city’s police and volunteer fire departments.“The council actually has no function unless it is sitting at the council table,” Bowden said adding that he would like to have the opportunity to serve the city, not as a councilmember as before, but as its mayor.Reeves said serving the City of Troy as its mayor is the greatest honor he has ever had.“It humbles me to serve and I take this job incredibly seriously.”Reeves said his concern is always for the safety of the city employees and city residents.“Every night when I put my head on the pillow, I think about our police officers, our firefighters, the men in the bucket trucks. I want to ensure their safety out there.”Reeves said the city has increased the public safety budget by 25.7 percent and hired seven additional police officers.He said the city is accountable for every dollar spent. He added that Troy enjoys the lowest rate of combined sales and property taxes.He also acknowledged that these are trying times for cities, large and small.“As crazy as times seem, God is still on the throne and we are going to be okay,” he said. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Copeland thanked the Republican Party for its support in the primary election. He said he could not have canvassed the county without the support of county Republicans.“District 4 is a big area and to try to cover it was overwhelming,” Copeland said. “It was a real challenge because if anybody will talk to me, I’ll talk back. I had a lot of people going door to door for me and that made a big difference and I appreciate it.”Copeland said he will be knocking on doors again after the city elections are out of the way.“What our county and our country needs is strong Christian leaders,” he said. “We need conservative leaders on our county commissions, as our majors and judges, all the way up the chain.” Chad Copeland is the Republican candidate for Pike County Commission District 4 seat. He will oppose Democratic candidate Steve Thrash in the November General Election.Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves is seeking re-election and Lawrence Bowden, a former Brundidge city council member, is seeking the mayor’s seat in Brundidge. Stephanie Baker, who is a candidate for Troy City Council District 4, is unopposed and was certified by the Troy City Council at its Tuesday meeting.Pictured are candidates Lawrence Bowden, Jason Reeves, Stephanie Baker and Chad Copeland, all of whom spoke at the meeting.The candidates, who are seeking positions in city elections on August 23, do not have to declare party affiliations.center_img Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2016 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder The Pike County Republican Women recognized the recipients of its 2016 scholarships at its Wednesday meeting. The recipients are Laken Maulden, 2016 Pike County High School graduate and the daughter of Cary and Valerie Maulden, left; Hayes Lee, the son of Bo and Natalie Langford, and Carter Senn, the daughter of Jason and Sheree Senn. Lee and Senn are 2016 are graduates of Pike Liberal Arts School.The Pike County Republican Women hosted several special guests at its Wednesday meeting, including its 2016 scholarship recipients and several Republican candidates that are bidding for seats in the upcoming city and county elections.Virginia Sanders, PCRW president, introduced the scholarship recipients as outstanding students and future community leaders. The scholarship recipients are: Laken Maulden, Pike County High School, and Hayes Lee and Carter Senn, Pike Liberal Arts School.The Pike County Republican Women also welcomed four candidates who are seeking to server their community in the political arena. You Might Like Three council members elected Greg Meeks, District 2; Stephanie Baker, District 4; and Marcus Paramore, District 3 were elected to the Troy City Council… read more Republican Women award scholarshipslast_img read more

Video shows kids screaming as allegedly intoxicated bus driver completes bus route in Washington

first_imgiStock/DavidPrahl(LONGVIEW, Washington) — Newly released video shows a school bus full of terrified children shortly before the driver was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Washington state.Catherine L. Maccarone, 48, was arrested on Sept. 12 after a Longview Public Schools student called 911 to report that he suspected she was driving drunk, according to a statement from the Longview Police Department.Hours of footage from the bus obtained by “Good Morning America” shows children screaming as Maccarone drives erratically.At some points in the video, Maccarone could be heard yelling and rambling incoherently, the video shows.“I am crazy,” she told students. “I’m totally crazy.”The male student called emergency dispatchers after he was dropped off, telling them that Maccarone drove through three red lights with students still on board. He described Maccarone as “wobbling” and said he could tell in “her eyes” that “she was drunk,” according to the 911 call.When police officers pulled the bus over, they “smelled an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone,” according to the police statement. She was then arrested for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.Although there were no more children on the bus when Maccarone was arrested, she had completed two bus routes that afternoon, police said. Up to 90 children may have been on the bus that day, the district’s communications coordinator, Rick Parrish, told ABC News earlier this month.Maccarone was first placed on paid leave while an investigation was launched.The school district’s board of directors has since accepted Maccarone’s resignation, according to an announcement released Friday.“The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority at Longview Schools,” Superintendent Dan Zorn said in the statement. “Putting our students at risk with irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated.”The district has also implemented a new safety procedure to improve the process for screening bus drivers prior to them beginning their routes.Maccarone will appear in court on Oct. 15. ABC News could not reach her or her public defender for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia

first_img View post tag: crossfire View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: France View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia View post tag: Warship View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mistral May 21, 2014 View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia A considerable load has been put on France due to its intention to continue with the construction and sale of Mistral-class ships to Russia. View post tag: Russia View post tag: DELIVERY France said that the delivery of two warships to the Russian Navy will not be affected by the current EU sanctions imposed on Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis. The contract is facing fierce opposition, especially from the U.S. and NATO, as tensions over the political situation in Ukraine continue to rise. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stood his ground in Washington on Tuesday saying that the contract which had already been signed must be honoured, since there is no legal loophole to avoid honouring it. What is more, Russia has already paid out more than half of the agreed $1.2 billion to France, writes AFP. Even though the U.S. has not officially asked France to renounce the contract, numerous concerns have been raised. Nevertheless, according to Fabius, the final decision on the contract will be made in October. A potential scenario that could lead to freezing the sale would require imposing of fiercer sanctions against Russia. This option, however, is not to be ruled out since the international community has warned Russia with graver sanctions if it tries to disrupt elections in Ukraine, scheduled for May 25th. The deal for the two ships for the Russian Navy was announced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 24 December 2010, and signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defence Minister Alain Juppé on 25th of January 2011. The Mistral class is a class of three amphibious assault ships, also known as helicopter carriers. [mappress] Naval Today Staff, May 21, 2014; Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

Park End bouncers accused of mistreating students

first_imgAfter Cherwell presented the abuse claims to the club, a spokesperson replied, “The safety of our customers is always our main priority and we take complaints of this nature very seriously. Our door teams are fully certified and trained and any complaints are fully investi- gated. Anyone with concerns should contact [email protected]” When queried about whether they would be changing their training policies, the club told Cherwell, “We don’t directly employ our door staff but use accredited agencies. All the door staff are Security Industry Authority registered with up to date licenses (which is compulsory in the industry now). They have to go through specialist training in order to receive (and maintain) their licenses.” Reflecting on his encounter, the original Jesus complainant explained, “These incidents have to be reported. The police told me that the only way this will change is if they get a picture of bouncers’ attitudes from a strong base of reports. Individual cases in themselves aren’t that strong because they’re difficult to prove, so they’re not reported as crimes, but a whole host of student reports has more weight. “This is a widespread thing which doesn’t get nearly enough attention.” Thames Valley Police did not respond to our request for comment. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%10398%%[/mm-hide-text] (Image: Stephanie Sy-Quia/Cherwell)Bouncers at Lava&Ignite nightclub have been accused of physical and verbal aggression by a number of students, with one accusing the club’s door team of homophobia. Students have also been critical of the responses of police, who are said to have told one alleged victim, “Come back when you’re not drunk.” The allegations sent to Cherwell relate to a number of incidents at the club, colloquially known as ‘Park End’, that have occurred over the past year. The first statement came from a former Jesus student who graduated this year, relating to an incident which occurred on 11th June. He told Cherwell that, at the end of the night, as the bouncers were clearing the top floor, “One requested that I move towards the exit. I responded that there was a bottleneck at the doors and I preferred to wait as the crowd dispersed. “At this point one of the bouncers grabbed my arm and I asked him to let go. This was the only motivation needed for three bouncers to violently drag me to a separate empty stairwell. There I was held by three bouncers as a fourth punched me in the stomach and legs and a fifth shouted continuous abuse. “At one point it seemed that I could leave as three bouncers started to deal with a separate issue — though as I moved towards the exit, I was once again violently manhandled and put in a chokehold. After this I was forcibly carried down the stairs, where I saw another student being led by his neck by three other bouncers, having just undergone similar violent treatment. I was left with heavy bruises and cuts on my upper arms, bruises on my neck and deep cuts on one wrist. At no point was I provocative or violent.” “Within the next ten minutes of trying to reason with them, we were all dragged down three or four floors on our front or backs whilst in headlocks, causing painful bruising. At the bottom of the staircase one of the bouncers proceeded to kick me and call me a ‘faggot’, whilst trying to rip my phone out of my hands as I had tried to record some of the incident.” His phone was then damaged by bouncers, to the extent that he was unable to retrieve the footage. Frankie Nicholls, an englishist at Exeter, meanwhile, claims she was the victim of physical and verbal abuse on two separate occasions, a year apart. Stating that she had been “drunk” on the first occasion, she explained, “[a friend] and I were pushing each other around in a frivolous way, and two bouncers appeared out of nowhere. “They both grabbed my arms and picked me up, the force of which left me with two green bruises on my upper arm. center_img The Jesus graduate seems not to be alone in being dragged to an empty stairwell. An anonymous Brookes student informed Cherwell that he was taken to a “staff staircase” on a Monday night last year, having paid for entry. The student described how, “Before we knew it one of my friends was being kicked out — the bouncer doing so was abusing his power of authority, and quite aggressively so by shoving him out onto the staff staircase which is inbetween the bar and RnB room. “After he was shoved out onto the staff staircase, we decided to question the bouncer as to why he had been chucked out, and as a result were forced out onto the staff staircase too. Whilst on the staircase, we suddenly became outnumbered by bouncers by three to one. “They then pushed me through the fire exit where there is a lengthy story of stairs. They proceeded to call me a ‘fucking bitch’, and pulled me with such strength that my feet were no longer touching the ground. “Whilst outside I cried and pleaded that they’d let me in. Instead, these bouncers started mocking me, putting their middle fingers up at me. I was so angry that I called the police.” The police met her at her college the next day where she gave a statement, before being told a week later that the two bouncers involved were going to be part of a re-training week. However, she told Cherwell, “These same bouncers still work there. So that doesn’t actually fill me with any joy. They should have been fired after treating me in such a physically abusive way.” Nicholls claimed that when she returned to the club a year later, she was again a victim of aggression. After “trying to slyly sneak pass the bouncer to get into the queue”, she says a bouncer told her, “‘fuck off you little twat, get back into the queue before I kick you out of here.’” After eventually entering, she told Cherwell, “The same bouncer saw me in the smoking area, walked over to me, and pushed me. I started screaming ‘What are you doing?’ but he kept pushing me and gritting his teeth, saying, ‘Get the fuck out of here’. “I felt humiliated, irritated and, to be honest, abused. He came into my face and snarled at me, as if I was some sort of prey. I proceeded to get the police’s attention, and they ignored me, saying ‘come back when you’re not drunk’.” Second year Naomi Polonsky meanwhile was the victim of a violent threat from a staff member. After trying to explain why she didn’t have her drivers’ license, the bouncer told her to “shut up” and shoved her. She explained, “My friend asked the bouncer not to be so aggressive at which point the bouncer grabbed my friend by the wrist and said, ‘I can be a lot more aggressive round the corner if you want me to be’. Frankly, this kind of behaviour was completely unnecessary — I was only at Park End to carry out my role as an Entz Rep.”last_img read more