CharityGiving site is suspended “to protect public donations”

first_img Online giving site CharityGiving has been suspended while the Charity Commission continues its statutory inquiry into The Dove Trust, the registered charity which runs the service.The suspension came into effect on 12 July “in order to protect funds the public has raised and prevent further charitable pledges being made via the website”. The move was made by Pesh Framjee of Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP who was appointed by the Charity Commision under the Charity Act 2011 as Interim Manager of the charity on 6 June 2013. The Commission had already restricted the charity’s bank accounts at the end of June. As of Friday, the Charity Commission has given Framjee “full control of the charity to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees”.  Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving. An announcement on the CharityGiving site states “Please note the facility to create fundraising pages or receive funds has been suspended until further notice.” No accounts filed since 2009The Dove Trust’s trustees have not filed any accounts since the year ending 5 April 2009. In addition the Commission reports that is has “serious concerns about mismanagement in the administration of the charity” by the trustees in relation to the operation of the online donations portal and risk to charity funds.Framjee had recently reported to the Commission there there was a shortfall between the funds raised for charities donated through CharityGiving and the cash held by The Dove Trust.Michelle Russell, Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: “We have taken this action because of serious concerns about the trustees’ management of the fundraising portal and the charity’s financial situation.  We recognise this will cause concern among the donors and fundraisers who have collected money for the charity through the site and for the charities who are expecting to receive those funds.  However it is now clear that the financial situation of the charity means there was no option but to suspend the online portal.”She added that work currently underway will help establish the extent of the shortfall and which charities and donors are affected.She was careful to point out that “our concerns are limited to The Dove Trust and the CharityGiving portal and this should not undermine public confidence in online giving”.Ceri Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications at the Institute of Fundraising, supported that view. “We welcome the Charity Commission’s decision to suspend the Dove Trust’s CharityGiving portal”, he said, “to protect funds the public has raised and prevent further charitable pledges being made while its investigation continues. This should not undermine public confidence in online giving, which is a generally safe way to give and we would remind people of the many online platforms, some very well-known, that enable people to give.”CharityGiving did not charge a subscription fee to charities, and charged only for donations made using Gift Aid. On the latter it charged 3.99% of the value of the net gift.Any queries about funds raised or owing via CharityGiving should be addressed to the Interim Manager  on 0207 842 7313.There are other registered charities with very similar names to The Dove Trust: the charity being investigated registered charity number 287401.  Howard Lake | 15 July 2013 | News CharityGiving site is suspended “to protect public donations” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Trans women and police brutality through history

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The “protect and serve” motto emblazoned on police vehicles acts as cover for their aggressive and oppressive activities against people of color and working and poor people in general. Among groups most impacted are trans women, who have been oppressed and maligned openly for centuries. Throughout the 20th century, trans women and our self-expression were repressed legally and violently.Possibly the most blatant example of state-sanctioned violence against trans women was in Nazi Germany. During their rise to power, the Nazis launched attacks against the Institute for Sexual Science that researched the trans phenomenon and helped trans women transition. The Nazi regime treated trans women as homosexual men, twisting the knife.Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler gave speeches targeting gay people, essentially saying that sexuality is not a private affair but a key problem in their racist, sexist, and queerphobic ideology. Being queer was harmful to the “Master Race.” While the main targets of the Holocaust were Jewish, Roma, and Slavic people, the Holocaust remains one of the largest state-organized assaults on queer people – who were made to wear the pink triangle.In the U.S., it was once illegal in many localities to “dress as the opposite sex.” In fact, some towns still have rules like that today, though they may not be enforced. These repressions forced trans women, cross-dressers, and other gender nonconforming people to go underground, or to hide who they were.In response to both police and community mistreatment, they rebelled!From Cooper’s Donuts to StonewallOne of the very first recorded instances of trans and gender nonconforming people rebelling against police and social tyranny was the Cooper’s Donuts “riot” in May 1959 in Los Angeles. Little information is kept on this uprising because it was a revolt by trans people. They threw everything that wasn’t nailed down at police and burnt police cars to a crisp. They forced the cops to flee, though they returned with more force and the revolt was defeated.History is hidden by the victors – the Los Angeles Police Department successfully hid that aspect of our history.The next trans and gender nonconforming rebellion in the U.S. was the rebellion at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco’s Tenderloin in 1966. It was illegal to “impersonate a female,” so trans women, drag queens, and cross-dressers went underground. Due to the fact that they were so oppressed, they had to turn to underground economies, such as sex work or drug dealing. This was a fact of life and still is.In this environment, dirty cops took advantage of their situation by shaking down queer people for sex or money acquired from selling drugs. This mistreatment set the stage for a queer organization – Vanguard – to come on the scene.Vanguard demanded equal rights and protections for the trans and gender nonconforming community. In August 1966, the management of Compton’s Cafeteria called the police to arrest people for violating the “female impersonation”  law. Someone spilled coffee on the management, sparking a rebellion. When the rebellion started, it was 60 trans people fighting for their rights, lighting fires and battling the police.The biggest and most well-known queer uprising is the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. This was not an exclusively trans event, but many trans women and other trans feminine people were present and fought hard for trans people.Sylvia Rivera (left) and Marsha P. JohnsonSylvia Rivera was chief among them. About Stonewall, she said, “Once the tactical police force showed up, I think that really incited us a little bit more. Here this queen is going completely bananas, you know,  jumping on, hitting the windshield. The next thing you know, the taxicab was being turned over. The cars were being turned over, windows were shattering all over the place, fires were burning around the place. It was beautiful, it really was. It was really beautiful. I wanted to do every destructive thing that I could think of at that time to hurt anyone that had hurt us through the years.”Another elder there was Marsha P. Johnson. Like Rivera, she was a founder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. In an interview that was reprinted in a book about STAR, she talks about being arrested for “prostitution” simply because she was a Black gender nonconforming person. This sort of thing continues to this day.In 1992 Johnson’s body was found floating in the Hudson River, cause of death officially “undetermined,” but there is strong evidence she was murdered.Police still target trans women of colorIn the 21st century, abuses of trans women by police continue. In 2006, a trans woman in New York City, Mariah Lopez, was arrested for walking while transgender unofficially and “loitering with the intent to solicit” officially. When she was in police custody in the Sixth Precinct, she was called “he/she,” “it” and “f*ggot.” Police beat her and refused to take her to the hospital, acting like it was no big deal to beat up a trans woman just because she was trans.When Lopez was transferred to the Department of Corrections, she was abused by guards who didn’t believe her story about being abused by the police while in NYPD custody. On top of that, they called her a “f*ing f*ggot.” On July 18, 2006, she was additionally charged with “assaulting officers.” Because she couldn’t afford bail and couldn’t stand the living conditions of prison, she took a plea deal to get out.According to “Injustice at Every Turn: National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” 25 percent of trans women have been disrespected by the police. It’s also stated that trans people of all genders are treated with extreme disrespect based on their economic status. People of color (Indigenous, Asian, Black, Latinx, and multiracial) all reported that they had been abused by the police. Responders across the board – from trans feminine to trans masculine people – reported discomfort with police interactions.Transgender women are often harassed and abused by cis police but escape with their lives. This is not always the case. In 2002, Black trans woman Nizah Morris was murdered by Philadelphia police  officers while being escorted home after she got drunk in an integrated queer bar. In 2020, Roxanne Moore was shot to death by police in Reading, Pa. She was in the middle of a mental health crisis and wielded a gun that couldn’t actually fire. Protesters in Reading came out with Black Lives Matter signs and the queer and trans people of color flag.Fortunately, alongside the tireless work of activists in many locales, trans women are fighting for their dignity. In February 2021, the State of New York finally repealed its “walking while trans” law. Trans women can no longer be arrested on suspicion of being sex workers, at least not officially.But the white supremacist heterosexist bourgeoisie and petit-bourgeoisie will never entirely make us equal to cis people. Only a revolution can do that and we need to remember that.For all the trans people afraid of police, we can join revolutionary organizations that fight for the memory of our elders.Martha Grevatt contributed to this article.last_img read more

Two sentences infringe press freedom

first_img Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Reporters Without Borders protested at a 15-month jail sentence imposed on Hakan Albayrak for “insulting the memory” of Ataturk and a 500,000-euro fine on the daily Vakit for defaming 213 army generals. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts May 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two sentences infringe press freedom News April 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has protested at the 20 May jailing of a journalist for “insulting the memory of Ataturk” – founder of the Turkish Republic. Former editorialist Hakan Albayrak of Milli Gazete was sentenced to 15 months in prison.On the same date, the daily Vakit was ordered to pay the equivalent of 500,000 euros in damages for defamation of 312 generals in the Turkish Army.Reporters Without Borders said the imprisonment was shocking and contrary to the recommendations of the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that press offences should not be punishable with prison.”It is unworthy of a democracy to jail a journalist for having written an article, whatever it might be. We call for his immediate release”, the international press freedom organisation wrote to Justice Minister Cemil Cicek. It also condemned the exorbitant sum demanded of Vakit, which it said would be the paper’s death warrant.Albayrak was sent to Kalecik prison in Ankara, after being found guilty of “insulting Ataturk’s memory”, under the 1951 law on Crimes against Ataturk. Article 1 of this law punishes such insults by a sentence of from one to three years in prison. Article 2 doubles the penalty if carried in the press.The offending editorial, published in 2000, criticised the offering of prayers at the funeral of atheist writer Mina Urgan, comparing it with the burial of Ataturk. The item finished, “Mustapha Kemal Pasha, was he not buried without prayers? Neither the state not society was concerned about it at the time.”The same day, the owner of the daily Vakit, Nuri Aykon, his editor, Harum Aksoy, and Mehmet Dogan, author of an article published on 25 August 2003, were sentenced by a court to pay around 500,000 euros to 312 generals in the Turkish Army.In the article headlined, “The country where a soldier who does not deserve to be sergeant becomes a general”, published under a pseudonym, the author condemned the incompetence of the top ranking officers, without naming any of them. All the generals who brought a suit were awarded damages.The newspaper intends to appeal against the sentence. The daily’s lawyer, Haci Ali Ozhan, described the sentence as dangerous in the sense it could determine jurisprudence.In its 2004 annual report, Reporters Without Borders said that legislative reforms adopted by Turkey linked to its joining the European Union have not in practice involved any significant improvements in press freedom.Journalists daring to criticise government institutions or to broach taboo subjects, like the Kurdish question or the role of the army in the country’s political life, are censored, abusively taken to court and subjected to heavy penalties. Four are currently in jail for doing their jobs.last_img read more

Piping Hot: North Carolina hikers begin 180-mile trek along pipeline route

first_imgConcerned citizens in North Carolina are currently hiking 180 miles along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route from Whitakers, North Carolina, on the Virginia border, to Pembroke, North Carolina.The anti-pipeline hike is attracting everyone from senior citizens to college students on spring break. The hikers hope the protest will inspire others to take a stand against the building of the pipeline, which will cross the Appalachian Trail and other cherished public lands, threaten drinking water, and pollute the surrounding environments.They are also concerned about the use of eminent domain to seize rights-of-way through private lands and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) lax approval process. Activists say that the environmental assessment issued in late December is missing crucial information, such as an inaccurate description of the pipeline’s environmental impact and violates federal law.Several groups have filed a legal motion requesting for the environmental impact assessment to be updated or replaced. Read more here and follow the progress of the march here.last_img read more