Episcopal clergy show support for protesters, denounce federal crackdown in…

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Photo: Arwen Myers[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Sara Fischer heads downtown in Portland, Oregon, to show solidarity with the protesters there – which she has been doing most nights since July 17 – she sees two very different worlds: a world of violence and a world of love.She has seen people selflessly taking care of each other, and she has seen escalating confrontations between law enforcement officers and people demonstrating against systemic racism and police brutality. Protests have taken place in Portland for 62 days straight since the May 25 killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In early July, the protests began focusing on the federal courthouse in downtown Portland and the Trump administration sent more than 100 federal agents there, saying they needed to protect the building from the vandalism that was occurring. State and local officials were not aware of the move until unidentified agents were filmed grabbing protesters off the streets and throwing them into unmarked vans.Protesters in downtown Portland. Photo: Sara FischerOn July 29, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that she had reached an agreement with the federal government for a “phased withdrawal” of agents from the courthouse, which would then be protected by the Oregon State Police, starting July 30. However, that same day, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said federal agents “will remain in Portland until we are assured the courthouse and other federal facilities will no longer be attacked.”Faith leaders like Oregon Bishop Michael Hanley have stated their support for nonviolent protesters and their opposition to the deployment of federal agents to Portland.“These forces are, by most accounts, not helpful and it is my belief that they should leave. I support our mayor and others who are calling for their removal,” Hanley wrote to his diocese on July 26.And during their virtual meeting on July 29, the House of Bishops approved a pastoral letter expressing concern over the federal agents’ actions.“If there is one event during the time we met which encapsulated all the anxieties and aspirations of U.S. bishops in the House, it is the situation in Portland, Oregon, and other cities,” the bishops wrote. “We certainly share and understand the concern for protection of life and property. What troubles us is the unprecedented nature of the federal response to a largely peaceful protest. … We commit ourselves both to advocate for continued nonviolence on the part of the protesters across the United States and for a return of policing authority to local agencies who are known by and accountable to the people’s elected representatives.”Fischer, the 60-year-old rector of Saints Peter & Paul / Santos Pedro y Pablo Episcopal Church in Portland, had been attending earlier protests in other parts of the city and first went to the courthouse protests on July 17 to hear Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty speak. Hardesty had asked faith leaders to show up, so Fischer spent a “lovely summer evening” there but didn’t stay long.The Rev. Sara Fischer attends a protest in downtown Portland. Photo: Maria McDowellThe next night, wearing her clerical collar, she went back “to see what it’s like late.”“I just couldn’t tear myself away,” she told Episcopal News Service. “That was the first night that the ‘Wall of Moms’ was there … but there were only about 40 of them.“I just was sort of swept up in the chanting and the sense of huge numbers of people coming together because they all cared about the same thing, which is Black Lives Matter and protesting the presence of federal troops. … There’s people playing music, there’s people giving away a lot of free food, there’s water everywhere, there’s just a sense of focused protest that felt really powerful to me.”Fischer saw a man wearing a purple vest that said “Clergy Witness” on the back. Intrigued, she “made a beeline for him” and asked him about it. He was a member of the Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, whose members attend the protests to document what happens and protect vulnerable people.“I felt like there was a real space for clergy with witness,” Fischer said, and she connected with the group online. They have a spreadsheet with sign-up slots, so about three or four of them are at the courthouse on any given night, she said. One night she went “not as a priest but as a mom,” joining the Wall of Moms in their distinctive yellow T-shirts.The evenings typically follow the same order of events, as if on a schedule, she said. Protesters gather at the perimeter fence that has been erected around the federal courthouse, inside which federal agents are stationed.“There’s a distinct pattern every night, which is that there’s speakers that usually go until about nine. There’s a lot of chanting. Sometimes there’s a march,” Fischer told ENS. “But usually around 10:30, 11, a very small handful of protesters – very small – start engaging in provocative behavior. And usually around 11, 11:30, the federal troops come out of the courthouse and start throwing or shooting pepper bombs and canisters of tear gas.”One night, Fischer was teargassed “pretty badly.”“My eyes were very watery, my nose was running, everything was kind of burning,” she said.Fischer said the tear gas is usually preceded by “provocative behavior” – people throwing things or trying to cut through the fence with bolt cutters, for example – but believes the agents’ response is an ominous statement on “the value of property versus humans.”“There’s a really important distinction between violence and vandalism,” she said. “Violence is against humans and vandalism is against property, and if you equate the two, you’re devaluing humans.”Fischer hasn’t witnessed any of the widely reported incidents of protesters being taken away by unidentified officers, but the whole scene is a “really awful situation,” she said.For her, being a clergy witness means watching out for illegal behavior by law enforcement agents, but also “standing with people and being calm and providing comfort.” She has been especially inspired by those who are there to provide relief in the form of food, water and medical care.“Whenever I’m there, in the course of an evening, a dozen people thank me for being there. And I have a lot of really great conversations with people. And sometimes I’m just asking them about their experience, and sometimes I’m talking about how the mutual aid, which I see on the ground night after night, reminds me of beloved community.”People from very different faith backgrounds – from the ex-Christian who showed her the Christian tattoos she kept covered up to the young Catholic couple who had driven there from Kansas City to join the protests – have engaged with her and thanked her. She also uses her presence to try and keep the protesters safe, though that has had a limited effect, she said.“I’m there out of compassion and concern for all the protesters. And I think the first time I went down there I thought, well, nobody’s going to throw tear gas at a silver-haired white lady in a collar. And it turns out that there’s so many people there, the feds don’t really discriminate.”Fischer doesn’t know what to expect next, but she sees it as part of her duty as a priest to protect those who are in danger and support their message, regardless of the ways in which they protest. As much as she would prefer to see completely nonviolent protests, she understands why that’s not the case.“I think that the church’s role is to protect and defend protesters, to be present, to show up,” she said. “The last two Sundays, we’ve had these two sorting parables [as Gospel readings]. Two weeks ago, we had the wheat and the weeds, and last Sunday one of the parables was the net that gets sorted at the end of the age. And what both of those parables say to me is, it’s not up to me to say that there are good protesters and bad protesters.”The Gospel reading for July 26 also included the parable of the mustard seed, which she compared to the yellow-clad Wall of Moms in her sermon.“The kingdom of heaven is like a tiny mustard seed, and the kingdom of heaven is like one mom who invited her friends and then there’s, you know, 2,000 of them,” she said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Kicks 4 Guns comes to Apopka

first_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 It has been a violent year in Central Florida, and stolen firearms are part of that issue. However an 18-year program put on by local law enforcement agencies is doing its part to alleviate the problem of stolen guns.An unwanted gun can easily become a stolen gun, and stolen guns are often involved in violent crimes according to two government studies.A U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report found that 1.4 million firearms were stolen across the United States from 2005 through 2010 (there is no more current study). It also found that the vast majority — at least 80 percent — was never recovered, and that almost 1 in 5 (18%) of the mass shootings in the United States took place with stolen weapons.Now in its 18th year, Kicks 4 Guns has grown to 15 locations around Central Florida, and involves law enforcement agencies in eight counties. Its goal is to get unwanted guns off the streets.In Apopka, Kicks for Guns will take place on Friday, August 11th at The John Bridges Center (445 W 13th Street) from 7am-7pm. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be in charge of the gun exchange.The event allows residents to anonymously turn in unwanted weapons — no questions asked — in return for shoes or gift cards. No ID is required. At the Apopka event, a $50 gift card is the only option.Kicks for Guns has removed nearly 10,000 unwanted guns from the streets of Central Florida in its first 17 years. Last year almost 800 weapons were collected.Any and all guns are welcome. People walking or driving to the event are encouraged to place their UNLOADED guns in a sealed bag or box clearly marked Kicks for Guns.No one may enter the event carrying a gun. Guns are handed over to the police at the gate where they are checked, tagged and stacked. Only people turning in guns and those accompanying them may enter the event. All others are required to remain outside the gates and view the event from there TAGSKicks 4 GunsOrange County Sheriff’s Office Previous articleTropical Storm Earl: 8:00 PM UpdateNext articleCity of Apopka receives 70K for water conservation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Camp Hill home for sale

first_img50 Edencourt St, Camp HillA busy Brisbane barrister is selling her Camp Hill home.When Kelly McIntyre wasn’t working on notable cases in court, the mother of two was busy overseeing the renovation of 50 Edencourt St. 50 Edencourt St, Camp HillThe couple has two young daughters and plans to relocate closer to extended family on Brisbane’s bayside.“Our house has some magnificent spaces, which are great for growing families or empty-nesters alike,” Ms McIntyre said.“I have two favourite spaces.“The front formal lounge where I can quietly sit and read, enjoying the filtered afternoon sun through the room in summer and the fireplace in winter, and the deck where on a Friday night my husband and I like to relax, listening to music whilst enjoying a nice bottle of wine with the children sleeping peacefully close by. “It’s a great house with clearly defined spaces that let the family both enjoy the house together, but also allow for breakaway spaces.” 50 Edencourt St, Camp HillMs McIntyre and her business analyst husband purchased the property in 2011.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“In that time, we have given the house a complete facelift, including adding a very large deck which spans the entire width of the house,” she said.“It is wonderful for entertaining, or just relaxing on a Friday night whilst enjoying the view down the valley and up to Seven Hills.”center_img 50 Edencourt St, Camp HillThe McIntyre family’s four-bedroom, one-bathroom home is for sale through Place Coorparoo’s Megan O’Leary.last_img read more