to go further Turkish media freedom’s death throes News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesEvents WomenJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more Backed by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the well-known Parisian street artist C215 will use stencils to repeatedly paint the faces of ten imprisoned Turkish journalists across the urban landscape in several Parisian districts on next weekend, May 27 and 28, in a show of solidarity with all journalists detained in Turkey. “Turkey is now the world’s biggest prison for journalists with dozens in pre-trial detention in harsh conditions on absurd charges,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Thanks to the talent of Christian Guémy, better know as C215, we are going to use the Parisian public space to display the faces of those that Erdoğan wants to silence. It is a way to show they are not forgotten, and to get the public and decision-makers to support them. It is an unusual operation born of a union between RSF’s campaigning and the concerns of an artist whose stencil techniques make it possible for a powerful message to reach a wide public.” 19 June: Start of the trial of Ahmet Altan and his brother, also a journalist. 6 July: Resumption of the trial of Murat Aksoy and 28 fellow journalists. 24 July: Start of the trial of Musa Kart, Kadri Gürsel, Ahmet Şık and their Cumhuriyet colleagues. 18 September: Start of the trial of Şahin Alpay and 29 other journalists Receive email alerts Campaigns Other upcoming trials of journalists: Portraits of 10 emblematic journalists Help by sharing this information About C215 Organisation More than 500 #SaveTurkishJournalists stencils will also be distributed in Paris with the aim of allowing anyone to use them to show their solidarity and support for journalists imprisoned in Turkey. News Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. On 15 May, Oğuz Güven became the 12th employee of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet to be jailed in Istanbul. The trial of RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, will resume on 8 June. He is facing a possible 14-year jail sentence on a charge of terrorist propaganda. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law May 23, 2017 – Updated on May 26, 2017 Parisian street artist joins RSF in campaign for jailed Turkish journalists Follow the news on Turkey Christian Guémy is a leading Parisian street artist who is well known for his stencil work under the moniker of C125. He began painting in 2006, concentrating on portraits. He is politically committed and uses his work to comment on social issues and news developments. His latest show, “La mauvaise réputation” (Bad Rap), opened last weekend at the Galerie Openspace in Paris and will continue until 1 July. #SaveTurkishJournalists News C215 used the following photos to create the stencil portraits that will be painted on the streets of Paris next weekend (27-28 May). With more than 140 media outlets closed, more than 700 press cards rescinded and more than 100 journalists in prison, Turkey’s media and journalists have been subjected to an unprecedented crackdown since a state of emergency was declared in July 2016. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more The artist C215 / Credit: Sylvain Lefeuvre TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesEvents WomenJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more
Throughout the week of April 19, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is honoring the thousands of volunteers who facilitate 4-H, Master Gardener and Family and Consumer Sciences programming on the county, district and state levels for Volunteer Appreciation Week.For the 2018-2019 program year, Georgia 4-H adult and teen volunteers from across the state devoted more than 218,900 hours — at a value of $5.6 million — to the development of youth through 4-H programming. These hours were cumulated by 7,787 adult and teen 4-H volunteers including more than 3,300 adult chaperones at district and statewide events, 2,010 teen leaders assisting with programs, 1,073 certified project achievement judges, 326 youth club leaders for local and statewide programming and many other critical roles.“I love watching our kids grow at each event,” says Debbie Thigpen, Montgomery County 4-H volunteer. “They teach me something new each time I’m around them. I also enjoy meeting other volunteers and creating new friendships. I’m in my eighth year as a volunteer and plan to continue for as long as 4-H will have me.”For the 2019 calendar year, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) from across the state contributed 179,788 hours — at a value of $4.3 million — to support Extension programming in consumer horticulture. These hours were the cumulative product of more than 2,300 MGEVs who meet state criteria for active status. In addition, these volunteers devoted more than 9,900 hours to continuing education to keep their information current and skills sharp.“The excitement and passion of our MGEVs are contagious and a continual motivation for me to provide resources and opportunities,” said Kendra Stallings, Chattooga County program assistant. “They know so much. I am always learning from them.”The Family and Consumers Sciences division of Extension reported 7,069 hours of volunteer interaction. More than 1,952 volunteer connections were made by individuals supporting programming in a number of roles, such as teaching food demonstrations and volunteering at the senior center, assisting with event management, soliciting donations, and many other important roles for Georgians around the state.Several volunteers have been recognized for their achievements and dedication to volunteerism. Cisco Damons, a longtime Georgia 4-H volunteer, was honored as the 2019 National 4-H Council’s Southern Region 4-H Volunteer of the Year. In addition, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers in Cobb County were recognized during the 2019 International Master Gardener Conference with the David Gibby Search for Excellence Award in the Research Category. These and countless other outstanding volunteers throughout the state are the reason why Extension is taking the time to honor these individuals.The week of celebration will include a social media campaign that will spotlight key volunteers and their contributions to program areas, interviews with volunteers about their experience with their respective organizations and a video conference for volunteers to share their memories as a group.“Extension Volunteers are a true inspiration,” says Keri Hobbs, UGA Extension 4-H specialist for volunteer development. “I wish we could celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week every week. Nonetheless, I’m thrilled that we’ll recognize and appreciate Extension volunteer service throughout our organization. They are mission-critical and essential to our success. They extend the capacity of our programs so that we can make a larger impact and reach more Georgians through our programs.”UGA Extension translates the science of everyday living for farmers, families and communities to foster a healthy and prosperous Georgia. For more than a century, we’ve provided research and education through a network of committed specialists, agents and volunteers to help Georgians learn, grow and do more. To contact your local county Extension office and become involved, visit extension.uga.edu.
GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Once frightened, lonely children who lost their culture and innocence rose in a standing ovation Friday as the prime minister at last said it for all Canadians: It was wrong, and we are sorry.“I humbly stand before you to offer a long-overdue apology,” Justin Trudeau said through tears. “To all of you, we are sorry.”Many of the 300 people gathered for the ceremony in Goose Bay bowed their heads and cried. Others tried to comfort those who sobbed openly.Trudeau offered the apology for beatings, sexual abuse, neglect and loss of Innu and Inuit language and culture at residential schools in the province. They were located in North West River, Makkovik, Cartwright and Nain — all in Labrador — and one in St. Anthony in northern Newfoundland.The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian missionaries ran the other two.Trudeau said parents were promised their children would be cared for and would be safe.Instead, kids as young as five were isolated from their families and stripped of their identity. They were made to feel “irrelevant and inferior” and taught to be “ashamed of who they were and where they were from.”“The kind of thinking that led to the establishment of the residential school system and left deep scars for so many has no place in our society,” Trudeau said. “It was unacceptable then and it is unacceptable now.”The former students were left out of a compensation package and national apology in 2008 by former prime minister Stephen Harper. His Conservative government argued that Ottawa didn’t oversee those schools, but the Liberal government offered last year to settle a class-action lawsuit for $50 million.Toby Obed accepted the prime minister’s apology on behalf of former students.Approaching the stage, his arms raised in triumph, Obed yelled: “We got it!”“Because I come from a patient and forgiving culture I think it is proper for us to accept an apology from the Government of Canada,” he said.Obed led the almost decade-long legal fight for recognition. He was among 29 former students who were the only ones in Canada forced to testify in open court about what happened to them.“This apology is an important part of the healing,” Obed said, stopping at times to collect himself. “Today … we can finally feel a part of the community of survivors nationwide across Canada.”“And it’s in person, it was not on the news. We didn’t have to go out to them, they came to us,” he said to cheers from the crowd.Not everyone was ready to accept the gesture.Innu Nation leaders boycotted the event.“I’m not satisfied that Canada understands yet what it has done to Innu and what it is still doing,” Grand Chief Gregory Rich said in a statement late Thursday.It says Innu children were abused in Roman Catholic schools and in the homes of teachers and missionaries in Sheshatshiu and Davis Inlet. And it calls on Ottawa to be full participants in a provincial inquiry into how child welfare systems continue to split Innu families.Trudeau was also asked Friday about Indigenous residents who’ve faced arrest and jail time for peacefully protesting how the Muskrat Falls hydro dam under construction in the region could contaminate crucial wild foods.The prime minister said the apology is a sincere gesture toward lasting reconciliation but conceded there’s more work to be done.Miriam Saunders of Goose Bay, whose daughter Loretta was murdered in Halifax in 2014 by a man she had sublet her apartment to, said the scope of the class-action settlement caused deep hurt because of those it left out.She said her father and others who attended the schools before 1949 suffered too.“He was beaten,” she said, and later refused to teach her Inuktitut to spare her a similar fate.The $50-million class-action settlement reached with Ottawa last year did not include students who attended before Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949. Before then, it was a separate dominion.“The British government should be apologizing,” Saunders said.Memorial candles were also lit in honour of more than 120 former students who died waiting for a resolution.They glowed in front of a striking stage backdrop depicting a broken red heart rising to a whole heart on a silver grey seal skin. It is a piece called The Healing by Rigolet artist Inez Shiwak.Inuk elder Sarah Anala recalled crying into her pillow as a child in her dorm bed, mouth open so no one would hear her.She told of a prophesy that the deep troubles of her people would ease when once-outlawed drums were heard again.“The drum is back,” she said. “And who brought it back? Our youth.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.