Tagged with: Digital 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 July 2004 | News The Body Shop is funding domestic violence charity Refuge’s new Web site.The new site, which will go live on 28 September 2004, will include details on how to support the charity. A facility to handle online credit and debit card donations will be available, and there will be details of how to get involved in fundraising events. There will also be advice for people wishing to give anonymously to the charity. Furthermore, the new site will include information in community languages “and comply with the Disability Discrimination Act,” says the charity.The Body Shop is donating money raised via its mobile phone recycling and pin badge sale initiatives. Advertisement Body Shop funds Refuge’s new Web site Many charities still find it difficult to secure funding for Web sites so it is encouraging to see a funder willing to support such developments. If such a supporter can not be found, however, then usually it is better to include Web site developments within other projects for funding applications, as often Web sites are quite rightly seen by funders as means to an end.While Refuge announces the donation on its front page, it is regrettably unable, due to financial constraints, to make sufficient use of the site’s opportunities in the meantime. A headline of “This website is under development” is never going to engage and excite many visitors, but the charity says it can’t afford to change it. It is therefore focusing on the new site’s arrival in a couple of months’ time.Nor can they change the announcement that “we aim to launch the new site early next year and will be posting frequent updates on our progress.” Apart from overstating the time until the new site will go live, this has the unfortunate effect of suggesting that visitors won’t find much new information on the site for several months.Refuge is well aware of the shortcomings of their site but say that it is all down to lack of funds and the planned introduction of the new site. Sadly, this means that valuable fundraising opportunities are being missed: for example, the e-mail address to contact the fundraising department is not clickable.Refuge’s experience shows that charities can still find funders willing to fund a new or redeveloped Web site. On the other hand, their difficult position at present shows that you should never find yourself in a position where you can’t afford to amend your Web site. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Rebecca Fuentes and Nneka Eke stand strong at Black Lives Matter’s ‘Justice for Maleatra’ protest, Nov. 30.The banner quote is from Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.Syracuse, N.Y. – With resounding chants, Black Lives Matter activists demanded ”Justice for Maleatra!” at a Nov. 29 protest outside the Hanley Federal Building. The rally demanded an end to cop rape and targeted the Syracuse Police Department and Chief Frank Fowler, Onondaga District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Mayor Stephanie Miner.Syracuse cop Chester Thompson raped Maleatra Montanez on Valentine’s Day 2015 after she called 911 for help finding her missing 15-year-old daughter. When Thompson arrived, in uniform and armed, he demanded sex and threatened Montanez’s infant son if she did not comply. Other women had previously filed complaints against Thompson for sexual assault. “Counseled” by the SPD, he had always been allowed back to active duty.Montanez reported the crime immediately and agreed to a rape kit test. But when Thompson was brought to trial in December 2015, he was found guilty only of a “misconduct” misdemeanor and received no jail time. Though fired from the SPD, he was allowed to keep his pension, and continues to live and walk free in the city.An outrageous loophole in New York state law protects rapist cops unless the “alleged victim” explicitly says no and refuses. This legalizes cop rape. As BLM activists cogently asserted in an open letter to city and county officials, which was read at the rally: “Sex demanded by an officer of the state, wearing a gun, in your house, is never sex given with consent, whether the victim says no, yes, or nothing.”SeQuoia Kemp of BLM Syracuse spoke on the intersectional impact of racist, anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ state violence directly on the bodies of women of color, trans women and trans people. Herve Comeau, also of BLM, condemned the “criminalization of people of color and poor people” by a “system that robs us of justice every day.” Comments by BLM organizers Anthony Harper, Yanira Rodriguez and Nikeeta Slade energized ralliers, who stood in line to sign up for information on how to keep protesting.Maleatra Montanez has valiantly kept alive the fight for justice for herself and other women raped by Thompson. She demonstrated immediately in front of Syracuse City Hall with a few friends after the slap-on-the-hand verdict. When asked her demands, she said she wanted an apology from the city for herself and her son and “for this never to happen again to anyone else.” (Syracuse Post-Standard, Dec. 22, 2015)Because of her perseverance, other women have come forward with accounts of cop rape by Thompson. In a July 2015 essay posted on the website of the Love & Rage Media Collective, Liz El Bayadi recounted how 20 years earlier, when she was only 18, Thompson threatened her with arrest for underage drinking to make her submit to rape.Rape culture prevalent among policeCop rape, like murder-by-cop, is not committed by just a “few bad apples.”BLM activist Vani Kannan gave statistics during the rally documenting that the second most common civilian complaint against police, after excessive force, is for sexual assault, which is 1.5 times more prevalent in cops than in men in the general population.There are hundreds if not thousands of rapist cops unidentified for every Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City cop sentenced to 263 years in prison in 2015 for using his police database to locate and then rape vulnerable women of color.For people in the grip of the so-called “justice system,” who are disproportionately poor and of color, cops are not the only people sexually assaulting them. Besides rape by prison guard after sentencing, there are also judges.The same day as the Syracuse BLM rally, a local newspaper ran a story with this headline: “North Country judge accused of reducing and paying traffic fines for sexual favors.” (Syracuse Post-Standard, Nov. 30) The euphemism “sexual favors” means rape, since no consent is possible when the person demanding sex is a judge with a gavel in his hand, ready to hammer punishment into your life.Fighting back and winning against this abuse are possible. In a recent victory, a massive coalition of Oakland, Calif., groups in the Anti-Police Terror Project and the Take Back Oakland Coalition have been unrelenting in exposing police violence and abuse, including rape.Three Oakland police chiefs were fired in a span of nine days in June because of revelations of a departmental “sex scandal.” Numerous Bay Area cops across several cities and counties have been indicted on felony charges for rape and sexual assault.On June 17, activists hung a banner across the OPD headquarters with the indictment: “OPD Guilty of Human Trafficking & Statutory Rape #OPDGuiltyasCharged.” (Workers World, June 23)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more