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PRESS CONFERENCE!

10:30 am

MONDAY, July 3

Christian Community Church

108 Beacon St.

Rev. Jose Encarnacion

On Monday, July 3, at 10:30 am Leaders and Members of Christian Community
Church will gather to present “Project LOVE BURUNDI” a launch of an extension of their missions abroad work.

LOVE is at the center of the biblical mandate of the Great Commandment
found in Matthew 22:36-40 which is to LOVE God above all things and to LOVE your neighbor as yourself.

At Christian Community Church we are committed to expressing that LOVE through our urban mission work in the city of Worcester but also through our mission’s abroad work globally.

Currently we have global mission works through Project LOVE HAITI and Project LOVE GUATEMALA …

… and now we proudly launch Project LOVE BURUNDI.

This summer, Christian Community Church will be traveling to Burundi, a small country located in the heart of
the African continent.

The purpose of our trip is to establish
a new affiliation with a local Ministry located in the capital. city of Bujumbura, who is doing relief work with various communities in several provinces throughout the country.

Burundi has seen on-off armed violence for more than 40 years since gaining independence in 1962. Its conflict issues, rooted in political and historical tensions between different
social groups, has killed more than 300,000 people, many of them civilians.

Mass killings in 1972 and 1993 are
considered to be acts of genocide.

Although much of the violence has subsided in recent years, extreme poverty, a lack of law and order and
ongoing human right violations, as well as the difficulty of integrating former rebels into state institutions, continue to be major barriers to stability and sustainable peace in the country.

In April 2015, protests began
against the president’s decision to run for a contested third consecutive term. Since then, the security situation
has deteriorated, with more than 400 people killed and 200,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. We will be
connecting with the church with the intent of not only to establishing a new relationship, but also to provide
assistance and assess the needs of the people after years of war, violence, and ethnic conflict.

We are collecting monetary donations, in which 100 % of all proceeds will go to purchasing food, and supporting programs working with children and survivors of sexual exploitation.

For more info: 774-239-6584

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Kids Can’t Fly!

In response to the ongoing tragedy of children falling out of windows, the Kids Can’t Fly campaign educates communities about window falls prevention and promotes the use of child safety window guards.

Falls are the leading cause of injury to children age five and under. It only takes seconds for a fall to occur. Window falls can cause serious injuries, yet they can be prevented. By combining education and engineering, we protect children from dangerous falls.

Kids Can’t Fly Safety Tips:

Lock all unopened doors and windows
Keep beds, furniture, and anything a child can climb on away from windows
Open windows from the top, not from the bottom.

Install child safety window guards

Be sure children are always supervised

Child safety window guards:

Aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four inch spacing that are installed in the window frame.

Designed and tested to withstand 150 pounds of pressure.

Recommended for the second story and above and for the first floor if the window is over 12 feet high.

Not required by law in Massachusetts but are recommended in homes with children age six and under.

Cannot be substituted with window screens, which are designed to keep out insects and bugs but are NOT strong enough to keep a child from falling out.

Operable window guards:

Releasable or removable from the inside without the use of separate tools, a key, or excessive force.

Can be installed on all windows, including those on which fixed window guards cannot be used.

Recommended by the Boston Fire Department because they have a release feature that allows escape in case of an emergency.

Additional information:

Fixed (permanent) guards or window locks can also be used to restrict the window openings to less than four inches. One window in each room needs to be free of these devices in order to allow for emergency escape.

Child safety window guards are NOT the same as burglar/security bars. Security bars are wide enough to allow a child to slip through and should not be used as a safety window guard. Child safety window guards are not designed to protect against intruders.

Window guard availability:

Many local hardware stores and home improvement stores carry window guards

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Cece playing in her new bed, a gift from one of her “aunties”! Thank you, nice auntie! Thank you, good gal pals, for all your support! – Rose T.

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From PETA.ORG

Your Hot Dog Is Made of WHAT?!

I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.

Written by Zachary Toliver

In one episode of the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made — which is so disgusting that one has to wonder if producers of the show made it as a parody — the mystery of hot dogs is finally revealed … sort of.

From grinding up meat “trimmings” from pigs, chickens, and cows to pumping out brown sludge that’s eventually formed into a phallic-shaped monstrosity, every stage of production leaves watchers wondering how in the world hot dogs are legal to sell — let alone classified as “food.”

Hot dogs are made of “mechanically separated meat,” defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones with attached edible meat under high pressure through a sieve or similar device.”

When they chow down on a hot dog, consumers also get much more than they bargained for — including glass, plastic, metal, bone, rodents, and other miscellaneous objects.

It’s no surprise that the World Health Organization now classifies hot dogs and other processed meats as carcinogenic — in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.

It takes a liquid smoke bath, a salt-water treatment, and many other flavorings to make consumers forget that they’re eating runny flesh trimmings that — let’s be honest — resemble an alarming case of diarrhea.

Perhaps the most genuine reaction to learning how hot dogs are made came from the legendary Snoop Dogg, who, after watching footage of hot dog production, exclaimed, “Every time I see a motherf*cker at a barbecue with a plate with a hot dog on it, I’m knockin’ that sh*t out his hands.”

Before animals’ body parts are pulverized into paste, they live short, miserable lives.

Mother pigs — who account for almost 6 million of the pigs in the U.S. — spend most of their lives in individual gestation crates that are so small that they can’t even turn around.

In nature, after piglets are born, their mothers clean them and make a nest. But on factory farms, mother pigs are locked inside farrowing crates, which are barely wide enough for them to lie down and nurse their babies. The crates also prevent them from performing any other natural maternal behavior.

Chickens raised for their flesh — called “broilers” by the chicken industry — spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, and the intense crowding and confinement lead to injuries and outbreaks of disease.

When still very young, many cows are branded, dehorned, and castrated — all without painkillers. Then cows raised for beef are sent to massive, filthy outdoor feedlots, where they’re fattened for slaughter.

Save animals by leaving this repulsive food off your plate.

You can help animals — including pigs, cows, and others whose body parts might end up in hot dogs — every day by choosing to go vegan.

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TRY THE MOCK HOT DOGS AND MEAT AT TRADER JOE’S IN SHREWSBURY! The grocery store is located on Rt 9 – right over the bridge…

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Nov. 8 Vote YES ON QUESTION 3

This election – Nov. 8 – please VOTE YES ON QUESTION 3!!!!

Really, it’s modest farm animal protection! No one is asking anyone to go vegan! We want to alleviate some of the suffering of pigs, veal calves, chickens. And make our food safer…and help our planet.

Below, we’ve made some sentences bold.

– Rosalie Tirella

But first, “Sir Paul,” for the animals:

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By Citizens for Farm Animals

Residents of the Commonwealth have shown time and time again that we support commonsense protections for animals, the environment, and food safety.

November 8 Massachusetts voters will
have the opportunity to vote YES! on Question 3 to implement a modest animal protection reform.

Question 3 will prevent farm animals from being crammed into cages so small they can’t even turn around or extend their limbs, will improve food safety, and will support family farmers.

A YES! vote on Question 3 will also ensure that certain food items sold in the Commonwealth are compliant with these modest standards.

Major companies like Walmart and McDonald’s are already making similar improvements.

Question 3 Prohibits Cruel Confinement of Farm Animals

Vote YES! on Question 3 to prevent animal cruelty: Within days or even hours of birth, calves raised for
veal are often chained by their necks in crates too narrow to turn around or lie down comfortably.
The crates essentially immobilize these playful, energetic creatures, preventing them from engaging in almost any natural behaviors.

This lack of movement inhibits natural muscle development, often to such an extent that the calves are unable to walk to slaughter.

Vote YES! on Question 3 to prevent animal cruelty: Pigs are highly social and intelligent animals.

For years, female pigs used for breeding are confined in crates only two feet wide — so small the animals can’t even turn around or take more than a step forward or backward.

This extreme immobilization atrophies the pigs’muscles and bones. Since these inquisitive animals are denied mental stimulation, many become neurotic
and exhibit coping behaviors, such as repetitive biting of the bars in front of them.

Vote YES! on Question 3 to prevent animal cruelty: On many egg factory farms, hens are crammed into cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings.

Packed five or more to a cage, each hen is forced to spend her whole life in a meager amount of space that’s smaller than an iPad. Virtually unable to move, the hens can’t engage in almost any of their natural behaviors, such as perching, nesting, foraging or even
walking more than a few steps.

In cages, chickens may suffer from bone fractures, feather-loss, and metabolic disease; some hens even become caught in the wire and die of starvation, unable to reach the food or water just inches away from them.

Question 3 Establishes Modest Standards
Vote YES! on Question 3 to ensure that substandard, inhumane, and unsafe products from these cruel confinement systems aren’t sold in our Commonwealth.

Question 3 Improves Human Health and Food Safety

Vote YES! on Question 3 to help keep our food supply safe. Industrial animal operations put our health at risk: cramming tens of thousands of animals into tiny cages promotes the spread of diseases.

The Center for Food Safety endorses this measure because numerous studies show that egg operations that confine hens in cages have higher rates of Salmonella, the leading cause of food poisoning-related death in America.

Animals kept in extreme confinement often live in their own waste and are pumped full of drugs that can
taint the food we eat.

Vote YES! on Question 3 on November 8, 2016

Protect animals and our families’ food supply!

To learn more visit: http://www.citizensforfarmanimals.com/resources!

Get involved to help farm animals!

THANK YOU!

Why this feminist would ‘rather go naked’

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By Ingrid Newkirk
 
Is it odd that a feminist like me, from back in the bra-burning ’60s, champions racy protests featuring women wearing little more than body-paint markings that mimic a butcher’s diagram? Some might raise an eyebrow, but this March, National Women’s History Month, let me explain why I believe that supporting women’s rights and stripping for a cause go together like Gloria Steinem and miniskirts.
 
With feminism, as with all social movements, each generation has its own battles to fight, and while respect is certainly owed those who helped society evolve to this point, today is a new day with new issues to grapple with. I relate best now to the third-wave feminists who are sick of second-wave feminists—ever so ironically taking the place of repressive fathers and husbands—demanding that women cover ourselves up and “behave.” How dare we expose our bodies to prying eyes! But dare we do, with more feminists daring to do something more important: to challenge the idea that breasts are to be kept covered like a dirty magazine.
 
At PETA, which is awash with “uppity women” like me, we’d rather go naked than wear not only fur but leather or wool—any skin. We see animal liberation as a logical part of a philosophy that rejects violence to, and the exploitation of, those who are not exactly like oneself in some way or another. We reject prejudice on the basis of any arbitrary factor such as skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or species. For surely there is something fundamentally wrong with moaning about freedom for yourself while denying it to others.
 
We are all of us composed of flesh and blood. We have faces and feelings and a beating heart, as did the pigs and chickens and other animals who were killed and decapitated for nothing more than a fleeting taste. What is done to them would be the same if it were done to us. And that’s the point of provocative PETA campaigns such as our “All Animals Have the Same Parts” protests featuring those aforementioned butcher’s diagrams. The scantily clad women who stand out in the cold know that people will stop and stare and that many of them will have never thought about animal rights before. That’s the power of their protest.  
 
Instead of attacking the (naked) messenger, who doesn’t need anyone’s permission to strip, I ask people to  put that energy and outrage where it belongs—into taking action against those who would abuse and exploit the most vulnerable among us. Women’s rights and animal rights go hand in hand. If you reject violence against women, you can’t in good conscience eat bacon and drink milk. Why? Because mother pigs—sows, who are smart as the dickens and who love their precious babies as dearly as any human mother loves hers—are confined to metal crates so small that they can’t even turn around and they develop painful ulcers from the constant pressure of lying, nearly immobile, on the unyielding cement floor. Because terrified, crying calves are torn away from their devoted mothers right after birth so that humans can steal the milk that was meant for them. Because factory farm and slaughterhouse workers, who have grueling, dangerous, soul-crushing jobs, often take their frustrations out on female animals by sexually assaulting them—sometimes in their terrifying last moments. The video is on our website and is hard to watch.
 
I have seen slaughter, have seen pigs beaten and loaded into the trucks on their way to it, and have been disturbed by the unmistakable sorrow and fear on their faces as they rattled down a highway for the first and last time ever. It’s the same look that you or I would have. We all feel pain and fear and long for the freedom to live our lives. We’re all the same.
 
With one significant difference.
 
Unlike the pigs and turkeys and fish and cows, I have choices. I can choose to walk away from meat and eggs and dairy products and continue enjoying my life, opting instead for healthy, humane vegan foods. If you haven’t done that yet, please, come join me. Women unite for animal rights!

The big turkey-“gobbling” (up) holidays are here! Save a bird! Save your waistline and heart! Go veggie this holiday season!


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Paul McCartney became a vegan after he met the lovely Linda Eastman. They married, gave birth to WINGS, children and not a few veggie cookbooks! Their daughter Stella is an internationally feted fashion designer. Every piece of clothing, every shoe, sandal, purse she designs is 100% vegan – no animals killed to make her fashion.

Paul has been collaborating with PETA for years.  Learn from the cutest Beatle!

Want to speak out for turkeys, like Paul? PETA says: “Wear this “Eat No Turkey” T-shirt while you go vegan this holiday season.” (to order your T-shirt, click on blue text!)

– R.  Tirella

FROM PETA.ORG (click on blue text for more info!):

Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and, of course, food! This Thanksgiving, Paul McCartney is urging you to say “no, thanks” to turkey and “yes” to a delicious, cruelty-free holiday meal.

Paul is no stranger to the world of meat-free meals—his powerful narration of PETA’s “Glass Walls” video illustrates his notion that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.

More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Speak out for turkeys this Thanksgiving and Christmas!

(And definitely don’t eat them! – R.T.)