A conservative evangelical Christian singer who has historically opposed COVID-19 health mandates plans three days of New Year’s meetings in the Los Angeles area, including stops on Skid Row and a tent city in Echo Park, raising fears that the events will be viral « super-spreaders ». «
Skid Row activists are planning a car blockade to stop Sean Feucht – a Redding in California. , volunteer pastor and failed Republican congressional candidate – and his supporters who staged a « massive reach » on Wednesday night at the height of the Los Angeles County’s pandemic crisis. Feucht’s plans come because California, facing record cases and a severe shortage of intensive care beds, has extended its home stay order.
Feucht held open air concerts across the country called « Let Us Worship » to crack down on government restrictions on religious gatherings, then focused on towns and cities after the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd broke out in protest.
At Feucht’s events, hundreds of maskless worshipers were crammed together, singing and dancing. Another homeless outreach is planned for Thursday at Echo Park Lake, on which there are almost 100 homeless tents, followed by a New Year’s Eve party and a concert in a church parking lot in Valencia.
In a YouTube video – part of an extensive social media campaign promoting the L. . A. Dates – Feucht said a few thousand glow sticks had been ordered for a bash that he had predicted could compete with his church service on the National Mall that drew hundreds of people this year.
Charles Karuku, a Feucht employee who travels with the singer, said he urged supporters to adhere to government health guidelines, « but we are not law enforcement agencies. It is up to the people how they come. «
But Stephen « Cue » Jn-Marie, pastor of Church Without Walls, a skid row congregation, said, « We know from his track record that whatever he does will be maskless. « Jn-Marie is organizing the car blockade with the Los Angeles Community Action Network, an anti-poverty activist group.
« The problem we face is that even before the order comes, people come to the church and say they bring resources, but what they bring is the disease, » Jn-Marie said. The outreach event could reverse self-help efforts by the skid row community, including handing out masks and street washing stations, as well as sponsoring test events. « It doesn’t take thousands to start an outbreak. «
The Los Angeles homeless population has generally avoided major COVID outbreaks during most of the pandemic, although it has seen a significant increase in recent weeks, in line with the nationwide surge in infections.
The California Poor People’s Campaign wrote a letter calling on city and county officials to suppress Feucht’s events. The campaign provided legal justification for enforcing the county health orders, but Los Angeles generally has not used law enforcement powers on individuals to aid in pandemic containment and public outreach events for the homeless do not require approval.
« The police know how to show up and give orders to disperse an illegal gathering, » said Nell Myhand, co-chair of the California Poor People’s Campaign.
Mayor Alex Comisar asked for an answer to the enforcement question, saying Mayor Eric Garcetti begs everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing.
L. . A. Alderman Kevin de León, who represents Skid Row, said his office and mayor’s staff would be on Skid Row Wednesday morning distributing personal protective equipment and hygiene kits to the homeless, but did not comment on the possible enforcement of COVID-19 Health ordinances of the district.
« We expect those attending the planned outreach event to take steps to care for our community and protect vulnerable Angelenos in the slingshot line by wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines, » said de Leon in a statement.
Feucht has upcoming events planned in Orange County and San Diego, according to its website. Tom Grode, a Skid Row resident and activist who petitioned the city a month ago to stop the Skid Row event, described Feucht’s plan to come to Los Angeles as « incredibly stupid » . . . divisive and dangerous. «
Cathy Callahan, who has followed Feucht’s career online with dismay, called the Los Angeles police, the mayor’s office, the county health department and attorney general for two hours Tuesday to ask if they were closing the new year would events down. She said she was moved from office to office without receiving a response.
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The nonprofit humanitarian organization World Vision United States inappropriately dealt with the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) in 2014 with the approval of the Obama administration, sending government funds to an organization sanctioned for its links to terrorism, according to a new report. Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley (R. . , Iowa) recently published a report on the results of an investigation initiated by its staff in February 2019 into the relationship between World Vision and ISRA. The investigation revealed that World Vision did not know that ISRA had been sanctioned by the U.. S.. . since 2004, after Maktab al-Khidamat, the Osama Bid Laden-controlled predecessor of al-Qaeda, transferred around $ 5 million. However, this ignorance was due to inadequate screening practices, the report said. « World Vision helps people in need around the world, and the work is admirable, » Grassley said in a statement. “Although it may not have known that ISRA was on the sanctions list or that it was listed because of its affiliation with terrorism, it should have done so. Ignorance cannot be enough as an excuse. The changes in World Vision’s review practices are a good first step and I look forward to further progress. The investigation was triggered by a July 2018 article in the National Review in which Sam Westrop, director of Islamist Watch at the Middle East Forum, detailed the MEF’s findings that the Obama administration had granted ISRA a grant of 200. $ 000 in tax dollars. « Government officials specifically approved the release of » at least 115. $ 000 in « that grant, even after learning it was a designated terrorist organization, » Westrop wrote. According to the Senate report, World Vision filed Jan.. January 2014 submitted a grant application to the United States International Development Agency (USAID) to conduct the Blue Nile Recovery program. The proposed program was intended to provide food security, sanitation and health services to areas severely affected by conflict in the Blue Nile region of Sudan. USAID awarded World Vision a 723 grant. $ 405 for the program. In the next month, ISRA agreed to provide parts of the Blue Nile region for World Vision with humanitarian services. The two organizations had also worked together on several projects in 2013 and 2014. World Vision only discovered that ISRA was sanctioned after the evangelical humanitarian non-profit association had discussed a partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a separate humanitarian project in Sudan. During a routine review of World Vision and its partners, IOM discovered the sanctioned status of ISRA and turned to the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) compliance team for confirmation. After confirmation by OFAC, IOM declined World Vision’s offer to collaborate, the report said. World Vision’s legal department was informed of ISRA’s potential status as a sanctioned company in September 2014 and immediately stopped all payments to the organization during the investigation. The non-profit association sent on 19. November 2014 a letter to OFAC in which he asked for clarification of the ISRA status and asked for a limited license to complete the existing contract of the organization in the event of sanctions from ISRA. Two months later, the Treasury Department responded, confirming that ISRA was sanctioned, and denied the application for a license to collaborate with the organization as it would “be inconsistent with OFAC policy. A month later, World Vision filed another application for a license to transact with ISRA to give them 125. Paying US $ 000 for services rendered so that they are not exposed to legal consequences and possible expulsion from Sudan. At 4. In May 2015, the State Department recommended OFAC to the Obama administration’s approval of World Vision’s application for a license to operate. The next day, OFAC granted the license to pay 125. 000 US dollars for services rendered to ISRA and later sent the non-profit association a “warning letter” in which he was informed that his cooperation with ISRA had apparently violated the provisions on sanctioning global terrorism. The report said the investigation « found no evidence that World Vision intentionally tried to evade U. ». S.. . Sanctions through partnership with ISRA. « We also found no evidence that World Vision knew ISRA was a sanctioned entity until the Treasury Department received a notice, » the report added. “However, based on the evidence presented, we conclude that World Vision had access to the relevant public information and should have known how ISRA was properly verified as a sub-grantee, but this resulted in U’s transmission. S.. . Taxpayers’ money to an organization with a long history of supporting terrorist organizations and terrorists, including Osama Bin Laden. In the report, World Vision’s system of screening potential sub-grant recipients is described as « marginally negligent » and the organization is described as « elementary level investigation process ». « World Vision spent weeks after being notified of ISRA’s sanction status by IOM to investigate the claim and was unable to reach a conclusion. It relied on « what could only be described as faulty logic, » the report said. The report accuses World Vision of trying to avoid blame and states that IOM “was able to quickly review ISRA and establish its status as a sanctioned entity. « If World Vision had used the same due diligence and methods as IOM, tax dollars would not have exchanged hands with an organization known to fund terrorist organizations, » it said. While World Vision has put in place additional screening methods, « Finance Committee staff have reservations » about avoiding similar situations in the future, the report said. “World Vision has a duty to ensure that the funds acquired by the U.. S.. . Government or American donations ultimately do not support terrorist activities, ”it says. « Of particular concern to this committee is World Vision’s attempt to shift the blame on the federal government for its own inability to properly review a subcontractor. A more robust and generally sound system of screening and verification is needed to restore public confidence that contributions to World Vision will not fund illegal organizations. « While we find no reason to doubt World Vision’s claim that the entirety of the funds was used by ISRA for humanitarian purposes, this money inevitably supports its terrorist activities, » it concludes. World Vision said in a statement that it “takes our compliance obligations seriously and shares Sen.. Grassley and the Committee Staff’s Goal for Good Administration. « We applaud the recognition that the committee’s report to the chairman found no evidence that World Vision knew ISRA was a sanctioned entity until the Treasury Department received a notice, » it added. “Terrorism goes against everything that World Vision stands for as an organization, and we strongly condemn any act of terrorism or support for such activities. ”
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