Senate Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill by 94-1

Senate. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced, and the Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accompanied the Anti-Asian hate crime bill and the Bill passed with 94-1 on the floor today. The only “no” vote came from Missouri senator Josh Hawley. The bill only needed 60 votes to pass, but both sides of the parties agreed that rising crime against Asians since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic must be rid of.

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues.”

This bill is now on the way to the House floor, led by congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). If it passes the House, it will likely be signed by Pres. Biden. President Biden has encouraged action on preventing hate crimes since the Georgia incident, and the incident in New York City.

Sen. Collins stated, “Crimes motivated by bias against race, national origin, and other characteristics cannot be tolerated.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “Over the past several years, the forces of hate and bigotry seemed to have gained strength too often encouraged by our former president,” at the Senate floor. He also added, “The Senate makes it very clear that hate and discrimination against any group [have] no place in America. Bigotry against one is bigotry against all.”

Schumer mentioned the bill’s passage containing two messages: One, the government is in solidarity with the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) communities. Two, these hate crimes will not be tolerated anymore.

Recently, many Asian Americans have been avoiding going outside for fear of attack by someone without any public protections, especially old people.

Currently, anti-Asian hate crimes are rising around the world, and they must be stopped at some point.

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미래학자 최윤식 박사 : Church and Faith in Post-Pandemic Future: Clinic Open to All

“미래학자, 최윤식 박사와 함께 미래 통찰력을 경험하라”

“교회 함께 가자”처치 클리닉(대표 손기성)에서는 4월 26일 (월) 오후 7:30 분 오픈 강좌를 진행한다. 4월 강좌의 강사는 미래학자로 널리 알려진 최윤식 박사가 진행한다.  최윤식 박사는 ‘2030 대담한 미래’ ‘앞으로 5년 한국의 미래 시나리오’ ‘제 4의 물결이 온다’ 등 미래에 나타날 다양한 현상들을 예견한 서적들을 출간하고 독자들에게 많은 통찰력을 가질 수 있는 기회를 제공해왔다. 최박사는 지난 2014년에도 처치클리닉을 통해 워싱턴 지역 사회와 소통을 하기도 했으며, 당시 세미나를 통해 많은 사람들에게 미래에 대한 사고를 넓히는 계기를 마련해 주기도 했다.

손기성 목사는 “현재 나타나는 펜데믹 시대의 현상을 학자로서 명확하게 분석하고, 교회가 나아가야 할 방향성과 신앙인으로 준비하며 살아야 할 삶의 태도 들을 또 한번 제시하는 시간이 될 것이다.” 그리고” 펜데믹으로 인해 변화될 미래에 대한 고민은 목회자 뿐 아니라 일반 성도들에게도 절실한 부분이다. 그러기에 더 없이 유익한 시간이 될 것이다.” 고 말했다.

참가비는 없으며, 줌을 통한 화상 강의로 진행되기 때문에 반드시 사전접수가 필요하다.

접수 및 문의는 (703) 334-7602 나 [email protected] 으로 하거나 카카오톡 아이디 churchclinic 을 통해 쉽게 할 수 있다.

The Church Clinic announced that it will invite futurist scholar Dr. Yoonsic Choi through an online zoom method to give a lecture on the future of church and faith after the pandemic. The open course will be held on the evening of the 26th at 7:30 (EST), and anyone who interested can participate after making a reservation in advance.

The event is free to all, although they do ask that you come with the love of faith.

Reservation: www.churchclinic.net or [email protected]

phone: (703) 334-7602

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Vaccine hesitancy causes Another Rapid Coronavirus Surge in the U.S.

According to NPR, Many people who are in their politically affiliated with the Republican Party don’t want to take the Coronavirus Vaccine, although there are enough doses to cover the whole region to get vaccinated as most live in rural areas.

The people who don’t take vaccine have their own excuses:

Some are worried about the side effects of vaccination, and some are distrusting of mass media that it might hide some real facts that they don’t want to reveal.

However, They still want to see their relatives in person and engage in behavior detrimental to their health.

Currently, India and Brazil are seeing a rising death toll. It is uncountable in India, and 4,000 people died on a single day leaving no space to bury the dead in Brazil.

The Northeast coast states in the U.S., California, and Florida are not much help, as people leave their homes to spend vacations and spring breaks in these states.

The positive news is that at least 32% of the U.S. population have already taken the first dose of the Vaccines, but it is not nearly high enough for herd immunity.

The one cause of low numbers of Vaccination is that almost 20% of the population are children under the age of 16 that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Also, these youngsters cannot engage in social distancing in school.

Vaccine hesitancy is very risky to many Americans in danger and the quarantines will not prove to be effective the longer the pandemic continues. Adults not taking vaccines risk putting their ineligible children at further risk of permanent damage or death.

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Cuba : The First Country to Run Phase 3 Clinical Trials In South America

Cuba will take the phase 3 clinical trials as the first country amongst in South American continent. Cuba kept very low Covid-19 cases compared with other South American countries before reopening to the travelers last November. At least 44,000 people will take this phase 3 trial, according to NPR.

Cuba has been independently developing the Covid-19 vaccine. Dagmar Garcia Rivera, the research director at the Finlay Vaccine Institute in Havana stated that one of five vaccine candidates, Soberana 2 is to be very effective and entering the final stage of clinical trials.

A second vaccine candidate, Abdala has entered a phase 3 trial. Cuba is a self-sustaining country that never asked for any help from WHO or multinational corporations. Normally vaccine development takes a decade or more. Eduardo Ojito, the head of the Cuban Center for Molecular Immunology proudly announced that by the end of summer, all Cuban will be immunized enough doses with the Soverana 2.

Ojito stated that “We are preparing to produce between one and two million doses each month, and the country is on track to have 1 million doses available in April.” The Cuban government has started to distribute the vaccine to Iran, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Helen Yaffe, a specialist at the University of Glasgow, wrote about the country’s pharmaceutical sector and its previous success in developing another vaccine, such as cancer vaccine. Yaffe states there’s talk about offering vaccines to the tourists who enter the country at the airport upon arrival in Havana.

The Cuban government would provide the vaccine to international tourists and be open to international tourism again if this phase 3 vaccine trials succeed.

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Hundreds Line the Street to Pay Honor to Fallen Officer Eric Talley in Colorado

Hundreds of people lined up for farewell as slain police officer Eric Talley’s body was moved from the coroner’s office to the funeral home. He had worked to save the citizens from the recent grocery store mass shooting.

Eric Talley (51) was one of 10 people killed at the grocery market in Boulder, CO. He was the first responder to arrive at the King Soopers supermarket and was killed by the gunman.

This death has brought the gun debate to the forefront, as many people are panicking about the range of guns available in the market, which can have a great impact on the number of people hurt by those abusing their guns. Officer Talley leaves his wife and 7 young children behind, aged 5 to 17. He had been a member of the Boulder police force since 2010 and is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1994.

What’s even more notable is that those at the grocery stores were simple, ordinary people; some of them were essential workers performing their duties during this ongoing pandemic.

The hearse stopped by at the Boulder Police Department and headed to the funeral home in Aurora.

On March 24, President Biden praised Officer Talley’s heroism, and VP Harris brought the gun control law to the Senate floor.

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GWA Today : 12 high-schoolers of COVID-19 Positive, A man possesses Long gun with unregistered ammunition detained at the VP’s Mansion in DC

Loudoun County, VA – A dozen high school students tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a cheerleading competition in Richmond, VA, according to NBC.

Dr. David Goodfriend, health director for Loudoun County stated the risk increases for young people and parents involved in club sports that aren’t following the social distancing and mask guidelines imposed during in-school activities.

Of course, many students and families are very careful to minimize possible exposures, but when in-school activities are involved, it can be much more difficult to stay vigilant. Loudoun County Public Schools said close contacts were quarantined, and the students who tested positive are staying home until they recover.

Washington, D.C.- A man in possession of a long gun with high-capacity ammunition magazines was arrested outside the vice president’s mansion in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

Secret Service detained Paul Murray (31) from San Antonio, Texas around 12:15 p.m., and charge him for carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Cops in Texas tipped off DC area authorities that a suspicious person was at the Naval Observatory mansion at 3400 block of Massachusetts Avenue.

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Korea and Japan: Too close to be Forever Friends or Forever Enemies

Throughout East Asian history, Japan has worked hard to gain its power over the Asian continent for centuries. Granted, East Asian history has spanned thousands of years, with power shifts between many different parties. However, the last villain has been Japan. During World War II, Japan forced many women into sexual slavery, including those from Choson (the last dynasty in the Korean peninsula), China, Russia, Mongolia, and even Europeans like the Dutch, to fund its imperialist military. Japan has taken many artifacts from various cultures it invaded during this time as well.

Due to its proximity and the strategic placement of Korea as a peninsula to the great Asian continent, Japan often sought to invade Asia through Korea. It seems that whenever Japanese governments needed to reorganize themselves and repress dissent, they’d use Korea as a tactic, engaging in war. However, ultimately, Japan has maintained its “victimhood,” refusing to accept that they were defeated in the last war, and maintaining their “innocence” in all matters, even though Japanese citizens that participated in the war had repeatedly revealed the truth of the sexual slavery Japanese government forced on the women of its colonized empire.

A few weeks ago, a Harvard professor and a Mitsubishi scholar John Mark Ramseyer argued that “comfort women” were actually contracted prostitutes rather than sex slaves. It brought outrage amongst the academic community. To add to his lack of credible assertion is the absolute lack of evidence to support his assertion. For example, if these sex slaves were actually contracted prostitutes with the government, where were the documents? He had none.

Yet Japan is a major player in East Asian politics, and they are also heavily invested in the economy of ASEAN countries. Korea and Japan are currently allies and maintain an amicable international relationship. For example, in 2011 Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake, and South Koreans collected funds and sent it over to Japan.

At the time, the Japanese media said, “We don’t need help from a lesser country,” infuriating the Koreans who vowed never to help Japan again.

However, in 2021, as Japan seeks to get the Olympics moving, Korea is one of the biggest walls against Japan. South Korea questions the safety of holding Olympics in a country that is currently storing a large amount of radioactive waste (Fukushima) as well as during the Pandemic. It seems many countries agree with South Korea.

Recently, the Japanese government has thanked South Korea for its kind donations during 2011, which they rejected 10 years ago. It is a political ploy to get South Korea to loosen up on its opposition to Japan holding the Olympics this year.

Korea and Japan can never be fully friends, and they can never be fully enemies. They’re too close to each other and hold a lot of emotions against each other. However, South Korea might wise up to Japan’s behaviors and learn to play against Japan’s passive-aggressive tendencies and play frenemy just as well, instead of continuing to reach out like a friend and getting used up every time until it gets too emotionally angry to be a “friend.”

This dynamic will probably go for a very long time, and because of its roots in history, it is doubtful as to whether it will ever go away.

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D.C expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to Residents

DC expands the Coronavirus Vaccination eligibility to its residents with chronic conditions: certain heart conditions, cancer, asthma, diabetes. This expansion makes the DC’s transition into the next phase of vaccine distribution, tier 1 of phase 1c that residential property maintenance workers and a variety of additional essential employees receive the vaccine as well.
Since the initial distribution of vaccination in December, D.C has been met short for eligible populations’ demand and available vaccination fills up quickly. According to LaQuandra Nesbitt, the D.C Health Director said in a conference on Feb. 18, Nesbitt said “Initially, we got a lot of feedback, often not positive, about the standing time about when we release appointments,” and “Nine a.m. doesn’t work for everybody. We have people who have jobs that they can’t come off of their job assignment to go to the website and claim appointments and so we’re going to attempt to be flexible for that.”
The updated vaccine registration portal will notify the groups of residents from the week’s priority ZIP codes when appointments become available. Since Feb.25, technical issues have blocked reservations at the vaccination appointment portal to D.C. residents who have wanted to take their vaccination as soon as available. Mayor Murial Bowser’s team states that “We know how stressful of a time this is, and we regret that this unfortunate situation occurred on a day when many of our residents with chronic health conditions were newly eligible for vaccination appointments,”.
Local governments are trying to get back to normal as quickly as possible but still, some states are alarming to reopen and back to businesses.
The 3rd revised stimulus impact payment passed at the Senate floor, scheduled to vote in the House on Tuesday and it will be passed respectively.

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File Your Taxes Early!

As Congress set a March 14 deadline for the 3rd Economic Impact Payment Plan to be submitted to Pres. Biden, two categories of people exist: those who saw an increase in income in 2020 compared to 2019 due to such things as increase in their stock market portfolio, and those who saw a decrease in income in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic.

For those that have yet to file the tax return for 2020, the IRS will pull the data from 2019 tax return to figure out how much you can get on your third stimulus check. So, if you did well in 2020 compared with 2019, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on filing 2020 taxes until later in March.

However, those that have done considerably worse in 2020 should file their taxes NOW so that they can receive the maximum $1400 check (if single) or $2800 check (if married filing jointly) when the 3rd impact payment will be distributed to Americans.

Many families did not receive their stimulus checks in 2020 because their 2019 tax returns did not meet the requirements set by Congress for financial assistance. The $1400 check is part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to keep American families alive.

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Church Clinic opens door for Church goers

Due to the Pandemic, Christians have not been able to attend church worships for safety purposes, and everything has been limited to online meetings.

Church Clinic, led by Pastor Gi-Sung Son, invites everyone to an online zoom conference meeting between February 22 to 23, 2021 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to meet Pastor Won-Ho Park and discuss what Christians should do during the Coronavirus pandemic as it continues. The official title is “The Pandemic era, Church and God’s World.”

Anyone is welcome to join the event once they register at http://www.churchclinic.net, and they may email for more information at [email protected] The telephone number is 703-334-7602. Pastor Park will attempt to convey God’s words and encouragement for everyone in attendance.

Thanks to Pastor Gi-Sung Son for arranging this clinic for souls struggling during this very global and difficult event. Hope to see many of you there!

 

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