Irish National Caucus

Working for justice and praying for peace in Ireland... WELCOME TO THE IRISH NATIONAL CAUCUS BLOG Ceade Mile Failte -- hundred thousand welcomes! We believe the U.S. has a vital role to play by applying a single -- not a double-standard in its foreign policies towards human rights in Ireland. In particular, we believe the U.S. must not subsidize anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. That is why the Irish National Caucus in 1984 initiated the MacBride Principles.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fr. Sean Mc Manus chosen for World Peace Awarding Council

Fr. Sean Mc Manus chosen for World Peace Awarding Council

President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus to be part of council "to promote world peace and inter-religious understanding"

JANE WALSH. IrishCentral ( New York).
 Wednesday, August 28, 2013.



Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, has been chosen to serve on the World Peace Awarding Council
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Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, has been chosen to serve on the World Peace Awarding Council (WPPAC). The Council consists of twelve international and interfaith members.

"This was totally unforeseen and unexpected," explained the Irish-born priest. "I was really surprised to receive the invitation to serve from Dr. Han Min Su, Co-Founder and Executive Judge, who is based in South Korea. Naturally, I am deeply honored and humbly grateful. Doubly so, because my dear friend former Congressman Lester Wolff (D-NY) is the Chief Judge. And in 2011, another dear friend, former Congressman Ben Gilman (R-NY) was presented with the World Peace Prize. Both of these splendid Jewish-Americans did wonderful work for human rights, justice and peace in Ireland. I shall be eternally grateful to both."

In its Mission Statement, the WPPAC states: "World Peace Prize is an initiative to promote world peace and inter-religious understanding. It is awarded periodically to individuals who have contributed to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind…"

The World Peace Prize is a prestigious award presented by the World Peace Corps Mission, an international Evangelical missionary organization. It was established in 1989 by the late former Congressman Robert L. Leggett (D-NY) and Dr. Han Min Su.

Previous recipients of the Peace Prize include President Ronald Reagan; Yitzhak Rabin, former Prime Minister of Israel; Fidel Valdez Ramos, former President of the Philippines; and Gen. Yakubu Gowan, former President of the Republic of Nigeria.

The other Judges on the World Peace Prize Council are: Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, Christian, South Korea; Honorable Lester Wolff, Jewish, USA; Dr. Suzi Leggett, Catholic, USA; Dr. Carlito S. Puno, Christian, Philippines; Dr. Shiu Loon Kong, Confucian, China; Former Ambassador, Dr. Bhupatary M. Oza, Hindu, India; Former Ambassador, Dr. Asher Naim, Jewish, Israel; Former Ambassador, Dr. Mohamed A. Cholkamy, Muslim, Egypt; Dr. Epharaim Isaac, Jewish, USA; Honorable Peter Lewis, former Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly, Christian, Australia; Former Navy Commander, De. Gennady P. Turmov, Russian Orthodox, Russia.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus
President
Irish National Caucus
P.O. BOX 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC 20003-0849
Tel. 202-544-0568
Fax. 202-488-7537
sean@irishnationalcaucus.org
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MARIAN PRICE CASE LOOMS LARGE AT NI BUREAU BREAKFAST


Capitol HILL -- Wednesday, March 20, 2013 --- Some weeks ago Fr. Sean Mc Manus -- president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and the Holy Land Principles, Inc. -- predicted that the case of Marian Price would cast a shadow over the St. Patrick's Day period no matter what fine words were spoken in Washington about progress in Northern Ireland.
Fr. Mc Manus (who recently visited Marian in her prison-hopital in Belfast) made sure his prediction would be fulfilled. He explained:
"At the NI Bureau Breakfast this morning,  I raised Marian's case with every single person I spoke with  -- Martin Mc Guinness, Pat Ramsey, SDLP, Alasdair Mc Donnell, SDLP,  representatives of the PSNI, the office of Congressman Chris Smith ( R-NJ) and TDs from southern Ireland."
Fr. Mc Manus  continued: "However, I did not have to raise the issue with Pat Ramsey. He sought me out to raise Marian's case. I was delighted to meet him. He has shown impressive concern for Marian, and he escorted her from prison so she could attend the recent  wake of her beloved sister Dolours."

He added: "If the British-NI Government wanted to give credence to the Dissident's case -- namely,  that the Government cannot be trusted to protect human rights and equality -- they could not have chosen a better way to do it than their cruel, inhumane and stupid  treatment of  this iconic Irish patriot."

Fr. Mc Manus concluded: "Congress cannot ignore this gross violation of human rights. This case cries out for a Congressional Hearing. It is the most flagrant, ongoing case of human rights violation in Northern Ireland today."

Saturday, March 09, 2013

ORBIT/FR : CONTEMPT FOR FAIR EMPLOYMENT IN THE HOLY LAND



CAPITOL HILL. THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013 --- ORBIT/FR, Horsham, PA., describes itself as, " dedicated to supporting the antenna test and measurement needs of the defense, aerospace, telecommunication, automotive, academic and research communities."
It also says it strives  "to develop a working environment that encourages ... positive attitudes ... among all our employees.”… Until asked, that is, to sign the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel. Then the attitude is far from positive.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill- based Irish National Caucus, in 1984 launched the Mac Bride Principles upon which the Holy Land Principles are based – and also launched the Holy Land Principles on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, after he retuned from a visit to the Holy Land.
The Irish-born priest said: “ I am quite taken aback by the reaction we have received from ORBIT/FR. When we wrote to them – as we did to all American companies doing business in The Holy Land --  they responded by telling us to take them of our list. We asked them why would we do that since our job was to get all the companies to sign the Holy Land Principles. A Ms. Lisa Fugelo replied for the company emailing us: “Because your emails are spam and that is where this is going.” ( See her emails below).Now clearly our emails are not spam, which the dictionary defines as, “
irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.” 
Fr. Mc Manus explained: “ I had mailed a personalized  letter to  the CEO.,  Per Iverson, and the Investor Relations Contact, with copies of my Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And The Holy Land. And we then followed up with two further emails. There is, therefore, no way our communications could be considered as spam. This is a deliberate insult, and a mark of contempt for the fair employment principles embodied in the Holy Land Principles. It is so unprofessional, and totally unacceptable. We shall not be deterred in our efforts to get ORBIT/FR to sign the Holy Land Principles. The objective observer would surely see that their attitude all the more proves their need to sign The Principles.”

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

MY AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND ,,, AND THE HOLY LAND



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COMPLICITY AT HARDWOOD LLOYD, NJ



CAPITOL HILL. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- If silence is, indeed, consent, then a major New Jersey law firm, that  specializes in employment law, is complicit in insulting the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land Principles. The Mac Bride Principles -- a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in Northern Ireland --- were passed into NJ state law in July 1987. Their offspring, the Holy Land Principles -- a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business the the Holy land -- were launched on International Human Rights Day,December 10, 2013.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus,  who launched both the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy land Principles, explained : " Some of our Press Releases had gone to Mr. Peter Mueller, a partner Hardwood Lloyd. He responded with a disrespectful,bigoted and foul-mouthed email : “"Stop sending me this c- - p." ( Full email below, in previous Press Release). I then sent a Press Release ( below) to all the attorneys and partners in Hardwood Lloyd-- giving them the opportunity to disassociate themselves and their firm from the unprofessional and unethical conduct of Mr. Mueller. Yet, amazingly, after almost a week,  Hardwood Lloyd has remained silent -- and, therefore, complicit."
END

NO IRISH NEED APPLY AT HARDWOOD LLOYD, NJ
  NOR ARABS, NOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT FAIR EMPLOYMENT

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, February 28, 2013 – It is instructive how -the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in The Holy Land – has evoked hostility and obscenity from some folk.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of both the Irish National Caucus and Holy Land Principles asked: “How can fair employment, of all things, evoke such reaction. It is even more shocking when it comes from a Law Firm, specializing in “ employment law”, according to its own Web Site.
This is how attorney PETER E. MUELLER, Partner, in Hardwood Lloyd -- 130 Main Street, P.O. Box 1788, Hackensack, NJ 07601
TEL 201.487.1080, FAX 201.487.4758 --- responded to fair employment in the Holy Land: “"Stop sending me this c- - p." (Full obscene email below, with Mr. Mueller’s email address and telephone number and photo).

Why should a Law Firm in heavily Irish-American New Jersey react with such unprofessionalism towards the Mac Bride Principles that the State of New Jersey passed into law? (The Holy Land Principles are the same as the Mac Bride Principles, and you cannot show contempt for  one without the other). Why should eminently fair and just employment principles be disrespected by a Law Firm specializing in employment law? What is going on here? Has Harwood Lloyd been retained to lobby against the Holy Land Principles just like  law firms were hired to oppose the Mac Bride Principles in New Jersey?”

    PETER E. MUELLER

pmueller@harwoodlloyd.com
TEL (201) 359-3542
FAX (201) 487-4758
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PETER E. MUELLERPartner
            From: Mueller, Peter <PMueller@harwoodlloyd.com>
            Subject:          RE: Catalyst Global-- Racist and Religious Bigotry?
            Date:   February 19, 2013 9:27:07 AM EST
            To:       sean@irishpeacefoundation.org

 "Stop sending me this crap."

Hardwood Lloyd
130 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Cross Streets: Between E Atlantic St and E Mercer St/W Mercer St
 (201) 487-1080


Saturday, March 02, 2013

CATALYST GLOBAL APOLOGIZES FOR INSULTING HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES



CAPITOL HILL. March 1, 2013 --- Someone should have warned  the Fifth Avenue company, Catalyst Global: “ Don’t mess with the Irish National Caucus – and don’t show contempt, especially obscene contempt,  for the Mac Bride Principles and their offspring, the Holy Land Principles.”

On February 15, 2013, the Company responded to a request to sign the Holy Land Principles with an email saying  “ Go f- - k yourself.” To make the offense even  worse, the email was sent to Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus and Holy Land Principles, Inc. – adding a heavy dose of sexism to the mix.

Ms. Flaherty’s email had been sent to Mr. David Collins, founder of Catalyst Global, and also Investor Relations Contact, at this email address: wavx@catalyst-ir.com
However, Mr. Eric Lentini , Vice President, responded on behalf of Mr. Collins and Catalyst Global.

Well, there was no way Fr. Sean Mc Manus was going to take this, so he widely disseminated a Press Release titled, “Catalyst Global  -- Racist and Religious Bigotry? Sexism and Profanity, Too.”

That did the trick, and ten days later the inevitable happened: the Company had to apologize. Mr. Lentini sent the following letter to Barbara:
“ Dear Ms. Flaherty:
I want to sincerely apologize for my offensive and inappropriate email to you on February 15, 2013. My use of profanity was inexcusable and I deeply regret any offense or harm that I may have caused you and your organization. 
There was a confluence of other factors weighing on me that day and unfortunately it got the better of me and the result was a most regrettable action - but that is just an explanation and in no way an excuse. 
The act was mine and mine alone and in no way reflects the views of my employer, who is as outraged by my actions as were you.   
Again, I am truly ashamed, sorry and contrite for my actions and deservedly so. There is never an excuse for such profane and offensive communication, but I trust that in the spirit of Christian charity and forgiveness, you will find a way to forgive my actions. 
Sincerely,
Eric Lentini “

Barbara has sent the following response  to Mr. Leintini: “ Yes, in the spirit of Christian, Jewish and Muslim charity and forgiveness we accept your apology. Now , please,  do the right thing and have your Company sign the Holy Land Principles.’

Saturday, February 23, 2013

MY AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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MY HEART BROKEN BY MARION'S CASE

I don’t think anyone has ever made a greater impression on me than Marian Price.
She and her late sister Dolours are, of course, iconic figures in the Irish freedom struggle. Indeed, there are probably no two women or men to match their heroism.

And, yet, it was not Marian’s heroic stature that so deeply moved me. It was, rather, her gentleness, soft-spokeness and loveliness… That despite all the outrageous, vengeful, cruel and vicious treatment by the British-Northern Ireland Government, she remains a dignified, gracious and beautiful human being.

I visited Marian in her prison-hospital in Belfast on Friday, February22, 2013. Along with her attorney and husband, I spent ninety minutes with her.
I had gone back to Ireland for a family funeral. And the first thing Marian did was to express condolences to me.
There she was --- almost two years in prison, six months gravely ill in prison- hospital, and just trying to recover from the death of her beloved sister --- and she the takes time to comfort me!

The British-Northern Ireland Government is criminal in its treatment of Marian. Anyone in a position of power in Ireland – North or South – who has turned their back on Marian is criminally irresponsible. Shame on them, and shame on former colleagues who have deserted her. This is one of the most shameless incidents in the sad history of the Irish struggle.
How can one have confidence in a government that treats Marian Price in such a vicious way? Is this what we were promised by the peace-process? Is this what the political Parties, North and South, are asking Irish-Americans to support?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fr. Mc Manus Visits Marian Price

County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Friday, February 22, 2013 –
Marian Price was visited today by Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Washington-based Irish National Caucus. He spent ninety minutes with her, accompanied by her husband Jerry Mc Glinchey and her attorney Peter Corrigan.
Fr. Mc Manus said: I have been raising Marian’s case with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress, and I wanted to visit her to show both personal and Irish-American solidarity. My heart was broken and my soul outraged by how this heroic Irishwoman has been treated. This seriously ill, lovely, soft-spoken woman should not be in prison. Her persecution – yes, persecution – makes a mockery of the Irish peace-process, questions the whole judicial system, and raises doubt as to whether there has, indeed, been a “ new beginning” to policing in Northern Ireland. Surely Peter Robinson, Martin Mc Guinness, David Ford and the NI Secretary of State must know that there is something rotten with their government’s treatment of Marian.”
Fr. Mc Manus added: "I was so impressed that despite all the inhumane treatment and judicial misconduct, Marian has maintained her dignity and self-respect.”
He concluded: “ When Peter Robinson and Martin Mc Guinness come to Washington for their annual St. Patrick’s Day visit, the hard truth will be this: No matter how nice or encouraging their words, their message will be overshadowed by their government’s treatment of Marian. Her cruel mistreatment will mock their words, telling Washington there is still something rotten in Northern Ireland.”
END

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Catalyst Global-- Racist and Religious Bigotry?




              
                                   Sexism and Profanity, Too
 

Capitol Hill. February 17. 2013 --- A leading Wall Street company has erupted in an outrageous display of apparent racist or religious bigotry, with profanity and sexism thrown into the mix.

 Catalyst Global LLC, with a Fifth Ave address, has responded to a request to sign the Holy Land Principles with, “ Go f- - k yourself – clear enough.” (Full obscene email below).
The Holy Land Principles are a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in The Holy Land (Israel-Palestine-West Bank, Gaza Strip-East Jerusalem).The Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles ( for Northern Ireland), which Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, launched way back  on November 5, 1984.

Fr. Mc Manus launched the Holy Land Principles on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2013, through an updated edition of his Memoirs: My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … and The Holy Land.
He said: “ We wrote to all the 570 American companies doing business in The Holy Land urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles. Most companies have responded politely; there have been a few discourteous responses; but Catalyst Global is truly shocking.”
The Irish-born Catholic priest, now also president of Holy Land Principles Inc., continued: “ Prescinding from the unprofessional crudeness, profanity and disrespect, what possible racist or religious bigotry would motivate such an outrageous eruption? And to make matters worse, the response was made to Barbara Flaherty, our Executive Vice President, who had followed up on my behalf with an email requesting the Company to respond to my letter urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles.( See Barbara’s email below). So a bullying, sexist attitude has been thrown into the mix, as well. If nothing else, it certainly proves that Catalyst Global needs to sign a corporate code of conduct. If that is their public attitude, God only knows what their attitude is to their employees in The Holy Land. Please bear in mind, we emphasized to all the Companies that we would be publishing their replies”
Fr. Mc Manus concluded by explaining that Ms. Flaherty’s email had been sent to Mr. David Collins, founder of Catalyst Global, and also Investor Relations Contact, at this email address: wavx@catalyst-ir.com
However, a Mr. Eric Lentini responded on behalf of Mr. Collins and Catalyst Global.
END

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            From:             Eric Lentini <elentini@catalyst-ir.com>
            Subject:         RE: SECOND REQUEST ON HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES
            Date: February 15, 2013 2:48:53 PM EST
            To:      Barbara Flaherty <Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org>

Go fuck yourself - clear enough
Contact information

Catalyst Global LLC
104 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212 924-9800
Fax: 917-338-1796
info@catalyst-ir.com
accounting@catalyst-ir.com
Skype: catalyst.global2012

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Flaherty [/src/compose.php?send_to=Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 2:44 PM
To: Barbara Flaherty
Cc: Barbara Flaherty
Subject: SECOND REQUEST ON HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES

February 15, 2013

Dear Investor Relations Contact,
This is my second email to you requesting a response to the letter sent to
you and the CEO of your Company on December 14, 2012 by Fr. Sean Mc Manus,
president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and the Holy Land
Principles, Inc.

As I said in my first email, along with his letter, Fr. Mc Manus sent each
of you a copy of his Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern
Ireland . And The Holy Land.

In our experience dealing with these issues, it is unusual for a Company and
its IRC not to respond to such requests.
Furthermore, the Holy Land Principles campaign mandates us to publish the
responses - or lack thereof - of all American companies doing business in
the Holy Land.

The Holy Land Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles, which were
also launched by Fr. Mc Manus on November 5, 1984. Initially, companies
opposed these Principles, but after the Mac Bride Campaign became very
powerful, many Companies signed the Principles. And now, the Mac Bride
Campaign is considered the most effective campaign ever against
anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. Fr. Mc Manus is determined
- along with countless others  -- that the Holy Land Principles will, too,
become a powerful force for good. As he says, " Surely no one can argue that
Catholics in Northern Ireland deserve these Principles but Palestinian
Muslims and Palestinian Catholics do not?"

We, therefore, look forward to a prompt response, and to your Company
signing the Holy Land Principles.
The way to " sign" the Principles is to send Fr. Mc Manus a letter affirming
your Company  " will make all lawful efforts to implement the Fair
Employment Practices embodied in the Holy Land Principles in your operations
in The Holy Land" - the very same language used by companies signing the
MacBride Principles.

Thank you for your attention.
Barbara Flaherty
Executive Vice President
Irish National Caucus
Holy Land Principles, Inc.
P.O. BOX 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC 20003-0849
Tel. 202-488-0107
Fax. 202-488-7537
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK--SENATOR ORRIN HATCH


Monday, January 21, 2013

PTC – A MOST POLITICALLY INCORRECT COMPANY


 

Capitol Hill. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 --- A multi-national Massachusetts company is being accused by a Catholic priest of insensitivity, if not bigotry, and indifference to discrimination in its operations in The Holy Land.
PTC headquartered in Needham has incurred the wrath of Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill–based Irish National Caucus. Fr. Mc Manus in 1984 launched the effective Mac Bride Principles  and last month launched the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in the Holy Land ( Israel/Palestine/ West Bank/East Jerusalem/Gaza Strip).
He has written to all 573 American companies doing business there, urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles, enclosing with the letter his Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And The Holy Land – which makes the case for both the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land Principles.(See below for further information on both sets of Principles).
So far the companies are responding with interest and politeness, except, that is, PTC, which describes itself as, "As one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing technology companies, [that] works with more than 27,000 businesses around the world., [has] 6, 000 employees.”
PTC summarily dismissed Fr. Mc Manus with the extraordinary email missile: "We are not interested. PLEASE remove PTC from all future mailing lists.” (See copy below). This most politically incorrect response  was made on behalf of  Ms. Kristian Talvitie, Vice President of Corporate Communications and – at least in one listing – Investor Relations Contact.
“ I’ve never had such a politically incorrect response from any company, ” explained Fr. Mc Manus. “ Even companies up to their neck in anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland tried to be diplomatic, pretending to be concerned about fair employment, non-discrimination, and ethical treatment of employees. But PTC, ‘ ARE NOT INTERESTED.’"
Not interested in the Holy Land Principles… Not interested in fair employment in its operations in the Holy Land… Not interested in  how the Mac Bride Principles helped to combat anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland.
What sort of a message is that to Americans who expect American principles to follow investment? What is that saying to PTC investors?
Fr. Mc Manus continued: “I know this has to be the explicit position of the Company because the rules of the Company state  as its first corporative imperative: "Avoid Misrepresentation: Never make oral or written misrepresentations or dishonest or misleading statements to anyone. If you are unsure of a particular fact, you should first undertake to confirm the information in question before providing it to others.”
(PTC Web Site).
 END
From: "Whoriskey, Kristen" <kwhoriskey@ptc.com>
Subject: FW: YOUR COMPANY AND THE HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES
Date: January 21, 2013 8:46:47 AM EST
To: "Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org" <Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org>

Barbara – Thank you for your time but we are not interested. PLEASE remove PTC from all future mailing lists.
From: Talvitie, Kristian
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:55 PM
PTC Corporate Headquarters
140 Kendrick Street
Needham, MA 02494
USA
Phone: (781) 370-5000
Fax: (781) 370-6000
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

MY AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN IRELAND ... AND THE HOLY LAND

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Friday, January 18, 2013

TDs, MLAs and AFL-CIO Receive Holy Land Edition of Fr.Mc Manus Book




Capitol Hill. January 18, 2013 --- The president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, Fermanagh-born Fr. Sean Mc Manus, has a long reach. The new edition of his acclaimed Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And the Holy Land, is being hand-delivered  to all 166 TDs , Members of the Irish Parliament  and to  all  108  MLAs, Members of the Northern  Ireland Assembly.
Fr. Mc Manus explained: “My good friend and valued ally, the patriotic Tom Cooper of the Irish National Congress in Dublin, is distributing the books to the members of the ‘southern parliament of Ireland.’ And the intrepid John Teggart and his group, The Ballymurphy Massacre Committee, are delivering the book to the ‘northern parliament of Ireland’. I am most grateful for the dedicated leadership of Tom and John and their organizations.”
Meanwhile in Washington, the book has been distributed,  along with a personalized letter, to Richard L. Trumpka,  President of the AFL-CIO, and the other 56 members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. 
In his letter to the AFL-CIO, Fr. Mc Manus says:
“I am writing to you and all the members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO urging you to support the Holy Land Principles, which I launched on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012.
These Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles, which I also launched back in 1984, and which the Congress passed in 1988. To their great credit, the AFL-CIO were one of the very first to endorse the Mac Bride Principles. I also enclose a copy of my Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland – and The Holy Land.
This book explains the history of the Mac Bride Principles – now universally accepted as the most effective campaign ever against anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. The book also provides context for the launching of the campaign for the Holy Land Principles.
The same moral principle underpins both the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land Principles: American principles must follow American investment – no exceptions.
Therefore, no one can argue that while Catholics in Northern Ireland deserved these Principles, Palestinian Muslims and Palestinian Christians do not.
I also request you contact the 573 American companies doing business in The Holy Land, urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles.”

                        Basic Strategy of Holy Land Principles Campaign
The basic strategy of the campaign is to persuade all the 573 U.S. companies in The Holy Land to sign the Principles. They sign by agreeing in writing ‘to make all lawful efforts to implement the Fair Employment Practices embodied in the Holy Land Principles in their operations in The Holy Land’ – the very same language used by companies signing the Mac Bride Principles. Like the Mac Bride Principles, the Holy Land Principles do not call for disinvestment, divestment or reverse discrimination.
1. The campaign will be conducted through Shareholders’ Resolutions and through public education.
2. Fr. Mc Manus’ book, along with a personalized letter,  has been  sent to the CEOs of all 573 companies, plus their Investor Relations Contact (IRC).
3. The book, along with a personalized letter has been sent to all Members of Congress, House and Senate, and all key media personnel.
4. An extensive Direct Mail campaign is being conducted to prospective supporters – Irish-Americans, Arab-Americans and the faith and social-justice communities.”


Holy Land Principles
American principles following American investment
A Corporate Code of Conduct for
U.S. Companies in The Holy Land

American companies have a responsibility to maximize the profits of their shareholders.  And shareholders have the right and responsibility to insist that their profits are earned through ethical corporate practices – that they avoid discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious identity.
Moreover, ethical investment not only benefits society but also creates stronger and more sustainable profits for their shareholders.

In the tradition of the Sullivan Principles (South Africa) and the Mac Bride Principles (Northern Ireland), the Holy Land Principles seek to ensure that American dollars do not support discrimination, human rights abuses, or violations of international law in The Holy Land (Israel/Palestine, The West Bank, The Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem). The Principles do not call for disinvestment, divestment or reverse discrimination.
Responsible corporate conduct is especially urgent today because of the deprivations and sufferings caused by the conflict.

By endorsing the Holy Land Principles, corporations will enhance America’s security as people in the Middle East see that American companies support equality and fairness for all.

The Holy Land Principles call on American companies conducting business in The Holy Land to:
1. Adhere to equal and fair employment practices in hiring, compensation, training, professional education, advancement and governance without discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious identity.
2. Identify underrepresented employee groups and initiate active recruitment efforts to increase the number of underrepresented employees to a level proportional to their representation in society.
3. Make every reasonable effort to ensure that all employees have the ability to easily, openly and equally travel to and access corporate facilities.
4. Maintain a work environment that is respectful of all racial, ethnic and religious groups.
5. Work with governmental and community authorities, and support local initiatives to eliminate disparities among racial, ethnic and religious groups in government spending on education, training, access to health care and housing.
6. Not make military service a precondition or qualification for employment for any position, other than those positions that specifically require such experience, for the fulfillment of an employee’s particular responsibilities.
7. Not accept subsidies, tax incentives or other benefits that lead to the direct advantage of one racial, ethnic or religious group over another.
8. Appoint staff to monitor, oversee, set timetables, and publicly report on their progress in implementing the Holy Land Principles.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

TESTAMENT TO DEDICATION

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS LAUDS WORK ON IRELAND AND THE HOLY LAND

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A PICTURE REVIEW OF 2012



GOD BLESS AMERICA, GOD SAVE IRELAND
THE LAUNCHING OF THE AMERICAN EDITION OF MY AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
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 Fr. Sean personalizes his Memoirs
Speaking to supporters at O'Lunney's in NYC

Congressman Chris Smith
Mark Thompson testifies
   
Maryland's Governor, Martin O'Malley. with Fr. Mc Manus
Martin Mc Guiness  with Author

 Fr. John Ahern joins Fr. Sean and Barbara
LAOH/AOH 2012 CONVENTION

AND NOW THE HOLY LAND EDITION
At the Tent of Nations
The Wailing Wall 
 The Delegation at the Dome of the Rock

Celebrating the Holiday



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

VIRGINIA'S SENATOR TIM KAINE BECOMES CONGRESSIONAL FRIEND OF THE IRISH NATIONAL CAUCUS


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

THE KENNEDY APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE

 

                      JOE THE THIRD JOINS IRISH NATIONAL CAUCUS
CAPITOL HILL. DECEMBER 23, 2012 ----
The latest Kennedy to be elected to the U.S. Congress has become a Congressional Friend of the Irish National Caucus.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who will be sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2013, has written to Caucus President, Fr. Sean Mc Manus, saying he “would be honored to be a Congressional Friend”.
Fr. Mc Manus was pleased by the continuity of it all: “Joe’s father, Joe II, was a Congressional Friend when he served in Congress the same seat ( 1987-1999). It means a lot to me that Young Joe is also going to use his influence and Kennedy-magic for justice and equality in Ireland.”
Joe the Second endeared himself forever with Irish-Americans when he was seen on TV being accosted in Belfast by a hostile, belligerent British soldier, who screeched, “ Why don’t you go back to your own country?”  Joe II, not missing a beat retorted: “ Why don’t you go back to your country?”
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