Friends of Youth Celebrates 70 Years with Virtual Fundraiser

Friends of Youth, a King County WA, organization that works to alleviate youth homelessness, celebrates 70 years of services at virtual event on March 26th.

KIRKLAND, WA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — In response to concerns about COVID-19, Friends of Youth, a King County, WA organization that partners with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain personal growth and success, will celebrate its 70th Anniversary virtually. On Friday, March 26, 2021, our "Celebration of Youth" will be livestreamed and is open to all.

"Celebration of Youth is our annual fundraising luncheon that brings together community, civic, business leaders, and donors for an afternoon of inspiration and impact. Due to the pandemic, we did not gather last year but will come together this March, albeit virtually, to support Friends of Youth’s critical programs and mark the organization’s 70th anniversary” said Paul Lwali, President and Chief Executive Officer, Friends of Youth. “Don’t miss a celebration that’s been seven decades in the making!"

Recognized as a leader in developing, providing, and advocating for services for children, youth, and their families, Friends of Youth believes that all youth should have every opportunity to succeed, and our services are designed to fulfill that vision in three core areas:

• Homeless Youth Services: Providing a continuum of critical services for homeless youth, young adults, and young families, including street outreach, drop-in day services, case management, employment services, emergency overnight shelter, and transitional housing.

• Residential Youth Services: Providing residential supports for youth through foster care, emergency shelter, residential treatment, case management, independent living skills coaching, and counseling.

• Youth and Family Services: Providing mental health and substance abuse counseling, home visiting programs for young parents, and prevention services for youth and families.

"The number of youth experiencing homelessness in our community is growing, and due to COVID-19, this number will only increase," said Lynn Juniel, Friends of Youth’s Development Director. "We provide life-sustaining resources to community members in need and have seen an increase in both demand for our services and the costs associated with keeping our youth and staff healthy and safe. By joining our virtual event, you will have the chance to ensure Friends of Youth can continue to serve those most in need and become a part of our seven-decade legacy.”

This year we are thrilled to partner with one of the region’s best from-scratch catering companies, Off the Vine, to make the event even more memorable. Guests can order Experience Boxes with delicious lunch selections and unique youth-created mementos. Also, this fundraiser will have a packed, livestreamed program thanks to our collaboration with Zeacon, a local, minority-owned technology agency whose mission is to intelligently connect communities. For more information or to register, visit Anyone interested in learning more about being a sponsor, donor, or have questions about Friends of Youth can contact

About Friends of Youth
Since 1951, Friends of Youth has been helping young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track. Today, Friends of Youth positively impacts over 3,200 children, youth, and their families each year, at 24 sites and programs in 18 cities across the East and North King County region. In addition to operating the only overnight youth shelters on the Eastside, the agency offers youth development initiatives, in-home family support for young parents and guardians of children up to five years old, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment, and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers.

About Zeacon
Zeacon is a technology firm that is re-imagining the future by seamlessly integrating the best of the physical and virtual worlds.

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TGTE's Response to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister's Statement at the UN Human Rights Council

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

"It is high time that UNHRC completely ignores the bogus pleas & excuses of the Sri Lankan state and lives up to its foundational mandate of providing justice"

Soft approach of the UN Human Rights Council has only bred impunity in Sri Lanka and resulted in calculated actions to destroy the distinct identity of the Eelam Tamils.”

— Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, February 25, 2021 / —

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)
Geneva Secretariat

Human Rights Council – 46th Regular Session

Sri Lanka Should Stop Shooting The Messenger
Must Face Its Own Demons

TGTE's Response to the statement
Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, Prime Minister-TGTE

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s letter on 23 February 2021 to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council keeps up a very long tradition of successive Sri Lankan governments playing fast and loose with basic facts and deploying standard non- sequitur arguments to defend the indefensible.

The letter pertains to a report released in January 2021 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which warned that the failure of Sri Lanka to address past violations has significantly heightened the risk of human rights violations being repeated. The report has also rightly accused Sri Lanka of reneging on promises to ensure justice for thousands of civilians killed in the final stages of the 37-year war that ended a
decade ago.

Mr Gunawardena’s chief complaint is that, based on this OHCHR Report, a new resolution calling for accountability from his government for the international crimes namely genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is expected to be tabled in the upcoming session of the UNHRC. He calls for a rejection of the resolution by member of the council on the ridiculous grounds that ‘we need to be united in our efforts to overcome the Covid19
pandemic and to revive battered economies’ and that adopting such a resolution would carry a ‘discouraging message to the sovereign states of the global South’.

The simple fact is that back in 2015 the then government of President Maitripala Sirisena itself a co-sponsor of Resolution 30/1 adopted by the UNHRC, which called for a series of immediate steps to provide justice to aggrieved Eelam Tamils. Among other things, the resolution required Sri Lanka to:

a) Carry out recommendations of the OHCHR and Rapporteurs;
b) Repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which primarily targets Tamils;
c) Appoint independent foreign judges to the Office of Missing Persons, consult families of those who have disappeared and set up a credible process of inquiry into the fate of thousands of missing Tamils;
d) Prevent routine use of torture in its prisons, particularly directed at Tamil detainees, despite periodic reviews by the CAT Committee and visits by the Special Rapporteur on Torture.

However, the Sirisena regime used its charade of cooperation with the UNHRC and other international bodies to buy time and keep protecting the genocidaires and war criminals occupying high positions in the armed forces, diplomatic services and indeed in the cabinet of ministers itself. In 2020 this theatre of the absurd came to an abrupt end with the new government of President Gothabaya Rajapaksa officially withdrawing co-sponsorship of
Resolution 30/1 and refusing to implement any of its directives.

We, the Eelam Tamils are not surprised at all by the content or the tone of the Mr. Gunawardena’s statement.This is in continuation of the duplicitous politics practiced by his predecessors who have pretended to be victims, while carrying out genocidal policies and actions against different nations and nationalities in the island of Sri Lanka.

Since independence from British rule over seven decades a goal most every Sri Lankan government has promoted and implemented racist policies against the Eelam Tamils in particular, depriving them of their rights to not just peaceful and dignified living but most of often to the very Right to Life itself. The Sri Lankan state-sponsored massacre of thousands Tamils in 2009 at Mullaivaikal is still the biggest crime of genocide committed anywhere in
the 21 st century.

Predictably, the Foreign Minister justifies his government’s refusal to cooperate with international efforts to ensure justice to the victims of these crimes by claiming their actions were part of a ‘War on Terror’ against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Unfortunately, more than a decade ago this dubious claim had found currency even within the international community, which led to its failure to protect the lives of thousands of innocent Eelam Tamil civilians murdered in cold blood by the Sri Lanka armed forces. Now that the excuse of the LTTE cannot be used anymore Mr Gunawardena pins the blame for all his woes on the countries sponsoring the UNHRC resolution, whom he calls ‘elements working against Sri Lanka’.

The Zero Resolution sponsored by the Core Group of UNHRC member countries includes the UK , Canada , Germany, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Here it must be mentioned that the sheer audacity with which Sri Lankan governments have been able to escape accountability for their criminal actions or arrogantly level false accusations at member states has much to do with their belief that the UNHRC is a toothless institution.

The fact that not a single Sri Lankan official has been prosecuted as yet for their international crimes or the Colombo regime sanctioned for violating all its obligations is testimony to the weakness of international pressure and action.

The soft approach of the UNHRC has only bred impunity in Sri Lanka and resulted in calculated actions to destroy the distinct identity of the Eelam Tamils, occupation of their lands under various pretexts. With the Tamils still recovering from the brutality of the violence visited upon them, in the past decade the chauvinists in power have also systematically targeted Sri Lanka’s Muslims also for hate-filled violence and racist discrimination.

It is in this context that the Eelam Tamil political leadership has called for referral of Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to ensure accountability for genocide crimes against humanity and war crimes. This call was validated by tens of thousands of people in the recent P2P Rally (Pothuvil to Pulikandy) in the northern-eastern parts of Sri Lanka. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has been urging referral since 2011 including through collecting a million signatures on a petition with this demand.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in her Report to the Council 1 also has explicitly urged the member states to take actions to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC. Further, on 18 February 2021 four former High Commissioners, nine former Special Rapporteurs and all members of the UNSG’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka have jointly stated that the matter should be referred to the ICC 2 .

It is high time therefore that the UNHRC completely ignores the bogus pleas and excuses of the Sri Lankan state and lives up to its foundational mandate of providing justice to the victims of genocide , crimes against humanity and war crimes.The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) believes that in its current form Zero Draft Resolution submitted by the Core Group on Sri Lanka delivers zero justice and accountability.

The TGTE calls upon all member states to introduce a new revised resolution that provides a clear path to justice, meets the Council’s obligations as also the global demand for referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC.

Whether accountability and justice will be provided to the Eelam Tamil victims hinges on international action now. The international action is also warranted to ensure that the integrity of the Human Rights Council itself.

1 OHCHR | Session46 46th session of the Human Rights Council: Reports
2 495016947-Sowing-the-Seeds-of-Conflict.pdf (

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Angelena Bonet Wins 'Best Inspirational Film' For Her Documentary CHANGE THE WORLD At Olympus Film Festival in Hollywood

Best Inspirational Film - Olympus Film Festival

Best Inspirational Film

The Emmy's Viewing Party

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Australian singer-songwriter, documentary filmmaker and humanitarian has won another 'Best Inspirational Film' award for her biopic documentary in Hollywood.

To win 'Best Inspirational Film' is a moment that I will always cherish. The beautiful statuette of Artemis, the Greek Goddess, is so magical because like me she is the Patron and protector of girls!”

— Angelena Bonet

SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, February 25, 2021 / — Australian singer-songwriter and documentary filmmaker, Angelena Bonet, has won ‘Best Inspirational Film’ for her documentary “Change The World” at the Olympus Film Festival in Hollywood. Bonet’s biopic short film, which she produced in its entirety, has won nearly 150 film festival awards worldwide. The inspiring film just screened in Tokyo and Seoul and is now currently screening at the New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich, Germany. She has been the recipient of many awards including the 'Humanitarian Award' at The Jane Austen International Film Festival and the ‘Human Spirit Award' at the DOCS Without Borders International Film Festival in The Bahamas.

A former Australian Supermodel, Angelena has produced this short film, a feature film trilogy, six music videos and two docu-web series thus far, which have all received numerous international film festival awards. Experiencing two personal tragedies was the catalyst that lit the fire that drives her. She describes her work as “a labor of love” and so fulfilling on a deep level. Her documentaries chronicle her life to the present day, which she has produced, directed and edited in their entirety and self funded. Her soulmate and fiancé of three days, Erick Deeby, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in August 2007. He had written and recorded instrumental pieces of music for her between 2005 and 2007. Bonet then wrote the lyrics and melody to his music after his devastating death and during her time of deepest grief. Then on May 26, 2012, she was a victim of a violent attack and was kidnapped and gang-raped but miraculously survived the attempted murder in Melbourne, Australia. Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a consequence of the heinous crime, orchestrated by someone that she knew and trusted, she is now ready to share her story. The music she co-wrote with Deeby has become the soundtrack for her films and also won numerous 'Best Original Soundtrack' awards worldwide.

As a global ambassador for women and girls, Angelena is a voice for those who cannot speak, or those struggling to heal. Angelena recently released "Change The World" on YouTube to make it available to everyone for free. She realises that many women and girls who could benefit from her voice and be inspired by her journey may be at a financial disadvantage and wanted to help them and not expect anything in return. Domestic violence has risen exponentially since the Covid-19 global pandemic began and many victims are in lockdown with their abusers. Angelena hopes to reach those women and give them hope and assure them there is light at the end of the tunnel and they are definitely not alone or forgotten. Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Angelena is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience. Only from the depths of her despair and darkest days has she truly found her voice and the courage to share about her experiences and to speak out. After surviving the life-changing crime in 2012, Angelena wanted to make a difference in the world and shed light on issues humanity is yet to resolve and generally swept under the carpet. Violence against women has been a hidden disease in every culture since time immemorial and was already a silent global epidemic before our current global pandemic began.

Before the #MeToo movement had begun, Angelena chose to go public with her story and decided to create her production company, Crystal Heart Productions, in Toronto in 2014. She had the intention of interviewing women and girls all around the world and from all walks of life for an online talk show Heart Of The Matter, and thus allowing women’s voices to be heard. She then included interviews with women's rights leaders such as President Obama's Women's Equality Advisor Tina Tchen, Tony award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler, CEO of Canadian Women's Foundation, Paulette Senior and Australian Journalist, Tracey Spicer, to name a few in her sequel Angelena: Heart Of The Matter which has won numerous film festival awards worldwide. Bonet has also served as the Australian Ambassador for World Mental Health Day, an official blogger for OXFAM, a public speaker at V Day One Billion Rising Organization events, a current member of the RAINN Organization Speaker Bureau in Washington D.C. and also raises awareness and funds through her non-profit organization, Crystal Heart Foundation. Her mission is to support charities that are in alignment with ending of violence against women and supporting survivors’ recovery from PTSD and has also created a non-profit web series "The Angelena Bonet Show". She sends a powerful message of self-love and healing through her documentary films as well as her singing, songwriting, public speaking engagements and her non-profit work. Based on her life experiences and connections with people from all walks of life, Angelena tells us “it is crystal clear to me that love and forgiveness really are the keys. They can and do conquer all”.

From Australian supermodel to multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian her message is one of peace, love and unity…

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Double Crossed: A Modern Day Cain & Abel Turned Black Success Story

Double Crossed: A Modern Day Cain & Abel Turned Black Success Story by George Johnson

Double Crossed by George Johnson

George Johnson, Serial Entrepreneur and Author of Double Crossed

George Johnson, Author of Double Crossed

Serial Entrepreneur George Johnson Shares His Journey to Redemption

This book is just me putting everything on the table, and wanting my community to learn from it.”

— George Johnson

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — Serial entrepreneur and former professional athlete George Johnson will be releasing his memoir, Double Crossed, this Friday, February 26, 2021.

Most kids growing up in Northside Richmond, Virginia knew there were only three ways to “make it out” – balling, rapping, or selling drugs. George Johnson went another way. From starting a logo-sewing business in middle school, to playing professional basketball, to becoming a serial entrepreneur, George found himself at the helm of several businesses and multiple six-figure income streams by his early twenties. But along with lofty highs came many crushing lows—backstabbing family-members, future-crippling injuries, being indicted by the U.S. government … and even those weren’t the worst. As George came to learn, making it out is the easy part. Staying out… That’s the real struggle.

“There're many different dimensions to me; I’m an employer, I’m an uncle, I’m a son, I’m a father, I’m an entrepreneur…and no one group of people in my life knew everything I was going through,” George says. “This book is just me putting everything on the table, and wanting my community to learn from it.”

George’s story provides both an example and a means for many to rise above the challenges of the inner city, making Double Crossed a timely and vulnerable exploration of many universal struggles.

For more information on the book, visit and follow George on Instagram.

About the Author
George Johnson grew up in Northside Richmond where he spent most of his time either on the basketball court or figuring out ways to make money without selling drugs. He became a basketball standout in Virginia, and made a name for himself when he led Eastern Mennonite University to the Elite Eight of the DIII NCAA Tournament. Since then, he has built several businesses in various sectors and enjoys being a serial entrepreneur almost as much as he enjoys being able to support many of his family members and friends. But nothing has been more challenging than the struggles he faced with some of those family members and the federal government standing behind them. Now George spends his time in Houston Texas where several of his businesses are headquartered. He has three children—two girls and one boy—and enjoys his hard-earned life of freedom.

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Authorities fear COVID-19 is making opioid abuse worse

Men’s Health Network

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — The opioid abuse epidemic in the United States was already urgent when the COVID-19 pandemic began, but health authorities fear the virus has made the opioid epidemic even worse.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in December 2020 notes that 10 western states saw opioid overdoses increase in that year. Most of these deaths – more than 98 percent – are due to opioids such as fentanyl, rather than abuse of more common opioids, such as hydrocodone, the CDC said. The pandemic’s stress and isolation have increased drug use and increasing the chances of an overdose with no one present to render first aid or call for help.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington were not known previously for significant levels of fentanyl deaths. Yet starting in 2018, before the pandemic, deaths due to fentanyl began to increase in those western states. The CDC’s data showed that fentanyl deaths in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, and Washington rose 371 percent between 2017 and 2019. Post-pandemic, the CDC reported, fentanyl deaths have increased 63 percent over 2019’s already skyrocketing rates in those states.

Michael Barnett is an assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He thinks 2020 is likely to be the deadliest year on record for opioid overdoses and says there is an urgent need to invest in the country’s mental health infrastructure as one of the approaches to preventing future substance abuse.

“The COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. isn’t just about COVID-19, it’s about managing all of the spillover effects, including the effects it has had on people with addiction and substance use disorder,” Barnett says. “There is compelling initial data — and more is going to come out — indicating that 2020 will be the worst year for opioid overdoses that we’ve ever had. It unfortunately looks like we have lost a lot of progress we had made on opioid overdoses in recent years because of the pandemic.”

One of the reasons for this loss of progress is because the pandemic took the attention of the media, legislators, and public health agencies that were previously focused on the opioid crisis, he says.

One potential part of the solution, he says, is getting rid of the so-called “X waiver,” which is a requirement that physicians must have a special waiver from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to legally prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder. “It’s an anachronistic and backward policy that has caused a lot of harm and is no longer relevant in 2020,” Barnett says. “That policy has actually been temporarily waived under an emergency declaration from the Department of Health and Human Services as of last month, which is a very big change. But is there going to be momentum to maintain that change?”

Barnett said he also thinks that financial settlements against opioid manufacturers should be invested in mental health infrastructure. “We need to provide resources for primary care clinics to enhance their behavioral health support. We need resources to enhance local counseling services,” he said. “We need to help health care organizations provide easy access to mental health care because everyone needs it right now. Every community in the U.S. needs this type of support.”

Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more than 25 years, it has advocated for health and social action on issues that affect men and boys. MHN and the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus co-hosted a briefing, “Men’s and Boys’ Mental Health Issues: Gateways to Opioid and Drug Abuse” in 2018. The issues raised in that briefing remain relevant today. (See the presentation at

That same year, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) launched an initiative called Psychosocial Interventions with Office-Based Opioid Treatment.” Among the research projects the initiative has funded is a study examining a counseling program for people who support patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

In the study, Karen Osilla, Ph.D., of RAND Corporation, will test a counseling program for people with family members, spouses or friends who have OUD. It will teach support people effective ways to help a person with OUD change their behavior. (Read more about the study here:

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COVID-19 is spreading to inmates at Haynesville Correctional Center

HAYNEVILLE, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — COVID-19 is spreading to inmates at Haynesville Correctional Center. Staff members at Haynesville are working hard to put on the appearance of following CDC protocols. However, they are responsible for spreading the virus within the complex.

Staff members walk around with their masks on their necks while writing citations for inmates not wearing theirs.

Inmate Nicholas Hammond observed and reported the following:

“Treatment Officer C. Veney was seen with three Inmates in her office with her mask below her nose and mouth. But just before the meeting, Veney was handing out citations to inmates doing the same.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, the institution passed out two masks to every inmate. The institution was to clean one mask while the inmate wore the other. Inmate Jeff Lee reports the institution has not cleaned any masks since April 2020.

Inmate Tony Dane, who also serves as an Inmate Advisor, reports:

“When Inmates go to the dining hall to eat, staff will lock as much as 30 Inmates in a 6-foot-by-10-foot vestibule, where there is a sign indicating six feet social distancing is required.”

Dane also says that announcements are made several times a day for mandatory sanitation, but nobody actually does the work.

Inmates are routinely frisked without cause. The staff member wears gloves to protect themselves from the virus’s transmission but does not change the gloves between contact with inmates. The staff does not care if they transmit the virus to other inmates as long as they are protected.

Dane further reports:

“Due to the institution being short-staffed, Staff members will go from Red and Yellow zones, which are under quarantine, to Green zones, which are virus-free. This is what causes the spread of the virus to the entire compound.”

Correctional Officers told Dane, who is also the Inmate Advisor, they are concerned for their safety because they are ordered to violate protocol.

Dane observed staff members quitting because of the hazards of catching the virus.

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Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Canada 2020

Canadian charity wins international award for its groundbreaking work pioneering the concept of Social Enterprise in Canada.

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, February 24, 2021 / — Enterprise4Good is pleased to announce that we have received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Canada award for 2020. The award is part of the Small Business Awards organized by Corporate Vision Magazine. Corporate Vision is published monthly with the mission to deliver insightful features from across the global corporate world.

Social Enterprise is an approach that can be used by charities to implement programs and services on a financially self-sustained basis allowing them to completely abandon the old charitable resourcing model of constant fundraising.

Enterprise4Good is a registered charity that utilizes the revolutionary model of social enterprise. It engages in various business activities that generate revenue to sustain charitable programs and services. We are financially independent and do not rely on the traditional fundraising model used by most nonprofits. We focus on engaging and connecting people who care about social issues in their communities locally and globally to solve social issues and problems permanently. We are a family of non-profits that have the audacity to think we can actually solve problems, not just provide services to deal with the symptoms of those problems.

On winning the Award, Adrian Bohach, President and CEO, of Enterprise4Good, said “We are thrilled to be recognized on the world stage for our work during the last 25 years as Canadian Social Enterprise pioneers. We hope our recognition will inspire others in the charitable sector to also become Social Entrepreneurs and use this powerful model to create other new, impactful community services on a financially self-sustaining basis.”

Awards Coordinator Steve Simpson took a moment to comment on the success of those recognized in this year’s program: “It has been an extraordinarily tough year for small businesses all over the world. As such, it has been important to double down on our efforts to acknowledge the successes and achievements of those who are continuing to thrive and grow in an environment that seems particularly challenging. With that in mind, I offer sincere congratulations to all of our 2020 winners. I hope you all have a fantastic new year.”

Enterprise4Good consists of several social enterprise entities, namely Ability4Good, Home4Good, Friends4Good, and Good4U. Ability4Good offers clinical programs, services and develops social networks for vulnerable children and adults with Autism and other special needs so that they can achieve their goals and aspirations. Home4Good offers quality housing for persons with special needs, mental health issues or are transitioning from homelessness. It also provides quality affordable seniors housing and care in a gracious setting so that residents, most with Dementia, can live with meaning and dignity. Friends4Good focuses on international community development. It facilitates groups of volunteers to travel to less developed countries around the world to work alongside local citizens to build schools, housing, water projects, dormitories, health facilities, and social enterprises, especially those for women. Finally, Good4U is a retail operation that accepts unwanted new or used merchandise such as building materials, appliances, and furniture as donations and then sells them through our retail store thus keeping these items from being thrown into a landfill. The proceeds are used to fund programs and services that improve the quality of life of people in need such as the elderly and children with disabilities, while at the same time providing paid employment and volunteer opportunities for persons with employment barriers.

For more information, please contact our CEO, Adrian Bohach at, or visit our website or follow us at and . Also, here is an interview of Adrian discussing about social enterprise.

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New Hospice and Palliative Care Outreach Guide for Black and African-American Communities

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

NHPCO Black and African-American Outreach Guide

NHPCO Diversity Advisory Council Resource Promotes Access to Quality Care Via Outreach & Inclusion

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Diversity Advisory Council Resource Promotes Access to Quality Care Via Outreach & Inclusion

We must re-commit ourselves to doing better to ensure equitable access to all diverse communities. We hope that resources like this outreach guide will help expand the reach of hospice…”

— Edo Banach

ALEXANDRIA, VA, US, February 24, 2021 / — Today, in recognition of Black History Month, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) released a new resource, Black and African-American Outreach Guide. This outreach guide is an updated version of a previous NHPCO resource, with new content developed by NHPCO’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC).

The guide was released in conjunction with a DAC social media takeover day (#DACTakeover), when the council used NHPCO’s social media platforms to share information about disparities that exist in hospice and palliative care and provide resources that can help improve access to care, including the updated outreach guide.

The topics covered in the outreach guide include disparities in Black/African-American health, outreach as a standard of practice, and strategies for reaching out to Black/African-American communities.

“Hospice and palliative care providers have always been open to caring for anyone who is at the end of life, and that’s what I love about what we do,” said Marisette Hasan, President/CEO of The Carolinas Center and member of NHPCO’s Diversity Advisory Council, in an interview aired during the DAC social media takeover day.

“But as it relates to us working with the community, we have to customize what works for them,” Hasan continued. “So we have to create listening sessions, we have to engage in partnerships. And that guide really gives you a roadmap of what you can do to be successful.”

NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach noted, “In NHPCO's current facts & figures report, we show that 8.2 percent of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice care in 2018 were African American, a statistic that has been constant in recent years. We must re-commit ourselves to doing better to ensure equitable access to all diverse communities. We hope that resources like this outreach guide will help expand the reach of hospice and community-based palliative care.”

As the leading organization representing integrated, person-centered healthcare, NHPCO gives ongoing inspiration, practical guidance, and legislative representation to hospice and palliative care providers so they can enrich experiences for patients and ease caregiving responsibilities and emotional stress for families, visit

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Intentional Talk Radio Virtual Town Hall Discusses the State of African American Community in the era of Biden – Harris

Intentional Talk Radio Network First Town Hall of 2021

Intentional Talk Radio Network First Town Hall of 2021

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Collette Williams, Executive Director, Co-Founder and Host of Intentional Talk Radio Network

Collette Williams, Executive Director, Co-Founder and Host of Intentional Talk Radio Network

Kenny Strauther, President and Co-Founder of Intentional Talk Radio Network

Kenny Strauther, President and Co-Founder of Intentional Talk Radio Network

The live virtual Town Hall features prominent speakers who will talk about creating sustainable changes for the African American community on February 27, 2021.

It is imperative that we own our own path and stop waiting on permission. We must understand that we must be the change that we all want to see.”

— Collette Williams

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — Intentional Talk Radio Network is hosting another virtual Town Hall asking questions such as “What now?” and “Where do we go from here?” as the nation moves in a new direction under our new Presidential administration.

Intentional Talk Radio Network’s objective is to influence, encourage, inspire, and motivate the African American community to find resolutions that will begin to change the narrative for Black people in this country.

Join Intentional Talk Radio Network as they move forward with this thought-provoking discussion on the Virtual Town Hall – “What now? Where do we go from here?” as they discuss the State of the African American Community in the era of Biden and Harris- held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST. Access YouTube Channel via

This is a live virtual Town Hall meeting featuring: Dr. Sylvia Gates Carisle, President of Black WomenPhysicians; Dr. George Fraser, President, CEO, FraserNet Inc.; Lamont Jones Jr., Journalist US News and World Report; AJ Ali, Film Maker Community Activist; Jay King, President, California Black Chamber of Commerce; Faith Fox,Sr. Partner Chochran Law Firm, NC; Dennis McKesey,Education Expert; Rev. Lawrence Adjah. The moderators are Collette Williams, radio personality, ITRN Executive Director and host, educator, and entrepreneur; and My Collins, ITRN Board Member (co-host).

The panel of leaders, masterminds, activists, and professionals who will participate in creating solutions for what has plagued the African American community for decades. They are committed to the people of this country and their communities. Their intentions are full of love, hope, peace and justice for all.

Virtual Town Hall,“What now? Where do we go from here?” will ask questions such as how the new administration will benefit the African American Community? Executive director of Intentional Talk Radio Network, Yolanda Williams, also urges “It is imperative that we own our own path and stop waiting on permission. We must understand that we must be the change that we all want to see.”

Intentional Talk Radio Network wishes to create sustainable methods that will begin to change the narrative in the African American community. It is an important mission with one easy step — assisting to spread the word about this upcoming virtual event you will know the who, what, when, where and why. This is an opportunity to become educated and to create change that we all want to see in our communities.

In the words of our dearly beloved, Civil Rights icon, Congressman John M. Lewis, it is time for us to make “GOOD TROUBLE” for change. Now that we are moving in a new direction, we must stress the importance of bringing (“Good Trouble”) change to our country, states Yolanda Williams founder of ITRN.

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Press and questions regarding the Virtual Town Hall, “What now? Where do we go from here?” – please contact Yolanda Williams, Intentional Talk Radio Network, Executive Director at

About Intentional Talk Radio Network – "We Bring You News and Views that You Can Use"

In 2015, Ken Strauther and Yolanda C. Strauther-Williams started a weekly talk show on the Black Talk Radio Network. This program was designed to address the issues people face in the Black Community and beyond, including poverty, crime, racism, jobs, education and apathy. The network has developed a strong following by bringing positive messages to the community and a variety of programming that is compelling, motivating and stimulating. The Intentional Talk Radio Network is bringing its unique programming to the masses. They carry the tag line – "We're Taking Control of the Narrative in Our Community.” After a great start on BTRN and much success, their producers strongly suggested that they branch out on their own and develop their own network brand. ITRN was born with continued success and is still growing.
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New Musical Short “Can’t Have It Both Ways” from New Mexico Latina Filmmakers Address Need to Embrace Solidarity for All

"Can't Have It Both Ways" Musical Short by Jordyn Aquino

“Can’t Have It Both Ways” Musical Short by Jordyn Aquino

This powerful short musical film now on the film festival circuit celebrates the importance of diverse representation & equality in BLM, LGBTQ+, women’s rights.

With this film, I wanted to create something fun yet nuanced, energetic and heartfelt, that could open up essential dialogues about difficult conversations about inequality.”


SANTA FE, NM, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2021 / — Actor, creative director, writer, producer, Jordyn Aurora Aquino (Desert Bloom Productions), and filmmaker, producer, Jenn Garcia (Arabela Films) have released the trailer for their short musical film, “Can’t Have it Both Ways” inspired by current social issues and a need to bring awareness to being “seen” as an equal, and the importance of taking a stand for the good of all. The film was produced under strict Covid-safe conditions, from the concept to the final cut, taking less than 7 weeks.

Inspired by the social unrest by groups of marginalized Americans, Jordyn Aurora Aquino began writing “Can’t Have it Both Ways,” with a vision of sharing an anthem to help break down walls of hate and bigotry with an inspirational song. Composer, Robin Ward-Holloway (Up and Down Theatre Company, MacGyver Musical), was brought in to produce the music and assist with lyrics, while Morningstar Angeline (Morningstar Media, Sundance Indigenous Lab Fellow) joined to direct the film. The film also stars Jordyn Aurora Aquino (The Surrogate, Army of the Dead, Silk Road) and Stafford Douglas ("Better Call Saul," "Longmire," "The Night Shift.”).

In the short film, Aquino’s character, a Latina woman, finds herself in an uncomfortable position on a date with a white male, played by Douglas. Things are going well until a statement made by ‘Douglas’ triggers a red flag as ‘Aquino’ realizes that their socio-political differences may be too far apart to move forward with their relationship, and she stops the conversation to address these divides ‘in song.’ Aquino belts out, “You Can’t Have It Both Ways,” an inspiring pop anthem, addressing concerns for marginalized individuals by bringing attention to one’s ability to pick and choose which groups are discriminated against while claiming to be a “nice guy.”

Jordyn shared “As a woman of color, I have had so many uncomfortable conversations about race, discrimination, and the blindspots of those privileged enough to bypass said issues entirely. With this film, I wanted to create something fun yet nuanced, energetic and heartfelt, that could open up essential dialogues about difficult conversations about inequality. I hope this short film will inspire the audience to listen with compassion and educate themselves, by truly recognizing marginalized voices, and embracing diversity — especially, in the wake of such a polarizing and divisive administration.” She further added, “The cast, crew, and talented team behind this film is incredibly diverse and passionate. We collectively represent the message of this film, and it’s very powerful. Words cannot express how grateful I am for those who made this possible. It truly took a village, a very talented and committed village.”

About “Can’t Have it Both Ways”
This musical short was produced by Latina and Filipina filmmakers, Jenn Garcia and Jordyn Aurora Aquino. Garcia’s notable credits include her award-winning and Academy Award qualifying short film ‘Pozole.’ While Aquino, an actress, writer, and producer, can be seen on Netflix’s Daybreak, Better Call Saul and starring on Lifetime’s recent release, ‘The Secret Life of a Celebrity Surrogate.’ The film was directed by queer indigenous filmmaker and 2018 Sundance Lab Fellow Morningstar Angeline, shot by Latino cinematographer, Luis Gutierrez, and choreographed by indigenous dancer and choreographer Natalie Benally. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals as an important anthem and call to all to break down the walls of bigotry and hate, and come together in a celebration of diversity and solidarity. #BothWaysMusical

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Can’t Have it Both Ways Short Musical Film

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