Jacksonville 04.24.19

Police Brutality and Brutality: Murdered in Cold Blood

Civil lawsuit claims in excess $10,000,000 tortious conduct by Officer Ryan McGee

JACKSONVILLE, FL, USA, April 23, 2019 / — On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11AM, a news conference will be held at 332 East 19th Street in Jacksonville, FL (crime scene) to announce a lawsuit in the case of Selwyn Hall, an unarmed Black male killed by Jacksonville Sheriff Ryan McGee on April 25, 2017.

Police were called to the residence where Selwyn Hall was killed due to a response to a domestic dispute between Hall and his wife. The police response to the call was excessive, without qualification and deadly; resulting in Selwyn Hall being shot several times and killed by Ryan Mcgee, without justification or any sound reason, whatsoever.

Attorney for the Plaintiff in the lawsuit representing Selwyn Hall’s widow, Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq., and local counsel, will detail the allegations in the Civil lawsuit which claims in excess $10,000,000 tortious conduct by Officer Ryan McGee and Constitutional violation by the City of Jacksonville, Officer Ryan McGee and other JSO officers in the excessive force, beating and wrongful death of Selwyn Hall.

For years the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has used excessive force, unnecessary beatings and unjustified killings as a custom and practice. It is time now that justice prevails in the City of Jacksonville. “On April 25, 2017, the Jacksonville Sheriff Office had every chance to peacefully resolve issues relating too their call to the home of Selwyn Hall and his wife. Instead, once again, the JSO used excessive and deadly force to gun-down an unarmed citizen. When the facts and circumstances clearly state there was no need for deadly force whatsoever.” – Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq.

A town hall meeting on 'Police Misconduct and Brutality: Murdered in Cold Blood' is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 – 6pm at the B & SUN Art Museum – 2422 North Myrtle Avenue – Jacksonville, Florida
Contact: James Evans Muhammad National Minister of Education – Black Educators for Justice 904.383.0973

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Black Lawyers for Justice
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News Conference Announcing Lawsuit in the Killing of Tony Green (Kingsland, GA)

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Wrongful death lawsuit for the killing of Tony Green by Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley

KINGSLAND, GA, USA, April 23, 2019 / — WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2019 – On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2PM a news conference will be held at Kingsland City Hall (107 South Lee Street) to announce and distribute the wrongful death lawsuit for the killing of Tony Green by Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley which took place on June 20, 2018.

Daughter of Tony Green, represented by her attorneys Reginald Greene, Esq. (Greene Legal Group in Atlanta) and Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. (National President of Black Lawyers for Justice) will detail the allegations contained in the lawsuit against the City of Kingsland, Mayor Kenneth E. Smith, and former police officer Zechariah Presley.

Attorneys will also discuss the upcoming criminal trial, and the stern requirements for justice for the criminal killing of Tony Green by former Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley. “We must have justice for Tony Green, a/k/a ‘Punch.’ We must have justice for his murder by Zechariah Presley by all means available.” – Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. -END-

CONTACT: Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. – – 301.513.5445

Reginald A. Greene Esq. – – 404.574.4308

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Should Parents Spank Children? "Unreported" Author Veera Mahajan Explains

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Veera Mahajan; Author of “Unreported: Learning to Live Free.” Photo Credit: Yasmeeneh Rossi.


Veera Mahajan; Author of “Unreported: Learning to Live Free.” Photo Credit; Michael Cimorelli.

Unreported: Learning to LIVE by author Veera Mahajan

Award Winning "Unreported: Learning to Live Free" Author Veera Mahajan gives here an exclusive interview, detailing facts about The Me Too Movement, and more.

We do not need to scream, fight, and hit to make our point. When we scream at our children or hit them, I think we are frustrated at our own failure at the ability to communicate.”

— Veera Mahajan; Author of "Unreported: Learning to Live Free"

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2019 / — Former publisher of "The Malibu Chronicle," licensed arbitrator, actress, producer, and domestic violence counselor; Veera Mahajan interviewed numerous women and men who survived abuse, and escaped–for her outstanding book, UNREPORTED: Learning to Live Free. The following is an exclusive interview with the author, for The Hollywood Sentinel.

Hollywood Sentinel: The "Me Too" Movement is big now. Some say that we should give the alleged abuser the benefit of the doubt, as if in a court of law. Others say that we should assume that that accuser is telling the truth. What do you feel is the correct approach in dealing with this problem? Should the accuser be believed first? Or should the accused be presumed innocent until proven guilty? Why?

Veera Mahajan: Yes, I believe the accuser should be believed. It takes a huge effort and courage for a victim to come forward so we do not want to discourage them to complain. But, that does not mean we can assume that there is not another side of the story so the complaint should be thoroughly investigated. The alleged abuser should be questioned and investigated thoroughly also. We can not take the complaints of abuse lightly; that is what keeps this horrible problem hidden and growing. It discourages the victims who are already afraid, from coming forward and talking about the abuse.

Hollywood Sentinel: That makes sense. There is a debate concerning parenting, regarding corporal punishment. Some see this as abuse, whereas others do not. Do you feel that a child should be spanked at school or at home? If so, why, and if not, why not and what is the solution to discipline?

Veera Mahajan: I am not for corporal punishment. If we listen and talk peacefully, I think we can also teach our children how to listen and talk their differences out. We do not need to scream, fight, and hit to make our point.
When we scream at our children or hit them, I think we are frustrated at our own failure at the ability to communicate. In the process, we teach our children that that is the correct way to be heard or respected. So the problem keeps going on an and on throughout the generations. We need to stop the use of force and anger, and learn to listen to our children, and teach them how to listen too.

Hollywood Sentinel: That's great. I agree. There is a great quote in your book which I love that states, "Do you
know that you were born as good as anyone else? Well you were. No one has the right to make you feel afraid or make you feel bad about yourself." What was the single most important thing that helped you get over your fear of others or of those that abused you?

Veera Mahajan: Seeing my growing son, still afraid of his father when he was hitting him, killed the fear inside me, and made me finally take the action that was so overdue. I finally decided to give up trying to beg him to stop abusing us, instead I decided to "stop" accepting the abuse, and I told him I was leaving him. That day, I freed my sons and myself to live our lives the way we wanted to live, and put and end to abuse.

Hollywood Sentinel: Incredible. You speak of a person not having enough self esteem, which causes people to be abused, and the importance of loving ones self enough. When you didn't, why didn't you love yourself enough, and how did you change that?

Veera Mahajan: I was never taught to love myself. I was always taught to take care of others needs and taught that thinking of myself was selfish. No one ever taught me that my feelings were important. I was never taught that I deserved to be respected. I was told I was loved, and because my parents took care of our needs, we were to assume that was love even though it also came with verbal and physical abuse. That was the way of life. When you are always told what to do and that you are not good enough, that kills your self esteem. It also prepares you to accept abuse from others. My brothers and I were never taught that our happiness mattered. That is what I took to my married relationship. I loved him, did everything to make him happy. I always wanted to be loved, but by my own actions never showed that I cared enough to give him consequences if he treated me badly.

It was a good thing that I never gave into the lessons taught by my own mother and our culture. And I am not just talking about the Indian culture, I am talking about Indian and American. Somehow women are taught that men are going to be men; they will be angry, they will cheat, and they will lose their temper once in a while, and that this is normal. Indian culture takes it to another level and does not support women even if they complain. I never accepted it. I continued to fight for myself and my children. And when my youngest son passed the custody fight stage (becoming a legal adult), I told my ex-husband I was done taking his abuse and left.

Praise for “UNREPORTED: Learning to Live Free”

"We go to the gym when we want to get into physical shape. We also must try to achieve emotional shape as well as a good spiritual condition. I highly recommend this brilliantly written book to you all. I think that it is very important for us all." –Oscar Winner Louis Gossett Jr.

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உயிர்த்த ஞாயிறு மனிதப்படுகொலைக்கு கண்டனம்! உண்மைநிலை கண்டறிய பொதுநலவாயநாடுகளின் விசாரணை தேவை:நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம்

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கொல்லப்பட்டோரில் மூன்றில் இரண்டு பகுதி தமிழ்க் கிறிஸ்தவர்கள் என்பதும் மிகுதி மூன்றில் ஒரு பகுதியினரே சிங்களக் கிறிஸ்தவர்களும், வெளிநாட்டவர்கள்: புள்ளிவிபரங்கள்

இக்குண்டுத் தாக்குதல் நிகழ இருப்பது தொடர்பாக இலங்கை அரசிற்கு இந்திய அரசு உத்தியோகபூர்வமாக முன்கூட்டியே அறிவித்திருந்தது என செய்திகள் வெளிவந்துள்ளன”

— நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம்


இலங்கைத்தீவில் உயிர்த்த ஞாயிறு தினத்தன்று (21.04.2019) நடைபெற்ற குண்டு வெடிப்புத்தாக்குதலின் விளைவான மனிதப்படுகொலைகளை வன்மையாகக் கண்டனம் செய்வதோடு, கொல்லப்பட்டவர்களதும், காயமடைந்தவர்களதும் உறவினர்களுக்கும் நண்பர்களுக்கும் எமது ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கலையும், ஆறுதலையும் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கத்தின் சார்பில் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். இதேவேளை காயம் அடைந்த 500 பேருக்கு மேற்பட்டவர்களும் விரைவில் சுகமடைய வேண்டும் என்றும் வேண்டிக் கொள்கிறோம்.

இத் தாக்குதல்கள் குறித்து அறியக் கிடைக்கும் செய்திகளின்படி, 8 வெவ்வேறு இடங்களில் நடந்த குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்களின் போது 290 பேருக்கு மேல் கொல்லப்பட்டுள்ளனர், 500 பேருக்கு மேல் காயம் அடைந்துள்ளனர். இவற்றில் 4 இடங்கள் கிறிஸ்தவ புனித தேவாலயங்களும், 4 இடங்கள் ஐந்து நட்சத்திர உல்லாச விடுதிகளாகவும் உள்ளன. உல்லாச விடுதிகளில் நிகழ்ந்த குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்களின் போது 33 வெளிநாட்டவர்கள் கொல்லப்பட்டுள்ளனர். இவர்களின் 5 பேர் இந்தியர்களும் மிகுதி பேர் மேற்கு நாட்டவர்களுமாவர். மேலும் வெடிகுண்டு இருப்பதாக கிடைத்த தகவலின் அடிப்படையில் அதனை பொலீஸார் சோதனையிடச் சென்ற போது குண்டுதாரிகள் அதனை வெடிக்க வைத்ததில் 3 பொலீஸாரும் கொல்லப்பட்டனர்.

இத்தாக்குதல் நிகழ்ந்த சிலமணி நேரத்தின் பின் ஊடகங்களுக்குத் தகவல் வெளியிட்ட பாதுகாப்பு ராஜாங்க அமைச்சரும், ஊடகத்துறை அமைச்சருமான ருவான் விஜெயவர்த்தன பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சுக்கு குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்கள் நடக்க இருப்பது பற்றி எச்சரிக்கைத் தகவல்கள் முன்கூட்டியே கிடைத்திருந்ததாகவும், அதனைத் தாம் போலியானது எனக் கருதி அது தொடர்பாக தகவல்களை உறுதிப்படுத்துவற்கு இடையில் இந்த குண்டு வெடிப்புக்கள் நிகழ்ந்துவிட்டன என்றும் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

'புலனாய்வுத் துறையினரிடம் முன்கூட்டியே தகவல்கள் இருந்தும், அப்படி இருக்கையில் இச்சம்பவம் எப்படி நடந்தது என்பதை தாங்கிக் கொள்ள முடியாது இருக்கிறது' என்று அமைச்சர் ஹென்ரி பெர்னான்டோ தெரிவித்துள்ளார். அவர் மேலும் கூறுகையில் 'ஏற்கனவே எச்சரிக்கை கிடைத்திருந்தது. அவ் எச்சரிக்கை புறக்கணிக்கப்பட்டிருந்ததால் இவ்விபரீதம் ஏற்பட்டது. போலியானது என்று புறக்கணிக்கப்பட்ட முன்னெச்சரிக்கையே உண்மையானதாக்கியது. இது குறித்து விசாரணை வேண்டும். உரிய வகையில் கடமையை நிறைவேற்றாதவர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்' என்றும் அமைச்சர் ஹென்ரி பெர்னான்டோ தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

அதேவேளை பிரதமராகிய தமக்கும் தமது அமைச்சர்களுக்கும் இத்தகவல்கள் இறுதிவரை தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கவில்லை என்று பிரதமர் ரணில் விக்ரமசிங்க ஜனாதிபதியை நோக்கி விரலை நீட்டும் வகையில் காட்டமாகப் பேசியுள்ளார். 'நடக்கவிருந்த தாக்குதல்கள் பற்றிய தகவல்கள் முன்கூட்டியே கிடைத்திருந்த போதிலும் எனக்கோ எனது அமைச்சர்களுக்கோ இது பற்றி தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கவில்லை' இந்த விடயம் பாரதூரமானது. பொறுப்பு கூறப்படவேண்டிய நபர்களுக்கு எதிராக சட்ட நடவடிக்கைகளை கடுமையாக நடைமுறைப்படுத்த வேண்டும்' என்று மேற்படி நாட்டு மக்களுக்கு ஆற்றிய தனது உரையில் பிரதமர் ரணில் விக்ரமசிங்க கூறியுள்ளார்.

கிறிஸ்தவ புனித ஞாயிறு அன்று கிறிஸ்தவ தேவாலயங்களில் குண்டுத் தாக்குல்கள் நிகழ்த்தப்பட இருந்ததை ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன முன்கூட்டியே அறிந்திருந்தார் என்று கூறப்படுகிறது. இது உண்மையாக இருக்கும் பட்சத்தில், அதனைத் தடுப்பதற்குத் தேவையான முன்னேற்பாட்டு நடவடிக்கைகள் எதனையும் அவர் மேற்கொள்ளாததுடன் அன்றைய தினம் பார்த்து அவர் வழிபாட்டிற்காகவும், தனது நண்பர் ஒருவரை சிங்கப்பூரில் சந்திப்பதற்காகவும் சென்றமை ஒரு பொறுப்பற்ற நடவடிக்கையாக அமைவது மட்டுமன்றி பல சந்தேகங்களுக்கும் வழிவகுக்கிறது.

குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்கள் தொடர்பாக கிடைத்த தகவல்கள் அனைத்தும் பெரும்பான்மையாக தமிழ்க் கிறிஸ்தவர்களே கொல்லப்பட உள்ளார்கள் என்பதும் அதில் கொல்லப்படக்கூடிய ஏனையோர் சிறிதளவிலான சிங்களக் கிறிஸ்தவர்களே என்பதும் இத்தாக்குதலில் ஒரு பௌத்த குடிமகன்கூட கொல்லப்பட மாட்டார் என்பது உறுதியான நிலையில் இத்தாக்குதல் நடப்பதை சிறிசேன அனுசரித்து நடந்து கொண்டார் என்று கருதவும் இடமுண்டு. கொல்லப்பட்டோரில் மூன்றில் இரண்டு பகுதியினர் தமிழ்க் கிறிஸ்தவர்கள் என்பதும் மிகுதி மூன்றில் ஒரு பகுதியினரே சிங்களக் கிறிஸ்தவர்களும், வெளிநாட்டவர்கள் என்பதையும் கொல்லப்பட்டோரின் புள்ளி விபரங்கள் காட்டுகின்றன. இந்த வகையில் தமிழ்க் கிறிஸ்தவர்களும், சிங்களக் கிறிஸ்தவர்களும் கொல்லப்படுவதற்கு ஏதுவான குண்டுத் தாக்குதலை நடக்க அனுமதிப்பதன் மூலம் தமிழ்-முஸ்லிம்-கிறிஸ்தவ இனப்பூசல்கள் ஏற்பட வேண்டுமென ஜனாதிபதி விரும்பியுள்ளார் என்ற ஐயத்துக்கும் இங்கு இடமுண்டு. தனது சொந்த அரசியல் நலன்களுக்காக இத்தகைய இனப்பூசல்களுக்கு வழிவகுக்கத் தகுந்த இக்குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்களை அவர் அனுமதித்துள்ளாரா என்ற கேள்வியும் இங்கு எழுகிறது.

இக்குண்டுத் தாக்குதல் நிகழ இருப்பது தொடர்பாக இலங்கை அரசிற்கு இந்திய அரசு உத்தியோகபூர்வமாக முன்கூட்டியே அறிவித்திருந்தது எனவும் இக்குண்டு தாக்குதல்களில் ஈடுபட இருந்தவர்களின் பெயர் விபரங்கள்கூட வழங்கப்பட்டிருந்தன எனவும் செய்திகள் வெளிவந்துள்ளன. இலங்கையில் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சும், பொலீஸ் பிரிவும் ஜனாதிபதியின் கட்டுப்பாட்டிலுள்ள பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சின் கீழ் உள்ளது. முன்கூட்டியே பெயர் விபரங்களுடன் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்;சுக்கு தவல்கள் தெரிந்திருந்தும் ஜனாதிபதியும், பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சும் மேற்கொண்டு நடவடிக்கையில் ஈடுபடாமல் விட்டமை பெரும் ஐயங்களை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

மனிதநேயமற்ற காட்டுமிராண்டித்தனமான இத்தாக்குதல்கள் நடந்த சில மணி நேரங்களின் பின் பாதுகாப்பு ராஜாங்க அமைச்சர் ரூவான் விஜெயவர்த்தன, 2009ஆம் ஆண்டு இறுதிக்கட்ட யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்ததும் கலைக்கப்பட்ட ஓர் இயக்கமே இத்தாக்குதலை நடாத்தியதாகக் கூறியுள்ளார். யுத்த காலகட்டத்தில் அரசாங்கத்துடன் இணைந்து செயற்பட்ட துணைப்படையான 'ஜிகாத்' அமைப்பானது யுத்தம் முடிந்த பின் கலைக்கப்பட்ட நிலையில் அந்த அமைப்பில் இருந்த ஒரு பகுதியினர் 'தேசிய தவத் ஜமாத்' என்னும் அமைப்பை முஹம்மது தாயீத் முஹம்மது சஹாரான் என்பவர் தலைமையில் உருவாக்கியதாகவும் அந்த அமைப்பே இத்தாக்குதல்களை நடாத்தியதாகவும் புலனாய்வு அதிகாரிகள் வாயிலாக தகவல்கள் வெளியாகியுள்ளன.

இத்தாக்குதலை மேற்படி இஸ்லாமிய தீவிரவாத அமைப்புக்கள் செய்துள்ளன என்ற பின்னணியில் முஸ்லிம்கள் மீது தமிழ் மக்களுக்கும், கிறிஸ்தவர்களுக்கும் கோபத்தை ஊட்டும் உள்நோக்கம் அவரது கருத்தின் ஊடாக வெளிவந்தமையினையும் அவதானிக்க முடிந்தது.

இத்தாக்குதலில் ஈடுபட்டவர்கள் யாராயினும் அவர்களும், அவர்களுக்கு உடந்தையான ஆட்சியாளர்களும், பாதுகாப்புத்துறை சார்ந்த உயர் அதிகாரிகளும் நீதியின் முன் நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டும். சிறிலங்காவின் நீதித்துறை இனத்துவரீதியாகவும், மதரீதியாகவும்

போதிய சுயாதீனமற்றதாக இருக்கும் நிலையில், தாக்குதல் குறித்து தகவல்கள் முன்கூட்டியே தெரிந்திருந்தும் உரிய நடவடிக்கைகள் எடுக்கப்படாத பின்னணியில், தாக்குதலில் ஈடுபட்டதாகக் கூறப்படும் அமைப்புடன் அரசாங்கத்தின் அமைச்சர்களும், கிழக்கு மாகாண ஆளுனரும் தொடர்புகளைப் பேணிக் கொண்டார்கள் என்று குற்றம் சாட்டப்படுமொரு சூழலில், ஜனாதிபதியும் பிரதமரும் தமக்கிடையே பனிப்போர் நடாத்திவரும் வேளையில் உள்நாட்டு விசாரணையின் ஊடாக உண்மை வெளிப்படுவதும், நீதி நிலைநிறுத்துப்படுவதும் சாத்தியமற்றது.

ஆதலால் இத் தாக்குதலின் பின்னணிகளை ஆராய உள்நாட்டு விசாரணையல்லாமல் சர்வதேச நீதியாளர்களினால் இவ்விசாரணை நடாத்தப்பட்டு உண்மைகள் கண்டறியப்பட வேண்டும். இலங்கையும் அங்கம் வகிக்கும் பொதுநலவாயநாடுகள் அமைப்பு இது தொடர்பான நீதி விசாரணையை முன்னெடுத்து மக்களுக்கு எழுந்திருக்கக்கூடிய ஐயங்களைப் போக்கும் வகையில் செயற்படுவதற்கான தேவை எழுந்துள்ளது. அனைத்து குற்றவாளிகளும் கடுமையாக தண்டிக்கப்படுவதன் ஊடாகவே நீதியினை நிலை நிறுத்த முடியும்.

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CCHR Celebrates 50 Years of Eradicating Psychiatric Abuse & Honors Human Rights Award Winners

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This year’s recipients included Texas attorney, Andy Vickery, who for more than 30 years has taken on pharmaceutical companies over the violence- and suicide-inducing effects of psychotropic drugs.

This year’s recipients included Texas attorney, Andy Vickery, who for more than 30 years has taken on pharmaceutical companies over the violence- and suicide-inducing effects of psychotropic drugs.

The other award winner was writer, producer and director Kevin Miller who has shone a spotlight on profound and harrowing psychotropic drug damage through his inimitable documentaries Generation Rx and Letters from Generation Rx.

The other award winner was writer, producer and director Kevin Miller who has shone a spotlight on profound and harrowing psychotropic drug damage through his inimitable documentaries Generation Rx and Letters from Generation Rx.

Dozens of proclamations and letters of congratulations acknowledging this milestone attest to the organization’s accomplishments in the field of human rights.

I salute CCHR’s 50 years of fighting for justice and freedoms in the mental health system and am calling for an army of attorneys to support CCHR’s work.”

— Allison Folmar, Detroit civil rights lawyer and CCHR Advisory Board Member

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 23, 2019 / — Human rights advocates, legislators, doctors, attorneys as well as community and civic leaders gathered at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena on April 13th for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) 50th Anniversary and Human Rights Awards celebration. Dozens of official proclamations, commendations and letters of congratulations acknowledging this milestone attest to the organization’s many accomplishments in the field of human rights. [1]

CCHR presents Human Rights Awards to individuals who display exemplary courage in the fight for restoration of basic human rights in the field of mental health.

This year’s recipients included Texas attorney, Andy Vickery, who concurred with Folmar. For more than 30 years, he has taken on pharmaceutical companies over the violence- and suicide-inducing effects of psychotropic drugs. He obtained a precedent-setting judgment for the family of a man who killed three relatives and himself after taking an antidepressant, where the jury determined a causal link between the drug and violence. [2] In accepting the award, Vickery said that CCHR speaks “Truth to Power, by which I mean speaking an unpopular but essential truth to people in power who may not want to hear it.” He commended CCHR for its “dedication and tenacity” and applauded CCHR’s endeavors. He wants to educate other trial lawyers to support this important issue.

The other award winner was writer, producer and director Kevin Miller who has shone a spotlight on profound and harrowing psychotropic drug damage through his inimitable documentaries Generation Rx and Letters from Generation Rx.

Oleg Kilkevich, a U.S. nursing educator and advisory board member, said CCHR “has a long history of fighting bravely and relentlessly for human rights. It has been responsible for many great reforms that now protect patients against, ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,’ as outlined under Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

This includes:

In 1970s’ apartheid South Africa, CCHR exposed how psychiatrists incarcerated 10,000 blacks and used them as slave labor and electroshocked them without anesthetic. The group reported them to the World Health Organization, which investigated the camps and issue a report in 1983 stating that “in no other medical field…is the contempt of the person cultivated by racism, more precisely portrayed than in psychiatry.” After the fall of apartheid, CCHR obtained a national government inquiry into psychiatric racism in institutions. They also presented testimony to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission providing a detailed history of mental health studies that had helped entrench and perpetuate apartheid.

In 1976, CCHR secured passage of a California law prohibiting the use of electroshock (ECT) and psychosurgery on children and adolescents. Now used as a model the world over, the law has inspired other countries to enact restrictions and, in Western Australia, criminal penalties if ECT is administered to minors. Sign CCHR’s current petition to ban electroshock here.

For a decade, CCHR investigated and exposed Deep Sleep Treatment (DST) at Chelmsford Private Psychiatric Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Patients were rendered unconscious with drugs and electroshocked daily—48 died. The result was a ban on the procedure and criminal prosecution for psychiatrists to use DST.

In Germany, CCHR investigated and exposed the role of German psychiatrists in euthanasia and the Holocaust. In 2010, Dr. Frank Schneider, president of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN), wrote an apology and confessed that German psychiatrists “lied to and deceived patients in their care and their families. They forced them to be sterilized, arranged their deaths and even performed killings themselves. They also murdered physically and mentally disabled children in more than 30 psychiatric and pediatric hospitals.”

In 1991, CCHR helped push through FDA hearings into antidepressants and their involvement in suicidal and homicidal reactions in users. It took 13 years of persistent work alongside parents, medical experts and attorneys to force the FDA to issue a stringent black box warning that antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts and actions in those 18 years of age and younger—a warning later extended to age 24.
In 2004, CCHR was among those that obtained a U.S. Prohibition of Child Medication Safety law that banned schools from forcing schoolchildren to take prescription psychotropic drugs as a requisite for their schooling.

CCHR presented submissions to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), warning about the massive prescribing of psychotropic drugs to children in 14 countries. UNCRC responded with hearings on the increasing rate of children labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and drugged with psychostimulants. It recommended establishment of a system for “monitoring of the excessive use of psychostimulants to children.”

For 30 years, CCHR has investigated psychiatric fraud that has included psychiatrists billing for their sexual abuse of patients as “therapy.” CCHR helped secure 28 laws around the world that make mental health practitioner sexual abuse of patients a criminal offense punishable by jail. The for-profit psychiatric hospital industry alone has paid more than $2 billion in civil and criminal fines related to fraud since the early 1990s.

Nearly 200 laws and countless regulations protecting human rights in the field of mental health today stand in testament to the passion and perseverance of the members, partners and supporters of CCHR.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visits

[2] “Paxil Maker Held Liable in Murder / Suicide | Will $6.4 Million Verdict Open a New Mass Tort?”

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Acuity Trading, a global provider of AI data-driven trading tools, partners with CR Hope Foundation to help fight against poverty for children in Tanzania.

Acuity’s partnership with CR Hope Foundation is the start of a CSR initiative which we hope to extend in the months & years ahead as the company grows.”

— Nikki Carpenter, Acuity Trading

LONDON, UK, April 23, 2019 / — Acuity Trading, a global provider of AI data-driven trading tools, is partnering with CR Hope Foundation to help fight against poverty for children and youths in Tanzania. The company’s financial contributions will be matched by a commitment by Acuity’s team to help the charity reach its fundraising target before the Government cut-off date.

CR Hope Foundation, founded in 2016, is trying to raise $85,000 before the end of 2019 to obtain its licence in time to construct a new primary school in 2020. Failure to reach this target will delay the project by a further 12 months due to the annual licence restriction in place by the Zanzibari Government.

“News is the beating heart of Acuity’s business and whilst our focus is on analysing financial news for the investment community, it is hard to ignore the recurring headlines about poverty and particularly child poverty across the world,” said Andrew Lane, CEO of Acuity Trading. “When we learned that one of our closest industry associates had set up CR Hope Foundation, we felt compelled to get behind the initiative.”

The CR Hope Foundation was created by Renos Fountoulakis and local Zanzibari, Casiano Ismaili Mbise, who himself had been the beneficiary of a charitable gift of education by an American tourist. It was because of this gift that Casiano was able to learn English and greatly change the direction of his life.

“Although still relatively young as an organisation, Acuity’s partnership with CR Hope Foundation is the start of a CSR initiative which we hope to extend in the months and years ahead as the company grows,” said Nikki Carpenter, COO of Acuity Trading. “Acuity will be rolling out a number of marketing initiatives throughout 2019 to promote the CR Hope Foundation amongst industry peers to give the project the support it needs to become a reality for the community of Zanzibar.””

“CR Hope Foundation is delighted to have the support of Acuity Trading, both through their charitable donations and their awareness activities, as we strive to reach our goal,” said Renos Fountoulakis. “Being able to realise phase one of our project in 2020 would be a great milestone and the first step in delivering a lifetime of education to the children of Zanzibar.”

About CR Hope Foundation
The CR Hope Foundation is a charity, not-for-profit organization launched in 2016 and registered in Zanzibar. The foundation’s objective is to provide education, promote sports, and fight against poverty for children and youths in Tanzania. The charity’s team is formed of 30 committed members and volunteers. They come from all over the world, yet they share a common desire to make the world a better place through the provision of quality education.

Founder Renos Fountoulakis visited the island and was moved by the struggles he witnessed that the local people were facing every day. Many children have no access to schools and have barely enough money to live. He wanted to help.
However, it was not until a chance encounter with Casiano Ismaili Mbise, a local philanthropist, that the idea for CR Hope really began to take shape.

After talking with Renos about their shared interests in education, Casiano offered to use a small piece of land that he owned to build a school in Kizimkazi, Mkunguni where local children could learn for free.
Now the charity is in the process of building the school and receiving the relevant licenses to be operational by 2020. For more information visit ​

About Acuity Trading
Acuity Trading is a financial technology company, extracting and analysing rich sentiment data from global news sources to provide the investment community with an alternative and unique view of the markets, delivered via powerful visualisations.

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in London, Acuity Trading uses sophisticated Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing technology to analyse millions of news items on a daily basis and quantify the mood of the market towards any given tradable instrument including global themes affecting the market.
For further information or to request a demo, please visit ​​ or contact:
Nikki Carpenter
Email: ​ Tel: +44 (0) 7786 513757

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Acuity Trading partners with CR Hope Foundation to build a school in Tanzania

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Triage Cancer Addresses Financial Toxicity in Free Health Care Professional Training in Philadelphia

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Triage Cancer will host a certificate program for oncology health care professionals that addresses financial toxicity, in Philadelphia, PA.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, April 22, 2019 / — News Release

April 22, 2019
Contact: Joanna Morales,, 310.489.0856


CHICAGO, IL, April 22, 2019 — Triage Cancer Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Morales, Esq., today announced the organization will host an Insurance & Finance Intensive, a comprehensive, certificate program for oncology health care professionals and advocates that addresses financial toxicity, in Philadelphia, PA.

This training provides attendees with crucial information to improve patient and caregiver navigation of the practical and legal issues that arise after a cancer diagnosis and contribute to its financial burden.

Topics addressed include individual and employer-sponsored health insurance, government-sponsored programs such as Medicare & Medicaid, tips on using health insurance and the appeals process, navigating disability insurance and appeals, and managing finances and getting financial help.

“Thank you for doing this. As a nurse, this information is not provided in school and it is difficult to navigate day to day. All nurses need this information and if properly informed could grossly improve patient advocacy and knowledge.” – Intensive attendee, 2018

This event is free of charge and is being offered as a pre-conference satellite event for the 2019 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit. Nurses and social workers can also receive free continuing education credit.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Philadelphia 201 Hotel
201 North 17th St., Philadelphia, PA

Intensives will also be held in Las Vegas on August 23, Chapel Hill on September 13, and Washington, DC on October 29. To register for a 2019 Insurance & Finance Intensive, click here.


For more information, please visit or contact Joanna Morales at

Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the radically escalating number of people with cancer, their families, caregivers, advocates and health care professional successfully navigate the legal and practical issues that arise. Follow us on social media! | @TriageCancer |

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Commonwealth Urged to Investigate Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Church Bombings: TGTE

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Sri Lankan Law Enforcement & Judiciary are not ethnically or religiously neutral – Law Enforcement was notified about the possibility of attack beforehand.


Since the Sri Lankan law enforcement and the judiciary are not known to be ethnically or religiously neutral the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) calls upon the British Commonwealth countries to send investigators to investigate the recent Easter Sunday Church bombings which amount to Crimes Against Humanity.

The rationale for the international investigation is strengthened due to fact that the motive for this crime is not known. In this context it is also noted that the claim that the Sri Lankan law enforcement was notified about the possibility of attack beforehand.

TGTE also strongly condemns the barbarous massacre of innocent civilians in the wave of bomb attacks in Batticaloa, Colombo and Nigambo in which over 290 people are reported dead and hundreds injured. In particular TGTE condemns the targeting of the Christian community, a religious minority in Sri Lanka in the morning of Easter Sunday.

At this moment our thoughts are with each and every family that has suffered due to this cowardly action and we stand in solidarity with all of them.

TGTE is also concerned that this heinous attack should not pave the way for a pogrom targeting any particular ethnic or religious group.


The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected Government of over a million strong Tamils (from the island of Sri Lanka) living in several countries around the world. It’s based on the principles of nationhood, homeland and self-determination. TGTE was formed after the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009.

TGTE twice held internationally supervised elections among Tamils around the world to elect 132 Members of Parliament. It has two chambers of Parliament: The House of Representatives and the Senate and also a Cabinet.

TGTE is leading a campaign to realize the political aspirations of Tamils through peaceful, democratic, and diplomatic means and its Constitution mandates that it should realize its political objectives only through peaceful means.

TGTE seeks that the international community hold the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Tamil people to account. TGTE calls for a referendum to decide the political future of Tamils.

The Prime Minister of TGTE is Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, a New York based lawyer.

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National Death Doula Day Launches 4/20/2019

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National Death Doula Day

The very first national Death Doula Day is being celebrated on April 20th 2019 to celebrate the new non-medical profession changing end of life care

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, April 20, 2019 / — National Death Doula Day is the day set aside for Death Doulas to engage their communities, bringing awareness to the profession and benefits for patients and families. An End of Life Doula is a non-medical person trained to care for someone holistically (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) at the end of life. End of Life Doulas are also known around the world as: end of life coaches, soul midwives, transition guides, death coaches, death doulas, doula to the dying, end of life doulas, death midwives, thanadoula, and end of life guides.

Death Doula Day is a day where we recognize the positive impact these individuals can have during the end of life process. This day was created to raise awareness about the profession of Death Doulas and how they can benefit patients and families at end of life. Death Doulas provide the additional support that families need in order to feel comfortable with taking care of their dying loved one at home. They are non-medical professionals that provide holistic support for the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death. Trained in the various end of life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural processes of death while providing comfort and support. This is the day where all Death Doulas can rise together and be a voice for social change at end of life, ensuring everyone has the most positive passing possible.

Who founded this day? This day was created by Suzanne B. O’Brien RN in 2019.


Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the proud Founder and Creator of The International Doulagivers Institute based in New York City. She created the award-winning programs Doulagivers: End of Life Doula Training, Eldercare Doula Training, and Doulagiver Care Consultant Training and has traveled the world donating her education and training programs to help support communities globally. Awarded "Worldwide Leader In Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers, she is also an end of life educator, consultant and author of the #1 international bestselling book Creating Positive Passings & End of Life Doula Level 1 Caregiver Training (2015) — a guide to learning the invaluable skills of how to care for someone at the end of life. Suzanne is the Vice President and a founding member of NEDA (The National End of Life Doula Alliance), Facilitator of Death Cafe New York City UWS, founder and creator of "World Training Day" and Founder of National Death Doula Day.

How should this day be celebrated or observed? On Death Doula Day, we encourage the conversation about the profession of Death Doulas. This can be done anywhere in any way. Have fun with it! Post/tweet/market/share, have a discussion panel, show a documentary, give a training, host a Death Café – anything to do with end of life awareness!

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Park University Spearheads Effort of Congress-Led Systematic Review of Minorities Being Denied Medal of Honor

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House of Representatives and Senate Have Introduced Bipartisan Bills

PARKVILLE, MISSOURI, USA, April 18, 2019 / — The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have introduced separate bills to require the systematic review of minority veterans who served in World War I. Park University has been the driving force behind the bipartisan bills introduced in Congress on April 10 (H.R.2249) and April 11 (S.1218).

The Valor Medals Review is being conducted by the University’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War and the Valor Medals Review Task Force which was formed in August 2018 in conjunction with the Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars on behalf of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

The legislation, if signed into law, will require the Department of Defense to carry out a systematic review of select members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who, in spite of valorous deeds, may have been denied the Medal of Honor due to race. The bills also waive the statute of limitations associated with any cases identified by the review, authorizing the award of a Medal of Honor to any individuals identified by the DOD in the study.

To be eligible for the review, a veteran must have received a Distinguished Service Cross and/or received/been recommended for a Medal of Honor or the French Croix de Guerre with palm. Additionally, the veteran must be African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Jewish-American or Native American. With the exception of Native Americans, this criteria is based exactly on existing precedent used by Congress since the beginning of the systematic reviews in the 1990s. Though excluded by the World War II and later reviews, Native Americans are included in this review as their World War I service predates the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (also known as the Snyder Act).

The Valor Medals Review Task Force is comprised of volunteer scholars and veterans prepared to complete the records collection phase of the project using private donations, precluding the need for government appropriation to finance the most costly and time-consuming aspects of the effort. In its first eight months of operation, the Task Force has been endorsed by the two largest veteran service organizations in the nation — the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars — as well as by more than a dozen other veteran and military service organizations, the grandson of Alvin Cullum York (known as Sergeant York) and three retired flag officers.

The VMRTF’s research team is chaired by Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Park University and director of Park’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War, and Jeffrey Sammons, Ph.D., professor of history at New York University. The Centre’s namesake, a 1912 Park University graduate, was a white officer in the “Harlem Hellfighters” (the mostly black 369th Regiment of New York), a World War I hero and a 1919 Medal of Honor recipient.

Despite comprising two combat divisions, including the “Harlem Hellfighters,” which logged more combat days and casualties than any other American regiment, none of the more than 367,000 African-Americans soldiers who served in the World War I received the Medal of Honor.

The House of Representatives bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Services, is sponsored by J. French Hill, (R-Ark.), and co-sponsored by Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Sam Graves, (R-Mo.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.). The Senate bill, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is sponsored by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and co-sponsored by Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

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Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University is a nonprofit, private institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park achieved university status and currently serves 16,290 students at 42 campuses in 22 states and online, including Parkville, Independence and Kansas City, Mo.; Lenexa, Kan.; Gilbert, Ariz.; Barstow and Victorville, Calif.; Austin and El Paso, Texas; and 33 military installations across the country.

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