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Juiced-Up World Changer’s Contribution to Chicago’s Tent City

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chicago, IL January 29, 2019 – The “Juiced-Up World Changers” nonprofit Foundation and the founder actor Julian Griffith volunteer their time during one of the many coldest times in the windy city of Chicago at Chicago’s Tent City Homeless on Roosevelt Blvd.

The Juiced-Up World Changers organization as of today has raised $600 dollars toward supplies and propane tanks. This will help aid the homeless citizens and keep them warm as a part of the mission to contribute and give back to the community and to those in real need.

The Juiced-Up World Changers is a Non-Profit organization seeking to encourage a better lifestyle via nonprofit services, Education, Athletics and the promotion of Health and Wellness.

Julian Griffith Founder of Juiced-Up World Changers went to school at St. Joseph's College (NCAA-D2) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (NAIA) and was awarded the Most Valuable Player. Shortly after college, Julian signed his first professional baseball contracts with the Fort Worth Cats of the United League. He also played in the Puerto Rico Winter League. In 2016. Now he is pursuing his newest ambition which is his “Juiced-Up World Changers” nonprofit Foundation along with mentoring and public speaking around the Chicagoland area. You can catch him on new Fox crime drama “Proven Innocent” in Feb 2019.

The “Juiced-Up World Changers” goal is to ensure every facet of the community, regardless of income, age, race, or gender, has an opportunity to become an impactful and contributing member of society.

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Community Service
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Excellence
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Steven R. Pietro looks at employment opportunities available to military veterans

Steven R. Pietro

Military supplies firm owner Steven R. Pietro explores opportunities open to former service members.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to Steven R. Pietro, co-founder of Native American service-disabled veteran owned military food supplies business Justice Government Supply, Inc., securing work following military service can be tough. It should today, however, he says, now be up to both large and small companies and local businesses, as well as individuals in the community, to do their part in assisting the country's invaluable veterans in securing employment in a civilian capacity.

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service suggests that the current rate of veteran unemployment in the United States stands at approximately 4 percent, a slight increase over recent years. While this largely mirrors current non-veteran unemployment rates according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among veterans is often exacerbated by lingering stresses, strains, and physical injuries resulting from their time served selflessly in the military.

"While the government places significant importance on assisting veterans with reintegration and finding work, it's critical that local businesses and individuals are similarly committed to creating grassroots career paths and employment opportunities," Pietro explains.

Government assistance programs, such as the Veterans Employment Center, exist to connect veterans with both public and private employers offering much-needed job opportunities, he points out, while also assisting in the creation of resumes and portfolios, and further helping former military personnel to progress in their civilian lives and careers.

"In the first instance, however, addressing the requirement for valuable skills training is vital," suggests Pietro, "before then looking to create resulting employment opportunities for out-of-work veterans, post-training."

Supporting highly valuable, skilled work for veterans is, he says, something which affords struggling former military personnel not only a new sense of purpose but also a healthy source of income, both of which are essential to the continued well-being of the country's veterans.

"As a result, along with—and directly via—Justice Government Supply, Inc., I remain committed to seeking to drive employment opportunities and facilitate work and training for veterans through partnerships with other local businesses and organizations," Pietro explains.

"I hope to do this," he adds, wrapping up, "while also promoting an improved understanding of the numerous personal, social, and professional challenges faced by our nation's incredible veterans in the process."

A graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and San Diego's California Western School of Law, Steven R. Pietro currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. An experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in both the public and private sectors, as well as within the military industry, Pietro is highly skilled in sales, team building, public speaking, management, and leadership, among other talents. To find out more about Steven R. Pietro and Justice Government Supply, Inc., please visit http://jgsfoods.com/.

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American Knife & Tool Institute Announces Intro of Vermont Legislation to Repeal Knife Prohibition

Representative Patrick Brennan

Representative Patrick Brennan

Legislation Would Eliminate the Current Prohibition on the Possession and Sale of Automatic Knives

I’m proud to work with the American Knife and Tool Institute to ensure that Vermont’s laws allow law-abiding knife owners to carry and use theirs knives and tools the way they need to.”

— Representative Patrick Brennan

CODY, WYOMING, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) today applauded the introduction of HB H 124, which would repeal Vermont’s prohibition on the possession and sale of automatic knives in the state. The bill, sponsored by Representative Pat Brennan, R-Chittenden 7-2, will repeal the burdensome state laws that impede on the rights of law abiding citizens of Vermont.

“I’m proud to work with the American Knife and Tool Institute to ensure that Vermont’s laws allow law-abiding knife owners to carry and use theirs knives and tools the way they need to,” said Representative Brennan. “The current restrictions on automatic knives are antiquated and too burdensome on Vermonters. I’m proud to introduce H 124, which will repeal this unnecessary law and ensure that anyone who carries or uses a knife in their daily life for lawful purposes will be protected.”

“We commend Representative Brennan for introducing this bill,” said CJ Buck, President of AKTI, “and are calling on the Vermont legislature to take swift action in passing this bill. This legislation is in keeping with the ways in which Vermonters use their knives for legal occupational and recreational activities, and will ensure that all law abiding Vermonters have the right to carry the knife of their choosing.”

For information about the Vermont Knife Laws visit www.stateknifelaws.com and for more information about State Laws Regarding Auto-Open Knives visit www.akti.org/state-laws-regarding-automatics/.

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INDIGENOUS Announces Spring 2019 Line “Art in Nature” Collection

Organic Cotton Leaf Cardigan | Indigenous

Organic Cotton Leaf Cardigan

Handmade Organic Cotton Poncho and Tank | Indigenous

Organic Cotton Handwoven Poncho and Crochet Tank

Each style tells the story of sustainable fashion—creating a wardrobe with meaning, and awareness through design.

At some point the earth's beauty becomes enough.”

— Toni Morrison

SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — California-based INDIGENOUS, a 25-year Impact Fashion pioneer, announces the retail debut of the ART IN NATURE COLLECTION, a line not only inspired by the natural world, but kind to it as well: 100% organic, non-toxic, and sustainable. Handcrafted in Peru, the spring line is part of the brand’s culture of caring—lifting the lives of artisans, their families, and communities while investing in a supply chain that goes beyond fair trade to make the biggest impact possible.

Fresh and forward, the spring line offers everyday modern wardrobe staples like soft organic Pima cotton tops and leggings, as well as intricate knits and textural wovens. These styles layer together with sophistication and make timeless dressing simple and sustainable.

• Draping fabrics and fluttering asymmetrical hemlines evoke coursing streams and waterfalls.

• Intricate artisan knits, for which the ethical fashion company is well-known, draw upon the natural symmetry of plant life. Mirroring the natural world, designs include leaf-inspired details and textures reminiscent of ancient tree bark, dappled sunlight, and river stones.

Each style is all-natural, crafted from organic Pima cotton, and soft, eco-friendly Tencel. New fabrics, like hand-wovens, and lightweight organic cotton crepe, make their debut this season. Designer Britta Reynolds grounded the line in a timeless palette of neutrals complemented by rich colors of verdant moss green—the color of hope and life—deep watery blues, peaceful lavenders, and vibrant papaya orange.

As an all-natural clothing brand, the earth is always at the heart of INDIGENOUS, but never before has the line so readily drawn upon the planet as its muse. Each style tells the story of sustainable fashion, creating a wardrobe with meaning, and awareness through design.

About INDIGENOUS
California-based INDIGENOUS is a 20-year pioneer of Impact Fashion. The company leads sustainable and ethical product sourcing, and industry-wide initiatives designed to impact the way fashion is created, valued, and worn. Employing over 1,000 artisans and offered in 700+ stores nationwide, the brand has grown organically since 1994. Founders Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds set out to change a broken industry model by cultivating a culture of caring, and have set industry standards in Fair Trade and organic, healthier products. Privately-held, the company is a founding member of B Corporation, the Sustainable Working Group, Social Labor Convergence, and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Read more at INDIGENOUS.com and follow us on Twitter (@indigenousDesigns), Facebook (Indigenous) and Instagram (IndigenousDesigns).

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UN Rights Chief Urged to Send Observers to the Mass Grave Found in Sri Lanka: TGTE

"We are worried that without your involvement these evidences & skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in previous mass graves".

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —

In a letter to UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights Honorable Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam's Prime Minister Mr. Visuvathan Rudrakumaran, urged the High-Commissioner to send observers to the recent mass gave found in the Northern town of Mannar in Sri Lanka, to closely monitor the current process of unearthing and analyzing the skeletons, as well as all other connected activities, including the judicial process.

He also urged the High-Commissioner to take appropriate steps to ensure that all the evidences collected, including skeletons and the area of the mass grave, are secured, analyzed and preserved under your control as evidence for future international prosecution. We are worried that without your involvement these evidences and skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in the case of previous mass graves.

"Needless to say, it is extremely dangerous to allow the evidence collected, including skeletons, to be entrusted with the Sri Lankan Government for safekeeping and expect the Government not to tamper or destroy the evidences. How can anyone expect a party accused of disappearances to protect the evidences and offer justice? It’s similar to entrusting a fox to guard a chicken coop".

Below, please find the letter:

Dear Honorable High Commissioner,

I am writing to bring to your attention the recent discovery of the largest mass grave found yet in Sri Lanka in the Northern Province town of Mannar. According to international media reports as of now 300 skeletons were unearthed in this mass grave consisting of 23 children below the age of 12. Some of the victims appeared to have been bound. The bodies had been heaped up and found “dumped”, instead of being “laid to rest” beside each other, as would be the case in a cemetery.

The mass grave was uncovered by construction workers preparing to build a cooperative store. Local population informs that this area was under the control of the Sri Lankan Security Forces during the war, and the Military Intelligence was occupying a building close by. Even though the war has ended almost ten years ago, still there is very large number of security forces stationed in Tamil areas, raising concerns that these Security forces may tamper with the evidence. Several of these troops are accused by the UN and other international organizations are involved in disappearances, killings and rape.

According to numerous reports thousands of Tamils disappeared during the conflict, including large number of those surrendered at the end of the war in May 2009. Those surrendered include several families with babies and children. We are concerned some of those who surrendered may have been buried there. Special concern to us are the skeletons of 23 children below the age of 12, who may be of those babies and children who surrendered at the end of the war.

Successive Sri Lankan Governments have a history of denying abuses by the Government and often took steps to cover-up international crimes, including blocking any investigation and destroy evidences. As you are aware, despite cosponsoring a unanimously passed UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/4 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution in two years’ time, Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing of a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors.

Recently, one the main suspects named by the UN of committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Major General Shevendra Silva was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army. Please note that it is under his command that bombing and shelling of a place designated by the Government as safe zones (No Fire Zone) took place, resulting in tens of thousands killed. It is also under his command large number of Tamils including babies and children surrendered about ten years ago in May 2009 and still disappeared.

Needless to say, it is extremely dangerous to allow the evidence collected, including skeletons, to be entrusted with the Sri Lankan Government for safekeeping and expect the Government not to tamper or destroy the evidences. How can anyone expect a party accused of disappearances to protect the evidences and offer justice? It’s similar to entrusting a fox to guard a chicken coop.

I would like to point out that no one was held accountable nor was the evidences including skeletons were analyzed and preserved in the previous several mass graves found in Tamil areas. Two of the examples are the mass graves found in the Northern town of Chemmani in 1998 and in the Eastern province town of Kaluwanchikudy in 2014.

There are recent reports of another mass grave found in a place called Mandathivu in Kayts in the Northern Province. There are concerns that many more mass graves may be there in Tamil areas, given that thousands of Tamils disappeared over the years.

I am writing to appeal to you to take appropriate steps to ensure that all the evidences collected, including skeletons and the area of the mass grave, are secured, analyzed and preserved under your control as evidence for future international prosecution. We are worried that without your involvement these evidences and skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in the case of previous mass graves. I also urge you to send an observer to closely monitor the current process of unearthing and analyzing the skeletons, as well as all other connected activities, including the judicial process. Thank you for your consideration.

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Tamil War Victims Urge UNHRC Not to Give Additional Time to Sri Lanka & Refer it to International Criminal Court (ICC)

Giving additional time will not get us justice, but will embolden Sri Lankan Security Forces to continue their abuses and destroy vital war crimes evidences.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —

At a public rally held in the Northern Province town of Vavunia on January 30th, Tamil War Victim groups Jointly Appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council not to Give any Additional Time to Sri Lanka and to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC).

This appeal was made ahead of UN Human Rights Council's March 2019 Session.

This Appeal States that:

"Sri Lanka will be on the Agenda of UNHRC to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution 34/1, which was passed unanimously by the Council on March 2017. This Resolution was necessitated when Sri Lanka failed to fulfil its obligation on an earlier Resolution 30/1 on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war that ended ten years ago on May 2009".

"As requested by Sri Lanka, the Resolution 34/1 gave a two year extension of time to fulfill its obligation under that Resolution. One of the main requirements of the Resolution is for Sri Lanka to establish a Hybrid Court consisting of international judges and prosecutors. The two year extension of time given to Sri Lanka is coming to an end in few weeks’ time".

"Despite co-sponsoring the UNHRC Resolution 34/1 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution 34/1 and 30/1 in two years’ time, Sri Lankan Government not only used diversionary tactics to mislead and delay the implementation, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors".

The Appeal concludes by saying:

"Now due to Sri Lanka’s misleading and delaying tactics to avoid fulfilling the main requirements of Resolution 30/1 and 34/1, it is time to explore other avenues to get justice. Giving any more time to Sri Lanka will not get us justice, but it will further embolden the Security Forces to continue their abuses against us and destroy vital war crimes evidences. This will also serve as a road map for other countries to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity without any fear, fully well knowing that they will escape accountability by following Sri Lanka’s path".

We urge the Member States of the UN Human Rights Council to:

1) Not to fall into Sri Lanka’s trap by giving any more additional time to Sri Lanka. Giving extension of time will not get us justice, but will embolden Sri Lankan Security Forces stationed in Tamil areas to continue their abuses and destroy vital war crimes evidences.

2) To refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created International Criminal Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

3) To appoint a UN Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka, to monitor and report to the Council every six months about the plight of the war affected and other human rights and humanitarian issues.

BELOW, PLEASE FIND THE FULL APPEAL:

BACKGROUND:

Even though the war has ended about ten years ago, we are still waiting for justice for the mass atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan Government. According to UN and other international organizations tens of thousands of Tamils were killed and numerous Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security Forces, in the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

The March 2011 Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka stated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during the final six months of the war and 40 thousand Tamil civilians were killed.

Also, according to the November 2012 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, the figure was raised to 70 thousand killed during the final phase of the war in 2009.

During the final six months of the war UN and international journalists were removed from the conflict zones and the war was conducted in complete secrecy. Civilian targets and internationally protected areas like hospital and food distribution centres were bombed and shelled.

Most were killed as a result of intense bombing and shelling of a safe area called “No-fire Zone” where Tamils assembled for safety. Several also died of starvation and bled to death when Sri Lanka bombed hospitals and prevented enough food and medicine to reach those trapped in the “No Fire Zone”.
UN ranked Sri Lanka as having the 2nd highest disappearance in the world. According to the UN there are over 20 thousand disappeared, which includes babies and children.

WOMEN FACED BRUNT OF THE ABUSES:

A report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) published details of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil women are being held as sex slaves.

The report states the following:

“A senior officer came into the room and was asked to take his pick, like we were meat in a meat market. He looked around and chose me. He took me to another room and raped me"

"Two of the women describe being detained in a group in one room, available for any soldier to come and chose from and take to an adjacent room or tent to be raped," says ITJP.

TAMIL WAR WIDOWS:

There are around 90 thousand Tamil war widows facing numerous challenges from the Security forces to them and especially to their daughters.

The same security forces that committed sexual abuses are still stationed in very large numbers in Tamil areas; living among the same women they committed sexual violence and killed and disappeared their husbands and children. Tamil women have to undergo fear and humiliation to live among the same soldiers who abused them and to see them walking free and enjoying full protection and support of successive Governments.

Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared are leading a campaign to find their disappeared babies, children, daughters, sons and husbands. They face intimidation and attacks by the Military Intelligence and the security forces.

FROM THE VICTIMS AND VICTIMS FAMILIES:

Several of us are war widows and have faced abuses. We also have lost our immediate family members, several relatives have disappeared and many of us and family members are disabled due to injuries sustained by bombing and shelling.

Many of us personally surrendered our family members, including babies and children, to the Sri Lankan Security Forces at the end of the war. We have been searching for them despite intimidation and attacks by the Sri Lankan Military Intelligence.

MASS GRAVES:

Recently a large mass grave was found in Sri Lanka in the Northern Province town of Mannar. According to international media reports as of now around 300 skeletons were unearthed in this mass grave consisting of 23 children below the age of 12. Some of the victims appeared to have been bound. The bodies had been heaped up and found “dumped”, instead of being “laid to rest” beside each other, as would be the case in a cemetery. The Military intelligence was occupying a building close by. Even though the war has ended almost ten years ago, still there is very large number of security forces stationed in Tamil areas, raising concerns that these Security forces may tamper and destroy the evidence of war crimes, including that’s found in mass graves. Several mass graves were found since 1990’s but none was held accountable or evidences preserved by a neutral body.

IMPORTANCE OF THE UPCOMING MARCH 2019 UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL:

The upcoming UNHRC Session is to be convened in a few weeks’ time on February 25th is vital to get justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sri Lankan Security forces against us.

Sri Lanka will be on the Agenda of UNHRC to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution 34/1, which was passed unanimously by the Council on March 2017. This Resolution was necessitated when Sri Lanka failed to fulfil its obligation on an earlier Resolution 30/1 on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war that ended ten years ago on May 2009.

As requested by Sri Lanka, the Resolution 34/1 gave a two year extension of time to fulfill its obligation under that Resolution. One of the main requirements of the Resolution is for Sri Lanka to establish a Hybrid Court consisting of international judges and prosecutors. The two year extension of time given to Sri Lanka is coming to an end in few weeks’ time.

Despite cosponsoring the UNHRC Resolution 34/1 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution in two years’ time, Sri Lankan Government not only used diversionary tactics to mislead and delay the implementation, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors.

Recently, one the main suspects named by the UN of committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Major General Shevendra Silva was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army. It should be noted that it was under his command that bombing and shelling of a place designated by the Government as safe zones (No Fire Zone) took place, resulting in tens of thousands killed. It is also under his command that large number of Tamils, including babies and children, surrendered about ten years ago at the end of the war in May 2009 and still remain disappeared.

In addition, several senior military officials who are credibly accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by the UN and other international organizations were given promotions and sent as Ambassadors and senior diplomates to represent Sri Lanka in different countries and to the UN. One was even made a Cabinet Minister.

These actions by Sri Lanka called into question the sincerity of Sri Lanka when it cosponsored the Resolution 34/1 and whether Sri Lanka is acting in bad faith and hoodwinking the UNHRC by mot implementing the requirements of the Resolution, even after two year extension was given to that country in good faith by UNHRC.

We, victims have been waiting for ten years and fully believed that UNHRC process will bring us justice.

Now due to Sri Lanka’s misleading and delaying tactics to avoid fulfilling the main requirements of Resolution 30/1 and 34/1, it is time to explore other avenues to get justice. Giving any more time to Sri Lanka will further embolden the Security Forces to continue their abuses against us and cover-up vital war crimes evidences. This will also serve as a road map for other countries to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity without any fear, fully well knowing that they will escape accountability by following Sri Lanka’s path.

WE URGE THE MEMBER STATES OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND UN HIGH-COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO:

1) Not to fall into Sri Lanka’s trap by giving any more additional time to Sri Lanka. Giving extension of time will embolden Sri Lankan Security Forces stationed in Tamil areas to continue their abuses and destroy vital war crimes evidences. Additionally, we victims will never get any justice.

2) To refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created International Criminal Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

3) To appoint a UN Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka, to monitor and report to the Council every six months about the plight of the war affected and other international human rights and humanitarian issues.

Thank you.

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Human rights advocates strike back criticizing discrimination and anti-Semitism on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Candle light memorial for the Holocaust victims during screening of CCHR film excerpt showcasing the story of those behind the Holocaust

Citizens Commission on Human Rights DC Director, Isabelle Vladoiu talking about the atrocities committed during the Holocaust

Visitor watching the short documentary on the Men behind the Holocaust at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Pop-up Museum

Citizens Commission on Human Rights called upon international organizations to identify causes and solutions to prevent future genocides.

We must make sure that new generations are educated so that they can apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today's world and prevent future genocides.””

— Isabelle Vladoiu, CCHR DC Director

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, human rights advocates and organizations gathered in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, for a memorial service commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and a panel discussion. The event was aligned with the global campaign #WeRemember launched by the World Jewish Congress, and joined by many world leaders and institutions among them Pope Francis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the European Commission, UNESCO, and others. January 27th was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2005 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In remembrance of the 6 million Jews, including 1.5 million children, murdered in the Holocaust, a special candle lighting ceremony took place, accompanied by a heartfelt performance of the song “Shema Israel”, originally interpreted by Sarit Hadad, acclaimed Israeli singer. The theme of the panel discussions was “End Genocides. Demand and Defend Your Human Rights,” and concerned citizens engaged in dialogue on the Holocaust, Rwandan and Armenian genocides — what happened, why they happened, and how they still matter. The international organizations in attendance were Citizens Commission of Human Rights, Youth for Human Rights International, the International Union of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry and United for Human Rights with the mission to raise awareness on the heinous acts that happened during the Holocaust and help put an end to racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic views in modern day society.

Keynote speaker and moderator of the panel, Isabelle Vladoiu, the director of Citizens Commission of Human Rights Washington, DC, delivered an introduction to the Holocaust, exposing the systematic and state-sponsored persecution and murder of millions of Jews by the Nazi regime, the cruelty with which these horrific acts were done, unveiling also the aftermath of the Holocaust, where hundreds of thousands of “liberated, but not free” Jews had to live in the same camps where they suffered.

At the end of last year a concerning report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) revealed that nine out of 10 European Jews said that anti-Semitism increased during the past five years, and a shocking recent CNN poll exposed that one in 20 Europeans surveyed had never heard about the Holocaust.

“Today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day we stand united, and humbly commemorate millions of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust,” said Ms. Vladoiu. “But, today we must think beyond remembrance. We must make sure that new generations are educated so that they can apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today's world and prevent future genocides.”

Erica Rodgers, the National Director of Youth for Human Rights International, spoke about the Armenian Genocide and the atrocities committed on the eve of World War I, bringing to the attention of the participants the fact that this genocide might have been the one Hitler draw his inspiration from. Ms. Rodgers stated, “In order to prevent future genocides or acts of horrible discrimination we must ensure mankind is well educated on what human rights are. It is the job of each citizen to take a stand against discrimination and to protect the rights of all people.”

The reason why talking about the Holocaust today matters is because genocides and crimes against humanity still happen today. Speaking on the Rwandan genocide was the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, Ms. Beth Akiyama. She shared the story of Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan Holocaust and author of the book “Left to Tell,” whom she had the honor of meeting a few years back at the United Nations.

Ms. Akiyama also commented that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote about human rights inequities that exist in every country, who once said, “The UN came up with the answer. An absence of human right stained the hands of governments and threatened their rules. Very few governments have implemented any part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments have not grasped that their very survival depends utterly upon adopting such reforms and thus giving their peoples a cause, a civilization worth supporting, worth their patriotism.”

Simultaneously, an interactive all-day self-guided exhibit put up by Citizens Commission on Human Rights, showcasing short videos and information on the hidden men behind the Holocaust and other human rights abuses, was held at the Founding Church of Scientology Washington, DC. The exhibit revealed the role that psychiatrists played in the Holocaust, providing the ideological structure for the euthanasia program, as confessed publicly 60 years after the Nuremberg Trials by Dr. Frank Schneider, President of the German Association of Psychiatrists. Panel participants had the opportunity to go through the immersive displays and watch the short documentaries, as well as to get the “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” educational materials.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (www.cchr.org) is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog cofounded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz. It is dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuse and ensuring patient protection. With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 180 chapters across 34 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.

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Medias Klinikum’s Recently Results Reinforce and Extend the Positive Effects of Regional Chemotherapy for HN Cancer

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Results from an ongoing phase-II-study of intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for HN cancer published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

BURGHAUSEN, GERMANY, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Medias Klinikum GmbH & Co KG, a private hospital specialized in surgical oncology, focusing on the treatment of primary and metastatic solid tumors, announces the publication of an ongoing phase-II-study entitled Short-term intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for head and neck cancer patients maintaining quality of life in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00432-018-2784-4), that was conducted by Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, one of the world’s most experienced experts in the field of regional chemotherapy, and his group. In 1981, he developed the technique of isolated liver perfusion and was the first physician worldwide performing this method in humans using a heart-lung machine.

This data was preceded by a study published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12957-018-1404-8) and a poster presentation at the 38th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (abstract no. ESSO38-0290 in the Journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, EJSO) in Budapest this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Medias Klinikum, said, “The standard head and neck cancer therapies, high-dose radiation accompanied by intravenous cisplatin chemotherapy, lead to satisfying tumor control rates but are often limited because of aggravating adverse effects. Dysphagia, tracheostomy, mucositis, weight loss, functional speech and hearing loss are common side-effects that often result from radiotherapy, increasing the risk of suicide for head and neck cancer survivors compared to other cancer incidences as reported by Green and Griffiths 2014; Anguiano et al. 2012; Misono et al. 2008 and Osazuwa-Peters et al. in 2016. While standard therapies are leading to improved tumor control rates, the problem of severe side-effects, however, not only remains but increases resulting in poor quality of life which is indeed the main reason for the increased suicide rates among HN cancer patients. The results obtained in this retrospective observational cohort study of 97 patients treated with short-term intra-arterial chemotherapy showed that this method not only generates high regional cytostatic concentrations but keeps systemic toxicity very low at the same time. With regard to the good survival rates and consistent quality of life with nearly no toxicity, the approach of short-term intra-arterial chemotherapy for HNC should be considered as a first option in a treatment protocol, even if survival rates with standard therapies are comparably good.

In fact, it is an effective and well-tolerated treatment modality with significant results in terms of long-term tumor control and particularly quality of life (QoL).

About Medias Klinikum, Department of Surgical Oncology
Medias Klinikum is a private clinic located in Burghausen (Bavaria), Germany specialized in regional chemotherapy (RCT), a targeted treatment modality for primary and metastatic tumors that generates high locoregional drug exposure and is less toxic. Looking back at 40 years of expertise in this special field of surgical oncology, Prof. Dr. med. Aigner, the medical director of the clinic, is one of the world’s most experienced experts in this treatment method. He has given numerous lectures on RCT and performed guest operations in the most renowned institutions in the USA, Japan, China, Israel, Egypt, Australia and a number of other countries. In 1981, Professor Aigner developed a technique for performing the first isolated liver perfusion in humans using a heart-lung machine, and over subsequent years a variety of additional surgical procedures and specialized catheters for isolated therapy of organs and parts of the body, including the treatment of pancreatic carcinoma.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: CCHR Hosts Event to Raise Awareness

International Israeli singer Ms. Judy Bechar opened the event with a performance of a special song in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

International Israeli singer Ms. Judy Bechar opened the event with a performance of a special song in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

CCHR hosted the event to raise social consciousness of the Holocaust and other human rights violations in order to ensure future generations never forget.

By labeling people as lesser than, unfit or mentally ill, psychiatrists created an environment in the United States and in Germany which led to one of the darkest moments in human history.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a nonprofit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuses, hosted an event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Church of Scientology in Tampa, Florida.

Designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly, January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau when over 7,000 prisoners were freed and the slave camp which had detained over 1.3 million prisoners, was finally shut down.

International Israeli singer Ms. Judy Bechar opened the event with a performance of a special song in memory of the victims of this horrific period in history before recounting a story from her childhood, telling of how a concentration camp survivor had shared her personal story of loss and tragedy with her. It was at that moment that Ms. Bechar pledged to be the voice for those suffering human rights abuse.

“When I heard all that this woman had lost, her parents, her siblings, everything, I couldn’t breathe,” said Bechar. “But then I realized she had won by surviving and it was then that I knew that I had to be the voice for those people who suffer human rights abuses.”

CCHR hosted the event for the purpose of raising social consciousness by educating people on the inhumanity of the Holocaust and other human rights violations in order to ensure future generations never forget.

While most people are aware of the murder of millions of Jews during World War II, many have no idea that before the Nazi regime even came to power German psychiatrists proposed the extermination of mental health patients and developed processes and systems to murder patients by the thousands with euthanasia as well as eugenically sterilizing patients. Organized psychiatry implemented 6 psychiatric facilities that aimed and succeeded in the killing of 100,000 German mental patients. These psychiatric facilities provided the training, personnel, and technologies to create the mass extermination camps for the Holocaust. [1]

“By labeling people as less than, unfit or mentally ill, psychiatrists created an environment in the United States and in Germany which led to one of the darkest moments in human history,” said the president of the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein. “Today we must be ever watchful that this is never allowed to happen again.” [2]

While some may think that the days of picking up people off the street, from their homes or from their schools is long past, the United States allows for involuntary psychiatric examination in every state. In Florida there were almost 200,000 such examinations, known as a Baker Act, in 2017. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have been given the power to use law enforcement to have any man, woman or child, no matter their age, taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility against their will if they believe the person is mentally ill. This power is granted despite the fact that there is no scientific test for mental illness and mental illness labels and disorders are simply voted into existence and placed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These disorders are nothing more than the opinion of the very same people who profit off of mental health labels. [3] [4] For more information on the Baker Act please call (727) 442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

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 visit www.cchrflorida.org.

References:
[1] “Psychiatry's role in the Holocaust” US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23511221
[2] GERMAN PSYCHIATRISTS ADMIT 70 YEARS TOO LATE TO NAZI KILLING SPREE AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EUGENICS STERILIZATIONS https://www.cchr.org/documentaries/age-of-fear/psychiatrists-admission-to-holocaust.html
[3] “Mental Illness in a Test Tube,” Scientific American https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/mental-illness-in-a-test-tube/
[4] PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS VOTED INTO EXISTENCE https://www.cchr.org/quick-facts/disorders-voted-into-existence.html

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Florida Attorneys Join Forces with CCHR to Fight Mental Health Abuse

Those attending the event heard from Carmen Miller, a former public defender now in private practice specializing in Baker Act cases, Justin Drach of Theole Drach Law, the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein and Kendra Parris of Parris Law.

Those attending the event heard from Carmen Miller, a former public defender now in private practice specializing in Baker Act cases, Justin Drach of Theole Drach Law, the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein and Kendra Parris of Parris Law.

CCHR Florida hosted the Baker Act Defense Attorney Symposium & Summit

CCHR Florida hosted the Baker Act Defense Attorney Symposium & Summit

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

Defense attorneys from across the state met at CCHR to discuss strategies to effectively serve families and to eradicate violations of the Baker Act.

I feel we are getting somewhere as a group and we are nailing down the exact abuse cases that are going to be used to reform the law.”

— Carmen Miller, attorney

CLEARWATER, FL, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) recently hosted a continuing legal education event for defense attorneys that focused on changes to the mental health law, significant case law and successful actions for defending the rights of citizens being held under a Baker Act.

The Baker Act, Florida’s mental health law, allows for men, women and children to be taken into custody and held for involuntary psychiatric examination and during fiscal year 2016/2017 there were almost 200,000 Baker Acts, more than doubling from 2001/2002. [1]

CCHR, a non-profit watchdog organization dedicated to restoring dignity and human rights to the field of mental health, hosted the event as part of a campaign to protect individuals from human rights violations committed through the abusive use and misuse of the Baker Act. During the event attorneys from across the state discussed strategies to effectively serve families and to eradicate violations of the law.

Those attending the event heard from attorneys Justin Drach of Theole Drach Law, Carmen Miller, a former public defender now in private practice specializing in Baker Act cases and Kendra Parris of Parris Law as well as the president of the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein.

“Handling the Baker Act is really a job for those who care. It isn’t something that all lawyers can do and some won’t do it because there are so many other ways for lawyers to make money. This isn’t an easy way. But children being Baker Acted is horrendous – so we are doing something about it,” said Kendra Parris.

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse prompting CCHR Florida in 2016 to launch a campaign for the purpose of educating Floridians on their rights under this law. Since the launch, CCHR has held hundreds of events educating tens of thousands of people on the Baker Act. Following his presentation, Justin Drach stated that he feels like the group is moving in the right direction and that events such as this one will help bring about much needed change to the mental health law. To learn more about the Baker Act or to reserve a seat at the next Baker Act Defense Attorney Symposium & Summit please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

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 visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:

[1] Baker Act Annual Report http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf

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