Every Girl Wins Institute Announces Celebration of International Every Girl Wins Day in Kenya

Dr. Christine Kozachuk Founder and CEO of Every Girl Wins Institute

Dr. Kozachuk Mentored Woman and Girls in Nguni Village Kenya

Dr. Kozachuk speak to over 600 Woman and Girls in Narok County Kenya

Dr. Christine Kozachuk founder and CEO of Every Girl Wins Institute, has announces that the country of Kenya will celebrate International Every Girl Wins Day

“I believe that as we work with local leaders to celebrate the International Every Girl Wins Day, we will inspire others to collaborate with us to change the world”.”

— Dr. Christine Kozachuk founder and CEO of Every Girl Wins Institute

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, February 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Christine Kozachuk founder and CEO of Every Girl Wins Institute, has announces that the country of Kenya will celebrate International Every Girl Wins Day. On that day people from around the world will stand together with all females for freedom and equal opportunity. It was created to inspire the world to accept all females as an equal; to stand as one to celebrate their most significant asset, being females.

International Every Girl Wins Day will be celebrated around the world in every country through talks, lectures, calling, or sending letters of encouragement to the females in our lives.
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The International Every Girl Wins Day in Kenya will be hosted by Dr. Juma Nashon and Rev Dorcas Kavod from Nairobi. On this day they will recognize the women of Kenya with the Women of Worth and the Guiding Light Awards.

The Women of Worth Award will go to a woman that not only knows her worth, but she also knows the worth of other women by encouraging and supporting them to know who they are in their community.  

The Guiding Light Award will go to a deserving woman or man that is out in the community advocating and making a difference in the lives of women and children in their community.

According to Dr. Juma Nashon, “we are excited to be a part of the International Every Girl Wins Day and through this day we will not only impact the local community but the whole country.”

Rev. Dorcas Kavod, states “that there are many individuals that are working in the community to make a difference, this day gives us an opportunity to recognize them for the great work that they are doing.”

Dr. Kozachuk is a hands on leader and on her trip to Kenya inspired and motivated thousands, she visited Nuguni Village, where she spoke and mentored the women and girls to know, no matter what they are going through, they can create the life they deserve, that they are WINNERS. She also had the privilege to share her message with over 600 women and girls in Narok county, arranged by Dr. Juma and Rev Dorcas.  All the women and girls have dreams for a better life in which Dr. Kozachuk knows with the right tools, education, and guidance they will succeed. 

Dr. Juma Nashon and Rev Dorcas Kavod are advocates for women’s rights around the world. To learn more about the plans for that day in Kenya or to be part of the day or participate as a sponsor, contact board member of the Every Girl Wins Institute Rev. Dorcas Kavod at +254726012115 or email Dr. Juma Nashon at jkarod@gmail.com.

We are very excited to announce that the Every Girl Wins Institute will be awarding five scholarships on this day to five qualified female candidates, to apply or nominate a female go to www.everygirlwins.com .

Dr. Christine Kozachuk states, “I believe that as we work with local leaders to celebrate the International Every Girl Wins Day, we will inspire others to collaborate with us to change the world”.

The Every Girl Wins Institute was created based on the life skills and observations of women of the world from the founder. What she has experienced is the beliefs of women are holding them back from creating the life they deserve. Over and over again, she would hear women talk about not being confident enough or worthy enough because of certain circumstances that have happened in their lives.

The founder herself had also experienced the same things in her own life from childhood poverty, being a child bride with three children by the time she was eighteen. Having been abused physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually, she understands suffering and feeling unworthy. She never let that stop her from winning and creating the life she deserved.

Dr. Christine Kozachuk is a World Civility Ambassador, International Speaker, International Award Recipient, Entrepreneur and Author.
Dr. Kozachuk owns multiple successful businesses including RC Mobile Truck Repair Services for more than twenty-four years, Every Girl Wins Institute that helps women rewrite the definition of their lives and Co-Host of The Real Business Women Of Charlotte. Dr. Kozachuk was the managing director of Charlotte’s International eWomenNetwork-ing group for over two years. She successfully opened and operated two fitness studios, Pink Ice Ladies Fitness Center and Fit N Free for Life in which she not only ran the studios but instructed and encouraged every client.

Dr. Kozachuk has served on the board of Home4Me for over two years. Home4Me provides our teens and young adults in foster care with guidance, mentoring and encouragement at the time in their lives when they need it most.

Dr. Kozachuk has been honored to have received the following awards.
2010 Give First Share Always by eWomenNetwork
2017 Share my voice by Black Belt Speakers
2017 Leverage Leader by eWomenNetwork
2018 Women Add Value by iChange Nations
2018 Leadership by iChange Nations
2018 Voice of Change by iChange Nations
2019 World Civility award by iChange Nations
2019 Susan M Gibson Golden Microphone by Black Belt Speakers
2019 Vernet A. Joseph Productive Global Agent of Change by iChange Nations
2020 The Power of Collaboration Lifetime Achievement Award by Global Visionary Publishing
2020 Creator of Greatness Award by Greatness University
2020 I Change Nations Professor Patrick Businge Greatness Award

Dr. Kozachuk has written and co-authored several books and a Mp3
How Can I Create the Life I Deserve? (K.N.O.C.K. Formula)
Live Your Best Life-Walk by Faith
Letters of Love, Dear Loved One
The Chronicles of The Chosen-Living Life by Design
Do It Yourself Podcast-Step by Step Guide for Beginners
Meditation Mp3
Freeing Yourself from The Chains of The Past

To find out more about the International Every Girl Wins Day or to get involved or be a sponsor go to www.internationaleverygirlwinsday.com

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There Is No Space For Transitional Justice In Sri Lanka – Call Of The Hour Is Remedial Justice: TGTE

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for UN Member States

Sri Lanka is unwilling & unable to hold state officials accountable for heinous violations of int'l human rights & humanitarian laws. Reason-it is the state itself that committed these heinous crimes”

— V. Rudrakumaran.

NEW YORK, USA, February 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ahead of the opening of the 43 rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) calls on the international community to abandon any attempt to resuscitate the defunct transitional justice initiative on Sri Lanka detailed in UNHRC Resolution 30/1, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka,” and instead adopt a remedial justice agenda that includes referring Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and referral of Sri Lanka to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) under the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Crime of Genocide by a State Party to the Convention.

“Four years of Sri Lanka deliberately failing to fulfill its transitional justice obligations under Resolution 30/1 should have been enough reason for the Council to change its course on Sri Lanka at its session last year and adopt a remedial justice agenda, as TGTE called for,” said TGTE Prime Minister Visvanathan Rudrakumaran. “Instead, the Council opted to roll over the resolution, resulting in the further entrenchment of Sri Lanka’s culture of impunity and the return to power of those most responsible for the crimes perpetrated against Tamils during the armed conflict. Ultimately, the UNHRC’s attachment to transitional justice moved Sri Lanka away from accountability and justice, not toward it.

Sri Lanka’s unilateral withdrawal from Resolution 30/1 is a clear rejection of human rights and accountability and displays total disregard for fellow UN Member States. Thus, there is no point at this juncture to discuss transitional justice. Rather,remedial justice is the call of the hour.”

According to the 2012 U.N. Internal Review Report (Petrie Report) on Sri Lanka, there are credible reports that during the final months of war, when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa served as Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary, the Sri Lankan army killed 70,000 Tamil civilians. In 2016, the U.N. Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances reported that Sri Lanka had the second highest number of disappeared cases before them. When including the thousands of Tamils disappeared, the Tamil death toll jumps to more than 100,000 as the war ended.

Resolution 30/1, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and unanimously passed by the Council in 2015, commit Sri Lanka to establishing a judicial mechanism involving foreign judges and lawyers to hold perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other international crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s 26-year armed conflict accountable and to creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among other transitional justice measures.

“When the Rajapaksas lost the 2015 election and the Sirisena government obtained power, the international community viewed the regime change as an opportunity to achieve transitional justice. However, the last five years have shown that perception was not the case. Rather, the Sirisena government used transitional justice as a sophisticated form of impunity,” Rudrakumaran said.

“The establishment of the Office of Missing Persons in the face of the declaration by former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe that most of the disappeared are dead is an illustration how the Sri Lankan state used transitional justice to deceive the UNHRC and the greater international community,” Rudrakumaran said.

This deception is further underscored by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet’s statement in her most recent report on Sri Lanka released earlier this week, that, since 2015, “very little action has been taken to remove individuals responsible for past violations, to dismantle structures and practices that have facilitated torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, and to prevent their recurrence.” In other words, despite ongoing UNHRC oversight of the resolution’s implementation, the UNHRC’s transitional justice initiative failed.

Commissioner Bachelet also notes in her report that “there has been minimal progress in the investigation and prosecution before Sri Lanka’s courts of the long-term emblematic cases highlighted in previous reports of the High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council…the absence of progress on these cases highlights the systemic impediments to accountability in the criminal justice system.” In other words, Sri Lanka is both unwilling and unable to hold state officials to accountable for heinous violations of international human rights and international humanitarian laws. The primary reason for it, it is the state itself that committed these heinous crimes. This exact combination of lack of will and ability is what remedial justice broadly
speaking and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in particular, were designed to address and overcome.

“History has repeatedly shown us that when the state itself is the perpetrator of grave crimes and the architect and overlords of widespread institutional discrimination and bias against the group that the victims and survivors belong to, which in the case of Sri Lanka is the Tamil people, there is no way for victims to obtain justice so long as the state is involved in the accountability and institutional reform processes,” Rudrakumaran said.

“Given the fact the person who was the architect of this mass atrocity, which attempted to destroy the very existence of Tamils as apeople, is now Sri Lanka’s President,the only forum that can pierce head of state immunity and bring President Rajapaksa to justice is the International Criminal Court (ICC).The ICC is also
the only international forum that currently exists where other high-ranking Sri Lankan government and military officials most responsible for the Tamil Genocide can be prosecuted.

Thus, TGTE calls on the UN to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC.” Continuing impunity is a threat to security as the High Commissioner stated in her most recent report, that the government’s failure to “deal comprehensively with the past, risking to repeat cycle of violence and human rights violations”. The violence against the Muslims last year is a demonstration of the above.

Steven Ratner, one of the members of the three-person Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, which advised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on human rights violations related to the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, has written in the American Journal of International Law,; The Sri Lanka case also demonstrates, however, three clear obstacles on the bridge between law and behavior. First, much of the law regarding accountability for human rights atrocities has developed in situations where governments are judging their predecessors–true cases of transitional justice…For nontransitional situations, the obstacles to accountability are profoundly increased, for the leaders have much more at stake: full investigation could lead to freezing of assets, public humiliation, and even a trial before a national, foreign, or international court…the limiting principle [of transitional justice] still seems to be that governmental officials do not like to investigate themselves. Those states may be willing to investigate the violations of the losing side—as Sri Lanka is with regard to LTTE crimes—but such investigations then appear to be no
more than victors justice.

“A prerequisite for transitional justice is acknowledgment of the violations committed by the party concerned. However, in Sri Lanka, thus far, there has been no acknowledgment of the violations. Rather, we have repeatedly witnessed denial and triumphalism,” Rudrakumaran said.

In an interview with the BBC in 2010, when President Rajapaksa was still Defense Secretary, he told the reporter that there is “not a single case” of the Sri Lankan army committing war crimes. In a 2012 BBC interview, when asked about state forces disappearing people, Gotabaya denied the accusation and responded, “I am the secretary of defense, I have investigated this. You don’t take the word from these people, take the word from me.’ This stands in total contradiction to his recent claim the “all the missing are dead.”

We note with regret that the High Commissioner downplayed the Sri Lankan assertion that missing are in fact dead and that he can’t bring back the dead. The UNHRC and other international bodies can and should demand that President Rajapaksa reconcile his competing claims and hand over all information he obtained to Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Commission, established under the Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Act, as well as to the UN, in accordance with the international principles the Right to Know and the Right to Truth.

“The return of the Rajapaksas to power last year and the actions of the government since then demonstrate that Tamils can never enjoy equality or dignity in Sri Lanka. The fact that Rajapaksa won with Sinhala votes shows that Sri Lanka is a rigid ethnocratic Sinhala Buddhist state with no room for justice for Tamils.

The President’s statement that he will not engage in any political resolution without the support of Sinhala majority underscores this. It is nothing but a tyranny of the majority camouflaged as democracy. In addition, the Government’s prohibition of the national anthem being sung in Tamil during the official Independence Day celebrations on February 4, 2020, was a hostile act against Tamils and a telling sign of the state’s disinterest in reconciliation. "Justice and reconciliation are the twin pillars of transitional justice. Clearly, there is no room for transitional justice in Sri Lanka,” Rudrakumaran states.

Instead, as High Commissioner Bachelet notes in her recent report, “The Government appears to prioritize development to deal with the past. The 2030 Agenda includes SDG 16 to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A commitment to human rights, justice, accountability and transparency – all of which are recognized as prerequisites for an enabling environment in which people are able to live freely, securely and prosperously – underpins the 2030 Agenda.”

“The first objective of the Human Rights Council listed in Resolution 5/1 is ‘the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground.’ Instead, what we have seen in Sri Lanka since the adoption of resolution 30/1 is further degradation of human rights. This is not surprising. As transitional justice scholar Makau W. Mutua said in the context of Rwanda, ‘transitional justice serves to deflect responsibility to assuage the conscience of states which were unwilling to stop the genocide.’ It does not serve victims and survivors,” Rudrakumaran pointed out.

“It is therefore incumbent upon the Council, in order to fulfill its duty, to move on from transitional
justice and pursue a different, viable approach to holding Sri Lankan perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide accountable: remedial justice.

TGTE believes that remedial justice can accomplish what transitional justice never could and never did.”

ABOUT THE TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM (TGTE):

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.

TGTE was formed after the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009.

TGTE thrice 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. It’s based on the principles of nationhood, homeland and self-determination.

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.

Twitter: @TGTE_PMO
Email: pmo@tgte.org
Web: www.tgte-us.org

BACKGROUND

Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka faced repeated mass killings in 1958, 1977, and 1983 and the mass killings in 2009 prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a Panel of Experts to report on the scale of the killings.

According to UN internal review report on Sri Lanka, over 70 thousand Tamils were killed in six months in early 2009 and Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces. 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. There are over 90,000 Tamil war widows and thousands of Tamils disappeared due the conflict.

According to this UN report, the killings and other abuses that took place amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that constitute an act of genocide.

Members of the Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively from the Sinhalese community and the victims are all from the Tamil community. A Buddhist Monk shot and killed a Sri Lankan Prime Minister 1959 for having talks with Tamils.

Tamils overwhelmingly voted in a Parliamentary election in 1977 to establish an independent and sovereign country called Tamil Eelam. This Parliamentary election was conducted by the Sri Lankan Government.

Twitter: @TGTE_PMO

Email: r.thave@tgte.org

Phone: +1-614-202-3377

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TGTE.Secretariat/

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EUGENE J. BULLARD, BLACK SWALLOW OF DEATH By Colleen Adair Fliedner

Now a fighter pilot with the Escadrille Spa 93, Eugene had a heart with a dagger stabbing through it and the words, “All Blood Runs Red,” painted on the side of his airplane, a Spad 7C.

Eugene Bullard in his French uniform, 1917

Eugene Bullard places flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In the Shadow of War: Spies, Love and the Lusitania by Colleen Adair Fliedner

EUGENE JACQUES BULLARD was the only African-American pilot to fly in combat during World War I, as well as the first African-American fighter pilot in history.

This brave man who had to leave his own country to find a place where he would be accepted as an equal.”

— Colleen Adair Fliedner

SAN MATEO, CA, US, February 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Not only was EUGENE JACQUES BULLARD the only African-American pilot to fly in combat during World War 1, he was the first African-American fighter pilot in history. Completing at least 20 brutal combat missions, including what were termed “dog fights in the sky,” Eugene was proud to be called the dreaded “Black Swallow of Death” by German fighter pilots.

So, how did the son of a slave, a man who was born in Georgia in 1895 during the time of the notorious Jim Crow laws, become the world’s first African-American fighter pilot?
Living in the South, Eugene James Bullard grew up constantly facing racial violence. His own father, William, was nearly lynched. Even worse, the incident was witnessed by young Eugene. His mother, a full-blooded Creek Indian, died when he only 6, leaving her 10 children to be raised by their father. It was all too much for the boy to take. Unable to cope, he ran away from home in 1906 when he was only 11 years old, wandering through the South simply trying to survive.

Alone in the world, the first known work that the youngster found was tending to the horses of a group of traveling “Gypsies” (now known as Roma people). He must have done well, for he learned to ride and later raced their horses to earn money for his employers, who had become his friends.

Still, the seventeen-year-old longed for more. Traveling around America, he had heard stories about how life was better for people of color in Europe. Eugene said goodbye to America and stowed away on a German merchant ship. The vessel made a stop in Aberdeen, Scotland, where Eugene disembarked. He made his way to London, finding work as a slapstick performer with an entertainment troupe made up of men and women of African descent. It was during this time that Eugene discovered his skills as a boxer. In fact, he was so good, he traveled to various destinations in the U.K., Germany and other countries, including Egypt. Audiences everywhere applauded the unusual man who had become something of a sensation. His fame and his fortune began to grow.

When he traveled to France for a boxing match, Eugene found the peace he had sought his entire life. African-Americans were accepted as human beings and treated fairly. France was a place where he was treated like a man, where he could have dignity and respect. Paris became his permanent home. It was a place, he wrote where, “…French democracy influenced the minds of both black and white Americans there and helped us all act like brothers.”

He was so happy in France that when World War I broke out in 1914, Eugene enlisted in the French military. He served in the 170th Infantry Regiment but was severely wounded at the bloody Battle of Verdun. He received two metals for his bravery: the Croix de Guerre and the Medaille Militaire. Recuperating at a hospital in Lyon, he decided to give himself a new challenge – to fly one of the French fighter planes. He entered the Aeronautique Miltaire in 1916 and received training at a French base in Tours earning his wings a year later.

Now a fighter pilot with the Escadrille Spa 93, Eugene had a heart with a dagger stabbing through it and the words, “All Blood Runs Red,” painted on the side of his airplane, a Spad 7C. As if he wasn’t already the most unique pilot flying for France, he had a pet monkey named Jimmy as his “copilot.” Eugene was brave and determined to prove himself. And when America finally joined the Allied forces in 1917, Eugene, who still considered himself to be an American despite his bad memories of home, attempted to sign up as a pilot for the U.S. Air Service. Sadly, he was turned down. The American military didn’t allow African-Americans to serve as fighter pilots. Discouraged, he returned to flying for France. Some sources say he had a confrontation with a French officer, while others say the U.S. military instructed the French government to remove Eugene as a pilot. What we do know is that despite his success as a pilot and the awards of honor he had received, Eugene was fired as a pilot and was sent back into the infantry for the rest of the war.

When things began to settle down in Paris, the ambitious man used his savings to open a nightclub, Le Grand Duc, an American bar he called L’Escadrille, and an athletic club. Now a successful businessman, he married a French woman, Marcelle de Straumann, who gave birth to his two daughters. For the first time, Eugene settled into a stable, yet exciting life that included meeting many rich and famous people, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker.

Things changed around 1940 when the Nazis occupied Paris. German soldiers and turn-coat Frenchmen, known as the Fifth Columnists, frequented Eugene’s nightclub and bar. Because he spoke fluent French and German, he could eavesdrop on the frequently drunken discussions, sharing the information with the French counterintelligence network.

Now in his mid-40s, he enlisted as a machine gunner to fight again for France. And once again, Eugene was severely injured. His recuperation was long and difficult, and Paris was still an occupied city when he learned that the Nazis were rounding up Blacks and shipping them to concentration camps. It was time for Eugene Bullard, a national hero in France, to finally return to the United States. He had divorced his wife, but brought his daughters with him to New York, settling in Harlem. After a life of adventure, turmoil, and heroism, this amazing man disappeared from history.

That is, until Eugene had taken a job as an elevator operator at the RCA building in New York City. When his identify was finally discovered, he was interviewed on The Today Show in 1954. As a result, he was invited to France as one of three honored men to relight the flame of the Unknown Soldier in Paris. He was presented with France’s highest honor, a national Chevalier (knighthood), his fifteenth award bestowed by the French government. He returned to Harlem, where the honors continued when French President Charles De Gaulle traveled to New York City to personally meet with the hero who had done so much for France during both world wars. Eugene Bullard died in Harlem in 1961. Three decades later, the American military posthumously commissioned him into the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, has a display to honor his memory. And the McDonald-Douglas Corp. donated a bronze bust of Eugene Bullard to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

This brave man who had to leave his own country to find a place where he would be accepted as an equal. This special man who had been turned down because of his race when he applied to join the U.S. forces after America declared war on Germany in 1917. This man, Eugene J. Bullard, certainly deserves to be remembered for his many accomplishments, particularly during Black History Month. We can only hope that Eugene Bullard’s amazing story will be made into a movie. Tyler Perry? Beyoncé? Anyone?

Colleen Adair Fliedner is the author of a World War I story entitled In the Shadow of War: Spies, Love and the Lusitania, published by Sand Hill Review Press.

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Mental Health Watchdog Calls Baker Acting of Children in Florida a Human Rights Abuse

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

Involuntary examinations are being initiated on children without parental knowledge. The parent finds out AFTER their child has been Baker Acted.

Involuntary examinations are being initiated on children without parental knowledge. The parent finds out AFTER their child has been Baker Acted.

The Florida mental health law allows for the “willing help of family or friends” to help a person in crisis, including a child, yet parents are not being contacted prior to a Baker Act and are not being given the opportunity to help their child.

The Florida mental health law allows for the “willing help of family or friends” to help a person in crisis, including a child, yet parents are not being contacted prior to a Baker Act and are not being given the opportunity to help their child.

More than 36,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations have been initiated on children, some between the ages of 2 to 5-years-old.

The simple fact is that if parents were being brought into the process before the initiation of a Baker Act a large percentage of these situations would be resolved.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Almost a month after the Baker Acting of a 6-year-old little girl in Jacksonville, media across the world is continuing to report on Florida and the fact that the mental health law is being abused and parental rights are in jeopardy. [1]

The Florida mental health law, commonly called the Baker Act, allows for the “willing help of family or friends” to help a person in crisis, including a child, yet parents are not being contacted prior to a Baker Act and are not being given the opportunity to help their child. [2]

The Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a watchdog organization that investigates and exposes abuse in the mental health industry, is calling the failure to bring parents into the process a violation of parental rights and a human rights abuse.

“In watching the police body cam footage, it appears that the Baker Acting of this little girl could have been avoided by simply calling the mother and giving her an opportunity to help her daughter,” stated Diane Stein, president of CCHR Florida. “This is why the law needs to be amended and parental rights protected.”

Currently there is a bill filed in Florida by Representative Erin Grall to create a parental bill of rights. This is the second year that Rep. Grall has sponsored such a bill with the intention of creating a new chapter in the Florida statutes that clearly lists the fundamental rights of parents to control the education, health care and mental health care of their children. [3]

According to the executive director for Parental Rights, Michael Ramey, "If passed, the Parents’ Bill of Rights will not suddenly halt all the abuses of the 50-year-old Baker Act. But it will raise the status of parents in the eyes of courts, schools, and administrations throughout Florida—and that itself should help to reduce abuses like the one Nadia and her mother suffered.” [4]

CCHR agrees that passing a Parents’ Bill of Rights would be a step in the right direction while pointing out that it has been known for decades that the Baker Acting of children is a serious human rights abuse that needs to be addressed. Over the past several years, lawmakers have filed bills to require parents to be notified before the initiation of an involuntary examination but to date none have passed. Additionally, in 2005 the Florida Senate published an Interim Project report clarifying the Baker Act requirements as they relate to children and in 2017 a task force was created due to concern in the dramatic increase of Baker Acts involving children since 2002 but none of these efforts have resulted in parents being brought into the process. [5,6]

Among the recommendations made by this task force was “increasing parental/family involvement” yet this recommendation has not been put into effect despite it being made known during by the task force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria. [7]

“While the overall issue of children in crisis is complicated, the simple fact remains that if parents were being brought into the process before the initiation of a Baker Act a large percentage of these situations would be resolved,” stated Diane Stein.

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 please visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:
[1] Mother wants answers after she says 6-year-old in Duval school ordered to mental health facility https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200210/mother-wants-answers-after-she-says-6-year-old-in-duval-school-ordered-to-mental-health-facility
[2] Involuntary Examination Criteria http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0394/0394.html
[3] ’Parents Bill of Rights’ wins bipartisan backing in first House stop https://www.tampabay.com/news/gradebook/2020/01/23/parents-bill-of-rights-wins-bipartisan-backing-in-first-house-stop/
[4] Florida, Special Interests, and Parental Rights https://parentalrights.org/florida-special-interests/
[5]http://archive.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/2006/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2006-103cf.pdf
[6] https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/361/Analyses/h0361z2.CFS.PDF
[7] TASK FORCE REPORT ON INVOLUNTARY EXAMINATION OF MINORS https://myflfamilies.com/service-programs/samh/involuntary-examination-minors/docs/20170720/20170720-minutes.pdf

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San José City College Hosts Cash for College eBus

Students enter the Cash for College eBus at San José City College

Students enter the Cash for College eBus at San José City College

Participants received assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Chafee Grant application.

Participants received assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Chafee Grant application.

The eBus is a former city bus equipped with laptop computers, printers, scanners, internet access, and staffed by experts who help students complete their applications.

The eBus is a former city bus equipped with laptop computers, printers, scanners, internet access, and staffed by experts who help students complete their applications.

The e-Bus helped ensure that both foster youth and Dreamers seeking financial assistance for their educational goals received the help they need to keep them on the pathway.”

— Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng, SJCC president

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — San José City College (SJCC) hosted the Cash for College eBus to provide onsite application assistance for young adults, foster youth, and Dreamers between the ages of 14 and 26. SJCC was the only California Community College in Santa Clara County to host the event.

The eBus, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services and the California Student Aid Commission, visited campus on Tuesday, February 18. More than 50 students who were at various stages of the financial aid application process received help.

SJCC Outreach Recruitment Coordinator, Xiomara Martinez, lauded the value of the eBus for students. "Applying for financial aid can be a complicated and daunting process. The eBus allows students to have financial aid professionals to help them navigate the process and provide some reassurance. It is especially beneficial to have representatives from the California Student Aid Commission onsite to help students and answer any Chafee or Cal Grant questions."

Participants received assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Chafee Grant application. The Chafee Grant is for individuals who are current and former foster youth.

Students must have been in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18, as a dependent or ward of the court and demonstrate financial need. Current and former foster youth may be eligible for up to $5,000 a year in college grants.

Undocumented students or those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program also received assistance by completing the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

"SJCC is proud to assist the most vulnerable groups in our community," said Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng, SJCC president. "The e-Bus helped ensure that both foster youth and Dreamers seeking financial assistance for their educational goals received the help they need to keep them on the pathway."

While there is no deadline to apply for the Chaffee grant, there is a deadline of March 2 to apply for the Cal Grants program and CADAA.

The eBus is a former city transit vehicle, provided by the Community College Foundation's Community Connect program, equipped with laptop computers, printers, scanners, internet access, and staffed by experts who help students complete their applications.

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Established in 1921 and near downtown San Jose, SJCC is enjoying a 21st Century rebirth with new and upgraded state-of-the-art buildings thanks to voter-approved bond measures. Since the 2017 academic year, SJCC has experienced one of the fastest rates of enrollment growth for community colleges in the state, adding more than 1,000 students.

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Cadila Pharmaceuticals awarded Great Place To Work Certificate

Cadila Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday received its Great Place To Work Certification

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA, February 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cadila Pharmaceuticals awarded Great Place To Work Certificate.

February 21, 2020: Cadila Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday received its Great Place To Work Certification in the category of large organizations from February 2020 to January 2021.

In the pursuit to build a great workplace, to enhance employees’ experiences, various steps were taken throughout the year. The key areas of intervention were building work life balance with initiatives such as introduction of first Saturday off, introduction of summer vacation, and redefining of PMS system to build trust on management practices. Work ethics were strengthened through SOP rebuild, ‘Well done cards and Thank You Cards’ to appreciate the work done by employees and improving connect with leadership at all levels. All this led to a positive outlook of the employees helping Cadila achieve this goal.

“This journey has been the journey of every Cadilians, who literally were waiting for this change. A lot of initiatives were taken in the last year such as process simplification and making employee friendly policies to achieve this feat. Our challenge will now be to live up to the great expectations this certification has created. I am sure that this recognition puts responsibility on Cadila Leadership Team to succeed in this journey which has just begun. I am sure that the team will now initiate many industry first practices,” says Dr Sunil Singh, CHRO of Cadila.

The Great Place to Work Certification is one of the most prestigious achievements for organizations across the globe. For an organization to get certified, 70% or more of its employee respondents should rate the organization as a great workplace and its people practices should be rated 2.5 or more on a 5-point scale by Great Place to Work® Institute.
Every year, more than 10,000 organizations from over 60 countries partner with Great Place to Work Institute for assessment, benchmarking and planning actions to strengthen their workplace culture. The Institute’s methodology is recognized as rigorous and objective and is considered as the gold standard for defining great workplaces across business, academia and government organizations.

Great Place to Work Certification Program is just the first step for Cadila in its journey to build a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture. The team is now working hard to improve on the categories where Cadila got average score to build an ideal workplace.

Cadila Pharma’s innovation-led drug discovery processes ensure health and well-being of people around the world. Being a care-focused, research-driven company, it is committed to complying with the highest ethical standards in clinical research and medical practice.

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Vimenti by Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico receives million dollar donations from two stateside charity organizations

Puerto Rico, Children, Charter School, Peter Alfond, Child Poverty Comic Relief, Vimenti

Jairo Estrada, Member of Board Trustees and the family of Peter Alfond Foundation were welcomed by the students and teachers of the Vimenti School.

Puerto Rico, Children, Charter School, Peter Alfond, Child Poverty Comic Relief, Vimenti

Members of the Board of Trustees of the Peter Alfond Foundation and members of the Alfond Family enjoyed their visit to the Vimenti facilities where a plaque was revealed in honor of Peter Alfond.

Puerto Rico, Children, Charter School, Peter Alfond, Child Poverty Comic Relief, Vimenti

Children of Vimenti’s School program welcome the representatives of Comic Relief US

Between them, the Peter Alfond Foundation and Comic Relief US award Vimenti a total $11 million and encourage other entities to invest in Puerto Rico

With this donation, we honor my dad’s legacy and his love for Puerto Rico, which was our home for many years and meant so much to him and to my family.”

— Rebekah Alfond, trustee of the Peter Alfond Foundation

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, USA, February 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Vimenti by Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico has received funds totaling $11 million from two charity organizations in the United States. The Peter Alfond Foundation’s challenge grant of $10 million supports Vimenti’s mission to break the generational child poverty cycle in Puerto Rico. Comic Relief US also pledged $1 million, for a total of $11 million.

Representatives from both organizations also made a call to action for other investors, organization leaders and individuals to join them in supporting Vimenti and believing in Puerto Rico.

“With this donation, we honor my dad’s legacy and his love for Puerto Rico, which was our home for many years and meant so much to him and to my family,” said Rebekah Alfond, daughter of Peter Alfond and trustee of the Peter Alfond Foundation. “This deep investment reflects our belief in the leadership, vision and potential of this innovative and comprehensive approach to fueling cycles of opportunity for children and families. We hope our gift will inspire others to join us in investing in projects like Vimenti that promise to transform the lives of thousands of families by ensuring that a better economic future is possible in Puerto Rico.”

“Vimenti’s efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico align perfectly with our mission of achieving a just world, free from poverty,” said Lorelei Williams, senior vice president of Grants Programs from Comic Relief US. “Together, we can lift up and empower Puerto Rico’s youth. We are honored to partner with Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico to support projects such as Vimenti.”

According to Bárbara Rivera, director of Vimenti, the Peter Alfond Foundation’s challenge grant will be used in stages toward covering a percentage of operating costs over a period of three years. The funding will support all three pillars of Vimenti’s holistic model, which includes education, social and economic programs for children and families. Specifically, these efforts include family case management, health services, coaching, workshops and other support services to help these parents meet their educational and career path goals.

Rivera explained that a challenge grant is a significant gift made by a donor or group of donors that allows the receiving institution to replicate and scale the project when others step forward to support the campaign. She added that the Comic Relief US donation is the first challenge match and will be destined toward the construction of Vimenti’s new school building.

To thank Comic Relief US, the Alfond family, and the Peter Alfond Foundation for their donations, Vimenti families and staff hosted a commemorative event at the center, followed by an evening with key supporters of Vimenti. “We recognize the Alfond family’s fundamental contribution to Vimenti, along with the donation from Comic Relief US , which provide opportunities to families who come to the center to raise their goals,” stated Rivera during the Peter Alfond Foundation’s visit to the center.

The Alfond family’s connection with Puerto Rico began in the 1970s when Peter Alfond arrived to the island to lead Pan Am Shoe Company, the Caribbean headquarters of Dexter Shoe Company which his father, Harold, founded in Maine in 1956. Pan Am Shoe Company grew and became a family company manned by Peter as its president for 35 years. While he occupied that post, Peter, his wife and children lived in Puerto Rico, creating strong ties with the island in both business and philanthropy fields. Peter Alfond passed away in 2017. His four children and three additional trustees are committed to his philanthropic legacy through the Peter Alfond Foundation.

Vimenti is an evidence-based project that uses a two-generation approach (parents and children) and comprises three main pillars to deal with the child poverty issue. These are the social, educational and economic areas. The social area offers different support services for parents whose children are enrolled in Vimenti Charter School.

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About Vimenti by Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico:
Vimenti is an integrated services center for the entire family, with program in the educational, social and economic areas. It was created by Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico as a two-generation service model to provide development and financial security to boys, girls, youths and adults as well as their parents. Located at the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Housing Project in San Juan, Vimenti currently runs an elementary school, has an afterschool program for children and youths and has a work training and development program for youths and adults in tourism, hospitality and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit vimenti.org

About the Peter Alfond Foundation:
The Peter Alfond Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote, help and invest in organizations that focus on education and health in the United States and the Caribbean. Its founder, the late Peter Alfond, was known for his philanthropic work in the development of health and education services in communities dealing with extreme poverty.

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Comic Relief US, also known as Comic Relief, Inc., is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. It harnesses the power of entertainment to drive positive change to help those who need it most in America and around the world. Campaigns include Red Nose Day, Idol Gives Back, and Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. For more information about Comic Relief US and its impact, visit www.comicrelief.org. Follow @comicreliefus on Twitter, Instagram and F

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Lamplight Hollow – a Video Game About Gaslighting – Featured at DreamHack Anaheim

Image of the video game 'Lamplight Hollow' a short game by Luciano Sgarbi rated E for Everyone, asks "Where do YOUR dreams take you?" - 2019 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Winner and 2020 Jungle Jam DreamHack Anaheim Winner..

Lamplight Hollow, an award winning video game with a compelling message

In Lamplight Hollow you will be joined by a motley group of characters who might or might not be helpful.

You might even recall those memories that were seemingly too-easy-to-forget.

Lamplight Hollow, explores the form of psychological manipulation called gaslighting and will be featured this weekend at DreamHack Anaheim.

Video games are often unfairly blamed for violence in our society.”

— Drew Crecente

ATLANTA, GA, USA, February 21, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lost in a lucid dream, dropped into a dungeon, Lamplight Hollow may sound like a typical fantasy adventure video game, but dig a little deeper and players soon discover an experience that plumbs the depths of psychological manipulation.

Lamplight Hollow makes a public appearance this week at DreamHack Anaheim as one of the winners of the Jungle Jam, competing against nearly 160 other games to be selected for the expo showcase.

Lamplight Hollow, a surprisingly deep interactive experience about the psychological cruelty of gaslighting, was originally developed by Luciano Sgarbi for Jennifer Ann’s Group's Life.Love Game Design Challenge in 2019. The game was one of the winning games from the 12th annual challenge.

“Video games are often unfairly blamed for violence in our society,” said Drew Crecente, executive director for Jennifer Ann’s Group. “Using them as a tool for social change to prevent violence is fitting and also very effective. Adolescents prefer to explore a sensitive issue like dating abuse through self-paced exploration and these free video games are an ideal way for them to learn this critical information. Educators also appreciate the fact that these games, although free, are evidence-based and expert informed. Parents also like that these games are an easy and judgment-free approach to engaging their teenagers about healthy dating relationships.”

The game can be played during DreamHack Anaheim, which runs from Feb. 21 to Feb 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The game is also available to be played online at GameJolt, Gaslight.Games and itchio.

The annual Live.Love. Game Design Challenge tasks game makers with creating video games that explore different facets of domestic violence without including any violence in the game itself. Last year’s theme was gaslighting, the act of psychologically manipulating someone into questioning their sanity.

Since 2008, Jennifer Ann’s Group’s Gaming Against Violence program has produced more than fifty serious video games about these serious issues. Previous video game topics include bystander awareness, consent, healthy relationships, and teen dating violence prevention. This award-winning approach to violence prevention is evidence-based and the games are available for use in university studies.

Jennifer Ann's Group is named for Jennifer Ann Crecente, a high school senior killed by her ex-boyfriend. The nonprofit charity was created by her dad, Drew Crecente, in her memory.

More information about Jennifer Ann's Group is available at JenniferAnn.org.

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Triclosan (CAS 3380-34-5) Market 2020- Global Industry Analysis, By Key Players, Trends and Forecast By 2025

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NCRI-US Press Briefing on Iranian Regime’s Sham Parliamentary Elections

NCRI Rep. in the United States, Soona Samsami speaking before the press ahead of Iran parliamentary elections.

A 13-page pre-elections Report by NCRIUS on Iran Sham Parliamentary Elections is released

Reporters do side interviews with NCRI-US Deputy Director Alireza Jafarzadeh about Iran elections

Alireza Jafarzadeh describing activities of Resistance Units to boycott elections

Posters hung from a bridge in busy section of Tehran carrying Resistance leaders’ pictures Massoud and Maryam Rajavi says My Vote is Regime Change

NCRI-US officials described to reporters at a press briefing ahead of elections what is different in 2020 elections in compare to the past

Alireza Jafarzadeh describing the repressive candidates during the NCRI-US press briefing ahead of the elections.

Reporters and TV cameras at NCRI-US office where a 13-page report was released ahead of the parliamentary elections in Iran.

Very low voter turnout are expected after 1,500 protesters were killed and thousands were jailed in November

The 2020 Parliamentary elections are taking place after three major uprisings in Iran in January 2018, November 2019, and January 2020, which shook the regime to its foundations.”

— Soona Samsami

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S., February 21, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) held a press briefing in its Washington office on the Iranian regime’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Soona Samsami, the U.S. representative of the NCRI, told reporters that the elections this year are very different than previous elections. “The 2020 Parliamentary elections are taking place after three major uprisings in Iran in January 2018, November 2019, and January 2020, which shook the regime to its foundations,” Samsami said. “The population has risen against the rampant corruption, economic mismanagement, and lack of freedoms.”

Samsami said that the purge by the Guardian Council reflected the “increasing vulnerability and deadly impasse of Khamenei. His tolerance threshold is at a new low. He is confronted with two choices, each of which is more dangerous than the other.” The NCRI representative listed Khamenei choices as:

To close ranks even more while adopting a more aggressive posture toward the U.S., and carry out more internal purges and suppression.

To lessen the conflict with the U.S. and accept some of the 12 points announced by Secretary Mike Pompeo, which would involve showing flexibility and tolerance at home.

“Based on the regime's internal deliberations, Khamenei has decided to close ranks and carry out a complete purge during the elections,” Samsami said.

NCRI-US Deputy Director Alireza Jafarzadeh provided three reasons for the purge.

1) Fear of uprisings – The regime is afraid that any split within the ruling elite would fuel more uprisings which, in turn, would deepen internal schisms, shearing off individuals who are not completely subservient and loyal to the regime.

2) Fear of the opposition – The regime is alarmed that the opposition, and particularly the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), would exploit its internal schisms in the era of popular uprisings, thus facilitating its overthrow.

3) Fear of the U.S. – The regime is worried that any schism would aggravate its vulnerability in its stand-off with the U.S.

Jafarzadeh commended U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook for the new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Government on the Guardian Council members, including Ahmad Jannati and Mohammad Yazdi. Hook described the election sham as “an event euphemistically called elections” for the Iranian legislature.

Jafarzadeh said that such increased sanctions by the United States, “send a strong signal to the Iranian people that their repressive rulers’ suppression is not condoned by the international community as the Iranian people and their organized Resistance continue their uprising for regime change by Iranians.”

Jafarzadeh said, “Many candidates who have a good chance of getting into the parliament have spent years in the Iranian regime’s IRGC, the Qods Force, the Bassij, and the MOIS.” This by itself further puts the regime and its parliament at odds with the Iranian people, who have already decided to boycott the elections, and are chanting “My vote is regime change.”

“The Iranian people’s legitimate demands were met with bullets and machine guns. 1,500 were killed and over 12,000 arrested. They have no desire to participate in an election, which only has one purpose: to keep those responsible for these crimes in power,” Jafarzadeh said.

Samsami said it is important to note that despite Tehran’s propaganda, “the voter turnout, anticipated to be radically lower than previous rounds, has caused a crisis.” The NCRI representative in the U.S. said, three factors will be contributing to low voter turnout:

1) The explosive state of society and extensive disenchantment, as well as the November uprising, which led to the massacre of at least 1,500 demonstrators.

2) Rouhani's lies and absolute loyalty to Khamenei, turning his back on those who voted for him.

3) The expansion of Resistance networks inside Iran and their active calls for a boycott.”

Jafarzadeh said that Tehran for years has been “election engineering to both ensure that loyalists end up in the Majlis and to significantly inflate the numbers on voter turnout 4 to 5 fold, at the minimum.”

Samsami said that these elections “will have severe short-term and medium-term consequences for the regime, leaving it increasingly broken, more vulnerable, with a weaker social base and faced with the potential of greater protests and social uprisings.”

During the press briefing the NCRI released a 13-page pre-elections report which elaborated on the election boycott activities of the Resistance Units of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), all across Iran.

Large posters of the Resistance’s leaders have been hung from bridges and posted on the walls in the capital Tehran as well as other cities across Iran, calling for an election boycott. One, hung from a major highway in Tehran on Feb 15, featured Massoud and Maryam Rajavi’s pictures with the sentence, "My Vote is Regime Change." Another, hung from a bridge in Karaj on February 11, had Maryam Rajavi’s picture over the phrase, Maryam Rajavi: “Killing and imprisonment will not stop the uprising.”

A poster hung on February 16, in the city of Saveh in the Central Province had Maryam Rajavi’s picture above the quotation, "Boycotting the sham elections is a national duty and our commitment to the martyrs of the uprising.”

The NCRI-US report elaborated on the preventative security precautions, taken by the regime, as follows:

— The IRGC and the Bassij paramilitary forces are tasked with protecting and providing security for the elections and operate in coordination with the Intelligence Ministry (MOIS);

— The IRGC, the Bassij, and the State Security Forces (SSF) have been placed on high alert since February 15. All furloughs have been cancelled;

— The anti-riot forces are on high alert and tasked with preventing any protests or revolts;
SSF vehicles patrol the streets with their sirens in order to create an atmosphere of fear and trepidation among the public;

— Police stations have been ordered to arrest anyone suspicious, including people on bikes without plates or anyone not carrying an ID card, starting daily from 23:30 at night to 05:00 in the morning;

— All soldiers in all garrisons and military locations have been ordered to bring in their birth certificates in order to cast votes.

Jafarzadeh concluded by specifying what steps the United States may and should take:

— Regardless of what lies Tehran announces following the election sham, the Iranian regime’s actions, not promises, must be the sole gauge to determine how to deal with it.

— Experience has shown that the ruling clerics only understand the language of firmness and strength. Thus, more sanctions should be imposed on the regime and calls for accountability for the murderers of the uprising must be a priority.

— It is time for the United States to recognize the right of the Iranian people to change their repressive regime, and to acknowledge that their time has come to establish a republic based on the free vote, on the separation of religion and state, and on pluralism, justice and equality.

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