Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki Explains How Starting Basketball Early is Good for Kids

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LARGO, FL, USA, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki, philanthropist and State Finalist in basketball, encourages parents to have their children start basketball young. “Helping your child to learn basic basketball skills isn’t just about encouraging exercise – it’s about laying a foundation that will help them stay active later in life.”

Basketball Aids in Physical Development says Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, children should be getting at least one hour of intense physical activity per day. “Basketball is a structured way to incorporate intense daily exercise into their everyday routines,” encourages Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki.
In addition to running up and down the court – excellent aerobic exercise – basketball also improves gross motor skills by engaging all of the major muscle groups. “Dribbling, throwing, catching, pivoting – it all helps to improve hand-eye coordination, balance, and dexterity,” explains Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki. And it’s true that in studies, young children who played basketball regularly showed improved endurance and flexibility as well as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki Explains How Basketball Improves Psychological Development

“Getting involved with basketball early on can help kids develop healthy psychological connections and habits,” says Ibrahim Hakki. “Playing as part of a team can help your child understand the importance of teamwork, get them involved with their peer group, improve their problem-solving skills, and help them make lifelong friendships.”

Basketball also improves communication skills and helps them learn how to solve basic logic problems. Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki explains, “You have to think about where to throw the ball next, figure out what moves the other team might make, and communicate all of that to your teammates quickly. You learn a lot of give and take, a lot of trust with basketball.”

“Athletes learn early on how important teamwork is,” says Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki. “I can’t tell you how much that helped in my adult life – the working world, and as a part of missionary teams.” Basketball requires that you pay attention to other people – your teammates as well as your opposition – and respond to their actions. “You learn to act for the good of the team, to move as a unit. After all, you can’t win a basketball game by yourself! It takes the whole team” enthuses Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki.

It’s also an excellent lesson in the difficulties and benefits of healthy competition. “Children who play team sports are much better at accepting failure or defeat as a normal part of life,” says Ibrahim Jutiar Hakki. “It’s so much easier to pick yourself back up and try again when you’ve been doing that on the basketball court for years.”

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LAX Workers Mark the Start of the Normally Busy 4th of July Holiday by Calling on Airlines to Value Lives Over Profits

Airport workers take large car caravan to United Airlines to demand enforcement of PPE, social distancing, and safe staffing to stop the spread of Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the country pushes for a return to normal, LAX workers have a stark warning for travelers: airlines are not taking all of the precautions necessary to protect workers and passengers. Cabin cleaners, janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airline catering workers and concession workers are speaking out about the necessity for stronger enforcement on PPE, social distancing, and safe staffing to stop the spread of coronavirus at the airport.

Airline workers have been speaking out about problems at the airport as positive cases continue to grow among LAX workers. Janitors at LAX report that their employers still are not providing them with proper Personal Protective Equipment even while social distancing remains impossible on the job. Cabin cleaners report being ordered onto planes before passengers deplane. Cabin cleaners also report still being asked to do “quick turns” where planes are cleaned in under ten minutes and almost no disinfecting is done between flights. Many of the issues reported by workers are in direct violation of CDC guidelines. People are going to work scared and are demanding that airlines do something about it.

Service workers at the airport are primarily people of color and immigrants who have spoken out and won better wages through their unions, SEIU and UNITE HERE. These same communities are also being hardest hit by the pandemic. The report “Essential But Vulnerable: California Airport Workers in Crisis” details the ways that the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 are not being felt equally, due to existing racial and socioeconomic inequalities. View and Download the Report: https://bit.ly/EssentialButVulnerable.

Service Workers at LAX are driving in a caravan around the airport today calling on airlines like United and Southwest to take responsibility for the health and safety of passengers and contracted airline workers. They are demanding that the airport administration do whatever it takes to ensure companies operating at the airport adhere to necessary safety precautions.
Airport service workers will drive a protest caravan from Watts, ground zero in the movement for police brutality, to show support for the growing movement for Black Lives Matter and then proceed up century Boulevard to LAX, circling the terminals, passing LAWA headquarters and ending at United Airlines Cargo. They will deliver bread and roses which have come to signify dignified working conditions in the labor movement.

Who: Over 100 airport workers including union members from UNITE HERE and SEIU-USWW.

What: Workers will gather at Ted Watkins Park at 10:15 am to decorate their cars and prepare for the caravan. LAX workers will be available to interview at the park until 10:45 before the caravan starts. LAX workers will also be available for interview by phone throughout the day.

When: Wednesday, July 1st at 10:15 am

Where: Ted Watkins Park on the Corner of Century Blvd. and Central Ave., Los Angeles

SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 45,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California.

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One Dollar for Life Announces Latest School Playground Project in Kenya

One Dollar For Life (ODFL) promotes Effective Altruism by building small-scale, high impact projects in the developing world. Visit us at at https://odfl.org/!

These children from the Maasai community in Tanzania are enjoying their first ever playground!

Students to enjoy first on-campus playground

Something as simple as a classroom and a playground can raise the educational trajectory of an entire community, creating an effect that endures for generations.”

— Robert Freeman, Founder & CEO of ODFL

LIVERMORE, CA, USA, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — One Dollar For Life (ODFL), the local nonprofit founded over a decade ago by a former high school teacher to bring small-scale — but high-impact — infrastructure projects to developing nations, has just announced its latest venture: a sturdy new playground to complement its newest classroom construction in Kenya.

This latest addition to the Shining Star School in Nyeri, Kenya, is not just any playground, although it will feature equipment familiar to any American school child — swings, teeter-totters, climbing bars, and slides.

This playground, however, was designed to support Kenya’s new Competence-Based Curriculum, which emphasizes the importance of space for movement and playing, in addition to the standard academic fare of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The playground is crafted of heavy-duty industrial materials. Like the ODFL classrooms they adjoin, the equipment was designed withstand the test of time and vigorous use.

Having a safe, focused area to play helps children develop their gross motor skills and amplifies the efficiency of work in the classroom. The entire cost of the Shining Star School playground has been underwritten by Juan Pablo Mariscal of Planet LLC.

The new classroom and playground for Shining Star School is one of more than 130 such projects ODFL has completed around the globe. “Our mission is to dramatically improve the capacity for self-development in the developing world,” says ODFL Founder and Executive Director Robert Freeman.

“Something as simple as a classroom and a playground can raise the educational trajectory of an entire community, creating an effect that endures for generations,” said Freeman.

For more information about ODFL and its efforts to promote effective altruism, please visit odfl.org.

About One Dollar For Life: ODFL promotes Effective Altruism by building small-scale, high impact projects in the developing world. These include classrooms, medical clinics, water systems, science labs, playgrounds and other projects that improve life chances for some of the poorest people in the world. 100% of every dollar donated to ODFL goes to the donor’s intended project.

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We Want To Live

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We Want to Live – The Pain of Black Men

I know this is 2020 — and it is hard to believe that such requests are not welcomed by many people in our society — but people of color should not have to plead to live.”

— John A. Reaves

MATTHEWS, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — June 1, 1977, is a date that I will never forget — for it is the day my world shattered. Early that morning, I heard my father, William Roger Reaves, in the bathroom; when he came out, I shot out of bed to tell him goodbye as he prepared to go to work. Two hours later, he died from a massive heart attack.
His death came without any warnings or final goodbyes. I have since wondered if my father’s skin color was a factor in the care he received when he was taken to the hospital prior to his death. I have wondered what my life would have been like had my father been alive to share some of the important milestones in my life -my high school and college graduations; the purchase of my first car and home; my wedding, and births of my children; the celebration of my first Father’s Day. While I will never experience these significant events with my father, I am grateful to be alive and to celebrate numerous achievements with my wife and children.

Generally, on June 1, I recognize my father’s passing by saying a prayer and then calling my niece to wish her a happy birthday. This year was quite different not only because of the approx. 100,000 deaths related to COVID-19, but also the recent heinous murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks. What all of these terrible deaths have in common with my father’s death is that there were no final goodbyes — and each left behind a multitude of family and friends who loved them unconditionally, with no regard to what they had accomplished in life or their skin color.

I thought COVID-19 would unite us as a nation because of how it randomly afflicts someone healthy or a person with a preexisting illness. I thought COVID-19 would bring us together because so many of us can empathize with the death of someone we love. I thought that death was an equalizer for humanity, but even with death, some people still believe that people of color, particularly black men, are not worthy to live. To those who believe this, I say WE WANT TO LIVE!

We want to live in a country where all lives are meaningful; if death falls on our doorstep, it is only because of natural causes. We want to live in a world where a black man can jog in any neighborhood or stand in an elevator and hold his head high without someone calling the police, clutching their purse or wondering if he will be harmed simply because of that person’s skin color.

As black men, we want to go to the hospital and receive high-quality care without the presumption that all black men are supermen and do not require medication to fight ailments. We want to live in a society where a black man can ask questions or engage in discourse without being killed. I know this is 2020 — and it is hard to believe that such requests are not welcomed by many people in our society — but people of color should not have to plead to live.
Let us honor the tens of thousands of people of color who lost their lives because of their skin color by individually looking in the mirror and asking ourselves “Do Black Lives Matter?” Our verbal answer to this question matters, but our personal actions when no one is looking over our shoulders will matter more.

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Man-hee Lee Writes a Letter regarding Shincheonji Members’ Plasma Donation: “Freeing the World through Our Blood”

Shincheonji Chairman Man Hee Lee

Shincheonji Chairman Lee Man-hee’s Letter [Provided by Shincheonji Church in Daegu]

Chairman Lee wants to use this donation as a way to thank government health officials for caring for our members

This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39)”

— Man Hee Lee

WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Man Hee Lee, Chairman and Founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Shincheonji) expressed his gratitude to his church members and the city of Daegu after 4000 congregants volunteered to donate plasma after fully recovering from COVID-19.

According to Shincheonji church in the city of Daegu, Chairman Lee stated in his letter, “I was overjoyed to hear that the church members in Daegu, South Korea were volunteering to donate plasma (blood) to help find a treatment for COVID-19. I am thankful to the government for working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those who are infected.” He added, “it is clear that the church members of Daegu church have gathered their hearts to free people worldwide from the pains of COVID 19.”

Furthermore, Chairman Lee also stated through this message, “This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country [Korea] and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39), and I am thankful that you have gathered your hearts for this good work”.. “let us all pray in the name of Jesus to exterminate COVID19 (Refer to Jn14:13-14).”

Shincheonji announced it’s donation on June 23rd. At the time, there were 6,901 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Daegu, South Korea, with Shincheonji members accounting for 61.8% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19.

While it has been difficult to find plasma donors, Shincheonji members’ mass plasma donation can speed up the COVID-19 vaccine development process. Since the early days of the outbreak Shincheonji members have faced mass criticism. Many outlets blame them for causing the virus’s spread across South Korea. Shincheonji explained, “Chairman Lee wants to use this donation as a way to thank government health officials for caring for our members.”

"To the beloved members of Daegu Church

To the beloved members of Daegu Church, you all are working hard. Are you all well? I am Chairman Lee Man-hee.

To the members of Daegu church, I was delighted upon hearing the news of your intent to actively participate in donating plasma (blood) for the development of the vaccine for the cure of COVID-19. I believe that you are the ones who received the blood of Jesus.

I am very thankful to the government, which took charge of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and providing treatment for it. This is not something our church could resolve.

Our members have received the blood of life of Jesus, the Son of God, and have been freed from sin. Like Jesus, through our blood (plasma) donation, I know that you have gathered your hearts in our collective wish to free all the people of the world from the pains of this disease.

I was touched when I heard that many members of Daegu church expressed their intent to voluntarily donate plasma. Indeed, you are the disciples who received the blood of Jesus. This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39), and I am thankful that you have gathered your hearts for this good work and in making this decision that is like the light.

Let us all pray in the name of Jesus to exterminate COVID-19 (Refer to Jn14:13-14).

June 27, 2020

Lee Man-hee
Chairman of Shincheonji"

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The Outreach Program, Hunger-Fighting Nonprofit, Salutes Kansas National Guard for Helping Package Over 5 Million Meals

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Kansas National Guard Soldiers Packaging Meals for Outreach Program to Support People Affected by COVID-19

The Outreach Program, National Hunger-Fighting Nonprofit, Salutes Kansas National Guard for Helping Package Over 5 Million Meals During COVID-19.

"We salute the Kansas National Guard and its soldiers for their spirited contribution to this operation's success and are grateful to have them as our partners in fighting food insecurity." ”

— Floyd Hammer, Chairman of The Outreach Program,

DES MOINES, IOWA, USA, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Outreach Program, a leading national hunger-fighting nonprofit that addresses food insecurity through nutritional meal packaging, has announced the successful packaging of over 5 Million meals to help people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. This significant milestone resulted from the spirited collaboration and partnership with FEMA, Kansas Food Banks, and The Kansas National Guard.

Since the Outreach Program's inception, it has accomplished a proven track record of distributing over 550 Million meals. The nonprofit usually relies on volunteers to package nutritional meals through community-based events. However, because of the recent COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, which prohibited community events with large gatherings, it left many food banks and food pantry partners in need of help to fulfill the promise to support those who suffer from food insecurity.

The Kansas National Guard stepped into that role, and in a matter of weeks, working in organized assembly lines, while social distancing and following proper precautions., the guard members have been able to package 5 million meals ready to ship out. Once the meals were packaged, The National Guard assists in distribution, both directly to Kansans and to three food banks in the state: the Kansas Food Bank, Harvesters, and Second Harvest.

Floyd Hammer, Chairman of The Outreach Program, stated, "The Kansas National Guard soldiers stepped in when we needed them most, and their passionate support and commitment to the mission of helping their fellow citizens makes us proud to see how Americans come together at times of crisis. We salute the Kansas National Guard and its soldiers for their spirited contribution to this operation's success and are grateful to have them as our partners in fighting food insecurity."

Rick McNary, vice president of strategic partnerships for the Iowa-based Outreach Program, added, "I've never seen anything like this, and I've been doing it for a decade," McNary said. "It's astonishing. They showed up, and they work hard eight hours a day, and they become incredibly efficient."

See a full report about the Kansas National Guard's effort, See the full video report as posted on KansasCity.com: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article243676572.html

About The Outreach Program
The Outreach Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation that organizes food packaging events in North America and internationally. Outreach has helped to package more than 550 million meals that have been distributed across the United States and around the world. Outreach Meal Packaging Events are set up across the United States to engage businesses, religious and civic organizations, schools, and volunteers of all ages to package nutritious meals for the hungry.

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Shared Harvest Fund Creates Tech Collaborations to Strengthen myCOVIDMD Platform

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Technology Partnerships Create Seamless User Experience

We are proud to do our part to quickly develop a strong HIPAA security and privacy program to protect patient information so this incredible organization can focus on serving underserved communities.”

— Stacy Kirk

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Los Angeles-based tech for good, Shared Harvest Fund and its non-profit arm, Shared Harvest Foundation, are proud to announce multiple technology partners who have strengthened their myCOVIDMD initiative. By joining forces with Mobilize, Posture, Meter Feeder, and Signup.com, Shared Harvest has been able to expand the scope and reach of myCOVIDMD in recent weeks to provide free COVID-19 testing resources to some of the most vulnerable and at-risk communities throughout the United States.

As an online portal that safely connects individuals to free COVID-19 testing resources in real-time, myCOVIDMD has continued to embrace cutting-edge technology to achieve its goal of reaching and tethering people that are uninsured, underinsured, and/or unable to otherwise access COVID-19 testing. The initiative is centered around a virtual triaging system and offers pop-up covid testing events, contact tracing and matches each participant to a Community Health Advocate (CHA). These services are free, scalable, and have reached thousands since March through their block-party style culturally sensitive pop-up testing sites in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA; Queens, NY; and Atlanta, GA.

Integral to myCOVIDMD’s success is the multiple partnerships Shared Harvest Fund has secured with several prominent technology companies, including Mobilize, Posture, Meter Feeder, and Signup.com. Speaking to these accomplishments, Meter Feeder CEO Jim Gibbs noted “When you see someone giving aid to my brothers and sisters in underserved communities, I cannot sit on the sidelines. Bolstering the strength of America’s most vulnerable displays a much clearer path to economic and physical recovery. myCOVIDMD takes this a step beyond, to include support for the human being.”

Stacey Kirk, the CEO of Posture, spoke to a similar sentiment, stating that, "We are aligned with the vision and mission of myCOVIDMD. We are proud to do our part to quickly develop a strong HIPAA security and privacy program to protect patient information so this incredible organization can focus on serving underserved communities. In turn, we are so grateful that our partner Ninjio has donated 400 licenses for HIPAA and Cybersecurity Training to better prepare clinical volunteers."

About Shared Harvest Fund:
Shared Harvest Fund is a B-corp founded by three women doctors to spread prosperity through purpose and compassion. The founders understood that financial health directly impacts mental health and wellbeing. Shared Harvest is the first citizens health corps to tackle the health inequities of Covid-19 and student debt at the same time by building a network that promotes wellness, service and student debt relief.

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Showrunner Felicia D. Henderson Hosts 20th Anniversary Soul Food Series Reunion Today, Tues., 6/30/20, 4pm PT – 7pm ET

Felicia D. Henderson Soul Food Showrunner and 20th Anniversary Host

Felicia D. Henderson Soul Food Showrunner Hosts 20th Anniversary Zoom with cast, writers, directors and fans to raise money for Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin’s mom) who is running for Miami Dade County Commissioner.

Zoom invite to Soul Food (the television series) 20th Anniversary Zoom Event, Open to Fans.

Zoom invite to Soul Food (the television series) 20th Anniversary Zoom Event, Open to Fans.

Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin) for Miami Dade County Commissioner.

Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin) for Miami Dade County Commissioner.

Cast members to join include Rockmond Dunbar, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams, and Vanessa Williams!

‘Citizen's arrest’ and untouchable police forces who are not held accountable for excessive force, police brutality, and murder of black and brown American citizens must stop.”

— Felicia D. Henderson

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Showrunner Felicia D. Henderson along with the cast, writers, producers, and directors of SOUL FOOD (the television series) announced the Official 20th Anniversary of Soul Food’s Television Premiere Zoom Event, Open to Fans. Organizers plan to use this platform as a fundraiser for Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom and the mother of the "Black Lives Matter" movement. The zoom event is TODAY, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 4:00pm PST – 7:00pm EST.

Felicia D. Henderson, Soul Food Showrunner and event organizer said, "First and foremost, I am a writer, and artists must be activists now more than ever. This year we're celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the premiere of SOUL FOOD (the TV series). Myself, along with executive producers: Tracey Edmonds, Bob Teitel, and George Tillman; writer-producers: Salim Akil (who also directed the show), Kenya Barris, Eric Haywood, and Charles Holland; directors: Jeff Byrd and Oz Scott; and the cast: Rockmond Dunbar, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams, and Vanessa Williams, are looking forward to celebrating this anniversary with a Zoom fundraising reception for Sybrina.

Before COVID-19, before more murders of Black people, we planned a large party, retrospectives, etc., etc. But now, we have the opportunity to use this anniversary to be "Artivists" and I believe in nobody like I believe in Sybrina's ability to be an agent of change," says Felicia. Fans can join the Official 20th Anniversary Soul Food Zoom Event and hear Sybrina share the many reasons she is running for Miami-Dade's County Commissioner. This will be immediately followed by a Q& A reception with the cast. The purpose of the event is to unite fans of this groundbreaking show, while uplifting awareness around political candidates who understand racial violence and have a commitment to its eradication.

Henderson said, "Sybrina Fulton being the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was murdered at the hands of George Zimmerman, has a profound understanding of this issue a deep level of personal loss. We have to make sure she has a seat at the table. Our goal is to stop the American terrorism accepted by the American court system. ‘Citizen's arrest’ and untouchable police forces who are not held accountable for excessive force, police brutality, and murder of black and brown American citizens must stop."

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CCHR Applauds State Acting on African American Teen Psychiatric Restraint Death

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Mental Health Watchdog and Task Force Against Institutional Racism Leader say Michigan could potentially lead the way for national restraint death reform, saying psychiatric restraints should be banned to save lives

Mental Health Watchdog and Task Force Against Institutional Racism Leader say Michigan could potentially lead the way for national restraint death reform

Too many psychiatric restraint deaths are excused as an unfortunate but acceptable outcome in behavioral hospitals, and therefore, immune to prosecution. There’s an inequity in the law.”

— CCHR International

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Kalamazoo County, Michigan Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that 16-year-old African American Cornelius Frederick’s death following a restraint procedure at Lakeside Academy, a psychiatric facility, was a homicide. Three staff have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. Two were also accused of restraining Frederick in a “grossly negligent manner,” Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced.[1]

Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a 51-year mental health industry watchdog group and Rev. Frederick Shaw, head of the NAACP Inglewood-South Bay Branch, commended authorities and Michigan state agencies for quickly acting on the death. On April 29, 2020, Frederick, a ward of the state since age 14, was physically restrained at the Sequel Youth & Family Services-owned residential psychiatric facility that treats foster care and other children with behavioral issues. Frederick went into cardiac arrest while being restrained by staff, allegedly after throwing a sandwich on the floor and becoming unruly. According to the family’s attorney, Frederick started yelling, “I can’t breathe!” before passing out. Thirty hours later, he was dead.[2]

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has terminated its contract with Lakeside and started the process to revoke its license.[3] MDHHS Director Robert Gordon issued a statement on June 22 that “we will not rest until we have changed the system that allowed his death,” and MI Governor Gretchen Whitmer has directed actions be taken to correct the system.[4] MDHHS said it “will change its policies to forbid the use of physical restraints in all its licensed and contracted facilities.”

Shaw, who recently started a Task Force against racism in the mental health system, comprising African American doctors, psychologists, ministers, attorneys and advocates, said he will present evidence to members of the Michigan Black Caucus to support a ban on restraint use in all state and private psychiatric hospitals.[5] He cited a Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice article that said following the civil rights movement, stereotyping or falsely profiling Blacks as criminals became so pervasive that any “young Black male,” could be seen as potentially violent or disruptive.[6]

“This indoctrinated mind-set has to change. The tragedy of Cornelius Frederick raises concerns about institutional racism in the mental health and foster care/juvenile detention systems. African Americans are over-represented in restraint-related deaths of children and adults with disabilities and are racially stereotyped as violent—a throw-back to eugenics—which can predispose them to being drugged and restrained more,” Rev. Shaw said.

CCHR worked with others to obtain reforms to federal regulations regarding restraint use in mental health facilities following a Hartford Courant series on restraint deaths in 1998 that led to a Congressional Hearing on the issue. Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International, said it’s time for a complete overhaul of the potentially deadly practice, not just in Michigan but nationwide.

She said patients can often be affected by psychotropic drugs that can induce violent behavior leading to them being restrained and this should be investigated in any restraint death. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations say that “a patient may experience a severe medication reaction that causes him or her to become violent.”[7]

Shaw adds that an investigation should also determine if Michigan psychiatric facilities are excessively prone to using restraints against African Americans and minorities and also on foster care children entrusted to these facilities’ care.

CCHR cites cases such as the U.S. Supreme Court which held that patients, even those who are involuntarily committed, have constitutionally protected liberty interests.[8] Testimony in another case suggested that Restraint and Seclusion (R&S) are often used “reactively and inappropriately” by staff.[9]

The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law addressed restraint deaths saying patients’ basic constitutional rights, such as life and liberty interests and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment or unnecessary bodily restraints, are protected. “Violation of any of these rights may be grounds for damages in a case involving R&S,” the journal reported. Further, “because risks to patients can be severe, some scholars advocate the complete elimination of R&S.”[10]

CCHR agrees with the elimination, saying that too many psychiatric restraint deaths are excused as an unfortunate but acceptable outcome in behavioral hospitals, and therefore, immune to prosecution. There’s an inequity in the law, it says. Shaw says, “Frederick’s death is an example of systemic abuse and institutional racism that pervades the psychiatric-behavioral industry nationwide and should be held accountable—judicially and legislatively. Right now, Michigan could lead the way to potential effective reform.”

CCHR also calls on people to support the Michigan Center for Youth Justice online petition to get Justice for Cornelius Frederick.[11]

CCHR is a mental health watchdog responsible for more than 180 laws that protect patients from damaging psychiatric practices. DONATE to support its work here: https://www.cchrint.org/cchrint-donate/

References:

[1] “Cornelius Fredericks: 3 charged after medical examiner rules Black teen's death was homicide,” Associated Press, 25 Jun. 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/25/cornelius-fredericks-death-3-charged/3256015001/?fbclid=IwAR0BBtH9pDQHpXzD3c7LAku-AzTl4Q_9Ku_UR6ueITpGUStd4qRHadv7w6w

[2] “Foster care teen’s death draws scrutiny to group home outbreaks: Who is looking out for these children?” Journal Star, 15 May 2020, https://www.pjstar.com/zz/news/20200515/foster-care-teens-death-draws-scrutiny-to-group-home-outbreaks-who-is-looking-out-for-these-children; Corey Williams, “Lawsuit: Michigan Teen Screamed ‘I Can’t Breathe’ During Restraint,” WPVE, 22 June 2020, https://www.wvpe.org/post/lawsuit-michigan-teen-screamed-i-cant-breathe-during-restraint

[3] https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–532443–,00.html

[4] https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339–532626–,00.html

[5] http://www.wicz.com/story/42281098/task-force-launched-to-combat-institutional-racism-in-psychiatric-industry; https://www.ktvn.com/story/42226984/naacp-inglewood-and-cchr-rep-calls-for-restraints-ban-in-psychiatric-hospitals

[6] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1043986207306870?journalCode=ccja

[7] https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/CFCsAndCoPs/downloads/finalpatientrightsrule.pdf

[8] Patricia R. Recupero, et al., “Restraint and Seclusion in Psychiatric Treatment Settings: Regulation, Case Law, and Risk Management,” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online, Dec. 2011, 39 (4) 465-476; http://jaapl.org/content/39/4/465

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] https://njjn.org/article/michigan-center-for-youth-justice-seeks-justice-for-cornelius-fredrick

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Chirag Pancholi and Gwen Jimmere Discuss Gender Wage Gap and Feeling Your Best with Candice Georgiadis

Chirag Pancholi , co-founder of JennyLife

Chirag Pancholi , co-founder of JennyLife

Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious

Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious

Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis

Chirag Pancholi, co-founder of JennyLife. Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious

A saying that always sticks with me, “treat everyone as if they were your janitor or surgeon,” it’s a great example of how we are all tied together, no matter their title.”

— Chirag Pancholi , co-founder of JennyLife

GREENWICH, CT, USA, June 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Candice Georgiadis, owner of the blog by her namesake, interviews individuals on the cutting edge of hotel, travel, lifestyle and other similar topics. She expands the marketing footprint of individuals and companies with a combination of branding and imaging across social media and conventional websites.

Candice Georgiadis breaks the mold when it comes to social media and traditional website branding and imaging. She is helping bring the latest beauty technology information to the masses, Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious, as well as furthering solutions for the gender wage gap, Chirag Pancholi , co-founder of JennyLife. She can help your business build market trust with a solid brand/image across social media, conventional websites and more. Reach out to her at the below contact options to get your product/company on the right track to success.


Chirag Pancholi , co-founder of JennyLife
women still earn about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. Can you explain three of the main factors that are causing the wage gap?

This is the heartbreaking truth about pay inequality and it’s unacceptable. We salute companies like Salesforce and Glassdoor for their work not only raising awareness around this crucial area but also taking steps to fix the problem. At Jenny Life, we believe there are three main factors that perpetuate the wage gap:

Lack of Salary Transparency — While not a cure-all for pay inequity, it is an important first step. When wages are transparent, it’s harder to hide the discrepancies.

Equitable Offers — Making equitable offers to certain groups of employees, such as women and older workers, are less likely to negotiate — accommodate for that by offering salaries that more closely reflect what the positions are worth, eliminating a reliance on negotiation to achieve a fair salary.

Paid Parental Leave: Paid family leave promotes gender equality, as it takes into account the importance of both parents’ time with children during those paramount early months after birth.

Can you share with our readers what your work is doing to help close the gender wage gap?

At Jenny Life, we are committed to ending the gender wage gap. To that end, our pay scale and offer letters for compensation are gender agnostic. We have instituted a continuation salary review model that eliminates the gender biases in compensation reviews.

Can you recommend 5 things that need to be done on a broader societal level to close the gender wage gap. Please share a story or example for each.

As a business owner and entrepreneur, I believe it is more important than ever to implement changes on companies board of directors, to get new and encouraging voices to the table. Additionally, it’s pivotal for business owners, and leaders to start creating transparency within their companies messaging and allow for voices to be heard — even when disagreements arise. As more companies become driving forces for change, women and overlooked communities will have a better chance of success, and closing the gender wage gap. Lastly, I think it’s important to educate women on different leadership opportunities at companies, no one knows what they’re capable of if they never heard it was reachable. Read the rest of the interview here.


Gwen Jimmere, founder and CEO of Naturalicious
Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the “beauty-tech” industry?

Augmented reality excites me. The possibility of customers being able to see how they’ll look before they buy makes for better business for everyone. That means less confusion, less returns, more customer satisfaction, increased happiness all around.

Smart mirrors and customized products for face and hair are exciting as well. We are rapidly moving toward a hyper-personalized society and everyone wants something made just for them

Speaking of personalized products, we are seeing makeup companies begin to develop at-home tools that custom blend makeup colors and foundations for consumers, on demand. And exciting innovation will be the same thing created for hair care.

Can you share 3 things that most concern you about the industry? If you had the ability to implement 3 ways to reform or improve the industry, what would you suggest?

One is “fake inclusivity”. Many brands are including “natural hair” but it’s still the “socially acceptable” version of natural hair. The loose curly textures that are closer to the universally accepted standard of beauty is what we usually see when they’re talking about being inclusive. Rarely do we see images of coarse, kinky, highly textured hair in all its gorgeous glory. If you’re going to be inclusive, be completely inclusive. Don’t just check a box to say you did it.

The other thing that grinds my gears is the plethora of half truths, incomplete information and just straight up falsified details when it comes to beauty overall. There are so many people giving “expert” information and they’re not experts at all. They make very definitive statements, which consumers believe. This then leads people to be utterly confused my so much conflicting info all over the web.

The last thing that concerns me is that so many companies are selling snake oil to customers with promises of “miracles in a bottle.” This makes the customer jaded and frightened to try other products. Who wants to keep spending money and time on something when so many others like it have fooled them over and over again? By the time they get to a legitimate company, like Naturalicious, we have to undo so much of the damage the customer has suffered that it makes serving them even harder because they’re scared to even try something new to them. The full interview is available here.

Be sure to reach out to Candice Georgiadis to get your social media marketing on the right track. You can reach her at the below contact options.

About Candice Georgiadis
Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist. Candice Georgiadis is the founder and designer at CG & CO. She is also the Founder of the Social Media and Marketing Agency: Digital Agency. Candice Georgiadis is a Social Media influencer and contributing writer to ThriveGlobal, Authority Magazine, and several others. In addition to her busy work life, Candice is a volunteer and donor to St Jude’s Children’s hospital.

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