Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha critiques Lily Mei’s record on racial justice on grounds of transparency

On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general was also criticized on transparency grounds.

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to 'listen to citizen concerns' and 'amplify' the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.”

— Justin Sha

FREMONT, CA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general asked to delay the release of grand jury recordings and documents involved with proceedings that failed to indict any officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

“The lack of transparency demonstrated in the case of Breonna Taylor occurs across the country, including in the City of Fremont,” said Justin Sha, Fremont Mayoral Candidate. “It is not about the fact that the Mayor cited her faith as a reason not to kneel. Rather, what made me uncomfortable is the fact that the Mayor stated it in such a way that it came off as an excuse—a disingenuous afterthought, one intentionally designed to placate both ‘sides.’ Her fence straddling added fuel to the fire and ultimately has invigorated those in the community who are opposed to racial justice.”

Mayor Lily Mei has been criticized by community members for talking down to protesters and playing up stereotypes in several interviews that she has done. Her administration has also been criticized for holding postmortem town halls, where residents feel like they are being talked at by city officials rather than genuinely listened to. The Fremont Police Department has reported that demonstrations in Fremont have been peaceful.

In the past four years, overall crime has increased in Fremont. Whereas Fremont saw 2417, 2755, and 2997 thefts in 2014, 2015, and 2016, after the Mayor took office, theft has increased to 3545, 3284, and 3408 in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Commercial and residential burglaries have also increased, and car break-ins have spiked.

Justin Sha supports the creation of a task force to improve community relations with the Fremont Police Department. He also supports making Fremont a safer city for all residents by prioritizing quality of life impacts, such as the spikes that Fremont has seen in commercial & residential break-ins and carjackings. If elected, Justin Sha has stated that he will engage trained health professionals to answer homelessness and public health calls.

On Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha’s Facebook Page post, Justin Sha wrote —

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to “listen to citizen concerns” and “amplify” the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.

In 2019, the Mayor’s administration destroyed decades of Fremont Police Department records before a California transparency law would have made them accessible to public scrutiny. This included documents covering decades of internal affair investigations and citizen complaints. In a KQED investigative report, the Mayor’s actions and judgment were laid bare, and the Mayor has continued to directly undermine government accountability, public safety, and community trust.

Under the Mayor’s leadership, crime and racism have both increased. Commercial and residential burglaries have skyrocketed, and many in our community are the victims of profiling and racially targeted crime. While I have called on our Police Chief and Mayor to disaggregate victim data by factors like race/ethnicity for over two years, our city has yet to do so. Bottom line? We need to stop claiming that Fremont is a “safe city” until we can answer the necessary follow-up—safe for who?

We live in a country where Black kids are given “the talk” by their parents. We live in a country where immigrants and minorities are afraid to talk to the police. We live in a country where public servants act in ways to avoid the ire of local police associations, resulting in decreases to transparency and accountability in government.

We can no longer stand silent as bystanders to racial discrimination. George Floyd was murdered when a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Yet, when the moment came, we missed it: Fremont missed the moment. On June 2, 2020, Fremont residents demonstrated for racial justice—for the simple premise that innocent people do not deserve to be murdered due to their skin color. When asked for a mere sign to show understanding of the seriousness of racial justice in America, the Mayor refused to kneel. She refused to kneel for even a moment, let alone for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

As Mayor, I will work to make Fremont a safer city. I will disaggregate victim data. I will have law enforcement officials partner with mental health specialists to address homelessness and mental health calls. And, unlike this Mayor, I will promote government accountability and transparency, and be an ally to our marginalized community at every chance I get. We will make sure that Fremont is a safer city for all our residents, both housed and unhoused. We need new vision and bold leadership to effect structural change and create a brighter future for the City of Fremont.

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About Justin Sha:

Justin Sha is running for Mayor of Fremont, CA. Sha is VP of Customer Success at Droisys, a global technology company headquartered in Fremont, and he teaches business law at Ohlone College. Sha is an involved community member, serving on local nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of Asian American Millennials for American Advancement as well as a member of the Ohlone College Foundation Board. Sha received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.

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ArtTour International Brings the ‘Oscars of the Visual Arts’

Artists from different countries during the 2019 ATIM Top 60 Masters Award Ceremony.

A group of artists posing after receiving the award presented by ArtTour International Magazine at the Museum of Art and Design in New York during the ATIM Top 60 Masters Award Ceremony.

Founders of the ATIM Top 60 Masters Awards Alan Grimandi and Viviana Puello

ATIM Top 60 Masters founders Alan Grimandi and Viviana Puello during the 2019 Award Ceremony in the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Viviana Puello holding the ATIM Top 60 Masters Official Award, a sculpture created by her entitled "Rising Above".

ArtTour International’s Founder and CEO, Viviana Puello, featuring her sculpture “Rising Above.” A duplicate of the statue, which is the official award for the ATIM Top 60 Masters, is presented to all 60 award recipients each year.

The most prestigious award program in the visual arts industry reunites artists from different backgrounds to bring peace awareness.

Inspiration makes you unstoppable. When you're inspired, you're in one accord with your true self, and the universe responds with synchronicities to help you in your journey. You become a manifester.”

— Viviana Puello

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — ArtTour International, in collaboration with Create4Peace, is proud to present the Oscars of the Visual Arts, ArtTour International Masters Award Ceremony, honoring a selection of artists from around the world whose work deserves recognition. 60 awardees will soon converge in Florence, Italy, next year in Spring.

The ArtTour International Masters Ceremony has since become an esteemed awards program in the international scene. Thousands of artists from all over the world submit their works. Every one of them is hoping to become a proud recipient of this prestigious award. The program chooses sixty of them for the prestigious award that next year will be presented to them in Florence, Italy, at the Auditorium al Duomo. Since its foundation, ArtTour International has brought the event around the world—from Miami to New York to Ferrara and Montagnac and next year, Florence.

Not only will they visit and explore the country’s culture and artworks, but it will also open endless possibilities for them. Many work hard for the prestigious award with hopes of starting a journey of breakthroughs and opportunities. As a recipient, many art entrepreneurs and connoisseurs recognize the artists, who then transform their lives and careers.

The event was created by ArtTour International’sInternational’s editor-in-chief, Viviana Puello, and her partner, Alan Grimandi, as an opportunity to celebrate and recognize deserving artists from anywhere in the world. They are both the founders of the multimedia platform ArtTour International Magazine. Viviana Puello is an internationally recognized art business expert and CEO. She has a lifelong mission of changing the way people see artists and the arts.

As an artist herself, Viviana has experienced the difficulties that come with art being your occupation. The art world has always survived in “feast or famine.” With so many artists struggling to market and thrive within their craft, Viviana knew there was more that she could do. That is where the vision and inspiration for ArtTour International was born. As the platform expanded and grew, Viviana added the ATIM Top 60 Masters Awards and special Issue Magazine to bring the recognition that these top artists deserve.

“All of my life, I have been an advocate for the arts.”, Puello shared. As her company and focus has grown, she has taken her marketing expertise to help artists turn their passion to profit. Her workshop, Debunking the Myth of Starving Artist, equips artists to become art entrepreneurs. As a successful entrepreneur herself, she shares the principles and goals on her award-winning show that is featured on NYC media. It was awarded the Public Media Awards of Excellence because of its impact in 2018 and 2019.

Today, ArtTour International is a revolutionary multimedia platform that promotes artists worldwide with an audience of over 2 million people in 205 countries. It also publishes a printed magazine that features artists who deserve the spotlight. Today, it has grown its readership to 10 million and is finally furthering its reach through the ArtTour International Show. The show airs every Thursday at 5:30 in the afternoon on Spectrum 1993. The show received the Public Media Awards of Excellence for two years in a row in 2018 and 2019.

With the ArtTour International Top 60 Masters Awards, Puello has created a foundation of success for her artists to thrive in. The ceremony reunites artists from all over the globe in one setting to recognize their careers, their activist works, and to promote global peace awareness through intercultural exchange. It highlights giving artists the space they deserve without holding themselves back.

The 2021 issue

The ArtTour International Masters Awards is an event that will mark the beginning of a global wave of artists on a journey to pursue art while staying true to their convictions and without having to compromise their message.

The search for the next Top 60 masters for 2021 to receive this award has begun. Artists are welcome to submit their works directly to their website www.atimtop60masters.com. You can also nominate your favorite artists directly on ArtTour International’sInternational’s official website. Nominations are also welcome from non-visual artists who want to support their favorite budding artists. Follow ArtTour International on Instagram and Facebook for updates and upcoming artists and art news.

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President of Florida Human Rights Organization Is Honored as Bay News’ 9 Everyday Hero

Christopher King, President of United for Human Rights Florida chapter, on stage receiving his award

The Executive Director of UHR Florida with Chris King, the President of UHR Florida

With a united effort, the goal of eradicating social injustices, human trafficking and more can be accomplished here in our own backyard.”

— Christopher King

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Christopher King, who was appointed as President of United for Human Rights’ Florida Chapter in November of 2019, was honored as the Bay News 9’s Everyday Hero on Monday morning, the 25th of September, for his dedication towards ending human trafficking and helping youth in the Tampa Bay area.

In King’s acceptance speech at United for Human Rights’ Volunteer Recognition Awards Banquet in November he said: “With a united effort, the goal of eradicating social injustices, human trafficking and more can be accomplished here in our own backyard.”

Since November, Chris King has tirelessly worked at doing just that. He has delivered seminars to students at schools across Pasco and Hillsborough counties; he’s also taken the entire Pinellas County Job Corps student body through the Youth for Human Rights curriculum; and just last month he delivered civil rights training to 400 Raymond James staff.

After an anonymous citizen of Tampa Bay submitted King for the nomination, Bay News 9 contacted him for an interview and surprised him with the award.

The interview featured King’s work as the Founder of The Gentlemen’s Course, a co-ed, non-profit organization that teaches youth proper etiquette and attire, as well as anti-human trafficking efforts and signs of human trafficking to look out for. The feature also covered his involvement with United for Human Rights as its Florida chapter President, leading the movement of human rights education for all of the Tampa Bay area.

For more information contact the Executive Director of United for Human Rights Florida, Cristian Vargas, at (727) 467-6960, or email him at Cristian@humanrights.com. Follow on social media: Facebook and Instagram @HumanRightsFL. Learn more about The Gentlemen’s Course on their website: www.TheGentcourse.com.

About United for Human Rights’ Florida chapter:

United for Human Rights is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its purpose is to teach youth their human rights and create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. United for Human Rights is one of eight humanitarian programs the Church of Scientology supports. It was Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard who said, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”

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UC Berkeley and Bitmark launch Autonomy app as part of the school's COVID-19 Safe Campus Initiative

Autonomy will be released publicly to the city of Berkeley

Bitmark's digital rights protocol allows study participants to control their personal data.

Autonomy may help participants stay engaged by keeping them informed about the community around them without sacrificing personal privacy.”

— Shelley Facente

BERKELEY, CA, USA, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — As part of UC Berkeley's Safe Campus Initiative, the university and Bitmark Inc. have partnered to launch Autonomy, a public health app that helps users understand how their local community is managing with COVID-19. In the process, Autonomy enables participants to control their rights to personal data submitted to the app, creating a safe privacy-first environment in which participants always opt-in.

The Safe Campus initiative is UC Berkeley's program to establish a system to keep the campus and surrounding communities safe to facilitate the eventual ramp-up of on-campus activities at the university. The study is led by a team of researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health—in partnership with University Health Services; the Innovative Genomics Institute; the Division of Computing, Data Science and Society; and the City of Berkeley health department.

Shelley Facente, the lead graduate student researcher for the Berkeley Safe Campus Initiative, said, "We are excited to make Autonomy available as an optional companion app for the initiative. Autonomy may help participants stay engaged by keeping them informed about the community around them without sacrificing personal privacy."

Safe Campus is estimating the incidence of new infections of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19); discovering who seems more likely to develop infection and why; developing strategies for how best to mitigate this risk; and allowing the campus to create effective systems to track potential infections. The ultimate goal of the study is to learn how to effectively prevent and control ongoing transmission as the school ramps up on-campus activities.

The Autonomy app completes the engagement loop for study participants: they contribute symptom and behavior data to the study and receive feedback through aggregated study data from the app. Autonomy also lets participants rate and review COVID-19 safety practices among local restaurants, café's, bookstores, and other shops.

"Everyone understands that sharing private health information at an aggregate level can help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, sacrificing personal privacy should never be part of the bargain. UC Berkeley was the perfect partner with whom to launch Autonomy because of their care for individuals' rights. We are excited to not only be part of this initiative with a world-class institution, but to also activate the local community in helping everyone get better in this pandemic," said Sean Moss-Pultz, Bitmark CEO and co-founder.

After the study concludes on September 30th, the app will be opened to all Berkeley residents and accessible as a web app on all Google Android and Apple iPhone devices, giving everyone access to the world-class public-health technology pioneered by UC Berkeley and Bitmark. Try here.

Headquartered in Taiwan, Bitmark started Autonomy after seeing the country respond successfully to COVID-19 through trusted collaboration between the local government and its citizens. Bitmark sought to bring this model of public health to the rest of the world and is launching Autonomy first with UC Berkeley to strengthen the collaboration between the university and its students, faculty, and staff.

The app, including its privacy and data practices, was fully reviewed and approved by UC Berkeley's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. Using Bitmark's digital rights protocol, participants can read, export, and delete their data from the Autonomy app at any time. Participants control their rights in Autonomy without the need of third parties acting as gatekeepers, including Bitmark Inc. – Bitmark's rights protocol operates decentralized through blockchain.

About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is a top-ranked public research university, and the oldest campus of the University of California system. It is known for everything from its Nobel Prize-winning faculty (8 of the current faculty members have this prestigious honor) to its role in birthing the Free Speech Movement to its commitment to a diverse student body, with 23% of incoming freshmen being first generation college students.

To learn more about the Safe Campus initiative

About Bitmark

Bitmark's mission is to make data control accessible to everyone. Working across essential services of public health, life sciences, entertainment, and digital identity, Bitmark makes tools for individuals and organizations that extend the Bitmark rights protocol to their specific needs. Premiere institutions partnering with Bitmark include UC Berkeley, Pfizer, and KKBOX. Selected as a Top 100 Technology Pioneer in 2020 by the World Economic Forum, Bitmark is co-founded by serial entrepreneur Sean Moss-Pultz and backed by leading international institutional investors and the government of Taiwan.

Autonomy will be released publicly to the city of Berkeley on September 30th: https://autonomy-pwa.bitmark.com

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April Hatch, Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz on Female Industry Disruptors with Candice Georgiadis

Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz, Skura Style co-founders

Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz, Skura Style co-founders

April Hatch, RN- Co-Founder of Cannabis Care Team

April Hatch, RN- Co-Founder of Cannabis Care Team

Candice Georgiadis

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Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz, Skura Style co-founders. April Hatch, RN- Co-Founder of Cannabis Care Team

The biggest challenge women disruptors face is in the area of fundraising. Female-led businesses significantly trail in VC funding.”

— Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz, Skura Style co-founders

GREENWICH, CT, USA, September 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.

The below excerpts highlight the power of change, the power of industry disruption and how it can move industries forward by leaps and bounds. In particular, the 3 women discuss their backgrounds, challenges and more with Candice Georgiadis. Bringing these fascinating women's stories to the forefront is what Candice Georgiadis does. By doing so, she helps them build their brand, their image and corporate trust. Reach out to Candice Georgiadis at the below contact options to get a jump start as the world continues to #reopen.


Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz, Skura Style co-founders
Can you share 3 of the best words of advice you’ve gotten along your journey? Please give a story or example for each.

Pick your business partner wisely. Entering into a business relationship with a friend can be a risky proposition. We “practiced” working together for many years developing the business plan. It served to be a great test drive of our working dynamic.
There is a solution to every problem. With this philosophy, we are never deterred by challenges and obstacles that we encounter. During the onset of the pandemic, for instance, we experienced a surge in our business and some supply chain slowdowns in our packaging materials. We had to scramble to source a readily available make-shift bag and sent it to our recurring customers with a note apologizing for the temporary change in packaging. It seemed to ignite a bit of “FOMO” (fear of missing out) and our customers started ordering extra product as they seemed concerned that if we had run out of bags, we might also run out of sponges.
Working remotely works and you can work from almost anywhere. We recently had to record a new radio commercial and because of the pandemic, could not go to a studio. We recorded our newest spot, literally from under the covers, as it was our best option for optimal soundproofing.
We are sure you aren’t done. How are you going to shake things up next?

We believe that we are in the business of kitchen well-being with the goal of improving consumers’ everyday life and enhancing the experience around the kitchen sink. To that end, we very recently launched three new innovative products that all have our signature look and iconic monogram and deliver performance enhancements addressing consumer pain points. In addition, we have a brand extension pipeline of six additional products that will roll out next year. The complete interview is available here.


April Hatch, RN- Co-Founder of Cannabis Care Team
Can you share 3 of the best words of advice you’ve gotten along your journey? Please give a story or example for each.

“If your goal is to help people, how can you find a way to help even more.” Dr. Dustin Sulak said this to me when I was discussing how much I enjoyed working with my patients. I was really on the fence about taking my business from individual consultations to the cannabis industry and he really helped me see that my skills and knowledge needed to reach more people.

“Tomorrow is a new day.” There have been times in my life, like most, when mom-life and work-life can become overwhelming. Things happen and all we can do is get up the next day and start over.

“Do what you love and you will do it well.” I am very lucky to have a family that has supported my decision to leave traditional nursing. Nothing ever feels like work now, but instead it feels like a step to fulfilling a lifelong dream.

We are sure you aren’t done. How are you going to shake things up next?

One area I will be focusing on is working with the industry to ensure patients have access to education and quality cannabis products. My goal is to teach them that THC isn’t what medical cannabis is all about, it’s so much more.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by ‘women disruptors’ that aren’t typically faced by their male counterparts?

When we are passionate about something it’s seen as ‘cute,’ when we want to help people were ‘sweet,’ and when we do something for someone were ‘angels.’ Men aren’t commonly referred to in these terms and those who are cute and sweet angels aren’t the ones being asked to make business decisions.

Do you have a book, podcast, or talk that’s had a deep impact on your thinking? Can you share a story with us? Can you explain why it was so resonant with you?

Any one of Dr. Andrew Weil’s books. But specifically, Spontaneous Healing. Dr. Weil has disrupted traditional healthcare by teaching us that we can heal ourselves. He teaches us about food, herbs, wellness, and in that book he discusses 7 strategies of successful patients. Read the rest of this section and the interview 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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Reliance on Risk Assessments Questioned as Suicide Awareness Month Ends

If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs.

If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs.

Each year an average of 44,965 people commit suicide in the United States making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

Each year an average of 44,965 people commit suicide in the United States making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

Nearly two-thirds of the newspaper stories linking the holidays and suicide over the 2016-17 holiday season supported a false connection between the two, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found.

Nearly two-thirds of the newspaper stories linking the holidays and suicide over the 2016-17 holiday season supported a false connection between the two, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found.

“If suicide prevention programs and risk assessments are the answer then why is the rate of children killing themselves skyrocketing?” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

“If suicide prevention programs and risk assessments are the answer then why is the rate of children killing themselves skyrocketing?” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

There are approximately 7.2 million children in the United States between the ages of 0 to 17 using prescription psychiatric drugs, and almost half of them are on drugs due to being labeled as ADHD.

There are approximately 7.2 million children in the United States between the ages of 0 to 17 using prescription psychiatric drugs, and almost half of them are on drugs due to being labeled as ADHD.

40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

Almost 10 years after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used Florida is calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness Month and the stated intention of this campaign is to “inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide”. [1]

Each year one solution offered up is the increased screening of individuals through the use of suicide risk assessment tools. This year is no different with the call possibly being louder due in large part to COVID-19 and mental health advocates predictions that “suicide is likely to become a more pressing concern as the pandemic spreads and has longer-term effects on the general population, the economy, and vulnerable groups”. [2]

However, this solution may be contributing to the increase in suicide rates. A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide. [3,4]

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 44,965 people committing suicide annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide deaths were more than double those due to homicides in 2015, which means that for every murder reported in the news, there were at least 2 other deaths that occurred due to suicide. [5,6,7]

Even more disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United states. Once again suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution but experts in the field have repeatedly concluded that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree. [8,9]

While risk assessments, screenings, school mental health programs and more funding are often presented as the solutions to suicides rates, the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog organization, believes these so-called solutions are contributing to the problem.

“If proof is needed that suicide prevention programs and risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health programs,” asks Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. [10]

CCHR’s recent analysis of available information from the Florida Department of Health, showed that the rate of youth suicides in Florida has continued to climb despite the time and money spent on programs to prevent suicide.

Could this be because suicide risk assessments don’t work and some assessments are even viewed as “junk science”?

Citing an article published in Scientific American which reported that a study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide, CCHR believes that the misguided reliance on screenings, assessments and psychiatric drugs is clouding the search for real answers. [11]

“Almost 10 years after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used Florida is calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments which makes no sense,” asked Diane Stein. [12]

Placing even more doubt on the legitimacy of mental health evaluations, a study published in February in the journal Psychology Science in the Public Interest by a group of lawyers and psychologists which found that many tests used in courtrooms are considered scientifically unreliable; in the headline, the journal dubbed them “junk science.” According to the study, a team of lawyers and psychologists reviewed 364 exams used in the legal system, finding a third of them don’t pass muster with forensic mental health experts. [13]

CCHR believes that normal responses to adversity are being labeled as mental illness and that instead of getting help people, including children, are being given dangerous drugs with side effects that include suicidal ideation and completed suicide.

This belief is not unfounded. Alison Escalante reported in an article this month titled “Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All”, how “in a compelling new paper, biological anthropologists call on the scientific community to rethink mental illness.” Escalante goes on to report that, “with a thorough review of the evidence, they show good reasons to think of depression or PTSD as responses to adversity rather than chemical imbalances. And ADHD could be a way of functioning that evolved in an ancestral environment, but doesn’t match the way we live today.” [14]

In addition to the risks when it comes to evaluating suicide through the use of unworkable assessments and screenings, CCHR is also alerting parents about the side effects of the drugs commonly prescribed when a child is labeled as mentally ill; side effects which include suicidal ideation. [15]

“There are almost 3.4 million children in this country taking psychiatric drugs for ADHD and almost 70,000 of these children are age 5 and under,” stated Stein. “It is known that children labeled with ADHD are at a greater risk for suicide yet the fact that the psychiatric drugs prescribed to ‘treat’ ADHD have suicidal ideation as a side effect is ignored.” [16]

“Parents need to not only know the risks associated with these drugs but also that they have the right in Florida to refuse psychological screening and drugging of their child,” said Stein. [17]

CCHR has challenged policy makers in Florida to start looking into the profession that has been charged with solving rising suicides, if they truly want to arrest the rate of suicides, especially youth suicides.

“Psychiatry has turned the labeling and marketing of normal human behavior as mental illness into an $80 billion psychotropic drug industry and they need to be held accountable for the lives lost,” said Stein.

To learn more about parental rights, suicide and psychiatric drug side effects please contact CCHR at 800-782-2878 or visit the center in downtown Clearwater at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave.

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] https://www.thrivingmind.org/lets-talk-suicide-prevention/
[2] Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic "thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30171-1/fulltext"
[3] Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/suicide-risk-assessment-doesnt-work/
[4] Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Cohort Studies of Suicide Risk Assessment among Psychiatric Patients: Heterogeneity in Results and Lack of Improvement over Time http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0156322
[5] SUICIDE FACTS https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/
[6] Suicide Statistics https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/
[7] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[8] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[9] A review of suicide risk assessment instruments and approaches https://mhc.cpnp.org/doi/full/10.9740/mhc.2015.09.216
[10] http://www.flhealthcharts.com/
[11] Ibid.
[12] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. https://www.nice.org.uk/donotdo/do-not-use-risk-assessment-tools-and-scales-to-predict-future-suicide-or-repetition-of-selfharm
[13] A New Study Challenges the Reliability of Court Psych Exams SARA HARRISON SCIENCE 03.02.2020 https://www.wired.com/story/a-new-study-challenges-the-reliability-of-court-psych-exams/
[14] Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All
Alison Escalante Aug 11, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonescalante/2020/08/11/researchers-doubt-that-certain-mental-disorders-are-disorders-at-all/#4d0dc68e15a6
[15] Why You Should Pay Attention to Black Box Warnings on Medication
By Michael Bihari, MD Fact checked by Shereen Lehman, MS Updated on March 01, 2020 https://www.verywellhealth.com/black-box-warnings-1124107
[16] https://www.cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers/
[17] Ibid. Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work
[18] Parental Rights https://www.cchrflorida.org/parental-rights/

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KALISH MORROW URGES HANFORD TO VOTE “YES” ON CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 22

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California State Assembly Bill AB5 is Crushing Many Hanford Workers

HANFORD, CALIFORNIA, USA, September 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the Hanford, California City Council race enters its last month, Kalish Morrow, candidate for City Council District B, explained her position, "The California legislature’s 2019 ratification of AB5 was a direct assault on Californian’s fundamental freedom to work. The jobs of thousands of 'gig' workers across a range of industries are in jeopardy. Proposition 22 allows some of the affected people to keep working, providing services that other Hanford residents desperately need."

AB5 eliminated the choice of working as "independent contractors" for many workers in a variety of industries, from publishing to entertainment to delivery services. But most of its economic damage affects drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Proposition 22 does not overturn AB5, but would establish a new set of regulations for drivers in two specific industries – ride share and food delivery – that would impose several requirements similar to ones traditionally associated with being an "employee", while allowing them to still be considered "independent contractors" for other purposes.

The possible shutdown of Uber and Lyft in Hanford is a threat not only to drivers, but also to riders who have come to depend on these services, including the elderly and people with disabilities. "Because they had freedom to develop a new business model, Uber and Lyft were able to dramatically expand transportation options for people in all walks of life. Unfortunately, reactionary legislation like AB5 threatens to stifle future innovation in this and other industries.", states Morrow.

Morrow continues, “I support Proposition 22 because if it doesn't pass, dozens of workers in Hanford and thousands of Californians will be out of work and thousands of others will be stuck having to use more expensive or less convenient transportation services. But Proposition 22 isn't a permanent solution and it isn't a solution at all for the other industries that were disrupted by AB5.”

More about Kalish Morrow’s campaign for Hanford, California City Council District B can be found at www.morrow4hanford.us or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kalishmorrowhanford/.

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FUNDACIÓN ALMA LANZA NUEVA CAMPAÑA SOCIAL

LA PANDEMIA NO PONE EN ALTO LA NOBLE CAUSA DE LA FUNDACIÓN

Ante el reto y la adversidad de la pandemia de COVID-19, hemos decidido retomar la campaña de manera virtual, con 16 colectivos de mujeres que destacan por ser activas en redes sociales”

— Dra. Rina Gitler, Fundadora y Presidente de Fundación Alma.

MEXICO, September 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ciudad de México 30 de septiembre 2020. Fundación Alma lanza nueva campaña de responsabilidad social, con el firme propósito de reafirma su compromiso al motivar, generar y reforzar conciencia sobre la seria problemática del cáncer de mama, del cuidado de nuestro cuerpo y de la importancia de la reconstrucción mamaria en México.

Fundación Alma está conformada por un grupo de médicos cirujanos plásticos, con subespecialidad en reconstrucción mamaria. Cuentan con el apoyo de múltiples empresas y personas; en conjunto han logrado reconstruir a más de 500 mujeres alrededor de la República Mexicana. Su objetivo principal es ayudar a reconstruir vidas de sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama.

La obra literaria y trilogía infantil “El brasier de mamá” de la autora Edmmé Pardo, es el eje central de la campaña; desde la primera temporada lanzada de en el año 2014, han participado múltiples celebridades, en diferentes estrategias y acciones creativas; tal fue el caso de la exposición fotográfica exhibida en diferentes puntos de la Ciudad de México: Alameda Central y Metro Tacubaya. En la segunda temporada de la campaña, colaboraron 40 hombres representativos de la sociedad civil; entre ellos el prestigiado Dr. David Kershenobich, actual director del Instituto Nacional de Nutrición, el Dr. Abelardo Meneses director del Instituto Nacional de Cancerología; personalidades como El Santo, Iñaki Manero, Luis Álvarez, Héctor Ponce de León entre otros. Cada uno de ellos diseñó una obra original de un brassier; la muestra fotográfica se presentó gratuitamente al público en el Parque Lincoln, en el Antiguo Colegio de Medicina, en el INCAN entre otros espacios.

“Este año, ante el reto y la adversidad que nos presenta la pandemia de COVID-19, hemos decidido retomar la campaña de manera virtual, con 16 colectivos de mujeres que destacan por ser activas en redes sociales” aseveró la Dra. Rina Gitler, Fundadora y Presidente de Fundación Alma.

Como parte de la campaña digital diseñada por la agencia PLOT , se invitará al público de manera abierta, plural e incluyente a ser parte de esta actividad de gran impacto; podrán compartir mensajes, comentarios, dudas, anécdotas, testimonios , adicionalmente, podrán descargar sin costo el PDF que se hospeda en www.alma.org.mx y crear una obra artística de la silueta de su propio brasier para que el día 21 de octubre todas las redes sociales se pinten de brasieres coloridos con historias que contar.

Para fundación ALMA IAP es un año importante ya que a nivel mundial el 19 de octubre es el día internacional de la lucha contra el cáncer de mama pero por primera vez por decreto ya tendremos al igual que en muchos otro países el “BRAD” por sus siglas en ingeles el Breast Reconstruction Awarness day: DÍA DE LA RECONSTRUCCIÓN MAMARIA.

Este día por decreto a partir del 2020 se conmemorará cada tercer miércoles de octubre, esto significa un logro importante para la institución después de muchos años de trabajo en el tema de incidencia en política pública se ha logrado legislar la reconstrucción mamaria como parte integral del tratamiento de cáncer de mama.
La campaña esta dirigida a toda persona sin importar edad o sexo que se quiera sumara a la conmemoración de este día siendo el colectivo de Lady Multitask, Mujeres Maravilla y Mamy Bloggers el paraguas para que los demás colectivos se sumen.

La campaña dará comienzo el primero de octubre con una serie de posteos y videos que circularán principalmente por WhatApp pidiéndole a las mujeres que lo reciban que lo suban a IG y FB con el #AtodosNosPuedePasar IG@almafundacion. FB:ALMA fundación.

Esta será una muestra de como más de 150 mil mujeres en todo el país pueden sumarse por una causa sin salir de casa….

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Trump Childrens' Focus on 'Cancel Culture' Was Deliberate Appeal to Millennials: Lucky Star Survey

Tiffany, Eric, Donald Jr. – and Eric Sandmann – all made shock claims that Democrats seek to reign in free speech at the recent Republican National Convention

The references were obviously made in part toward Facebook and Twitter closing the accounts of those people and groups they felt were spreading hate speech, lies and unfounded conspiracy theories.”

— Jeff Barge, CEO, Lucky Star

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The effort made during the Republic National Convention last month to highlight a perceived danger to free speech in the U.S. may have been based on sound statistical data and was probably aimed at garnering more of the millennial vote for Pres. Trump , according to an opinion poll conducted by Ohio-based public relations firm Lucky Star Communications earlier this year.

According to the survey, while 64 percent of Americans believed rich and poor had equal access to free speech in the year 2000 – exactly 20 years ago – only 52 percent feel that is true today.

And the group that feels free speech is threatened the most is Millennials. Only 40 percent of Millennials feel that rich and poor have equal access to free speech in 2020, compared to 59 percent of (the far wealthier) Baby Boomers who feel that way.

The Internet survey was part of a survey on Americans’ views on Constitutional rights commissioned by Lucky Star Communications and conducted by Engine/Caravan Inc. of Princeton, N.J. It was conducted June 3 – June 5 of this year and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Many political experts caught off guard by the Trump children’s seemingly out-of-the blue focus on free speech and "cancel culture," and analysis of the interesting political strategy seems to have fallen by the wayside.

According to reporting by national media, Pres. Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., age 42, said the following during the convention: "Joe Biden and the radical left are now coming for our freedom of speech…If they get their way, it will no longer be the silent majority. It will be the silenced majority."

Trump daughter Tiffany Trump, 26 and a Millennial herself, said: "This manipulation of what information we receive impedes our freedoms. Rather than allowing Americans the right to form our own beliefs, this misinformation system keeps people mentally enslaved to the ideas they deem correct."

Liberals are silencing dissent and making Americans the victim of cancel culture, summarized the Washington Post about the Trump kids’ message.

"To the voiceless, shamed, censored and cancelled, my father will fight for you," said Eric Trump, age 36 and also a Millennial.

"The references were obviously made in part toward Facebook and Twitter closing the accounts of those people and groups they felt were spreading hate speech, lies and unfounded conspiracy theories such as QAnon," said Jeff Barge, CEO of Lucky Star. "But there is also the sense that unwanted messages are being pushed on the young constantly through corporate-owned media." According to one source, six corporations control 90% of the media in the U.S.

But others, notes Barge, believe that sites like Twitter have actually elevated free speech by allowing ordinary individuals and celebrities alike — “influencers” — to gain millions of followers for their opinions based on their intelligence and wit alone. "These are new, young, important voices, though many of their messages are commerical," Barge says.

When free speech is eliminated it’s called being “cancelled,” according to Nick Sanderson, who also spoke at the Republican National Convention. The 18-year-old Sandman is a student who became famous after a televised confrontation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. "It was called being cancelled, as in annulled, as in revoked, as in made void," Sandmann said. "Cancelled is what is happening to people around this country who refuse to be silenced by the far left."

Overall, the 2020 survey said that 52 percent of Americans felt that rich and poor in America had equal access to free speech, down from 64 percent who felt that way in an identical poll conducted by Lucky Star in 2000.

55 percent of men and 49 percent of women felt that free speech was not shared equally in America today.

By age group, 49 percent of Gen Z (age 18-23) felt free speech was shared equally by rich and poor; that figure dropped to an amazingly low 40 percent for Millennials (age 24-39).

51 percent of Gen X (age 40-55) felt free speech was equal for all – while that figure jumped to 59 percent for Baby Boomers (age 56-74).

By race, 55% of Whites felt that rich and poor had equal access to free speech, while only 43 percent of Blacks and 46% of Hispanics felt that way.

On the left, many feel that free speech nowadays can only be purchased, in part because of the free speech effects of the Supreme Court decision in "Citizens United," which gave unlimited free speech to large corporations who could pay for it.

Also notable in the survey was the fact that only 64% of Americans felt that rich and poor had equal access to freedom of religion.

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ZOZIBINI TUNZI, MISS UNIVERSE NAMED 2020 MADRINA OF THE LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS

ZZozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe is the newest Madrina of the Latino Commission on AIDS

Virtual Induction Ceremony Occurs Friday, October 2, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, September 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — WHO: Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe and Guillermo Chacon, President, Latino Commission on AIDS and founder Hispanic Health Network

WHAT: The Latino Commission on AIDS, a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and address the impact of HIV and AIDS in the Hispanic/Latinx community, has named Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe as its 2020 Madrina. (In the Latino culture, a madrina – godmother – plays an important role in guiding the development of an individual.) During a virtual press event Miss Tunzi will be inducted as Madrina to be hosted at the Commission’s Latinx Oasis LGBTS+ Wellness Center. Hailing from South Africa, Miss Tunzi has actively supported the fight against HIV and AIDS, as well as gender-based violence and other important social issues. She will also appear for the first time in this role at the organization’s first-ever virtual Cielo Gala on October 28, 2020.

WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Live Virtual Zoom presentation. Meeting link and password will be provided upon registration.

WHY: HIV disproportionately affects Latino communities in the nation and U.S. Territories. While Latinos are 19% of the U.S. population, they represent 27% of new HIV infections and 22% of people living with HIV. Previous prevention efforts led to hopeful declines among Latinos, however, there have been serious increases in new HIV infections in recent years, especially among Latino gay and bisexual men. The Latino Commission on AIDS is launching its commemoration of 30 years of working to fight AIDS and advancing the health and wellbeing of the Hispanic/Latinx community at its first-ever virtual Cielo gala on October 28, 2020. The virtual Cielo Gala will be accessible for free to anyone who registers at: www.cielolatino.org. Donations are encouraged.

RSVP: To register and confirm your attendance for the live virtual media briefing, contact: Yartish Bullock at 347-896-3480 or YBullock@arcos-ny.com. Meeting link and password will be provided upon registration.

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