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Church Says Cop’s Religious Bias Responsible For Theft of Their Property

Mayor and Police Chief Asked to Investigate Allegations of Religious Discrimination by CSPD Detective Brian Corrado

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Although the Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) Fair and Impartial Policing policy prohibit its officers from engaging in discriminatory policing based on race or religion, CSPD leadership refuses to deal with credible allegations of religious discrimination by Detective Brian Corrado against the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church (CSFC). The story goes like this:

As part of its LovingKindness Outreach Program, CSFC subsidized a financially distressed African-American family of four (husband, wife and two minor children) by putting them into a corporate apartment that was leased and fully furnished by the church. The married couple agreed to abide by rules of conduct while residing in the apartment which included no drug use or guns in the apartment. After violating the rules against drug use and gun possession, the church sent a small group parishioners and board members to secure and move church property and notify the married couple that they would ultimately have to find a new place to live. The adult male resident opened the door and invited church members into the residence. After having a cordial conversation with the board member and permitting the locksmith to change the locks, the adult male became unstable, pulled a gun with his minor child present and refused to surrender church property. The church called the police.

You would expect that arriving CSPD police officers would immediately interview the church members who contacted them, but instead officers focused exclusively on the male resident who had threatened church members with a gun. A second church board member who was seated in her car throughout the entire event was finally able to provide officers with the lease showing not only that the lease was in the church’s name but that she (1) was listed as an occupant on the lease and (2) obviously had a legal right as CSFC board member and occupant to retrieve church property. After CSPD officers peacefully resolved the matter without any charges or arrests, church members departed without its property and the couple remained in the apartment.

CSFC ultimately decided to terminate the lease agreement by paying off the remaining rent so they would be able to acquire its property once the family vacated. Both the couple and the apartment complex were notified by CSFC attorney Bernard Kleinman that church property was not to be removed and would be immediately retrieved upon the family vacating the premises. Subsequently, the church provided CSPD Detective Corrado with an itemized list and receipts for all of property in the apartment totaling nearly twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars.

What CSFC didn’t know, however, is that Corrado was secretly scheming to persecute the church and charge parishioners with felony crimes. Two to three weeks later, Corrado charged church members (none of whom have criminal records) with felony burglary and felony stalking. When the couple vacated the apartment they took ALL church property with them.

Once again, the church contacted CSPD, this time about the theft of their property by the couple. But irrespective of the irrefutable evidence provided to him that the church owned the property and letters from CSFC’s attorney telling them not to remove church property, Corrado and CSPD refuse to charge the couple with theft based on the couple’s absurd claim that the church simply gave it all $20,000.00 worth of property in the apartment as a gift.

Under Colorado Criminal Code, Section 18-4-401, “a person commits theft when he or she knowingly obtains, retains, or exercises control over anything of value of another without authorization by or by threat or deception…or disposes of anything of value or belonging to another that he or she knows or believes to have been stolen. 18-4-401 also states that it is a class 5 felony if the value of the theft is between $5,000 and $20,000 dollars.

“Clearly, Detective Corrado’s bias against the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church and its parishioners is glaring,” says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. “Instead of defending the church’s property rights, Corrado served as a pseudo-accomplice in the couple’s theft of $20,000.00 worth of church property because of personal and religious bias,” adds Banks. “And why would the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office allow one of its Assistant DA’s the discretion to pursue a case where evidence of personal bias and hatred features so prominently in the police investigation?” asks, Banks.

“A Just Cause, CSFC and its attorney have reached out Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and CSPD Chief Vince Niski,” says Banks. “But thus far their lack of a timely response indicates they may be just another brick in the intractable big ‘blue wall’ of silence and indifference that continues empowering imperious police and prosecutor misconduct as well as reinforcing systemic racism that is rife in Colorado and the at-large U.S. criminal justice system,” concludes Banks.

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CCHR Warns Against $7 Billion Psychedelic Drug Push to Treat Mental Issues

CCHR Warns Against $7 Billion Psychedelic Drug Push to Treat Mental Issues

Rev. Shaw from the group’s Racism Task Force also cautions African Americans against offers to treat racial trauma with psychedelics, citing history of racist psychiatric research and Elijah McClain’s death from psychedelic drug, ketamine, given during police restraint.

Rev. Shaw from the group’s Racism Task Force also cautions African Americans against offers to treat racial trauma with psychedelics

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — The mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) warned against the growing wave of psychedelic drug promotion to treat psychiatric conditions. In February, psychedelic “therapy” was predicted to be imminent with a market likely to reach $7 billion by 2027.[1] Astoundingly, CCHR says, a psychologist suggests that African Americans not shy away from “psychedelic-assisted therapy,” and already offers ketamine for treating racial trauma at her clinic.

Rev. Fred Shaw, co-founder of CCHR’s Task Force Against Racism and Modern-Day Eugenics, draws attention to the tragic case of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man, who was killed last year during a police restraint when he was involuntarily administered ketamine. The drug is used as a tranquilizer by police departments that are attempting to avoid the liability of firearms and tasers.[2] A scathing independent probe into McClain’s death, released February 22, 2021, determined that a lethal dose of ketamine administered him had led to his cardiac arrest.[3]

Ketamine is most renowned as a “club” and “date rape” drug that causes disassociation—victims slipped the drug can enter a state in which they feel as if their mind and body aren’t connected.[4] When they wake up, there may be memory lapses, where they can’t account for a period of time, including when raped.[5]

The drug was the first legally prescribed psychedelic for so-called treatment-resistant depression.[6] Ketamine is also used to induce unconsciousness for the administration of electroshock treatment, masking the violence causing a brain-damaging grand mal seizure.

The Food and Drug Administration recently gave three psychedelic drugs, including MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy and Molly) and Psilocybin a “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” that could speed up future approval of these mind-altering drugs. Clinical trials of LSD for “Assisted Therapy for Anxiety” and another using smaller amounts of LSD, known as microdosing, are already extant for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Medical studies show LSD can induce a “psychotic psychedelic experience characterized by intense fear to the point of panic, paranoid delusions of suspicion or grandeur, toxic confusion, depersonalization” and all of these could “be of powerful magnitude.”[7]

“Psychedelics are the last thing African Americans need to combat the impact of racism. These are mind-altering drugs that have been used on the black community to oppress them,” says Rev. Shaw.

Shaw said that in the 1950s at the NIMH Addiction Research Center in Kentucky, under Dr. Harris Isabell, drug-addicted African Americans were given LSD, keeping some hallucinating for 77 consecutive days. At this same center, healthy African American men were used in the 1960s as test subjects for the experimental drug, BZ, a military agent described as a “central nervous system depressant,” which was 100 times more powerful than LSD.[8]

In a 2020 article titled, “How psychedelic drugs are used as a tool of state violence: There is a long, racist history of psychedelic drugs being used to repress—and oppress,” the authors stated, “It is also no surprise that paralleling the rise of ketamine clinics across the United States, involuntary state-administered ketamine has been weaponized by police, in particular against Black people.” Elijah McClain, they said, “was snuffed out with the help of one of the medicines that the psychedelic community has been advocating for and using as a model for future medicalization.”[9]

Psycho-pharmaceutical treatments have been a giant failure, CCHR says, so now psychiatrists resort back to an earlier dangerous practice: psychedelic drugs. Underpinning this is the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) that a former NIMH director stated lacks validity. This has led to nearly 80 million Americans already taking psychiatric drugs, who may have been otherwise helped. As of 2018, nearly one in eight Americans used antidepressants alone.[10]

Psychotropic drug side effects include anxiety, increased depression, heart irregularities, insomnia, confusion, abnormal thinking, impotence, sexual dysfunction, strokes and suicide to name but a few.[11] Studies show that antidepressants can also cause “a general reduction in the intensity of the emotions” experienced, with consumers describing themselves as feeling “dulled,” “numbed,” “flattened,” or “blocked.”[12]

“Now, psychiatrists and psychologists want to add psychedelics to this epidemic of potentially harmful psychotropic drug use,” Shaw says. “We went through this in the 60s and 70s and it didn’t work then. Governments should not endorse a new wave of turning on and tuning out using psychedelic chemicals,” he adds.

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[1] Derek Beres, “How will psychiatrists administer psychedelic treatments?” Big Think, 1 Feb 2021,

[2] Jonathon Dickinson, Dimitri Mugianis, “How psychedelic drugs are used as a tool of state violence: There is a long, racist history of psychedelic drugs being used to repress—and oppress,” Salon, 1 Aug. 2020,; Claire Lampen, "What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClain," The Cut, 22 Feb. 2021,

[3] Crystal Bonvillian, “Report: Colorado police, fire medics had no cause to detain, drug Elijah McClain prior to death,” Cox Media Group National Content Desk, Fox 13 News, 23 Feb. 2021,

[4] citing:;

[5] “Facts about Ketamine,” Tulane University,

[6] “The 2020s: The decade of psychedelic breakthroughs? Clinical studies are underway. How we treat them moving forward matters,” Big Think, 23 Dec. 2019,

[7] Wayne O. Evans, Ph.D. and Nathan S. Kline, M.D., Psychotropic Drugs In The Year 2000: Use By Normal Humans (Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 1971), p. 89.

[8], citing: “Dr. Harris Isbell’s experiments,” AHRP, 18 Jan. 2015,;

[9] Op. cit., Salon, 1 Aug. 2020

[10] “Psychedelics as Antidepressants: The treatments of the future may arise from a long-stigmatized class of drugs,” Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2021,


[12] Alex Preston, “Does Prozac help artists be creative?” The Guardian, May 18, 2013,

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: Video Highlights The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Children and Their Families

The little bird who forgot how to fly

The little bird who forgot how to fly

Michael V. Kaplen

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Shana De Caro

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More support must be given to the thousands of American children living with traumatic brain injury, and their families.”

— Michael V. Kaplen

PLEASANTVILLE, NEW YORK, USA, March 2, 2021 / — A new video from New York brain injury lawyers, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP sheds light on the impact of a traumatic brain injury on a child, their parents, and loved ones.

The short video, titled “The Little Bird Who Forgot How To Fly: Caring For A Child With Traumatic Brain Injury”, tells the anthropomorphic tale of a baby bird who experiences a sudden change in character (and a regression in cognitive ability and behavior) after suffering a brain injury. Shana De Caro, a partner in the firm and Chairwoman of the Brain Injury Association of America, explains why they chose to tell the story in this way:

“We wanted to focus on a serious and important subject — the impact of traumatic brain injury on children and their families — but we also wanted a lightness of touch. We chose to use a family of birds (rather than human characters) and soft visuals, to ensure the video was accessible to both children and their parents, and to minimize distress.”

But despite the visual lightness, De Caro insists the core message of the video is not subdued, “The experiences of the baby bird — a regression in cognitive ability and change in character — are shared by tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American children living with the long term effects of traumatic brain injury. While treading delicately, we were also determined to get the facts out there, and to bring attention to this public health emergency with life-long consequences.”

While “emergency” may seem a strong word to use, it is supported by CDC statistics which show that over 23,000 American children were hospitalized with serious traumatic brain injury in 2014. Indeed, according to The Brain Injury Association of America, the voice of brain injury in the USA, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability in American children.

De Caro & Kaplen, LLP partner Michael V. Kaplen, a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, has called for more support for children and their families living with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, “A traumatic brain injury can affect the entire trajectory of a child’s life. In the short term it can change the entire family dynamic, and in the medium to long-term it can impact the child’s ability to be successful in school, obtain or retain a job, and adapt to the increased demands of adult life. More awareness is needed on the same scale as this urgent public health crisis, and more support must be given to the thousands of American children living with traumatic brain injury, and their families.”

The release of the video coincides with the first week of Brain Injury Awareness Month, an annual public awareness campaign led by the Brain Injury Association of America. This year’s survivor-focused campaign “More Than My Brain Injury, aims to destigmatize the injury, highlighting the diversity of the population, and empowering survivors.

The video, “The Little Bird Who Forgot How To Fly: Caring For A Child With Traumatic Brain Injury” can be viewed on De Caro & Kaplen’s website and YouTube channel.

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Turning Points for Families as a Highly Effective Intervention to Treat Parental Alienation

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Turning Points for Families (TPFF) is one example of a highly effective intervention to treat severe and moderate cases of alienation.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Family Access – Fighting for Children’s Rights and the Steel Partners Foundation today announced that Linda Gottlieb, LMFT, LCSW-R, will be speaking at the 2021 virtual parental alienation conference, “Helping Courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.” The conference will take place on May 14-16, 2021.
The Experts have repeatedly opined, “Traditional reunification therapy models are contraindicated for severe cases of alienation and many moderate cases as well.” Moving to the courtroom setting—to obtain an order for an effective therapy—lawyers must argue, “Your Honor, the traditional form of reunification therapy being considered or recommended for this case is not only ineffective; but the therapy is contraindicated— meaning forbidden.” The inescapable question then becomes, “Okay, Counselor or Expert, what form of therapy do you recommend for the Court to consider?”

This presentation is designed to answer the Court’s inescapable question. It is hoped that attorneys and expert witnesses participating in this conference will acquire a working understanding of the necessary elements in a successful treatment model for severe alienation to present to the Court; that alienated parents will be able to suggest to their reunification therapist an effective intervention; that therapists will be able to expand their repertoire of interventions.

Linda Gottlieb, LMFT, LCSW-R, has had 40+ years of education and experience providing clinical treatment services to families of all compositions, orientations, and developmental stages. She has treated the wide spectrum of problems, issues, and dysfunctional family interactional patterns that are challenging for families. She has expertise in emergency services that have included intensive, home-based, crisis-intervention to prevent the psychiatric hospitalization of a child. Since 2003, Linda has focused her clinical practice on families undergoing parental separation/divorce to help the parents develop a civil and respectful co-parenting relationship. This focus includes the highly specialized area of assessing for and treating parental alienation.

Ms. Gottlieb also provides consultation services on Parental Alienation—to rule it in or to rule it out. And she has also served as an expert witness on such cases. She has been qualified in 20 states and 30 jurisdictions. She has been qualified in family therapy, family dynamics, alienation, estrangement, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Turning Points for Families (TPFF) is one example of a highly effective intervention to treat severe and moderate cases of alienation. TPFF was inspired by the principles of Family Systems Therapy—founded by the world-renowned child psychiatrist, Salvador Minuchin, and his colleagues. TPFF is an evidence-based intervention model— having incorporated the accumulated knowledge from 70 years of research and peer-reviewed clinical literature written by the child psychiatrists and other outstanding clinicians who had founded the family therapy movement in the 1950s and by subsequent generations of family therapists.

First and foremost, a case must be made to the Court that it is settled science that alienation is a profound form of psychological child abuse. The court order must include a stipulation for child protection—meaning a protective space for the child away from the alienating parent until and unless the alienating parent relinquishes the offending behaviors. This is the reason that TPFF and the other successful reunification programs require a court-ordered stipulation for a no-contact period in any form between the child and alienating parent and with any co-alienators. Only when the Court frees the child from the abusive “loyalty conflict”—as defined by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)—will the child be able to reconnect with her or his powerful instinct for the alienated parent and be able to invest in the alienated parent without fears of reprisals from the alienating parent.

This presentation will describe how the child’s instinct for a parent—a principal ingredient in TPFF’s recipe for successful reunification—is capitalized upon in the icebreaker, “memorabilia intervention.” Because of our protracted dependency period, the instinct for a parent is part of the survival instinct. TPFF recognizes the child’s instinct for a parent as a “co-therapist” and thereby anoints the alienated parent to be the child’s true healer. The TPFF intervention capitalizes on another philosophical treatment underpinning family systems therapy—that of the unmatched efficaciousness of experience over words to produce change.

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World Happiness Fest Experts

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World Happiness Week

World Happiness Week

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6-day Digital Summit Unites Leading Happiness and Well-being Experts Across 80 Cities for The World’s Most Uplifting Free Event!

We are going to explore suffering and flourishing at World Happiness Fest. It is neither necessary nor desirable to eliminate human struggles and frailties to pursue a flourishing human life. ”

— Luis Gallardo, Founder & President – World Happiness Foundation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Presented by the World Happiness Fest.

Keynote Speakers Include HRH Kesang Choden Wangchuk (Bhutan), Sir Anthony Seldon (International Positive Education Network), Dr. James Doty (Center for Compassion and Altruism, Stanford), Myron Belfer (Harvard), Nichol Bradford (Transformative Technology Lab), Aneel Chima (Stanford University Flourishing Project), John Helliwell (World Happiness Report) meditation pioneer Sharon Salzburg and Luis Gallardo (World Happiness Foundation)

Covid 19 has transformed our lives and our values. And for an increasing number of us, well-being and happiness have become the new paradigm for human progress.

From March 18th – 23rd, World Happiness Week will focus our energy on recovery, accelerating the global movement for well-being via the most accessible event on the planet.

The live-streamed, 6-day event will explore the most pressing global well-being needs, providing solutions and inspiring hope for a happier and more resilient international community — equipped to thrive in the face of the pandemic.

The summit will feature seminars, talks, networking events, performances, and experiential workshops presented by happiness experts from every continent and 80 cities, including the active participation of 70 global “agoras” (local group chapters).

Keynote speakers include Bhutan’s “happiness guru” Saamdu Chetri, author and educator Tal Ben Shahar, creator of Harvard’s wildly popular Happiness program. Myron Belfer, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and neuroscientist Dr. James Doty of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (co-founded by The Dalai Lama).

World Happiness Foundation founder Luis Gallardo says: “This year we are going to explore suffering and flourishing at World Happiness Week. It is neither necessary nor desirable to eliminate human struggles and frailties to pursue a flourishing human life. Creating a proper attitude and response to our limitations, challenges, and suffering is the best way to a flourishing life.”

This year’s focus topics include:

** Workplace Well-Being
Employee happiness is the key to the success of an organization. The agenda for day one aims to educate business leaders on best practices, policies, and programs that promote self-awareness and positive working environments for all. Featured speakers include Raj Raghunathan (Author, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?), Nick Marks (Founder of the Happy Planet Index and Friday Pulse), Tobias Grieb (Head of Happiness Culture, HelloFresh), Blake Harris (Happy Crew President, Zoom). Hosted by Live 13.5 and Rekhi Systems. (March 18th).

** Mental & Physical Health
Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are on the rise, but revolutionary technology offers hope for a healthier future. Mental and physical health cannot be separated. Featured speakers include Myron Belfer, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, meditation pioneer Sharon Salzburg, Dr. James R. Doty (Center For Compassion & Altruism, Stanford), Javier Garcia Campayo (Universidad de Zaragoza), and Dr. Francoise Bourzat (Center for Conscious Medicine). Hosted by the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred). (March 19th).

** Positive Education
Education is our greatest challenge. Positive education supports flourishing mental health within the school community and resilient future leaders. Parents, educators, and individuals interested in our youth’s well-being will walk away with a new perspective on education possibilities. Speakers include Sir Anthony Seldon (Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham and Co-Founder, Action For Happiness), Edith Shiro, T.S Powdyel (former Minister of Education in Bhutan), and Paul Atkins (Director, Prosocial Institute). Hosted by Universidad Tecmilenio and the International Positive Network Network (IPEN). (March 20th).

** Self-Planet / Social Impact / Science of Spirituality
In alignment with the UN Sustainability Goals, we celebrate our interconnection with Nature. Hear from social connection researchers, sustainability experts, visionary business leaders paving the way for a thriving planet, along with individuals and communities taking action toward healing the earth. Features speakers include Vandana Shiva (Environmental activist), Mavis Tsai (Awareness, Courage & Love Global Project), Dr. Don Tomasulo (Spirituality Mind Body Institute), Rekhi Singh (CEO of Rekhi Systems), and Richard Rudd (Author, The Gene Keys). Hosted by LifeVest Inside and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. (March 21st).

** Transformative Technology
From AI and Robotics to Biotechnology, there is a growing category of hardware and software that is intentionally designed to enhance psychological, cognitive, and physical capabilities. Meet the experts, researchers, developers, and engineers working to promote human flourishing through transformative technology. Curator Nichol Bradford, Founder of Transformative Technology Lab, will join Agora guides in a day hosted by Transtech. (March 22nd).

** Public Policy and Economy
In order to achieve true happiness, the world’s policymakers must be on board. Join great political minds from around the world in a solutions-based discussion surrounding global issues and the challenges faced by individual countries, regions, and cities. Featured speakers include Saamdu Chetri, former executive director of Bhutan’s Gross Global Happiness Centre, Canadian economist John Helliwell (Editor, World Happiness Report), and renowned ‘father of modern marketing, Philip Kotler. Hosted by WeAll (the alliance for well-being economy) and Happytalism. (March 23rd).

World Happiness Week is an initiative of the World Happiness Foundation, in partnership with more than 300 institutions focusing on realizing a world with freedom, happiness, and consciousness for all.

This year’s strategic partners include United Nations University for Peace, Instituto de Bienestar Integral (IBI), Rekhi Systems, The Wholebeing Institute, International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Universidad Tecmilenio, Transtech (Transformative Technology Conference), IFred, Project Happiness, The Flourishing Center, Live with Awareness Courage and Love, Future of Leadership Salon, LIVE 13.5, LifeVest Inside, and the UPEACE Center for Executive Education.

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Hope on the Horizon – Two New Bridge Housing Projects for LA’s Homeless

Hope on Lafayette Bridge Housing – Local Hero Art Panels

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Peter DeMaria's completed Homeless/Bridge Housing projects mark a new and innovative chapter in solving the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.

…People are meant to be loved & things are meant to be used. This thing – Architecture -must be used to create a healthy planet & positive change for the masses around the globe…”

— Peter DeMaria, Architect

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, March 1, 2021 / — LOS ANGELES, CA — This morning, Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles conducted a “ribbon cutting” opening for two newly completed Homeless Bridge Housing projects – Hope on Western & Hope on Lafayette and Architect Peter DeMaria believes this is a new and innovative chapter in solving housing challenges in Los Angeles and across the globe.

The steel prefabricated housing solutions are now providing a Bridge Home for nearly one hundred of LA’s formerly homeless – providing relief to those in need of immediate help. With the onset of the COVID pandemic, bringing the homeless bridge housing projects to fruition proved to be no easy task, but Aedis Real Estate Group and HBG Steel/Azria Home worked diligently and methodically, navigating the COVID related construction impact unknowns over the course of the year and finally completed the projects this past week. The City and County of Los Angeles have promised to provide 6,000 beds by the spring of 2021 and these projects are an incremental step in a huge undertaking. With the death toll for homeless up a dramatic 36% in LA County, over 1,140 deaths were reported in the first 10 months of 2020. The pandemic has compounded the immediate and urgent need for housing solutions.

The Hope on Lafayette and Hope on Western design solutions are complete with eighty-seven sleeping units, outdoor pavilions, intake/administrative offices, laundry and kitchen facilities – all part of a prefab design-build strategy where a service provider will manage each of the projects in the future. The projects include the installation of sixteen “Local Hero” portraits – a collection of oversized photographic images of unsung heroes who represent the true diversity, struggles and hope that each brings to their community as an everyday Los Angeleno. In addition, the Lafayette Project showcases a four-story backlit “Azria Tower” – a tribute to Max Azria, the visionary behind the project’s success who passed away in 2019. Azria’s mission to provide housing for the homeless lives on through the work of project Architect, Peter DeMaria.

While DeMaria’s prefabricated multi-family and homeless design solutions focus on the long-term challenge of eliminating global homelessness, concurrently, his local solutions make immediate impact on communities and their respective homeless. “She Does Haven”- a Bridge Home exclusively for women, has adopted DeMaria’s Hope On Western project as its new housing village and is located adjacent to Councilmember Wesson’s District Office. The larger and more recently completed Hope on Lafayette project is at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Hoover Street. Both projects provide housing for those experiencing homelessness in LA’s 10th Council District.

The projects celebrate their occupants, neighbors, local heroes and a visionary leader. DeMaria is thrilled with the final results adding, “vaccines will save countless lives, and this is a monumental medical accomplishment…however we cannot stop there. The plight of the homeless remains. Society must adjust its moral compass towards homelessness. If we can commit our energies to homeless solutions, with the rigor and intensity applied to finding a COVID vaccine, we can create a realistic strategy to solve this global challenge of inadequate housing and homelessness.”

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The Institute for Diversity Certification Partners with Scantron for Assessment Development

In an interconnected world, ensuring diversity within organizations via high-quality credentials provides equitable opportunity for all.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, UNITED STATES, March 1, 2021 / — The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC), whose work helps Equity, Diversity and Inclusion champions achieve measurable progress in their careers and their organizations, today announced a partnership with Scantron, a global, technology and services driven company whose experts provide comprehensive assessment and certification & licensure solutions. Scantron will perform a job-task-analysis, and then it will design and create the exams, scoring, and results analysis for IDC’s primary credentials – the Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)®.

The Certified Diversity Executive and Certified Diversity Professional credentials form a global framework for educating, recognizing, and rewarding high-quality, knowledgeable professionals who are working towards improving diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations of all sizes. These credentials assure the public, employers, and colleagues that the credential holder has the knowledge, skill, and ability to drive the next generation of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. IDC’s extensive research shows organizations employing its credential holders achieve diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes in a shorter timeframe.

“Our credentials support future generations and those of all different backgrounds, so they can have the opportunity to experience fairness and inclusion in the workplace,” said Leah Smiley, President of The Society of Diversity. “When individuals and organizations implement corporate programs and policies that support diversity, we keep them accountable to execute at a higher level of excellence. As a part of our commitment to the next generation workplace and marketplace, IDC updates its curriculum and exams every two years. We chose Scantron as an assessment partner because of their track record in providing deep expertise and experience around developing, psychometrically validating, and scoring high-quality certification exams.”

Scantron, an accredited provider of credentialing exams, delivers a dynamic combination of expertise and breakthrough software tools to help organizations create world-class assessments that are fair, valid, and legally defensible. The organization also employs a reliable development process that ensures exam scores accurately reflect examinee mastery of certification course material. Through its proprietary item development engine, Scantron supports items of all types, from traditional true-false and multiple choice to innovative technology-enhanced items. Scantron and IDC share a commitment to excellence, innovation, and technology in their assessments, a key driver in IDC’s partnership decision.

“We are proud to be able to offer our assessment development and psychometric expertise and experience to IDC,” said Nikki Eatchel, Chief Assessment Office and Executive Vice President for Scantron. “Diversity isn’t just an important topic in the workplace – it is a foundational component of any successful environment. We are proud to partner with IDC to help support and enhance the value of these credentials.”

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About IDC

The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)® is a business management program that delivers competency-based education and operates as a global framework for recognizing and rewarding high quality, knowledgeable professionals who strive for inclusive excellence, cultural competence, improved diversity management, and sustainability. The Society for Diversity is the D&I professional membership body, while IDC is the certification arm. IDC confers Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credentials. Both professional certifications are industry-recognized and globally renowned. IDC also confers two (2) credentials for employees and managers in the Information Technology (IT) sector. Committed to best practices, IDC is a current member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

About Scantron

Scantron provides solutions that help organizations around the globe turn data into insights. These include assessment development and psychometric services from a deeply experienced and tenured team, state-of-the-art, proprietary assessment technology platforms, a full suite of survey services, as well as dynamic reporting and analytics tools that enable clients to make timely, accurate decisions for any industry. It is part of a global, diversified company that develops and delivers millions of digital education assessments and certification tests, prints & delivers hundreds of millions of high-precision, scannable answer sheets, and supports leading educational institutions, certifying bodies, small-to-large businesses, and government agencies. Scantron is headquartered in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with other locations in the Research Triangle of North Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska, and Columbia, Pennsylvania. For more information visit


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Brain Injury Awareness Month: 21,000 Americans Now Carry a Brain Injury Identification Card

brain injury identification card

brain injury identification card

Shana De Caro

Shana De Caro

Michael V. Kaplen

Michael V. Kaplen

Carrying a brain injury ID card allows a brain injury survivor to explain their circumstances and symptoms.”

— Shana De Caro

PLEASANTVILLE, NEW YORK, USA, March 1, 2021 / — Over 21,000 brain injury survivors throughout America now carry a personalized brain injury identification card, courtesy of the Brain Injury Law Firm®.

But the New York law firm behind the complimentary card aims to more than double this figure within the next two years.

First introduced in 2017, the Brain Injury Identification card includes the individual's name, a designated emergency contact, and common symptoms of a brain injury, and is provided free by New York brain injury lawyers De Caro & Kaplen, LLP.

According to De Caro & Kaplen, the card is now carried by over 21,000 Americans, spanning all 50 states.

Partner Michael V. Kaplen, a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, says the firm’s target is for 53,000 brain injury survivors to carry the card by 2023, “There are 5.3 million Americans currently living with a disability resulting from a brain injury. While we believe a large percentage, perhaps the majority, would benefit from carrying the card, we have set a target to provide 53,000 cards by 2023. Reaching this figure would mean that 1 in every 100 Americans suffering from the long term effects of traumatic brain injury would carry a card explaining their condition and symptoms.”

Brain injury symptoms can be difficult for an observer to recognize. And according to Shana De Caro, a senior partner in the firm, and Chairwoman of the Brain Injury Association of America, this can lead to problems with law enforcement and first responders, “Traumatic brain injury is often called ‘the invisible injury’ as there may be no outward physical signs of disability. Symptoms such as the inability to follow commands, slurred speech, and irritability can be incorrectly interpreted by law enforcement as an individual being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even having criminal intent.”

De Caro continues, “Many individuals have difficulty explaining their condition, leading to inappropriate encounters. Carrying a brain injury ID card allows a brain injury survivor to explain their circumstances and symptoms.”

The firm’s announcement coincides with the first day of Brain Injury Awareness Month, an annual campaign. The Brain Injury Association of America designates this month as “a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury”. This year’s survivor-focused campaign “More Than My Brain Injury", aims to destigmatize the injury, highlighting the diversity of the population and empowering survivors.

The Brain Injury Identification Card is provided free of charge by De Caro & Kaplen, LLP to any individual who has experienced a brain injury in the USA, and is available to order on the firm’s website at

Michael V. Kaplen
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP
(914) 747 4410
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Brain Injury Awareness Month

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Author Dyanna Morrison Releases JUSTICE, a Historical Novel/Stage Drama Based on In-Depth Constitutional Research

Justice by Dyanna Morrison

January 6, 2021 – A pro-Trump insurrectionist mob breaks into the Capitol building.

J20 Protests – A police officer tries to tackle a protester demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump

Author Dyanna Morrison has released JUSTICE, book one of The Justice Trilogy based on years of in-depth research of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

History and politics collide in the whip-smart premise of Justice.”

— Independent Book Review

PROVIDENCE, RI, UNITED STATES, March 1, 2021 / — When Dyanna Morrison decided to make her play into a book last spring/summer, there was clearly no way she could have anticipated the horror and escalation of events that would unfold on January 6th, 2021, threatening our democracy to the very core! Coincidentally, the first trial highlighted in JUSTICE, details the eventual acquittal of all but 10% of the over 200 peaceful protesters arrested on the inauguration day of Donald Trump, and serves to provide a stark contrast to the lesser arrests and charges, to date, filed against the January 6th, 2021 insurrectionists at the Capitol. The second trial is loosely based on the tragedies surrounding the Charlottesville, “Unite the Right” rally. The message of Justice is now more timely than ever and is a scathing rebuke of white supremacy, fascism, and every other hate-filled group representing white nationalism!

The author has a message to share with the people of our country regarding what is at the foundation of our democracy and the magnitude of the effort that was required, allowing us to remain the oldest enduring republic in world history. Our framers have been under renewed scrutiny recently as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is understandable. Accordingly, she includes their viewpoints on slavery at the time of the push for ratification of our Constitution/Bill of Rights and their efforts to include a phasing out of the slave trade in JUSTICE.

In this current time of political upheaval, Ms. Morrison believes that the message of JUSTICE will resonate with readers and that it will be viewed as a thought-provoking and sometimes humorous portrayal of our founders, through the lens of our current legal system, offering a unique and timely reminder of what it means to be an American. JUSTICE conveys a palpable sense of hope, that one strong and righteous mind can make the difference in changing our course of events, versus perpetuating the status quo.

From the author, Dyanna Morrison:
The premise for the Justice Trilogy came to me with a little help from a dear family friend back in the late 90s and struck a chord with me that I ultimately chose to turn into a reality. What would the guys who wrote the stuff think if they could witness contemporary legal proceedings and would they agree, and does it matter? I say it does and it is through a thought-provoking lens, requiring us to really think about the prevailing factors that shaped our democracy. I started researching our founding fathers, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in 2001 and have remained fascinated by the premise ever since.

JUSTICE is available through booksellers and public libraries everywhere and may be purchased in print and digital/eBook formats.
Print ISBN: 978-1-73591-161-8
Hardcover: 978-1-73591-162-5
Ebook-ISBN: 978-1-73591-160-1
Historical Fiction, Politics, Stage Drama

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Author Guide
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JUSTICE – Book Trailer

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