Simon Peel Discusses How the Pennsylvania High Court Rejected Election Lawsuits

Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems recently discussed how the Pennsylvania High Court rejected the election lawsuits.

MARLBOROUGH, UK, April 30, 2021 / — All eyes were on the United States in early November, as the nation decided whether President Donald Trump would remain in office or if a change needed to be made. After several days of counting votes that were made in person and sent via mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was determined that former Vice President Joe Biden would be taking the role of President of the United States starting in January. However, this did not come without extreme pushback from President Donald Trump and his team.

"As soon as the results became evident, Donald Trump began filing lawsuits," Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems said. "This is an unprecedented act following election results in the United States, as the loser of the battle typically concedes in a polite and respectful manner."

Simon Peel explained that some of the lawsuits filed were filed by the Republican party trying to discredit Joe Biden's win in the Pennsylvania battleground state. However, Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems added that Pennsylvania's highest court tossed out a several-day-old order, preventing the state from certifying numerous contests on its Nov. 3 ballots.

"It was a unanimous decision by the members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court," Simon Peel said. "The court commented that the lawsuit was filed months after the time limit had expired. This time limit had been determined in a mail-in voting law that had been made roughly a year earlier."

Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems explained that the lawsuit was one of the most remarkable the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ever seen. It asked that the entire election be overturned at that exact moment. The lawsuit did not mention even one mail-in ballot that was proven to be fraudulently counted or cast. Simon Peel commented that the lawsuit was made, but it was backed by zero evidence.

Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems stated that the state's attorney general was extremely pleased with the result as he saw it as another major win for democracy in a year that has seen the country shift away from its founding principles.

Experts like Simon Peel stated that, following this denial, the Republican party suggested wiping the results and allowing the state's legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, to pick electors who can choose the popular vote. The two Republicans on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court actually joined alongside the five Democrats to oppose such remedies.

"Despite the conclusive results, President Donald Trump's lawyers have vowed to appeal the lawsuits to the Supreme Court of the United States," Simon Peel, formerly of Jitterbit, IBM, and Cast Iron Systems said. "We will see what happens in the coming weeks and months."

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Dr. Edward Summers, President and CEO, The Thinkubator Named to Robin Hood’s Power Fund

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Transformational Investment Made in Leader of The Thinkubator to Advance Racial Equity

BRONX, NY, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — The Thinkubator, a bronx-based innovation and workforce development nonprofit organization announces that Dr. Edward Summers, President and CEO, The Thinkubator has been named to Robin Hood’s Power Fund. The Power Fund is a new initiative to fund and elevate nonprofit leaders of color who share Robin Hood’s mission of increasing mobility from poverty, while addressing the interplay of racial injustice and economic injustice through their work. The Power Fund invests in leaders of color who are reflective of the communities they serve. Over the last twenty years, only 10% of philanthropic dollars have gone to organizations led by people of color, despite giving increasing nearly 400 percent over the same period. Robin Hood is addressing a critical funding disparity while funding leaders of color who bring perspective, proximity, and expertise to the fight against poverty (

“I am excited, humbled, and honored by this opportunity to elevate the work and impact of The Thinkubator. I look forward to the transformational impact this opportunity will have on The Thinkubator, the youth, and communities we serve” said Dr. Edward Summers. “I am grateful for the vote of confidence in my leadership and look forward to joining an esteemed group of Power Fund leaders who are trailblazers and are making a difference in their respective communities.”

Dr. Edward Summers is the Founder and CEO of The Thinkubator. Prior to The Thinkubator, Dr. Summers served as the inaugural Executive Director of The Bronx Private Industry Council (PIC) Powered by HERE to HERE, a coalition of Bronx businesses that focused on creating long-term talent pipelines to support their local hiring needs. Prior to The Bronx PIC, Dr. Summers served in executive-level management roles at several colleges and universities including Long Island University, Union College, and Marist College. Dr. Summers is an inspiring educator, leader, public intellect, and a compassionate community builder and advocate for a more just, equitable, and inclusive world. He holds a BA and MPA from Marist College and a M.Phil and Ph.D. from The New School.

“As the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Thinkubator, I am exceedingly proud of the work that the organization is doing in our communities and inspired by the committed leadership of Dr. Edward Summers, which has led to this great honor” said Jessica Cope-Johnson, Board Chair and President of Johnson Security Bureau. “ I look forward to working with the team at the Robin Hood Foundation as we continue the critical work of preparing and training Bronx youth for the workplace and placing them on the path to success by leading them towards sustainable, long-term career options. It is my pleasure to serve and support The Thinkubator now and in the future.”

Dr. Lessie Branch, Associate Professor of Business at MCNY and Board Member had this to say about the announcement – “ This is a huge honor to have this dynamic, nimble and young organization — The Thinkubator, led by my colleague and friend, Dr. Eddie Summers — be selected to The Power Fund. It is amazing what our organization has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. Looking forward to our continued impact.”

"It's incredibly exciting to see the recognition that Dr. Summers and The Thinkubator are receiving” said Max Griffith, Assistant Director, The Thinkubator. “It's a credit to his leadership that such a changemaking award has been received in such a short amount of time since The Thinkubator was formed. Change comes from leaders in our community and Dr. Summers is an inspiring leader who is and will continue doing incredible things for the Bronx and New York City.”

“The Power Fund's investment in leaders of color who are reflective of the communities they serve is appropriately placed in the leadership of The Thinkubator. The Thinkubator is a unique praxis of education, research, and community. The Thinkubator's commitment to youth is not just part of its mission, it is the daily work of its staff as exemplified by its leadership. The Power Fund's investment in leaders of color is an investment in our community's future, it is an investment in our youth and the community is grateful of the Fund's choice in Dr. Summers” said Sharone Wellington-deAnda, Assistant Director of Internships and Special Projects at The Thinkubator.

Julian Joyner, Lead Facilitator and Manager of Youth Voice, The Thinkubator had this to say about the announcement, “No one could be more reflective of the community in which they serve than Dr. Eddie Summers. His deep commitment to the people, places and spaces of The Bronx is not only only part of his work as CEO of the Thinkubator, but also as a son of this Borough. We are excited about the announcement of the Power Fund and the change this will bring about for youth in The Bronx.”

When asked about the possible impact of the Power Fund on Bronx youth, James Walrond, Apprentice at The Thinkubator stated: “I’m really excited to see increased investment in The Thinkubator because it provides valuable paid work-based learning experiences for youth. Moreover, I just love working at The Thinkubator and what it does for young adults.”

The Thinkubator was founded in 2020 by a generous gift from the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation and HERE To HERE. To date, the organization has served more than 150 young adults with work-based learning experiences, internships, mental health and wellness, career counseling, and youth voice and provided food insecurity support to Bronx residents. The Thinkubator places young people at the core of solving complex and not so complex business, organizational, societal, and world challenges. We tap into the creative ingenuity of young people through youth-led design thinking consultancy, internships, workforce training, career development, job placement, a Youth Council, educational programming and advocacy. The Thinkubator approaches our work with a racial and economic equity lens through three major areas: education, research, and community.

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Suzie Michel, a widowed mom who took the stage with her four young sons ages 4 to 11

BOCA RATON, FL, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — To “rev up” excitement for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s (HFHSPBC) upcoming 2021 Women Build fundraiser presented by Moraca Builders, Women Builders rallied this month “drive-in-style” on Saks Fifth Avenue’s rooftop parking level as models featuring Spring 2021 fashions strolled through the lanes. The creative socially distanced kick-off experience presented by Town Center at Boca Raton and hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue enabled Women Builders to “be together, yet apart” behind their wheels as they enjoyed swag bags provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, boxed gourmet bites served up by Habitat and the opportunity to meet the Women Build future homeowner family.

Following welcomes by HFHSPBC President & CEO Randy Nobles, Saks Fifth Avenue VP/General Manager Heather Shaw, Town Center at Boca Raton Director of Marketing Jeannie Roberts, Women Build mom/daughter co-chairs Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan, attendees got to meet the future Habitat Partner Homeowner Family of the 2021Women Build home. South Palm Beach County native Suzie Michel, a widowed mom who took the stage with her four young sons ages 4 to 11 that evening, currently lives in an overcrowded, unsafe neighborhood where the rent is unaffordable. She has been working as a property manager in Delray Beach for three years and committed to fulfilling 300 “sweat equity” hours and 100 hours of financial literacy and homeownership curriculum required to qualify for a zero-interest Habitat mortgage.

Women Build: An Experiential Fundraiser Like No Other
Women Build brings together generations of mission-driven women annually to help transform their community in the days leading up to Mother’s Day (May 5, 6, 7 and 8) as they raise hammers, paintbrushes, and money to help hard-working, low-income families build strength, stability, and self-reliance. HFHSPBC’s “Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hat” women-only initiative uniquely combines experiential fundraising with “camaraderie-of-a-rare-kind.” Because no construction experience is required, HFHSPBC’s WOMEN Builders span business, civic, community and philanthropic sectors. The volunteer builders work under the guidance of HFHSPBC construction professionals.

Recruiting More Women Builders for Innovative “Safe2Build” Fundraiser
Offering Three Ways to Fund One Mission The 2021 Women Build presented by Moraca Builders offers a heart-warming opportunity for women leaders to give a “hand up,” not a hand-out to hard-working, low-income families in our community who are in critical need of decent housing.

To encourage increased Women Build participation during a time of economic and personal health concerns, this year the traditional build eligibility minimum of $1,000 has been reset to a one-time-only reduced individual “give or get” qualifying amount of $500. For a healthful, social distanced build, Women Builders can choose to “build their way” this year:

1. On the Construction Site – Adhering to CDC, state and county construction and healthcare protocols, this year’s onsite build has added more shifts to accommodate a lesser, limited number of builders per shift. Masks are required onsite, there will be plenty of hand sanitizer and boxed refreshments will be provided.
2. From Home – Women Builders can choose to receive a simple DIY home goods build kit and Women Build swag bag. The completed DIY project will be donated to a Habitat Partner Family.
3. Join Now, Build Later – Women Builders can join the “Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hat” by helping to raise the much-needed funds now, receive Women Build swag bag, and then schedule a build day at a later date.

Women Build Helps Break Challenging Economic Cycles
Monies raised from the Women Build initiative underwrite the construction materials for the home being built for the Michel family as well as other Habitat homes. This funding is critical to Habitat’s mission that helps hard-working, low-income families in the South Palm Beach County community who have been unable to get ahead by qualifying for traditional bank mortgages. Habitat homeowners earn their homes through sweat equity programs to qualify for interest-free mortgages – changing the trajectory of entire families for generations because they are the first in their family line to achieve homeownership.

Still Recruiting Women Builders… Registration is Simple To set up an online fundraising page and/or learn more about Women Build, sponsorship opportunities, visit (click on the events dropdown to Women Build) or contact Marta Knowles at or 561.819.6070, ext. 208.

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This Cinco de Mayo help save a life and your liver

Colorful photo of Archie Messersmith-Bunting, The Feelings Guy

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5onthe5 – a mental wellness & human connection campaign gives Cinco de Mayo a healthier spin

In the next 24-hours another 140 American will die by suicide. Of those more than 70 percent will have struggled with some form of depression before transitioning from this world.”

— Archie Messersmith-Bunting

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, April 30, 2021 / — On May 5, what if instead of reaching for another margarita, you reached for your phone? 
What if your goal for the day was to make sure at least 5 people in your life felt seen and loved? What if on Cinco de Mayo, you could help save someone’s life?

In the next 24-hours another 140 American will die by suicide. Of those more than 70 percent will have struggled with some form of depression before transitioning from this world.

Archie Messersmith-Bunting, The Feelings Guy, encourages everyone to participating in 5onthe5 – a mental wellness & human connection campaign that gives Cinco de Mayo a healthier spin. So how does it work?

1) Call 5 people and ask them “How are you feeling?”, and then just listen
2) Ask them to call 5 people of their own
3) Post a 5onthe5 selfie on social media using the #5onthe5

Messersmith-Bunting is prepared to discuss the following with your readers/viewers:
– The three easy steps to participate in 5onthe5.
– Common warning signs someone they love can be hurting emotionally.
– How they can begin to normalize the stigma surrounding mental illness.

ABOUT 5onthe5:
5onthe5 was created last year by mental wellness educator and feelings expert, Messersmith-Bunting, as a direct result of the isolation and loneliness we were all experiencing as a result of pandemic. But a year later, so much of that isolation and loneliness remains.

As a suicide attempt survivor himself and a person that lives with a mental illness, Messersmith-Bunting knows first-hand that loneliness can lead to sadness, great sadness can lead to depression, and depression can lead to suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.

This Cinco de Mayo, can we focus on each other’s feelings and not festivity?

Archie Messersmith-Bunting, M.S.
The Feelings Guy™
Professional Speaker, Mental Health Advocate, Global Facilitator
Owner, Archie Cares LLC & Podcast host, What a Feeling!

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My Body, My Choice Identifies Potential Illegal and Unethical Actions At Trader Joe’s

Organization Advocates Health Freedom

“No company is above the law.". “We are not asking for special treatment, we are merely asking that Trader Joe’s comply with the law.”

— Allan Stevo

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — My Body, My Choice, a California Based Health Freedom Organization announced that it contacted executives at Trader Joe’s asking them to explain the claims of disability discrimination made against them and insisting that Trader Joe’s make all of its policies around face masks public. The organization stated that Trader Joe’s may be acting illegally and unethically in its face mask policy. Members of My Body, My Choice contacted Executive Director Allan Stevo over the Trader Joe’s refusal to allow customers to invoke legal exemptions from wearing face masks in the establishment. Stevo has demanded from Trader Joe’s, its written policy around face masks and also any documentation around how employees are trained to handle exemptions when invoked by a customer. He is also demanding to know why employees of Trader Joes are also unable to invoke legal exemptions to wearing face masks. The United States has a long history avoiding one-size-fits-all approaches and making clear individual accommodation when it comes to ability and disability, medical advantages and disadvantages, psychological conditions and psychological benefits, and that includes legal exemptions for face masks he noted.

“No company is above the law,” said Allan Stevo. “We are not asking for special treatment, we are merely asking that Trader Joe’s comply with the law. The public deserves open source customer and employee policies, in which transparency is paramount, so customers can know where they stand and how to comply. I call upon Trader Joe’s to respond to our request and make sure the law is carried out as it was intended to be.”

About Allan Stevo

Allan Stevo has been a tireless advocate for more fair treatment of individuals under the law for over two decades. From the disabled to those with severe medical conditions, Stevo has pushed for individualized approaches, rather than the one-size-fits-all treatment our institution often foists upon those most in need. Face Masks in One Lesson demonstrates how and why that individualized, patient-centric approach must be continued for the benefit of those most in need.

He has spoken to audiences at the University of Chicago, MIT, and dozens of other top schools in the US and around the world. In 2012, he became a bestselling author and in 2014, a syndicated columnist.
His writing has appeared widely in publications as diverse as: The Hill, Roll Call, The Daily
Caller, Economic Policy Journal,, The Tenth Amendment Center, and The
Daily Bell, in print publications such as The New York Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Buffalo News, Anchorage Press, Lexington Leader, Epoch Times, Nevada Legal Review, and at think-tanks such as the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, The Cobden Center,, and many others.

Stevo’s influential writing has been described as “a precedence of sanity,” “the truth in print,” and “a beacon of liberty.” Stevo’s been described as “one of the rare individuals who operate under reason and logic.” Reading Face Masks in One Lesson “might be the most important thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your country,” writes Professor Robert Wright.

“What does Stevo’s writing mean to me?” asks Dr. Walter Block “All the world.”
Stevo’s Face Masks in One Lesson provides the ultimate response to mandatory masking and is an irreplaceable tool for those who will not go masked another day.

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Volunteers, Organizations Continue to Help Against Global Hunger Reach Its Goals

For more than 20 years, AGH has provided over 14 million meals to those starving around the world

For more than 20 years, AGH has provided over 14 million meals to those starving around the world

Although they're based in Tulsa, Against Global Hunger's reach is global.

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Volunteer groups and those looking to fulfill community service obligations are always welcome to help package food, and churches and community organizations often help, as well.

Volunteer groups and those looking to fulfill community service obligations are always welcome to help package food, and churches and community organizations often help, as well.

For more than 20 years, AGH has provided over 14 million meals to those starving around the world

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — Since starting in 2001, Against Global Hunger has been on a mission to feed the world’s hungry and malnourished, and volunteers have played a large role in their efforts. From community groups to church organizations, AGH has depended on volunteers to help feed the hungry.

Making a Difference

Against Global Hunger focuses on community service by allowing youth of all ages to participate in the team activity of packaging high-nutrition food for humanitarian aid. The food is distributed to local families, food banks, charities, and caseworkers who then distribute it to those in desperate need.
There are close to a billion people in the world living in hunger, and Against Global Hunger exists to reduce those numbers. Their goal has never wavered, and they fight to significantly reduce the number of starving and malnourished families in our community.

Volunteers are the Lifeblood

Volunteer groups and those looking to fulfill community service obligations are always welcome to help package food, and churches and community organizations often help, as well. The volunteers and organizations team up with AGH to package highly nutritious food and distribute it right here in Oklahoma and around the United States.

Against Global Hunger works with missionaries, humanitarian organizations, and other partners around the world to get this much-needed food into the hands of those who need it most. Partnerships are the lifeblood of this organization. They cannot do it without our caring volunteers and donors.

Students that want to bolster a college application can help package high-nutrition, non-perishable food items to fill local food pantries for their communities.

If your company staff, business, or organization needs to fulfill any community service projects, Against Global Hunger is always looking for help with their charitable food distribution.

For example, a small private school in Muskogee recently inspired community partners to raise funds and help package over 12,000 meals for local food banks. A group of about 20 students and several volunteers from local businesses teamed up to package food for their neighbors. In about two hours this group was able to package thousands of meals, which were immediately distributed to local charity food programs.

To volunteer with Against Global Hunger, call 918-392-5160 or email them at

Kids Should Not Go Without

Over the past several years, schools have been greatly disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The students who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs are going without nutritious meals each and every day. AGH’s goal is to fill the school pantries in order for those students in need to receive food to take home to their families.

A Different Approach

The approach of Against Global Hunger is different from other feeding programs that only seek to fill a child’s stomach. They use the highest nutrition possible and quality ingredients in order to reverse the effects of malnutrition and starvation in the human body. With protein, vitamins and minerals, and important amino acids, this food feeds the brain, as well as the body, enabling children to go to school and learn. AGH aims to feed the recipient's mind, body, and spirit.

A commitment to the volunteer-driven model inspires community groups to package life-saving meals. The packaging event is educational, engaging, and meaningful. Because of this volunteer model, AGH projects have distributed over 14 million meals of specially-formulated food to hungry families in the United States and to malnourished and starving children in over 80 countries around the world.

AGH has also been very quick in reaching out to areas that have suffered natural disasters, economic hardships, and refugee communities where living conditions are unstable and unsafe.

To volunteer with Against Global Hunger, call 918-392-5160 or email them at

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Innovative Microgrid Community Planned for Maryland Community of Fairmount Heights in Prince George's County

Housing Initiative Partnership, Pepco & Emera Technologies Awarded $200,000 from Maryland Energy Administration for Innovative Microgrid Community

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), a green nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Prince George’s County, along with Pepco and Emera Technologies, have been awarded $200,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to construct a new residential microgrid to power a small subdivision of new net zero single family homes in Fairmount Heights, MD. This public-private partnership will bring transformative microgrid technology to new low-to-moderate income residential construction project in Prince George’s County.

The grant builds on efforts catalyzed by is an extension of the MEA’s Resilient Maryland program and will support a community solar and battery energy storage system, as well as the associated racking, mounting, and wiring equipment, for six low-to-moderate income households. This innovative pilot project, which received design and feasibility funding in 2020, will enable the new homeowners to generate their own energy independent of the public electrical grid.

“Supporting the development of new and affordable, clean energy homes for first time low-to-moderate income home buyers is a sustainable model Maryland can build upon,” stated Governor Larry Hogan.

"This strategic partnership with the State of Maryland, Pepco, Housing Initiative Partnership and Emera Technologies is paving the way for the first block microgrid community in the state,” stated Dr. Mary Beth Tung, MEA Director.

“This generous grant from the Maryland Energy Administration allows Pepco and our community partners a unique opportunity to provide affordable and equitable access to sustainable energy, while at the same time helping Fairmount Heights achieve its revitalization and climate change goals,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings. “By working collaboratively with the MEA, the Housing Initiative Partnership, Emera Technologies and other key stakeholders on this project, we are executing our vision and commitment to supporting a low-carbon future in the communities where we live and for the customers we serve.”

This innovative project was originally proposed to the MEA Resilient Maryland program in 2020, to support and develop microgrid and other distributed energy resource (DER) systems that expand clean, reliable and flexible energy solutions to Maryland. This microgrid is an integral part of creating a community that makes affordable, sustainable, and resilient new construction housing more accessible to Maryland’s low-to-moderate income population.

“HIP is focused on developing affordable housing that is both healthy and highly energy efficient in older neighborhoods across Prince George’s County. This will be our second project in Fairmount Heights focused on passive design and affordable home ownership,” said Stephanie Prange-Proestel, HIP’s Deputy Director, who serves as the project manager for the development team.

HIP expects to break ground on Phase I of the development in the fall of 2021. Six single-family homes will be built on vacant lots on 60th Place in Fairmount Heights using modular construction, designed to meet the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Ready Energy standards and the Passive House Institute’s PHIUS+ 2018 standard. These rigorous requirements ensure energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. HIP will market the homes to first-time homebuyers earning 80% or less of the area median income.

The collaboration of community partners looks forward to providing electricity generation solutions like rooftop community solar to modernize grid technologies in neighborhoods such as Fairmount Heights, which will help meet state and county de-carbonization goals. Emera Technologies’ residential microgrid solution BlockEnergy will allow for homes to share the benefits of combined renewable generation. The community microgrid system also provides reliability and resiliency for the neighborhood.

“The BlockEnergy microgrid is a utility-focused system that easily scales to meet new residential growth and gives utilities the ability to manage distributed community energy with a single point of control. This partnership is a great model for what is possible when we work together to use new technology like BlockEnergy to bring clean, reliable energy sources cost-effectively to customers in communities across the country,” said President and CEO of Emera Technologies Rob Bennett.

Fairmount Heights, Maryland, the second oldest African American majority municipality in Prince George's County, is home to just under 2,000 residents and a model location for clean and resilient development. The town has set ambitious goals for 2021 to revitalize vacant land with projects that will encourage citizen engagement and attract growth while minimizing its carbon footprint and promoting a green, sustainable future. This microgrid helps the neighborhood to become a Sustainable Maryland community.

“The Town of Fairmount Heights is greatly appreciative of the $200,000 for this new and innovative microgrid project at the site of our 6 new Net Zero homes in our historic town. We are positive that the energy savings will reduce our carbon footprint and make life more enjoyable for all of our residents” said Mayor Lillie-Thompson Martin.

Pepco and Emera Technologies, LLC will install the microgrid elements with infrastructure. For the first three years after residents move into the new homes, Pepco will operate a pilot in conjunction with the other partners to collect data for specific metrics related to the system and potential benefits to the distribution system. Pepco will share additional details regarding the design, goals, proposed metrics and timeline associated with the three-year pilot with the Maryland Public Service Commission, community members and the public later this year.

Affordable access to sustainable energy has taken center stage in communities across America in the face of increasing threats from climate change, which can disproportionately affect our most vulnerable communities. The Fairmount Heights Net Zero community will provide replicable, scalable, and cost-effective solutions that will serve as models for wide-scale adoption across Maryland. This pilot underscores the importance of state investments in positively advancing the local energy grid through collaboratively identified inclusive and equitable solutions.


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Church of Scientology Pastor Reflects on the Role of the Religion Communicator in Today’s World

Vice President of Religion Communicators Council and pastor of the Church of Scientology Nashville, Brian Fesler hosted the 2021 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards.

Vice President of Religion Communicators Council and pastor of the Church of Scientology Nashville, Brian Fesler hosted the 2021 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards.

Before the pandemic, Rev. Fesler would tour religious studies classes through the Church of Scientology Nashville public information center and answer their questions a out Scientology

Before the pandemic, Rev. Fesler would tour religious studies classes through the Church of Scientology Nashville public information center and answer their questions a out Scientology

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Church of Scientology Nashville

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — Pastor of the Church of Scientology Nashville and vice president of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Board of Governors, Brian Fesler is a decades-long veteran in the art of making religion meaningful across religious and cultural divides.

But it wasn’t until COVID-19 erupted in 2020 that Fesler realized the sheer scope of his role as a religious communicator. Suddenly, as millions of people saw their daily lives drastically disrupted, he was among the religious leaders reaching out virtually with cross-cultural spiritual sustenance, helping their communities get past the pandemic’s worst existential crises.

RCC and its chapters across the nation are devoted to promoting religious literacy, faith and values and providing opportunities for the networking and professional development of communicators from faith-based organizations.

This April, Fesler was elected National Vice President of RCC and coordinated the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, which are given annually to active members of the Religion Communicators Council who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations.

“I loved working with our members and answering their questions,” says Fesler. “I loved the excitement of it all.” He particularly valued the judges, who encourage peers and counterparts, regardless of their faith tradition.

Meeting with and interviewing winners of the awards in the “Best-in-Class” category was a “joy and honor,” Fesler says.

Among this year’s Best-in-Class winners was Susan Engle of the U.S. Bahá’í National Center for her book Dizzy Gillespie: A Man, a Trumpet and a Journey to Bebop. The legendary trumpeter was a member of the Bahá’í faith and the first jazz musician to undertake cultural missions in foreign countries on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Other winners included Donna Frischknecht Jackson, editor of Presbyterians Today, whose article “And the Steeple Bell Rang: A Rural Church’s Holy Week Witness in a Pandemic” explores the challenges of reaching a balance between safety and the need of the congregation for human contact and interaction in the time of COVID-19.

Religion Communicators Council, formed in 1929, is one of the oldest public relations groups in the U.S. It was initially open only to members of Christian denominations. In the early 1970s, the organization opened its doors to people of all faiths. Today the RCC includes representatives from dozens of beliefs spanning the world’s spiritual spectrum.

Fesler, who serves at the Church of Scientology and Celebrity Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was ordained in 2005. A banjo-strumming lover of bluegrass music, the cultural pull of bluegrass first brought him to Nashville from his native Iowa in 1986 when he was 19. On arriving in Music City, something else caught Fesler’s imagination: He bought and read a copy of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, the seminal work of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, and he became involved with the local Scientology community.

Fesler moved in 1991 from Nashville to Minneapolis and joined staff at the Church of Scientology of Twin Cities. He moved back to Nashville in 2009 to oversee the Nashville Church’s community, interfaith and public affairs. He is involved with the Church’s Volunteer Ministers program and coordinates Church-supported humanitarian campaigns including the local chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World which promotes The Truth About Drugs drug prevention campaign, Tennessee United for Human Rights, and the local chapter of the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Fester helps organize Nashville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. It is a major community undertaking led by city council member Joy Styles, with many local organizations and universities participating. The annual event draws thousands of participants.

Fesler is also a mainstay of the Nashville Human Rights Day Celebration. As committee chair of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission which hosts the event, he works with Amnesty International and other organizations and groups to honor human rights leaders with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

For more information on the interfaith actions of the Church of Scientology, visit the Scientology Religious Freedom Blog, published to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

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Georgia FBI National Academy Conference and The Submarine Way Partner

Georgial FBI National Academy

John Gregory Vincent – MBA

Transformation through Inclusion

Bringing impactful, culture-changing resiliency and personal accountability training to our law enforcement departments across the State of Georgia

The most practical, relevant, training I have ever seen. The time The Submarine Way takes in learning the organization combined with their powerful reinforcement creates highly effective training.”

— Allen Heidler – Chief of Police Florence SC

AUGUSTA, GA, US, April 29, 2021 / — The Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy is deeply committed to the well-being of law enforcement personnel, understanding the direct connection between emotional and physical well-being and the critical decision-making officers face multiple times a day. The Submarine Way has been working with law enforcement departments for years to drive more effective personal leadership, personal and peer accountability, and a more interdependent, collaborative approach of partnering internally to be more effective when interacting within their community. The specific program being delivered at the conference by The Submarine Way's Principal Advisor John Gregory Vincent will focus specifically on resiliency. The conference is being held June 20- 24 at Jekyll Island Georgia. The participant will walk away with tools to address the issues toxic stress brings to policing.

This session will be highly interactive and impactful with open and small group discussions throughout. The focus is providing immediately applicable tools for those that attend to deploy throughout their organizations to build resiliency, establish interdependent and collaborative relationships, and understand the difference between negative conflict and positive conflict. The participant will walk away with life-changing tools to apply when under pressure and to use to shake off issues after a dramatic situation.

As is the case with all of our partners in law enforcement the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy is committed to better policing, better communities, and better relationships internally and externally.

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Live Proud Vodka Now Available in Georgia, as well as Indiana, California and New York

"Drink Extraordinary with Award-Winning Live Proud Vodka"

Drink Extraordinary with Award-Winning Live Proud Vodka

LGBTQ+ and woman-owned premium spirits company donates to civil and human rights organizations

CARMEL, IN, USA, April 29, 2021 / — Live Proud Spirits, a premium spirits company, is proud to announce that its flagship product, Live Proud Vodka, is now available in Georgia through a new distribution partnership with Craft Distributors. Live Proud Vodka is also available in Indiana through Indiana Small Batch and New York and California through Park Street Imports.

Live Proud Spirits is wholly LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer-plus) and woman-owned, including one owner who is also a veteran. The company donates $1 from every bottle sold to civil and human rights organizations, and has already donated over $20,000 since its launch in October 2017.

“We believe in community. We believe in unity. We believe in inclusion. We stand united in the belief that all people are created equal — ALL PEOPLE. Live Proud stands for strength and power exhibited by standing united, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry or age. Live Proud stands for you — a person who not only loves and accepts yourself but also proudly accepts your friend, neighbor, co-worker or even a stranger. Live Proud stands for the liberty and freedom to openly love whomever you love. Live Proud stands for giving to those who help to protect and support your rights and those of your neighbors,” said Beth Hohlier, CEO of Live Proud Spirits.

The brand has been well received by consumers and critics alike, who consider it smooth and enjoyable. Live Proud Spirits has won numerous awards, including top honors in the most prestigious spirits competitions. Live Proud Vodka won the prestigious Double Gold award in the 2020 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, scored a 90 in the critically acclaimed Wine Enthusiasts Magazine, and won Platinum in the Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards Competition in 2019.

Live Proud Vodka has a sweet corn and white pepper aroma, with a hint of sea salt and dried spices. The medium viscosity vodka has a clean and silky taste with a smooth spiced dry finish and good salinity. It is six times distilled from Midwestern corn, charcoal filtered and crafted in the United States.
“Many vodka brands use pride packaging for marketing themselves as being pro-LGBTQ+, but we are LGBTQ+,” Hohlier said. “By supporting our brand, you are supporting a women-owned business and an LGBTQ+ business.”

Request Live Proud Vodka at local bars, restaurants, or liquor stores. For more information and to find out where to purchase Live Proud Spirits, visit

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