Watchdog Group Helps End Abuse of Parental Rights

The new law requires schools to make “a reasonable attempt to notify” parents before their child is removed from school in handcuffs.

The new School Safety law stops the Florida Baker Act from violating parental rights and traumatizing young children.

Our primary focus for years has been to restore parental rights by simply giving parents the opportunity to help their child as a first course of action.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — In the last four years the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Florida’s Baker Act Hotline has received more than 700 calls from distraught parents trying to free their children from psychiatric facilities. According to the CCHR Florida staff who answer the hotline, eighty percent of those calls could have easily been avoided. Most common among them are children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, who do not meet the criteria for a Baker Act and in almost all cases the child is removed from school by law enforcement.

For example, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Shawn, a 10-year-old boy with autism, is still haunted by the day in 2018 when he was Baker Acted. Shawn was separated from his distraught father, placed in the back of a police car and unable to contact his family while being held overnight at a psychiatric facility—“all because he expressed to a teacher some distress over losing a playground game.”

While Shawn was being questioned by a sheriff’s deputy, his father, Brian, “explained to the deputy that Shawn had autism and was not always able to control his emotions, but these kinds of reactions were normal, and he knew how to help Shawn deal with them.” Brian’s begging and pleas to spare his son from the traumatic experience of the Baker Act were refuted by the deputy, “claiming that the law required him to take Shawn to a facility once the school called, regardless of his father’s ability to care for him appropriately, regardless of his wishes, and regardless of the fact that his son had a known developmental disability that accounted for his behavior.”

Shawn, the SPLC report stated, had recurring nightmares about the incident and still “frequently talks about not wanting to ‘go to jail’ again.”

“Misconceptions on how and when a Baker Act can legally be initiated is one of the main reasons our organization began delivering training courses on the mental health law,” stated the President for the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein.

CCHR not only delivers continuing education to attorneys and mental health professionals on the Baker Act but also works with law enforcement to adopt internal policies that help prevent Baker Act abuse. In just two years there have been close to 160 policy adoptions, but CCHR believes that education alone is not enough to stop abusive involuntary psychiatric examination of children.

“We are on the ground speaking to these parents” whose children are wrongfully and involuntarily taken into custody, said CCHR Florida’s Abuse Case Coordinator Pat DiMartino. “So we know how much it’s happening. This is a real situation. It’s a law that has gone off the rails and is being totally misapplied.”

Its continued misapplication traumatized Hilary Caskey’s son after he was unnecessarily Baker Acted at nine years old. “I had to homeschool him for the next three years,” said Caskey. “If a cop show came up on TV he ran from the room crying.”

Caskey was never called when her son was Baker Acted and received a “nonchalant” message from school faculty about an incident involving her son. Only later that day did she find out that her son was Baker Acted.

Mya Camargo’s son was also wrongfully Baker Acted, and she said he refused to attend public school after the incident. “I am so happy that the School Safety bill is passed because it will save so many kids in the long run from trauma,” said Camargo.

The School Safety bill was signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on June 29th after it passed the Florida House and Senate unanimously. The change to the law will require schools to make “a reasonable attempt to notify” parents before police are called to transport their child to a psychiatric facility where their shoe laces are taken away and in some cases are they not allowed to see their parents for up to 72 hours.

“This legislation was definitely not something that happened over night,” said CCHR Florida’s Outreach Director Katerina Alemis. “Part of it came from educating people about parental rights.” By creating their own “Parental Rights” booklet and an online website to help parents understand some of the rights accorded to them under the law, CCHR Florida has reached 906,918 people since 2015 to raise awareness about parental rights that could help prevent misuse of the Baker Act.

“Our primary focus for years has been to restore parental rights by simply giving parents the opportunity to help their child as a first course of action,” said Stein. “The law clearly states that a person in crisis can be helped by a willing family member in place of a Baker Act, but this was being ignored. And when you are dealing with a child, this is not just abuse, it is a parental rights violation.”

Caskey said if she was called before her son was Baker Acted, “I would have been there in 10 minutes.” With the passing of the School Safety bill, “My rights don’t end at the school door.”

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CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog group dedicated to eliminating abuses committed under the guise of mental health. CCHR, an expert in mental health human rights, works to ensure patient and consumer protections are enacted and upheld. In this role, CCHR has helped to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices since it was formed over 49 years ago. For more information about CCHR Florida visit,

CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “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.’” For more information on the Church of Scientology visit,

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Los Angeles Attorney V. James DeSimone Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

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Attorney V. James DeSimone

The legal trade publication, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is honoring DeSimone in its special edition

Having been named to this list more than 10 times, and every year since 2013, I think it’s a testament to the fact that we have consistently achieved excellent results for our clients.”

— Attorney V. James DeSimone

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., USA, June 30, 2021 / — V. James DeSimone has been recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication.

DeSimone’s Marina Del Rey-based firm has specialized in employment and civil rights claims for more than 30 years. Among his most notable victories in the past year was a wrongful termination lawsuit brought on behalf of a woman fired for having cancer. Though the woman died before she could receive justice, DeSimone pursued the case on behalf of her surviving children.

In a decision later affirmed by a Second Appellate District panel in a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge found the "defendants’ conduct was reprehensible," rewarding $500,000 in punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.

On July 23, 2021, DeSimone will argue the appeal in the case of Birden v. UC Regents to preserve his jury verdict of $1.58 million on behalf of an African-American phlebotomist who was racially harassed at UCLA Hospital, in violation of the Fair Employment & Housing Act.

In addition, DeSimone is representing: A plaintiff in a case involving a pattern and practice of sexual harassment, assault, and wrongful termination at Hollywood’s Magic Castle; several supervisory police officers, including two lieutenants, against the Los Angeles World Airport Police for a pattern and policy of racial discrimination; and an individual who was harassed on the basis of his Mexican heritage and Jewish religion by his coworkers at the City of Westminster.

In addition to his labor and employment work, DeSimone has recently secured victories on behalf of victims of civil rights violations. In November of 2020, he argued in the Ninth Circuit in an effort get the City of Los Angeles to pay a $210,000 civil rights jury verdict for physical pain and emotional distress with a finding of actual malice in a case involving a man assaulted by an LAPD officer. The jury also made special findings that the officer was acting in the course and scope of employment and under color of state law when he battered and arrested his neighbor.

Currently, he's representing numerous severely injured individuals, including the family of a mentally disabled man who suffered severe bite wounds and psychological damage after Visalia Police set a K9 on him during an unlawful arrest; a freelance journalist attacked by police while covering a protest of the death of George Floyd. He also represents the family of Daniel Rivera, whose death resulted from “prone physical restraint with electromuscular disruption…” by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the coroner’s report.

“It’s gratifying to know these cases are getting the attention they deserve, and I thank the Daily Journal for taking note of the righteousness of this litigation and the hard work that’s put into them,” said V. James DeSimone. “Having been named to this list more than 10 times, and every year since 2013, I think it’s a testament to the fact that we have consistently achieved excellent results for our clients.”

Los Angeles civil rights attorney V. James DeSimone has dedicated his 35-year law career to providing vigorous and ethical representation to achieve justice for those whose civil and constitutional rights are violated.

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The ACLU's Antisemitism Problem

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Once again, the ACLU is siding with antisemites to oppose a common sense antidiscrimination law in Arizona.

It's impossible to square the ACLU's arguments that critical race theory, which many allege is a form of racism itself, should be encouraged while discussions of antisemitism should be prohibited.”

— Marc Greendorfer, President, Zachor Legal Institute

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, USA, June 30, 2021 / — The ACLU’s Antisemitism Problem

At a time when antisemitism, especially among the progressive left in America, is being normalized and taking on openly aggressive contours, it is time for America to take action against those who are promoting what has been called the world’s oldest hatred. While antisemitism in America has always been an issue, the rise of Marxist hate groups like Black Lives Matter, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Antifa have turned what was a fringe problem into a widespread concern.

The American Civil Liberties Union, once a venerable organization that sought to defend the rights of minority groups in America, is now openly aligned with extremist groups that foment domestic terror against Jews. Whether it’s turning a blind eye to Antifa's violence, teaming up with CAIR, an Islamist organization that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator of designated terror organizations, to attack common sense antidiscrimination laws meant to protect Jewish Americans or opposing the implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism in schools (a measure meant to educate young people on the pernicious ways in which antisemitism breeds), the ACLU has been at the forefront of undermining legal protections for Jews while empowering terror-backed groups who have launched an international campaign that has been deemed to be the "New Antisemitism."

In an attempt to sanitize its pro-hate agenda, the ACLU applies a double standard when it comes to antisemitism. With every other form of hate, the ACLU makes no distinction between acts or words that might have a political element and those that are apolitical and discriminatory. With antisemitism, though, the ACLU dances on the heads of pins of hate to find the most dangerous forms of antisemitism to be protected political speech.

The State of Arizona is currently considering a law, HB2282, which would implement the internationally supported IHRA definition of antisemitism, for purposes of ensuring that schools teach the history of the Holocaust, including information on how antisemitism has been promoted in the past. Part of this education will include discussions of hate groups who attempt to deprive Jews, an indigenous people of the Middle East, of their right to self-determination in their historic homeland of Israel.

The ACLU alleges that this type of information would somehow “chill” speech in schools. In fact, HB2282 would only chill the spread of rhetoric from groups like Black Lives Matter, CAIR, Antifa and other hate groups that has led to the dangerous levels of antisemitism we are now seeing.

While the ACLU sees attacks on the Jewish homeland of Israel as a purely political matter that should not be subject to antidiscrimination measures, just last year, Cecillia Wang, the ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director, contradicted this theory by publishing a statement titled “Let’s stop the scapegoating during a global pandemic”. Ms. Wang argued that reference to China when discussing COVID-19 encouraged hate against Asians. In 2020, Ms. Wang argued “President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other U.S. officials have deliberately referred to SARS-CoV-2 as “the Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus” … such labels lead to dangerous scapegoating and widespread ignorance…. In propagating this smear, these officials have fomented racism and overt acts of harassment and violence against Asian Americans.”

Just last month, the ACLU issued another statement in support of teaching critical race theory in schools, claiming that states that seek to prohibit such programs are censoring discussions of race and racism in schools.

Here’s what the ACLU has to say about Arizona’s attempt to curb antisemitism by teaching students about the history of antisemitism and encouraging discussions of antisemitism in classrooms: “Unfortunately, the definition and examples proposed for this bill incorrectly equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, including many constitutionally protected statements.”

It is impossible to reconcile the ACLU’s claim that references to China when discussing COVID lead to hate against all Asians with their current claim that spreading age-old stereotypes against Jews under the guise of criticizing their homeland is protected political speech. It's also impossible to square the ACLU's arguments that critical race theory, which many allege is a form of racism itself, should be encouraged while discussions of antisemitism should be prohibited.

With the ACLU’s antisemitic allies in Black Lives Matter and Islamist groups like CAIR hunting Jews down on our streets and using schools to indoctrinate children with antisemitism, Arizona’s HB2282 is not only a welcome step to protect Jewish Americans, it should be supported by those who traditionally embraced the ACLU before it became a partisan and antisemitic enabler of hate.

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California Congressional Candidate Ronda Kennedy LEADS the Fight Against Voter Fraud

" I am not just complaining about election fraud. I am fighting in court to assure our elections are fair."

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA, USA, June 30, 2021 / — California 26th Congressional District candidate Ronda Kennedy, a Republican civil rights attorney running against Julia Brownly, issued a statement vowing to restore election integrity in her district before voters go to the polls in 2022.

Kennedy defeated her Democrat opponent by 3-1 at the voting booth in the November 2020 election, but like Democrats across the country, Brownly was fraudulently reelected after receiving an overwhelming majority (94 percent) of the mail-in ballots in the district where only 55 percent of voters are registered Democrats.

In January, Kennedy joined forces with the Election Integrity Project and nine other candidates and filed a federal lawsuit, EIPCa, et al. v. Weber, et al., challenging California’s unconstitutional election process for future elections. Kennedy and the plaintiffs are seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief following rampant irregularities in the 2020 general election in California.

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals is reviewing the case that will likely be adjudicated in the Supreme Court, setting precedence for other states in the union, Kennedy contends:

“I am not just complaining about election fraud. I am fighting in court to assure our elections are free, fair and every American vote counts. My campaign represents the seventy-four-plus million Americans who were defrauded and are not gonna shut up – who refuse to step past the illegitimate elections as if nothing happened. If we allow the fraudulence to go unchecked, we have stepped from what was America into tyranny.

It’s time for photo-voter ID law. The absence of voter ID is a recipe for fraud waiting to happen. A photo ID is required for everything we do in this country. Eighty percent of Americans support voter ID laws. Yet, Democrats connivingly attempt to persuade voters into believing that verifying your identity to vote is a racist ploy and vote against Voter ID legislation. As a result, people can vote multiple times. The dead vote. Illegal immigrants vote.

It’s time we get rid of mail-in ballots. The enemies of freedom exploited a manufactured COVID pandemic in 2020 to rig the election with an unprecedented mail-in-ballot election for the express purpose of electing Democrats. In court, we will irrefutably prove that our electoral system is broken. California laws like ballot harvesting and mail-in ballots disadvantage minority groups who prefer to vote at the ballot box than by mail. We cannot dwell on the past. I am fighting for future elections. I expect that my 2022 election results will be fair.”


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Nigerian Reverend Polycarp Zongo freed after eight months of captivity by ISWAP terror group; reunited with family; wife gives birth same day

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, June 30, 2021 / — On June 15, Mrs. Kaneng Zongo of Jos, Nigeria was scheduled to deliver her baby by Caesarean section. The Reverend John Pofi called her and suggested she postpone the surgery. The reason? Without admitting to her, the Reverend had purchased tickets for her just freed husband Pastor Polycarp Zongo to fly homeward from terror captivity in northeast Nigeria.

Kenang, 39, had a scheduled surgical Caesarean because doctors surmised that given her depression over Polycarp’s eight months as a hostage to terrorists in West Africa, she wouldn’t stand a chance in natural birthing. Maternal mortality in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world.

But Kenang was not amongst those who received Polycarp at the Abuja airport. She couldn’t make the three-hour road trip from Jos. She was having the baby – naturally!

After his miraculous release, for several days, Polycarp recuperated to prepare himself for the biweekly flight home.

From ISWAP seclusion, he surprised his wife in the hospital – along with his daughter and son, plus the newborn he wasn’t expecting.

“We were all in tears,” said a person who was present at the reunion, “as Pastor Polycarp apologized to his two children Goshen, 9, that he borrowed her laptop for the trip last year but didn’t bring it back; he apologized to Kenang for almost making her a widow and the baby fatherless. He sobbed when Giovanni, 4, didn’t recognize him. He then grabbed the baby with ecstatic joy.”

It was a momentous Father’s Day reunion with two unexpected lives. No one expected the pastor to survive a terror group who specializes in videotaped beheadings of pastors. And the Reverend had no way of knowing in an 8-month captivity that he was going to be a father – or free again thanks to Ms. Ummu Kalthum Muhammed, Founder of Kalthum for Peace Foundation, an NGO, herself a nursing mother.

It is not known why Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terror group released the pastor without a ransom, but they reportedly have great respect for Ms. Mohammed the lady who has distinguished herself as a successful negotiator in recent years. However, the timing of his release and the birth of a baby boy was nothing short of divine as the family reunion occurred in Jos, central Nigeria on Father’s Day weekend.

According to Washington-based international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe: “I’m not sure if ISWAP released captives to celebrate their recent defeat of Boko Haram or because they realized these were genuinely poor people who couldn’t raise a ransom but they certainly didn’t do it for Father’s Day. Whatever the case, I commend the terrorists for the compassion they showed in freeing the Reverend. I hope that this dialogue can continue and that the newly merged BH/ISWAP will facilitate the release of the remaining 112 Chibok girls. We call for the release of Maida Yakubu Tikko who was the youngest Chibok schoolgirl taken captive and turns 23 years old on her birthday this month. I commend the Kalthum and John Pofi Foundation for this amazing feat and extend congratulations to Reverend and Mrs. Zongo and family for this double blessing and good news. It is amazing that civil society members were able to achieve what the government of Nigeria couldn’t do.”

REDEEM! is a US charitable organization serving the persecuted in Nigeria and relied on trusted partners for this report. Dr. William Devlin serves as its volunteer CEO.


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Step Forward HEAP Summer Crisis Program to Begin July 1

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Step Forward’s Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program is set to begin July 1 and end September 30. The Summer Cooling Program helps income-eligible Cuyahoga County residents with payment of an electric bill or the purchase of a fan/air conditioning unit to help ease the burden caused by summer heat.

The Summer Cooling Program provides a benefit once per cooling season to residents who are at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, have a household member age 60 or older, a household member that can provide physician documentation that air conditioning is needed for the member's health, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill, or require air conditioning.

For the second year, the Summer Crisis Program has been extended by one month, giving residents an additional 30 days to apply.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment. For appointment scheduling call (216) 350-8008 or visit Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Scheduled customers must have all necessary paperwork in hand to receive assistance at the time of appointment.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:
• Copies of most recent energy bills; utility bills (gas and/or electric), regardless of account status.
• A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member.
• Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members.
• Proof of disability (if applicable).
• Birth Dates and Social Security Numbers for all household members.
• Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).

To find a list of required documentation, or to learn more about Step Forward's energy assistance programs, please visit

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program, call (216) 350-8008. To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider call (800)282-0880 (hearing impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance), or visit

Step Forward helps people find hope, believe in their future and take steps to make it a reality. As the State’s designated anti-poverty agency for Cuyahoga County, Step Forward is tasked and trusted to lead the fight on the ground against poverty in our community. The nonprofit organization helps low-income individuals and families address immediate needs and build long-term skills to transform their lives through early childhood education programs, adult skills training and other support. Programs include Early Head Start (birth to three), Head Start (three-five years of age); personal development programs to enhance life skills, manage anger or get on track with personal goals; career planning and job training to enable people to learn or enhance skills, earn certifications or improve readiness to pursue and win better job opportunities. Step Forward also delivers the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For more information, visit

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(Video) UN Human Rights Expert Reinforces Call to Action from Iran’s Democratic Resistance

June 30, 2021 - 1988 Massacre.

1988 Massacre.

June 29, 2021 - Mr. Javaid Rahman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.

Mr. Javaid Rahman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.

June 21, 2021 - Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

June 21, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

June 20, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisis record.

Ebrahim Raisis record.

June 21, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

June 23, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

June 26, 2021 - Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Rehman correctly indicated that Raisi’s status as president increases the urgency of an international investigation into his role in crimes against humanity

Reuters report states that the Justice for Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran welcomed Rehman’s call, saying that a U.N. investigation into the extrajudicial executions was 'long overdue'”


PARIS, FRANCE, June 30, 2021 / — In an interview on Monday with Reuters, Javaid Rehman, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, urged the Human Rights Council and other relevant bodies to launch a formal investigation of an overlooked crime against humanity that Iranian authorities carried out more than 30 years ago.

His latest remarks on the subject come several months after Rehman and several other UN human rights experts sent a letter to the Iranian regime demanding an end to its cover-up of the incident and emphasizing that if Tehran failed to hold its own officials accountable, the responsibility would fall to the international community.

Rehman made reference to that letter in his recent interview, noting that it was motivated in large part by “concerns that there is again a policy… to destroy evidence of mass graves.” The graves in question may hold the remains of more than 30,000 individuals, all of whom were killed over the course of just a few months in 1988.

That summer, panels of judiciary and intelligence officials, known as “death commissions” interrogated political prisoners throughout Iran and ordered the summary execution of all those who failed to demonstrate fealty to the theocratic system. Many were sent to the gallows after “trials” lasting just a few minutes, during which they refused to disavow their support to the leading pro-democracy opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Reuters report states that in a statement, the Justice for Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran welcomed Rehman’s call, saying that a U.N. investigation into the extrajudicial executions was “long overdue. “

It is highly significant that the MEK was the prime target of the 1988 massacre, especially given that the architects of that massacre definitively failed in their goal of stamping out organized opposition against the clerical regime. While it was ongoing, the massacre was a clear sign of the extent to which Iranian authorities felt threatened by that opposition. Since then, it has served as a perennial reminder of the depths those authorities are willing to sink to when trying to suppress dissent.

The massacre was prompted by a fatwa from the regime’s founder, Ruhollah Khomeini, which declared that the MEK and affiliated groups were guilty of “enmity against God” and should consequently be killed.

The threat of similar reprisals has only intensified in recent years, as Tehran has struggled to restore order in the wake of multiple, widespread uprisings that demonstrated the MEK’s breadth of social influence.

In his interview on Monday, Javaid Rehman highlighted the role that Ebrahim Raisi is believed to have played in the 1988 massacre and also in the 2019 crackdown, which took place after he had been appointed as head of the judiciary by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. That appointment seemed to clear the way for Raisi to run effectively unopposed in Iran’s June presidential campaign. His victory was confirmed on June 18, and critics promptly began warning of the potential for Iran’s human rights record to grow even worse in the Raisi era.

Rehman correctly indicated that Raisi’s status as president-elect greatly increases the urgency of an international investigation into his role in crimes against humanity, both historical and recent. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), went further by emphasizing the need for multilateral sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and other assertive measures as a means of deterring Iranian authorities from stepping up their crackdowns on dissent.

That message will no doubt be reiterated before an international audience between July 10 and 12, when the annual live-streamed gathering of Iranian expatriates, the “Free Iran World Summit.” takes place. The event is expected to connect tens of thousands of expatriate activists through a number of simultaneous gatherings and will also feature speeches from hundreds of European and American dignitaries and lawmakers.

The event will certainly feature testimony from survivors of the 1988 massacre and from the families of its victims, as well as presenting clear evidence of Raisi’s high-level involvement in the farcical trials and resulting death sentences in the nation’s capital.

Proper investigations will certainly help to confront the Iranian regime’s culture of impunity regarding this and other crimes against humanity. But to prevent the escalation of human rights abuses, Western powers and the United Nations will have to make concerted efforts to stay ahead of the regime’s growing desperation in the face of organized and widespread unrest.

If Raisi still faces no accountability for the 1988 massacre when he takes office in August, it is easy to imagine that the regime will be encouraged to further crackdowns on the opposition and the people at home and more malign activities abroad.

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Project to Help Essential Hospitals Reduce Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease

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America’s Essential Hospitals

Grants will support the expansion of evidence-based strategies to reduce CVD disparities among people of color and other underrepresented populations.

We know CVD disproportionately affects people of color and other marginalized populations, and we are committed to ending that disparity by spreading tested strategies to achieve equity.”

— Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO, America's Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 30, 2021 / — Essential Hospitals Institute, the research entity of America's Essential Hospitals, is launching a project to help essential hospitals reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) among people of color and other underrepresented populations across the United States.

The project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, will fund up to three member hospitals to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce CVD disparities, provide technical assistance to hospital grantees, and disseminate findings and lessons learned to hospital systems nationwide.

“We know CVD disproportionately affects people of color and other marginalized populations, and we are committed to ending that disparity by spreading tested strategies to achieve equity,” said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals.

“With its mission to support the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities, Essential Hospitals Institute is closely aligned to our goals at the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation,” said John Damonti, president of Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. “We recognize the power of community-based programs in reducing disparities in CVD and are pleased to play a role in identifying innovative and sustainable solutions.”

The association’s more than 300 hospital members serve a disproportionate number of low-income, uninsured, and racially and ethnically diverse patients with complex clinical needs. Essential hospitals anchor communities where 22.3 million people live below the poverty line and 370,000 experience homelessness. CVD rates and inequitable outcomes of patients with CVD reflect disparities prevalent in low-income populations and among people of color.

As the research, education, dissemination, and quality arm of America’s Essential Hospitals, Essential Hospitals Institute is taking on this project to help member hospitals improve and expand efforts to achieve equity in diagnosis and treatment for CVD.

“CVD and COVID-19 make up two significant clinical areas in which innovation is required to combat disparities and structural racism,” said Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH, MSc, Institute director and the association’s vice president of innovation. “This funding will support members with the opportunity to combat persistent disparities in CVD and shift their approach to care to match ever-changing patient needs in the wake of COVID-19.”

The Institute has assembled a Technical Expert Panel to evaluate and select recipients of 12-month Institute grants to support evidence-based strategies that reduce disparities in CVD and improve prevention, management, and outcomes of the disease.

The Institute will accept proposals through September 15, 2021, and notify three awardees by October 8, 2021. Awardees will receive up to $100,000 each. The outcomes of the selected programs will be used as a reference to help other hospitals across the country minimize CVD disparities in underserved communities and underrepresented populations.

To aid prospective grant applicants, the Institute will offer a webinar July 7, at 2 pm ET, to share details about the application process, key deadlines, and tips for creating the best possible submission and to provide an opportunity to ask questions. Questions also may be directed to

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Essential Hospitals Institute is the research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute supports the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities. Working with members of America’s Essential Hospitals, we identify promising practices from the field, conduct research, disseminate innovative strategies, and help our members improve their organizational performance. We do all of this with an eye toward improving individual and population health, especially for vulnerable people.

Carl Graziano
America's Essential Hospitals
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Zylpha Launches ‘Pay As You Bundle’ Software Format For Peppermint CX & SharePoint Online Users

Zylpha For Peppermint CX & SharePoint Online

New ‘Pay As You Go’ connectors have made legal document bundling faster, more efficient and more affordable for Peppermint CX & SharePoint Online users.

For the first time legal teams of all sizes, equipped with Peppermint CX and SharePoint Online, can now enjoy a consistently high quality bundling excellence on a Pay As You Go basis”

— David Chapman of Zylpha

SOUTHAMPTON, HANTS, UK, June 30, 2021 / — For the first time, law firms and legal teams, that use Peppermint CX as their case management system or SharePoint Online as their document store, can now use Zylpha’s affordable ‘Pay As You Go’ platform to create even the most complex court compliant bundles in just minutes.

By using Zylpha’s easy-to-use drag and drop tool set and streamlined, single-view dashboard, Peppermint CX users can access records, matter and data to create court compliant electronic bundles professionally and affordably, in a fraction of the time required to prepare them manually. Zylpha believes time savings of up to 80% are typical. Other efficiencies delivered by the system include: significantly reduced requirements for stationery and physical storage. In addition, as the system also uses the very latest secure communications & encryption, the need for most traditional post and courier services is often eliminated.

Commenting on the launch, Zylpha’s Head of Marketing David Chapman said; “For the first time legal teams of all sizes, equipped with Peppermint CX and SharePoint Online, can now enjoy a consistently high quality bundling excellence on a Pay As You Go basis, meaning they never pay more than the cost of the unique bundle they are using. Our initial research suggests that there will be immensely strong demand for this long anticipated addition to our range.”

To find out more contact the Zylpha Team:


Miranda Evans
Marketing Manager
Office 01962 658881


Leigh Richards
The Right Image
07758 372527

Leigh RIchards
The Right Image
+44 7758 372527
email us here

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Legal Medical Consulting Releases Article Series on Expert Witnesses

Dallas-based company Legal Medical Consulting has just released a new article series on expert witnesses. For more information, visit

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Legal Medical Consulting is a medical legal consultancy in Dallas TX with 34 years of knowledge and experience working with more than 133 hospitals, 265 ambulatory surgery centers and 23 publications. It has recently launched a series of blog posts and articles revolving around the topic of medical expert witnesses. They have given the explanation, need, and importance of such people in various medical malpractice cases.

The writeups explain in detail what expert witnesses are, which are mostly doctors, surgeons, physicians, nurses or other licensed medical professionals who have the qualifications and experience to testify in court of law on a specific medical case. Medical expert witnesses get hired for a variety of reasons. A medical witness gets called when a jury needs to understand technical or scientific data relevant to the case. Attorneys and lawyers frequently use them for medical negligence and injury claims. The findings of a medical expert witness can assist lawyers in understanding and assessing the case validity before taking legal action. As the case moves forward to discovery and trial, expert opinion and testimony are critical.

But what is an expert testimony? It is proof founded on sufficient facts, evidence, or data gathered using credible strategies and procedures. If the expert's technical, scientific, or other specialized knowledge aids the trier of fact in determining truth or evidence in the case, the witness can testify in the type of a viewpoint. Professionals can testify when their specialized knowledge supports the judge or jury, according to Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Furthermore, a medical expert witness should translate technical and scientific terms into layperson's terms, allowing the court to comprehend the events of the case. To qualify for "expert status," a medical expert witness must state his or her opinions with reasonable healthcare certainty. A witness is someone who assists the judge and jury in reaching a fair decision in the case. The analyst explains the victim's injury, the source of his or her suffering and pain, and other issues. The expert's testimony contains all of the necessary information. Besides that, they get hired to link indications to the defendant. In such a case, they use scientific methods or procedures to ascertain or prove the defendant's liability for the damage caused.

Legal Medical Consulting has qualified, licensed, and skilled medical expert witnesses who can explain medical procedures and testify in court about what occurred that resulted in damages. These highly professional individuals have launched this series of articles on Medical Witnesses based on their knowledge and expertise.

Dr. Rusty McNew is the Managing Partner of the company. He possesses exceptional clinical and executive-level experience and knowledge in the healthcare field, collaborating with legal departments on medical negligence diagnosis, therapy, obstetrics, treatment, and supervising cases. Dr. McNew has written twenty books on medical malpractice prevention and clinical guidelines. Physicians, healthcare executives, attorneys, and health insurers have all used these strategies to great success. The professional assures that the company provides all forms of legal support backed by scientific claims. He says, “We recognize, synthesize, incorporate, analyze, and communicate pertinent health records and healthcare operations on your case using our knowledge and expertise.”

Dr. Rusty McNew
Legal Medical Consulting
+1 972-236-7474
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