Thoughts on International Religious Freedom Day From the Church of Scientology Nashville

At last year’s International Religious Freedom Day service, Rev. Fesler described the impact of the passage of this bill in 1998 and presented those attending with a booklet published by the Church of Scientology International on the freedom of religion.

At last year’s International Religious Freedom Day service, Rev. Fesler described the impact of the passage of this bill in 1998 and presented those attending with a booklet published by the Church of Scientology International on the freedom of religion.

In previous years, the Nashville Church has invited students to tour on International Religious Freedom Day.

In previous years, the Nashville Church has invited students to tour on International Religious Freedom Day.

COVID-19 has also interrupted the interfaith meetings hosted by the Church. Rev. Fesler and the other staff at the Church of Scientology Nashville look forward to resuming these activities when it is once more safe to do so.

COVID-19 has also interrupted the interfaith meetings hosted by the Church. Rev. Fesler and the other staff at the Church of Scientology Nashville look forward to resuming these activities when it is once more safe to do so.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In any ordinary year, the Nashville Church of Scientology holds a special service to observe International Religious Freedom Day, open to members of all faiths or none. But this is no ordinary year. “This year, COVID-19 has changed so much for all of us,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church.

“Without freedom of religion, or freedom of thought, freedom itself cannot exist,” says Rev. Fesler on the importance of International Religious Freedom Day and what it means not only to Americans but to people the world over.

International Religious Freedom Day October 27 marks the passage of the Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which established the office of the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and highlighted America’s responsibility to the world in guaranteeing Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 18: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

In his prescient 1973 essay, “Religious Influence in Society,” L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

“Probably the most critical point of attack on a culture is its religious experience. Where one can destroy or undermine religious institutions then the entire fabric of the society can be quickly subverted or brought to ruin.

“Religion is the first sense of community. Your sense of community occurs by reason of mutual experience with others. Where the religious sense of community and with it real trust and integrity can be destroyed, then that society is like a sandcastle unable to defend itself against the inexorable sea.

“For the last hundred years or so religion has been beset with a relentless attack. You have been told it’s the ‘opiate of the masses,’ that it’s unscientific, that it is primitive; in short, that it is a delusion.

“But beneath all these attacks on organized religion there was a more fundamental target: the spirituality of Man, your own basic spiritual nature, self-respect and peace of mind.”

Mr. Hubbard also recognized the role of the artist in asserting the ideals of a society. “A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists,” he wrote. And nowhere is that more evident than in cultural centers like Nashville.

In keeping with these words, in April 2009 when Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated the new Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Nashville, he called on Nashville Scientologists to help the city fulfill her destiny and “write a song that will uplift every Man.”

“The new Ideal Org and Celebrity Centre signals great things for tomorrow,” he said. “And when you couple that with our ability to recover to individuals their inherent creativity, our ability to reawaken dreams and restore the power to achieve those dreams, yes, we can now make good on what L. Ron Hubbard tells us regarding the artist as creating the beauty and glory on which cultures depend.”

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The Compton Cowboys' "F*** Talking. Go Vote.” Inspires Cowboys Across the Nation to Ride to the Polls

A photo of the Compton Cowboys riding in protest.

The Compton Cowboys are calling on BIPOC cowboys and cowgirls across the country to organize rides that get suppressed voters to the polls.

A poster from the Compton Cowboys' "F*** Talking. Go Vote." campaign

“F*** Talking. Go Vote.” is a campaign to mobilize BIPOC voters.

A poster from the Compton Cowboys' "F*** Talking. Go Vote." campaign

The Compton Cowboys and Chicago-based creative studio Someoddpilot collaborated to amplify the Cowboys’ message through a multi-media campaign.

Activist equestrian group launches campaign to incite disenfranchised voters for the 2020 election.

Be loud. Be forceful. Be proud. Share and influence others, too. Your vote matters, because you matter.””

— Randy Savvy, Compton Cowboys’ creative director

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Compton Cowboys, an activist group that strives to uplift its community through horseback riding and highlighting the legacy of African-Americans in equine and western heritage, are calling on BIPOC cowboys and cowgirls across the country to organize rides that get suppressed voters to the polls, using their elevated position, on the backs of horses, to lead the charge. The group has launched a nationwide campaign “F*** Talking. Go Vote.” as a call to action for riders everywhere to stage “Ride To Vote” events in their cities. Each event will rally voters on a specific day to march with the riders to an early voting location. The campaign also serves as inspiration for voters – on horseback or not – to follow their example, flip the traditional power dynamic and make their voices heard.

Having taken a prominent role in protests in Los Angeles, the Compton Cowboys wanted to continue to make a difference for this year’s election. The Compton Cowboys’ creative director Randy Savvy, who is featured prominently in the campaign and penned its story and headline, directed Chicago-based creative studio Someoddpilot to help amplify the Cowboys' message through a campaign that would resonate with suppressed voters overwhelmed by this year’s election. The campaign imagery features footage from the Compton Cowboy’s September 20th rally in Los Angeles, captured by photographers Miguel Flores-Gayle and Brandon Barnhart. The launch video, shareable posters, and website (www.fucktalkinggovote.com/join-a-ride) that coordinates group rides across the nation will serve to educate and empower voters so they mount up and get to the polls before or on November 3rd.

The result, “F*** Talking. Go Vote, “ is a stunning and powerful message that addresses how, according to Randy Savvy, “Fights have always been a long journey. It isn’t something that happens over night.” He continues, “But there’s too much talking about voting and not enough action about it. We’re going to do something about it.”

When asked why the Cowboys embody the spirit of the campaign Savvy says, “I always felt like the Cowboy represents being a force for some type of change. A trailblazer.”

He continued with a message to young voters debating whether they should vote: “Be loud. Be forceful. Be proud. Share and influence others, too. Your vote matters, because you matter.”

“The Compton Cowboys are so inspiring. They wrote, directed, and starred in this campaign to get people to the polls. And we were beyond humbled to help in any capacity we could,” said Chris Eichenseer, creative director of Someoddpilot. “The Cowboys are working hard to bring people together to have their voices heard and to fight for what’s right. Because at this point, what more is there to say?”

The Compton Cowboys have so far helped coordinate rides in Illinois, Maryland, Southern California, Northern California, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, with more coming in Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

For more information and to join a ride, reach out to the contact information listed at www.fucktalkinggovote.com. Rally with the Compton Cowboys and voters nationwide by sharing out their video and downloadable posters, using the hashtag #fucktalkinggovote .

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Evelyn Adams Showcasing Her Colorful Origins through Art

Master Artist Evelyn Adams with her most recent works.

Master Artist Evelyn Adams with her most recent works.

Artwork by Evelyn Adams

"My work centers around textiles and traditional Ghanaian clothing, in which it explores the country's rich culture and identity"

My work centers around textiles and traditional Ghanaian clothing, in which it explores the country's rich culture and identity”

— Evelyn Adams

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The world of fine arts is a vast empire filled with endless possibilities. With every blank canvas and a fresh new wave of talent, another Renaissance is just waiting to happen. In this new age of creativity and advancement, breakthrough artist Evelyn Adams looks to create new grounds as she explores new ways of impacting others through her work and passion.

Evelyn, or also known as Yinka, comes from Ghana, West Africa. She resides in Queens, New York, where she continues to soak in the culture and color that the city that the Big Apple has to offer. Yinka finished her education at Long Island University Post with a degree in Fine Arts. She also holds an associate's degree in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts from Nassau Community College. She finished as Magna Cum Laude in 2013 and Summa Cum Laude in 2015 after over twelve collective seasons as a dean's lister. It wouldn't take long for Yinka's academic success to come into her professional career.

Evelyn Adams' world is a collision of two rich cultures. Her background as a Ghanian and upbringing as an American merges two different schools of thought. Yinka has lovingly embraced both in her art and introduces a new form of creative expression. "My work centers around textiles and traditional Ghanaian clothing, in which it explores the country's rich culture and identity," shares the artist Yinka. "I expressed myself through the use of acrylic paint to demonstrate African figures with facial expressions."

Yinka's work makes use of diverse media, themes, and styles. By introducing mixed media, Evelyn's art comes to life through a vivid display of acrylic paint. She brings her Ghanian origins to life by clothing her paintings with various textiles, clothing, and beads.

Yinka first dove into art at an early age. As a little girl, she would draw whatever caught her attention. It didn't take long for Evelyn Adams to realize that she wanted to become an artist. Yinka's core belief is that art has its language. She maintains that interpretations may change depending on who the audience is.
Through the years, Evelyn's work has reached greater heights. She has exhibited many of her artworks in the Long Island area and has also showcased her work internationally in South Korea countries. She's held many solo exhibitions and joined various group exhibitions throughout her life. Some of her solo exhibitions include "My People, My Culture & My Birthplace," "Peering Sky," "Mysteries Within The Sky," and "Faces of Inspirational Women." She has also participated in group exhibitions like Victors of Survival, Individual Self Portraits, Journey, Black History Month, and many others.

On October 1, 2015, her artwork, "Unite and Fight For A Cure," would appear in Port Jefferson Times-Herald. This honor came after her work won third place in the "Victors of Survival" competition for breast cancer awareness month. Yinka also appeared in ArtTour International Magazine's documentary, "Sacred Waters," which aired on August 6 and 13 at the MNNHD Channel in Manhattan's program, TWC/Spectrum.

Evelyn Adams hopes to continue growing her art and exploring new mediums to introduce into her work. She seeks new opportunities to learn, grow, and showcase what talent she offers to the world. Evelyn does not fear failure and will go over and beyond to achieve her wildest dreams. Visit Yinka's website and Instagram account to learn more about the artist and her work.

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Virginia Assembly Extends Civil Immunity to Assisted Living Facilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic

MCLEAN, VA, UNITED STATES, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Virginia Assembly Extends Civil Immunity to Assisted Living Facilities during the Covid -9 Pandemic

By Jeffrey J. Downey, Esq.

In September of 2020, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that extends Covid-19 civil immunity to assisted living facilities, hospice providers and adult day-care centers Virginia law already extends liability protections to certain medical providers during disasters and emergencies, except in cases of “gross negligence or willful misconduct.” In late April, Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order clarifying that the COVID-19 pandemic counted as a disaster under state law and outlining that shortages of protective equipment, drugs, trained medical staff and other resources could reasonably limit the ability to provide care.
Va Code 8.01-225.02

As of the passage of this bill, there were a total of 9,488 Covid-19 deaths linked to long term care facilities and some 1,376 deaths – more than half of the state’s total deaths from the virus. Opponents of the bill, including Del. Dawn Adams, pointed out that most nursing facilities have been on lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic and there was no need to “strip further rights from family and residents.”
While Republicans have sought to pass such legislation to prevent the “flood of lawsuits” anticipated from the virus, the reality is that there will be no flood of litigation, explains Jeffrey J. Downey. Downey, an attorney who focuses his practice on long term care malpractice, explains that few attorneys are even taking on such cases that can present a myriad of causation and other barriers to prosecution. We heard these same arguments by the Trump administration when the Senate held up another stimulus package because the democrats would not limit the rights of numerous seniors who died in long term care facilities, explains Downey. For more information on how the administration mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic as relates to nursing homes, click here. Now the Virginia legislature is doing what the Trump administration failed to do. Given the lax regulatory enforcement in nursing homes and reduced fines, nursing homes are less accountable both civilly and administratively. Now assisted living facilities will be given the same type of immunity that nursing homes have against Covid-19 lawsuits, even where the facility engages in negligent conduct that spreads Covid-19 to its residents.

The CDC published some strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html But without additional funding and resources, an overburdened long-term care system is not going to be able to address the severe challenges that will be presented by the Corona Virus.
For our region…here are several links that provide up to date information on COVID-19 cases.
Virginia – http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
Maryland – https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
DC – https://coronavirus.dc.gov/

If you have questions about the Coronavirus or if a loved one has been injured or neglected in a long-term care facility, contact the Law Office of Jeffrey J. Downey, P.C. for a free consultation. Serving clients in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
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Pandemic Disproportionately Affecting the Health of Men, New Ad Campaign Declares

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Canadian Centre for Men and Families is running billboard ads in Calgary and Vancouver highlighting the mental health consequences on men of severe isolation.

Research shows that men have smaller social networks than women, a deficiency made worse in the current situation. Without strong support, men are at increasing risk of suicide.”

— CCMF Alberta Executive Director Beth Barberree

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) is running billboard ads in Calgary and Vancouver to highlight the serious mental health consequences on men of the severe isolation imposed by necessary social distancing.

The new billboard ads declare “Men often suffer in silence. And now it’s worse. Help the men you love get the help they need.” The unique campaign urges family and friends to intervene in support of male loved ones. The visual features a distressed young man hiding behind a falsely happy mask.

“Research shows that men have smaller social networks than women, a deficiency made worse in the current situation,” said CCMF Alberta Executive Director Beth Barberree. “Without strong support, men are at increasing risk of suicide.”

It has already been known for months that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate effect on the physical health of men. Most jurisdictions are reporting that men are much more likely to die from the disease. In British Columbia, for example, men who contract the disease are 82% more likely to be admitted to the ICU and 37% more likely to die.

“This campaign is a call to action to each of us to look behind the mask for the hidden signs that the men we love are suffering,” said CCMF Vancouver Director Paul Dowell.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families offers online counselling for men, as well as support groups that provide much needed social engagement at this time.

Visit https://LookBehindTheMask.com for Campaign research, updates and events.

Campaign spokespeople Prof Dan Bilsker and Prof Rob Whitley, Canadian experts in the prevention of male suicide, are available for media interviews.

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Purposeful Pivots: Meaningful Corporate Social Impact Strategies Created During The Pandemic

Purposeful Pivots by Engage for Good and Salesforce.org

A new white paper tells the stories behind 7 “purposeful pivots” and reveals the principles that brands and nonprofits can use to work smarter and adapt better.

The biggest lesson we've learned is that crisis fuels new ways of thinking, inspires new ideas and forces us to focus on what's really important – helping others.”

— Devi Thomas, Global Head of Communications and Research for Salesforce.org

RYE, NEW YORK, USA, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — New white paper by Engage for Good and Salesforce.org highlights actionable lessons for brands and nonprofit organizations.

There’s no shortage of pivots created by the Covid-19 pandemic, but one special category – purposeful pivots – stands above the rest.

A new white paper from Engage for Good and Salesforce.org tells the inspiring stories behind seven “purposeful pivots” and reveals the principles that brands can use to work smarter and adapt better during these challenging times.

What’s a “purposeful pivot”? Here are a few examples:

• Colgate redeploying dental vans sitting idle to deliver personal care items via schools and community partners.
• International NGO CARE reimagining an iconic World War II package alongside corporate partners to deliver resources where they’re needed most.
• Subaru helping employees recycle PPE like masks and rubber gloves to prevent them from being sent to landfills.

The free white paper can be downloaded here and a free webinar takes a deeper dive into several of the case studies and can be accessed here.

"By retelling the stories of our shared experiences this year, we hope to learn from each other,” said Devi Thomas, Global Head of Communications and Research for Salesforce.org. “The biggest lesson we've learned is that crisis fuels new ways of thinking, inspires new ideas and forces us to focus on what's really important – helping others."

“Now, more than ever, the world needs creative problem-solving skills to be applied to the complex challenges we collectively face,” said David Hessekiel, President of Engage for Good. “We’re excited to share this white paper with the social impact community and hope the inspiration and information contained within these purposeful pivots will help others surface meaningful solutions that will strengthen their businesses and communities.”

About Salesforce.org
Salesforce.org is a social impact center of Salesforce focused on partnering with the global community to tackle the world’s biggest problems.

We believe that technology, when used for good, can transform the world. We equip nonprofit, educational, and philanthropic organizations with powerful technology to help them operate efficiently, raise funds, and connect. As the world’s problems continue to escalate, together, we can close the gap between the impact created today, and the potential for impact in the future. Our purpose-driven technology is built for, and with, the community. Our partnerships increase the capacity for social innovation. By combining technology, community and partnership we can close the impact gap. Learn more at Salesforce.org.

About Engage For Good
Engage for Good is a national, professional organization focused on elevating best practices, trends and lessons learned in corporate social impact initiatives. We feature top corporate and nonprofit brands that partner together to engage employees and consumers around good causes in a way that builds a better world…and the bottom line. Learn more at EngageForGood.com.

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NFL Star Benjamin Watson, Thought Leaders to Faith Community: Nigeria Needs Justice, Americans Must Help

This is one of the most consequential issues we face. It’s critical that we act now to move toward a more peaceful and unified Nigeria.”

— Stephen Enada, co-founder of ICON

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) convened NFL star Benjamin Watson, along with thought leaders Jonathan Stonestreet and Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Gloria Puldu of the Leah Sharibu Foundation today, to discuss the ongoing persecution of Nigeria’s Christians. Their message was clear, Nigeria needs justice and Americans must help. The group discussed things the U.S. faith community can do to achieve that goal.

“Whether it’s in the U.S. or abroad, violations of justice are a threat to us all,” said NFL star Benjamin Watson. “Our common humanity necessitates intentional involvement. We have people in pain right now and we must protect them. We need to send a special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region to oversee efforts to restore peace, Beyond that, we as people of faith need stand together as one unified body to support ministries on the ground and also actively advocate for justice and peace, not just in our own country, but in Africa and worldwide. We have voices, we need to use them.”

Since 2000, more than 90,000 innocent lives – mainly women and children – have been killed as a result of terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria. Astoundingly, ICON's tracker shows that nearly 3,000 more have been killed already this year. The violence has reached the threshold of genocide and is on track to become the Rwanda of this decade.

“The truth of the matter is that more people are talking about the atrocities in Nigeria, no one is arguing about what is happening, yet no one is stepping in to put a stop to the killing,” said Stephen Enada, co-founder of ICON. “Meanwhile, day after day, month after month, the death count is growing. It’s unconscionable. Our leaders need to act and until that happens, we need to continue to tell them that this is critically important.”

The awareness event comes as violence in Nigeria contintues to capture headlines worldwide as widespread protests against police brutality in Nigeria have turned violent. It’s been alleged the Nigerian government hired armed attackers to break up the protests injuring and even killing innocent people.

“Only an irresponsible government would hire people to engage its own citizens,” said Kyle Abts, co-founder of ICON. “Unfortunately, this attitude seems to be emblematic of the Buhari administration’s treatment of the Nigerian people which is why the United States needs to step-in to help stop the mass genocide taking place in the country.”

In December, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended designating Nigeria a Country of Particular Concern, effectively calling out the government for tolerating human rights and religious freedom violations, sending a strong signal that our government will not stand for these abuses. ICON and others close to the issue, including members of Congress and advocacy groups, say there is more to be done. Specifically, they’re asking President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to appoint a special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

Last month, ICON released a survey that found two-thirds of North Carolina voters are more likely to vote for President Trump if he sends a special envoy to Nigeria to address the persecution.

A special envoy is a senior official appointed by the U.S. Department of State to deal with a specific set of issues. In this case, the specific charge would be to oversee discussions with the Nigerian government to restore peace to the country. With the full backing of the U.S. government, the special envoy would have the power to hold perpetrators of religious violence and other crimes accountable.

“We cannot allow this to continue. Without intervention, I am confident Nigeria is headed down a road similar to Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Darfur, and Myanmar,” Enada explained. “This is one of the most consequential issues we face. It’s critical that we act now to move toward a more peaceful and unified Nigeria.”

Click here to view video from today’s awareness event.

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About International Committee on Nigeria (ICON)
International Committee on Nigeria is a consortium of Nigerians and other nationalities who have combined efforts to help Nigeria. Our mission is to create a community where rule of law guides every facet of societal interactions in Nigeria. ICON promotes human dignity, the right to live, religious freedom, and the protection of the vulnerable against all forms of persecution.

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Homeless Not Toothless Founder, Dr. Jay Grossman, Celebrates Successful Event With Praise From L.A. Mayor

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Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, October 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday October 10th, Professor at UCLA College of Dentistry and Professor at NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Jay Grossman, celebrated the 10,000th day for his acclaimed and award-winning dental charity, Homeless Not Toothless. Founder and Navy veteran, Dr. Jay Grossman, celebrated another day in service to homeless veterans by opening his office from 10 am-2 pm with approximately 20 UCLA dentists present. Overall, he raised more than $5 million in total dental care for homeless veterans since the inception.

After serving in the Navy during the Persian Gulf war, Dr. Grossman a former Lieutenant in the US Navy is now helping veterans, who have had a hard time transitioning out of the service, get the dental care they need and deserve with the help of over 1000 volunteer dentists, assistants, and hygienists.

Homeless Not Toothless (HNT) is a 501C(3) nonprofit (TIN: 200615767) dedicated to providing free and quality dental care to homeless veterans, foster youth, and low-income persons in Los Angeles, bringing back one smile at a time. The organization also aims to empower the homeless and underserved by providing access to becoming part of the mainstream workforce again through their community partners. Dr. Grossman states, “With the help of 30 volunteers, over $28,000 of pro bono dental care was given through Homeless Not Toothless to deserving veterans and women of domestic abuse”.

With the acknowledgment of accomplishment and commendation from Mayor Garcetti, Homeless Not Toothless did approximately $28,000 worth of free dental work in a single day. “I send my congratulations and gratitude to the Homeless Not Toothless coalition of dental volunteers, in celebration of your 10,000th day of service,” praises Garcetti.

“By offering dental services to homeless veterans, you have given hope and light to so many of our most vulnerable neighbors.” Garcetti continues, “My heartfelt thanks go out to all of your volunteers from across the City, for donating their time and valuable skills and services to lift up those who need the most support from all of us. Many thanks for everything you do.”

Homeless Not Toothless has provided more than 60,000 Los Angeles residents with pro-bono dental care since 1992. Homeless Not Toothless is grateful for the hundreds of foundations, private donors, and companies that have stepped forward and become donors of Homeless Not Toothless.

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Dr. Jay Grossman (http://www.conciergedentistry.com) has a concierge dental practice in the Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles since 1991 with several specialists offering "continuity of care", all specialties under one roof. He is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry as well as a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Dental Corps. He is a current Professor at UCLA College of Dentistry and Professor at NYU College of Dentistry and a former Professor at Western University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Grossman is a speaker on the national stage, and the founder of Homeless Not Toothless, an organization that has donated over $5 million in free dental care to over 60,000 homeless Veterans and foster children.

Dr. Jay Grossman and his Concierge Dentistry team’s goal has always been simple: to deliver the finest dental care available. Using state-of-the-art dental technology, they provide modern imaging capabilities that allow their patients to clearly see the reasons for procedures and the intended results. They recognize that patients are individuals with different goals and needs, and they strive to provide a soothing and educational environment where extraordinary results are realized.

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CCHR Calls for Psych Hospital Closure Over Child Sexual Abuse & $127m Lawsuit

CCHR Calls for Psych Hospital Closure Over Child Sexual Abuse & $127m Lawsuit

CCHR, a mental health watchdog, says a lawsuit and criminal investigations into and prosecution over child sexual abuse at for-profit behavioral hospital in Virginia should prompt government to act on psychiatric child abuse and close the facility.

CCHR says lawsuit, criminal investigations into and prosecution over child sexual abuse at for-profit behavioral hospital in VA should prompt government to act

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Twenty former patients, who were children while being treated at a for-profit behavioral hospital in Virginia, have filed a lawsuit seeking $127 million in damages over allegations of sexual abuse, physical assaults and battery, attempts to deceive public and state health officials and reckless disregard.[1] Citizens Commission on Human Rights International says the serious allegations, along with a police investigation into accusations of patient sexual abuse against the facility’s former medical director and a psychotherapist who treated there, warrants state action to close the facility.

The former medical director named in the lawsuit is under criminal investigation for allegations that he inappropriately touched young female patients during routine medical exams. Twelve former patients alleged he sexually abused them.[2] In February 2020, a grand jury indicted a psychotherapist from the same facility on two counts of object sexual penetration by force of a former patient in 2018 and 2019 while he worked at the hospital.[3] The psychotherapist is also named in the lawsuit.[4]

At least 20 psychiatric facilities owned by the company have shut down since 2012, including one in Virginia, Keystone Marion Youth Center, closed in the wake of serious allegations and a lawsuit that resulted in the company agreeing to pay $6.85 million to the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Virginia to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit.[5]

CCHR says systemic abuse of children in the “troubled teen” behavioral industry has been brought to the attention of state and federal authorities for decades and the lack of oversight and accountability has allowed the abuses to continue. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rarely shuts off funding to hospitals, despite repeated allegations of abuse. Exclusion from CMS contracts also does not appear to be a prevalent action which could prevent fraud and abuse. Yet, “Exclusion is an important tool in our ongoing battle against health care fraud,” said Maureen R. Dixon, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year.[6]

Dixon was referring to a behavioral clinic in Pennsylvania owned by a different company and which provided outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapy mental health services to individuals, including to low income patients. It billed Medicaid for services never rendered and for falsely inflated services and created false patient progress notes and billing sheets. The facility was excluded from CMS reimbursement for 25 years and fined $1.65 million. U.S. Attorney McSwain said that the settlement “represents our commitment to holding accountable those who engage in fraud….”[7]

The same cannot be said about the facility in Virginia, the owner of which recently settled a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into about 30 of its psychiatric facilities for $127 million. As part of a fraud settlement, the DOJ’s criminal investigation was dropped and the company could claim no wrongdoing or liability.[8] As such, there was no CMS exclusion. About one-third of company’s Behavioral Division’s revenues are derived from taxpayer dollars, such as Medicare, TRICARE, and Medicaid.[9]

The Bazelon (mental health law) Center provided an Amicus Brief to the court saying that the company continues to “commit the same violations again and again,” and their “record of repeat violations seems even more alarming when considered in light of some of the company’s statements and its increasing role in our mental healthcare system.”[10]

Three months after the DOJ case was finalized, the Virginia lawsuit made serious claims that pressure was put on admission staff and doctors to admit children to fill beds knowing staff was inadequate. Staff were allegedly also encouraged to keep patients admitted despite their no longer being required to remain there and to introduce false diagnoses and change medical records, so patients stayed longer and increased profit.[11]

In October, 2020, a registered nurse who had worked at the facility, called for it to be shut down, after she said she witnessed child abuse, according to CBS 6 News. “My soul will not allow me to continue employment within a facility where children are knowingly abused without appropriate action being taken,” read the resignation letter the nurse sent to the hospital’s CEO. “Under no circumstances is abuse against a patient, much less a special needs child, appropriate in any fashion!”[12]

CCHR supports the nurse’s calls and continues to demand state and federal patient and fraud protections by implementing far stronger penalties for abuses, including CMS program expulsion and criminal accountability in the behavioral hospital industry.

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[1] “Sexual abuse alleged in $127 million lawsuit against children's hospital in New Kent County,” Richmond Dispatch News, 20 Oct. 2020, https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/sexual-abuse-alleged-in-127-million-lawsuit-against-childrens-hospital-in-new-kent-county/article_48f551ed-0c7f-5736-aac6-5c05562faca6.html

[2] Laura French, “$127M lawsuit filed against doctors, Cumberland Hospital for Children for alleged sexual abuse,” CBS 6 WTVR, 20 Oct. 2020, https://www.wtvr.com/news/problem-solvers/problem-solvers-investigations/127m-lawsuit-filed-against-doctors-childrens-hospital-for-alleged-sexual-abuse

[3] “Psychotherapist at Virginia children’s hospital indicted on sex crimes,” WHSV3, Fox affiliate, 6 Feb, 2020, https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Psychotherapist-at-Virginia-childrens-hospital-indicted-on-sex-crimes-567630411.html?ref=411; Op. cit., Richmond Dispatch News, 20 Oct. 2020

[4] Op. cit., CBS 6 WTVR

[5] “Residential Youth Treatment Facility for Medicaid Recipients in Marion, Virginia Agrees to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations: Will Pay $6.85 Million to Settle Allegations of Providing Substandard Adolescent Psychiatric Services,” DOJ, 28 Mar. 2012, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/residential-youth-treatment-facility-medicaid-recipients-marion-virginia-agrees-resolve-false

[6] “United States Obtains $1.65 Million Resolution for Fraudulent Medicaid Billing Against Behavioral Health Clinic in Northeast Philadelphia: The Clinic Will Also be Prohibited From Participating in Federal Healthcare Programs,” U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of PA, 6 Jan 2020, https://www.justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/united-states-obtains-165-million-resolution-fraudulent-medicaid-billing-against

[7] Ibid.

[8] https://www.inquirer.com/business/law/uhs-alleged-fraud-settlement-127-million-whistleblowers-20200710.html

[9] Amended Class Action lawsuit against UHS, in U.S. District Court Eastern District of PA, 29 Sept. 2017, https://www.saxenawhite.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Universal-Health-DE-Amended-Complaint.pdf

[10] Amicus Brief Bazelon Center (Mental Health Law), Supreme Court of the United States, pp. 4 and 22, https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/15-7bsacJudgeDavidL.BazelonCenterForMentalHealthLaw.pdf

[11] Op. cit., Richmond Dispatch News

[12] “‘Shut it down’: Virginia hospital under investigation isn’t safe, nurse says,” Becker’s Hospital Review, 7 Oct. 2020, https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-safety-outcomes/shut-it-down-virginia-hospital-under-investigation-isn-t-safe-nurse-says.html

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, STANWOOD CAMANO, PARTNERS WITH ZEACON TO HOST CHAMPIONS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER

The Community Resource Center (CRC) of Stanwood Camano announced that its “Champions for Social Justice” 2020 Fundraiser will be held virtually from 10-11:30am on Saturday, November 7th, 2020. The live-streamed event will be open for anyone to join and en

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER OF STANWOOD CAMANO PARTNERS WITH ZEACON TO HOST CHAMPIONS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER

the CRC of Stanwood Camano has been focused on its mission to administer and cultivate programs that foster a healthy community.

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The Community Resource Center of Stanwood Camano announced that its “Champions for Social Justice” 2020 Fundraiser will be held virtually on Nov. 7th 10-11:30am

Our 2020 Virtual Fundraiser is not just a fundraising event — it lets us stay connected with the supportive giving community that helps our organization provide critical support…”

— Joanna Dobbs, Executive Director, CRC of Stanwood Camano

SEATTLE, WA, USA, October 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Community Resource Center (CRC) of Stanwood Camano announced that its “Champions for Social Justice” 2020 Fundraiser will be held virtually from 10-11:30am on Saturday, November 7th, 2020. The live-streamed event will be open for anyone to join and enables CRC to spread awareness about its services and help raise funds that directly support CRC’s many family and teen-focused programs.

Since its inception, the CRC of Stanwood Camano has been focused on its mission to administer and cultivate programs that foster a healthy community. The November 7th fundraiser highlight the voices and stories from community members impacted by the CRC. These include those helped by our teen services, community workshops, family programs, and financial assistance and services to families in their time of need.

“Our 2020 Virtual Fundraiser is not just a fundraising event — it lets us stay connected with the supportive giving community that helps our organization provide critical support to the Stanwood Camano community and a chance to reach and showcase to new friends who are less familiar with CRC’s services and foundational Family Support Principles,” said Joanna Dobbs, CRC of Stanwood Camano Executive Director. “We want our supporters to know how CRC has strived to keep our community whole amidst the hardships COVID has posed to our residents, families, and remind everyone of how we can all help.”

Attendees and organizations have a variety of ways to virtually participate to make this year’s fundraiser more memorable. Participants may purchase a Box to compliment the event or join the Raffle to win great prizes. The event website also accepts online donations and contains details on donating by check. This giving campaign and free livestream event is executed in collaboration with Zeacon, an interactive live streaming technology company that Intelligently Connects Communities. For more information, visit www.crc-sc.org.

“As Champions for Social Justice, we are thrilled to host our first virtual fundraiser which will feature a keynote on social and racial equity, including how this impacts individuals and community outcomes,” said William Zingarelli, Board President at CRC of Stanwood Camano. “Our keynote speaker will provide a deeper dive on the important discussion of racial equity and kick off a two-part workshop series on Racial Justice that will follow our event. We invite you join us online November 7th to support our community.”

About the Community Resource Center of Stanwood Camano

The Community Resource Foundation was founded in 1997 as a nonprofit community service organization to take over the management of the Community Resource Center of Stanwood Camano, which was previously managed by Deaconess Children’s Services. Since its inception, the Resource Center has been focused on its mission to administer and cultivate programs that foster a healthy community. The way in which the Resource Center approaches the work is guided by our foundational principles. Our staff and board use these principles to develop and enhance our programs, services, and our partnerships in the Stanwood-Camano community.

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The Community Resource Center of Stanwood Camano announced that its “Champions for Social Justice” 2020 Fundraiser will be held virtually on November 7th.


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