Moms Demand Action Names Michael Weinstein a “Gun Sense Candidate” for House District 81

Michael Weinstein, Democrat, for State House

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Weinstein receives support from gun safety organization and leader Fred Guttenberg, Parkland parent and gun safety activist

This will be an important election for Florida’s future. That’s why I am endorsing Michael Weinstein for Florida House of Representatives, District 81. ”

— Fred Guttenberg

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Michael Weinstein, Democratic candidate for State House, District 81, announced Moms Demand Action, a nonpartisan, grassroots movement for Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people against gun violence has awarded Michael the distinction of “Gun Sense Candidate”, and Fred Guttenberg, Parkland parent and local gun safety advocate, has endorsed his campaign for Florida State House District 81.

As an Assistant State Attorney, Michael saw first-hand the horrific consequences of gun violence. That is why he is committed to fighting for the common-sense gun legislation we need to keep our communities, schools, and residents safe. Michael will fight for:

*Expanded firearm storage laws to better prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands
*Strengthened firearm prohibitions for domestic abusers, including non-married partners
*Expanded background checks on weapons and ammunition
*A ban on assault weapons
*A limit on high capacity magazines
*Gun violence is preventable, and Michael looks forward to working with Moms Demand Action to pass critical gun legislation that makes our neighborhoods safer.

Moms Demand Action has named Michael Weinstein a “Gun Sense Candidate.” About 1,912 candidates are committed to governing with gun safety in mind if elected in 2020. Along with supporting candidates for gun safety, Moms Demand Action petitions for Red Flag Laws, updating background checks, as well as disarming domestic abusers to prevent gun violence in America.

Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and Washington, D.C. and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly 6 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors.

Fred Guttenberg, Parkland Parent and Gun Safety Activist also endorsed Weinstein’s campaign saying, “This will be an important election for Florida’s future. That’s why I am endorsing Michael Weinstein for Florida House of Representatives, District 81. As an Assistant State Attorney, Michael saw first-hand the horrors of gun violence. He is committed to fighting for the changes that need to occur to keep our communities, schools, and residents safe from gun violence. In addition to the law that we passed after Parkland, which resulted in Red Flag laws that save lives and raised the age to 21, we need additional common-sense gun safety legislation including expanded background checks on weapons and ammunition, a ban on assault weapons, and a limit on high capacity magazines. The time to act is now. We cannot afford to wait. Michael Weinstein has my support.”

As State Representative, Michael Weinstein will fight every day to ensure District 81 has a voice that reflects community values. He will get things done, pass meaningful legislation and bring home results for families, children and businesses.

Michael Weinstein is a life-long Democrat who has spent his entire career as an advocate for justice. Michael served our community as an Assistant State Attorney, where he was recognized as one of the county’s top prosecutors in 2001. He served 3 terms on the Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee drafting court rules and procedures to be used across the state and was appointed to the United States Military Academy Board Nominating Committee by Senator Nelson.

Raised by generations of Democratic leaders, Michael Weinstein learned at an early age the importance of public service and having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Michael’s grandfather Moses Weinstein served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and his father Peter Weinstein was the Florida Democratic Senate Majority Leader and a former Chief Judge. His mother, Dr. Barbara Weinstein, served as CEO of Family Central, a non-profit that works to support kids and families across South Florida.

House District 81 is an open seat. Michael Weinstein and his wife are raising their nine-year-old daughter in the district. He is the only candidate in the Democratic Primary who lives in the District. The election is on Tuesday, August 18th.

To learn more about Michael Weinstein, please visit Weinstein for State House and connect with him on Facebook.

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Once Upon a Time All Humans Had Dark Skin

Variations in human skin color are adaptive traits that correlate closely with geography and the sun's ultraviolet radiation.

Variations in human skin color are adaptive traits that correlate closely with geography and the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

Annual mean ultraviolet-B intensity.

Annual mean ultraviolet-B intensity.

Skin color, eye color, and hair texture are the primary ways human bodies adapt to intense sunlight in the tropics

We live in a very delicate Goldilocks balance of how much solar ultraviolet-B radiation reaches Earth’s surface and how much is absorbed by the cells making up our skin.”

— Dr. Peter L. Ward, U.S. Geological Survey retired

JACKSON, WYOMING, UNITED STATES, August 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Humans thrive on Earth only when they absorb just the right intensity of just the right types of solar radiation. Low-frequency, infrared sunlight keeps us warm. Moderate-frequency visible sunlight allows us to see and powers photosynthesis, causing plants to grow. But too much high-frequency ultraviolet sunlight and neither animals nor plants flourish. Life on Earth exists only because of a very delicate Goldilocks balance in the frequencies and intensities of solar radiation reaching Earth’s surface.

Earth’s atmosphere filters sunlight. The highest energy components of sunlight, including gamma rays, X-rays, and extreme ultraviolet radiation, are completely absorbed in the uppermost atmosphere where they cause ionization of nitrogen and oxygen—forming and heating the ionosphere, 620 to 62 miles above Earth.

Ultraviolet-C solar radiation is completely absorbed primarily by molecules of oxygen, forming and heating the mesosphere and stratosphere 62 to 6 miles above Earth.

Ultraviolet-B solar radiation is absorbed by ozone molecules, forming and heating the ozone layer 22 to 9 miles above Earth. Ultraviolet-B is the highest energy solar radiation reaching Earth’s surface. But normally, 98% of all ultraviolet-B is absorbed in the ozone layer. This is fortunate because ultraviolet-B has high-enough energy to cause sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts, and disruption of DNA, ultimately causing mutations in plants and animals. Thus, too much ultraviolet-B radiation is damaging and even fatal to life on Earth.

On the other hand, solar ultraviolet-B radiation, when absorbed by human skin, forms vitamin D, which is crucial for healthy bone growth and for healthy immune systems. Furthermore, ultraviolet-B is required for healthy plant development. Thus, not enough ultraviolet-B is also damaging to life on Earth.

“The crux of this delicate Goldilocks balance,” according to Dr. Peter L. Ward, a geophysicist for 27 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, “is how much solar ultraviolet-B radiation reaches Earth’s surface and how much is absorbed by the cells making up the skin of animals and the surface layer of plants.”

The intensity and duration of sunlight is greatest in the tropics, decreasing toward the poles. The primary way our bodies adapt to these changes is by adjusting skin color, eye color, and hair texture.

Our ancestors evolved from apes in the jungles of eastern Africa 6 to 7 million years ago. Around 1.2 million years ago, as the world descended deeper into the last ice age, a megadrought drove early humans into open savannah grasslands. They began to walk upright in open sunlight. They lost their body hair, evolved more efficient perspiration, and evolved short, curly, Afro-textured hair to protect their brain from the heat of direct sunshine.

But the primary evolutionary adaptation to bright sunlight is skin color produced by melanin. Melanin is a dark brown to black pigment that occurs naturally in the hair, skin, and the iris of the eyes in people and animals. Melanin is generated by exposure to ultraviolet radiation causing tanning of skin. Melanin absorbs up to 99.9% of ultraviolet-B radiation before it can penetrate deeper into the body, where is can damage tissue and DNA. Too much ultraviolet-B radiation causes depletion of folate that is required for the body to make DNA and RNA and to metabolize amino acids.

Thus, humans living in intense sunlight in equatorial regions, long before clothes were invented, developed dark skin, short, curly, dark Afro-textured hair, and brown eyes. Beginning 70,000 to 50,000 years ago, some Homo sapiens, members of our species, began migrating out of the tropics into mid-latitudes where sunlight was less intense. At higher latitudes, they evolved lower levels of melanin, leading to lighter skin, lighter eye color, and lighter hair color so that they could absorb adequate sunlight. Plus, they evolved straighter hair that blankets the head, providing increased warmth. These lower levels of melanin appear to have evolved in a heritable way in as little as 100 generations—approximately 2500 years.

There is a very high correlation between skin color and the latitude at which a population lived for thousands of years. The less intense the sunlight, the lighter the indigenous people’s skin. That is why fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes are so prevalent in Scandinavia.

As humans moved to higher latitudes, they developed clothing which meant less skin was exposed to sunlight, hastening decreases in melanin. They also developed diets rich in vitamin D, such as seafood, fatty meats, egg yolks, mushrooms, and, more recently, fortified foods such as milk, orange juice, and cereals.

During the last 12,000 years, after the last ice age, humans began living in the far north. Innuit developed a diet rich in vitamin D, emphasizing fatty fish and sea mammal blubber. Eurasian populations emphasized reindeer meat, organs, and fat.

Light-skinned people can produce vitamin D in their skin at rates 5 to 10 times faster than dark-skinned people. With the rapid dispersal and mixing of populations worldwide in recent centuries, up to 50% of world population today may not get enough sun and 40% of U.S. residents are deficient in vitamin D. How much sunshine is needed for a healthy body is a function of skin color—the darker the skin, the more sunshine is required.

The intensity of sunlight in the tropics has also influenced social customs. For example, the modern siesta, a nap after a midday meal, is a common way for those working outside to avoid the most intense sunshine in the early afternoon.

Thus, the existence and health of humans and plants living on Earth is determined by having just the right Goldilocks balance between how much solar ultraviolet-B radiation is absorbed by the ozone layer versus how much reaches Earth’s surface. Human bodies adapt over thousands of years to solar intensity at the latitude where their ancestors lived. Dark skin, brown eyes, and Afro-textured hair made it possible for early humans to thrive in the bright sunlight of tropical East Africa. Lighter skin, lighter eyes, and straighter, more insulating hair made it possible for humans to survive at higher latitudes as they roamed the world in search of food.

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I Change Nations Productive Business Civility & Civility360 Honor Challenged Champions & Heroes National Awareness Day.

Speakers and Panelists the State of Civility Summit Global Special Needs Inclusion For All.

Dr. Robin Lococo Founder of Challenged Champions & Heroes With Proclamation From The California State Senate

Professor Vernet A. Joseph I Change Nations Global Business Statesmen & Founder of Productive Business Civility

Dr. Joseph and Dr. Rivers Hosts Civility 360

Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers Founder I Change Nations

Global Civility Leaders from around the world came together to discuss and address the Global Special Needs and brought forth solutions for inclusion for all

I am honored to be able to work alongside such amazing people, who. are changing the world and creating a culture of honor and civility. Each one is an icon and a difference maker.”

— Dr. Clyde Rivers Founder of I Change Nations

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA, August 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Productive Business Civility, I Change Nations, and Civility360 partnered to bring the Inaugural State of Civility Summit with a special emphasis on Global Special Needs Inclusion For All. They also came together on Saturday July 29th, 2020 to honor the Challenged Champions & Heroes National Awareness Day founded by Dr. Robin Lococo. Global Civility Leaders from around the world came together to discuss the special needs community and address the Inclusion for all. They brought forth solutions for the Special Needs Community from a global scale. State of Civility Summit is the leading voice of civility in action which focuses on brining civility solutions to our world with a 360º angled approach.

Dr. Clyde Rivers Founder of I Change Nations states, “These kinds of forums will help bring the community together from all walks of life, along with community leaders as well as government leaders to identify problems and create solutions through civil dialog.”

I Change Nations Global Business Statesmen & Founder of Productive Business Civility has created a new paradigm of Business Civility in action. “This is where business and people are of equal value. Civility is meant to be contagious so spread it with love.” – Dr. Vernet A. Joseph

Civility360 (C360) State of Civility Summits are the leading voice of civility in action which focuses Professor Vernet A. Joseph I Change Nations Global Business Statesmen & Founder of Productive Business Civility on brining civility solutions to our world with a 360º angled approach. Promoting the pillars of kindness, respect, love, hope and action. Global World Civility Leader, Sir Clyde Rivers and Prof. Vernet Alin Joseph are the founders of this global movement. The Civility360 State of Civility Summits are a voice that will bring global change to our world as we deal with the resource of human capital which exists in every country. “How people treat human currency will determine our pathway forward as a world” says Professor Vernet A. Joseph, I Change Nations Global Business Statesmen & Founder of Productive Business Civility.

Together with special guest speakers/panelists the State of Civility Summit Global Special Needs Inclusion For All.

Global Civility – Sir Clyde Rivers, California
Business Civility – Prof. Vernet A. Joseph, Arizona
Founder of Challenge Champions & Heroes – Dr. Robin Lococo, CA
Dr. Ruben West, IL
Dr. Rebecca Harper, Canada
Dr. Penny Heflebower, CA
Dr. Tony Branch, IN
Dr. Glendon Rudder, Trinidad

Due to the coronavirus, the State of Civility SummitGlobal Special Needs Inclusion For All: had to be done virtually. The State of Civility Summit Global Special Needs Inclusion For All: can be found at https://youtu.be/cQi-U3-snOE Solutions that were shared at the State of Civility Summit Global Special Needs Inclusion For All:

Develop a culture and dialogue that promotes proper people treatment, innovation, ingenuity, and civility in action for the special needs’ community. Implement Civility within the business, education, and governmental rank structures. Embrace, participate, and celebrate National Productive Business Civility Day annually on June 13th. “The most powerful commodity and currency for business is the value of people, their ideas and solutions.” – Prof. Vernet A. Joseph

Dr. Robin Lococo Founder of Challenged Champions & Heroes National Awareness Day states, “As you see a Challenged Champion stop and say hello, be kind and smile, if they are nonverbal just ask their name and complement them about something. Oh, that’s a beautiful color blouse you’re wearing. Even though they may not be able to respond back, you will definitely see a response in their own special way of communicating. Offer your time and help to a Caregiver, offer to run errands, or provide a time of respite for them. Be there for your community, let them you are there to show love and respect!” 

Understand and realize that we can learn from the special needs’ community. Allow them to be the role models and teach us. Appreciate the special needs community and see them as Champions and Heroes. Get involved beyond the moment and become a part of the movement. Dr. Ruben West

Create inclusion for the entire family and show love, support and civility to them. Teach inclusion from early childhood education.  Instead of punishing the pusher or biter, teach the children social distancing and how to teach everyone as individuals with different needs. Schools should have a universal design and not exclude differently abled children from the classes but teach civility and acceptance from 0-99years old. Dr. Rebecca Harper

I believe that accepting people for who they are and not what they look like is a major step into inclusion. I also believe that we need to involve Special Needs people in regular activities as much as possible. This would give them a feeling of acceptance and worth. Dr. Penny Heflebower

Champion the ownership of business and entrepreneurial spirit within the special needs population. I have witnessed several of our differently abled family running businesses with help or oversight of mentors; and all of them are doing well and profitable. Advocate further education through colleges and universities tailoring curriculum to help foster the individual's talents. Donate to fund college opportunities for the special needs community. I established a "College Fund Bank Account" scholarship that assists those in need. Dr. Tony Branch

We need to implement the Human Equity Value as a human policy. Human Equity Value is the Recognition, Consideration, Protection and Procurement of Human Value and the Equity they are entitled to.  We need to write HEV concept into policy through what I call Human Value Procurement (HVP). Create a platform for Challenged Champions and Heroes. A platform where we bring together their stories of inspiration so that they have the opportunity to know that they inspire folks without special needs. This helps to give them Human Equity Value. Dr. Glendon Rudder

Dr. Clyde Rivers states, “I am honored to be able to work alongside such amazing people, who. are changing the world and creating a culture of honor and civility. Each one is an icon and a difference maker."

Professor Vernet, is the creator and co-host of Civility 360 with World Civility Leader Sir Clyde Rivers, the only show devoted to interviewing civility leaders from a 360 angle of the world. This program will help put the world back together after COVID-19. Listen in as they share wisdom and insight on Civility, Influence, and Action every Saturday which started on the 2nd of May. The broadcast can be found at www.civility360.com

Dr. Joseph is the Business Civility Leader and productive agent of change in this day. He is the narrator of Presidential Productivity – honoring “Cultures of Extreme Excellence. He is the narrator of Madame Productivity – honoring “Cultures of Caring for Humanity. Dr. Joseph is a World Civility Ambassador & National Statesman to I Change Nations™. He is a retired military officer, combat veteran, an award-winning Serial Entrepreneur, Author of over 25 books and 5 Bestsellers, Radio Show host, and Veteran Transition Expert. Dr. Vernet is the Founder of Live To Produce Enterprises, LLC, and Founder of the Productive Business Network & Summit Headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Joseph has received the following honors:
-2016 Presidential Certificates from President’s Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George
Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and Jimmy Carter
-2016 Recognition from Senator John McCain
-2016 Recognition from United States Army, Chief of Staff, General,Mark A. Daily
-2016 Recognition from Lieutenant General, United States Air Force, Director,
Defense Contract Management Agency, Wendy M. Masiello
-2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Black Wall Street Phoenix, AZ
-2017 National Statesmen Degree Award
-2018 National Statesmen Degree
-2018 World Civility Ambassador
-2018 Honorary Doctorate, LUT
-2018 Honorary Doctorate, UGCSI
-2018 TNVOC Veteran Impact Business Award
-2019 Global Voices Of Change
-2019 Phoenix Civility Day Proclamation
-2020 Doctorate of Professorship in Business Civility
-2020 Global Representative Challenged Champions & Hero's
-2020 World Greatness Award & Inducted In The World Book of Greatness 2020

I Change Nations is a Culture of Honor System; the organization is committed to bringing back the lost art of honor by building a Culture of Honor that recognizes individuals throughout the world who have exemplified extraordinary humanitarian efforts to effectively change nations.
We honor people and organizations that believe every life is valuable and is created to bring a contribution to the world. ICN is the largest “building cultures of honor” network in the world.
Founded by Dr. Clyde Rivers.

Dr. Clyde Rivers is the Spokesperson for the World Civility Day, Community Civility Counts Initiative, Dr. Rivers has been honored internationally and has received numerous awards.
Recently Dr. Clyde Rivers, received his 2nd Presidential Award for 2019 at the United Nations Association of El Salvador in New York City,
Dr. Rivers received the Presidential Award for his volunteer service to the citizens of the United States of America. In 2017 Dr. Rivers won the United States Presidential Life Achievement Award for over 4,000 hours of serving the nation and humanity Dr. Rivers is the recipient of the Danny K. Davis Peace Prize 2017, U.S. Congressman of Illinois. This annual Congressional Award given for excelling in his field and making a difference in people’s lives. In 2017 International Spokesman for World Civility Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers was appointed as International Board Chairman of OPAD. Dr. Rivers was given the Title of Don/Sir Dr. Clyde Rivers as he was Knighted into the original Kingdom of Guatemala, and the great city of La Antigua the first city established by the Spanish Monarchy. Knighted by Lord EDUARDO L. PRADO S. the Commodore De Santiago De Los Caballeros De La Antigua Guatemala. Dr. Rivers is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the American Civic Collaboration Award 2017 – Celebrating Partnerships that Strengthen America Dr. Clyde Rivers is the Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, as appointed by H.E. President Pierre Nkurunziza and Special Advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Republic of Burundi Africa.

Others Leaders that have received awards from I Change Nations Include:

President Yoweri Museveni, of Uganda:
Honored for his great leadership in establishing and maintaining peace in his country.

First Lady, Janet Museveni, of Uganda:
Honored for the AIDS awareness policy ABC (Abstinence, Birth Control, and Contraception) an ever-present battle for the health of their people.

Vice President of Kenya, Kalonzo Musyoka:
Honored for his efforts in the peace-making process for Kenya, Sudan and Burundi.

President Pierre Nkurunziza, of Republic of Burundi:
Honored for his efforts to bring peace to a 12-year civil war between the two major tribes in his country.

As well as First Lady Denise Nkurunziza, Republic of Burundi:
Honored for her efforts to bring a better life to the people of her country.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, of Nigeria:
Honored for the Anticorruption policies he implemented in Nigeria.

First Lady Maria de Luz Guebuza, of Republic of Mozambique:
Honored for her humanitarian efforts for the youth and women of her country as well as bringing AIDS awareness programs.

Former President Wolde Giorgis, of Ethiopia:
Honored for his efforts to build a better environment in his country.

Dr. Vanda Pignato – Former 1st Lady of El Salvador:
Honored for her tireless efforts in protecting for women’s rights in the Republic of El Salvador.

Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda – Former President of Zambia:
Honored for his life’s work to establish peace in Zambia and on the continent of Africa.

For more information about I Change Nations. the World Civility Award as well as the work that
Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers is doing go to: www.ichangenations.org

Terry Warren
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Christian single hitting music platforms highlights work of changemakers

This is the artwork for Kate Stanfords latest release "Change"

Kate Stanford’s CD artwork of her latest release “Change”

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‘Change’ by Kate Stanford spotlights nonprofits making a difference in the world during difficult times

Change is all about the internal strength needed to go against the grain and to fight for positivity in this world.”

— Kate Stanford

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A new song featuring the vocal stylings of rising Christian artist Kate Stanford is a clarion call to make a change in challenging times.

Stanford’s new single “CHANGE,” now available on all music platforms, is part of the artist’s powerful call to action through song as she spotlights nonprofit organizations transforming lives around the world through her personal platform.

The first organization Stanford is highlighting is ChildFund International, a Christian charity that works to protect, support, and care for children around the world by creating the safe environments they need to thrive.

The seed of the song “Change” was a thematic idea set deeply in her mind and on her heart. Many of the lyrics of her songs come straight from interactions that she has had with people around her.

“The title of Change came to me when I was getting my haircut at a local Austin salon,” she said. “My Stylist was sharing with me some of her struggles as a Christian woman. I told her that I wanted to make a change through my music and fight some of these injustices. She responded, ‘you will be that “Figure of Change” for those in need.’”

Through a random haircut, Stanford said she learned that loving your neighbor starts with one person.

“Change is all about the internal strength needed to go against the grain and to fight for positivity in this world,” she said.

To help bring her vision to life, Stanford turned to Nashville singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan to help her write and produce the song. Morgan is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee, 13-time Dove winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Songwriter of the Year trophy. She has 21 number one radio hits to her credit.

"Writing with Kate was so refreshing,” Morgan said. “She really cares about the culture and what people are going through. She wanted to write about things that truly matter, which is always a sign of a true artist. Her voice is beautiful and unique and reveals her heart and her desire to connect and lift others up."

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kate Stanford is the newest singer/songwriter to break into the CCM genre. She released her debut EP, “Bloom,” in 2019. The album includes the single “I’m A Believer” featured in the film "Palau, The Movie" as well as the track “Undivided,” which confronts America’s racial, cultural, and political divisions and the need for unity. View the official music video for Undivided at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wzjDcpUmSU.

For more information about Kate Stanford and to learn about the charitable initiatives she will be highlighting throughout this year, visit http://www.katestanfordmusic.com.

Follow Kate Stanford on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/katestanfordmusic/.

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ArtMattan Films Sets Virtual Theatrical Release Date To August 28, 2020 For Made in Bangladesh

Made in Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain

ArtMattan Films sets virtual theatrical release date to August 28, 2020 for TIFF 2019 Official Selection Made in Bangladesh!

As a look behind that T-shirt you just bought on sale for $9.99 at The Gap, and the human labor, sweat and suffering that went into it, this… definitely deserves wider attention..”

— Hollywood Reporter

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED SATES, August 6, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — ArtMattan Films, the film distribution arm of ArtMattan Productions, has announced the virtual theatrical release of award winning drama Made In Bangladesh by Rubaiyat Hossain, based on the life of Daliya Akter, a garment worker who escaped child marriage and went on to lead a trade union fighting for workers' rights in Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.

Over 30 US independent theaters have signed up to participate in the August 28 virtual release of MADE IN BANGLADESH Audiences will be able to choose which theater to support when they purchase tickets by going to https://www.made-in-bangladesh-movie.com

Made In Bangladesh had its world premiere screening at TIFF 2019 and has already accumulated six wins for Best Film, Best Director and Public Awards from the African Diaspora International Film Festival 2019, the Amiens International Film Festival 2019, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019 and the Festival International de Film Saint-Jean-de-Luz 2019, among others. Its US virtual theatrical run in August 2020 will be followed by a digital and home-video release.

The film depicts the struggles and successes of female ready-made garments (RMG) workers and explores how the garments industry of Bangladesh has helped to empower women and has provided them socio-economic independence.

"With Made in Bangladesh, Hossain has crafted an urgent cry for workers' rights, and a vision of feminist solidarity in the face of overwhelming opposition." ~ Cinema Scope

"As a look behind that T-shirt you just bought on sale for $9.99 at The Gap, and the human labor, sweat and suffering that went into it, this… definitely deserves wider attention.." ~ Hollywood Reporter

"Made in Bangladesh never sugar coats the near-insurmountable obstacles Shimu and her fellow workers face…[the] mix scenes of Shimu coming up against barriers with scenes of her achieving small successes ensures the film never feels hopeless." ~ Seventh Row

Made In Bangladesh is Rubaiyat Hossain’s third feature length film after Meherjaan (2011) and Under Construction (2015). The project was co-produced by Bangladesh, France, Denmark, and Portugal. It was financed by France’s CNC fund, Norway’s Sørfond Plus, the EU’s Eurimages fund, and Denmark’s Danish Film Institute fund.

Ms. Hossain went to Cannes Film Festival this year as the producer of Mahde Hasan’s Sand City. She had previously attended Locarno Open Doors three times and attended the Script Station at Berlinale.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND SCREENERS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Diarah N’Daw-Spech, ArtMattan Films – Tel (212) 864-1760, e-mail: Info@africanfilm.com
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ArtMattan Films celebrates in 2020 twenty eight years of exposing US audiences to a large variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, The Pirogue, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, White Lies, The Man Who Mends Women, The Citizen, Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba and most recently The Last Tree. More info at www.AfricanFilm.com

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Iran: Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) supporters and Resistance Units honor fallen heroes of the 1988 massacre

Tehran- Maryam Rajavi - Blood of the martyrs of 1988 massacre is the seed of the Iranian uprisings- July 2020

Tehran- Maryam Rajavi – Blood of the martyrs of 1988 massacre is the seed of the Iranian uprisings- July 2020

Tehran and Semnan The rebelious youth are inspired by the sacrifices of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre – July 2020

Tehran and Semnan The rebelious youth are inspired by the sacrifices of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre – July 2020

Shiraz, Mashhad, Rudsar and Rasht- Commemoration the martyrs of the 1988 massacre- July 2020

Shiraz, Mashhad, Rudsar and Rasht- Commemoration the martyrs of the 1988 massacre- July 2020

Tehran- 1988 massacre is the biggest unpunished crime against humanity – July 2020

Tehran- 1988 massacre is the biggest unpunished crime against humanity – July 2020

Mashhad and Tehran- We neither forgive nor forget the 1988 massacre of shackled prisoners – July 2020

Mashhad and Tehran- We neither forgive nor forget the 1988 massacre of shackled prisoners – July 2020

Tehran, Shahriar, Kerman, Mazandaran & Mashhad- Writing graffiti – “Down with Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”- August 2020

Tehran, Shahriar, Kerman, Mazandaran & Mashhad- Writing graffiti – “Down with Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”- August 2020

 Babol, Zahedan, Rasht, Shiraz& Kerman- Commemoration of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, by Resistance Units- August, 2020

Babol, Zahedan, Rasht, Shiraz& Kerman- Commemoration of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, by Resistance Units- August, 2020

Tehran- Massoud Rajavi, Victory will be achieved if we raise our efforts a 100 time more

Tehran- Massoud Rajavi, Victory will be achieved if we raise our efforts a 100 time more

In August 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners, were massacred by the clerical regime, making it a manifest case of a crime against humanity.

We demand accountability for the perpetrators of the 1988 heinous massacre against humanity”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, August 6, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — “We will not forgive, nor forget, the perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners must be brought to justice”

Marking the 32nd anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) supporters and the Resistance Units, commemorated the fallen heroes of this crime and called for the perpetrators of this heinous crime to be prosecuted. These activities took place in Tehran and most other cities including Semnan, Shiraz, Rudsar, Rasht, Isfahan, Mashhad, Iranshahr, Zanjan, Ahvaz, Ilam, Khorramabad, Qom, Karaj, Kermanshah, Dezful, Shahriyar, Kerman, Mazandaran, Babol, Zahedan, Borujerd, Hamedan, Neyshabur, Tabriz and Hashtgerd.

In August 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners, most of them members and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), were massacred by the clerical regime, making it a manifest case of a crime against humanity.

Some of the slogans used in this campaign were: "We demand accountability for the perpetrators of the 1988 heinous massacre against humanity," "1988 massacre is the biggest unpunished crime against humanity," "Blood of the martyrs of 1988 massacre is the seed of the Iranian uprisings," "We will not forgive nor forget the 1988 massacre of detained prisoners," "Maryam Rajavi: Our commitment is to remain faithful to the people's sovereignty and vote," "We will overthrow this regime and take Iran back from the mullahs," “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi.”

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Experts by Experience Share Akathisia Stories

Akathisia Awareness Saves Lives

Akathisia Awareness Can Reduce Iatrogenic Suicide

After I noticed he was exhibiting behaviors that were not part of his normal personality, I finally said to him about three weeks into this, 'What are you taking?'”

— Janet Schiel

CHICAGO, IL, US, August 6, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Institute for Safe Medication Practices states a "fundamental strategy to create change is a simple one—to create compelling stories about medication errors and impactful change strategies to draw attention to problems and encourage people to act." This strategy is the cornerstone of the Akathisia Stories podcast series produced by MISSD and Andy Miles of Chicago's Studio C.

Today's episode seven features Janet Schiel who discusses her husband Joe's avoidable death weeks after he started Lexapro. "I watched him change and become depressed and paranoid," said Schiel. "I knew Joe very well given we were married for decades. After I noticed he was exhibiting behaviors that were not part of his normal personality, I finally said to him about three weeks into this, 'What are you taking?'”

The Medication Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin (MISSD) was founded after Stewart Dolin died while suffering from akathisia days after he started taking Paxil. Paxil and Lexapro are both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that are marketed as antidepressants and often prescribed "off label" for reasons not related to depression. Like Joe, Stewart was not depressed and had been prescribed the SSRI for mild situational anxiety.

“Akathisia is a disorder, induced as a side effect of medications, which can cause a person to experience such intense inner restlessness that the sufferer is driven to violence, self-harm and/or suicide,” said Wendy Dolin, founder of MISSD. “It can occur when stopping, starting, or changing the dosage or type of certain medications. Akathisia can lead to iatrogenic suicide. Iatrogenic means caused by medication or medical treatment.”

SSRIs carry the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning of possible increased risks of suicidality for ages 24 and under. However, SSRIs can cause akathisia in all age groups. The FDA black box warning is the most serious warning available. Other drugs that can cause akathisia include pharmaceutical products prescribed for acne, malaria, asthma, and high blood pressure.

"It is important that health care consumers and caregivers carefully read all patient information leaflets and be aware of adverse drug effects that can cause suicidal thoughts, suicidal actions, and iatrogenic death," said Dolin. "Given that some of the drugs explored as possible COVID-19 treatments can also cause akathisia, now more than ever, it is time to take akathisia out of the darkness. We know that akathisia awareness can save lives."

MISSD offers a variety of resources to increase public awareness of this drug-induced disorder. In addition to the Akathisia Stories podcast series, MISSD has an accredited, online course, two public health videos, and several presentations to national and international organizations that can be viewed on its YouTube channel.

MISSD, a 501c3 non-profit organization, honors the memory of akathisia victims through awareness and education and aims to ensure people suffering from akathisia's symptoms are accurately diagnosed so that needless deaths are prevented. The foundation accepts no funding from the pharmaceutical industry and it provides all educational resources to the public free of charge.

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George L. Martin Recounts How Faith Sustained His Struggle Against Broken Justice System

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“Faithwalking In Our Time” details prevailing after false accusations and imprisonment, seeing a system rife with abuses"

"What we are witnessing in 2020 is another social upheaval over the common and misdirected approach to controlling and quelling social protests over police brutality." ”

— George L. Martin

UNITED STATES, August 6, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the growing movement to hold police accountable, George L. Martin's tell-all is as relevant as ever. With “Faithwalking in Our Time,” he discloses a sobering account of the widespread deficiencies and abuses he personally saw first-hand in what he describes as a broken justice system. Moreover, he also recounts how his belief in a higher power developed during that time and sustained him through those hardships.

Falsely accused and imprisoned, though later vindicated in court, he spent years behind bars and witnessed all manner of physical and emotional abuse. He describes these and how the system often condoned these excesses due to inherently bigoted attitudes ingrained within a vast proportion of the population. It was a struggle to make it through, but as his account shows, he didn’t do it alone. It is an illuminating testament on how faith can give strength in even the most trying times.

A retired teacher, instructor, professor and writer, Martin articulates his points well and provides basis and context that objectively grounds his account of abhorrent prison conditions and the factor that contributed to the sordid situation and its prevalence. What he describes are not just flukes, these aren’t isolated cases or bad apples. Martin is not alone in this and was in fact encouraged to write and publish this book from others with similar experiences in the hopes that the account may be of help.

"Deacon Jim Petrus urged me to write of my experience because his son-in-law and his close friend of 20 years had both gone through similar experiences with the justice system," Martin explains that the deacon was the one who said that story needs to be told

"What we are witnessing in 2020 is another social upheaval over the common and misdirected approach to controlling and quelling social protests over police brutality." Martin opines. He states that this is only one part of the greater overall problem. He adds that other components include the bail system, the prosecutorial and judicial attitudes towards citizens, and the need to overhaul the vindictive and punitive justice system. He highlights the need for restorative justice for both victims and offenders.

Ultimately, the act of speaking up, of putting these words onto paper, is a courageous contribution to the struggle for justice. With his book, Martin aims to
help others understand what countless people are going through. Likewise, these pages also provide a guide for those who have had similar experiences and struggle to piece their lives back together.

“We live in an imperfect world. And yet, what we do with the ability and grace that God gives us, we can either become part of the problem because of our selfishness, or we can, moved by Sacred Scripture and the great minds of the past ascend to our higher nature and become part of the solution, serving our fellow man who is struggling and in even greater need than us regardless of his race, or creed or color.” Martin says. .

About the Author

About the Author George L. Martin is a retired teacher, instructor, professor, curriculum writer and spent nearly five years in prison on false charges before
winning his freedom on his own before the 6th Circuit Federal Court. For 25 years he has assisted the chaplains at Cuyahoga County Center and served as acting Catholic Chaplain and Board Member of Connection House in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Producer from Africa Brings The Next 400 Show to Hollywood

Makafui Agbotui, co-creator and resident chef; The Next 400 Show. Photo credit: Charles Richard

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African Producer Yaw Acheampong Brings educational and entertaining new TV Show, The Next 400 Years to Hollywood

I think the best thing about Africa now is the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger generation. They seem to be full of hope and belief that things can change for the better.”

— Yaw Acheampong

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 5, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — About Yaw Acheampong

Yaw Acheampong describes himself as a serial entrepreneur of fifteen years. He is that–but so much more. Yaw was born, and raised in Ghana West Africa, where–according to Oxfam, roughly 60% of the people live on less than $1.25 a day. Feeling in his spirit he was meant for a better existence, like so many others, Raw came to America dreaming of building a great life. He arrived in October 1996, and has succeeded in doing just that.

Reflections on America

Yaw states, “I've always been a true believer in America and the American People. I remember growing up back home, we used to joke around that America is only seven miles from heaven. Having lived here for the past twenty plus years, I share the sentiment even more.” He adds, “And I know this country has the potential to be even better if we all learn to treat each other with respect and kindness and continue to demonstrate to the world what true the diversity of America means.”

U.S. Veteran

Unsure what to do with himself once in the U.S., Yaw saw a U.S. Navy commercial on TV on night, and was fascinated with the speed of the magnificent aircraft carriers plowing through ocean water, and jet planes soaring in the sky, and taken by the slogan, "Around the world, around the clock.” Yaw picked up the phone and called the number on the screen. Within ten minutes, a navy recruiter knocked his door, and the rest was history. Before he could think about it, he had enlisted. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years. Raw states, “The six years I served turned out to be the most humbling experience of my life. While it was not the easiest to say the least, I can also look back and say I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the privilege of serving this great nation.”

Scholarly Education

Fresh out of the military and keeping the promise to his parents to get a university education, Raw attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He then attended the College of William & Mary, achieving a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Entrepreneurship

Dreaming of being in business for himself, and longing for the thrill of starting his own business, Yaw deliberately built his network, surrounding himself with the right people, and after multiple failures, finally got one of his businesses operating at optimum speed.

The Next 400 Talk Show

Yaw’s show reflecting this challenge of betterment is called “The Next 400” talk show. He states, “We will have conversations about the different countries and the people of Africa, discussing how slavery and voluntary migration have impacted the American continent for the past 400 years. We will also have a close look at all the areas where African slaves were shipped to during the transatlantic slave trade, especially the United States, South America & the Caribbean, and Europe, and track the generational progress black people have made including; culture, commerce, sports, music, and cuisine over the course of those 400 years, and most importantly, make declarations, in the form of our vision statements for the Next 400 years.

About Africa

Yaw states, “Life was great with friends and family in Africa, but for some strange reason, as a young boy, I always knew I would end up in the United States. It is one of the things I kept believing, that certainly came to fruition. I still go back to visit, from time to time. My parents still live in Ghana, and I still have some friends there as well.”

Concerning the best things about Africa, Yaw reveals, “I think the best thing about Africa now is the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger generation. They seem to be more forward thinking and full of hope and belief that things can change for the better. They hold politicians more accountable for their actions, they love starting businesses, and they try to duplicate skills and ideas we have learnt in the western world. That is definitely great for the continent. African can definitely use more forward-thinking leaders and people to help maximize its potential. I miss the culture, the people, the music, and lifestyle of Africa. “

A History of Slavery

Yaw states that in 2019, he saw a lot of African Americans visiting Africa in celebration of the "Year of Return” in Ghana, which was a celebration of 400 years since the first African slaves arrived on the shore of the United States. Yaw says that while some were excited about visiting the land of their ancestry, there was also a bitter sentiment, especially among younger African Americans, who described themselves as "just being black, but not African." It was then that he decided to start a conversation in the format of this TV talk show called, "The Next 400,” which he says will “help this younger generation of African Americans better understand who we all are as a people.”

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Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman to join upcoming webinar as an expert panelist

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Bay Area virtual town hall series invites Unity Care San Jose CA founder and CEO Andre Chapman to share his perspective on community empowerment.

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, August 5, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman will be an expert panelist at an upcoming Virtual African American Town Hall Series organized by the Bay Area Empowerment Committee.

The webinar and Q&A session will focus on raising awareness and saving lives.

Exploring the impending housing crisis due to the pandemic’s job losses, civil unrest stemming from the killing of George Floyd, and the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman will be joined by fellow expert panelist Maeve E. Brown of Housing & Economic Rights Advocates.

The event will be held in association with Roots Community Health Center, Anchored in Spirit, Village Connect, and a number of other crucial organizations and initiatives. It comes as the New York Times reveals that almost 28 million households in the U.S. are at risk of being turned out onto the streets because of job losses tied to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm extremely proud to be joining the Bay Area Empowerment Committee's upcoming Virtual African American Town Hall Series webinar and Q&A as an expert panelist," says Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman.

Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman is also a national trainer and expert on creating culturally proficient services and effectively engaging communities of color. Chapman earned a B.S. in Business at San Jose State University and a Master's in Organization Management at the University of Phoenix. He also studied Strategic Perspectives on Non-Profit Management at Harvard Business School.

Today, in addition to his role as Unity Care CEO, Andre Chapman is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. He recently launched a new initiative, COVID-19 BLACK www.covid19black to take an offensive stand to fighting this health crisis by educating the community of ways to protect themselves.

Chapman founded Unity Care San Jose CA in 1993, to develop educational and social programs designed to enrich the lives of underserved, at-risk youths. Unity Care San Jose CA is a multi-service, culturally proficient youth and family housing and development agency serving youth and families in the counties of Alameda, Nevada, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Placer, and El Dorado. The organization focuses on eradicating the impact of homlessness on those youth and young adults that age out of the foster care system providing over 150 beds of housing across northern california.

"Our primary objectives at Unity Care San Jose CA are," explains CEO Andre Chapman, "to offer safe, secure, and positive living environments to disadvantaged youths, and to provide education and preparation for the pursuit of professions in which minorities are typically underrepresented."

The Bay Area Empowerment Committee's Virtual African American Town Hall Series featuring Unity Care San Jose CA CEO Andre Chapman will take place on Thursday, August 13, 2020, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Pacific Time. Interested parties may register now for the event at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NGGm8D4PQ4WoyykMd9ytLQ/.

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