CCHR Warning: The Horrors of Addiction – Craving Psychotropics

In 2014, 10,574 people died of heroin overdose while 15,778 died from an overdose of psychiatric medications, nearly 50% more.

In 2014, 10,574 people died of heroin overdose while 15,778 died from an overdose of psychiatric medications, nearly 50% more.

With more than 34 million Americans taking antidepressants in 2013-14, addiction and withdrawal from psychiatric is a growing problem.

With more than 34 million Americans taking antidepressants in 2013-14, addiction and withdrawal from psychiatric is a growing problem.

According to data taken from the IQVia Total Patient Tracker Database for Year 2019, extracted February 2020, 61,262 children between the ages of 0-5 years are prescribed antipsychotics in the US.

According to data taken from the IQVia Total Patient Tracker Database for Year 2019, extracted February 2020, 61,262 children between the ages of 0-5 years are prescribed antipsychotics in the US.

The pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric community pocket some $62 billion on psychiatric drugs as part of a mental health spending of over $225 billion.

The pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric community pocket some $62 billion on psychiatric drugs as part of a mental health spending of over $225 billion.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

By far one of the most insidious addictions is one that is started with a doctor’s prescription pad — for example opioids and psychotropics.

Drug companies need to sell drugs to survive, so will have an incentive to invent new disorders to generate a market for new drugs.”

— Psychology Today

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The myriad of negative side-effects of psychotropic drugs has often been reported. There is one aspect that has not received the critical attention it deserves and that is addiction. Addiction takes many forms; individuals are in effect compelled to take a certain drug, alcohol even tobacco by being hooked on that substance. But by far one of the most insidious addictions is one that is started with a doctor’s prescription, for example opioids and psychotropics and their debilitating side effects.

What Is Addiction

Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. [1] Addiction not only refers to a dependency on illegal substances like heroin or cocaine. Addiction is actually designated as a chronic disease that also can result from taking certain medications like psychotropic drugs. [1]

Addiction Leads to Death

Problems with alcohol, drugs or medication lead killing thousands of Americans every year. [2]
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, deaths associated with drugs has more than tripled since 2000. Factually, there are more deaths attributed to substance abuse (including psychotropics) than any other preventable health condition. One in four deaths is cause by alcohol, tobacco, and illicit or prescription drug abuse. [3]

The results of medication addiction are amplified in the detrimental side effects of violence and suicide in psychotropic drugs. In fact, psychiatric medications kill more Americans than Heroin. In 2014, 10,574 people died of heroin overdose while 15,778 died from an overdose of psychiatric medications, nearly 50% more. [4]

The statistics regarding the high overdose rate for psychiatric medication users is even more convincing. Several factors contribute to the exponential death rate climb including increased psychotropic prescriptions, and greater polypharmacy (the prescribing of multiple drugs to the same person at once). Another reason for the high rate is non-mental health practitioners like general practitioners, nurses, etc. prescribing psychiatric drugs.

Psychiatric Drugs: More Harm than Good

According to Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, psychiatric drugs do more harm than good.

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm – by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs and dementia drugs … This would lead to healthier and more long-lived populations. Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long-term.” [5]

Psychology Today made some interesting points regarding overmedicating of psychiatric drugs.

“Drug companies need to sell drugs to survive, so will have an incentive to invent new disorders to generate a market for new drugs. Very often this may lead to the medicalization of perfectly normal emotional processes, such as bereavement. A good example of the way in which normal psychological processes can be surreptitiously medicalized and made to appear "abnormal" in order to create markets is in the example of the female menopause. [6]

An Addiction that Kills

In the same article in Psychology Today, Dr. Graham C.L. Davey spoke about the most serious downside to many psychotropic drugs.

“One obvious—but important—downside to many drugs used to treat mental health problems is that they often have significant and distressing side effects. These side effects can be physical and include fatigue, blurred vision, gastric disorders, headaches, dizziness, sexual dysfunction, risk of cardiac disorders, and weight gain. In many cases (such as antipsychotics) these side effects are significant enough to make up to 50 percent of those taking medication stop taking them. But apart from medical symptoms, some pharmacological treatments can also increase psychological symptoms such as anxiety, suicidal ideation, and even increase suicide attempts (especially in young adults). [6]

It has been proven statistically that psychotropic drugs have become a clear and present danger to individuals taking them. Yet little is done to stop their prescription and overprescribing. Once someone takes these drugs, they are exceedingly difficult to stop. “Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs can be disabling and can cause a range of severe physical and psychological effects which often last for months and sometimes years; in some cases, withdrawal charities report, it may lead to suicide.” [7]

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a watchdog organization that exposes abuse in the mental health industry, the surge in psychiatric drug prescriptions, the addictive qualities and the resulting violent and aggressive behavior should be investigated.

Know Your Rights

“The public has a right to know that the drugs they or their loved ones are given, have highly addictive qualities,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. “The FDA needs to conduct further investigations into the addictive qualities of psychiatric drugs.”

CCHR encourages anyone who is being advised that they or a loved one should take psychiatric drugs to demand a “differential diagnosis” where the doctor obtains a thorough history and conducts a complete physical exam, ruling out all the possible problems that might cause a set of symptoms and explains any possible side effects of the recommended treatments. For more information or to report psychiatric abuse please visit www.cchrflorida.org or call 1-800-782-2878.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

Sources:

[1] What is addiction? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323465

[2] Statistics on Addiction in America
https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/addiction-statistics/

[3] Health Consequences of Drug Misuse Death https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse/death

[4] Psychiatric Medications Kill More Americans than Heroin https://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk/psychiatric-medications-kill-more-americans-than-heroin/

[5] Peter Gøtzsche argues that most prescriptions could be stopped without causing harm, but other experts strongly disagree https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/12/psychiatric-drugs-more-harm-than-good-expert

[6] Overprescribing Drugs to Treat Mental Health Problems https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/why-we-worry/201401/overprescribing-drugs-treat-mental-health-problems

[7] Psychiatric drug withdrawal can be disabling http://cepuk.org/unrecognised-facts/withdrawal-can-be-disabling/

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Who is more likely to hook a minor on harmful drugs? Drug dealer? Gang member? Psychiatrist? Answer: Psychiatrists give 20 million children addictive drugs.


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“STOP THE STEAL” 2020 PRESIDENTIAL WRITE IN CANDIDATE PETER W SHERRILL JOINS FORCES TO "HALT" THE AFRICAN UNION ELECTION

Head of COSUA gathers 28 million signatures challenging AUC Elections; Serious questions arise from Human Rights Defence Group International and IIAS

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Peter W. Sherrill, the Unknown Black Republican and United States 2020 Presidential Write-in candidate joins forces with IIAS –International Institute for African Scholars, COSUA – Coalition of Supporters Union of Africa and Human Rights Defence Group International to “Stop the Steal” in the upcoming African Union Commission Elections!

Sherrill, once a lifelong Democrat, for nearly 40 years, joined the Republican Party 2011 in spite the controversy presented being an African American. “Everything was going fine until Donald Trump came into the Party,” says Sherrill who fought fervently to enlighten his people that an Exodus from the Democratic Party was necessary if they were ever going to achieve economic parity in America.

Instead, Sherrill was forced to watch as the Party he had so much hope for became a Party for White Nationalists and White Supremacists! Alienated, to say the least and outraged by the racism permeating the Party, Sherrill, a plaintiff in the infamous Texaco Racial Discrimination Lawsuit refused to sit by and do nothing. With the recent discovery of his Great, Great, Grandparents who were slaves on the brutal cotton-fields of the Belvedere Plantation, Eutawville South Carolina, Sherrill met some dignitaries from South Africa who wanted to assist him in finding his true roots, especially since he wasn’t famous enough for the TV show, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. Shortly thereafter, his sister convinced him to take one of those DNA tests. Sherrill was ecstatic to find that he was 92.7 percent African. Sherrill could hardly wait to share the news. Suddenly, the Motherland had new meaning!

The Candidate began meeting many dignitaries from across Continent. First he was introduced to Advocate Sarfo Abebrese – Founder of COSUA- COSUA has the mandate of the African Union and other sub-regional bodies like ECOWAS – Economic Community of West Africa States. Shortly thereafter the Write in Candidate was introduced to Dr. Frederick Nwosu – President of IIAS and the Human Rights Defence Group by Dr. Cherydene Cook, member of IIAS- another consortium of powerful organizations dedicated to the fight against injustices on the Continent.

IIAS was established in June 2013 to serve doctoral and other social science researchers. Since then, it has helped several scholars across the globe. It collaborates with other entities such as the Journal of Functional Education, Global Peace Missions (NGO), Emmanuel University, and Center for Academic Research and Educational Sustainability among others. Through the instrumentality of these collaborating entities, Fellows of IIAS have found platforms to express their talents and global presence. The Institute has its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

Human Rights Defence Group International was founded in 1994 by Albert W. Mukong in efforts to monitor and address the widespread human rights abuses in Cameroon and the world. Its membership spread in Europe, USA, and some parts of Africa. Mr. Mukong’s vision was the liberation of the minds of Africans, from enslavement, colonialism and dictatorship. This could be achieved only through grass roots education of the inalienable rights of the people. With freedom of the mind achieved he foresaw the Independence of Africa and visioned African Unity.

“If you think for one moment that we all are going to sit back and watch the continued exploitation of Africa you are so very, very, sadly mistaken,” says Sherrill! Sherrill has also met the Vice Chair of the African Union Commission, H.E. Kwesi Quartey along with the Ambassador of Kenya via Video conference during her birthday celebration. It is also very important to acknowledge the head of The Throne Abroad Advisory Council led by HRM Dineo Meko, who was very instrumental in making these distinguished acquaintances and was also very instrumental in having Mr. Sherrill interview on South Africa Television via Zoom with top reporter Peter Ndoro. It was HRM Dineo Meko that advised the 2020 Write in Candidate that he needs to meet the former Ambassador of the African Union to the United States, Dr. Arikanna Chihombori-Quao, who was fired by the current Chair of the African Union, from Chad- (Formerly a French Colony), for exposing the blatant extortion by France of its former colonies in Africa.

After extensive research and various live interviews by Dr.Quao, Sherrill was not only outraged, but appalled by what France has been doing in Africa. Sherrill who has zero tolerance for such blatant extortion and exploitation – the 2020 Write in Presidential Candidate swore that France will cease and desist from this thievery of Africa and also its mandated reparations from Haiti. To add insult to injury, Sherrill has just recently learned that the current Chair of the African Union, H.E. Mossa Faki has somehow eliminated all candidates, especially Vice Chair Kwesi Quartey and Dr. Arikanna Chihombori-Quao from running for Chair of the African Union Commission, thus leaving the current Chair running unopposed and continuing to do France’s bidding on the continent.

Advocate Sarfo Abebrese of COSUA has garnered over 28 million signatures to postpone the election, but to no avail and now the International Institute for African Scholars and the Human Rights Defence Group International are also joining with COSUA to “STOP THE STEAL” in the upcoming election in the African Union! Ironically, four of the last five Chairs have been former colonies of France. We will be calling on the Biden Administration and its new Ambassador to the UN to take a very serious look into this blatant extortion that has taken place in Africa by France and demand that France cease and desist immediately.

As the African American people of the United States become aware of what you are doing in Africa, our Homeland, we hope Mr. Biden remembers who elected him! We will no longer stand by and accept what is happening in Africa!

“STOP THE STEAL!”

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#OneBillionVoicesForEducation The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch

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#OneBillionVoicesForEducation The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch

It has become increasingly urgent for governments to involve civil society organizations in the drawing up of education budgets in order for them to provide inputs to the budget …”

— Grant Kasowanjete, GCE Global Coordinator

JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — For immediate release

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) One Billion Voices for Education Campaign Launch

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The COVID- 19 pandemic is affecting the education of more than one billion people. It is also worsening the existing global education financing crisis thereby impacting the progress of the entire Sustainable Development Agenda and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4). The One Billion Voices campaign aims to secure an increase in public financing of education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by elevating the voices from the billion learners who have been affected by the COVID pandemic and sharing their experiences and call for urgent action. The campaign will launch on 25th January and run throughout 2021.

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January 18 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa – The One Billion Voices Campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) will be launched virtually on 25 January 2021, 1:30pm SAST. The launch will feature a keynote address by GCE President Refat Sabbah, screening of the One Billion Voices Campaign film, regional panel discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on education and regional plans to finance education.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 1.5 billion learners had their education stopped or interrupted. Education systems continue to face a devastating crisis, the challenges around public financing and the ever-increasing pressure on resources for public services, are resulting in less prioritisation of education. While some learners have returned to school, the COVID-19 pandemic deepened digital exclusion of many especially vulnerable communities, including children with disabilities.

The world faces a tipping point where a seismic reversal in education progress has begun and has devastating effects on many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, the World Bank projects a potential 10% cut in education budgets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only must these rollbacks on education financing be stopped but more and better financing for education must be secured and secured now!

“In such a time as this, it has become increasingly urgent and important for governments to involve civil society organizations in the drawing up of education budgets in order for them to provide inputs and comments to the budget. The overall strategic intent is for governments to live up to their commitment they have made to their citizens on domestic financing within the 2030 Framework to Action, by allocating at least 4% to 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) to education and/or at least 15% to 20% of public expenditure to education” . Grant Kasowanjete, GCE Global Coordinator.

Refat Sabbah, GCE President, further added: “All GCE members around the world, INGOs, regional networks and national education coalitions, parents, guardians, teachers and learners rally behind the One Billion Voices Campaign. GCE reaffirms its commitment to continue campaigning for publicly funded equitable and inclusive free quality education for all, including the need to improve and closely monitor domestic and international education financing mechanisms. This includes a call for strong publicly funded education systems that meet the internationally agreed education financing benchmarks, championing tax justice as a critical instrument to financing public education and effective response to the increased commercialisation of education, and the development of so called innovative financing mechanisms”.

GCE calls on the national governments:

● To increase state funding for education to 20% of public expenditure.
● To increase their tax base in order to increase resources, working towards a minimum tax-to-GDP ratio of 20%.
● To provide free quality education for all and end the trend towards the privatisation and commercialisation of education.

GCE calls on the national governments, and donors:

● To improve the quality of teaching through adequate recruitment, remuneration and continued teacher training.
● To ensure inclusive educational systems and institutions.
● To listen and respond to the voices of those affected. Space must be allowed for individuals and civil society to speak up.

GCE calls on donors:

● To enable urgent debt cancellation for the least developed countries; and Debt alleviation for middle and upper-middle income countries.
● To continue to work towards the goal of 0.7% overseas aid, with 20% of this spent on education.

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1. GCE is a leading civil society movement that promotes and defends education as a fundamental human right. GCE has over 127 members, 94 of these are national education coalitions, 18 International NGOs and 15 regional networks and youth-led organisations. GCE advocates for education as a basic right. GCE defines education as the foundation for all forms of development and as a catalyst for growth. As a transnational organisation GCE believes that education is the key to ensuring sustainable and equitable economic growth, improved health and social development

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Rural men have special physical, mental challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rural men have special physical, mental challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

Contact: Communications@menshealthnetwork.org

By Robin Mather
For Men’s Health Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a double whammy for rural men and their loved ones: Their access to medical care is often difficult because of long distances to travel for treatment, and they are less likely to have access to high-speed internet for telehealth visits.

Even before the pandemic, healthcare for rural men had unique challenges. For the approximately 60 million Americans — nearly one in five — who live in rural areas, limited access to healthcare professionals, particularly specialist care, is a critical barrier to achieving favorable health outcomes. Compared to metropolitan regions, rural and frontier regions contain more than twice as many “Health Professional Shortage Areas” designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The reduced healthcare access is a major factor in rural patients’ greater disease burdens and poorer outcomes from chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.

Those outcomes make rural men especially vulnerable to COVID-19. And if they do get sick with COVID-19, rural men are more likely to require hospitalization because they were sicker to begin with. Increasingly, they’re competing for beds. Hospitalizations for rural COVID-19 patients have been on the rise, from about 10 percent in the first week of October to about 25 percent in late November and early December, a study showed. This is made even more complex and difficult because in many rural areas, hospitals are sparse and tend to have fewer beds in general and fewer intensive care beds.

The study, conducted by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, was based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On December 15, HHS published weekly data on each U.S. hospital tracking key indicators for how the facilities were coping with Covid-19 care.

The study raised a concern that, while rural COVID-19 hospitalizations lagged behind urban ones, the higher urban rates may mean that there is no space for rural patients if they require care that’s beyond the scope of their nearest hospitals to provide.

Another significant concern is that rural men are likely to experience a sizable increase in mental health needs during and after the pandemic, whether they had a prior history or not. That double whammy – difficulty in accessing health care and lack of access to high speed internet – applies to mental issues, too. Chief among these mental issues is depression, as people feel isolated and alone during the pandemic.

Men’s Health Network, a non-profit concerned with men’s health issues, convened a conference in 2019 to discuss an ongoing crisis in men’s mental health. You can read the report that came out of that conference here.

“For men and boys, these problems can be amplified by cultural expectations that men be stoic. Men are told they are not supposed to cry or show their emotions outwardly, that they are supposed to be self-reliant, to not ask for help, and that any illness, mental or physical, is a sign of weakness and a source of personal shame. Men’s health has a great impact on society as a whole that we are only beginning to recognize,” said Jean Bonhomme, M.D., Founder and Chair of the National Black Men’s Health Network, who helped organize the conference. It was staged in conjunction with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

“Unnecessary illness and disability among men lead to diminished work productivity, greater work absenteeism, and employers incurring the expenses of training replacement workers. Families may be impacted with increased health care expenses in the face of reduced ability to earn. Jails have taken the place of many US mental hospitals, leading to costly but ineffective interventions,” he said.

Men are less likely to seek treatment for mental health issues, the conference found, but new projects may make it easier for them to do so.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an important frequently used treatment for depression. Its goal is to help patients learn how to change their thinking patterns to improve how they feel. CBT may be used in conjunction with prescription medicine, or on its own.

Evidence has mounted that CBT can address other conditions, such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others.

CBT is a preferred modality of therapy among many practitioners and insurance companies alike as it can be effective in a brief period, generally 5 to 20 sessions, though there is no set time frame. Research suggests that CBT can be delivered effectively online, in addition to face-to-face therapy sessions.

Robert Bossarte, Ph.D., of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., is directing a project to see how remote CBT can improve mental health in vulnerable populations. The project is funded by PCORI.

In remote CBT, patients have online therapy sessions. This may be more comfortable for men, who are often reluctant to seek face-to-face care.

In the Bossarte study, the research team will compare two types of remote CBT with usual primary care for treating depression. The study takes place in rural West Virginia, where usual primary care for depression often involves antidepressant medicine alone, but has value for rural healthcare providers across the country.

To get around the issue of lack of access to high-speed internet, the Bossarte study will include components that use participants’ cell phones, including text messages, phone calls and access to online therapy sessions.

The project is recruiting more than 3,000 patients who are currently being treated for depression at West Virginia clinics, assigning them at random to one of three groups. The research team will compare outcomes for patients in those treatment groups:

• The first group receives usual care plus guided remote CBT. In guided remote CBT, a trained coach helps patients complete online therapy sessions with oversight from a clinical psychologist. The coaches also work with patients by email, text, and phone to help them. This will include reminders to take medicines as directed, monitoring side effects of medicine, determining if medicine is working as intended, coordinating with the patient’s doctor, and providing referrals to specialists.
• The second group will receive usual care plus unguided remote CBT. These patients have access to the same online therapy sessions as patients in the first group. But patients in this group complete therapy sessions online by themselves, without help from a coach. The online program provides automated reminders and encouragement during and between sessions.
• Patients in the third group will receive usual care for depression from their primary care doctor. Usual care may consist of antidepressant medicine and/or therapy.

The research team will survey patients 10 times over the course of a year. Researchers will ask patients if their depression has gotten better and if they are using drugs or alcohol. The team will also look at medical records to see if patients are receiving antidepressant medicines. About a year after treatment, the team will ask patients if they made shared decisions about depression treatment with their doctor.

The research team will compare outcomes between patients in the three treatment groups. In addition, the team is looking to see if certain types of patients benefit from having guided versus unguided treatment, or usual care alone. Finally, the team is looking at whether different types of antidepressant medicine work better than others, alone or in combination with CBT.

The team will explore whether access to remote cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will improve mental health symptoms in vulnerable populations. Outcomes of this project could also lead to future comparative clinical effectiveness research, such as a comparison of modes of providing access to remote CBT and comparisons of different online platforms for remote CBT for various population groups.

To see resources that can help rural residents – whether they’re patients or healthcare providers – improve health in their own communities, visit the appropriate page for your state at the Rural Health Information Hub, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

About Men’s Health Network (MHN)
MHN is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. For information on MHN's programs and activities, visit them at menshealthnetwork.org, on Twitter (@MensHlthNetwork), and on Facebook (facebook.com/menshealthnetwork), or call 202-543-6461.

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Donna Digital Receptionists Launches Industry-First Blind Recruitment Process

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Founder & CEO, Jacob W. Bailey

Donna has launched the first blind recruitment in the virtual receptionist industry in an effort to promote equality & opportunity in the workplace for everyone

SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, Donna Digital Receptionists has launched the first blind recruitment process in the virtual receptionist industry in an effort to promote equality and opportunity in the workplace for everyone, regardless of race, sex, education, or background.

Donna Digital Receptionists (TryDonna.com) is a virtual receptionist service that provides companies with a receptionist that isn’t located in-office. With a team of dedicated receptionists that work from home, Donna is able to help businesses expand the hours that customers and potential customers may call, while giving the business owner the peace of mind to clock out at the end of the day without worrying if they are losing business.

Today marks the launch of Donna’s industry-leading blind recruitment process, developed with an aim to level the playing field for all applicants regardless of their background. Historically, many applicants are discriminated against in the virtual receptionist industry for their accents, race, gender identity, or criminal history due to how the industry runs their traditional hiring practices.

“It’s just not right that good jobs are being withheld from great applicants because of something that a recruiter might see on a resume – or lack thereof,” said Donna Digital Receptionists Founder and CEO, Jacob W. Bailey, “at Donna, we have a mission to provide great jobs to incredible people. I don’t care where they came from or what privilege they lacked before today, now everyone has a shot at a good job that will help them create a future for themselves and their families.”

Starting today, applicants seeking a job with Donna Digital Receptionists will fill out an application that has been written to avoid any and all identifying information and has been screened for biased language that may cause certain individuals to steer toward or away from applying for jobs. All application questions focus on asking an applicant about how they would handle a scenario they may face at work rather than their work or educational background. This allows the company to judge candidates based on qualities such as teamwork and creativity, rather than the privilege they may or may not have had growing up.

“I recently sat down and asked myself what kind of legacy I’d like to leave behind, and my answer was that I hope to help other individuals and families reach their financial goals and provide opportunities that they may not have had otherwise. Especially as someone who did grow up with privilege, it’s just the right thing to do.” said Bailey.

About Donna Digital Receptionists

Donna Digital Receptionists is the only live call answering service designed exclusively for financial and professional service firms to help you grow your business and never miss another call for less than one-fifth of the cost of an in-house receptionist. Founded in 2020, Donna is dedicated to helping business owners grow their businesses while giving them back their time, and to providing opportunities for its team that they may not have had otherwise.

Donna Digital Receptionists’ industry-first blind recruitment process launches to the public on January 19, 2021 at TryDonna.com/jobs

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State Responds with Behavioral Restraint Use Reforms After 16-yr-old’s Death

State Responds with Behavioral Restraint Use Reforms After 16-yr-olds Death

CCHR says Michigan paves the way to a nationwide need for a ban on restraints in psychiatric youth facilities following African American teen’s violent death from a restraint used for unruly behavior: throwing a sandwich on the floor

CCHR says Michigan paves the way to nationwide need for ban on restraints in psychiatric youth facilities following African American teen’s death from restraint

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The state of Michigan announced it is working to end the use of restraints in the child welfare system. This is in response to the May 2020 restraint death of 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick at the now closed Lakeside Academy owned by Sequel Youth & Family Services. In June, the restraint was ruled a wrongful death and several employees were charged with manslaughter.[1] Mental health industry watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, which made submissions to legislators in Michigan and across the country about restraint abuse, sees Michigan as paving the way to protect children, but wants their plans extended to a complete ban on physical and chemical restraints for behavioral control. CCHR also acknowledged Michigan for pursuing a criminal investigation into a restraint death, which it said should be the level of accountability nationwide when there is a restraint death in psychiatric-behavioral facilities.

CCHR’s parents’ information website FightForKids established a section warning about restraints following Cornelius’s death. The African American teen went into cardiac arrest after yelling, “I can’t breathe!” A witness said, “[T]his kid threw a sandwich. He was being unruly and they couldn’t control him. So, four guys…the size of rugby players tackled him.”[2]

According to one attorney assisting a family whose son died in a behavioral facility, the company that owns it “must be held accountable” for the “countless other children who were abused under their care.”[3]

“No one should be dying in a behavioral hospital. Until there is a ban on violent restraint use, criminal protections need to be in place. This also includes financial penalties against facilities found to abuse children and youths with restraints and hospital closures for flagrant violations,” said Jan Eastgate, international president of CCHR.

In September 2020, a steering committee led by Michigan’s Children’s Services Agency announced it would also investigate foster care and juvenile justice placement practices in the state. Hundreds of youths, including those in foster care, are sent by various states to psychiatric hospitals owned by the for-profit behavioral industry. In December, California announced it would no longer send children interstate to such facilities. Several other states have also implemented this in light of atrocities reported committed against children and teenagers.[4]

An online petition that the National Juvenile Justice Network started in the wake of the Cornelius’s death, calls for a closure of a for-profit psychiatric hospital chain and has almost 330,000 signatures to date.[5] CCHR encourages more people to support this.

Among Michigan’s proposed changes would be eliminating restraints “unless absolutely necessary” — that is, during emergencies or life-saving intervention. The reforms would mean that restraints could not be used as an intervention to control behavior or because a youth refuses to follow the rules.[6] CCHR wants to see a total ban.

CCHR believes that keeping legislative language such as restraints being necessary for a “life-saving intervention,” opens the door to misinterpretation and doesn’t close the door on putting youths and others at risk of such life-threatening interventions. It’s submission to legislators also calls for stronger penalties against facilities using abusive restraints.

The FightForKids site documents at least 32 adverse incidents of child and youth residents in one behavioral hospital chain alone, including 18 involving seclusion rooms or restraints use in children as young as six, three deaths and at least six suicides that may have been prevented.[7] Another page references more than 60 cases of abuse and warns: “Parents are often misled about a child’s troubled behavior and can be coerced into believing or otherwise convinced that putting the child into a psychiatric or behavioral facility is the right thing to do.” The advice “neglects to mention the potential harm the child or teen can be subjected to. Whether through punitive actions such as solitary confinement and seclusion rooms or torturous treatments, including debilitating drugs, behavioral modification or electric shock and chemical or physical restraints, parents should know of the risks to their child. Too many have found out too late.”[8]

Attorney Tommy James, whose client, a teenage patient that was living at a for-profit behavioral facility in Alabama, alleged the boy suffered “multiple traumas to his head causing concussions, lacerations that required stitches, hematomas [blood clots] and other injuries.” James warned of “systemic violence” in such facilities throughout the country. “The level of abuse is staggering and very disturbing. No informed parent would ever allow their child to spend even one hour” in the hospital chain’s facilities that he named. “It is disgusting when our most vulnerable children are placed in these facilities and then treated like animals,” James said.[9]

CCHR said it will to continue to document and expose abuses in the youth behavioral industry. Parents or family members can report an abuse here.

Read the full article here.

CCHR is responsible for more than 180 laws that protect patients from damaging psychiatric practices. DONATE to support its work https://www.cchrint.org/cchrint-donate/

[1] Lynsey Mukomel, “Committee eyes 2022 for restraint reform at state youth homes,” Wood TV, 14 Jan 2021, https://www.woodtv.com/news/kzoo-and-bc/committee-eyes-2022-for-restraint-reform-at-state-youth-homes/
[2] https://www.fightforkids.org/restraints
[3] Chelsea Retherford, “Lawsuit claims abuse at Courtland Sequel youth facility,” The Moulton Advertiser, 7 Jan 2021, https://www.moultonadvertiser.com/news/article_8affb2d2-5035-11eb-a4d8-f3037059f4ae.html
[4] Op. cit., Lynsey Mukomel, Wood TV
[5] https://www.change.org/p/gretchen-whitmer-justice-for-cornelius-shut-sequel-down
[6] Op. cit., Lynsey Mukomel, Wood TV
[7] https://www.fightforkids.org/universal-health-service
[8] https://www.fightforkids.org/psychiatric-behavioral-facilities
[9] Op. cit., Chelsea Retherford, The Moulton Advertiser

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WORLD'S FIRST DEDICATED MEDITATION COURSE FOR THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

World's First LGBTQ+ Meditation Courses

World’s First LGBTQ+ Meditation Courses

LGBTQ+ Meditation Courses - crafted by the LGBTQ+ Community

LGBTQ+ Meditation Courses – crafted by the LGBTQ+ Community

FISU Meditation Academy

FISU Meditation Academy

We have crafted the world's first LGBTQ+ Meditation Course beginning on Sunday, 31st January 2021 at 2 PM GMT / 9 AM EST.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — WORLD'S FIRST DEDICATED MEDITATION COURSE FOR THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

We have crafted the world's first LGBTQ+ Meditation Course beginning on Sunday, 31st January 2021 at 2 PM GMT / 9 AM EST.

This 12 week course is built on our LGBTQ+ community meditators' profound and life changing experiences. Some of them are now teachers on this project to help spread the profound and life-transforming benefits of meditation to the LGBTQ+ community.

A perfect lockdown antidote!

There are many single meditation lessons and videos around the web for the community. Still, none are dedicated to taking you in a personal journey of self-discovery and strengthening over 12 weeks led by an LGBTQ+ instructor.

Ten live instructor-led sessions are delivered through our innovative course player integrated with Zoom, plus 45 self-paced study lessons via videos, audios and eBooks. The self-paced study lessons follow the course's path and deliver content relevant to the learner's experiences at this time.

Online Course Details and schedule: https://academy.fisu.org/course/lgbtq-meditation-course

Here are some of the many course benefits (an expanded version is on the site here: https://academy.fisu.org/course/lgbtq-meditation-course)
• Coming Out – Gain strength to make it a celebration of your identity
• Self Acceptance & Loving Yourself
• Calm, Relaxation & Peace of Mind – Stop Mind Chatter
• Improve Mental Health Well-Being especially through lockdown
• Overcoming Depression – Meditation is more effective than medication
• Dealing with and accepting those who are homophobic or transphobic and Bullying
• How to deal with negative people and their opinions
• Cultivate Compassion & Forgiveness
• Be who you want to be – Gender does not define you
• Greater Self-Esteem and Confidence
• Sharpen Concentration and accelerate Cognition
• Scene Influences – easier to steer away from "scene" influences
• How to avoid Addictions, Promiscuity, and Dependencies

All these subjects are covered within the course plus many others.

Testimonials from the LGBTQ+ Community are here: https://academy.fisu.org/course/lgbtq-meditation-course (scroll down to testimonial area).

Our Great Value Course Pricing:
The entire 12-week course cost is a reasonable GB £199/Euro €230/USD $260 – with concessions for unemployed.

Course Sessions take place on Sundays at 2 PM GMT / 9 AM EST

75 Minute Free Introductory Talks (obligatory to attend before enrolling) are regularly scheduled.

Languages: Future Courses will be taught in English, Spanish or Greek.

FISU Meditation is a non-profit organisation and registered educational charity that teaches the art of Meditation and Spiritual Unfoldment. UK Charity No:
1061185.

FISU does not have any employees worldwide, and it's teachers dedicate their time to help others as meditation has changed their lives and they want to help others change theirs.

FISU Meditation is lead by Guru Rajesh Ananda.
For more details, please contact:

FISU Meditation HQ, Marlborough Road, London, E4 9AL
Phone: Guru Rajesh Ananda Mobile: +447793 562103
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Platform: FISU's global operations run on the Salesforce.org platform, where it was the first meditation school to adopt the platform. The FISU Meditation Academy is integrated with Salesforce.

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North Carolina-based behavioral healthcare company acquires operations in South Carolina

North Carolina-based Broadstep Behavioral Health, Inc., part of the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund’s portfolio, announced today…

Together with our expertise in I/DD and Severe Persistent Mental Illness, our newly combined companies will be equipped to offer a broader set of services to individuals in South and North Carolina.”

— Lynn Mason, President & CEO

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — North Carolina-based Broadstep Behavioral Health, Inc., part of the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund’s portfolio, announced today its acquisition of South Carolina-based provider, Excalibur Youth Services LLC.

Relocating its headquarters from Wisconsin to North Carolina in 2020, Broadstep is a leading national provider of residential and community-based services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, and behavioral health conditions, including autism, mental illness, and I/DD (intellectual and developmental disabilities).

During its 49-year history, Broadstep has grown to over 90 facilities serving more than 1,300 individuals in Wisconsin, Illinois, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Nebraska. On December 31, 2020, Broadstep announced further expansion in Wisconsin through the acquisition of Good Hope Manor, an assisted living provider serving mentally ill individuals with chronic and often debilitating medical conditions.

Excalibur, initially founded in 1989 as Avalonia Group Homes Inc., provides residential treatment services to I/DD and severely mentally ill populations throughout SC and a growing presence in NC. Since its inception, company leadership has been provided by the Short family, founded by Dr. MJ Short, and subsequently passed to his sons, Marvin J. Short and John M. Short. The founding family created and maintains an environment of people-centered care, firmly focused on self-reliance and strengthening families through specialized programs, strong operational processes, and a relentless adherence to the highest quality care.

Excalibur currently operates six treatment facilities in SC, including three group homes, two PRTFs, and one Intensive Services Facility. The company also serves individuals in NC through its Level III group home for males located in Hendersonville. John Short will remain with Broadstep, leading operations, growth, and expansion across the southeast as Regional Vice President.

Broadstep’s President and CEO, Lynn Mason, states, “The addition of Excalibur to the Broadstep family expands our geographic reach and service capabilities within South Carolina. Together, our companies’ homes and services are centered in three of South Carolina’s most populous MSAs, representing nearly 25% of the state’s population and growing.”

According to the Ancor Foundation’s 2019 report, “The Case for Inclusion,” SC’s Home and Community-Based Services waiting list was 11,275 and growing, meaning service capacity would need to expand 110% in the state to match those levels of demand. According to the latest market profiles published by OPEN Minds, the US’s southeastern region has seen a particular rise in the need for programs and services for those challenged with behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities. Increasing capacity to meet this demand is essential to both organizations. As noted by John Short, “Excalibur can help meet this growing need more efficiently and effectively with Broadstep.”

The combined company also expands Broadstep’s reach into NC and emphasizes Broadstep’s commitment to extending services throughout its current national regions, including the southeast. Ms. Mason further shares, “The combination of our two companies offers individuals and agencies the ability to work with one provider to service the broader needs along the continuum of care. Excalibur and John Short bring a unique set of expertise that complement our current offerings, specifically in the areas of High Management Group Homes and intensive care services focused on male youths. Together with our expertise in I/DD and Severe Persistent Mental Illness, our newly combined companies will be equipped to offer a broader set of services to individuals within South Carolina and North Carolina.”

To learn more about Broadstep, visit www.broadstep.com.

About Broadstep Behavioral Health, Inc.
Founded in 1972 and based in Raleigh, NC, Broadstep brings 49 years of experience serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness across five states – Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Broadstep is part of the Bain Capital Double Impact (“BCDI”) fund’s portfolio of companies. BCDI invests in mission-driven, middle-market companies focused on three primary impact areas: sustainability, health & wellness, and education & workforce development. To learn more about BCDI, visit www.baincapitaldoubleimpact.com.

About Excalibur Youth Services and Avalonia Group Homes
Founded in 1989 by Dr. MJ Short, Excalibur Youth Services and Avalonia Group Homes operate seven residential treatment facilities and group homes in NC and SC. Using the high management group home concept of treatment combined with residential care, Excalibur provides youth and adults with the opportunity to grow into self-reliant individuals, promotes resiliency, and strengthens families through a continuum of specialized programs.

For additional information, contact:
John Tote, VP of Business Development
jtote@broadstep.com 919-219-3944

#Broadstep #Excalibur #NorthCarolina #SouthCarolina #IntellectualDevelopmentalDisabilities #IDD #Autism #MentalIllness #BainCapital #DoubleImpactFund #LynnMason #JohnShort #JohnTote

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Nace el Máster sobre Neurofelicidad Como Herramienta de Cambio Positivo

World Happiness Academy

World Happiness Academy

World Happiness Foundation

World Happiness Foundation

World Happiness Foundation contribuye con esta iniciativa a la realización de un mundo con libertad, consciencia y felicidad, para todos.

Esta innovadora formación analiza más allá del binomio enfermedad-salud, apoyándose en la Neurociencia un concepto emergente: la nueva salud.”

— Luis Gallardo, Fundador & Presidente – World Happiness Foundation

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, January 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — La necesidad de poder contar con un aprendizaje basado en los efectos que tienen nuestras emociones en el plano personal y cómo impacta en nuestra esfera laboral, bajo un prisma científico y académico es el eje central del Máster de Neurofelicidad individual y organizacional.

Con titulación propia de Florida Universitaria y un elenco de profesores, expertos en varias disciplinas (medicina, psiquiatría, prevención de riesgos laborales, psicología, neurociencia, etc) este postgrado pone el foco en la salud, entendida como la capacidad que nos permite de manera equilibrada aceptar, afrontar y superar los obstáculos y desafíos que irrumpen en nuestra vida, en una era de grandes cambios y ante un escenario en plena transformación.

World Happiness Foundation y World Happiness Academy contribuyen con esta iniciativa a la realización de un mundo con libertad, consciencia y felicidad, para todos.

Entre el equipo docente figuran expertos conocedores de la materia como Paloma Fuentes, Luis Gallardo, Juan Bou, Ambar Deschamps, Carmen Soler, Javier García Campayo, Teresa Viejo, Silvia Oceransky, Mayra Garrafa, Araceli Morato, Rosa Gutiérrez y Blanca Gil.

Esta innovadora formación analiza más allá del binomio enfermedad-salud, apoyándose en la Neurociencia un concepto emergente: la nueva salud, que es aquella que representa el talento personal más importante, la base para el desarrollo óptimo en las diferentes etapas de la vida.

El máster se plantea entre otros objetivos establecer y difundir un concepto neurobiológico de felicidad, que hunde sus raíces en la Filosofía, y las Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, basado y desarrollado sobre estudios neurocientíficos, actuales y avanzados y en difundir los valores ligados a la felicidad, como fuentes de serenidad, salud y fortalezas positivas, imprescindibles para el desarrollo armonioso de las Personas, las Organizaciones y la Sociedad.

Además, la formación tiene como finalidad trasladar la forma de implementar una metodología para el desarrollo y el entrenamiento de la felicidad como una de las fuentes personales, organizacionales, laborales y sociales, fundamentales para favorecer la integración, la colaboración y la búsqueda de sinergias entre las personas y sus diferentes áreas de desarrollo.

El postgrado tiene por objeto aplicar el conocimiento y la práctica sobre las herramientas y habilidades que facilitan e inducen un estado optimista como fuente de salud física, mental, emocional y espiritual para las personas y las organizaciones, y promueve el desarrollo y el entrenamiento de la felicidad, como fuente necesaria para la creatividad, la innovación y la calidad de vida de las personas y de las organizaciones.

La formación, que cuenta con diferentes metodologías, encaminadas al desarrollo de un modelo de felicidad de éxito en las organizaciones combina los conocimientos teóricos con los prácticos, estando dirigidas las clases principalmente a CEO´s, profesionales interesados en nuevos modelos de gestión organizacional, responsables de prevención de riesgos laborales, recursos humanos, expertos en el área de consultoría e interesados en el ámbito de la neurofelicidad y en la implantación de nuevos modelos de gestión y técnicas de intervención.

El Máster que dará comienzo a mediados del año 2021 contará con master class y con mentoring a fin de poder ayudar en el desarrollo y conclusión del trabajo TFM.

Además, los alumnos podrán participar en la Comunidad INDORG, generando sinergias a nivel nacional, internacional y con carácter multicultural en un entorno de crecimiento y aprendizaje mutuo y constante.

El máster cuenta con diferentes temáticas, en las que se analiza conceptos como la neurofelicidad y sus bases neurobiológicas, el impacto de la felicidad sobre la salud, las tendencias en las empresas de bienestar y felicidad y la emergente figura del Chief Happiness Officer, cada vez más habitual en las empresas, el impacto biológico de los estados emocionales en las personas, los efectos del optimismo (físicos, mentales, sociales, en materia de estrés y envejecimiento), el análisis del comportamiento cerebral y las bases para una reprogramación (neurogénesis, neuroplasticidad, neuronas espejo, epignética), y los diferentes entrenamientos y evolución del concepto de salud.

Además, la formación centra la atención en el entorno laboral, en cómo fomentar una salud sostenible y una empresa saludable, modelos de liderazgo, el conflicto como aprendizaje, prevención psicosocial, el modelo happynet en las organizaciones, nuevos enfoques y la figura del mediador, así como la gestión de las personas, entre otros.

La directora del Máster, Paloma Fuentes ha señalado que “con este máster queremos dotar de la formación necesaria para implantar herramientas encaminadas a aumentar la cantidad de neurotransmisores de la felicidad, que se producen en nuestro cerebro para conseguir transformar y mejorar a las personas mediante la incorporación de un modelo emergente positivo en las organizaciones”.

“Los avances producidos en Neurociencia demuestran que somos capaces de aprender a producir voluntariamente en nuestro cerebro un estado neuroquímico de Felicidad y Bienestar y que la Felicidad es una reacción biológica de nuestras neuronas, mediada por una serie de neurotransmisores químicos, siendo los más importantes la serotonina, la dopamina, la prolactina, la oxitocina y el GABA, que actúan como impulsores y promotores de la salud física y psicológica.

Sobre ello hemos plasmado el programa del postgrado, basándonos en conocimientos científicos con el fin de ayudar a promover un cambio positivo en las personas e introducir un nuevo modelo en las organizaciones, capaz de hacer frente a los desafíos, amenazas y oportunidades que se nos plantean diariamente”, ha señalado Fuentes.

“Hoy en día, sabemos que la felicidad refuerza el sistema inmunitario, induce a la producción de la telomerasa, que evita el acortamiento de los telómeros cromosómicos que se encuentra en la base del envejecimiento, y que de igual modo, la epigenética muestra que las decisiones que tomamos generan cambios que modifican nuestra información biológica más profunda, y que pueden incluso llegar a heredarse, plasmándose cambios genéticos de individuo a individuo”, ha señalado Fuentes.

La socia directora de IEU, Carmen Soler ha señalado que “con este máster ampliamos la oferta de aprendizaje y desarrollo, generando un itinerario formativo para potenciar y empoderar a las organizaciones, en su apuesta por fomentar la salud, generando un clima de optimismo y de bienestar, canalizando la felicidad como eje central de la estrategia en el seno interno de las empresas”.

Sobre World Happiness Foundation
El propósito de la World Happiness Foundation es lograr un mundo con libertad, consciencia y felicidad para todos. Para ello apoya a personas e instituciones que están creando iniciativas que provocan cambio positivo.

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Open Letter to my fellow Americans as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and reflect on his life and legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering the "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 Washington DC Civil Rights March on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. delivering the “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 Washington DC Civil Rights March on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial

The "Stone of Hope" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The “Stone of Hope” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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From Krishnan Suthanthiran, Founder and President of TeamBest Global Companies, Best Cure Foundation & Proud American Party

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Reverend Martin Luther King gave many speeches and preached at the Atlanta, Georgia Ebenezer Church for over 20 years. His 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was attended by a crowd of over 250,000 people. It is still one of the most revered and memorable speeches of all time. More than half a century later, it still reverberates in every corner of America and the world.

Yesterday, as I was preparing for this press release, I read this memorable and moving speech again. No one could have delivered it better than Reverend MLK. It had an amazing and profound effect globally.

He dreamt that men, women and children of all skin colors would one day enjoy the same freedom, rights, and independence. He dreamt that ultimately slavery everywhere would be abolished and all people would freely exercise voting rights and be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

I was born soon after India’s Independence from Great Britain. My name in Tamil (Suthanthiran) means "independence", as my parents wanted to name me in memory of India’s freedom. Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of a free India, and he won this for 300 million Indians from Great Britain on August 15, 1947, by promoting non-violent protests, which ultimately inspired MLK.

In January of 1961, John F. Kennedy became President of the United States of America. JFK challenged America to “land a man on the moon in the 1960s.” America, against all odds, met this challenge and landed a man on the moon in 1969.

I watched America’s space programs of the 1960’s as well as videos and movies courtesy of ‘Voice of America.’ I was inspired to come to the USA, to study, work and create a life here. Prior to settling in the USA, I had gone to Canada in September 1969, to pursue my graduate studies in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Engineering, from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

I arrived in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1972 from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, as an Immigrant/Permanent Resident. Soon after, I was able to find a job with an oncologist, in what was then known as Freedmen’s Hospital (now Howard University). I stayed at the International Youth Hostel for 18 months, located on the corner of 16th & P Streets NW in the shadow of the White House.

I spent the next two years, from 1972–1974, watching the Watergate scandals, the ensuing cover up and eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

In spite of the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of Civil Rights legislation, we still experience and witness racial, ethnic, gender, as well as other discriminations, even today. How do we all unite to eliminate these prejudices and make progress for all?

Education is the most effective way to eliminate poverty while promoting global understanding and peace. College education for our young adults should not be a debt-sentence for life!

Health is wealth and everyone deserves the best health. The economic well-being of every individual, community, society, village, town, city, state/province or country throughout the world depends on the good health of its citizens.

For this reason, I founded the Proud American Party several years ago — to promote the United States of America as one nation, under God and the American flag; to focus on affordable/accessible quality education, healthcare, housing and jobs; to promote a strong, vibrant and growing American economy to compete proactively in the 21st Century’s global economy.

Please join me in promoting the visions of Proud a American Party — to unite all Americans under God and the American Flag.
Have a happy and healthy Martin Luther King Day.

Reverend Martin Luther King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech can be read in full at this link: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/i-have-dream-address-delivered-march-washington-jobs-and-freedom
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Krishnan Suthanthiran • President & Founder
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