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NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 15, 2019 / — THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR has been nominated for a 2019 Peabody Award in the category of “Documentary” by the award’s board of jurors.

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR was produced by Augusta Films, in association with Transform Films, and is the subject of a powerful social impact campaign through Odyssey Impact.

This announcement comes at the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), which is of profound significance to the topic of the film. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR shines a spotlight on the culture of physical abuse that was a common reality to women in 1944 Alabama. When Recy Taylor was just 24 years old, she was gang-raped by six teenage white boys as she was walking home from church.

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR has already received critical acclaim during a run at film festivals around the world, including a nomination for Best Documentary at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards and the Special Prize for Human Rights at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. The story of Recy Taylor also earned unexpected media interest after being included in Oprah Winfrey’s historic speech at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards.

Nominees for a Peabody Award are selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries. The winner in the documentary category will be announced April 16, with the awards given at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards ceremony will be hosted by Ronan Farrow at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on May 18.

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR shines a spotlight on the culture of physical abuse that was a common reality to women in 1944 Alabama. When Recy Taylor was just 24 years old, she was gang-raped by six teenage white boys as she was walking home from church. While the vast majority of women stayed silent after their attacks, fearing for both their lives and the lives of their families, Recy, a black wife, mother, and sharecropper chose to not stay silent. She bravely stood up for her rights, reported the crime, and publically identified her rapists. The NAACP sent their chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, to investigate. Parks had also been the victim of an attempted rape, and she fought tirelessly to rally support, raise awareness, and establish a nationwide community that demanded justice.

Stuart continues, “At Odyssey Impact, we are passionate about sharing powerful stories of social justice through compelling documentaries. We know that social change is possible when we can raise awareness, change attitudes, and begin meaningful conversations. The faith community is uniquely poised to use these stories to bring a spirit of healing, support, understanding, and lasting change in their individual communities.”

The national social impact initiative around THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR is designed to engage and inform the public about sexual violence against women, underscore the historical trauma faced by Black women during the Jim Crow South era, and examine the structural racism still affecting women today. Focused on encouraging a new dialogue and sparking positive change, Odyssey Impact has developed numerous resources and discussion guides to accompany the film, which will be available for download to help facilitate events by local grassroots organizations. A community toolkit, surveys, and local organizing tools are additional components provided to assist with educational and community outreach. For information, go to

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR (USA, 91 minutes) is directed and written by Nancy Buirski and produced by Buirski, Claire L. Chandler, Beth Hubbard, and Susan Margolin. Executive producer is Regina K. Scully. Executive producers are Geralyn White Dreyfous, Amy Tiermann, Mark Trustin, CarolAnne Dolan, Derrick Harkins, Nick Stuart, Barbara Dobkin, Bobby Kondrat, and Jack Turner. Editor is Anthony Ripoli. Director of photography is Rex Miller. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR was produced by AUGUSTA FILMS and TRANSFORM FILMS, an affiliated production company of Odyssey Networks. For more information about the film and to view a trailer, visit

ODYSSEY IMPACT™, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, believes that powerful documentaries with messages of social justice can motivate meaningful social change by raising awareness, changing attitudes and inspiring people of all faiths and good will to engage their communities on issues important in their lives and in society as a whole. The organization is dedicated to strategically building and executing social impact campaigns around documentaries, including those created by its affiliated production company TRANSFORM FILMS INC., via mobilizing faith leaders, individuals, and communities around issues such as poverty, mass incarceration, gun violence, intolerance, racial justice, hate crimes, and gender violence. More info at

TRANSFORM FILMS INC. is a wholly-owned subsidiary and affiliated production company of Odyssey Networks, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that believes powerful documentaries with messages of social justice can motivate meaningful social change by raising awareness, changing attitudes and inspiring people of all faiths and good will to engage their communities on issues important in their lives and in society as a whole. Transform Films, Inc. have produced films such as NEWTOWN; MILWAUKEE 53206; THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR, and LESSONS FROM A SCHOOL SHOOTING: NOTES FROM DUNBLANE that have garnered critical acclaim at film festivals and have aired on broadcast outlets such as PBS’ Independent Lens, America Reframed, STARZ Channel and Netflix. Recent accolades include the 2018 Peabody Award, the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary Short, the 2018 UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary, and the 2017 Venice International Film Festival Human Rights Award. More info at

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Barry Hers discusses involvement with New York's emergency housing programs

Barry Hers

Real estate professional Barry Hers looks back on his decades of support for vital emergency housing programs in New York City.

NEW YORK , NEW YORK, USA, April 15, 2019 / — From the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to HASA, New York's vulnerable and at-risk populations often rely upon the city's numerous emergency housing initiatives. A decades-long supporter of these and other vital, much relied upon housing schemes, Barry Hers takes a closer look at both emergency and non-emergency housing and rent assisted accommodation programs available in the Big Apple.

"I've always harbored a desire to help those in need, so I'm immensely proud to have been able to lend a much-needed hand to organizations such as HASA and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and their various projects and services during the last 25 years," reveals Hers, a native New Yorker and highly-regarded property expert.

HASA—originally the HIV/AIDS Services Administration—exists to assist individuals living in New York City with AIDS or HIV-related illnesses, in order that they may live healthier and more independent lives, according to Barry Hers, with services also recently extended to include low-income residents of the city who are HIV positive but asymptomatic. "HASA also offers a number of other services," he adds, "including assistance in helping to apply for services such as Medicaid, transportation and cash assistance, mental health and substance abuse screening, treatment referrals, and employment and vocational services."

The organization, first established in 1985, offers both emergency and non-emergency housing to those eligible for support.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, meanwhile, initiated by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani and also favored by his successor, Michael Bloomberg, sees properties such as Hers' building at 60 Clarkson Avenue become a form of shelter for homeless and less fortunate families and individuals living in New York City.

"I believe I was among the first landlords in New York City to embrace HASA's housing assistance programs," reveals Hers. "I've been involved with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program since the 90s, too," he adds, "when, in 1995, I purchased the building at 60 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens."

Hers and his firm then worked tirelessly, and at significant expense, to renovate the Clarkson Avenue property, before dedicating it to the emergency program in direct response to concerns surrounding growing homelessness in New York City.

Initiatives such as HASA and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are largely backed by property investors, landlords, and real estate professionals such as Barry Hers, whose offices are based in Brooklyn, close to a number of properties which the New Yorker has selflessly entered into these and other similar schemes.

"It has given me great pleasure," Barry Hers adds, wrapping up, "and I'm incredibly proud to have been able to make a difference here in New York City."

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Male Victims of Domestic Violence Suffer Severe Effects, Canadian Study Reports

Canadian sociologists are reporting that men and women are equally likely to be victims of severe domestic violence, contradicting conventional wisdom.


Male Victims of Domestic Violence Suffer Severe Effects, Canadian Study Reports

TORONTO, ON – (April 15, 2019) Three Canadian sociologists are reporting on previously overlooked Statistics Canada data that fundamentally contradicts conventional wisdom on domestic violence, in particular by showing that men and women are equally likely to be victims, including of severe forms of violence.

The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), a charity that works with male victims, will host a press conference to discuss the report and its implications, this Thursday, April 18th in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton. Details are provided below.

The groundbreaking article “Prevalence and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence in Canada as Measured by the National Victimization Survey: Focus on Male Victims” was published today (April 15, 2019) in the journal Partner Abuse. Authors Alexandra Lysova (SFU), Donald Dutton (UBC) and Emeka Dim (University of Saskatchewan) report conclusions, based on the 2014 Canadian General Social Survey, that in many cases challenge traditional perceptions of domestic violence:

1. Both male and female victims reported severe forms of domestic violence at alarming rates.
2. Gender was not a factor in whether an individual suffered long-term mental health effects of domestic violence, including experiencing PTSD-related symptoms.
3. The victim’s gender profile was only a relevant factor at the most extreme end of physical violence.

“We strongly support the intervention programs and victim support services that have been built for women over the years,” said Justin Trottier, Executive Director of CAFE. “At the same time, men also suffer severe abuse with serious consequences for them and their children. It is appropriate that some resources be focused on that population.”

Canada has done a good job of creating systems and services to serve abused women and children with 627 shelters for abused women in Canada. We need to leverage this expertise and begin to build services for male victims and their children. CAFE receives calls from over 400 men each year desperately searching for a safe haven and is working to open Toronto’s first shelter for abused men and children.

Male victimization is an underexplored phenomenon and Canada must invest in research specifically on the unique experiences of male victims. CAFE is conducting a federally funded research project “Male Homelessness as a Consequence of Domestic Abuse,” which has surveyed 250 homeless men concerning their experiences linking male homelessness and domestic abuse. The results will be published in May 2019.

It is time that agencies from across the sector come together on campaigns to broaden public awareness,” said Trottier. “All victims, regardless of gender, need the support of friends and family who have a modern understanding for the many faces of domestic violence.”



Dr. Alexandra Lysova, publication co-author
Miles Markovic, survivor of a 24 year long abusive relationship
Justin Trottier, CAFE Executive Director

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Dr. Alexandra Lysova, publication co-author
Sadia Groguhé, Coordinator, La Maison Oxygène
Quentin Lebreton, Social Worker, Carrefour Familial
Alice, a female perpetrator of domestic violence
Daniel Bonin, Montreal Branch Director, CAFE

Thursday, April 18th at 11:00 AM Eastern Time

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Thursday, April 18th at 11:00 AM Mountain Time

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Dr. Alexandra Lysova, publication co-author
Tom Matty, survivor of domestic violence
Dr. Michael Sean McMurtry, Edmonton Branch Director, CAFE


Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Association for Equality

The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.


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American Indian Movement to Protest Cleveland vs Atlanta

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Join us for the most racist weekend in baseball!

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2019 / — Cleveland American Indian Movement, the second oldest urban AIM chapter nationally, announced today it will demonstrate outside "Progressive" Field during Cleveland Indians vs Atlanta Braves game Friday April 19, in protest of the continued use of American Indian symbols and team names in Major League Baseball.

Cleveland American Indian Movement and its supporters have demonstrated outside Cleveland baseball stadiums at every Cleveland Indians Opening Day since 1970. Remarking on their long, half-century of protest Sundance (Muskogee), their Executive Director, states "It shows just how little power indigenous people have in the face of corporate racism. Yet it also shows how determined we are to see the names, logos and behaviors change." Indeed, Cleveland AIM sued the Cleveland Baseball franchise in 1972 claiming that the "Indians" name and "Wahoo" logo amounted to slander and libel; that lawsuit was finally settled after more than a decade. Other lawsuits were to follow in the 1990s, including a 1999 filing before the Ohio Commission on Civil Rights. In the last few years, through their network of activists, Cleveland AIM has been able to bring the exploitation of indigenous people as sports mascots to international attention. In November 2018, Major League Baseball announced that it had struck a gentleman's agreement with Cleveland Baseball, stating that Wahoo is "no longer appropriate" for on-field use.

Yet Wahoo continues to be licensed for off-field use. "The racist behavior that fans display at Cleveland Baseball is not a product of Wahoo, Wahoo is a product of the racism at the stadium," said Sundance. "The continued use of 'Indians' and 'Braves' team names, which enables this racist behavior, shows quite clearly that a dollar spent on Major League Baseball is a dollar that supports racism." Friday's demonstration should be replete with Indian-head logos and "tomahawk chops", fans dressed in red-face, headdresses, and war-whoops. When asked about the expected atmosphere at Friday's demonstration, Devon Shults (Muskogee), 14, said "Usually we are supported by some home-team fans and also by fans of the opposing team, so I think Friday will be really hostile because both teams are 'playing Indian'."

Jeff Pierce (Apache), spokesperson for Cleveland American Indian Movement, said "Look, we are people, not mascots. Major League Baseball is allowing teams to exploit us for its bottom line." Sundance concurs, "If it is not appropriate at the collegiate level to have these exploitative team names and racist logos, why is it acceptable in professional sports?"

Protestors will meet outside Gate C (East 9th Street and Bolivar Street) at 5pm, Friday April 19, 2019. Spokespersons will be on hand to answer questions.

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Foundation Event Celebrates Second Chance Month With U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia

Congressman Doug Collins keynotes the Foundation’s April 17 event on “Second Chances.”

Co-Sponsor of federal FIRST STEP Act keynotes event highlighting opportunity for those who have paid their debt to society.

Congressman Doug Collins embraced Georgia’s reforms as a launching pad for the FIRST STEP Act.”

— Georgia Public Policy Foundatoin

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2019 / — Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation for “Second Chances 2019,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast with keynote speaker Congressman Doug Collins on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County.

April is National Second Chance Month, sponsored by Prison Fellowship to celebrate brighter futures for those who have repaid their debt to society. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was instrumental in bringing together a bipartisan initiative for criminal justice reforms in Georgia. Collins embraced Georgia’s reforms as a launching pad for the FIRST STEP Act — the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act — implementing criminal justice reforms at the federal level.

Learn from Collins about the process to the FIRST STEP Act, the path to reform and the hope of a second chance for the formerly incarcerated.

This Leadership Breakfast, which is open to the public, is $30 to attend. The registration deadline is today; register at Eventbrite. Media who wish to attend must contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050.

About Doug Collins: The native of Gainesville, Ga., has served as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2013. He was elected to Georgia’s House District 27 in 2006 and, in his first term in the Legislature, graduated from the John Marshall Law School and established his own legal practice. In the State House, he served as the Governor’s Floor Leader, where he shepherded legislation to strengthen the HOPE scholarship program for future generations of Georgia students.

Collins earned a degree in political science and criminal justice from the University of North Georgia, during which time he interned in the U.S. House of Representatives. He earned his master’s degree in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored Chicopee Baptist Church in Hall County for 11 years. A U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain since 2002, Collins completed a 2008-2009 deployment to Iraq while stationed at Balad Air Force Base and, as a Lieutenant Colonel, remains active in the Air Force Reserve.

In the 116th Congress, Collins is Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, leading his Republican colleagues on a wide breadth of issues within the Committee’s purview.

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Established in 1991, the Foundation is an independent, nonprofit think tank that proposes practical, market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation is ranked a “top-rated nonprofit” on and is on the list of “Best Independent Think Tanks” in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index compiled at the University of Pennsylvania. Regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons and the annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. Weekly publications are the Friday Facts and Friday Idea commentaries.

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இந்தியாவில் தமிழர்கள் வாக்களிக்கும் முன் சோனியாவின் காங்கிரஸால் நடத்தப்பட்ட தமிழ் இனப்படுகொலையை நினைவில் கொள்ளவேண்டும்.


தமிழ்ப் படுகொலையை சித்தரிக்கும் படம்


இந்தியாவின் சோனியா மற்றும் ராஜபக்ஷ

மகாபாரதப் போரில் சகுனியை போல சோனியாவும் நடித்தார்; குருக்ஷேத்ரா போருக்கு பின்னால் உந்துசக்திகளில் ஒன்று சகுனியாகும்.

தமிழ்நாடு மற்றும் இந்தியாவின் மற்ற பகுதிகளிலுள்ள தமிழர்கள் சோனியாவின் காங்கிரஸ் கட்சி சதி மற்றும் தமிழர்களின் அழிவில் அதன் உடந்தையாக இருப்பதை நினைவில் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.”

— Tamils for Trump

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 15, 2019 / — இந்தியாவில் தமிழர்கள் வாக்களிக்கும் முன் சோனியாவின் காங்கிரஸால் நடத்தப்பட்ட தமிழ் இனப்படுகொலையை நினைவில் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

இந்தியத் தேர்தலுக்கான முன்னதாக, டிரம்ப்பிக்கான தமிழர்களின் பேச்சாளர் இந்தியாவில் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு குறிப்பாக தமிழகத்தில், தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு சார்பாக பின்வரும் செய்தியை தெரிவிக்கின்றனர்:

சோனியாவின் காங்கிரஸ், ஸ்ரீலங்கா இனப் போரின்போது, ​​தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு எதிரான யுத்தத்தை வெல்வதற்கு சிங்கள மக்களுக்கு உதவுவதில் பிரதான பங்களிப்பு செய்ததோடு சிங்கள மக்களால் 145,000 க்கும் அதிகமான தமிழர்களை படுகொலை செய்ய உதவியது.

சோனியாவின் இந்தியா சிங்கள மக்களுக்கு அதிகாரம் வழங்கி, இனப்பிரச்சினையை வளர்த்தெடுப்பதற்கும் சாத்தியமான அரசியல் தீர்வை நாசப்படுத்துவதற்கும் உதவினார். ஸ்ரீலங்காவின் ராஜபக்ஷ பல தடவை கூறியிருக்கின்றார் சோனியா மனப்பூர்வமான தமிழின கொலைகளுக்கு
ஆதரவு கொடுத்தார் என்பதை நினைவில் கொள்ளுங்கள்.

போரின் போது, ​​இந்தியர்களின் 2009 தேர்தலுக்கு முன்னர் சோனியா காந்தி சென்னைக்கு வந்தார், இலங்கை அரசியலமைப்பிற்கு 13 வது திருத்தத்தின் பிளஸ் அரசியல் தீர்வுக்கு உத்தரவாதம் அளித்தார். இது ஒரு பொய்யாகும். அரசியல் தியேட்டரில் போருக்குப் பின் எதுவும் செய்ய இல்லை. யுத்தம் முடிவடைந்த ஐந்து ஆண்டுகளுக்குப் பின்னர் காங்கிரஸ் கட்சி அதிகாரத்தில் இருந்ததோடு திரு. ராஜபக்ஷவுடன் இனவாத சிங்கள பௌத்தர்களிடமிருந்து தமிழர்களைப் பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு அரசியல் தீர்வு பற்றி கலந்துரையாடவில்லை.

145,000 க்கும் மேற்பட்ட தமிழர்கள் இந்தியாவில் இருந்து வெறும் 12 மைல்களுக்கு அப்பால் படுகொலை செய்யப்பட்டனர். தமிழ் மக்களை படுகொலை காங்கிரஸ் கட்சி மகிழ்ச்சி அடைந்தது. தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் இராணுவ வலிமை தமிழ் மக்களின் பலம். ஆனால் இந்தியா எங்கள் வலிமையை அழிக்கவும், தமிழர்களை பலவீனப்படுத்தவும் சதி செய்தது .

மகாபாரதப் போரில் சகுனியை போல சோனியாவும் நடித்தார்; குருக்ஷேத்ரா போருக்கு பின்னால் உந்துசக்திகளில் ஒன்று சகுனியாகும். சிங்கள ஆட்சியின் கீழ் துன்பப்பட்ட தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிராக இலங்கைக்கு ஆதரவளிப்பதற்கான காரணத்தை சோனியா வெளிப்படையாக வெளிப்படுத்தவில்லை. மாறாக, ஈழப் போர் / இலங்கை இனப் போரில் அவர் ஒரு சகுனியின் பாத்திரத்தை வகித்தார்.

தமிழ்நாடு மற்றும் இந்தியாவின் மற்ற பகுதிகளிலுள்ள தமிழர்கள் சோனியாவின் காங்கிரஸ் கட்சி சதி மற்றும் தமிழர்களின் அழிவில் அதன் உடந்தையாக இருப்பதை நினைவில் கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

தேர்தலுக்கு செல்வதற்கு முன்னர், தமிழர்கள் மீதான சோனியாவின் யுத்தத்திற்குப் பின்னர் ஈழத்தில் தமிழ் ஈழத்தில் உள்ள துன்பங்களைப் பாருங்கள்:

1. வடகிழக்கில் சிங்கள ஆதிக்கத்தில் இருந்து தமிழர்கள் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர். சிங்களவர்கள் தமிழ் மக்களின் பொருளாதாரத்தை மூழ்கடித்து வருகின்றனர். தமிழர்கள் தப்பிப்பிழைக்க சிங்கள இராணுவத்துக்கு கீழ் தமிழ்ப் நிலப்பகுதியில் வேலை செய்ய வேண்டும். தமிழ் கலாச்சாரம், மதம் மற்றும் மொழி அழிவின் விளிம்பில் உள்ளன.
2. சிங்களவர்கள் பல இடங்களில் பௌத்த அடையாளங்களை நிறுவியுள்ளனர். இது வடகிழக்கு இந்து கோவில்களையும் தமிழ் ஆலயங்களையும் அழித்ததன் மூலம். இதை யாரும் நிறுத்த முடியாது. ஸ்ரீலங்கா அரசாங்கம் எந்த அரசாங்க நடவடிக்கைகளுக்கு எதிராகவும் எதிர்ப்பு தெரிவிக்கும் தமிழர்களை அச்சுறுத்துவதற்கு இராணுவ அதிகாரத்தை பயன்படுத்துகிறது.
3. வடகிழக்கில் உள்ள இராணுவம் அபாயகரமான போதை மருந்துகளை வழங்குவதன் மூலம் அல்லது போதைப்பொருள் விற்பனையாளர்களை ஊக்குவிப்பதன் மூலம் தமிழர்களுக்கு மத்தியில் ஒரு வன்முறை பிரச்சாரத்தை முன்னெடுக்கின்றது. இது எங்கள் தமிழ் சிறுவர்களையும் பெண்களையும் மற்றும் தமிழ் மக்களின் எதிர்காலத்தையும் அழிக்கின்றது. இலங்கை இராணுவம் தமிழ் பெண்களையும், ஆண்களையும் பாலியல் அடிமைகளாக தங்கள் முகாம்களில் வைத்திருக்கிறது. இது ஒரு இனத்தின் இனப்படுகொலை மற்றும் அழிவின் ஒரு பகுதியாகும்.

தி.மு.க. சோனியாவின் ஆட்சியை அதிகாரத்தில் வைத்திருப்பதர்ற்கு உதவியதை தமிழர்கள் நினைவில் கொள்ள வேண்டும். தி.மு.க.வின் ஊழல் காரணமாக சோனியாவின் அரசாங்கத்தை கவிழ்க்க முடியவில்லை. இலங்கையில் இனப்படுகொலைகளை நிறுத்துவதில் அக்கறை கொள்ளவில்லை.

வாக்குச் சாவடியில் தங்கள் அதிகாரத்தைக் காட்ட இந்தியாவில் உள்ள எங்கள் அன்பான தமிழர்களை நாம் ஊக்குவிக்கிறோம். இலங்கையில் தமிழர்கள் ஏதேனும் இந்தியக் கட்சியால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர் என்றால், இந்தியக் கட்சி வாக்குச் சாவடிகளில் அதற்கு கணிசமான செலவு செலுத்த வேண்டும்.

ரம்புக்கான தமிழர் அமைப்பு

Communication Director
Tamils for Trump
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Source: EIN Presswire


image art: Mother's Health & Justice First before profits and politics

Mother’s (Earth) Health & Justice First —B4 profits and politics

OHIAS logo stands for Our Health Is At Stake

OHIAS logo

Bill pictured with his pet bird, fruppie banana

Bill and his pet bird, Fruppie Banana

CA, USA, April 15, 2019 / — Mother here, listen-up! I’m resilient, I can handle an occasional asteroid like the one 65 million years ago that killed all dinosaurs. My injuries have healed, yet I’m far from being healthy and happy because of you. Most of you know this, world scientists have come together twice now with a warning to humanity stating, you have made conditions so unhealthy, one word best describes your world, deadly. More life and life-sustaining natural capacity are being lost today and faster than any time since the dinosaurs disappeared. Students and young adults are now standing up and speaking out about their future they see so clearly, having far more people, planetary ill health and injustice. They are crying out, feel our panic and pain, please wake-up!

You believe global warming is your greatest threat, it’s not. It’s your large and growing numbers and your unsustainable and unjust want and waste for more of everything, even when it has unhealthy and unjust consequences for others and planet. It’s all come down to how you live, believing, trusting, hoping and waiting for government, science or technology to save you when none can individually or collectively provide the natural solution required. I’m not implying their abandonment, the details of getting where you need to go in becoming a just and sustainable people are up to you.

What’s missing most is your lack of respect for my health and all I love. Without respect first and foremost for my health and justice and all life, you will never achieve respect for one another, and you will soon bring unimaginable ruin to the natural fiber and fabric of life on Earth.

I’m asking all to step forward as one people and planet and embrace responsible, just and sustainable living practices and demand healthy and just change everywhere, beginning in your communities especially. It’s a wholesome lifestyle centered on my health and yours first, not profit and politics.

I’m unable to intervene so it's up to all of you who truly know and love me like your deep-rooted sisters and brothers, who have always put my health and justice first, and today’s youth for standing up. All of you must come together now as one, leading the way on my behalf to all people everywhere.

Your human-dominated world has run its course and there is no longer time to wait, living as you are and continuing to wait for a solution other than your own will be your demise. I wish you courage to begin the change in your life and community for the benefit of all life on Earth.

Love Mother Earth

Transcribed for Mother by William B. Callahan founder of OHIAS which stands for “Our Health Is At Stake”
—because our planet’s health is at stake. Bill is also the founder of Tamalpais NatureWorks. Bill and his wife Lois live in California and raised four children.

William Callahan
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Source: EIN Presswire

Tamils in India Should Remember Before going to the Polls the Tamil Genocide Orchestrated by Sonia’s Congress


Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka


India’s Sonia and Sri Lankan Rajapaksa

Sonia carried on and acted like Shakuniis in the Mahabharata war; Shakuniis likewise was one of the driving forces behind the Kurukshetra War.

Tamils in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India should remember Sonia’s Congress Party conspiracy and its complicity in the destruction of the Tamils.”

— Tamils for Trump

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 15, 2019 / — On the eve of Indian election, the Tamils for Trump spokesman conveys the following message on behalf of US Tamils to the Tamils in India, especially in Tamil Nadu:

During the Sri Lankan ethnic war, Sonia’s Congress Party played a major role in helping the Sinhalese to win the war against the Tamils and contributed to the murder of more than 145,000 Tamils by the Sinhalese. Remember that Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa had said many times that it was Sonia’s India that had empowered the Sinhalese, bolstered the ethnic war, and sabotaged any possible political solution.

Many visits to Colombo by then foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon were to advise to Sri Lankans on strategy for the war against the Tamils. Their visit was not to gain information about the status of the war but to advise Sri Lankans on how to militarily and diplomatically handle the war along with the pressure from different nations.

Neither Sonia nor the Congress party ever apologized to the Tamils after conspiring to kill thousands of Tamils in the war. India guided Sri Lanka by providing all necessary data from the air and the sea to defeat the Tamils. India also gave diplomatic cover to Sri Lanka.

During the war, Sonia Gandhi came to Chennai on the eve of the Indian’s 2009 election and guaranteed the political solution of a 13th Amendment Plus to the Sri Lankan constitution to help the Tamils in Sri Lanka. It was a lie. Nothing occurred after the war in the political theater. The Congress Party was in power five years after the war and never discussed with Mr. Rajapaksa a political solution that might protect the Tamils from racist Sinhala Buddhists.

Over 145,000 Tamils were massacred just 12 miles from India. The Congress Party was glad to see the massacre of the Tamils. The Tamils' power resided in the military strength of the Tamil Tigers, but India conspired to destroy our strength and weakened the Tamils.

Sonia carried on and acted like Shakuniis in the Mahabharata war; Shakuniis likewise was one of the driving forces behind the Kurukshetra War. Sonia could not come out and openly state the reason for her support to Sri Lanka against the suffering Tamils under Sinhalese rule. Rather, she played a Shakuniis role in the Eelam war /Sri Lankan ethnic war.

Tamils in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India should remember Sonia’s Congress Party conspiracy and its complicity in the destruction of the Tamils.

Before going to the polls, just look at the Eelam Tamils’ suffering in Tamil Eelam after Sonia’s war on Tamils:

1. Tamils are suffering from Sinhalese dominance in the northeast. The Sinhalese are suffocating the Tamil economy by forcefully using Tamils’ farms and other facilities. Even Tamil landowners have to work for the Sinhalese military to survive. The Tamil culture, religion and the language are on the verge of destruction.
2. The Sinhalese have installed Buddhist symbols in many places by destroying Hindu temples and Tamil churches all over the northeast. No one seems to be able to stop this. The Sri Lankan government is using military power to intimidate the Tamils who protest against any Sri Lankan government actions.
3. The military in the northeast is undertaking a campaign of violence among the Tamils by supplying dangerously addictive drugs or by encouraging drug dealers. It is destroying our Tamil boys and girls and the future of the Tamils. The Sri Lankan Military is holding Tamil women and men as sex slaves in their camps. It is part of the genocide and destruction of a race.

Tamils should also remember the DMK was keeping Sonia’s government in power during the war. The DMK because of its corruption could not bring down Sonia’s government. The DMK was scared of any retribution by the Congress party for any possible withdrawing of support. The DMK failed to stop the genocide in Sri Lanka.

We urge our beloved Tamils in India to show their power at the polling booth. If the Tamils in Sri Lanka are harmed by any Indian party, the Indian party will have to pay a substantial cost for it at the polling booths.

Communication Director
Tamils for Trump
+1 914-721-0505
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

PEACE SONG AWARDS Announce Finalists, New Date for Concert Awards, and the Addition of a Peace Legend Honoree

Actress, author, advocate Lindsay Wagner with Priya Deepika (2017 PSA Jury Winner, World Music) and emcee Karen Lorre at the 2017 PSAs

Welcome logo for Peace Song Awards 2018

Sangeeta Kaur (2016 PSA Grand Prize Winner, New Jury Panel member) with Radhika Vekaria (2017 PSA Grand Prize winner)

On the PSA Red Carpet: Sangeeta Kaur (2016 PSA Grand Prize Winner, New Jury Panel member) with Radhika Vekaria (2017 PSA Grand Prize winner)

The PSA’s year-long, worldwide search for songs that inspire peace results in 11 Categories of Peace Songs Awards Finalists!

It's heartening that there is a great interest in peace around the world. We are honored to highlight this glorious music, brilliant poetry and imaginative music videos through the Peace Song Awards.”

— Steve Robertson

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, April 13, 2019 / — Spiritually-inspiring songs, spoken word, and music videos promoting the message of peace have been selected in 11 categories for the third annual Peace Song Awards (PSA), a worldwide initiative to find and promote the most spiritually-inspired musicians, spoken word poets and music video producers who inspire peace through their music. This year, the PSAs are introducing an annual Peace Legend honoree, to be revealed closer to the annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on the International Day of Peace, Saturday September 21, 2019. (

Last year’s second annual Peace Song Awards Ceremony at the stunning First Congregational Church of Los Angeles attracted an international array of talented performers, peace-minded celebrities including Karen Lorre, Lindsay Wagner, Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist, the Movie) and renowned environmentalists like John Quigley.

A new honor is being added for the third annual awards, in celebration of an individual who have dedicated their work, lives or art to the mission of peace. A Peace Legend Honoree will be announced this summer 2019 in advance of the third annual Peace Song Awards Ceremony on September 21, 2019.

"It’s been an amazing year of music, spoken word and video submissions, and so heartening to know that there is a great interest in peace around the world. We are honored to highlight this glorious music, brilliant poetry and the imaginative music video through the Peace Song Awards,” says Los Angeles-based Steve Robertson, who is also Founder/CEO of the sister organization,

The awards are driven by the knowledge that the desire for peace is found in every community, every language, and every style of music. The PSAs explore music for peace in many music genres including Rock / Pop, Country and Folk, A Cappella, Choral, Classical, Opera, Jazz, Hip Hop, New Age, World Music, Acoustic Contemporary, Spoken Word Poetry, and one “all-genre” Music Video category.

The Peace Song Awards are a unique opportunity for qualifying artists to have their music reviewed and celebrated by leaders in the entertainment world. This year’s Jury Panel Members consist of: Maria Conchita Alonso (multi-platinum Latin singer), Stewart Copeland (GRAMMY Winner, The Police), Randy Copus (of New Age group 2002), Jonathan Elias (Elias Arts/The Prayer Cycle albums), Siedah Garrett (writer of “Man in the Mirror”), Trinh Hoang Hai (musician/philanthropist), Peter Joseph (musician and director of the Zeitgeist movie series), David Joyce (GRAMMY Winner, Best Jazz Vocal group), Sangeeta Kaur (singer, 2016 Grand Prize PSA winner), Tim Kring (TV producer, Touch & Heroes), Steve Robertson (Founder,, Joanne Shenandoah (GRAMMY-winning Native American singer/songwriter), Ralph Simon (co-founder of Zomba Group and Jive Records, mobile business exec), Sean Stone (actor/director) and Peter Yarrow (legendary folk singer & peace activist of Peter, Paul & Mary). Visit the Peace Song Awards website for a complete list of Jury Panel Members and their biographies.

About the Awards
Now in its third year, Formerly called, the Global Peace Song Awards, the organization is re-branding to Peace Song Awards to set itself apart from other “global” music award programs. The awards are based in Los Angeles, and are managed year round by an evolving team of artists, activists and executives. There are three ways to "win" a Peace Song Award: by expert Jury Vote, Public Selection, and Social Media reach.

Winners of each music genre category may win a wide variety of valued career-enhancing prizes. All PSA Prizes are designed to empower the winners to further their creative talents, music careers and ability to financially succeed in the world of music. Prizing includes, but is not limited to generous contributions by Stefan Hegar of Fisheye Music Studios; Shayne Locke of Soul Traveler Radio; award-winning singers/musicians; artist/designers Syamarani Dasi and Greg Spalenka; webinars with entertainment attorney Burgundy Morgan, Esq, marketing guru Suzanne Doucet, and music publicist Beth Ann Hilton. There is an overall GRAND PRIZE that consists of a producing/recording session with 5-Time Grammy Winning music engineer Alfonso G. Rodenas, a value of over $15,000.

Robertson announced the 2018 Peace Song Awards finalists on January 12th, all of whom are listed on the website at

In response to an overwhelming number of quality entries, Robertson notes, "Everyone who took the time to create a musical score, write a beautiful poem and/or produce a music video, whether they were voted as a Finalist or not, is a WINNER! They've made a huge difference in our world by opening their hearts and souls to birth a gift of transformation for our world. Again, we thank each contestant and all of the Finalists for their inspiring music, poems and videos.

“Our heartfelt thanks also goes out to all of our PSA Jury Panel members, new Advisory Board members — Beth Ann Hilton (Marketing and Communications), Fritz Heede (Composer/Film Producer), Scott Page (Saxophonist for Pink Floyd), Peter Young (Pres/CEO of Hubcast Media) and all of our generous prize contributors…their brilliant expertise, great generosity and caring support makes it possible for the PSA contest to support great musicians, poets, and and music video producers in bringing their liberating message of peace to our world."

The final Peace Song Awards “Jury-chosen” winners will be announced at a live awards concert in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 21, 2019 (The United Nation’s International Day of Peace). The exact time and location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Robertson encourages, "If you'd like to explore the 2018 PSA Finalists, please join us to listen to their music and watch their videos in our Facebook Community."

For more information, visit

Beth Ann Hilton
The Peace Song Awards
+1 310-560-8390
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Peace Song Awards – Highlight Reel (2017-2018)

Source: EIN Presswire

TGTE's Annual Convention & Award Night in Canada on April 14th

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* Where: Scarborough Convention Centre. * When: April 14, 2019 (Sunday). * Time: Reception: 5:30-6.30 pm.
Program: 6.30 pm, followed by Dinner.

TORONTO , CANADA , April 13, 2019 / —

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)'s Annual Convention & Award Night of 2019 is going to be held on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at the Scarborough Convention Center.

Chief guest: Mr M. Manogaran, Former Member of Parliament – Malaysia.

Considered to be one of the major events in the community calendar, it will be attended by several foreign guests and several hundred Canadians.

Where: Scarborough Convention Centre,
20 Torham Pl, Toronto, ON M1X 0B3

When: April 14, 2019 (Sunday)

Time: Reception: 5:30-6.30 pm
Program: 6.30 pm, followed by Dinner

Dress Formal

If you have any questions about the event or would like more information, please contact (phone): 416-751-TGTE – email:

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
+1 416-751-8483
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Source: EIN Presswire