Sign displayed in a homeless encampment in Cupertino, California. It reads, “We look out for each other, Peace in Cupertino, We are Better than that, aren’t we?”

Clients stand in line, while social distancing, to receive food from West Valley Community Services’ food pantry.

Roughly 22,000 people live in poverty in the cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and West San Jose, the area served by WVCS.

Many people already living on the margin of poverty are being pushed over the edge. There has been a 500% increase in the need for our services, just since March.”

— Josh Selo, Executive Director of West Valley Community Services

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — WHERE
West Valley Community Services
10104 Vista Dr. Cupertino, CA 95014

Thursday, July 30, 2020


Josh Selo, Executive Director, West Valley Community Services
Majid Amjadi, WVCS client
Walter Becker, lives in Cupertino homeless camp and client
Bisrat Mekael, WVCS client
Josephine Lay, WVCS client
Keith Krugh, Senior Plant Manager, Lehigh Hanson, Inc.

San Jose, Calif., July 27, 2020 — It’s one of the most affluent communities in the country, home to tech giants, wealthy suburbs, and coveted school districts.

But West Valley Community Services will hold a press conference Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. at 10104 Vista Dr. Cupertino, CA 95014 to highlight the explosion in need for food aid, housing assistance, and other support that the nonprofit has been providing since 1973.

Roughly 22,000 people live in poverty in the cities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and West San Jose, the area served by WVCS — a number set to grow exponentially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WVCS is the only social services organization serving this area.

“Many people already living on the margin of poverty are being pushed over the edge,” says WVCS Executive Director Josh Selo. “There has been a 500% increase in the need for our services, just since March.” Rising income inequality had already resulted in a steady increase in demand since 2017, but with the pandemic, the increase is now “beyond anything we’ve ever seen.”

To meet the demand, West Valley Community Services launched its Lift Us Up capital improvement campaign last July to, among other things, double the size of its food pantry, add office space to provide client services, and purchase a new Mobile Pantry to serve those with mobility or transportation issues. The organization hopes to quickly raise the remaining $309,000 of its $2,125,000 goal.

“There has been a lot of attention recently on the homeless encampment on Wolfe Road, but the people living there are just the most visible faces of the need in our community,” Selo explains. “So many people here are hanging by a thread, one car accident or medical bill away from economic calamity. Our organization provides a lifeline — helping them with rent, food assistance, or whatever they might need to keep their head above water until the crisis has passed.”

“I didn’t know where else to go,” says Vera, a WVCS client. “I’ve been working as a hair stylist for 29 years, but when the COVID crisis hit, the bottom fell out. Had it not been for the support I got from WVCS, I don’t know what would have happened to me and my family.”

The urgency has never been greater. With no jobs and enhanced unemployment benefits running out soon, many people, even in affluent communities like ours, are desperate for help simply to keep food on the table and a roof over their head.

A fully funded Lift Us Up program will enable West Valley Community Services to:

Expand its free on-site Shopping Pantry
Replace its aging mobile food truck with an improved Park-It Market, enabling the organization to double the number of locations (e.g., transit locations, senior homes, etc.) it can serve
Modernize and expand its current office facilities to enable social distancing and provide a dignified, confidential setting for case management as well as classes, training sessions, and client meetings.

Lehigh Hanson has generously donated $10,000 to WVCS, so they can continue their amazing work! Lehigh has been in Cupertino for many years and is honored to support their community efforts. “Lehigh is proud to support West Valley Community Services and all of its work serving those in need,” said Keith Krugh, Senior Plant Manager at Lehigh Southwest Cement Company’s Permanente Site. “While so many – including our own workforce – are facing economic challenges due to COVID-19, Lehigh remains strongly committed to the well-being and success of our community.”

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A look into the programs available at West Valley Community Services and how as a community we are coming forward to help the hungry and homeless.

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Attorney Aaron Schlossberg Further Discusses the New York City Moratorium on Eviction Proceedings

Aaron Schlossberg Attorney

Attorney Aaron Schlossberg Further Discusses the New York City Moratorium on Eviction Proceedings Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW YORK, NY, USA, July 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Attorney Aaron Schlossberg further discusses the New York City moratorium on eviction proceedings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The lives of New Yorkers have been drastically altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. The city was the heart of the pandemic in the United States for weeks, experiencing more than 30,000 deaths and almost 400,000 cases of the virus. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg recently explained that a number of changes were made to landlord and tenant negotiations as well. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg explained that the city put into place a moratorium on evictions, so landlords can't remove tenants for failing to pay rent due to this pandemic.

The city has practically been put on-hold for months now, and some who are out of work and facing characteristically high New York City rent prices, are finding it impossible to pay. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg explained that this moratorium on eviction proceedings has now been extended far through the month of August. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg added that this moratorium has also encouraged some landlords to use the security deposits they are holding in lieu of a traditional rental payment if needed.

However, Attorney Aaron Schlossberg explained that this is clearly not a long-term solution that is ideal for landlords or tenants. Landlords can go without pay for their properties, many of which still need to pay mortgages, and tenants can fall into holes of debt, making it even more difficult to recover.
"We fear that this could put tenants in some extremely difficult situations," Attorney Aaron Schlossberg said. "Skipping several months of paying rent could put them in thousands of dollars of debt when the moratorium is lifted in August."

Attorney Aaron Schlossberg explained that this coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented, and New Yorkers are doing everything possible to maintain some kind of normalcy. He noted that the situation is difficult for landlords and tenants alike, and finding a solution that works for everyone would be nearly impossible. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg added that if landlords are unable to pay their mortgages, they could face foreclosures, and we could see a major downfall in the real estate market. Attorney Aaron Schlossberg explained that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a financial disaster regarding rent and mortgages across the city.

Attorney Aaron Schlossberg is an expert on landlord-tenant conflicts, and he foresees a number of new landlord-tenant issues arising due to this pandemic. He hopes and foresees that both parties can find some sort of financial relief, so tenants can continue paying rent, landlords can continue paying mortgages, and the economy of the City of New York can stay afloat.

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Next Generation Baby Monitors Market 2020 Trends, Share, Growth, Analysis, Opportunities and Forecast To 2026

Latest Market Analysis Research Report on “Next Generation Baby Monitors Market” has been added to Wise Guy Reports database.

PUNE, MAHARASTRA, INDIA, July 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Summary:
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1 Study Coverage
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8 Corporate Profiles
8.1 Daatrics Ltd.
8.1.1 Daatrics Ltd. Corporation Information
8.1.2 Daatrics Ltd. Overview
8.1.3 Daatrics Ltd. Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.1.4 Daatrics Ltd. Product Description
8.1.5 Daatrics Ltd. Related Developments
8.2 Rest Devices, Inc.
8.2.1 Rest Devices, Inc. Corporation Information
8.2.2 Rest Devices, Inc. Overview
8.2.3 Rest Devices, Inc. Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.2.4 Rest Devices, Inc. Product Description
8.2.5 Rest Devices, Inc. Related Developments
8.3 MonDevices.
8.3.1 MonDevices. Corporation Information
8.3.2 MonDevices. Overview
8.3.3 MonDevices. Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.3.4 MonDevices. Product Description
8.3.5 MonDevices. Related Developments
8.4 Mattel Inc
8.4.1 Mattel Inc Corporation Information
8.4.2 Mattel Inc Overview
8.4.3 Mattel Inc Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.4.4 Mattel Inc Product Description
8.4.5 Mattel Inc Related Developments
8.5 Owlet Baby Care Inc.
8.5.1 Owlet Baby Care Inc. Corporation Information
8.5.2 Owlet Baby Care Inc. Overview
8.5.3 Owlet Baby Care Inc. Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.5.4 Owlet Baby Care Inc. Product Description
8.5.5 Owlet Baby Care Inc. Related Developments
8.6 Snuza Inc.
8.6.1 Snuza Inc. Corporation Information
8.6.2 Snuza Inc. Overview
8.6.3 Snuza Inc. Production Capacity and Supply, Price, Revenue and Gross Margin (2015-2020)
8.6.4 Snuza Inc. Product Description
8.6.5 Snuza Inc. Related Developments

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Democrat Michael Weinstein Releases Plan to Combat COVID-19

Michael Weinstein, Democrat, for State House

Michael Weinstein, Democrat, for State House

As the only Democrat running for State House District 81 who lives in the District, Michael is working to bring real solutions to help local families

This continues to be a top issue state & local leaders need to focus on. I’m a problem solver & will bring leadership to make sure Fl is doing everything it can to protect our community from COVID-19”

— Michael Weinstein

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Michael Weinstein, Democrat for State House District 81 has released his plan for what state leaders can focus on to help combat COVID-19 and support local families, businesses and residents in need.

“This continues to be a top issue state and local leaders need to focus on. I’m a problem solver and will bring leadership to make sure Florida is doing everything it can to protect our community from COVID-19,” Michael Weinstein stated.

Michael’s plan focuses on science to make informed decisions and policies that keep people safe.

Michael Weinstein’s COVID-19 Safety Plan includes:

Prioritize health and safety: Listen to public safety and health experts to ensure Florida is following CDC guidelines and putting people first. Flatten the curve and slow down the spread by ensuring our community has enough PPE, testing and medical supplies. Michael supports mask mandates to ensure the health and safety of Floridians are protected.

Fix Florida’s broken unemployment system: Fight for a better unemployment system that will handle claims quickly and efficiently, deal with any influx of claims and that isn’t rigged against the people who need assistance when it matters most.

Crisis preparedness, response, and recovery: Work with health experts and economists to use what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic so far and develop an effective road-map to economic recovery for this crisis, and any future ones.

Standing up for our seniors: Never turn our backs on our seniors and most vulnerable residents and make sure they have the care, support and services they need.

“Residents in District 81 are looking for leadership to addresses these issues. I have the experience and plan to make a difference and ensure our community has a voice,” Michael Weinstein stated.

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

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

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

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

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NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI, the most effective force against the ruling theocracy in Iran holds its plenary session on its 40th anniversary - July 2020

NCRI is now advancing with all its might to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and establish democracy and people’s sovereignty”

— Maryam Rajavi

PARIS, FRANCE, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — NCRI holds a Three-Day plenary session via a Virtual meeting connecting 44 locations in 11 countries on the beginning of its 40th anniversary of the founding

Remarks made by 50 NCRI Committee chairs, representatives of member organizations, and distinguished member personalities. 82 observers attended the session

Maryam Rajavi: Over the past 40 years, the NCRI has been the most effective force against the ruling theocracy. It is now advancing with all its might to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and establish democracy and people’s sovereignty

The three-day online session of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which began on Thursday, July 23, connecting 44 locations in 11 countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Norway, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Albania, concluded in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, addressed the session on its final day, which coincided with the beginning of the 40th anniversary of the NCRI's founding.

Fifty NCRI members, Committee chairs, representatives in different countries and member organizations, Iran’s national sports champions and prominent artists discussed the NCRI’s activities, the Iranian regime’s crisis-riddled situation, the prospects for its overthrow, the NCRI's 40-year history, its steadfastness and political demarcations in one of the most critical eras of Iranian history.

In addition to NCRI members, some 82 observers and allies also took part in the session, with a number of them providing their remarks.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the NCRI has been the highest-ranking and the most effective opposition to the mullahs’ religious dictatorship; it has made the greatest sacrifices and has suffered the most while waging a relentless battle. The NCRI is now advancing with all its might toward the regime’s overthrow and the establishment of democracy and the sovereignty of a popular republic, she added.

While scanning through the NCRI’s history, Mrs. Rajavi said that the trajectory of developments over the past 40 years confirms the veracity of the NCRI’s core principles and viewpoints. The NCRI declared from the very beginning that the ruling theocracy is incapable of moderating itself or carrying out reforms or to even negotiate. It is also incompatible with peace. This regime will neither become ‘moderate,’ nor will it be able to ‘rebuild’ the country or abandon its export of terrorism and fundamentalism.

The NCRI President-elect said: Thirty years ago when virtually nobody had any information about the regime’s nuclear projects, the NCRI launched its extensive attempts to expose those projects and championed a non-nuclear Iran. At all junctures, it exposed the shameful policy of appeasing the ruling religious fascism, it spoke out against the mullahs' attempts to auction off the country by signing treacherous accords, and it defended the national interests of the Iranian people everywhere.

Mrs. Rajavi added: The NCRI has pledged not to seek power but to transfer power to the people of Iran. Based on the plans adopted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the Provisional Government established after the mullahs' overthrow must hold free elections to form the National Constituent and Legislative Assembly within a maximum period of six months. As far as the Provisional Government is concerned, its mandate of transferring power to the people will end as soon as the National Constituent and Legislative Assembly is formed.

Mrs. Rajavi referred to the NCRI’ Plan on the Provisional Government’s Relations with Religion, adopted in November 1985, and highlighted the fact that this Plan denounces all religious compulsion or forcing people to practice religion. It further rejects all forms of “discriminations as well as any political or social privileges and coercion” in relation to Islam. The Plan stipulates that “under no circumstance is any religion or denomination recognized as enjoying special privileges or rights” while at the same time respecting “the freedom of religions and faiths.”

The NCRI President-elect emphasized that the NCRI has refrained from adopting a parochial outlook or from insisting merely on its own positions, platform, or adopted plans, and instead it has repeatedly called for the formation of a National Solidarity Front to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. The NCRI, Mrs. Rajavi added, has declared that it is prepared to cooperate with all forces who seek to establish a republic and a democratic, independent political system based on the separation of religion and state, provided that they pledge to reject the mullahs’ religious dictatorship in its entirety, with all its internal factions.

During the session, NCRI members debated developments in various spheres in Iran, especially those following the November 2019 uprising.

Members also talked about the Free Iran Global Summit on July 17-21, which linked 30,000 locations in more than 100 countries, and which saw the participation of more than 1,000 political dignitaries from around the world. In their debates, NCRI members assessed the Summit's consequences as well as its impact inside Iran and on the international stage.

When it comes to the coronavirus crisis in Iran, the Iranian Resistance has rightly declared that (the mullahs’ supreme leader, Ali) Khamenei and (the regime’s president, Hassan) Rouhani have adopted a policy of causing mass human casualties to fend off popular uprisings and the threat of being overthrown. They find the coronavirus spread as a gift and an opportunity, as well as an "ally" that acts against our people and is a savior for the regime.

Due to pandemic-related international restrictions, the three-day Free Iran Global Summit was held virtually, and in their discussions, NCRI members described it as a significant undertaking in the realm of communications amid COVID-19 protocols. The Summit reflected the Iranian Resistance’s extraordinary capability as it firmly stands against Khamenei’s strategy of taking advantage of the “opportunity” provided by the coronavirus.

The NCRI continually provided credible facts and figures about the catastrophic dimensions of the coronavirus spread in Iran, including facts contained in internal documents and communications within the regime, thereby preventing the mullahs from completely suppressing the Iranian society through the strategy of mass human casualties.

The NCRI plenary session also addressed pertinent international and regional developments, in particular the setbacks suffered by the regime in the context of its strategy of meddling in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The session noted that the elimination of the regime's terrorist Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani dealt an irreparable blow to the mullahs' suppression and export of terrorism, which in turn has drastically demoralized the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The speakers at the session included: Mr. Mehdi Abrishamchi, NCRI Peace Committee Chair; Mr. Hamid Azimi; Dr. Masoumeh Bolurchi, NCRI Representative in Germany; Mr. Abbas Davari, Labor Committee Chair; Mr. Moslem Eskandar Filabi, Chair of the Athletics Committee and Iran’s national champion in wrestling; Mr. Nassrollah Esmaeelzadeh; Mr. Hossein Farshid; Mr. Samad Fathpour; Ayatollah Jalal Ganjei, Representative of the DAD Organization and Chair of the Religions and Denominations Committee; Ms. Nahid Hemmat Abadi; Dr. Manouchehr Hezarkhani, renowned author, intellectual and Chair of Culture and Arts Committee; Dr. Hossein Jahansouz; Parviz Khazaie, NCRI Representative in Scandinavian countries; Mr. Mansour Lavai; Ms. Simin Manafi; Dr. Abdol Ali Massoumi, author and historian; Mr. Ebrahim Mazandarani, Representative of the Towhidi Traders Guild and Chair of Committee on Guilds and Businesses; Ms. Mahin Meshkinfam; Ms. Zinat Mir Hashemi, Editor-in-Chief of Nabarde Khalq and a member of the Central Committee of the Fedayian Khalq Organization; Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Mr. Reza Olia, renowned Iranian sculptor; Mr. Aziz Paknejad; Dr. Saleh Rajavi, NCRI Representative in France and Chair of the Health Committee; Mr. Houshang Rajavi; Aziz Rezaee, mother of eight MEK martyrs; Mr. Mohsen Rezaee, NCRI’s Deputy Senior Secretary; Ms. Soheila Sadeq, Chair of the Education Committee; Ms. Floor Sadidi; Dr. Sofy Saeedi; Dr. Hossein Saeidian; Mr. Mehdi Same, Spokesman for the Iranian People’s Fedayian Khalq Organization and Industry Committee Chair; Ms. Soona Samsami, NCRI Representative in the United States; Ms. Nasrin Seifi; Kak Baba Sheikh Hosseini, the Secretary General of Khebat Organization of Iranian Kurdistan; Dr. Mohammad Ali Sheikhi, the Representative of the Association of Committed Professors and Chair of the Committee on Universities and Higher Education; Ms. Badri Pour-Tabbakh, MEK’s Deputy Secretary General; Dr. Mohammad Hossein Tasouji; Dr. Manshour Varasteh; and Dr. Sanabaragh Zadehi, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, former Air Force Col. and pilot, Behzad Moezi; and former Air Force Major and Pilot, Hossein Eskandarian.

Also speaking at the session were a number of Iran’s national sports champions, including Dr. Mohammad Ghorbani, a Gold medal winner at the World Wrestling Competition; Mr. Bahram Mavedat, and Asghar Adibi, former members of Iran’s national soccer team; and Mr. Manouchehr Arastoupour, rowing champion. Among other speakers were Mr. Mohammad Shams, conductor, and composer; Mr. Amir Aram, renowned Iranian pop singer; Dr. Hamid Reza Taherzadeh, a renowned musician; Ms. Gisou Shakeri, prominent singer; Fereydoun Jourak, a film Director.

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July 29, 2020

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Afghan & Iranian Women Take Top Honors in Religious Freedom & Business Film Festival

Women's Religious Freedom & Business Film Festival & Awards, Aug. 1

Women’s Religious Freedom & Business Film Festival & Awards, Aug. 1

Long Road to Freedom (Grand Prize - Live Action)

Long Road to Freedom (Grand Prize – Live Action)

District 18 (Grand Prize - Animation)

District 18 (Grand Prize – Animation)

Festival Shows Inclusivity & Multi-Faith Collaboration in the Marketplace and Society. Other Finalists from Canada, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia,

In an age when there is an urgent need for inclusion and appreciation of diversity, this film competition has empowered new voices from around the world to contribute to the discussion.”

— Dr. Brian Grim, President Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On August 1, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern US Time, Empower Women Media and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation will host an online film festival and award ceremony to honor and celebrate the 2020 winning films. Registration for the film festival is now open.

Long Road to Freedom by Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake (Afghanistan and US) took the grand prize in the live short film category. District 18 by Maral Karee (Iran and Canada) claimed grand prize for the best animated short film.

In Long Road to Freedom, Mariya shares her story of immigration to Canada and then the US, where she and her team – in collaboration with local businesses in Kansas City – empower refugees and promote freedom of belief through in Kansas City through Global FC, a football/mentoring program that bridges diverse cultures to come together, forming just communities where all are free to be fully-known and fully-loved in pursuit of their God-given purpose and potential.

District 18 is the story of a young woman living in a society where diversity is shunned, but she longs for freedom of belief. She finds it in a land where Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The short films are artful and compelling explorations of the impact of freedom of religion and belief (FoRB) in the workplace and community. Whether inspired by real-life events or fictional stories, animated, or experimental, the films thoughtfully seek to affirm that FoRB is good for
business and thriving communities.

“In an age when there is an urgent need for inclusion and appreciation of diversity, this film competition has empowered new voices from around the world to contribute to the discussion,” says Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, cosponsor of the competition. “I look forward to showcasing these stories in the months to come, especially in support of religious inclusion in workplaces worldwide,” Grim added.

“We are passionate about empowering women to create media for their mission," said Shirin Taber, Director of cosponsor Empower Women Media. "I am thrilled to see women sharing their religious freedom stories and expanding their outreach to some of the toughest places in the world."

The finalists include: Her Factor, a film arguing for women’s empowerment in the Middle East by Ruba Abbassi and Hiba Eid (Jordan); Together as One by Sarina Faizy (Afghanistan), who tells her women’s empowerment and freedom of belief story under Taliban rule; and Freedom to Succeed by Lydia Sunberg (Hungary ) and Sage Taber (US) who share why immigrants and refugees need the freedom to contribute economically to their new society.

Empower Women Media invited 17 highly respected judges to review the short films for their storytelling and advocacy impact. Judges include Dr. Azza Karam, President of Religions for Peace, Robert Seiple, the first US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, and other leading voices for religious freedom.

In partnership with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, the top films will be presented before CEOS, United Nation partners, NGO and faith leaders at the Global Business & Peace Awards in Tokyo August 23-25, 2021. The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation has awarded each grand prize winner of the film competition $5,000 and a trip to Tokyo to present their short films prior to the 2021 Paralympic Games at the Global Business & Interfaith Peace

This is the third annual Empower Women Film Competition sponsored by Empower Women Media in association with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF). The first competition was held at the start of the 2018 Paralympic Games in Korea where Love Has No Borders by Deborah Paul (UK) and Christy Anastas (Palestine and UK) took grand prize.

In 2019, the grand prize went to A Different Way, a film by Ambassador ’Sujay’ Suzan Johnson Cook and Lauren Merkley (US), which documented how Ambassador Sujay, who served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April 2011 to October 2013, brought faith to the front lines as a 9/11 first responder in New York City.

All the winning and finalist films can be found here.

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Long Road to Freedom (Grand Prize – Live Action)

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Oz Sultan Announces Campaign for New York’s 30th District State Senate Seat

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Oz Sultan

Oz Sultan has gone from a Harlem Resident to a District Leader for the 70th Assembly and is running for New York’s 30th District State Senate Seat, Harlem.

It's time to put politics aside and do what's right for Harlem. We need Leaders that build, and continue Rubye Wright's Mission. That's why I' running for New York’s State Senate 30th District.”

— Oz Sultan

HARLEM, NEW YORK, USA, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — District Leader Oz Sultan announced today that he is the reform Republican candidate for New York’s 30th District for State Senate.

Sultan, a Harlem resident, has gone from a Harlem Resident to a District Leader for the 70th Assembly. In that time, he’s worked with the 5 Borough Homelessness Coalition to stop blockbusting, push legislation in Albany, bring job opportunities, and giving back.

"It's time to put politics aside and do what's right for Harlem. We need Community Leaders that build – and need to continue Ruby Wright's Mission. That's why I' running for New York’s State Senate 30th District, Harlem.” Stated Oz Sultan. “Those of us across Harlem deserve a true leader, who is not afraid to ask questions, engage the community, demand the truth, and who will always put the needs of the district and its people before self-interest. The people deserve an independent-minded representative who is willing to fight for a stronger health care system, strategic investments in infrastructure, and getting corporate special interest money out of our politics. Most of all, we need someone in Albany who will look out for more than just themselves."

Working in his community Sultan has been involved in Harlem for years and seen first-hand how much has been lost with the passing of leaders like Brother Akil Rose and Sister Rubye Wright. Sultan’s background is 20 years in Corporate America and Startups, with a decade working with Non-profit Organizations and Interfaith groups.

“Post COVID, we are going to need the leader that has shown they are willing to first respond, as well as able to get work done in Albany. We will have bi-partisanship and cooperation.”


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Statement on John Lewis: Loss of a Hero Who Believed in Healing and America's Potential

Rep. John Lewis with Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of NCHE, and La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Statement by Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — WASHINGTON – “Congressman John Lewis understood that human suffering often ignites the human heart, a phenomenon experienced globally recently as George Floyd’s suffering spurs an awakening to the racism around us. As a young freedom fighter, Congressman Lewis suffered a brutal beating and a fractured skull at the hands of law-enforcement troopers in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Yet, that suffering ignited a lifetime of courageous fighting and standing up for right, or as he would certainly put it, ‘A lifetime of making good trouble.’

“Congressman Lewis lived long enough to witness the massive, heartfelt protests after the horrific and callous killing of Mr. Floyd by the Minneapolis police. Congressman Lewis said the protests would ‘redeem the soul of America and move us closer to a community at peace with itself.’

“I was privileged to come to know Congressman Lewis and benefit from his wisdom while serving as Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He was an amazing, heart-driven leader who held a hopeful vision for a healed America. When I created and led the implementation of America Healing, a multi-year, $75 million racial equity and racial healing initiative in 2010, Lewis stood with us at the launch. ‘At a time when our nation shows disturbing signs of becoming more polarized, this courageous effort by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote healing within local communities is sorely needed,’ he said. ‘It reminds us of our true democratic ideals as a nation and of the inalienable right guaranteed by our founding documents to the free and unfettered opportunity that every human being deserves.’

Congressman Lewis believed in the potential, indeed in the promise of America. Yet he also recognized the multifaceted, comprehensive effort it would take to actualize that dream. He foresaw the danger of polarization and called on all of us to mobilize and stand up for what is right. Twelve years later, even in the midst of the fight of his life, battling pancreatic cancer, Congressman Lewis again supported work that can heal America and move us forward – Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT). Congressman Lewis understood that America has never implemented a comprehensive national Truth process. TRHT, which we also crafted at the Kellogg Foundation, offers a Truth Commission approach that addresses this country’s unique, divided and protracted history of racial hierarchy. My goal in creating this model was bringing together the combined energy of standing up for justice, non-violence and racial healing – the combined energies also embodied in the legacy of Congressman John Lewis.

Just weeks ago, when Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced HR 100, a resolution calling for a US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, Congressman Lewis supported us in his final days.

“‘The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Commission resolution puts us on the path of reconciling our nation's brutal history with the grave situation we currently face,’ he said in a statement supporting the TRHT Commission. Reflecting on the unfinished work of the Civil Rights era, Congressman Lewis said, ‘We were able to build a movement to transform the face of our nation. We knew, however, that the roots of racism, bias and centuries of socioeconomic inequality are deep and require thoughtful, inclusive and comprehensive efforts. This resolution moves our country in the right direction of establishing a model and process to explore, expose, confront, and reconcile the truth of our past so that we may create a more just and equitable future for all, not just for a select few.’

“Once again, Congressman Lewis furthered his visionary call for telling the full truth of our story as he has repeatedly done over the decades. His legislation created what now stands as part of his legacy: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. This National Treasure centers the African American story in the heart of America’s story as a way to deepen our capacity to know and to love ourselves, one another and our country. As a non-violent warrior and guardian of truth, his life‘s work has been to open our hearts and minds to the power of the beloved community.

“In 2013, honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Congressman Lewis noted that Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘We may have come here on different ships, but we all are in the same boat now.’ Then, he delivered a powerful ending to his speech, ‘So it doesn't matter whether they're black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American, whether we are gay or straight — we are one people, we are one family, we are all living in the same house — not just the American house, but the world house.’

“Thank you, Congressman Lewis. We will make your vision a reality.”

(Dr. Gail C. Christopher is the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Senior Scholar at the Center for Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, founder of the RxRacial Healing movement, and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Follow Dr. Christopher on Twitter @drgcchristopher. To schedule print or broadcast interviews, contact Michael K. Frisby at 202-625-4328 or mike@frisbyassociates.com)

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James Morgan Speaks Out Regarding the Impact of COVID-19

James Morgan speaks out about how his company has been handling the impact of COVID-19

SUDBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — James Morgan was recently featured in two exclusive interviews with Thrive Global and Kivo Daily. He spoke about how he and his company have been coping throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Since 2008, James Morgan has been leading Worcester Air Conditioning, LLC in Ashland, Massachusetts, as the president and CEO. He has worked in senior management roles for several different companies.

In his interview with Thrive Global, Mr. Morgan explained how the pandemic is causing his business and many others to consider the future and how to adapt to the new normal.

“As new buildings are built, architects and engineers are going to have to give more thought to how to have safer indoor air quality,” said James Morgan.

“There are many questions to consider. Do we space people further apart? Do we have controls on the number of people who can work in a given area?”

In the interview with Kivo Daily, James shared that at the onset of the pandemic, his company was forced to lay off a substantial number of staff, which was a heartbreaking thing to do.

“I am happy to say that we have re-hired all of those individuals who wanted to come back to work and we are back to being very busy in Boston and Cambridge now,” shared James Morgan.

“Now the challenge is to continue to create a work environment where people can work safely and continue to develop their careers.”

For more information, please visit http://www.worcester-air.com/.

About James Morgan

Since 2008, James Morgan has been the president and CEO of Worcester Air Conditioning. He began his career in 1982, working in the retail business as part of an executive training program at Macy’s. He later decided to work for smaller companies to take on more senior roles. He became the general manager of Boston Popcorn, which was named on the Inc 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies in the country twice during the five years that James was there. Subsequently, James became a senior vice president of Trifoods International and led their sales team. James then started a newspaper in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, called The Shrewsbury Chronicle, and worked as the editor and publisher for about two and a half years and sold it to a firm in the 90s. He then worked as the CEO of ClearSource, a venture backed, private label bottled water company that manufactured and sold private label brands to large U.S. retailers.

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GUARDaHEART, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Intentional Talk Radio Unite to Offer No Cost COVID-19 Antibody Testing

GUARDaHEART 501(c)3 Foundation Offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing


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COVID-19 Antibody Tests Covered Under the CARES Act With or Without Insurance. Antibody testing provides the vital next step to flatten the curve of coronavirus

GUARDaHEART knows how important antibody testing is… This will help ensure people of Los Angeles to know whether they have developed Covid-19 antibodies, as we work to reopen our community…”

— Estrella Harrington, Founder of GUARDaHEART Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Amid this unprecedented crisis following a wave of unemployment and loss of insurance for residents in California, Orange County-based nonprofit GUARDaHEART has partnered with Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Intentional Talk Radio in the Los Angeles area to offer COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody testing at no cost under the CARES Act.

Anyone can receive a COVID-19 serology antibody test on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on August 5, 6, 7, and the following week August 12, 13 and 14 in the parking lot of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Parking lot area number 116 off of Stocker Ave and Victoria View Park Ave. The COVID-19 antibody testing event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The antibody test, covered under the CARES Act, will be offered to those with or without insurance. This kind gesture is led by GUARDaHEART, a 501c(3) foundation that provides education to the community and corporations with the goal to prevent and eradicate heart disease and other diseases. “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.”

Experts say that the antibody test may be an essential step in battling COVID-19. It can be used to flatten the curve and provide for a safe re-opening of the community. All tests and results are confidential under HIPAA guidelines and results are available in three days or less.

Regarding the no cost COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody testing, candidates are asked to first register by completing a form online. Registration is also open for walk-ins at the testing site (allow for extended wait time).

This COVID-19 antibody blood test can be used to detect the presence of an IgG antibody response. A positive result indicates that an individual has been infected with the COVID-19 pathogen in the past and has developed some level of immunity. While serological tests should not be used to diagnose active infections, they can identify past COVID-19 infections and whether a person has developed an immune response or immunity to COVID-19.

The SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody test being provided has a sensitivity of 100 percent and a specificity of 99.6 percent based on initial performance evaluations. This test is one of the most reliable antibody tests available and far more reliable than many other tests being provided.

“We are bringing together the best minds in public health, academia and private industry to design a program that can help lower the risk for COVID-19 in all of our communities and keep us on the path to reopening,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.

“GUARDaHEART knows how important antibody testing is to safely reopen California,” Estrella Harrington, Founder of GUARDaHEART expressed. “This will help ensure people of Los Angeles to know whether they have developed Covid-19 antibodies, as we work to reopen our community. It will help slow the spread and reduce the risk of community spread. We want to ensure finances are no obstacle to battling the COVID-19 virus and ensure a safe reopening."

“We are proud to be partnering with the GUARDaHEART Foundation to bring the COVID-19 antibody testing to the community of Crenshaw. We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody,” stated Jason Lombard, Community Outreach Director of Baldwin Hill Crenshaw Plaza.

“We want to help spread the word about the no cost COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody test to our community, surrounding communities and our listeners of our radio station. We all have to do our part and help our community flatten the curve of coronavirus,” said Yolanda Williams, Executive Director for Intentional Talk Radio Network.

Additional testing opportunities throughout Southern California are available by visiting GUARDaHEART.org. GUARDaHEART is actively working with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community organizations in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County to provide additional no-cost COVID-19 antibody testing to the public.

Additional Information
Organizations interested in partnering with GUARDaHEART can contact Yvette Morales at (949) 244-9769. For questions on the COVID-19 – SARS-CoV-2 serology antibody test please contact Gina McLane, Community and Corporate Outreach Director at (949) 228-1257.

Stay Connected and Follow @GUARDaHEART on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Inquiries Please Contact: Yvette Morales at YM & Associates PR at YMoralesY@YM-PR.com or (949) 244-9769.

GUARDaHEART is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that provides education to the community, corporations, Native American organizations, unions, and individuals to promote heart disease awareness, detection, and prevention. Our mission is to empower communities through preventative action and to reduce the risk of heart disease worldwide. “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.” Website: www.guardaheart.org

About Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is a shopping mall located in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Originally established in 1947, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP) has a longer history than any other regional shopping center currently in operation in the United States. This retail destination is located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles. Anchored by Macys, Sears and over 100 specialty stores and dining options, BHCP is recognized as the business hub of the surrounding communities. Website: www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com

About Intentional Talk Radio Network
In 2015, Ken Strauther and Yolanda C. Strauther-Williams started a weekly talk show on the Black Talk Radio Network. This program was designed to address the issues people face in the Black community, including poverty, crime, racism, jobs, education and apathy. The network has developed a strong following by bringing positive messages to the community and the variety of programming is compelling. The Intentional Talk Radio Network is bringing their unique programming to the masses. They carry the tag line – "We're Taking Control of the Narrative in Our Community.” Website: https://www.itrnradio.com/

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GUARDaHEART Foundation Partners with the Community to Offer No Cost COVID-19 Antibody Testing

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