CCHR Continues Fight to Reform Mental Health Law in Campaign to Protect Children

Having educated tens of thousands of Floridians on the mental health law, CCHR has helped to make changes to the Baker Act specifically for the purpose of protecting children.

Having educated tens of thousands of Floridians on the mental health law, CCHR has helped to make changes to the Baker Act specifically for the purpose of protecting children.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

CCHR has been working for years to create positive change in how the mental health law is applied to minors in order to protect children and parental rights.

All too often the Baker Act is used incorrectly to address the behavior of a child and this abuse of the law comes with long term ramifications for that child and the family.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, November 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida chapter of the international mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), has been working for years to create positive change in how the mental health law is applied to children and teens in order to protect children and parental rights.

The mental health law in Florida is commonly known as the Baker Act and under this law there were more than 199,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations last year alone according to the Baker Act Reporting Center with those 17 and under accounting for more than 32,000 of these initiations. [1] And while the Baker Act is seen by some as the only solution to help those in crisis CCHR states that the abusive use of this law does more harm than good.

Having educated tens of thousands of Floridians on the mental health law, CCHR has helped to make changes to the Baker Act specifically for the purpose of protecting children. These changes have included changing how long a Baker Act Receiving Facility has to initiate an examination on a child reducing it from 72 hours to 12 hours. Stating that the trauma experienced by a child, especially a very young child, during a Baker Act needs to be taken into consideration by those who have the authority to send children for an involuntary psychiatric examination, CCHR is currently asking Florida lawmakers to amend the law to clearly spell out the procedure for Baker Acting a minor.

“All too often the Baker Act is used incorrectly to address the behavior of a child and this abuse of the law comes with long term ramifications for that child and the family,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida. “Being escorted out of school by law enforcement is a stigma the child carries for life.”

Currently the law is being executed in such a way that parents and legal guardians are being left out of the process only finding out that their child has been Baker Acted after initiation and usually after the child has already been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric facility. CCHR believes that this is a violation of the rights of the child and the parent a belief that is shared by Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and even School Districts across Florida.

Since 2017, CCHR has been working to educate those granted the power to initiate a Baker Act on why a parent or guardian should be brought into the process before initiation resulting in over one hundred adoptions of policy changes, mostly within law enforcement, to contact the parents of a child before initiating a Baker Act.

“This policy adoption is helping to protect children, parental rights and is reducing the number of illegal Baker Acts where a child does not meet the criteria to be sent for involuntary psychiatric examination,” said Ms. Stein.

With it being disclosed during a meeting of the Baker Act Task Force in 2017 that 30 percent of the minor Baker Acts in Pinellas County did not meet the criteria and that facilities were “risk-averse” and admitting children that might not fully meet the criteria, adoption of policy to bring parents and guardians into the process before a child is put through the trauma of a Baker Act only makes sense. [2]

Those interested in learning more about CCHR’s campaign to protect children from abusive Baker Acting are encouraged to call 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. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] Baker Act Reporting Center http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf
[2] CHILDREN’S BAKER ACT TASK FORCE, MINUTES for FIRST MEETING 7.20.17 http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/task-force-examination-minors/docs/20170720/20170720-minutes.pdf

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Diane Stein, CCHR Florida, said both law enforcement and school personnel need more training and reporting requirements need to be improved.


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Announcing the “Global Game Village,” a City of Atlanta Pre-Super Bowl Event for Humanity

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ —

CROWN-TMI World Impact Strategy, a social impact media global strategy advisory and platform;  Pvblic Foundation, a United Nations Partner harnessing the power of media to drive social change;  Crown Strategy Group, a New York- and Atlanta-based global advisory firm; the Global Partnerships Forum, a United Nations-aligned social impact leadership and collaboration accelerator; and Unify Earth Systems®, Ltd., a Bahamas-based social-impact-committed technology services company, have come together in humanity-furthering collaboration with the City of Atlanta to announce the first annual Global Game Village.  

Launching Super Bowl Weekend in Atlanta – January 29th through February 3rd, 2019, our goal is to not only entertain, but also explicitly activate, the world in support of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and to bring together the world in celebration of the power of sports. entertainment and service to accelerate a positive future for humanity and our children’s tomorrow.

We wish to honor and accelerate the amazing and powerful contributions of our sports, celebrity, corporate, NGO and individual citizens who are also typically unsung world leaders in using their branding and power to help their fellow humans.

Ambassador Andrew Young notes that “Sports has the power to unify us in the world. This initiative’s effort to make this a reality through the SDG Platform is indeed a good thing.”

What can you expect from this year’s Global Game Village?

The Global Game Village, a World’s Fair for SDG-powered Sustainability. will feature a number of already committed major musical acts being announced in early December; the second “SDG Achievement Awards.” first given at the United Nations during the 73rd U.N. General Assembly, September 24, 2018; a l drum circle for our future featuring youth and celebrity drummers from across the planet; a Global Game Village demonstration of HOPSports’ youth fitness, wellness and SDG Leadership programs being offered to every K-12 child in Atlanta plus 10 schools in Africa; and other Super Bowl-inspired events, announcements and activities.

Atlanta’s Super Bowl will feature the world's first “pop-up” Global Game Village / SDG Festival

The Global Game Village will not only bridge the gap between locals, Super Bowl fans and tourists as a unified community, but will also fuse together caring celebrities, brands, communities, NGOs, the greater football-loving community and diplomats, such as the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms;  Amir Dossal, founder of the Global Partnerships Forum, UN Fund and Foundation, and former Executive Director at UNOP; and former two-time Mayor of Atlanta, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayoral Host of the 1996 Atlanta Games, Andrew Young, one of fathers of the Global Game Village.  

This first-time ever “Global Game” event is a chance for sponsoring brands to directly reach, influence and bring value to passionate audiences, both worldwide and across Atlanta. Designed as an ongoing endeavor delivering positive impact for all of 2019, it is the perfect platform for building relationships using viral, word-of-mouth, experiential and mass media marketing, now and for years to come.

“We welcome our extended Atlanta and Unify Earth families to join us at this ground-breaking first-time event,” says Unify Earth CEO Ro Rinaldi.

Information on ticket sales, and on additional global media partnership and channels, will soon be available at www.GlobalGameVillage.com and other to-be-announced sites and locations.

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Crown-TMI World Impact Strategy LLC  is a corporate entity between Crown Strategy Group and True Media Independence Worldwide (TMI Worldwide). Our ventures create sustainable global social impact global solutions for brands, celebrities, and corporations while creating innovative media platforms. TMI Worldwide is a brand marketing company specializing in brand creation/expansion while facilitating dynamic partnerships between corporations and media influencers. Khady Thiam Gueye, a global marketing, and branding impresario. co-founded TMI Worldwide with the world-renowned performer, entrepreneur, and actor popularly known as “Akon.” www.Crown-TMIStrategy.com.

Pvblic Foundation is an innovative non-profit media organization harnessing the power of media to drive social change. An aggregator of media across all platforms, PVBLIC works strategically to pair media space with key non-profits at local, national and global levels. We utilize existing and emerging technologies to increase issue awareness around important causes. helping non-profits amplify their message. We believe media and technology are the new currencies for sustainable development.

Crown Strategy Group is a global advisory firm managing projects and portfolios across several asset classes and sectors, with a particular focus on social impact,  infrastructure, energy, real estate development, technology, and alternative sustainable solutions. Our advised projects thrive because of our deep multi-sector subject matter expertise, our ability to create world-renowned expert teams tailored to clients’ needs, and our access to projects yielding sustainable satisfaction to all stakeholders while making a positive impact on communities. We provide a wide range of strategy, media, policy, and entrepreneurship advisory solutions. We deliver resources for projects, support investable impact projects and the implementation of policy initiatives delivering solutions, jobs and community opportunities.

The Global Partnerships Forum®’s  mission is to accelerate the social impact of people and organizations around the world through innovative collaboration. Our Mission is three-fold: (1) To build partnerships and alliances around the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals; (2)  To build a knowledge base and a body of good practice, so that investors are guided towards opportunities which support social causes; and (3) To secure new investments through partnerships for sustainable development.  Please visit us at GlobalGameVillage.com for more information.

Unify Earth Network® is a Bahamian-based technology company whose values encompass inclusion for all global citizens utilizing its decentralized Blockchain 3.0 platform. Guided by and committed to the UN’s 17 SDGs, Unify Earth® is leading with values first, delivering a future-proof platform designed for the good of all humanity by humanizing the Blockchain.  

Keisha Walker, ESQ – Partner, Crown-TMI World Impact Strategy LLC 
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SubscriberWise Chief to US DOJ and President Trump: Evidence of Fraud and Cover-Up in Florida Genuine and Growing

Among a host of concerns in FL, AG Pam Bondi’s Office cancels meeting when request includes an on-the-record conference with a reporter and attorney request

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, November 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today allegations and concerns of a civil and criminal cover-up in the state of Florida.

According to SubscriberWise, the evidence is remarkable in scope and substantial in detail. The facts implicate with certainty corporate criminal fraud and state statuary violations including felony perjury, but also indicate what appears an attempt to cover the illicit behavior by local and state government officials who have consistently declined to respond to questions that include responses to critical evidence now missing from a Lee Port Authority Police public record, as one example.

Related: FL AG Bondi’s offices refuses to proceed with on-the-record conference call and offers no legal explanation for not proceeding: https://www.docdroid.net/sn9sg3V/fl-ag-on-the-record-denied.pdf .

Additionally, based on prior conversations with an attorney at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority — as well as documentation from the same office regarding written acknowledgement of improperly charged fees that may involve many other Florida residents and visitors (https://www.docdroid.net/ZDx6dT1/goaa-original-message.pdf) — the main component of the cover-up appears to involve significant money for the state through various fees paid directly to government agencies (i.e. airport concession fees improperly charged for travelers not arriving to the state by air).

“I can now finally see the forest through the trees,” said David Howe, SubscriberWise founder and child identity protector. “And it’s truly remarkable when one examines the totality of evidence that I have obtained from official public sources. To be sure, the evidence that I’m referring involves sworn official records in the state of Florida, among other items that I believe the federal government will be interested to examine. I also have a much clearer picture of why elements of a criminal investigation were purposely not cited in the official police investigation; I would appreciate the DOJ to weigh-in on the evidence and concerns that I have related to the criminal investigation as well.

“To be more specific, it’s my strong position today that the documentation of fraud that I now have from these official records in the state of Florida, it’s so undeniable and overwhelming that those with a sworn duty to uphold the law have zero contrary evidence to refute the criminal activity that was alleged and documented from the beginning. And it appears from my perspective, involving years of criminal identity fraud investigations involving the US credit system as experience with crime and cover-up, that this evidence is being viewed an economic threat to a number of organizations that benefit from concealing the truth and facts.

“In other words, the economic interests are certainly high and pursuing due process simply doesn’t align with the financial incentives in a state where tourism, in particular, is so critical.

“Yes, it all seems remarkable and the allegations that I’m making are serious I certainly understand,” Howe added.

“But the profound and uncontroverted evidence simply can’t be denied; and that’s why I now believe there has been no engagement from state officials; that's why I'm going on the record with these serious allegations. Again, from my perspective, for many involved and aware of the evidence acknowledging the truth becomes a powerful indictment and that may explain what’s behind the duty-neglect happening today in Florida.

“Therefore, I’m respectfully urging a meeting with the US DOJ – and President Donald Trump who also happens to consider the state of Florida his home as do I for part of every year. Simply put, I have unequivocal and undeniable proof to substantiate every last detail of what I’m alleging and I want the opportunity to present it. And, whether or not I’m successful obtaining a meeting, I’ll continue this effort,” Howe confirmed. “I’ll never be daunted because I am armed with overwhelming proof — including audio, video, and photographic evidence — of unethical and illegal criminal activity that I argue is systematically being ignored by various Florida state agencies that otherwise have beached their sworn duty to act.

“For the record, I would welcome the Honorable Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to participate in any meeting, assuming the United States Department of Justice will take my allegations – and incredible mountain of evidence – seriously,” continued Howe. “However, I will respectfully continue to insist that any meeting be public and on-the-record since I have nothing to hide and everything critical to expose.

“The public must have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – so help me God,” Howe concluded.

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Faith in Action

Support our efforts and help us grow our impact in communities most vulnerable, here in the United States.

Essentially, the nation has packed 38 years-worth of Public Assistance into the last two hurricane seasons. Change is necessary.”

— FEMA Administrator, Brock Long

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Year after year in the United States, disasters have become increasingly more prevalent. The 2017 hurricane season was the most disastrous in our nation’s history, affecting 8% of the U.S. population (25 million people). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supported 59 major disaster declarations and 16 emergency declarations for 17 named storms. While the agency continues to support disasters (700 active disaster supports still in place), the nation cannot look at FEMA as the sole source for response and recovery. Since the inception of FEMA on 1 April 1979 to 2016, $81 billion dollars were expended on disaster events supporting our nation. In contrast, the following two years 2017 and 2018, saw that same amount, $80 billion issued in support.

FEMA Administrator, Brock Long, describes the cost of these disasters, “Essentially, the nation has packed 38 years-worth of Public Assistance into the last two hurricane seasons. Change is necessary.”

The raging wildfires in California is the latest disaster our nation has endured in 2018, devastating communities with estimated damages in the billions, and displacing over a quarter of a million people.

But Americans are resilient. There has been strong support from the private sector, specifically our community-based and faith-based organizations. Disaster response and emergency management are not only the responsibility of government but also every community. As FEMA Administrator, Brock Long, explains “Everyone – whether you are a public servant, a member of a family, or a business that is part of a community – must work together to make this happen, FEMA alone cannot accomplish these goals.”

One organization in particular that has answered the Administrator’s call for action is the Disaster Service Corp (DSC) at St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP). The SVDP-USA DSC is the perfect example of private sector leadership, serving and leveraging the power of Americanism and faith to approach communities impacted by disaster with compassion and competence. The Disaster Services Corporation (DSC) is a Catholic lay organization that helps people in situational poverty as a result of natural and man-made disasters get their lives back in order.

DSC is supporting local, state, and federal agency responses to recent hurricanes and wildfires, and determined the best way to aid local efforts is to focus on immediate and emergent needs. DSC is meeting the needs of these communities by offering up three resources: hygiene kits, coats/hats/gloves, and toys.

Disaster Services Corporation, in partnership with Sourceall Inc., has launched a hygiene kit, hat/coat/glove, and toy drives. The drives are designed to support the immediate needs that we know will emerge for individuals, families and their communities over the weeks and months to come. We hope you will join us in support of these drives or donate to the Disaster Services Corporation directly.

Why Donate?

Following the devastating hurricanes in 2018, The Disaster Services Corp., SVDP-USA is leading the way by encouraging those who can to support our Toy and Coat Drive. Given the 80% chance of an El Nino forming this winter, The Disaster Services Corp., SVDP-USA is ensuring no one is without a coat, gloves, and hat to protect against the forecasted cold.

In addition, reports are coming in that well over 500,00 families are unlikely to spend Christmas in their homes, with whatever money they have going towards rebuilding their lives. The Disaster Services Corp., SVDP-USA has undertaken the mission to ensure that all children will have presents to open on Christmas morning, providing hope that 2019 will be a better year than 2018.

Please visit http://bit.ly/2T7q7G2 to donate to the coat drive.

The Disaster Services Corp., SVDP-USA is fueled by Vincentians from around the country, however we also rely on the kindness and giving from monetary donations. To support our efforts please visit our donations page and help us grow our impact in those communities most vulnerable. Our donation page can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Ml1lO4.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org) is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of about 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents.

With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals nearly 100,000 in 4,400 communities. SVDP offers a variety of programs and services, including home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, education and mentoring, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, assistance with transportation, prescription medication, and rent and utility costs. The Society also works to provide care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly. Over the past year, SVDP provided over $1.2 billion in tangible and in-kind services to those in need, made more than 1.8 million personal visits (homes, hospitals, prisons and eldercare facilities) and helped more than 23.8 million people regardless of race, religion or national origin.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services is a founding member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and its Disaster Services Corporation provides relief and recovery to disaster survivors across the United States and American Territories.

Kevin Peach
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2018 Money Metals Exchange & Sound Money Defense League Scholarship Winners Announced

Money Metals Exchange has teamed up with the Sound Money Defense League to offer the first gold-backed scholarship of the modern era.

Our scholarship gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of economics while lessening the burden of the significantly inflated costs associated with attending college.”

— Jp Cortez

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, November 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — For the third straight year, Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer recently ranked “Best in the USA,” has teamed up with the Sound Money Defense League to offer the first gold-backed scholarship of the modern era. These groups have set aside 100 ounces of physical gold to reward outstanding students who display a thorough understanding of the economics, monetary policy, and sound money.

The Money Metals Exchange & Sound Money Defense League 2018 gold-backed scholarship was a success and the winners are as follows:

Undergraduate Winners:

First place: Nikhil Sridhar, Duke University

Second place: Nathan Barlow, Columbia University

Graduate Winners:

First place: Joakim Book, University of Oxford

Second place: Christopher Calton, University of Florida

Upon the selection of the four winners, the People’s Choice Award portion of the contest begins. The People’s Choice Award goes to the student whose essay attracts the most page views and most interest on social media (shares, likes, retweets, etc. on Facebook and Twitter).

We would like to thank our blue ribbon panel of judges:

Dr. Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans

Dr. William Luther, Sound Money Project

Cliff Maloney, Young Americans For Liberty

Dr. Jonathan Newman, Bryan College

Finally, we would like to thank all of the applicants. Over the last three years we have had hundreds of applicants representing almost 200 different high schools, colleges, institutes, and universities, more than 40 states, 5 countries, and 3 continents. Students everywhere are waking up to the ongoing devaluation of the Federal Reserve Note — commonly referred to as the “dollar” – that jeopardizes their saving power, and furthermore, their future.

Jp Cortez, Policy Director of the Sound Money Defense League, said “Our scholarship gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of economics while lessening the burden of the significantly inflated costs associated with attending college.” Cortez continued, “We’re excited to unveil next year’s group of blue ribbon judges. We’ve had excellent turnout the last three years and we expect that trend to continue.”

The deadline for applications is September 30th, 2019. For more information, visit moneymetals.com/scholarship or email scholarship@moneymetals.com.

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Sound Money Defense League
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Hidden Illiteracy Barring the Door to Success and Prosperity Leaving Millions Behind to Suffer

Literacy:  A Vital Necessity in Today’s World event panelists, Mr. Ken Morris, Ms. Barbie Rivera, Mr. Frank Smith, Mr. John Stanard

Literacy: A Vital Necessity in Today’s World event panelists, Mr. Ken Morris, Ms. Barbie Rivera, Mr. Frank Smith, Mr. John Stanard

Mr. Ken Morris, signing Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Mr. Ken Morris, signing Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Ms. Barbie Rivera, founder & director H.E.L.P. Miami school sharing her successes with L. Ron Hubbard’s study technology

Ms. Barbie Rivera, founder & director H.E.L.P. Miami school sharing her successes with L. Ron Hubbard’s study technology

An event on the necessity of literacy was held with the occasion of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial year at the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

The most dangerous and destructive of all illiteracies is hidden illiteracy.”

— John Stanard

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, November 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In honor of the Bicentennial Celebration of the life of Frederick Douglass, the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office hosted a panel of national and local leaders bringing to light the vital importance of literacy in the present day and providing solutions to achieving the goal of a literate nation. Frederick Douglass, a man who changed his nation and became a global icon, was born a slave but broke through the bonds of captivity because he realized that literacy would make him unfit to be a slave. This datum and the further pursuit of literacy led him to become one of the most well known American abolitionists, respected statesman, and renowned writer and orator.

Keynote speaker, Mr. Ken Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and Chairman of the Congressional Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, shared stories from Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave written in 1845. Douglass’ master Mr. Aud, upon learning that Mrs. Aud was teaching the young Douglass to spell, said, “Now, if you teach him how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.” These words sank deep into Douglass and laid the pathway to his freedom. This same idea has been found to be just as relevant today in preventing children and adults from falling prey to the modern slave trade. It has been found that educated individuals are far less likely to be trafficked. Mr. Morris founded the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, inspired by his progenitor, to continue the abolitionist legacy of his family and educate youth throughout the country to proof them against modern day slavery.

A study conducted by the Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy found that, as of 2013, 32 million Americans cannot read. Millions more are considered functionally illiterate. In the 2015 to 2016 school year 6.7 million students received special education services due to having been labeled with learning disabilities and many of them have been prescribed dangerous psychotropic medications as a solution.

The second panelist, Dr. Frank Smith, Founder and Director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum spoke about the role and importance of museums in education today. Access to museums has been found to correlate with increased academic achievement. Noticing that access was not uniform and many children never had the opportunity, Dr. Smith has been striving to bring this access to all sectors of Washington, DC.

Panelist Ms. Barbie Rivera, educator and advocate and Founder and Director of the H.E.L.P. Miami school and tutoring center addressed illiteracy directly sharing the highly effective study methodology developed by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard and her successes in its implementation with her students and their parents. She detailed how, with this study methodology, she has been able to take the students who come to her because they have been turned away by other schools, labeled as failures and told they were unable to learn and help them thrive, regain confidence in their abilities and graduate them into successful men and women who can make full contributions to society.

The event moderator, John Stanard, National Director of Social Betterment Programs and Policy for the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office, shared that "The most dangerous and destructive of all illiteracies is hidden illiteracy. This hidden illiteracy shows up in many ways in society as ‘low production’ or ‘inadequate quality of work’ or even ‘discipline of children in schools’. These symptoms may in fact be based in simple illiteracy problems which are easily addressed. With more than one billion of the world's population functionally illiterate, an effective educational methodology is not a choice, it is an obligation.”

At the end of the evening Mr. Morris signed copies of his great-great-great grandfather’s book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave for attendees. The donations will go towards placing copies of the book in schools to continue to uplift and inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office was established to address and promote collaboration on solutions and forward public policy that benefits social issues through Church-supported secular humanitarian and social betterment programs that address literacy, drug education and rehabilitation, criminal rehabilitation, human rights education and morality.

To learn more about Scientology and its programs visit www.scientology.tv. and www.scientology.org.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

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In today’s economy, it is very easy to get into financial trouble. You can have a business venture fail or a divorce that causes bills to pile up.”

— Michael A. Cibik

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

In today’s economy, it is very easy to get into financial trouble. You can have a business venture fail or a divorce that causes bills to pile up. There many forms of bankruptcy which are called chapters. In this blog, we will focus on Chapter 7 by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is when you are unable to pay your debts. Your assets are liquidated, and the proceeds go to the creditors to settle the debts. This should be seen as a last resort and is primarily used for business owners. You may feel that you are alone and that it is shameful to have to declare Chapter 7. You shouldn’t feel this way. There are plenty of famous people out there who have filed such as Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and Donald Trump. There are plenty of businesses that have filed as well, such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Blockbuster, and Macy’s.

To declare Chapter 7, you must be sure that you are not eligible for Chapter 13, where you can pay back some of the money owed to creditors. The whole point of Chapter 7 is to give the debtor a new start. You must meet certain criteria to file for Chapter 7:

Your income must be equal to or below the median income in your state.
If your income is above, you will have to take a “means test,” which is a calculation used to prevent those who have high incomes from filing Chapter 7 instead of Chapter 13. It is a way to determine your monthly disposable income over six months prior to filing. If you don’t pass the means test, you’ll have to file Chapter 13, where you will be required to make payments to creditors over a five-year period.
You must attend credit counseling prior to filing. If you failed to attend, then you cannot file.

How Chapter 7 Works

According to uscourts.gov, you must file bankruptcy in an area where you live or where your business is located. You must file with the court:

Schedule of Assets and Liabilities
Statement of Financial Affairs
Schedule of Income and Expenditures
Schedule of Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases
You must also provide tax returns or transcripts of tax returns before and during the bankruptcy process. There is a cost to file. The amount depends on how you are filing – a business owner, a single person or as a couple. This cost is usually more for a business owner since the case is more complicated.

Once you have filed, you will be appointed a trustee. This person will also determine if Chapter 7 is applicable to your case. The trustee can revoke the Chapter 7 based on fraud or an error in the paperwork. It is important to note that not all debts will be cleared. Debts not discharged include:

Alimony
Child Support
Student Loans
Certain Taxes
Debts for Death & Personal lnjury (e.g. DUI)
Post-petition HOA fees
Debts for crime restitution orders
You can reaffirm a debt, meaning you can make a payment arrangement with a creditor.

The Negatives of Chapter 7

Although the main idea in filing Chapter 7 is to help the debtor financially start over again, there are negatives to filing.

Not for business owners who want to remain in business. When you declare bankruptcy, the business will be closed.
It won’t allow you to make past due payments like Chapter 13.
Your property could be subject to liens and mortgages that could go to the creditors.
You must reaffirm a debt before filing bankruptcy for it be not included in the bankruptcy.
Remains on your credit report for 10 years.
Loss of all credit cards.
Can’t file Chapter 7 bankruptcy for another six years.
It won’t get rid of student loans.
The court can convert the Chapter 7 to a Chapter 13.

Positives to Filing Chapter 7

It may sound odd, but there are some positives to filing.

Bankruptcy process takes 3 – 6 months.
Most states have exemptions that allow you to keep some things. In Pennsylvania, the exemptions include:
Equity in Your home (if you own it)
Personal Property (i.e. clothing)
Wages
Pensions
Insurance or Annuity Payments
Public Benefits
Wildcard
Business Partnership Property
You will be able to keep your wages and property purchased after filing for bankruptcy.
You can get credit cards 1 – 3 years of filing. There are credit cards that strictly for people who have filed bankruptcy.
You can always file for Chapter 13 after filing for a Chapter 7.
Gives you some financial relief.
Bankruptcy prevents lenders from aggressive collection actions.
The number and amount of debts that a bankruptcy can relieve you of are numerous.
There is no specified amount in order to file for relief.

Cibik & Cataldo Can Help with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

You don’t have to face creditors alone. At Cibik & Cataldo, we have over 35 years of experience in bankruptcy law serving Southeastern Pennsylvania. We are ABC certified and know the bankruptcy laws that affect consumers and businesses. We also know all the exemptions that can help protect more of your assets and help you pass the “means test.”

We offer a free consultation to help you understand the financial position you are in and if Chapter 7 is right for you. If you do need to file for Chapter 7, we will help you with each step of the process so you will know what to expect. We will make sure all of the paperwork is accounted for and filed properly. Our primary goal to make sure your case goes smoothly. We’ll also provide guidance on life after a bankruptcy.

Contact Us Today
At Cibik & Cataldo, we are the Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyers – it’s all we do. We are here to help you navigate through the Chapter 7 process. There is life after bankruptcy. Schedule your free consultation by calling us at 215-735-1060 or emailing us. We can set up a meeting that works with your work schedule. We also offer 24/7 support!

About Cibik & Cataldo:

For the last 35 years, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania debt-relief law firm Cibik & Cataldo, P.C., has provided cost-efficient, superior, and value-oriented legal services to thousands of clients in Philadelphia County and the surrounding areas of Delaware County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Bucks County.

Cibik & Cataldo, P.C., is fully-staffed and concentrates solely on consumer and business bankruptcy matters. The firm does not represent banks, finance companies or insurance companies: only individuals, small business owners, and their claims.

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IP’s “PR problem” will be Discussed by Leading Figures at Public Event in New York

What to do about intellectual property’s negative image is the focus of the IP Awareness Summit, a gathering of concerned owners, educators and creators, Nov 29

Remarkably, in what I believe amounts to Orwellian ‘doublespeak,’ those who’ve been advancing the patent troll narrative argue that they do so because they are actually pro-innovation.”

— USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

NEW YORK, NY, USA, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Leading intellectual property owners, creators, educators organizations and managers will consider the best ways to improve literacy about the role and impact of IP rights at the second annual IP Awareness Summit in New York on November 29.

IPAS will examine how increases in information access and speed have affected how patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are seen and why they often fail to be accepted as “legitimate” property. The Summit also will address improving IP literacy through education and the media. Registration is open to the public.

IP Thought-Leaders

Featured speakers include United Stated Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Director Andrei Iancu, leading inventors, educators and the media.

Director Iancu said in fireside chat before more than 600 members of the Licensing Executives Society in Boston on October 15 that IP faces a public relations problem and the once heralded American inventor is no longer seen as a hero. He amplified those remarks at a speech later that week before the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association:

“Remarkably, in what I believe amounts to Orwellian ‘doublespeak,’ those who’ve been advancing the patent troll narrative argue that they do so because they are actually pro-innovation. That by their highlighting, relentlessly, the dangers in the patent system, they actually encourage innovation…

“What an odd message to deliver in the 21st century. What an odd message to deliver in America in particular, a country of risk-takers, entrepreneurs and inventors. An odd message indeed, especially given the incredible success of the American patent system over time.”

Others who will address be addressing IP literacy issues at IPAS 2018 include Manny Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel at IBM and President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, and Jay walker, entrepreneur, Priceline.com founder, TEDMED curator and one of the most prolific U.S. inventors. There will be panels, other speakers and breakouts with audience participation.

Among those already registered for IPAS 2018 are IP owners, executives, educators, creators, service providers, investors, lawyers, IP organizations and the media. The remaining tickets will go fast.

To see all of the presenters and the program, go here.

To register, use this link.

About the Center for IP Understanding

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of IP rights and their impact on people’s lives. CIPU provides information, conducts research and facilitates activities that seek to make IP more intelligible, enhance value and deter theft. The Center also tracks attitudes toward IP rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and through outreach, provides an education framework for understanding how IP promotes competition and creates jobs. To learn more, please visit www.understandingip.org.

Bruce Berman
Center for IP Understanding
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Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation from a Work Back Injury?

Saffren and Weinberg - Personal Injury Attorneys

Every year, many Americans are hurt on the job and may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

If you injure your back at work, you should get the compensation you deserve.”

— Kenneth Saffren, Esq.

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

At Saffren and Weinberg, Marc Alan Weinberg, Attorney and Kenneth Scott Saffren, Attorney are partners. The firm’s tagline is “The People’s Voice In Court.” They make themselves available via phone at (215) 576-0100 or by email on the Saffren and Weinberg website. Saffren and Weinberg provides a no-charge, complimentary case review and answers questions for prospective clients.

Back Injuries On-the-Job

Every year, many Americans are hurt on the job and may be entitled to workers’ compensation for being injured at work. Many work-related injuries are back injuries, which can be severely disabling, resulting in long-term pain and treatment, as well as reduced future earnings due to limited employment options.

If you believe you have a back injury that you sustained from being hurt at work or are on the course for developing a back condition or injury due to your activities in the workplace, it is important to understand what benefits you may be entitled to.

A back injury can be severely debilitating, and the way it manifests itself can vary significantly. Many Americans in a wide range of professions are at risk of being hurt at work from a back injury. You can maximize your chances of receiving workers’ compensation back injury benefits by speaking with a workers’ compensation attorney to plan your claim.

What Workers’ Compensation Back Injury Benefits Are There?

Even though you have a back injury, you may be able to get at least some monetary compensation to help with your medical costs and lost future earnings. This is called workers’ compensation.

Back injuries are part of a broad category of work-related injuries that are commonly referred to as “WMSD” injuries. “WMSD” injuries refer to those work-related injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as injuries to the neck, wrist, shoulder, and back.

Back injuries are among the most common ways people are hurt at work. In fact, it is reported that in 2014 over 200,000 people in the United States received back injuries and back injuries account for 25% of all workers’ compensation payments.

The way your back may be hurt is extremely varied, as the back is a very complicated body part. For example, you may strain your lower back while lifting boxes as a warehouse worker. You may pinch a nerve in your spinal cord or herniate a disk from improper posture even while sitting.

There is a wide variety of back injuries and the activities that cause them. Nearly every occupation has some risk of back injury, and therefore it is important to be aware of the risks and remedies of being hurt on the job.

The kind of back injury you receive and how you receive it may still have a significant impact on whether you are qualified for workers’ compensation for it. For example, if your back pain is temporary and goes away after several weeks, it is uncertain that you will be able to claim workers’ compensation for it—even though you were hurt on the job.

Furthermore, if you have a pre-existing condition or the injury was caused by an activity outside of work, the chances of workers’ compensation decrease further.

However, if the back injury was received while at work and is severe and long-lasting, it is very likely you will be entitled to workers’ compensation claims for being hurt on the job. It is important to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney to explore your options and claim your workers’ compensation benefits.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a federally-determined but state-run program that allows people who have been hurt on the job to receive monetary benefits for treatment and costs, as well as compensation for lost future earnings.

Whether you have a back injury or have been hurt on the job from some other activity, it is important to understand how the workers’ compensation system works as well as consider speaking with a workers’ compensation attorney to see what benefits you may be entitled to from workers’ compensation.

Pennsylvania runs its own state-insurance program, the CRB, under its own guidelines and mandates. The agency oversees workers’ compensation regulations, whether for insurance rates, administering claims, or determining eligibility.

If you receive a back injury from being hurt on the job, you will likely be filing a claim with a private insurance carrier in Pennsylvania. The state’s workers’ compensation fund is only tapped when the insurance is not sufficient, or an employer does not have insurance.

Furthermore, it is very possible that a back injury may leave you totally injured or disabled. Workers’ compensation can provide you significant benefits for being hurt at work and even more if you have been totally disabled from it.

Is Pennsylvania Friendly to Pre-Existing Conditions or Workers’ Compensation?

In 2015, back injuries accounted for over 12.5%, or over 20,000, of workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.

Whatever the specifics of your back injury, there are many options available to you in Pennsylvania to receive workers’ compensation for your injuries from being hurt on the job.

Pennsylvania is not the most generous state in the country for those hurt on the job, but it still ranks among the above-average states for workers compensation payments and benefits.

In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked 17th out of 50 states. However, this was lower than its 12th place ranking in 2012. Pennsylvania pays 8% more than the national average for workers compensation.

Pennsylvania keeps a healthy workers’ compensation program for those who are hurt at work. If you believe you may qualify for workers’ compensation, a work injury lawyer can help you navigate the process of successfully filing your claim.

I believe my back may have been hurt at work, how do I get workers’ compensation?

The general process of filing your claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania is by informing your employer and attempting to get their insurance carrier to process and pay out your claim.

However often times the insurance carrier will challenge your claim, whereupon you can appeal to the state government and get a hearing before a state-appointed workers’ compensation judge.

If you have a back injury, the medical details of you being hurt at work will be particularly important. The back injury may have developed over time, and you may have multiple symptoms, such as spinal cord damage, muscle damage, or fractured discs. It is important to properly analyze and present the information in order to raise the chances of a successful claim.

Many workers will find they want the services of a work injury lawyer to help them navigate what can be quite complex legal maneuvers, where even a minor slip can result in severe consequences.

A workers’ compensation attorney can also help you present your case in the best possible light, significantly raising the chances of your claim being successful.

I’m ready to file a claim. What’s next?

If you believe you have been hurt on the job with a back injury, and are considering filing a claim for workers’ compensation, it is worth contacting a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case and see what options are available to you.

At Saffren & Weinberg, we have an experienced team of attorneys ready to win your case. Call us at (215) 576-0100 so that we can see how we can help you.

Kenneth Scott Saffren / About the author
Ken Saffren, Esq, is a partner of Saffren & Weinberg located in Jenkintown, PA, practicing in workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury litigation. He is a member of both the United States District Court of New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as PHN Epsilon Roe.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

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What is SIRVA and How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation?

What exactly is SIRVA?

VINELAND, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

What is SIRVA? How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation?

Vaccines are utilized as a mechanism to help protect people from various diseases and illnesses that have proven resistant to conventional treatment. The way a vaccine works is that a weaker version of the disease is injected into the body. After the immune response builds up a defense to the weaker version, it will be able to withstand the infection.

However, there may be some risks to taking a vaccine. One such change is the development of SIRVA. This is an acronym for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.”

What is SIRVA?

SIRVA can occur when a vaccine is improperly injected. For example, if the vaccine is injected too high on the shoulder or if it goes in too deep, it can lead to several types of injuries. SIRVA is also likely to happen when a vaccine is injected correctly, although this is rare.

Likely fallout from a SIRVA can include intense prolonged pain, limited motion range, and some shoulder injuries like Frozen Shoulder Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.

One of the causes of SIRVA is an injury to the musculoskeletal shoulder structure. This includes body components like tendons, bursa, and ligaments. Another cause of SIRVA is when the body’s immune system reacts negatively to the components of the vaccine.

One suggested reasoning for the rise in SIRVA is the way vaccines are administered. When people take vaccines, they are likely to expose their shoulders by pulling down their shirt collars, exposing the top part of the joint.

Side effects of the seasonal flu vaccine are the most common cause of SIRVA. This is because it is given to millions of people annually, and is provided in the arm’s deltoid muscle (on the shoulder). You should, however, note that although there is always a risk of SIRVA, it is quite rare.

SIRVA Shoulder Injury

How do you know that you have SIRVA? The most common symptom of SIRVA is severe shoulder problems and pain. This usually appears within 0 to 48 hours of the injection. SIRVA can also lead to loss of motion in the arms. However, these are not the only symptoms of SIRVA. Others include:

Frozen Shoulder
Shoulder bursitis
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Tendonitis
Brachial Neuritis
Impingement Syndrome
Adhesive Capsulitis
Shoulder Dysfunction

Treatment for SIRVA

In a lot of instances, you can just treat SIRVA symptoms with pain medication like physical therapy and applying anti-inflammatory medications to improve your range of motions and reduce swelling. In some instances, you might need to take vaccine injections of cortisone injections.

However, sometimes people continue to experience pain after the above treatment. In severe cases, you might need to perform surgery to repair the damage done to the shoulder. If you require extensive treatment to deal with your SIRVA, it might be a significant drain on resources. Fortunately, you can get compensation for your SIRVA expenses.

Who Pays SIRVA Compensation?

In a lot of instances, the United States government administers vaccines to citizens. So, it is only befitting that if injuries like SIRVA arise from these vaccines, the US government should foot the bill.

The US Government does this through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program began in 1988 after Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. It was established to ensure a stable supply of vaccines and to stabilize its cost. It also serves as a no-fault compensation alternative to civil litigation in cases of vaccine-related injuries.

It was initially meant for complaints about people who suffered injuries due to compulsory childhood vaccinations. Currently, there are no age restrictions for those who want to file a vaccine injury claim for compensation. Claims can be submitted for adults, children, and adolescent.

It should be noted that the statute of limitations applies to filing claims before the VICP. You have to bring your SIRVA claim within three years from the start of the symptoms. If the vaccine injury results in death, a claim has to be filed within two years of the symptoms.

The payment for successful claims are made from a Trust Fund set up in 1988. An excise tax on vaccines finances the fund. About half of the claims related to vaccine injuries were paid in the last year. From the inception of the fund, about $3.2 billion has been paid out in claims.

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the people compensated represent one in a million vaccinations. This reiterates how rare it is to get SIRVA. However, if you happen to be one of the rare SIRVA cases, you should consult with a lawyer and file a claim.

Is SIRVA Related to Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation applies to injuries that take place in the course of work. This means that if you sustain injuries outside the office, you would not be eligible for workers’ compensation.

The only time you will be able to file a workers’ compensation claim under SIRVA is if the vaccination was done or recommended by your employer. If this happens, it means that you sustained the injury in the course of work.

However, this is not usually common, and it would be best if you took your claim to the VICP. If your employer, who mandates a vaccination that leads to SIRVA, refuses you workers’ compensation, it would be best if you consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer.

Meet with an Experienced New Jersey a Workers’ Comp Attorney Today

If you suffered a SIRVA shoulder injury or another vaccine injury while at work, The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are ready to help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Call today at 856-327-8899 or fill out a quick contact form so a member of our law firm can follow up with you.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

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