Mental Health Watchdog asks Florida Lawmakers to Protect Children

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

Currently 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 been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric facility.

Currently 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 been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric facility.

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 is asking policy makers to change how the mental health law is applied to children to protect children from unjust involuntary psychiatric examinations.

The Baker Act is being used incorrectly and children who do not meet the criteria are unjustly taken into custody for psychiatric examinations.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida chapter of the international mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), is asking policy makers to change how the mental health law is applied to children and teens to protect them from unjust involuntary psychiatric examinations.

According to the most recent report released by the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were over 32,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations initiated on children in Florida during 2017. The mental health law for the state, commonly called the Baker Act allows for a person of any age to be taken into custody and transported to a psychiatric receiving facility for examination and this includes children as young as two years of age. [1]

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 alone did not meet the criteria, CCHR believes 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]

Over the past few years CCHR has helped to make changes to the Baker Act specifically for the purpose of protecting children including changes in 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, needs to be taken into consideration by those who have the authority to send children for an involuntary psychiatric examination, CCHR is asking policy makers to amend the law to clearly spell out the procedure for Baker Acting a child.

“The Baker Act is being used incorrectly. A large number of children who do not meet the criteria are unjustly being Baker Acted and this abuse comes with long term ramifications for that child and the family,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida.

Currently 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 been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric facility. CCHR believes that this is a rights violation, 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 county and city level 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 and 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.

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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Watchdog Demands Action: Investigate the Link Between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

CCHR campaign launched to educate law enforcement, policy makers and school officials about violence- and suicide-inducing drug risks

CCHR campaign launched to educate law enforcement, policy makers and school officials about violence- and suicide-inducing drug risks

27 international drug agency warnings link psychiatric drugs to the adverse effects of violence, mania, psychosis or homicidal ideation

27 international drug agency warnings link psychiatric drugs to the adverse effects of violence, mania, psychosis or homicidal ideation

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog.

Between 2004 and 2012 the FDA received a staggering 14,773 reports of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects.

Despite a review of the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, which found that psychotropic drugs can trigger violence, this connection is not being taken into consideration by officials.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) an investigation into the link between psychiatric drugs and violence is long overdue when you take into consideration that between 2004 and 2012 the FDA received a staggering 14,773 reports of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects.

With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that gun deaths in 2017 were the highest in almost 50 years at 39,733 many officials turned toward laws to restrict access to firearms in the United States following such tragic events as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. However, this statistic paints an entirely different picture when viewed with another alarming trend, the surge in the number of Americans taking dangerous psychiatric drugs. [1]

Studies show that an estimated 40 million Americans take psychiatric drugs, antidepressants being the most common, and that from 1996 to 2013 the number of people filling a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67 percent. Unlike the well-publicized opioid crisis, which has seen a 20%, decrease in prescribing every year since 2012, the prescription of benzodiazepines continues to rise. It is also known that of the nearly 410 psychiatric drug warnings, 27 warn of violence, aggression, hostility, mania, psychosis or homicidal ideation and 49 warn of self-harm or suicide/suicidal ideation. [2] [3] [4]

Even despite a review of the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System, which found that antidepressants and several other psychotropic drugs can trigger violence, this connection is not being taken into consideration by officials who instead focus on gun control and greater access to mental health services which all too often means simply more people on the very drugs that have been linked to violence. [5]

For the past 20 years, CCHR has been investigating and exposing the correlation between mass murder, violent crime, suicide and psychiatric drugs. During this time CCHR has reported that those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs have committed at least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence. [4]

CCHR is urging lawmakers to look into the connection between psychiatric drugs and the deadly events that transpired across the country in 2018 due to the fact that between 2004 and 2012 the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program, known as MedWatch, received a staggering 14,773 reports of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects, including 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania, and 8,219 cases of aggression. For more information please read Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence & Suicide.

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.

References:
[1] CDC Wonder Database https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D76;jsessionid=9B5BEF30FF76D1143F23BD54DCEC643A
[2] An estimated 40 million Americans take psychiatric drugs https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2016/12/14/what-psychiatric-drugs-are-americans-taking
[3] Benzodiazepines: our other prescription drug epidemic
https://www.statnews.com/2018/02/22/benzodiazepines-drug-epidemic/
[4] Psychiatric Drugs Create Violence & Suicide
https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf
[5] Psychiatric Drugs and Violence: A Review of FDA Data Finds A Link
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mad-in-america/201101/psychiatric-drugs-and-violence-review-fda-data-finds-link

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Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder and President of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, States Jihadism is Alive in Syria

AIFD founder and president Zuhdi Jasser

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder of the AIFD and a U.S. Navy Veteran, says jihadism in Syria is alive more than ever.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the son of Syrian immigrants, is a well-known and respected commentator on the escalating Syrian conflict and an outspoken critic of the Assad regime. Now, the U.S. Navy Veteran is saying that jihadism in Syria is alive more than ever, and with the withdrawal of American troops, the rest of Syria will be filled by Russia and its Iranian allies.

“There are literally hundreds of al-Qaeda type groups in Syria now,” explains Jasser, “perhaps ISIS’ command and control structure has been decimated, but its metastases, and conveyor belts are more active than ever. Syria is literally teeming with jihadis of every sort — the Salafi/jiahdis of the Sunni AQ/ISIS and Turkish brand and the Khomeinist jihadis of the Iran/Assadist/Hezoallah variety.”

President Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S.; troops on his polarizing Twitter page, saying he’s "just doing what I said I was going to do" during his presidential campaign. His comments come a day after Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the President, told reporters at the White House that Trump would reevaluate the withdrawal plan for Syria.

The President elaborated in another tweet, "If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero."

Jasser argues that the U.S. presence is Syria was vital, and the withdrawal will come with several repercussions. “The only thing tempering Turkish jihadi encroachment on our ally in Syria, outside of the Kurdish people and the few secular Syrian Democratic Forces, was our albeit minimal presence,” explains Jasser. “No one reported how many forces we actually had in Syria, just that we had a presence of some kind. That was enough at least to prevent the mother of all vacuums as Russia and its Iranian allies never wanted to engage U.S. troops. Now we are sure to see that vacuum filled just like we saw it in Iraq filled by a full-on basic takeover by Khomeinists.”

Most of the criticism surrounding the President's decision to withdraw troops from Syria, a move he frequently mentioned both on the campaign trail and in office, has been tied to the possibility that a lack of US troops could allow ISIS to regain some of its strength in the region. "There are three things important for this country,” stated Sen. Graham at CNN’s “State of the Union”, “One of these is to make sure that ISIS never comes back in Syria.”

Jasser’s outlook isn’t so positive. The AIFD founder and president concludes, “Jihadism in Syria is alive more than ever and around the world; it’s spreading now more than ever. The Christmas attack in Strasbourg was a reminder last week. And all of this is hardly in our greatest ally’s interest, Israel, as Iran now has a full-on perch on the Mediterranean.”

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How will you celebrate your birthday?

Celebrating 400 years of African American contributions to this country

Each year beginning in 1619 Africans fought for their survival, and most of all fought for their humanity.”

— Ted Ellis

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, December 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every year of our life we get a chance to celebrate a wonderful milestone, our birthday! Birthdays are special days to reflect on our past experiences and accomplishments while looking toward the future. Looking back over the years, we realize there were challenging moments and circumstances that we had to face, but, we grew, we became better because of those obstacles. We became a bit older and a bit wiser.

Birthdays are impactful and special, something we instinctively want to share with others, with our family, and with friends. Everyone gathers together to share stories, memorable stories, stories that shaped who we are, stories of our past that enlighten, invigorate, and even empower. Our birthdays provide an opportunity for us to bond, one to another. Our birthdays come and go, yet with every moment that passes, we never forget our history or our journey.

In 1619, the White Lion ship flying the Dutch flag carried on board 20 or so odd enslaved Africans to the English colonies at Point Comfort, VA., currently known as Fort Monroe National Monument. First known as “The Gibraltar of the Chesapeake” and later as the “Freedom Fortress,” Fort Monroe has a storied history in the defense of our country and its struggle for freedom. It was a stronghold for the Union Army and a place of freedom for enslaved Africans.

Our landing at Point Comfort marked a long chapter of enslavement of Africans throughout this nation, and it was not until 1865 that the enslaved became free men and women. Each year beginning in 1619 Africans fought for their survival, and most of all fought for their humanity. Our survival through periods of Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and post-Civil Rights continue to prove our resilience in the fight for humanity, justice, and equality. Each year we reflect upon our progress, the lessons learned and triumphs earned.

Our birthdays are special! We celebrate what we have accomplished over a period of 400 years. The inventions that advance our livelihood, the medicines that cure our diseases, and the methodologies that improve our agriculture. We are a people of deep faith with unshakable trust in God, and as freed Africans, we constructed churches, schools, colleges, universities, roads, and cities. We were and continue to be the architects of our communities and we celebrate that. From the bellows of slave ships to working in the fields of cotton, rice, sugar and tobacco, and then becoming literate, advancing ourselves as inventors, teachers, preachers, politicians, nurses, doctors, scientists, scholars, entrepreneurs, culinary chefs, composers of music, the arts to our excellence in athletics. We celebrate all our accomplishments.

The year 2019 reflects 400 years since those 20 or so odd enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. It is a year to commemorate and pay homage to our African ancestors for enduring and ensuring an existence for us today. Although there are continued struggles and challenges we will recognize all of our accomplishments and celebrate those achievements on our birthday.

The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service has appointed the 400 Years of African History Commission and charged it with planning, developing and carrying out programs and activities throughout our 50 United States. It is my honor to serve on the Commission and help guide those activities over the next year.

2019 is a very special year, and I will celebrate my personal birthday by honoring my African ancestors. I will commemorate the significance of their sacrifice, and in so doing, I will live a life of hope, purpose, and promise focused on forging a better future for all of us. I will recognize those who have helped me in my personal journey and lastly, I will continue to pursue my passion and share that passion with others.

Most importantly I am asking everyone next year…How will you celebrate your birthday?
1619-2019

Respectfully submitted by,

Ted Ellis Commissioner of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, National Juneteenth Art Ambassador, Pigment International Advisor, Museum Studies Graduate Candidate, Artist & Cultural Historian

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Author Shares An Overview of His Fiction Novel: A Profound Interview

The Girl with the Lightning Brain

Author Shares An Overview of His Fiction Novel: A Profound Interview

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, December 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — “The book would be of interest to anyone who likes science fiction or action adventure, or also socio-political thriller,” Ratza utters as he presents the book information to the readers. In a profound interview during the BookExpro America 2018, the author shares more about the first instalment of his book series.

The Girl With The Lighting Brain is a literary fiction that can be read on six different levels, wrapped in an action-adventure thriller that explains the life of the main character, Electra “Kit” Kitter, together with all the well-developed characters in the story. The book explores the challenges that the country is facing and the ways to deal with these problems. Three of six books have already been written.

The author offers a bonus, a series of games for the readers to enjoy and learn from. Everyone is invited to watch the interview through https://youtu.be/udoD-g9_LNI, take a glimpse of the authors published book and get ready for a life-changing experience!

About the Author:
Author Cliff Ratza characterizes himself a "simple scholar," having parlayed multiple degrees (math and physics, business and computer science) into a business career spanning numerous jobs, companies, and industries. He grew up in Chicago, graduating from top Illinois universities, then launched his business career. He returned to Chicago, where he teaches at several universities while continuing to work for corporations. He subsequently started a sales and marketing consulting business, and most recently added a writing career to his resume.

Cliff has written extensively throughout his career. He has published articles in four professional journals, writes copy for client Websites, and develops press releases or newsletters. He has already written three novels in his ground-breaking "Lightning Brain Series." The first, "The Girl with the Lightning Brain," is now available in print or e-book format at bookstores or online. Please visit www.authorcentrix.com or call 8885040951 for more details when you are ready to buy.

Cliff dedicates the series to readers everywhere and invites them to visit the "Lightning Brain" Website, www.lightningbrainseries.com, to learn more about the books or enter reader contests.

Product details
Paperback: 546 pages
Publisher: AuthorCentrix, Inc. (February 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1641333316
ISBN-13: 978-1641333313
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

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Author Releases A Facebook Page for The Girl with the Lightning Brain

The Girl with the Lightning Brain

Author Releases A Facebook Page for The Girl with the Lightning Brain

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, December 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The book entitled The Girl with the Lightning Brain authored by Clifford Ratza challenges readers to travel to the depth of their thoughts. As the extrapolation of the latest science commences, the unearthing of details from political intrigue, the rising of contemporary lifestyle – factors that give the twists in the life of Electra “Kit” Kitter. The book has undeniably reached its peak after its publication. From a self-published title, it has reached several sites and is now available for the readers.

The author has endeavored through the years to offer first-rate details about his books. Now the title reaches another milestone as it is now on social media. The readers can now be entertained through the book’s exclusive Facebook Fan Page account. Queries can now be easily raised and addressed.

Everyone is invited to visit the sites for The Girl with the Lightning Brain :

https://www.facebook.com/Cliff-Ratza-338182933350534/

amazon.com/author/cliffratza

https://twitter.com/Author_Cliff

About the Author:
Author Cliff Ratza characterizes himself a "simple scholar," having parlayed multiple degrees (math and physics, business and computer science) into a business career spanning numerous jobs, companies, and industries. He grew up in Chicago, graduating from top Illinois universities, then launched his business career. He returned to Chicago, where he teaches at several universities while continuing to work for corporations. He subsequently started a sales and marketing consulting business, and most recently added a writing career to his resume.

Cliff has written extensively throughout his career. He has published articles in four professional journals, writes copy for client Websites, and develops press releases or newsletters. He has already written three novels in his ground-breaking "Lightning Brain Series." The first, "The Girl with the Lightning Brain," is now available in print or e-book format at bookstores or online. Please visit www.authorcentrix.com or call 8885040951 for more details when you are ready to buy.

Cliff dedicates the series to readers everywhere and invites them to visit the "Lightning Brain" Website, www.lightningbrainseries.com, to learn more about the books or enter reader contests.

Product details
Paperback: 546 pages
Publisher: AuthorCentrix, Inc. (February 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1641333316
ISBN-13: 978-1641333313
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

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Is There Hope for 2019? Bringing Human Rights Education Can Make a Difference

Senegalese model and philantropist, Soukeyna and other youth watching interactive human rights videos at the Youth for Human Rights Pop-up Museum

US Air Force Sergeant going through the human rights heroes displays

Visitor watching the “Right to Responsibility” video depicting youth educating others on their rights

Understanding your basic human rights is vital. How can you keep your rights from being abused if you don’t know what the 30 human rights are?”

— Erica Rodgers

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 28, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — No doubt about it, human rights have become a more pressing issue in recent months. According to personal surveys there is an estimate of more than 89% of the American population having little to no knowledge of what their basic human rights are. It is no wonder thus that human rights abuses still occur within the United States.

As we contemplate the New Year and celebrate the holidays it is important to remember that the cheer of the holiday season is lost for many populations, be it the Rohingya people, the Uyghurs or the situation of human rights defenders in many countries, including the United States. The only hope for bringing change as we start fresh in the new year is to broadly implement human rights education.

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the intention that every individual and every organ of society would be teaching and educating everyone on the principles enshrined in the document thereby bringing a culture of respect for human rights. The United Nations’ goal was to create peace and security amongst all countries of the world through this education on human rights. Although progress has been made with regard to human rights issues across the country, there is much still to do.

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Youth for Human Rights International created an interactive Pop-up Museum in Washington, DC. The museum showcased the history of human rights and celebrated the forward strides made to protect human rights everywhere in the last 70 years.

The museum also included a special section titled “Human Rights Heroes” where attendees of the pop-up museum were able to tour through displays featuring human rights activists who greatly contributed to forwarding human rights in their lifetimes. Some of the heroes featured included Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez.

Additionally, Peace Lights, an increasingly recognized international symbol of peace, played as visitors entered the Museum.

After the Pop-Up Museum’s first appearance during the International Day of Peace in September 2018, the exhibit was brought back by popular demand and expanded into a two-day exhibit. Erica Rodgers, the National Director of Youth for Human Rights International and organizer of the event said, “We wanted to create a museum that brought each one of the fundamental human rights to life in a way that allowed people to connect with what human rights mean to them and their lives.”

This two-day Pop-Up Museum remained busy throughout the day as people came to tour the series of exhibits spanning over ten-thousand square feet.

“Understanding your basic human rights is vital. How can you keep your rights from being abused if you don’t know what your 30 human rights are?” Rodgers explained.

The Pop-Up Museum was hosted by The Founding Church of Scientology at 1424 16th St. NW, Washington, DC as part of the Church’s ongoing support of Youth for Human Rights International’s initiative of broad human rights education in the community. When asked, “Why do Scientologists care so much about human rights?”, representative of the Church, Sylvia Stanard, had this to say: “Protecting the basic human rights of all people has been a part of the Church of Scientology’s core values since its founding in 1954. L. Ron Hubbard was a humanitarian and firm supporter of human rights as listed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1969 he stated in a directive to the staff of Churches of Scientology around the world that, ‘Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.’ Therefore as a natural result, the Church of Scientology sponsors human rights campaigns such as Youth for Human Rights International to help fulfill Mr. Hubbard's vision of a better world where human rights are a living reality.”

About Youth for Human Rights:

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such as through both regional and international youth summits, school lectures, art series, concerts and other interactive community events. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the purpose of increasing awareness of the 30 human rights every person has – and how they are a part of everyday life. To learn more go to https://www.youthforhumanrights.org or watch a documentary on how Youth for Human Rights began.

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Dan ‘Tito’ Davis launches the audiobook of the bestselling “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive”

Award Winning Author, Dan ‘Tito’ Davis, launches the audiobook version of his bestselling memoir, “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive”

I am humbled by the readers responses to my story and the new opportunity to reach new readers and listeners through the audiobook version”

— Dan "Tito" Davis

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 24, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dan Tito Davis is an award-winning bestselling author of the book "Gringo." Once released ‘Gringo’ became an instant bestseller and true to form with the new release of the audiobook it all topped the bestselling Amazon charts the on the official date of launch. With over 215 + reviews and worldwide attention, “Gringo” is simply the “Must Read” and now the “Must Listen To” book of the year.

“Gringo” has been a best-selling e-book on Amazon multiple times this year; the audiobook release follows that trend, reaching the top 50 audiobooks on the release day. The audiobook release also drove the ebook sales back into a #1 sales rank in multiple categories.

During an interview with Digital Journal, Dan ‘ Tito’ Davis was asked: “While you were working on the audiobook, did you get any new insights into your story?”

His response was intriguing, “It had been a long time since I had read Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive. It was refreshing to hear my story told by the narrator, after pushing it away for quite some time. As far as insights, I realized how unique of an adventure my story is. It made me think how fortunate I am to be sitting here, hearing my own life story. How abnormal it is from the usual autobiography. My life was truly on the edge.”

About Dan ‘Tito’ Davis
Dan Davis was born in South Dakota. He was on the wrestling team in high school and became a professional horse jockey afterward. Davis began selling legal ephedrine pills (white crosses) in 1972, starting with Black Hills State College, before transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where Davis supplied legal ephedrine pills to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. He spent five years in prison during the 1980s for tax fraud and then thirteen years on the run from a drug charge for which he was innocent. Eventually caught and illegally renditioned from Venezuela back to the United States, Tito served a new prison term and wrote “Gringo” while waiting for release. Now a free man, Davis is on a world tour promoting his book and his story of redemption.

The audiobook of “Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive” as well as the ebook are currently available on Amazon.

Dan "Tito" Davis can be contacted at http://gringobook.com. His books can be purchased on Amazon, Audible and other online retailers.

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Steven R. Pietro reveals support for homeless veterans

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Florida businessman Steven R. Pietro shares support for troubled veterans as homelessness figures continue to rise.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, December 24, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, upwards of 40,000 U.S. veterans are estimated to be homeless on any particular night, with a further 1.4 million veterans in the country considered at risk of homelessness, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Here, law graduate and businessman Steven R. Pietro reveals he and his company's support for homeless veterans as well as addressing insufficient affordable housing, a lack of adequate and available support networks, alcohol and substance abuse, and serious mental health issues among veterans.

"The percentage of homelessness among veterans has risen greatly in recent years," reveals Pietro, "such as in Palm Beach, for example, where the number of homeless veterans is estimated to have increased by as much as 70 percent."

Assisting veterans who suffer with alcohol and substance abuse, mental health issues, and medicine management in an effort to help curb many of the problems associated with homelessness, Pietro is also working to aid in job creation for veterans. "Many people will give $10 to a program or agency and think it will make an impact," he reveals. “And while that may be admirable and even generous we think that this problem has exacerbated to an almost crisis mode and to mitigate the damage requires a more grass-roots, hands-on approach.”

“To do a selfless act that requires only a desire to reach out and help a Veteran and to see the smile on her or his face is all the reward I need, personally," Pietro adds.

Steven R. Pietro is owner and founder of Justice Government Supply, Inc., a Native American service-disabled veteran owned business proudly serving the women and men of the U.S. armed forces with a complete catalog of the finest steaks, roasts, select butcher chops and more across the globe.

Homelessness among veterans in the U.S. is largely tied to unemployment, as Pietro explains. "Unemployment among veterans is a complicated matter," he says, "whereby military occupations and training, at times, fail to translate well directly into civilian workforce positions."

"As a result," he continues, "it's not unusual for veterans to find themselves at a disadvantage when seeking employment beyond the military, despite largely unrivaled standards of discipline and commitment, as well as corresponding work ethics."

Pietro also points out that homelessness among veterans often has additional underlying causes and effects. "Thrust back into an unfamiliar way of life," he explains, "veterans often struggle to reintegrate which can lead to issues surrounding mental health and well-being, making finding work difficult, and contributing to an unfortunate prevalence of substance and alcohol abuse among veterans."

Accordingly, Steven Pietro wishes to further assist in supporting and finding valuable, skilled work for veterans, something which he says affords many veterans a feeling of purpose, a healthy source of income, and, as a result, helps to prevent against unnecessary cases of homelessness.

Currently, law graduate and businessman Pietro is seeking to drive employment opportunities and facilitate work for veterans via strategic partnerships with local, often also veteran-owned businesses and organizations. "These partnerships," he adds, wrapping up, "shall also seek to address issues pertaining to affordable housing and look to highlight the importance of understanding the many social challenges often faced by our country's incredible veterans in the process."

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Watchdog Organization will Educate Floridians on Human Rights Violations

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Psychiatry an Industry of Death Museum

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations to not only honor the victims but to prevent future genocides.

CCHR Florida

January 27th, was designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations with the intention to encourage development of educational programs.

By labeling citizens as mentally ill, German psychiatrists help perpetrate one of the darkest moments in human history and today we must be ever watchful that this is never allowed to happen again.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 24, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a nonprofit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuses, will be participating in an event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, January 27, 2019 held the Church of Scientology in Tampa, Florida.

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, January 27th, was designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly with the intention to not only honor the victims of the Nazi era but to also encourage the development of educational programs to prevent future genocides.

While most people are aware of the murder of millions of Jews during World War II, many have no idea that before the Nazi regime even came to power German psychiatrists proposed the extermination of mental health patients and developed processes and systems to murder patients by the thousands with euthanasia, including eugenically sterilizing patients. Organized psychiatry implemented 6 psychiatric facilities that aimed and succeeded in the killing of 100,000 German mental patients. These psychiatric facilities provided the training, personnel, and technologies to create the mass extermination camps for the Holocaust. [1]

“By labeling citizens as mentally ill, German psychiatrists help perpetrate one of the darkest moments in human history and today we must be ever watchful that this is never allowed to happen again, “ said the president of the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein. [2]

The United States allows for involuntary psychiatric examination in every state and during 2017 there were almost 200,000 such examinations, known as a Baker Act, in Florida alone. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have been given the power to use law enforcement to have any man, woman or child, no matter their age, taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility against their will if they believe the person is mentally ill. This power is granted despite the fact that there is no scientific test for mental illness and mental illness labels and disorders are simply voted into existence by psychiatrists and placed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These disorders are nothing more than the opinion of the very same people who profit off of mental health labels. [3] [4]

During the event CCHR hopes to raise social consciousness by connecting people to the inhumanity of the Holocaust and other human rights violations by providing education and community outreach in order to ensure future generations never forget. The free event begins with refreshments and a performance by international Israeli singer Ms. Judy Bechar, who performed a special song in memory of the victims of this horrific period in history. Doors open at 3:00pm and anyone interested in attending is asked to please call (727) 442-8820.

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.

References:
[1] “Psychiatry's role in the Holocaust” US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23511221
[2] GERMAN PSYCHIATRISTS ADMIT 70 YEARS TOO LATE TO NAZI KILLING SPREE AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EUGENICS STERILIZATIONS https://www.cchr.org/documentaries/age-of-fear/psychiatrists-admission-to-holocaust.html
[3] “Mental Illness in a Test Tube,” Scientific American https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/mental-illness-in-a-test-tube/
[4] PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS VOTED INTO EXISTENCE https://www.cchr.org/quick-facts/disorders-voted-into-existence.html

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