McSally, Booker, and Gillibrand Champion Animal Protection Provisions in Senate Spending Package

When domestic abuse victims seek shelter and safety, they shouldn't have to worry if their beloved pet will be abused if left behind—nor should they have to give them up.”

— U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, the U.S. Senate passed two critical animal protection provisions to protect survivors of domestic violence and their pets and urge robust enforcement of federal animal welfare laws. The measures were included as part of the Senate’s multi-Agency spending bill for FY20 and carried strong bipartisan support.

Led by U.S. Sens. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the first provision provides $3 million for a new grant program to help domestic violence shelters accommodate companion animals. The program was originally authorized by the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which was included in the Farm Bill signed into law in December 2018 and requires annual funding through the congressional appropriations process. The U.S. House included a lesser amount – $2 million in that chamber’s Agriculture Appropriations bill. AWA helped pass the PAWS Act last year, and our effort to secure funding was a logical follow up.

Far too many victims of domestic violence are forced to choose between their own safety and the safety of their pet, with few shelters having the ability to house pets, and the PAWS Act was passed with the aim to address this problem so that more shelters can accommodate pets. Both Sens. McSally and Gillibrand were cosponsors of the PAWS Act in 2018 – Sen. McSally then as a House Member, and Sen. Gillibrand, as a Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

"When domestic abuse victims seek shelter and safety, they shouldn't have to worry if their beloved pet will be abused if left behind—nor should they have to give them up,” said U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ). "That's why I pushed to get funding for the PAWS Act into this bill. Now, shelters can receive funds to accommodate abuse survivors and their companion animals who are truly a part of the family. It is great to see strong bipartisan support for my amendment.”

“We applaud Sens. McSally and Gillibrand for their leadership in funding the PAWS Act to protect domestic violence victims and their pets,” said Holly Gann, Director of Federal Affairs at Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation. “Pets are a significant source of support, and oftentimes, a family member. No one should ever be forced to choose between their own safety and the safety of their pets.”

The Senate also included a provision led by McSally and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) that reflects a move toward enhanced and robust enforcement of federal criminal animal welfare laws, including the animal fighting law, Horse Protection Act, and Crush Video law. It requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a report detailing enforcement activities of these laws and assesses any barriers to enhanced enforcement. This move comes on the heels of language adopted by the Senate in September directing DOJ to make enforcement of federal animal welfare laws a priority and passage of the Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement (PACE) Act, championed by Animal Wellness Action, and was also included in the 2018 Farm Bill. The PACE Act upgraded the current federal animal fighting law to clarify that the law applies to the U.S. territories and takes effect in December of this year.

“We’re grateful to both McSally and Senator Cory Booker for championing the effort to ensure strong enforcement of existing animal cruelty statutes, added Gann. “This sends a strong message to animal fighters that the Congress expects the Justice Dept. to prosecute animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We are seeing the enactment of strong federal anti-cruelty laws, and we need enforcement if they are to have meaning and to protect animals from malicious cruelty,” said Wayne Pacelle, Founder of Animal Wellness Action.

The U.S. House also took bipartisan action to crackdown on animal fighting and other federal animal welfare crimes, voting by an overwhelming margin of 381 to 50 earlier this year to dedicate $2 million to the effort earlier this year. The effort was led by U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Peter King (R-NY), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Cindy Axne (D-IA).

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Witness the Horrors of Marijuana Legalization in Award-Winning Documentary Screening

A series of interviews with community activists, officials and doctors in Colorado reveals a plethora of broken promises to voters so as to legalize marijuana.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Thursday, November 6, at 7pm, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW) Florida chapter will hold another screening in their center on N. Fort Harrison Avenue of the groundbreaking and award-winning documentary that the marijuana industry doesn’t want you to see: Marijuana X.

Taking place in the state of Colorado, through a series of interviews with local community activists, officials, doctors, neighbors and even homeless, independent filmmaker, Michael DeLeon reveals a plethora of broken promises made to Colorado voters in order to legalize marijuana. The promises broken were so severe that DeLeon had to remake the documentary twice after the marijuana industry bribed the people he interviewed to not speak out against marijuana in an attempt to suppress the truth.

“While the debate on legalization in Florida presses on, legal does not equal safe,” says Julieta Santagostino, president of the FDFW Florida chapter. “Marijuana has 400 chemicals in it. Some being the same ones found in cigarettes that cause cancer. And cigarettes are legal but there is no debate about the fact that smoking is a health risk.”

As part of their educational and preventative mission, FDFW has put together booklets containing factual information on the most commonly abused drugs, and in this case, marijuana. Anyone can order free copies of these booklets or read them online at www.drugfreeworld.org.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, please call 727-467-6962 or email info.fl@drugfreeworld.org.
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About Foundation for a Drug-Free World:

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit organization that educates youth and the community on the truth about drugs so they can make the right decision to live drug-free. The Church of Scientology is a sponsor of the program making it possible for the Foundation to provide educational materials at no cost to educators, law enforcement and the community. Humanitarian and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, said, “The single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.”

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Stephen Odzer Talks About How to Get Involved in Politics

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HENDERSON, NV, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Aside from being the CEO of YBT Industries of Henderson, NV, Stephen Odzer would consider likes to stay involved in politics. He says, “ I am very involved with the Republican Party and Republican Jewish Committee.” As a supporter of the Republican Party and Republican Jewish Committee, Stephen Odzer likes to encourage everyone to get involved with their local politics. He knows that not many people understand how to get started, so he considers it a joy to encourage others to get into politics. Below, Stephen Odzer talks about how to get involved in politics for beginners.

Volunteer for a Local Political Campaign
Stephen Odzer says the best way to get started in politics is by volunteering for a local political campaign. Volunteers who want to learn how the system works will benefit from learning about it in the headquarters of a campaign. Some volunteers help with tasks such as registering new voters, making phone calls, and more.

Join a Political Party
Although Stephen Odzer proudly belongs to the Republican Party, he encourages individuals to join the political party of their choice. The best way to join a party is to get involved and learn who the candidates running for local offices are.

Donate Money to Political Candidates
According to Stephen Odzer, once people find a candidate they believe in, the best way to support them is by donating money to their campaign. They don’t have to donate a lot of money, but even a little bit goes a long way. Those who donate money to their candidates will get access to their campaigns. Most candidates will acknowledge even the smallest of donations.

Watch the News and Stay Updated
One of the best ways to stay involved with politics is to pay attention to the news, according to Stephen Odzer. Learning about current events from reliable sources will help people understand what is at stake and give them a voice on issues that matter. For example, if there is a municipal issue, learning about it encourages people to take action to fix it. Learning about politics by watching the news also allows people to have educated debates.

Stephen Odzer also supports agencies that hire people with disabilities, the AHRC Foundation, Bris Avrohom, Jewish and Non-Jewish causes, and Arab/Jewish business cooperation. When he’s not supporting important causes and political affairs, Stephen Odzer is busy running around after his eight grandchildren. Stephen Odzer also likes to spend time with his seven children, especially at a New York Yankees game.

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With religious persecution on the rise, US Commission on International Religious Freedom needed now, more than ever

Roundtable meeting in support of international religious freedom

International Religious Freedom Roundtable meeting

Over 100 National groups, religious scholars, and human rights activists urge Congress to support religious freedom commission

It is vital that we stand together as a community of believers and non-believers, united in the belief that no one should be tortured, imprisoned, or killed due to their beliefs.”

— Rev. Susan Taylor

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office joined such diverse groups as the Baptist World Alliance, Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, and the Atheist Alliance of America in urging the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to help fight increasing religious persecution around the world.

A 2019 Pew Research study shows that globally restrictions and hostilities involving religion have risen significantly over the past decade. Pew reports, “The latest data shows that 52 governments – including some in very populous countries like China, Indonesia, and Russia – impose either “high” or “very high” levels of restrictions on religion, up from 40 in 2007.”

A coalition of 106 widely diverse organizations and individuals signed onto a letter urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to “continue to work together and hope that a bill will soon be passed thus ensuring the continued mission of USCIRF.” The group’s letter supports USCIRF saying, “From our various experiences, the Commission has played a vital role in supporting those around the world who suffer for their beliefs, conscience, or religion.”

Rev. Susan Taylor, signing the letter on behalf of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, remarked, “It is vital that we stand together as a community of believers and non-believers, united in the belief that no one should be tortured, imprisoned, or killed due to their beliefs. We recognize the importance of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom in supporting those victims of religious persecution. We are calling upon Congress to help the Commission become an even stronger voice in protecting religious freedom around the world.”

Periodically, as part of the annual budget conference, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, originally established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, must be reauthorized and funded.

The Commission is very active in supporting prisoners of conscience, protection of places of worship, and exposing human rights abuses committed due to religion throughout the world. Many prisoners, including Americans such as Pastor Andrew Brunson, have been freed after USCIRF took up their cause and advocated for their release. Pastor Brunson is an American pastor of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church who spent two years in jail in Turkey before the international appeal for his release lead to his release last year.

In light of the increased restrictions and repression of individuals simply for their religious faith or lack of faith, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is needed now more than ever.

END

Letter:

October 28, 2019
The Honorable James Risch
The Honorable Bob Menendez
Chairman
Ranking Member
Committee on Foreign Relations
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
United States Senate
483 Russell Senate Office Building
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Marco Rubio
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Richard Durbin
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
CC:
The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Majority Leader Minority Leader
United States Senate United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building 322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senators,

We write as an informal group of 106 organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious and secular leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners to express our gratitude for the time and attention paid to the reauthorization of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by you and your staff members.

From our various experiences, the Commission has played a vital role in supporting those around the world who suffer for their beliefs, conscience, or religion. Robust reporting products, advocating for prisoners of conscience, and resources such as prisoner lists are essential tools used often by civil society to advance this fundamental human right, which is a foreign policy priority of the United States as defined by Congress in the IRF Act of 1998.

Additionally, the value to a person who has been persecuted of being heard and respected by an official of the United States Government and then to have their story told in official documents cannot be overstated. It encourages them, supports recovery, and helps them become even greater advocates for those who are still harmed.

While some of the organizations and individuals who have signed have concerns about the legislation as it was introduced, we all hope that Congress will work together to find a way forward. We are encouraged that your teams continue to work together and hope that a bill will soon be passed thus ensuring the continued mission of USCIRF.

Signed:

ORGANIZATIONS
21Wilberforce
Advocates International
American Atheists
American Humanist Association
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
Asociacion Civil Esalcu
Atheist Alliance of America
Baha'is of the United States
Baptist World Alliance
Barzani Charity Foundation, USA
Bitter Winter
Bruderhof
Center for Inquiry
Center for Pluralism
CESNUR, Center for Studies on New Religions
China Aid Association
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office
Churches for Middle East Peace
Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations
Coptic Solidarity
Federation of Indian American Christian organizations
Free Yezidi Foundation
Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
Freethought Society
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Global Peace Foundation
Great Truth
HSLDA
Indefense of Christians
Indigenous Ministries International
Indian American Muslim Council
International Buddhist Information Bureau
International Campaign for the Rohingya
International Christian Concern
International Religious Liberty Program, Institute on Religion and Democracy
IRF for Horn of Africa
Jubilee Campaign USA
LifeStyle 74 Radio (Europe) RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE (USA)
Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers
Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA)
Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, Church of the Brethren
ORLIR (International Observatory of Religious Freedom of Refugees)
REDEEM!
Religious Freedom Roundtable Seoul Korea
Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America
Save the Persecuted Christians
Secular Coalition for America
Sikh Dharma
Society for Humanistic Judaism
TAF – Tahrir Alnisa Foundation
The Church of Almighty God
The Council of The Ethnic Peoples and Religions of Vietnam
The Nazarene Fund
Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union
Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association
United Pakistani American Christian Community, NY
Vietnam Committee on Human Rights
Vietnamese American Coalition
West Papua Human Rights Center
Yazda

INDIVIUALS (Organizations listed for identification purposes only)
Abdillahi Abib (President, IRF for Horn of Africa)
Ibrahim Anli (Advisor, Rumi Forum)
Delovan Barwari (Country Rep, Barzani Charity Foundation, USA)
Dwijen Bhattacharjya (Lecturer in bengali, Columbia University)
Simon Billenness (Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya)
Elijah Brown (General Secretary, Baptist World Alliance)
Ann Buwalda (Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign USA)
Dr. Vinh Cam (CEO, Vietnamese American Coalition)
Jeff Chen (VP of Advocacy, Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC)
Ransom Cho (Assist Secretary, Justice for the Peoples of British Southern Cameroons unto Independence
– USA)
Kyle Cristofalo (Gov Relations, Churches for Middle East Peace)
Rachel Deitch (Legislative and Social Justice Manager, American Humanist Association)
William Devlin (Director, REDEEM!)
Michael Donnelly (Senior Counsel, HSLDA)
Amal Eltayeb (Activist & Policy Economist, Sudanese American Activist.)
Penelope Faulkner (International Relations Officer, International Buddhist Information Bureau)
Zeno Gamble (Operations Manager, The Nazarene Fund)
Mike Ghouse (President, Center for Pluralism)
Gregory W. Hamilton (President, Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA))
Nathan Hosler (Rev. Dr., Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, Church of the Brethren)
Johann Huleatt (Outreach Director, Bruderhof)
Pari Ibrahim (Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation)
Massimo Introvigne (Director, Center for Studies on New Religions)
Bettina Krause (Director, Government Affairs, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Dede Laugesen (Executive Director, Save the Persecuted Christians)
Jason Lemieux (Gov Relations, Center for Inquiry)
Greg Mitchell (Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable)
Faith McDonnell (Director, International Religious Liberty Program, Institute on Religion and Democracy)
Scott Morgan (Red Eagle Enterprises)
Paul Murray (Vice President, Global Peace Foundation)
Ronald Myers (Founder, Journalist, LifeStyle 74 Radio (Europe) RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE (USA))
Satoshi Nishihata (Happy Science USA Washington Bureau)
Patrice Pederson (President, First Freedom Foundation)
Matias Perttula (Director of Advocacy, International Christian Concern)
John Prabhudoss (Federation of Indian American Christian organizations)
Tariq Rehmat (President, United Pakistani American Christian Community, NY)
William Rogers (Associate Pastor, Pentecostal Church of God.)
Mariyah Sohanghpurwala (Dawat-e-Hadiyah America)
Simran Stuelpnagel (Secretary, Religious Liberty, Sikh Dharma)
Susan Taylor (National Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology National Affairs Office)
Dr. Quoc-Hung Tran (President, Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam)
Vo Van Ai (President, Vietnam Committee on Human Rights)
Anthony Vance (Director of Public Affairs, Baha'is of the United States)
Herman Wainggai (Executive Director, West Papua Human Rights Center)
Lily Zhang (Director of Government and Advocacy, Falun Dafa Association of Washington D.C.)

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Impeachment Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Going to be Everywhere this Year

Impeachment Ugly Christmas Sweaters will be hot this year

Impeachment Ugly Christmas Sweaters will be hot this year

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters supporting the impeachment of President Trump will be 2019 breakout items according to the website, Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas.

Trump ugly Christmas sweaters were hot the last two years but this year we see them going from parody to protest.”

— Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you were hoping for peace and harmony in the 2019 holiday season, then Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas says you are going to be disappointed. The website, which tracks industry trends says impeachment ugly Christmas sweater interest is spiking early in the holiday season.

In 2017 and 2018 funny Trump Christmas Sweaters were very popular. But this year things are going from parody to protest. We think people who may have made fun of Trump in the past will wear impeachment sweaters, t-shirts and sweatshirts this year to show their support for impeaching the President, writes the site. Trump ugly Christmas sweaters have been around since the 2016 election.

The increasing likelihood of impeachment proceedings is the top news story of the moment. And with half the country currently supporting impeachment, the site says interest will last throughout the holidays. Sales leading-indicators project that interest isn’t going to wane, and this is the breakout subject for this Season, according to the site.

Ironically, the Ugly Christmas sweater trend started off lighthearted and only became more political and controversial later. According to the site, it started in the early 2000s as hip revelers in Vancouver, Canada began holding parties where guests were encouraged to wear the tackiest Christmas sweaters they could find. According to Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas, this was a way to poke some fun at some of the tackier, commercial elements of Christmas but also tapped into nostalgia.

Uncool became cool. Young people associated ugly sweaters with TV sitcom dads from the 80s and 90s who wore them, often with no explanation. This became a common trope as fathers and father figures on shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Cosby Show, Family Matters and Growing Pains wore ugly sweaters.

According to Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas, one of the fastest growing segments of the market covers inappropriate topics. Naughty ugly Christmas sweaters include references to potty humor, religion and, of course politics.

We saw the market expand from tacky sweaters with vintage style designs to outright gaudy ones with garland, tinsel and Christmas decorations attached to them. Over the last several years we have seen more and more holiday sweaters trying to push the envelope of good taste and decorum more, observes the site. Increasingly, wearers are making a statement about their views or values.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas says people should shop early for hotter segments like impeachment sweaters. Manufacturers and retailers can have difficulty projecting demand so they may run out of certain designs sizes early.

The site says that Ugly Christmas sweaters are great conversation starters for parties. They offer advice on hosting ugly Christmas sweater parties and recently posted suggestions for winning ugly Christmas sweater contests, which are sometimes held at those parties.

But the site warns people to use good judgement about where they wear ones with controversial themes. The site says to expect stories about people wearing Trump sweaters to work or family gatherings, causing arguments. With slogans like "All I want for Christmas is Impeachment," these items will likely provoke conversations, at least. The site offers advice on what to buy for different holiday gatherings with more detailed advice on dressing for office holiday parties.

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