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

Stephen Odzer Henderson

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 Sweater Ideas

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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Highly Anticipated New Political Thriller, "The Salvation Project," to Launch at National Press Club's Annual Book Fair

Book Life Calls It “Memorable”

Is It Real, Or Is It Fantasy

Rothstein takes high stakes political espionage to a very contemporary, credibly scary, and absolutely addictive level.”

— Pacific Reviews

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — One hundred authors will be on hand at the National Press Club Friday, November 1, for the Club's annual Book Fair. Money raised at the event supports the Club's Journalism Institute and its advocacy for freedom of the press. Doors open to the public for the annual gala at 5:30 p.m.

Among the literary offerings will be Joe Rothstein's highly anticipated new political thriller, "The Salvation Project." Pacific Reviews says "The Salvation Project" conjures memories of great past thrillers, Richard Condon's "Manchurian Candidate," and Steven King's "Dead Zone." But Pacific Reviews adds, "Far from simply imitating those books, Rothstein takes high stakes political espionage to a very contemporary, credibly scary, and absolutely addictive level."

Rothstein's earlier political thriller, "The Latina President and The Conspiracy to Destroy Her," introduced Isabel Aragon Tennyson–"Tenny"–a charismatic Mexican-American heiress as U.S. President. Tenny is back in the "Salvation Project," this time confronted by a more ruthless international conspiracy with a literally killer agenda that would change America forever.

"The Salvation Project" will go on sale generally November 3.

"I'm really pleased that the National Press Club selected 'The Salvation Project,' as one of literary works featured in the Book Fair," said Rothstein. "Support for freedom of the press is vital at any time, and particularly now, when it is under such intense assault in so many parts of the world. Fearless, enterprising journalism has never been more important

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Karen Brill for Palm Beach County Commissioner District 5 Endorsed by Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon

Karen Brill

Palm Beach County Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon

Vote Karen Brill for Palm Beach County Commission District 5

Democrat Karen Brill’s experience, local community commitment and strong record of service earns her the endorsement by Tax Collector Anne Gannon

I am excited to have the support of Tax Collector Anne Gannon. She understands my commitment to the residents, neighborhoods and local businesses here in District 5 and Palm Beach County.”

— Karen Brill

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Democrat Karen Brill for Palm Beach County Commission District 5, today announces Palm Beach County Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon has endorsed her campaign.

Gannon states, “Karen Brill unequivocally understands District 5. Karen’s experience in representing this area on the school board, fiscal experience overseeing a billion-dollar budget with the county’s largest employer and her track record of solving local issues makes her the ideal choice for County Commission District 5. We can all count on Karen to get the job done.”

“I am excited to have the support of Tax Collector Anne Gannon. She understands my commitment to the residents, neighborhoods and local businesses here in District 5 and Palm Beach County. I am looking forward to working with Gannon on moving Palm Beach County forward,” states Brill.

Longtime resident and Palm Beach County School Board Member since November 2010, Brill has been actively involved in public education, notably as an advocate for students with disabilities. She is also a licensed realtor with over eight years of residential sales experience and has more than 40 years of business experience with an emphasis on business development and marketing.

Brill serves as a Board Member for Community Alliance of Palm Beach County, as well as the Educational Foundation of Palm Beach County. She is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA) Delegate, a graduate of Florida’s Partners in Policymaking, and served six years on the State Advisory for the Education of Exceptional Students.

We welcome you to follow Karen Brill at www.KarenBrill.com or contact her at Karen@KarenBrill.com.

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தமிழர்கள் ஏன் ஒரு தமிழ் ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும்.

தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழ் தேசியவாதத்தை, "வடகிழக்கு சுய ஆட்சி , தமிழ் மொழி, தமிழ் கலாச்சாரம், தமிழ் வாழ்க்கை முறை அவர்களின் மத நம்பிக்கைகளை நிலை நாட்டுவது"

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, October 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — ஜனாதிபதி தேர்தலில், தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிக்குமாறு- வவுனியாவில் தொடர்ச்சியாக 984ஆவது நாளாகவும் சுழற்சி முறை போராட்டத்தில் ஈடுபட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கின்ற கடத்தப்பட்டும் காணாமல் போன உறவுகளின் சங்கம் கோரிக்கை விடுத்துள்ளது.

தமிழ் மக்களை காணாமல் ஆக்கிவிட்டு இங்கே சிங்கள வேட்பாளர்கள் என்ன முகத்துடன் வாக்கு கேட்டு வருகிறார்கள் ? அவர்களுக்கு நாங்கள் வாக்களிக்க கூடாது எனவும் மீன் சின்னத்திலே போட்டி போடுகின்ற தமிழ் வேட்பாளர்களுக்கு தமிழர்கள் வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும் எனவும் காணாமல் போன உறவுகள் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளனர்.

ஜனநாயக தேர்தல் தொடர்பாக தமிழ் ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிப்பதன் மூலம் தமிழர்கள் ஒருங்கிணைந்த கொள்கையுடன் ஒன்றுபட்டுள்ளனர் என்பதை உலகுக்கு காண்பிக்க இது ஒரு அரிய வாய்ப்பு என குறிப்பிட்டு மீன் சின்னம் பொறிக்கப்பட்டு அதற்கு புள்ளடியிடப்பட்ட பதாதைகளை போராட்டத்தில் கலந்து கொண்ட காணாமல் போன உறவுகள் தாங்கியிருந்தமை காண கூடியதாக இருந்தது.

கடத்தப்பட்டும் காணாமல் போன உறவுகளின் சங்கம் விடுத்துள்ள அறிக்கையை கீழே காணலாம்:

1. ஒரு தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழர்கள் தங்கள் அரசியல் தீர்வு விருப்பத்தை வெளிப்படுத்த ஐ.நா. உதவியுடன் சர்வஜன வாக்கெடுப்பு வேண்டுமென வலியுறுத்த.

2. ஒரு தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது சர்வதேச குற்றவியல் நீதிமன்றத்தால் சிங்கள போர்க்குற்றங்களுக்கு பொறுப்பு கூறல் மற்றும் நீதியை தமிழர்கள் விரும்புகிறார்கள் என்பதைக் காண்பிக்கும்.

3. ஒரு தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது எக்கிஜா ராஜ்ஜா (ஒற்றையாட்சி) மற்றும் புத்த மதத்திற்கு முதன்மையான இடத்தை நிராகரிக்கும்.

4. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழர்கள் சுய ஆட்சியை விரும்புகிறார்கள் என்பதைக் குறிக்கும், அல்லது சிங்கள ஆட்சியை நிராகரிப்பது. இது சிங்கள அரசியலை நிராகரிக்க வேண்டும் என்பதாகும்.

5. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழ் தேசியவாதத்தை, அதாவது "வடகிழக்கு சுய ஆட்சி , தமிழ் மொழி, தமிழ் கலாச்சாரம், தமிழ் வாழ்க்கை முறை மற்றும் அவர்களின் மத நம்பிக்கைகளை நிலை நாட்டுவது" இவை யாவையும் விரும்புவர் ஓர் தமிழ் தேசியவாதி.

6. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழ் தாயகத்தில் சிங்கள குடியேற்றத்தை தமிழர்கள் நிராகரிப்பதைக் காண்பிக்கும்.

7. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழ் தாயகத்தில் சிங்கள இராணுவ ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளை தமிழர்கள் நிராகரிப்பதைக் காண்பிக்கும்.

8. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழர்கள், தமிழர் தாயகத்தில் புத்தத்த விகாரைகளை கட்டுவதை நிராகரிப்பதைக் காண்பிக்கும்.

9. தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது, தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் கொள்கைகளான சர்வதேச விசாரணைக்கு பதிலாக உள்ளூர் போர்க்குற்ற விசாரணை, வடகிழக்கு இணைப்புக்கு எதிர், எக்கியா ராஜ்ஜா (ஒற்றையாட்சி அரசு), புதிய அரசியலமைப்பு, தமிழரை அடிமை பாதைக்கு கொண்டு செல்வது மற்றும் கூட்டமைப்பின் தமிழ் பிரதிநிதித்துவம் போன்றவற்ரை தமிழர்கள் நிராகரிப்பதைக் காண்பிக்கும்.

10. ஒரு தமிழருக்கு வாக்களிப்பது தமிழர்கள் தங்களின் முடிவில்லாத அரசியல் பிரச்சினையை தீர்க்க அமெரிக்கா, ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியம் மற்றும் இந்தியாவின் உதவியை விரும்புகிறது என்பதையும் இனப்படுகொலைகளிலிருந்து நிரந்தர பாதுகாப்பை விரும்புவதையும் காண்பிக்கும் .

ஜனாதிபதி வாக்குப்பதிவில் யார் பெயர் என்பது முக்கியமல்ல, ஒரு தமிழரைத் தேடுங்கள் அவர் தமிழ் தேசியவாதியானால் , அவருக்கு வாக்களியுங்கள்.

நீங்கள் அவரை விரும்புகிறீர்களா இல்லையா என்பது முக்கியமல்ல; ஆனால் அவர் ஒரு தமிழ் தேசியவாதி என்பதே முக்கியம்.

அவர் பல முறை ஜனாதிபதியாக தேர்தலில் போட்டியிட்டாலும் பரவாயில்லை; அவர் ஒரு தமிழ் தேசியவாதி என்றால் வாக்களியுங்கள்

அவர் கூட, ஜனாதிபதித் தேர்தலில் இருந்து விலகுவதாகக் கூறினாலும் பரவாயில்லை. இந்த தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிக்கவும். இது எங்கள் குறியீட்டு வாக்கு, அவர் எங்களால் விரும்பிய தமிழ் நபராக இல்லாமல் இருக்கலாம்;

இந்த வேட்பாளர் பெயர் சிவாஜிலிங்கம் என்றாலும் பரவாயில்லை; அவர் ஒரு தமிழ் தேசியவாதி என்றால் அவருக்கு வாக்களியுங்கள்.

சிவாஜிலிங்கம் என்பவர் ஏன் ஒரு தமிழ் தேசியவாதியா ? ஆம் ஏனெனில், அவர் முன்மொழியப்பட்ட மூன்று முக்கியமான வடக்கு மாகாண சபை தீர்மானத்தை ஜெனீவாவில் உள்ள யு.என்.எச்.ஆர்.சி. க்கு கொண்டு சென்றார். இவை யு.என்.எச்.ஆர்.சி யில் இனப்படுகொலை குறித்து ஆராய வேண்டும் எனவும் , யு.என்.எச்.ஆர்.சி யிடம் போர்க்குற்றத்தை ஐ.சி.சி கொண்டு செல்லவும் மற்றும் தமிழர்கள் தங்கள் அரசியல் எதிர்காலத்தை தீர்மானிக்க சர்வசன வாக்கெடுப்புக்கு பரிந்துரைக்குமாறும் கேட்டுக் கொண்டவ ர்.

தமிழ் வேட்பாளருக்கு வாக்களிப்பதன் மூலம், தமிழர்கள் ஒருங்கிணைந்த கொள்கையுடன் ஒன்றுபட்டுள்ளனர் என்பதை உலகுக்கு காண்பிக்க இது ஒரு அரிய வாய்ப்பு .

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Poll Shows Majority of Americans Oppose Wild Horse Roundup Plan as BLM Scapegoating of Wild Horses Provokes Backlash

A terrifying wild horse roundup in action

A terrifying wild horse roundup in action

This dangerous proposal is the greatest threat to wild horses and burros in decades, and the American taxpayer is going to finance…upwards of $5 Billion.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — New polling released today by the American Wild Horse Campaign finds a strong bipartisan majority of Americans oppose a new plan to round up mass numbers of federally protected wild horses and burros from America’s Western public lands. The plan, which would reduce wild herds by 70%, is currently being touted by Acting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director, William Perry Pendley and livestock industry lobbyists, but is opposed by the vast majority of wild horse protection and animal welfare organizations. Pendley is expected to make an appearance at the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

“Our recent polling documents that the nearly three in four Americans oppose the costly and cruel mass roundup and incarceration plan for America’s cherished wild free-roaming horses and burros,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC). “Americans do not want their tax dollars used to clear the public lands of wild horses and burros in order to replace these iconic animals with subsidized commercial livestock.”

“This dangerous proposal is the greatest threat to wild horses and burros in decades, and the American taxpayer is going to finance the whole shebang – even the BLM has admitted removals could cost upwards of $5 Billion,” said Marty Irby, Executive Director at Animal Wellness Action and a lifelong horseman. “If this ghastly proposal is executed, we’ll see massive roundups, swelling captive wild horse populations, and jubilation from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association that secured political cover from the Humane Society of the U.S., Humane Society Legislative Fund, and ASPCA for their long-time aspiration to cement a government-funded wild horse depopulation program.”

The Public Policy Polling survey conducted a poll of 686 registered voters on Oct 25-27 last weekend and found:

– 74% of respondents oppose the removal of nearly two-thirds of the wild horses and burros living free on America’s public lands today.

– 78% oppose the holding of tens of thousands of more horses and burros in pens and pastures at taxpayer expense, which could increase pressure to slaughter these animals over the long run.

– 79% of Americans oppose the surgical sterilization of wild mares (female horses) via a procedure that removes their ovaries.

At the same time, conservationists are reacting strongly to BLM chief Pendley’s recent claim that wild horses are “an existential threat” to the public lands, particularly given the fact that 88% of BLM land has no wild horses on it.

In response, Erik Molvar, wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Western Watersheds Project, wrote, “Pendley’s misstatements about wild horses and the magnitude of environmental threats on the lands that his agency manages speaks either to a monumental incompetence and ignorance, or to an aggressive dishonesty and commitment to a “fake news” approach to informing the public about Western public lands.”

Last week, Molvar – a leading expert on the environmental threats to Western public lands posed by commercial livestock grazing – joined Nevada business leaders and wild horse advocates at a press conference in Reno to address the propaganda campaign being waged against wild horses, stating, “The administration’s obsession with wild horses, while turning a blind eye to the real and serious problems that livestock overgrazing causes on these same lands demonstrates a systematic myopia and willful desire to ignore and perpetuate ecological problems caused by the livestock industry.”

An editorial in last week’s High Country News, a non-profit magazine and news operation dedicated to informing and inspiring people to act on behalf of the West’s natural and human communities, echoed Molvar’s sentiments.

“The real problem with wild horses is that there’s no money to be made from them. And by focusing on them, Pendley hopes to divert our attention from the true threat to public lands: unbridled greed,” the editorial concluded, referencing Pendley’s history of fighting for the “private property rights” of extractive industries (oil/gas/mining/livestock) to exploit the public lands.

According to AWHC, the intensifying propaganda campaign by Pendley and his industry allies against wild horses is aimed at convincing Congress to fund the expensive new plan to clear the public lands of virtually every wild horse and burro remaining wild today. Misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild Horse and Burro Management,” the plan would accelerate the removal (by helicopter roundup) of wild mustangs from public lands and allow for inhumane management methods, such as cruel surgeries to sterilize wild mares by ripping out their ovaries. Although billed as a “non-lethal plan,” the proposal actually makes slaughter more likely over the long run by dramatically increasing the number of horses and burros maintained in captivity at taxpayer expense with no guarantee of funding for their long-term care.

The plan is opposed by the vast majority of animal welfare and wild horse protection organizations.

The American Wild Horse Campaign, Animal Wellness Action, and The Cloud Foundation will hold a congressional briefing, Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 12:30 – 1:30 in the House Natural Resources Committee Room, Longworth HOB 1334. Members of the media are encouraged and welcomed to attend.

The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, with more than 700,000 supporters and followers nationwide. AWHC is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse and burros in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. In addition to advocating for protection and preservation of America’s wild herds, AWHC implements the largest wild horse fertility control program in the world through a partnership with the State of Nevada for wild horses that live in the Virginia Range near Reno.

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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JOHN CONYERS, PROGRESSIVE GIANT — Statement.on His Passing By Former Spokesman Robert Weiner

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, October 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Former John Conyers spokesman and lifetime friend, Robert Weiner, put out the following statement on the passing of the former Detroit Congressman in a piece for the Michigan Chronicle.

Weiner begins, “A vignette of memories from Bob Weiner, former Press Secretary/Spokesman for Conyers and his committees, and life time friend later, White House spokesman and now leader of oped writing group that won the National Press Club President's Award for recruiting and mentoring young journalists to co-write with Bob in major papers. They have done 900, including many in the Chronicle.”

He continues, “John Conyers was the most consistent, rational voice for practical progressivism in America. With his low key and steady tone, he always tried to move the bar of logic and accomplishment as far as he could and still win. Here is a vignette of some memories.”

He writes, “When Obama was about to announce and Hillary was far in the lead, I walked into his office and said, "You know Hillary will win." Congressman Conyers said to me, "How do I not support the person who could be the first African American President?" Conyers became the first member of Congress to endorse Obama, and my political wisdom was shown for what it was…”

He goes on, “After AG Janet Reno sent DOJ police into the WACO compound to try to rescue the kids but the crazy leader got everybody to agree to burn the place down and kill everyone, Thew Committee called her to testify. Conyers was Cahir of Government Operations at the Time but the 2nd ranking on Judiciary then. The Gov Ops Chief of Staff did not want to alert the Congressman that AG Reno had arrived for fear of what the congressman would say. There were 20 TV cameras there — everyone — and I as press person knew it was my obligation to tell him and to urge him to come. I went to the office to tell him and he said, "Of course I must go." He proceeded to tell the Attorney General, on camera — I remember as though it was yesterday– "Madam Attorney General, you did exactly the right thing by offering to resign." I went back to my office and hid under my desk but John Conyers, ever the astute leader, called her up and arranged a bonding meeting the next morning and all was well.”

He reports, “Conyers as Judiciary Committee Democratic Leader had to corral Democrats in support of Clinton when the vote was about to happen in his committee to send the impeachment vote to the House. The Republicans had the majority and the votes, my wife and I walked into his office before the vote and the lights were off, while Conyers had somber jazz music playing. That was the sad mood he wanted to amplify before he walked down to the committee room, with, my wife and me in tow.”

He explains, “On the anniversary of Nixon's resignation under the assuredness of an impeachment and conviction, Cong. Conyers was interviewed on major morning TV as someone who was there and on the Judiciary Committee. When asked about Nixon's positive legacy for this and that, Conyers replied, referring to the cover up during Watergate, ‘Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?’”

He writes, “During the Obamacare ACA vote, since it was close-close-close, Cong Conyers brought all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, one by one, into his office. I witnessed several of the meetings and many CBC members were saying, ‘But it doesn't go far enough, I'll vote no.’ Conyers had credibility as the author of Medicare-for-All and said, ‘We have to take this step or we'll never get there, and the Medicaid expansion plus benefits expansion to pre-existing conditions, youth covered to 26, and drugs for seniors is huge. There is no way we can pass this up.’ He got at least half of the CBC to vote yes and the bill passed by ONE VOTE.”

He continues, “He always pressed for jobs and full employment. He led weekly meetings in his office strategizing how to fund training, employment, and jobs and infrastructure expansion to get under 5% unemployment. One major accomplishment was that the Federal Reserve Bank (‘The Fed’) was always forgetting they have two proscribed missions in their charter, keep inflation (and interest rates) low AND create jobs. Conyers uniquely among other members wrote a major letter reminder to the Fed about this second part of their mission and the liberal Fed Chairs since have been paying attention to it. It has made a big difference.”

He goes on, “Cong. Conyers was about to have a hearing on ‘Discrimination in prisons’ suggested by the Republicans and the staff had done a write-up on their issues of a big fisherman company guy put in jail for making too much money, and professional biker, a NASCAR racer, and other business people. Conyers asked the staff, ‘What about the African American victims of the drug war with crack-vs-powder at 10-1 penalties, and disproportionate arrests and death penalties.?’ He totally changed the theme of the hearing and the witnesses said he was ‘exactly right.’”

Weiner concludes, “The great muckraking journalist Jack Anderson approached us once and said, ‘We're doing a story on Conyers not investigating corruption because of his contributions.’ We told him, ‘That's a false story, and it's also the last time you'll hear from us. Or you can write about what he is indeed investigating regardless of who's President, about weapons system and government malfunctions, fraud and abuse, and you'll have a lot of good stories.’ Anderson and co-writer Michael Binstock took the deal and wrote at least a dozen individual stories. Then, in a surprise to us all, he wrote a summary story, 'JOHN CONYERS– PERSISTENCE AND POWER.' He got it right.”

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