ACLJ Files Major Lawsuit Challenging California Ban on Singing in Church

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

ACLJ has teamed up with Tyler & Bursch, The National Center for Law and Policy (NCLP), and Advocates for Faith & Freedom in filing this lawsuit.

Banning singing in California churches is an unconstitutional abuse of power. And to do it in the name of a pandemic is despicable.”

— Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of ACLJ

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 16, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has just filed a lawsuit challenging the state of California’s ban on singing and chanting activities in places of worship on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, and River of Life Church, in Oroville, California.

On July 1, 2020, California updated the health order to include a Worship Guidance that now states, "Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities.” On or about July 11, 2020, a spokeswoman for California’s Office of Emergency Services confirmed that the worship ban “must be followed.” This ban violates our plaintiff’s constitutional rights under the First Amendment and Equal Protection clauses of the U. S. Constitution. (Click HERE to read the full complaint.)

The ACLJ immediately condemned the California governor's July 1st ban on singing and chanting in places of worship. Banning singing in California churches is an unconstitutional abuse of power. And to do it in the name of a pandemic is despicable. This ban is clearly targeted at religion. It is clearly a violation of the First Amendment and a direct violation of religious liberty.

To fight this unconstitutional abuse of power, the ACLJ has teamed up with Tyler & Bursch, The National Center for Law and Policy (NCLP), and Advocates for Faith & Freedom in filing this lawsuit.

Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of ACLJ, immediately condemned the California governor's July 1 ban on singing and chanting in places of worship: “Banning singing in California churches is an unconstitutional abuse of power. And to do it in the name of a pandemic is despicable. This ban is clearly targeted at religion. It is clearly a violation of the First Amendment and a direct violation of religious liberty.”

Robert Tyler, Partner at Tyler & Bursch, LLP, added: “Let me be clear, the State does not have the jurisdiction to ban houses of worship from singing praises to God.”

On July 13, 2020, Governor Newsom issued yet another order governing indoor operations. Under this most recent order, worship services, together with protests, fitness centers, malls, offices for non-essential actors and personal care services are permitted to remain open in the counties in which our clients are located, and singing and chanting is only banned in worship services. Such activities are still permissible for all other indoor activities, including protests.

The orders are clear: Failure to comply with the Worship Ban “constitutes an imminent threat to public health and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

Named as defendants, all in their official capacities only, are California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Public Health Officer Sonia Angell, M.D., Mendocino County Public Health Officer Noemi Dooham, M.D., and Butte County Public Health Officer Ngoc-Phuong Luu, M.D.

The lawsuit requests a restraining order and injunctive relief based on the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Our clients would like to see a quick resolution, with the governor and health officers changing or modifying this wording.

Since the initiation of the lockdown, restrictive mandates in the state’s health orders have been applied to houses of worship unfairly and much more aggressively than other businesses arbitrarily deemed essential, including restaurants and other gatherings. In fact, once they are allowed to reopen, this current state order does not ban singing or chanting in dine-in restaurants/bars/wineries, casinos, family entertainment centers, day camps, hotels, shopping malls, childcare centers, schools, or music, tv, and film production.

In Mendocino and Butte counties, indoor worship services, together with protests, fitness centers, malls, offices for non-essential actors, and personal care services, as well as day camps, hotels, childcare centers, schools, or music, tv, and film production are permitted to remain open. Yet, singing and chanting is only banned in places of worship.

Over 230,000 people have already signed the ACLJ petition to stop the unconstitutional ban on singing in church. SIGN IT TODAY: https://aclj.org/religious-liberty/dont-ban-singing-in-church

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Resources to Help a Country Facing a Moral Crisis – Free and Interactive Human Rights Educational Materials

Erica Rodgers addressing Congressional aides and human rights advocates on Capitol Hill.

Erica Rodgers addressing Congressional aides and human rights advocates on Capitol Hill.

Mary Shuttleworth, President of YHR International with speakers and awardees on the US Capitol grounds following the US National Human Rights Conference

Mary Shuttleworth, President of YHR International with speakers and awardees on the US Capitol grounds following the 2019 US National Human Rights Conference

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

Youth for Human Rights International offers free materials as well as a free online course to educate students in basic human rights.

Youth for Human Rights International offers free materials as well as a free online course to educate students in basic human rights.

Restoring dignity and worth of the human person with free access to free high-quality materials to educate people of all ages on their fundamental human rights.

Human rights education is the key to reversing our moral crisis.”

— Erica Rodgers, Youth for Human Rights

WASHINGTON , DC, USA, July 15, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The goal of a world where people treat each other with respect and dignity is far from a reality. Within the United States, human rights abuses are clearly evident especially in light of recent events involving racism, police reform, human trafficking and other abuses. People are not all treated equally or with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings. Our only hope is a world reborn through understanding and respect of basic human rights values. This can only be done through effective education.

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization based in California with hundreds of local chapters located in over 192 countries across the globe. YHRI human rights advocates are committed to educating people worldwide on their basic human rights and accompanying responsibilities using the 30 article of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Learning these articles empowers young people to become leaders, advocating for tolerance and peace.

While many other global human rights organizations focus on raising concerns about human rights violations, advancing research and advocating on behalf of the victims of abuse, Youth for Human Rights International complements this work by addressing these issues with educational materials and activities.

“Youth for Human Rights International focuses on preventive actions. We are working to change the course of the future by preventing the abuses from happening in the first place through broad scale education in the 30 basic human rights. Human rights education is the key to reversing our moral crisis,” said Erica Rodgers, Director of the National Office of Youth for Human Rights. The National Office holds numerous educational seminars, as well as the US National Human Rights Conference in Washington, DC.

At the core of its campaign are the informational “What Are Human Rights?” booklets, introducing youth and adults to the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which are illustrated in simple and clear language. The booklets are provided free of charge to millions of people around the world and are made available in 17 languages at https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/request-info/human-rights-booklet.html

The increasing interest of young people in learning their human rights led to the creation of 30 accompanying audiovisual public service announcements (PSAs). Each powerful PSA illustrates an article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through scenarios that appeal to anyone, enabling individuals of any age and literacy level to understand and apply this document.

Filling the need for high-quality and effective human rights education, Youth for Human Rights provides educators worldwide with complete Education Packages in 17 languages, free of charge.

Included in each Education Package https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/educators.html are the following human rights action tools:

1. The Youth for Human Rights Educator’s Guide contains lesson plans, enrichment activities, ideas for activating the students on human rights education and a list of specific correlations of the lessons to model education standards. This is a resource for implementing a complete human rights curriculum in your class or school, or can be integrated into an existing curriculum.

2. The Story of Human Rights is a powerful and compelling documentary film that defines human rights by telling the dramatic story of the history and development of human rights from earliest times to the present day. The documentary is suitable for all ages and available in 17 languages.

3. Public service announcements depict each of the 30 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These individual videos portray in real-life terms what each one of the 30 human rights is. They have been airing on TV, in movie theaters and sports stadiums all over the world. They are translated in 17 languages.

4. UNITED music video, a winner of more than a dozen international awards—including “Best Short Film” at the New York International Independent Film Festival. This five-minute, street-savvy, multiethnic video gives a human rights message and advocates nonviolence. Available in 17 languages.

5. The “What Are Human Rights?” booklet contains a fully illustrated, youth version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights that makes human rights understandable for young people. It is available in packages of 24.

6. A set of 30 posters, each highlighting one the 30 human rights, help reinforce human rights education in your school or community centers.

7. Glossary of terms, references to print and online resources.

These tools can empower any educator to bring human rights to life for young people through education. All the materials are free to educators.

About Youth for Human Rights International:

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the mission to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which lists the 30 human rights every person has – and how these become interwoven into everyday life. To learn more go to https://www.youthforhumanrights.org or watch
https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/mary-shuttleworth.html

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Recreational Cannabis and Social Consumption Lounges Arrive in Ypsilanti with Oz 

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Oz Cannabis

Oz Cannabis Ypsilanti building

Oz Cannabis Ypsilanti building

Oz Cannabis launches adult-use cannabis sales in Ypsilanti; Darren McCarty, Braylon Edwards, others to appear at Grand Opening ceremony Friday July 17

Ypsilanti is flourishing and is on the rise. We bought an Ann Arbor location, then sold it just to locate in Ypsilanti. We love the culture, from Depot Town to the south side neighborhoods.”

— Nemer Haddad, Oz Cannabis

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN , UNITED STATES, July 16, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recreational cannabis has arrived in Ypsilanti. Oz Cannabis is the first company to receive both city- and state-approval as a marijuana retailer selling medical and adult-use cannabis. The Oz store, located at 19 N. Hamilton is having a Grand Opening celebration on Friday July 17.
   
Ypsilanti has been a medical marijuana provisioning center city only- until Oz Cannabis arrived. The company has pioneered adult-use sales in the city but is on the brink of opening yet another Ypsilanti first: a social use lounge, currently under construction. A social use lounge is a place where store-bought cannabis can be consumed but not sold. The Oz Cannabis group has been pre-approved for a social use license, one of the first in the state.  
  
Oz operates four other stores in Michigan, including Detroit, with two more under construction in Owosso and Meridian Township. The group also has facilities in Missouri and Oklahoma. 

At the center of the Oz business is Nemer Haddad, a former jeweler turned marijuana business entrepreneur and a native Michigan resident. Haddad is excited about the re-opening of the Ypsilanti store because of the business' history and the character of the city itself. 

"Ypsilanti is flourishing and is on the rise," Haddad said. "We bought an Ann Arbor location, then sold it just to locate in Ypsilanti. We love the culture, from Depot Town to the south side neighborhoods." Oz Cannabis is located in the same building as the historic 3rd Coast dispensary, which began in 2009. 

Friday's Grand Opening is expected to be filled with cannabis industry influencers and notable figures, including: four-time Stanley Cup winner, former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty; former University of Michigan and NFL star Braylon Edwards; 3rd Coast original owners Darrell Stavros and Jamie Lowell; other celebrities will be attending. Official opening ceremonies begin at 1pm. Social distancing will be observed. The store will be open at 10am for adults 21 and over or medical cannabis card holders.
    
Media is welcome to attend without confirmation. Parking is available for television trucks nearby.

Interviews will be available with principals and other industry figures as early as 11am. 

Learn more about Oz Cannabis on their website at: http://ozcannabis.com/

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NATIONAL VETERAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND MICROSOFT BRING VETERAN OWNED BUSINESSES THE CROWDFUNDING ROADMAP

Virtual education on the process of crowdfunding

Virtual conference to learn three ways of crowdfunding, rewards, equity, and donation that can bring a new pool of billions of dollars to businesses

Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director, Microsoft, National Veteran Business Development Corporate Member

Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director, Microsoft

NVBDC fellow 3rd party certification organizations coming together with Microsoft to educate Veteran Owned Businesses the process of crowdfunding

NVBDC fellow 3rd party certification organizations partnering with Microsoft

Keith King, Founder and CEO, NVBDC

Keith King, Founder and CEO, National Veteran Business Development Council

NVBDC proudly supports all Veteran Owned Businesses

Nations leading veteran business certification organization

NVBDC joins diversity organizations helping small businesses learn about rewards, equity and donations through the Survive & Thrive Summit 2020.

We are grateful to our partners for recognizing the need and joining together with us to educate their members in this powerful process of crowdfunding”

— Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director, Microsoft

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — National Veteran Business Development Council dedication is to provide opportunities to Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). We understand success in this new normal era is not just about growth but for survival. The combination of growth and survival is the key to Veteran Owned Businesses in these trying times. NVBDC corporate members benefit our Veterans and provide the foundation for NVBDC to support SD/VOBs. The Survive & Thrive Summit 2020 Sponsored by Microsoft is precisely why being involved with National Veteran Business Development Council is essential; We open doors that you can’t alone.

Microsoft understands that the world is in uncharted waters for the survival of small businesses. Everyone is watching access to capital through government and bank programs dry up. The public and private enterprises must step up and help small businesses who still need funding. Given this set of circumstances placing enormous financial demands on small businesses, brands, and entrepreneurs, Microsoft is sponsoring: "Crowdfunding Roadmap Survive and Thrive Summit 2020”, launching on August 6, 2020. The virtual summit is the collaboration of the Microsoft corporation and director of supplier diversity Fernando Hernandez and Ruth E. Hedges Crowdfunding Roadmap's founder and ("Queen of Crowdfunding") and industry pioneer of equity crowdfunding.

"The focus of our virtual event will be to introduce the 3 ways of Crowdfunding, rewards, equity, and donations that can bring a new pool of billions of dollars into more minority, women, veterans, and LGBT-owned businesses and startups. We want to educate those new to the process of crowdfunding so they can survive during this pandemic and recession". Said Ruth E. Hedges

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project, new venture or small business by raising small amounts of money from a large number of fans, followers, and customers via the Internet and if done correctly can be a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of businesses that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It entails building a well-thought-out crowdfunding campaign based on a strategic marketing plan and solid execution while inviting the public to be part of the journey with their money and share in the company’s success.

COVID-19 fundraisers on just one popular crowdfunding platform have recently generated an "unprecedented" level of activity of 14,781 campaigns in only a few months.

National Veteran Business Development Council is joining several of our fellow 3rd party certification organizations who are partnering with Microsoft: United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), IWEC FOUNDATION, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Join Keith King NVBDC Founder & CEO and these organization leaders for an important fireside discussion. This insightful conversation will impact and inspire an online audience, and they will get an education in the basics of crowdfunding so we can all start implementing crowdfunding solutions today and be ready for what comes next during these difficult times.

We must do this now because businesses that reopen quickly after a disaster realize increased business revenue can put people back to work, create new jobs, and provide much-needed sales, property and payroll tax for the impacted communities. Early crowdfunding successes are also critical to boosting morale during recovery efforts and can have a substantial positive effect on the community's rebuilding effort.

“The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has created an economic crisis for the small businesses that are the heart and soul of our economy and our supplier diversity programs, and many need the access to capital to manage through this crisis. We are grateful to our partners for recognizing the need and joining together with us to educate their members in this powerful process of crowdfunding. It showcases the best of our humanity, and it demonstrates the potential to bring together people from all backgrounds and beliefs to work for our common good. Where it flourishes, communities are strengthened, robust job creation and economic growth is the result." Said, Fernando Hernandez.

We must all make an effort to inject much-needed capital into already established small and medium-sized businesses as quickly as possible, and Crowdfunding is the process that can make that happen.

About Crowdfunding Roadmap Inc
Crowdfunding Roadmap Inc is the leader in crowdfunding education and has produced crowdfunding boot camps and conventions for the past decade.
The event will be produced using the Microsoft Teams platform and produced by Ruth E. Hedges CEO. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding and is one of the original pioneers of the legislation that was ultimately signed into law as Title lll 4(a)(6) the crowdfunding bill in the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012.

Ruth is one of the world's most admired and knowledgeable crowdfunding leaders for the past decade. Join her as she shows you how to advance your understanding of what you need to do to be successful in raising money using crowdfunding.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

National Veteran Business Development Council is getting involved, and you should get involved too! The system works, but you need to make an effort to get the rewards. Learn more and register now for this virtual event experience to “Survive & Thrive.”

NVBDC’s Mission:
The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses, ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.

Any questions go to our website: www.nvbdc.org or contact us at (888)-CERTIFIED

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CEO and Founder of Cool Quit, Dr. Eugene Gu, Discusses Smoking Cessation in a Telehealth World

Dr. Eugene Gu

Dr. Eugene Gu

LOS ANGLES, CA, USA, July 15, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the American Lung Association, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disability, disease, and death in America. “Every year, nearly half a million people in the United States die prematurely of smoking or secondhand smoke exposure,” says Dr. Eugene Gu. And another 16 million suffer from serious illnesses caused by smoking.

It’s Difficult to Quit Smoking Says Dr. Eugene Gu

In fact, almost 70% of smokers want to quit, but fewer than one in ten are able to quit successfully. And less than a third of those who tried to quit used proven cessation treatments.

“That’s why we developed Cool Quit,” says Dr. Eugene Gu. “We wanted to find a way to reach smokers who want to quit – but they’re just not able to on their own.”

How Can Telehealth Help Smokers Quit? Dr. Eugene Gu Explains

“Telehealth has the potential to improve access to healthcare across the board,” enthuses Dr. Eugene Gu. “Rural communities with a lack of providers, patients with limited mobility or limited time – telehealth resolves so many entry barriers.”

However, there are challenges that come with the implementation of telehealth, admits Dr. Eugene Gu. A stable internet connection for one.

“The communities that could benefit most from telehealth are often also the ones with the least access to modern conveniences like the internet and electricity,” explains Dr. Eugene Gu. “But there is still an enormous opportunity to improve the quality of life for people who want to quit smoking and who have access to telehealth currently.”

“All tobacco cessation services include three evidence-based counseling modalities and seven FDA-approved medications,” says Dr. Eugene Gu. “Extensive studies have found that counseling and medication are both effective separately, but when they are used together, the combination is more effective than either method alone.”

And that’s where telehealth steps in. “Telehealth appointments are unique in that they are able to combine counseling and medication into one appointment,” says Eugene Gu. “And that appointment is able to take place in your home. That’s the crux of the issue. People who would never have made time to drive to the doctor’s office, wait in the waiting room, and then go out again to pick up their prescription – those same people are happy to pick up their phone or sit in front of a computer for a fifteen-minute telehealth call.”

Dr. Eugene Gu is a 2015 graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center of Nashville, TN. He then went on to found Ganogen Research, a company dedicated to developing methods to save infants born with congenital heart and kidney issues. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Cool Quit – a smoking cessation company.

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