Ethiopian Oromo Activists Support Letter from U.S. Senate to Secretary Pompeo calling for U.S Action in Ethiopia

U.S. Senate: Senate Chamber

U.S. Senators join members of the House of Representatives' call to end ethnic and religious violence in Ethiopia.

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — The Oromo Legacy Leadership and Advocacy Association (OLLAA) welcomes the news of a joint letter from members of the U.S. Senate to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Ethiopia's growing political and human rights crisis. The Senate letter is signed by Senators including Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Senator Christopher Coons (DL). The U.S. Senate letter follows the powerful August 21st, 2020, letter by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the same issues of concern; the growing political and human rights crisis in Ethiopia. As with the House letter, the Senators in their joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo express their deep concerns about violence, repression, and the Ethiopian government’s departure from democratic norms. The Senate letter echoes the House letter, which asks Secretary Pompeo to push the Ethiopian government to:

• Return to valued democratic norms,
• Respect human rights,
• Ensure a fair and fully transparent judicial process for all those arrested during the recent unrest, and
• Ensure transparent and independent investigations into the reported extrajudicial killings of peaceful Ethiopian protesters and activists.

The letter from the U.S. House of Representatives, and now the U.S. Senate, shines a powerful light on the issues facing Ethiopia and will, without a doubt, have far-reaching implications for the protection of human rights, safeguarding the rule of law, and putting the country back on a path to democracy. OLLAA urges Secretary Pompeo to follow the House and Senate actions by condemning the widespread human rights violations in Ethiopia. These include the mistreatment of political prisoners, such as Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, who have been denied necessary medical attention, the killings of dozens of peaceful protesters that took place after Haacaaluu Hundessa’s killing, and the use of schools and stadiums as unofficial, undeclared prisons.

OLLAA believes that the United States has a vital national interest in ending repression, inter-communal violence, and democratic backsliding in Ethiopia. Only decisive action by the United States and the exertion of American leadership can achieve these critical objectives.

Karl Von Batten
Von Batten-Montague-York

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Great America PAC to Run Powerful "Fracking Liars" Ad During Ohio State vs Penn State Football Game

Paid for by Great America PAC

A devastating new ad titled “Fracking Liars” will be run during the biggest college football game in Pennsylvania this weekend

President Trump’s path to re-election runs through Pennsylvania so that’s where our final efforts are focused.”

— Ed Rollins

ALEXANDRIA, VA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — Great America PAC, a leading pro-Trump Super PAC, and its Chairman Ed Rollins today announced its devastating new ad titled “Fracking Liars” will be run during the biggest college football game in Pennsylvania this weekend. Scheduled for Saturday evening, the Ohio State vs. Penn State game features two nationally ranked teams and is expected to draw a large viewership, especially in Pennsylvania. The hard-hitting “Fracking Liars” ad exposes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ dishonesty on fracking, which is a key issue in Pennsylvania.

“President Trump’s path to re-election runs through Pennsylvania so that’s where our final efforts are focused,” said Rollins. “Biden and Harris’ dishonestly on fracking is a compelling issue that will move undecided voters in the state. We are extremely proud to have raised and spent $45 million from 300,000 donors since the inception of our PAC. Our efforts have always been efficient, innovative, and provided meaningful impact. We believe they will help ensure a second victory for the President in 3 days.”

The powerful “Fracking Liars” ad, is being run during the Penn State game tomorrow as well as during the pre-game for the Philadelphia Eagle’s Sunday Night Football game.

Great America PAC is a leading pro-Trump Super PAC led by veteran Republican strategist, Ed Rollins. Since 2016, the group raised and spent $45 million in support of Donald Trump’s candidacy, presidency, and agenda. The group is one of the most active on the national political landscape, with over 300,000 contributors, broadcasting more than 30,000 TV spots and 300,000 radio ads, placing 30 million phone calls and text messages, sending over 2.5 million pieces of mail, and maintaining a file of millions of active, engaged Trump supporters across the country.

Leigh Beach
Great America PAC
+1 949.287.6150
email us here

Fracking Liars

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Legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra to Hold Livestream CD Celebration, Faces of Souls

Famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 48th season this Fall

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s new CD release, Faces of Souls, is a striking collection of compositions by Harvey

Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra have been called “a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” (Jazz Times)

Renowned composer Mark Harvey will discuss his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's new CD and play excerpts in livestream interview with jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal

Fresh….unconventional, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.”

— Jazz Podium, Germany

CAMBRIDGE, MA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — Called “stunningly beautiful and adventurous” (The New York City Jazz Record), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continues its 48th season with a livestream celebration of the band’s new CD, Faces of Souls on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Distinguished jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal will interview Mark Harvey, internationally acclaimed composer and founder/director of The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and they’ll play excerpts from the CD. The album is a striking collection of works by Mark Harvey on themes of democracy, justice and equality, with powerful relevance today. Faces of Souls is Aardvark’s 16th CD and the band’s 10th release on Leo Records, one of the world’s leading independent labels.

The event is sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts and is free an open to the public, and everyone is invited to a Live Zoom reception after the event. Registration is required. Click here to register:

Jean Buzelin (CultureJazz.Fr) hailed the new CD, Faces of Souls, writing: “The most beautiful big band in the world…Mark Harvey has an uncanny mastery for balancing and opposing orchestral masses, and he daringly creates unusual associations and complex rhythms. His orchestra “rings,” the nuances stand out, the colors vibrate, the power is expressed fully.” Troy Dostert (Free Jazz Collective) called the album "expansive…gorgeous…stirring."

Faces of Souls takes listeners on a captivating journey through seven of Harvey’s masterful compositions, from elegies that draw on small-ensemble work, to sweeping orchestral masterpieces that weave complex tapestries of harmonies, rhythms, colors and textures. Harvey’s brilliant cast of musicians, many with 30+ years on the Aardvark bandstand, shine equally in consummate section work and inspired solos. The title track takes its inspiration from the Shaw Memorial in Boston, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ powerful sculpture of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his 54th Massachusetts Regiment, who were among the first African Americans to fight in the Civil War. The other pieces expand on the album’s themes of social justice and democratic values.

Click here to register for The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's November 15 Livestream CD celebration:

Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has premiered more than 180 works, and has performed extensively in clubs, concert halls, festivals, colleges, universities, and other venues. Praised for “exuberance, imagination and sheer brio” (Jazz Review, UK), the band has been called “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” (Jazz Podium, Germany). Aardvark guest artists have included such notables as Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jimmy Giuffre, Matt Savage and Dominique Eade. The orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks. Visit the Aardvark Facebook page.

Founder and music director Mark Harvey, winner of the 2019 Roy Haynes Award, has performed as trumpeter with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, Gil Evans, Howard McGhee, Kenny Dorham, Sam Rivers and others, and has recorded with George Russell and Baird Hersey. Among his 200 works are pieces written for and premiered with jazz legends Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steve Turre, Jimmy Giuffre, and Ran Blake. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, and Dan Zupan, woodwinds; KC Dunbar and Jeanne Snodgrass, trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser, and Jeff Marsanskis, trombones; Bill Lowe, bass trombone and tuba; Richard Nelson, guitar; Rob Bethel, cello; John Funkhouser, piano and string bass; Harry Wellott, drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists (not performing on Faces of Souls); and Mark Harvey, piano and music director. Also on the CD are Allan Chase, Michael Heller and Alex Mekelburg, woodwinds; Tom Plsek and Randy Pingrey, trombones.

Rebecca DeLamotte
Americas Musicworks
+1 617-776-8778
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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra performs Mark Harvey’s piece No Walls, the band’s anthem of inclusivity

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Kimlin Johnson, Acclaimed Civil Rights Activist, Speaks On A Step Towards a Solution to Systemic Racism

Acclaimed Author & Civil Rights Activist Kimlin Johnson

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — As a Black woman, Kimlin Johnson has endured systemic racism in every aspect of her life as detailed in her book Authenticity, Accountability &. Ambitions (AAA). She believes as minorities we attempt to both ignore and pretend away the blatant systemic racism because we have bills to pay, our kid’s academics are so good or we are trying to reach our goals. Therefore, we come up with all these sayings like, 'the devil you know is better than the one you don’t, don’t leave the fire and go to the pit and many more'. All of these are just coping mechanisms because of all the responsibilities and lifestyles we have."

Johnson believes that "We as Black People have work to do in our communities. It is not just a Black or White problem, the problem is economic (#gree- What does this hashtag mean?)." Kimlin’s step towards a solution to systemic racism is financial education, wealth building & proper protection. Please join Kimlin as she hosts her first economic event on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12 PM PST on zoom (Zoom Meeting ID: 951-212-4075 Password: 457767). Tracie Weathers, Kimlin’s mentor and business coach, will be sharing part two of How Money Works? Tracie states, “ The new civil rights movement is all about economics." Kimlin believes, systemic racism is a major symptom of the lack of intergenerational wealth opportunities for Black people. This November 7th event is just the beginning to financially educate and elevate the mindset of all attendees.

Kimlin worked as an Engineer for over 20 years at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District and she states, “Engineers are trained to solve problems.” Throughout Kimlin’s book, AAA, she documents various experiences related to the racism she has endured. Kimlin states, “Even though I endured racism I have never gotten stuck in it. I will achieve some major goals and I am called to help the Black Community, which will ultimately help the world.” August of 2020, Kimlin celebrated the two-year anniversary of her book, "Authenticity, Accountability & Ambitions" (AAA).

AAA is expertly broken up into four key sections that teach readers about the “untaught history of America,” Johnson’s personal challenges and triumphs as a strong Black woman, mother, and wife, as well as a myriad of ways that Black Americans can empower each other and themselves. AAA uncovers a raw Kimlin as she unapologetically stands for being brave to address her challenges and concerns faced in her life. Any Human Being, regardless of age or race, will find significant value in the book’s integral message of civil unity, the target audience is geared toward college students, who are our nation’s future lawmakers and leaders. To book Kimlin for your next Zoom Event or Podcast please contact Michael Levine Media.

Aurora DeRose
Boundless Media Inc.
+1 951-870-0099

Source: EIN Presswire

Real-time Vote-By-Mail ballot tracking available for Palm Beach County mail ballot voters

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Ballot Tracker

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Ballot Tracker

Processing of ballots underway

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — With record numbers of voters taking advantage of vote-by-mail, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections wants voters to know that tracking their mail ballot online is easier than ever.

To check the status of a vote-by-mail ballot 24/7, just go to and click on the blue “My Status” button. Enter your information and hit submit, and you’ll instantly be routed to your ballot tracker.

“Our office has started opening and processing vote-by-mail ballots, and this system should help reassure our vote-by-mail voters that their ballot has been received and is ready to be counted,” said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. “Our system is also able to alert voters if there is an issue with their ballot, which we can then take steps to resolve.”

Once your vote-by-mail ballot has been received by the Supervisor of Elections office, it will show as “RECEIVED” in blue on the ballot tracker. If the tracker stays on blue, then the vote has been processed, the signature verified and the vote will count.

If the ballot tracker shows as “RECEIVED” in red, that indicates that there may be an issue with the ballot and that the voter should contact the Supervisor of Elections office right away. If the tracker is red, the elections office will also work to contact the voter.

Importantly, the ballot tracker will not show any ballots as “COUNTED” until after polls close on election day.

Attached you will find an explainer document to show how the ballot tracker works.

For further questions on the process please call 561-656-6200 or email:

Judy Lamey
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
+1 561-656-6200
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire