Valentine Museum & ARtGlass Deploy First Wearable Augmented Reality Tour To Address Confederate Monuments Controversy

ARtGlass' Lexi Cleveland Speaks to Guests on the Wearable AR Tour of Monument Avenue in front of the Jefferson Davis Monument

ARtGlass’ Lexi Cleveland Speaks to Guests on the Wearable AR Tour of Monument Avenue in front of the Jefferson Davis Monument

Guests Begin the Wearable AR Tour in Richmond's Monument Avenue Historic District

Guests Begin the Wearable AR Tour in Richmond’s Monument Avenue Historic District

ARtGlass' Lexi Cleveland Leads the AR Tour that Concludes at the Lee Monument in Richmond, VA

ARtGlass’ Lexi Cleveland Leads the Wearable AR Tour that Concludes at the Lee Monument in Richmond, VA

Pioneering Tech Allows for Immersive, Fact-Based Dialogue About Systemic Racism Using Monuments as Lens

Honest, evidence-based conversations about our collective history are more important than ever. We are excited that the Valentine is willing to embrace this new technology and keep the dialogue going.”

— Lexi Cleveland, ARtGlass Vice President of Client Services

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, June 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The century-old Valentine, Richmond’s first museum, is now the city’s first institution to embrace the most imaginative touring technology: augmented reality on transparent smartglasses. The Valentine is partnering with ARtGlass, the Richmond-headquartered global leader in wearable AR for culture, to expand the public’s access to a thrilling way to engage with history.

Beginning in July, Valentine tour guides will lead the groundbreaking walking tour "Monument Avenue: Origins and Reverberations." As guests are guided through the Monument Avenue Historic District, they experience powerful storytelling using dynamic 3-D and 360-degree visuals and compelling audio layered over real-life views of the neighborhood. For example, participants will see original source documents and period photographs from the era of the monuments’ construction through recent protest-inspired removal.

ARtGlass piloted the 2-hour tour in 2020 to engage guests in meaningful dialogue about the factual history of systemic racism in Richmond and the nation, with the controversy over the Confederate monuments as a lens. Immediately the tour became oversubscribed, with extended waiting lists.

With the Valentine integrating this offering into its suite of walking tours, more city residents and visitors will be able to participate. The tour contents will evolve in real time as the situation on Monument Avenue develops, such as the potential removal of the Robert E. Lee monument.

“We’re committed to offering our guests new ways to engage with history,” said Liz Reilly-Brown, Director of Education and Engagement. “Wearable AR brings the past to visitors’ present in a way that is immersive, moving, and informative.”

The innovative format facilitates open conversations, accentuating interpretation with digital content that helps guests better grapple with these complex spaces, their history, and their broader significance. ARtGlass’ purpose-built software and strategies enable museums and cultural attractions to easily deploy tour content on smartglasses–in this project, on hardware produced by Epson.

ARtGlass has donated its services. The tour will be available for free to Richmond Public Schools and Title I students, thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, the Jackson Foundation, the Moses D. Nunnally, Jr. Charitable Trust, the REB Foundation, the Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Trust, VCU Health, and Wells Fargo.

“This is such a unique opportunity for us as a museum and each of us as Richmonders. Seeing historic sites as we’ve never seen them before will spark discussion about how we acknowledge Richmond’s past and move forward together,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin.

Lexi Cleveland, public historian, lifelong Richmond area resident, and ARtGlass Vice President of Client Services stated, “Honest, evidence-based conversations around our collective history are more important than ever. We are excited that the Valentine is embracing this new technology to keep the dialogue going.”

Tours begin Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, July 31 at 10 a.m., with further dates available on the Valentine’s online calendar, at https://thevalentine.org/events/.

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The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

ARtGlass, a global Augmented Reality technology company based in Virginia and Italy develops software and strategies that enable clients to easily arrange dynamic digital content over views of real-world objects and places through smartglasses, tablets, or smartphones. Over the past three years, ARtGlass has emerged as the world's leading developer of wearable AR experiences for cultural sites and attractions, with millions of thrilled visitors at dozens of iconic places. Visit https://artglassgroup.com/.

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Affordable Housing Advocate Pens Book on How to Avoid Becoming Homeless in Case of Eviction

J.R. Lewis

“Evicted…Now What?!: How to Avoid Homelessness After Getting Kicked Out”

Book includes links to resources, worksheets and support group information

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., USA, June 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the national moratorium on evictions set to expire on June 30, a new book is available on Amazon offering tips and a plan of action on how to avoid becoming homeless in case of eviction.

“Evicted…Now What?!: How to Avoid Homelessness After Getting Kicked Out,” by affordable housing advocate and former homeless shelter worker J.R. Lewis, can be purchased as a Kindle edition on Amazon for 99 cents. The book includes references and links to various resources, worksheets and information about support groups.

In the book, Lewis draws on her years of working at a shelter in New York and on her experience surviving and then fleeing an abusive relationship that ended with an eviction.

Lewis said the COVID-19 pandemic created an epidemic of housing insecurity, motivating her to stand up more than usual for those without a home.

“Allow a guiding hand to help you back on your feet and give you the tools to plot your course,” Lewis said. “Be confident in the knowledge that you are not alone and, most importantly, there is no shame in what happened to you. You have support. Now, there are more resources than ever to see you through.

“Life-changing moments, like receiving an eviction notice, can catapult us into shame and despair. But you aren’t the first. And you won’t be the last,” Lewis said.

Lewis, whose birth name was Jennifer Rena’ Lewis, lives in Florida, where she advocates to end homelessness. Prior to moving to the Sunshine State, she worked five years at Haven House Bridges Homeless Shelter in Long Island, New York.

On her days off, you can find J.R. baking her delicious red velvet cake and enjoying time with friends.

More information about Lewis can be found by visiting her website, jrlewis.co.

“Evicted…Now What?!: How to Avoid Homelessness After Getting Kicked Out” can be purchased at amazon.com.

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Say No To Illegal Weapons Campaign In Miami-Dade County

a copy of the image on the yard sign

See Something, Say Something!

Let's put a stop to the killing

Stop Illegal Gun Violence”, “If you see something, say something!”. "Its only snitching if your involved.”

— Dr. h.c. Bernard Wh. Jennings

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, June 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Biscayne Gardens Chamber will hold a Press Conference at:

10:00am, Thursday, June 17, 2021, at our offices:
Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce
115 NW 167th Street, 1st Floor North Miami Beach.

Due to the rash of occurrences of gun violence in Miami-Dade County the Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local municipalities and businesses to sponsor an awareness campaign to encourage residents to embrace, “If you See Something, Say Something” and call 305-471-TIPS to report all Illegal Weapons suspected in our communities. The campaign consists of 24”X18” Yard Signs that local law enforcement will be engaging with residents in face to face conversation offering to place a sign in the front of their home.

“We are teaming up with area businesses and the City of Miami Gardens, the City of North Miami and the City of North Miami Beach and the Biscayne Gardens Brighter Future PAC to ensure that everyone knows to call 305-471-TIPS (8477) to report illegal activity.” Said Dr. h.c. Bernard Wh Jennings, President & CEO. The Chamber is commissioning the design and delivery of 24X18 bandit signs to be placed arbitrarily throughout North Miami Dade. The signs read, “Stop Illegal Gun Violence”, “If you see something, say something”. We intend to place over 5,000 signs. The number enables anonymous phone calls to report illegal gun activity.

People are aware of criminal activity in our communities. “It is time to stop the silence, remove the fear and call 305-471-TIPS.”, "Its only snitching if your involved", Jennings said. The call is anonymous and there are financial awards available for information that leads to an arrest.

The following community leaders will be in attendance at the Press Conference:

• Senator Daphne Campbell & Hubert Campbell – Their son was tragically murdered two weeks ago.
• Susan Kennedy, Founder – Bullets4life.org – nonprofit group dedicated to aid mothers whom lost their children to gun violence
• Mom’s Demand Action – a national organization
• Dr. Norman Whyte, Vice President – Democratic Black Caucus
• Bernard Borges, Director – Glades Medical Center
• Chief Larry Juriga – North Miami Police Department
• Mayor Daniella Levine Cava – Miami-Dade County
• Mayor Rodney Harris – City of Miami Gardens
• Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime – City of North Miami
• Mayor Anthony F. DeFillipo – City of North Miami Beach
• Authur Sorey, City Manager – North Miami Beach
• Eric Stoller, President – Champion Mindset Events

Businesses and Chamber members such as Glades Medical Center and The Chef and the Biscayne Gardens Brighter Future PAC have contributed financially for the success of the campaign.

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Predicted in 2018: Annual “Summer of Violence”

Joseph Tully

By Acclaimed Criminal Attorney, Joseph Tully

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, June 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In August 2018, I published my best-selling book California: State of Collusion, where I revealed the mechanisms that enable the now annual ‘Summer of Violence’ as witnessed in 2020 & to repeat 2021. The book is non-fiction, but reads like a legal thriller exposing bad cops, vain prosecutors, and shady judges, and their collusion against all of us.

I have been a California criminal defense attorney for over twenty years, and have been in the trenches and on the front lines of justice reform for decades. I have witnessed firsthand the misconduct and criminal actions of bad cops and prosecutors and judges who break the law by choosing to ignore it when it might cut against a conviction. In my bestselling non-fiction book California: State of Collusion, I present an analysis, and a warning, about how elements of law enforcement and the court system work against the interests of innocent people. The book lays out the case of how entrenched crooked police, DAs, judges, and politicians fight to maintain and enhance their own interests, their own power, at the expense of the rest of us. Sometimes, they are just sadistic.

The warning message of the book is even more relevant today, now that such issues are at the forefront of societal upheaval. People are waking up to systemic corruption and how it resulted in the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Stephon Clark, Botham James, and too many others who died at the hands of out-of-control law enforcement. If we as a country had actually taken time to address the death of Eric Garner, George Floyd would still be with us today.

My experience and career is focused on California law, but the systemic problems in the Golden State exist around the nation. The book looks at systemic abuses in law enforcement that are enabled by selfish prosecutors, and empowered by politician judges. Examples of departmental problems called out include “The Riders” of the Oakland PD; LAPD’s Rampart Division; and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The book documents the long history of collusion between police power-ists and their political enablers. It addresses “individual rights” versus ‘state reights.’ Embedded laws and practices like so called “Gang enhancements,” racial profiling, prosecutorial misconduct, and stop and frisk tilt the balance of fairness for the prosecution. As I emphatically point out, citizens can only be treated unfairly for so long before they will act to balance the scales of justice for themselves.

I also don’t shy away from assigning blame where it legitimately falls. In the final chapter of the book entitled, “High Courts, High Treason,” I detail how, ultimately, appellate courts are the “bosses” of the courts system. They oversee all local courts under them, who in turn are in charge of keeping prosecutors and police officers in line.

Appellate Courts Ultimately Hold the Blame for Shortcomings in Our Justice System

There are good cops, prosecutors, and judges out there who serve their positions honorably. They are in the minority!
If you went to a restaurant, and all the waiters, cooks, and bussers were all rude, you would look to the manager. You would look at the boss for accountability for the organization.
For this reason, appellate courts hold a lot of power.

However, they are relatively anonymous. The average citizen may know some people on the US Supreme court, but most people don’t have a clue as to who sits on intermediary appellate courts. Appellate courts handle the vast majority of cases, Supreme Courts hear relatively few cases.

Having lots of power and being anonymous makes appellate courts dangerous.

One bad ruling by an appellate court can embolden thousands of bad cops and influence the course of the entire justice system. We now have a 40-year track record of appellate courts bending over backwards to justify bad police conduct. Basically, if appellate courts decision could be bet on in Vegas, if all you did was bet on the decision supporting more centralized power for the government and against individual rights, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, you would be a billionaire by now.

Our court system disproportionately affects people of color. We’ve know this for decades now, the statistics are there as I detail in my book, especially my chapter dealing with prisons and racism. When are we going to get actual changes to bring in fairness?

A criminal who robs one corner liquor store is bad, but a syndicate boss who controls the behavior of thousands of thugs who break the law is thousands of times worse. That’s whose occupying the appellate courts these days.

Demand fairness from courts, not convictions. Court system disproportionately affects people of color.

Take Away:

If people are angry with officers getting away with bad conduct aka criminal conduct, while it’s inadvisable, they can choose to criminally burn down or loot local businesses in the neighborhood, but that is counter-productive. Energy would be much better spent legally and lawfully protesting outside an appellate court, demanding that they enforce the law, and not rubber-stamp systemic prejudice against people accused of crimes, knowing full well that the accusing process itself is steeped in prejudice.

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Thousands Tour Exhibit Exposing Psychiatric Human Rights Violations

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Psychiatry an Industry of Death Museum

The Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum is open daily in downtown Clearwater, Florida

The Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum is open daily in downtown Clearwater, Florida

The museum presents the unvarnished history of psychiatry across fourteen audio-visual displays, each revealing another aspect of psychiatric abuse and violations of human rights.

The museum presents the unvarnished history of psychiatry across fourteen audio-visual displays, each revealing another aspect of psychiatric abuse and violations of human rights.

In 1976, California was the first State to recognize the dangers of electroshock—and prohibited its use on children under the age of 12. More than 40 years later, the FDA has failed to ensure clinical trials prove that ECT devices are safe and effective.

In 1976, California was the first State to recognize the dangers of electroshock—and prohibited its use on children under the age of 12. More than 40 years later, the FDA has failed to ensure clinical trials prove that ECT devices are safe and effective.

CCHR Florida has toured over 7,500 people through the museum as part of an ongoing campaign to restore rights and dignity to the field of mental health.

Governments, insurance companies and private individuals pay billions of dollars each year to psychiatrists in pursuit of cures that psychiatrists admit do not exist.”

— Citizens Commission on Human Rights

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — More than 7,500 people have toured the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum which opened in Clearwater during the summer of 2015. Comprised of 14 audiovisual displays revealing the hard facts about psychiatric abuses, the exhibit is a two-hour self-guided tour which uses educational panels and videos created from interviews with over 160 doctors, attorneys, educators and survivors speaking out on abuse and fraud in the mental health industry. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog, opened the museum for the purpose of raising awareness on the history of psychiatry and creating effective change to the mental health law known as the Baker Act.

Coupling tours of the museum with seminars and workshops delivered by attorneys and healthcare professionals on the mental health law and the dangerous side effects of psychiatric drugs, CCHR aspires to disabuse lawmakers, doctors and all private citizens that psychiatry is a trusted and safe expert for the betterment of mental health.

Of the thousands of people that tour the museum and attend center events are psychiatric nursing students brought by their professors to learn the truth about psychiatry. Students from schools such as Galen College of Nursing, Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay, Orange Technical College, Keiser University Clearwater Campus and Breckenridge College of Nursing at ITT-Technical Institute tour the exhibit and center as part of their clinical days and find the experience to be informative and eye-opening.

Additionally, the Center offers regular showings of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International’s latest documentary, “Therapy or Torture: The Truth about Electroshock”.

A gripping exposé about a psychiatric “treatment” that most people think was banned as torture in 1976 when the film “One Few over the Cuckoo’s Nest” won multiple Academy Awards, the documentary uses patient testimony, legal depositions and health care and biomedical experts to refute claims that electroshock “helps.”

The museum is open daily and events on mental health rights, involuntary examination, psychiatric drug side effects and electroshock are held weekly and monthly. Both are open to the general public and free of charge. For more information please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

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