Was Marijuana-Induced Psychosis a Trigger for Triple Child Murder Questions Parents Group

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A horrific family tragedy could be the result of "medical" marijuana use by a depressed mom. The bodies of two toddlers and an infant were found.

MERRIFIELD, VA, US, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The discovery of a triple murder of three young children (ages 3, 2 and 6 months) on April 10 in Reseda, California, points to the dangers of using marijuana to self-medicate. The only suspect, the children’s mom, Liliana Carrillo struggled with post-partum depression in the past. Under the influence of her frequent marijuana use, a fact confirmed by the father, she showed symptoms of psychosis. When psychosis is coupled with drug use, the risk for extreme violence goes up significantly. Liliana is alleged to have killed her children by bludgeoning and drowning.

From what can be gleaned from the Los Angeles Times article on the murders, Liliana was experiencing some of the worst side effects of marijuana. She was reported to exhibit delusional thinking, paranoia, agitation, suicidal thoughts, and had recently lost touch with reality. Teri Miller, an ER doctor who is also a cousin of the children’s father, described to authorities that Liliana was a danger to the children and declared that when the murders occurred it was a clear psychiatric emergency.

“Post-partum depression is a real problem for some women, yet it is very unusual to result in homicide. Cannabis use is known to cause mood disorders and psychosis, so it should not be used to treat depression or any other mental illness. It is likely to exacerbate symptoms,” explains Dr. Karen Randall, ER Doctor and Co-President of Parents Opposed to Pot, a 501c3 nonprofit.

"No one should be suggesting marijuana for pregnant or postpartum women," she warned.

Parents Opposed to Pot is tracking news reports of child abuse deaths around the U.S. and these three murders bring the tally to 260 cannabis-related child deaths just since Colorado voted to legalize recreational pot in November 2012. The ways these children died are varied: left in hot cars, trapped in fires, suffocated, abandoned, murdered, drownings, car crashes, violent abuse, or neglect. Marijuana is the #1 drug associated with children’s death, according to data collected in AZ, FL and TX. A common thread is that these deceased children, mainly infants and toddlers, were in the care of adults from whom past or present marijuana use appears to have made them incompetent or dangerous.

According to the 2020 Texas Public Health document (Reference link below), child abuse and neglect fatalities are overwhelming committed by a perpetrator who is either using or has a past history of marijuana use, and far surpasses the rate of such violent acts while under the influence of any other drug including alcohol.

California ushered in medical marijuana in 1996 which led to widespread recreational use prior to full recreational legalization. States that legalize marijuana see staggering use rate increases, and upwards of 30% of young adults ages 18-25 are regular users in these states. In Vermont, 39% of young adults 18-25 report using marijuana in the past month. Like many other young adults, Liliana may have used marijuana for years, perhaps occasionally at first. If she was a teen pot user, current science is telling us she would be more likely to develop both depression and schizophrenia.

“This case should be a wake-up call for all advocates against child abuse and all state child protection agencies. They need to know that parents of young children should not smoke or use marijuana, nor should pot shops be recommending it,” says Dr. Randall.

Parents Opposed to Pot is a 501c3 educational nonprofit based in northern Virginia. Contact at 773-322-7523 or visit the website, poppot.org, Facebook @poppotorg or Twitter @PoppotGroup.

Texas Public Health document link: https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and_Presentations/PEI/documents/2021/2021-03-01_FY2020_Child_Fatality_and_Near_Fatality_Annual_Report.pdf

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M4MM Announces Free Expungement Clinics as Part of Week of Service & Community

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Join us for a week of service and community within the cannabis industry.

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Project Clean Slate is the social justice arm of M4MM supported by the generosity of The Hawthorne Social Justice Fund.

List of the Project Clean Slate Events for April through June

Join us for the upcoming Project Clean Slate Expungement Clinics

Project Clean Slate Partners with Community Organizations on Marijuana Expungement Resource Fairs

Black people are 3.64 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession, notwithstanding comparable usage rates.”

— American Civil Liberties Union, 2020

ORLANDO, FL, USA, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc (M4MM) announced a 420 week of service and community. The week-long schedule of events kicks off on Saturday, April 17th with a Project Clean Slate Expungement Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Additional clinics are scheduled in Isabela, Puerto Rico (4/20), Riviera Beach, Florida (4/24) and N. Capitol Heights, MD (4/26). Free expungement related legal assistance and community resources will be provided to individuals with qualifying cannabis charges. Preregistration is available at www.ProjectCleanSlate.org.

“The war on drugs disproportionately impacted many minority communities,” says Roz McCarthy, M4MM Founder & CEO. “This is our opportunity to move the needle in terms of social justice for those who have charges for something that is becoming increasingly legal and making other groups richer.”

Project Clean Slate is M4MM’s social justice program providing expungement education and services for individuals 18+ years old with minor marijuana possession charges. In states with expungement legislation, Project Clean Slate partners with local legal professionals for document preparation and community organizations for wrap-around services. The program’s first expungement clinics, initiated 2020 in Prince George County, Maryland, have served 50 individuals. To date more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. have expungement or sealing laws, specific to marijuana, decriminalized or legalized, offenses.

“Individuals carrying charges are affected in ways that many people never consider, such as housing, education and employment. Our services will hopefully relieve some of the pressure and anxiety these individuals and their families have endured. We are doing our part to restore our communities,” says Danielle Butler, Project Clean Slate Program Director.

In addition to volunteers from M4MM, Project Clean Slate partners with leading cannabis companies like Mary & Main, Trulieve, and Vireo Health to expand community reach and impact. Project Clean Slate is supported by the generosity of The Hawthorne Social Justice Fund. Financial and in-kind donations from partners allows Project Clean Slate to offer expungement related services free of charge to qualifying individuals. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ProjectCleanSlate.org.

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About Minorities for Medical Marijuana: Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 organization based in Orlando, FL. Established in May 2016, the organization operates chapters in 27 states, three HBCUs, and three international chapters. M4MM's mission is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry. Project Clean Slate is the social justice program of M4MM. Project Clean Slate provides expungement and wrap-around services for those affected by past marijuana charges.

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EHR for Social Services Pivots for COVID Relief

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Community CareLink Connects Service Providers and CARES Act Dollars with People in Need of Assistance

CCL is helping us to be more efficient in delivering CARES Act dollars to the people who need the help.”

— John A. Wood, Director of KC's Neighborhoods & Housing Services Department

KANSAS CITY, MO, USA, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Community CareLink (CCL), a Kansas City software development company, has partnered with local government, United Way of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness to efficiently and affordably distribute CARES Act dollars to residents in need of rent and utilities assistance as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This team has produced an amazing tool in a short amount of time, and it gives me hope in a time when we’ve become cynical about how the government is addressing the pandemic,” said Ben Schloegel, CCL CMO. “Our community needed assistance and our programmers stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. More than 1,200 applications have already been processed.”

Made possible with funding from the December stimulus package, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program was designed in collaboration with local government and service providers to ensure that eligible recipients receive assistance quickly.

CCL created a single online registration application that anyone in need of rent and utilities assistance fills out. CCL distributes the application to the appropriate service provider who then reaches out to the applicant.

"When people are in crisis, asking for help can be overwhelming," said Jim MacDonald, Chief Community Investment Officer at United Way of Greater Kansas City. "This program removes the obstacles. After filling out a simple registration form, a community service program will reach out to the applicant to get them connected to the assistance they need."

“CCL is helping us to be more efficient in delivering CARES Act dollars to the people who need the help,” said John A. Wood, Director of Kansas City’s Neighborhoods & Housing Services Department. “People have lost their jobs and are having trouble paying rent and utilities. They don’t need to struggle to find help, too.”

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Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes” and Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic to Receive Top Journalism Awards

Whitaker (left) and Applebaum “embody the highest standards of our profession,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will award top honors this year to  Bill Whitaker, a longtime correspondent for CBS News and “60 Minutes,” and Anne Applebaum, staff writer for The Atlantic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. They will be honored at the ICFJ Tribute to Journalists 2021 on November 9.

Whitaker will receive the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. During a career with CBS News spanning more than four decades, he has produced pieces that range from hard-hitting – and award-winning – investigations to in-depth explorations of complex issues such as criminal justice reform and immigration. 

Whitaker’s international stories for “60 Minutes” have included interviews with the highest-ranking North Korean official to defect in decades and with embattled Philippines journalism pioneer Maria Ressa, a former ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award winner. Whitaker has interviewed major global figures, from former First Lady Michelle Obama to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. 

Among his most notable stories was a “60 Minutes”-Washington Post investigation into how the Drug Enforcement Agency’s efforts to curb the opioid epidemic were hampered by a law pushed by drug industry lobbyists. That piece won more awards than any in “60 Minutes” history, including an Emmy and a Peabody.

Applebaum is the winner of ICFJ’s Excellence in International Reporting Award. In her stories for The Atlantic, and previously in her columns for The Washington Post, she has established herself as one of the world’s foremost chroniclers of communist and post-communist Europe. Her newest book, “The Twilight of Democracy,” explains the alarming trend toward authoritarianism and the abandonment of liberal democratic values in countries such as Russia, Hungary and Poland.

Applebaum is also a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute, where she co-directs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st-century propaganda. Her previous books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gulag: A History,” about the Soviet concentration camp system. In addition to being a Washington Post columnist, she was also a member of the paper’s editorial board.

“These outstanding journalists embody the highest standards of our profession,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “Bill has exposed numerous injustices and brought vital international stories home to U.S. audiences – all with a style that is probing and empathetic. Anne has done more than any U.S. journalist to help us understand the history and the future of eastern Europe, which has seen breathtaking progress – and now a dangerous backsliding.”

The ICFJ Tribute to Journalists 2021, which will be virtual this year, will be hosted by CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, who has generously served as master of ceremonies since 2012.

At the same event, ICFJ will present the Knight International Journalism Awards, which honor journalists whose pioneering coverage or media innovations have made an impact on the lives of people in their countries or regions. The winners of those awards will be announced in May. They are supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which funds the ICFJ Knight Fellowships. 

To learn more about the event or become a sponsor, go here.

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KQM CHANGE Foundation

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Together we create CHANGE

KQM CHANGE FOUNDATION HELPS CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO CRIMES OF HATE

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The KQM CHANGE FOUNDATION has been established as a non-profit organization, to help drive awareness and create a solution for children who have lost a parent or guardian to crimes of hate. This philanthropic initiative will award life scholarships to young people. Mentorships, guidance, and financial aid will be given to each child to better prepare them for adulthood. Our mentors will encourage youth to pursue their dreams and goals. This invaluable mentorship and financial aid will help each child achieve success in their future. The focus will be to create programs in the hopes that someday our foundation will no longer be needed. “CHANGE” created by unity, support and racial understanding will end crimes of hate.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

* KQM CHANGE FOUNDATION provides life mentors to children who have lost a parent or guardian to crimes of hate.
* KQM CHANGE FOUNDATION will make certain these children succeed in school, receive medical attention, provide counseling and every day support so that they can thrive and grow.
*KQM CHANGE FOUNDATION will support these children through concerts, merchandise sales, sponsorships and donations.

Founded by Emilio Torres, The basis of The CHANGE Foundation; giving a child a college education is only a small step. Mentoring them through every-day life and walking them into their first day of college, something their now late mother or father would have done, is the ultimate goal. We will provide opportunities via “CHANGE” and take on the role of the adult mentor that was taken from them by crimes of HATE. This is a LIFE Scholarship.

After the tragedy that took the life of George Floyd, I was stuck at home like everyone else during the pandemic and I was watching what was going on. I noticed how colleges across the country gave this little girl a scholarship. At first, I thought that was great, but then I realized as a marketing person, these colleges were taking advantage of that 6 year old girl and that made me really angry. So we decided to start the KQM CHANGE Foundation in the effort to not give that little girl a college scholarship, but to give her a life scholarship. It’s not just one little girl – it’s all children who have been affected the same way. – Emilio Torres President of The KQM CHANGE Foundation

“I lost my dad when I was 10 years old. If I had this foundation, if I had you back then I would have grown up very differently. Back in the late ‘80’s to early 90’s, the way the government handled AIDS, was a hate crime.”
– Lil Eazy E.

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ABOUT KQM FOUNDATION:
The KQM CHANGE Foundation was established in September 2020, in the state of California with headquarters in Wrightwood, California, to support the lives of children that have been dramatically affected by crimes of hate across America. The KQM CHANGE Foundation will host fundraising events with celebrity influencers who believe in the needs of these children.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
• Emilio Torres
• Jennifer Gregory
• Jay Menez
• Shameka Miller
• Eric Wright Jr. aka Lil Eazy E
• Ryan Carnes
• Lynne Waggoner-Patton

Help The KQM CHANGE Foundation by sharing this information and the movement for CHANGE. Donate to kqmchange.org, purchase event pay per view subscriptions to take part in fund-raising events, order merchandise on kqmglobal.com, follow/share on social media; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kqmchange/ Please invite friends and family to take part in “CHANGE”.

“We will NOT give a young child a college scholarship. We will give them a LIFE Scholarship”

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PositiveAscent.com launches Podcast

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Manley has published three books and has a long history as a Champion for change as an ordained minister, educator and social commentator.

“ I am excited to launch this podcast series as a modern way to connect with people across age groups and demographics and share my inspirational messages” says Dr. Manley.”

— Dr. Andrew Manley

LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

The series is hosted by Author and Social commentator, Dr. Andrew Manley. Episodes share engaging conversations to inspire positive change.

Las Vegas based author and social commentator Dr. Andrew Manley has announced his new podcast series aligned with the company website www.positiveascent.com. The podcast, hosted by Dr. Manley features authentic conversations with newsmakers across often overlooked contemporary topics and is based on Dr. Manley’s deep experience in business, social culture and education. Manley has authored three books: the novel Urban Bully, The AmeriCola Story, a business book about Corporate soft drink wars and Fortified to Win Again, about former President Trump and modern politics.

“ I am excited to launch this podcast series as a modern way to connect with people across age groups and demographics and share my inspirational messages” says Dr. Manley. The podcast is available for listening on www.positiveascent.com and will be posted on additional platforms. To follow Dr. Manley on Twitter, search for @positiveascent.

About PositiveAscent.com
Positiveascent.com is the website of Dr. Andrew Manley and shares information designed to help people grow throughout life and achieve success. Dr. Manley has been a business leader, ordained Minister and author and brings a world view to the podcast. He is a popular speaker and guest for TV, radio and print. Follow him on Twitter: @positiveascent. Books available via Amazon.

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THE NATION’S LARGEST GRASS-ROOTS MILITARY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP, BLUE STAR FAMILIES, JOINS NVBDC MVO TASK FORCE

We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

We’re committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

NVBDC proudly supports all Veteran Owned Businesses

Nations leading veteran business certification organization

Lt Colonel (Ret) Kathy Poynton, Director, NVBDC MVO Task Force previously U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation National Director of Event Operations & Specialty Events, "Hiring Our Heroes."

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton, Director, NVBDC MVO Task Force

NVBDC’S MVO Task Force achieves strategic objectives by partnering with organizations to help Veteran Owned Businesses.

Creating visibility and awareness of NVBDC Certification is critical to the success of SD/VOBs. Blue Star Families feel strongly about supporting our veteran community and NVBDC's MVO Task Force.”

— Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — NVBDC honors Military and Veteran Service Organizations that have partnered with us to demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving the opportunities for Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs), their families and their communities. The primary role of NVBDC’s Military and Veteran Organization Task Force (MVO Task Force) is to focus on pursuing and achieving tactical and strategic objectives by partnering with organizations having equal goals to help Veteran Businesses. NVBDC’s MVO Task Force leadership, Keith King, CEO, Brigadier General (ret) Dick Miller and LTC (ret) Kathy Poynton, Director are building the task force to extend the reach and understanding of corporate certification standards for NVBDC programs.

“Our aim is to work with the MSO/VSO’s economic development leaders to identify their Veteran business owner members and provide them with information about NVBDC and the importance of certification while creating reciprocal business relationships that will enhance our values and directives as a Veteran business support agency.” LTC (ret) Kathy Poynton

NVBDC’s MVO Task Force enables our organization to collaborate resources with our members to increase awareness and join together to establish a respected position in the industry supporting Veteran success in business. We currently have 18 Members and 2 honorary members. We are proud to announce our newest member Blue Star Families.

Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization, with a mission to support service members, military families, and veterans to improve our military readiness. Their distinctive approach strengthens local communities around our military community through knowledge and programs that address their unique needs. Their nationally recognized surveys and analysis give service members, veterans, and their families an important voice that informs policymakers and shapes their valued programs. Blue Star Families uses the power of their collective resources and cross-sector collaboration to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of members of the military community to strengthen the troops, their families, and our nation as a whole.

“We are thrilled to partner with NVBDC’s Military and Veteran Organization Task Force and support the work they are doing to help Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses thrive. Creating visibility and awareness of NVBDC Certification is critical to the long-term success of SD/VOBs. We at Blue Star Families feel strongly about supporting our veteran community and NVBDC’s MVO Task Force.” Said, Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families was founded in 2009, by military spouses, to empower all the families of our military service members who make unprecedented sacrifices to serve our country. They are committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with individuals and organizations to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Blue Star Families believes that we are all stronger when we take care of one another.

Their groundbreaking research is raising our nation’s awareness of the unique challenges facing military family life. Blue Star Families supports military families in overcoming feelings of isolation and lack of belonging due to frequent moves and spouse deployments through their community-building programs and chapter model. With 11 local chapters across the nation, they specialize in innovative programs specifically directed at solving economic insecurity with resources that foster spouse career development, creating family strength with rich family programming, and providing critical peer support for caregivers.

Blue Star Families’ impact is noted by their national and community-based research. On a national level, their policy to ensure the United States maintains a ready, resilient, and adaptable military force is enabled through the annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Through the survey, they can make data-driven recommendations to policymakers regarding ways to improve military families’ quality of life. They are committed to equitable and inclusive research and part of that is their 2021 initiative to explore their existing data through a racial equity lens to conduct a full needs assessment understanding the needs of military families of color. Blue Star Families also empowers their local leaders to effectively support military and veteran families in their communities. They also have a library that is considered a one-stop-shop for researchers and policymakers hoping to gain a greater understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted and continues to impact military and veteran families, as well as their local communities. The goal of Blue Star Families’ research and policy work is to increase the awareness and understanding of military family life trends and the ramifications for both our Armed Forces and our American society.

Blue Star Families promotes their resources by bringing public, private, philanthropic, and military communities to better serve local military families. Their resources include family activities like Blue Star Museums and Summer Camp, career support for military spouses, volunteer opportunities, and more. No matter where you are on your journey Blue Star Families has programs to help support our military service members, their families, and communities.

Visit Blue Star Families website for more information and connect with them on Facebook (@BlueStarFamilies), Twitter (@BlueStarFamily), an Instagram (@BlueStarFamilies).

We've got programs and resources for you no matter where you are on this journey programs and resources for you no matter where you are on this journey.

For more information on NVBDC and to learn how to become an NVBDC Certified SD/VOB, additional support is available. Please feel free to reach out to NVBDC by visiting our website: www.nvbdc.org or contacting us directly: (888) CERTIFIED.

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JARRETT ADAMS BRINGS JUSTICE TO THE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED

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From Defendant to Defender, Life After Justice

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Top criminal defense and civil rights attorney, Jarrett Adams, is using his journey as a victim of wrongful conviction to drive awareness on an issue that is often overlooked. At the age of 17, Mr. Adams was found guilty of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum-security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, he was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Mr. Adams is drawing on his experiences with the announcement of a new conversation series and podcast, both named Life After Justice after a foundation he founded and leads with his fellow exonerees Antione Day, Tyra Patterson, Anna Vasquez, and Ramon Ward. The virtual inaugural event is Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 7 pm ET.

Mr. Adams will be joined by guest Dr. Yusef Salaam, an Exonerated 5 member of the “Central Park Jogger” case depicted in Netflix’s Emmy-award winning miniseries “When They See Us.” Over the past two decades, Dr. Salaam has become an activist and inspirational speaker, utilizing his platform to share his story with others and educate the public about the impact of mass incarceration, wrongful convictions, and police brutality rooted in our justice system.

As an attorney, tech entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Mr. Adams has used the injustices he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for other wrongfully convicted persons. Currently he is involved in two major cases; that of Mr. Larry Smith (Detroit, MI), who has been exonerated after 26 years in prison; and he is representing Mr. Ferrone Claiborne and Mr. Terence Richardson (Waverly, VA) who were both wrongfully convicted on March 8, 1999, and serving life sentences.

Mr. Adams earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and during law school, worked as an investigator for the Illinois Federal Defender’s Program. Additionally, he was awarded the National Defender Investigator Association Investigator of the Year award for his work with the clemency petition of Reynolds Wintersmith ultimately granted by President Obama.

Jarret Adams’ forthcoming book Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System, is available to pre-order online now and everywhere in September 2021. In the highly anticipated publication, Adams talks about his fight towards exoneration after his wrongful conviction. The book also follows the aftermath of reclaiming and rebuilding his life after justice, and his drive to help other exonerees do it too. His touching life story is filled with hope and a full-circle redemption. For more information on Jarrett Adams, his book, and Jarrett Adams Law visit http://jarrettadamslaw.com.

Limited tickets for Mr. Adams’ virtual event with Dr. Salaam are available at www.lifeafterjustice.org/events.

About Life After Justice:
Life After Justice (LAJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing wrongful convictions and building an ecosystem of support and empowerment for Exonerees’ as they rebuild their lives after exoneration. From fighting to bring exonerees home to providing much-needed mental health support, LAJ aims to empower exonerees to thrive while starting to reclaim their lives after justice. For more information visit www.lifeafterjustice.org.

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Rev. Brian Fesler of the Church of Scientology Nashville elected Vice President of Religion Communicators Council

Rev. Brian Fesler, Church of Scientology of Nashville, will serve as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Religion Communicators Council

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Rev. Fesler, seen at a Nashville mural for human and civil rights, chairs the annual Tennessee Celebration of International Human Rights Day

Expanding the outreach and message of the religious and spiritual community helps the world in time of need

In this time of confusion, worry, and lack of social interaction, it is more important than ever for the religious community to reach its members and counsel those in need”

— Rev. Brian Fesler, Church of Scientology Nashville

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — At its 2021 convention, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) elected Rev. Brian Fesler of the Church of Scientology of Nashville as Vice President of its board of governors.

The newly-elected President of RCC, Ms. Nadine Monn said, “[Rev. Fesler’s] leadership on interfaith partnerships and dedication to communications excellence will be a benefit to our professional association as we continue envisioning what RCC looks like in the coming years.”

Rev. Fesler explained, "In this time of confusion, worry, and lack of social interaction, it is more important than ever for the religious community to reach its members and counsel those in need. The RCC is vital to our world today. I look forward to working with the executive committee and board to further the RCC’s mission.”

The Religion Communicators Council is an organization serving marketing, communications and public relations professionals who work for or on behalf of religious organizations. It was founded in 1929 with membership limited to Protestant Christians, and in 1972 opened its membership to include all religious faiths. Membership today includes more than 60 different faith-based institutions in the United States and abroad.

Rev. Fesler explained, "In this time of confusion, worry, and lack of social interaction, it is more important than ever for the religious community to reach its members and counsel those in need. The RCC is vital to our world today. I look forward to working with the executive committee and board to further the RCC’s mission.”

Many churches and religious organizations have turned to in-house as well as outsourced communications professionals—religion communicators—to create digital services. Surveys have shown these to be very popular, with members desiring to keep a virtual religious service available even after they can return to the pews.

During this year’s convention, held virtually in conjunction with the Associated Church Press and Canadian Christian Communicators Association, various media strategies and issues were discussed, primarily shifting further into the digital world and how religious communicators could continue their mission of representing the positive contributions of the faith community.

In addition to his role on the board, Rev. Fesler served this year as coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, honoring excellence in religion communication. He organized 50 communications professionals to judge almost 200 submissions from RCC members for awards involving periodicals, audio-visual publications, writing, artwork, design and more. In this tradition stretching back over forty years, local, regional, and national works were recognized in twelve different classes.

Rev. Fesler says he is honored to step into his new role, “I've been growing with RCC for well over a decade. After three years on the board of governors, I am excited and honored to serve with the distinguished members of the executive committee.” But what he loves most about the organization are its members: “These people have dedicated their careers to forwarding religious and spiritual values with excellence. Supporting that work is what RCC is all about.”

Rev. Fesler is very active in a variety of issues, from interfaith work to education and literacy. He works with drug-prevention groups around the state and chairs the annual Tennessee Celebration of International Human Rights Day. He is the website manager and developer for the Churches of Scientology Disaster Response organization headquartered in Washington, DC, which has been active during the pandemic in getting out the Church of Scientology's How to Stay Well prevention education materials.

Rev. Fesler has served at the Church of Scientology of Nashville, Tennessee, since 2009.

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TGTE Mourns Passing of former US Attorney General Mr. Ramsey Clark, a Dear Friend & Ally to Eeelam Tamils

Mr. Clark was the first signatory to TGTE’s “Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC” Campaign.

He was one of the driving forces behind the creation of TGTE & served as TGTE’s New York Election Commissioner for its first parliamentary elections in 2010

Mr. Clark served as lead counsel in representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in its legal challenge to the US government designating the group a "foreign terrorist organization”.”

— Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, April 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Ramsey Clark, a former US Attorney General and dear friend to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Link: https://youtu.be/JWAkZXGTC1w

An ardent supporter of the Tamil struggle to achieve justice and to establish an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam, Mr. Clark was a cherished Eelam Tamil ally. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family and hold their hands in the spirit of solidarity.

In his capacity as an attorney, he served as lead counsel in representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in its legal challenge to the US government designating the group a "foreign terrorist organization”. Mr. Clark argued before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the LTTE is not a foreign terrorist organization but rather a de facto government, and that the LTTE's armed struggle was in accordance with the international law principles of self- determination, self-defense, and self-help.

Mr. Clark was of a firm believer that the LTTE is a National Libertarian Front and an authentic representative of the Eelam Tamil People. He was never shy of stating the above in his public speeches or in private conversations with fellow lawyers and academics. Mr. Clark also provided legal advice to individuals charged in India in connection with the LTTE.

Mr. Clark voiced his opposition to the brutal killings of the Tamils during the final stages of the war and participated in a protest organized by the U.S. Tamil diaspora. He concluded a week hunger strike undertaken by five Eelam Tamils in New York.

After the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan state in 2009, Mr. Clark was one of the driving forces behind the creation of TGTE. Among his many contributions to forming the organization, Mr. Clark served as the TGTE’s New York Election Commissioner for its first parliamentary elections in 2010.

“Ramsey took his position as Election Commissioner seriously. He insisted, for example, that the ballot boxes be brought to his house,” Mr. Rudrakumaran recalled. “In approaching the task with such conscientiousness, he not only showed his character and integrity, but also great respect for Eelam Tamils and a deep appreciation for the need for TGTE amid international inaction.”

Mr. Clark also attended the TGTE's inaugural meeting at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia and served as a TGTE Senator for the last ten years.

“Ramsey was man of great conviction and generosity. Believing in our cause so wholeheartedly, he refused to accept TGTE’s offer to pay for his train ride from New York to Philadelphia so that he could be with us for our first meeting,” Mr. Rudrakumaran remembered.

In 2013, he participated in the promulgation of Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter and addressed the event.

In 2015, on May 18 – Tamil National Day of Mourning – Mr. Clark delivered TGTE’s inaugural annual Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture, which marks the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka during the final stage of the conflict.

Mr. Clark also was the first signatory to TGTE’s global “Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC” campaign, which garnered more than a million signatures within the first three months and was launched outside the United Nations, where Mr. Clark signed the petition. He also showed his solidarity with the Eelam Tamil plight by attending TGTE fundraising events.

Mr. Clark also was one of the petitioners challenging the Sixth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent Eelam Tamil state, violating the fundamental democratic and human rights principles of freedom of speech and freedom of association enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948 and affirms the universal character of the
freedoms and rights that it details as “inherent” and “inalienable.”

“I had the great privilege of associating and working with Ramsey for the past 25 years. He was not only my comrade, but also a fatherly figure for me.” Mr. Rudrakumaran said. “His memory will continue to guide me personally, as well as all Eelam Tamils as we persevere in our pursuit to achieve justice and freedom."

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Mr. Ramsey Clark at TGTE’s “Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC” campaign event outside United Nations.


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