Religious Freedom Roars Back to Life

The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.

Religious leaders standing side by side at a “Together in Prayer for Peace” interfaith forum hosted by the Catholic Church of England. (Photo by the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

The Twin Towers collapsing on September 11, 2001 (Photo from 9/11 WTC Photo)

Millions worldwide suffer due to severe government restrictions to religious freedom.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion”

— The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, January 9, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — International religious freedom was given formal support and funding by an Act of Congress in 1998. It had its own subcommittee in the House. Congressional offices were staffed and responsive on religious freedom.

On September 11, 2001, all that changed. As the nation focused on the War on Terrorism, religious freedom was no longer a priority.That’s quite ironic, because international religious freedom may be the only way we can really eliminate both terrorism and regional wars.

Back during the Clinton Administration, Thomas Farr was the first Director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom. He witnessed the changes that occurred after 9/11.
Now teaching Religious Freedom at Georgetown University, and president of the Religious Freedom Institute, Farr testified at a House National Security Hearing one year ago:“The unfortunate reality is that International Religious Freedom policy has been isolated from the mainstream of U.S. foreign policy. It has been overlooked as a means of promoting stability and national security.”

Stability and national security: concepts that unite doves and hawks and bridge the war on terrorism over to world peace and economic growth. In other words, international religious freedom, which costs millions and not trillions, may be the true key to stable peace and prosperity in the world.

At the October 2017 hearing, Farr also recommended Sam Brownback to be confirmed by the Senate as the next United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Brownback was confirmed on January 24, 2018 and took on the challenge and opportunities of his new position at the U.S. State Department.

Settling into his new position, Ambassador Brownback called on the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a civil society coalition working specifically to help faiths in need around the world.The group is a true bipartisan coalition of dozens of faith organizations and other nonprofit supporters of religious freedom working together to help bring about freedom to believe and practice one’s faith in all countries around the world.

Roundtable meetings with Ambassador Brownback last an hour. They have an agenda, and anyone can speak. Details of violations of religious freedom are brought to the attention of Brownback and his staff and suggestions on how to mitigate them are shared.

This relationship became highly productive in the months that followed.On May 2, 2018, Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State. Under the leadership of Pompeo and Brownback, and with the support of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, the idea was born to launch a U.S. State Department Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom.This was a major advance, as it brought together governmental and nongovernmental religious freedom adherents determined to bring freedom to all faiths. This collaboration resulted in the convening of the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in late July 2018.

A ministerial is very high-level, and this ministerial was no exception. The three-day event convened over 80 ministerial-level delegates from around the world to discuss how religious freedom contributes not only to national security issues, but to economic growth and peace.

The first day of the conference was devoted to equipping and empowering civil society organizations, and to understanding better how to secure U.S. financial support for their efforts. Over 300 Roundtable participants and others joined Ambassador Brownback and speakers at the State Department.

The second day was devoted to “lessons learned.” Personal stories of attacks and abuses on faith communities and members were shared, highlighting the need for immediate action by not only the U.S. Administration but governments of foreign countries.

The final day was devoted to a plenary session of the delegates, focused on: (1)identifying global challenges to religious freedom, (2)developing innovative responses to persecution on the basis of religion, and (3) sharing new commitments to protect religious freedom for all.To supplement the Ministerial, the all-volunteer Roundtable helped organize 32 side events all over Washington to highlight abuses of religious freedom in key countries.

Here’s an interesting evolution in the culture of international religious freedom: while “tolerance” was the watchword some years ago, it has been replaced by “respect,” not only among the participants of the Roundtable but by government officials as well. Those working together to advance religious freedom are from a vast array of faith traditions and, while we may not agree theologically, we “respect” one another’s right to believe and practice their faith; we seek to understand their faith and stand in solidarity for their rights and against the horrible abuses many are facing internationally.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Participants of the Roundtable come from all facets of society, from those who manifest no religious beliefs to faith adherents, and all are supported by academics, government leaders, congressional staff and others. The strong coalition shows the world the importance of coming together, no matter your political leanings, to show solidarity and insist that all faiths and people have the right to believe and practice their faith.

The partnership of civil society and government continues to be a powerful tool and the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was a major step forward in advocating international religious freedom to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place.

International religious freedom blossomed in 1998. It fell into disuse after 9/11. Its renaissance in 2017 came with a recognition that it is a vital tool to promote the security of nations and peoples. With respect overriding tolerance, faith can become the keystone of peace and prosperity throughout the world.

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Watchdog Continues Campaign on Mental Health Rights

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

Attorney Carmen Miller is a former Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa with a great deal of experience on the mental health law. Now in the private sector, Ms. Miller specializes in cases of those who have been Baker Acted.

Attorney Carmen Miller is a former Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa with a great deal of experience on the mental health law. Now in the private sector, Ms. Miller specializes in cases of those who have been Baker Acted.

CCHR is continuing a campaign to educate Floridians on mental health rights so they can
protect themselves and their loved ones from abusive use of this law.

People need to know their rights under the law, especially when the law allows a person to be
taken into custody against their will.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, USA, January 8, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is continuing a campaign originally launched in 2015 to educate Floridians on mental health rights. The purpose of this campaign is to provide information to citizens so they can better protect themselves and their loved ones from abusive use of the mental health law.

Referred to as the Baker Act, the mental health law in Florida allows for individuals of all ages, including children, to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination. The most recent official report shows that there were more than 199,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations in Florida and that over 32,000 of these initiations where on children, some as young as two years of age. [1]

In addition to handing out information on the law at events across the state, CCHR began hosting seminars on Baker Act rights delivered by attorney Carmen Miller who, as a former Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, has a great deal of experience on the mental health law. Now in the private sector, Ms. Miller specializes in cases of those who have been Baker Acted.

“People need to know their rights under the law, especially when the law allows a person to be taken into custody against their will,” said the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein.

While the original stated intention of the Baker Act was to protect the rights of citizens sent for involuntary psychiatric examination, it has become a source of great abuse, abuse which CCHR is on a crusade to end. The complimentary Baker Act Rights Seminar is held monthly in the headquarters for the Florida chapter of CCHR located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Drive in downtown Clearwater. To learn more about the Baker Act or to reserve seats at the next
seminar please call 727-442-8820.

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. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

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William Matzner, MD starts Blog with information and insights on effective health care management

Dr William Matzner, California

Dr William Matzner, California

LinkedIn profile of William Matzner MD California

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Website of Dr William Matzner California

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William Lee Matzner research at ResearchGate

William Lee Matzner research at ResearchGate

Experienced doctor’s blog will address medical practice management issues that affect the delivery of cost-effective health care.

Healthcare Analytics, LLC (N/A:N/A)

As the delivery of effective yet profitable, or at least cost effective, healthcare becomes more challenging, methods for evaluating treatments and programs become more necessary if not essential”

— Dr. William Matzner, California (Healthcare Analytics, LLC)

SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 5, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Doctor William Matzner, with decades of experience practicing medicine and a business education, started a Blog to provide on practice management, available at https://drwilliammatzner.blogspot.com

In this era of increasing competitiveness and innovation, measuring the effectiveness of health and wellness programs using Cost Effectiveness Analysis is of crucial importance in the health care sector. In his Blog, Dr. Matzner reviews the significant forces that in the last several years have been changing the way healthcare has and will continue to be delivered. The emergence of more unique ways to deliver care such as clinics incorporated into businesses and factories, the increased use of mid-level providers (nurse practitioners & physician assistants), the increase integration of technologies such as telemedicine and robotics and the shift from interventional reimbursement to outcomes reimbursement are just a few examples.

Compounding these are the ever-increasing costs of healthcare, the strain of funding Medicare on the U.S. economy, and the complications of insurance and healthcare payments under the affordable care act, ACA.
This has led to changes in how businesses intend to interface with the healthcare system going forward. CVS's acquisition of Aetna will try to leverage healthcare delivery through their pharmacy structure. United Healthcare's acquisition of DaVita hopes to leverage cost containment and resource control by directly controlling physicians. And the recently announced collaboration among Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and J.P. Morgan Chase presents a yet unknown structure whose stated goals is improved quality and less cost. How they will implement their strategy is yet to emerge.

The big question then with these new ventures are how do organizations know what works financially and how do they track performance. In other words, how does one you track, measure and value the relationships between cost and outcomes? How can the analyst measure which methods(s) may generate better or best outcomes?

While there are no perfect answers, William Matzner will offer his experience and insight on his blog. For example: A simple return on investment, ROI, calculation will not provide needed nor valid insights. However, the use of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) would provide quite useful, valid and actionable information. CEA uses decision tree models to compare not only cost outcomes but effectiveness outcomes of various treatments on patient health and even on future healthcare usage based on various current actions. It can further be used to determine how effective a set amount of money spent on a particular treatment or method will impact outcomes (i.e. willingness to pay calculation). CEA models are flexible and can incorporate a wide variety of scenarios. As opposed to Big Data, CEA makes use of Broad Data so that comparisons of treatment modalities can be evaluated using real life outcomes. It can compare effects on a discrete problem such as a cancer tumor, or on chronic ongoing diseases such as COPD or CHF.

Dr. Matzner explains that, as the delivery of effective yet profitable, or at least cost effective, healthcare becomes more challenging, methods for evaluating treatments and programs become more necessary if not essential. Methods must be implemented to evaluate these new treatments and programs once they are in place so adjustments can be made. CEA enable organizations to both initially evaluate and subsequently monitor new methods and programs in a meaningful way.

Dr. Matzner’s blog is available at available at https://drwilliammatzner.blogspot.com

About William L. Matzner, M.D., PhD, FACP

William Lee Matzner works in the area of healthcare economics consulting at Healthcare Analytics, LLC, in California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He received his M.D. with Honors from Baylor College of Medicine. In 1988, he was the Solomon Scholar for Resident Research at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Matzner subsequently was awarded a PhD in Neuro Economics from Claremont Graduate University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. He has researched and published extensively on the issue of reproduction and immunology in medical literature. He has been in private practice since 1989, specializing in Reproductive Immunology and Internal medicine.

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West Palm Beach City Commission President Files to Run for Mayor

Paula Ryan for Mayor of West Palm Beach

Paula Ryan for Mayor

Paula Ryan says the growing homeless population, drug-related crimes, neighborhood infrastructure, business/jobs, and taxes top issues

I hope to earn your trust as we address ongoing issues like the homeless, drug-related crimes, traffic, and infrastructure. Together, we can build a city of the future that leaves no one behind”

— Paula Ryan

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Surrounded by supporters at West Palm Beach City Hall, West Palm Beach City Commission President Paula Ryan officially entered the race to become the next Mayor of West Palm Beach.

Ryan says it’s the most important job interview she has ever been on and encourages voters to ask tough questions and to review her experience and plans, “My entire life has been about this moment. I’ve actually built and run mini-cities, overseeing ten thousand affordable-housing homes and communities where businesses and residents thrived."

"I’ve been on the front lines of disaster response. Following two devastating hurricanes, Mayor Lois Frankel put me in charge of a city department. I headed the ‘Blue Roof’ program which put 107 roofs on the homes of the elderly, single moms, and families in just 100 days! In my role as President of the City Commission, I’ve learned there is one thing more important than speaking with residents, it’s listening to them.”

Commissioner Ryan thanked the crowd of supporters who encouraged her to run for Mayor, “I promise you that your priorities are my priorities and that specific needs in your neighborhood, from the Western communities to Historic Northwood, from Downtown to the South End, and to the Lands of the President, will finally get the attention they deserve but have not received in years.”

In closing, the Commission President noted that West Palm Beach is at a pivotal point in its history, “We are positioned for great success but we must address serious issues immediately to ensure that nothing threatens our progress. For four years the person you elect will be in charge of everything from keeping your taxes down, to your protecting your drinking water, to the safety of your family.”

“I’m on a job interview and I hope to earn your trust as we address ongoing issues like the homeless population, drug-related crimes, traffic, and infrastructure. Together, we can build a city of the future that leaves no one behind.”

More information on Paula’s platform and to join/support the campaign:
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MEET PAULA RYAN
Raised in a military family, Paula has built a career filled with community and professional leadership. You’ve seen her at civic events and supporting nonprofit work for years. She has served as a West Palm Beach City Commissioner and now is the President of the Commission. She has run varied city government departments and has lead the neighborhood campaign for a former U.S. President.
She rose to the level of CEO at major firms, building over 10,000 units of affordable housing for families – including many in our own community. She has actually ALREADY BUILT AND RUN MINI-CITIES!

When disaster struck, then-Mayor Lois Frankel appointed Paula to run a city department charged with overseeing disaster relief efforts for citizens devastated by two hurricanes. In just 100 days, Paula put 107 roofs on houses of elderly residents, families, and residents who were desperate for immediate help.
Her latest project will dramatically improve the quality of life for residents in the North-end. Paula’s plan to revitalize the area through a public/private partnership was sought by dozens of other cities across the nation, but Paula secured it for us!

There’s a reason why Paula’s own neighborhood elected her President of their association. The people closest to Paula, those who know her best, trust her to handle issues that affect their lives and their families. What’s more telling than that?

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Tom Girardi, Legendary Attorney, Wins Best of Los Angeles Award- “Best Legal Radio Show – 2018”

Legendary Attorney Tom Girardi

“We're honored to include Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese into our BoLAA family.” ~Aurora DeRose

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tom Girardi, the nation’s top trial lawyer, wins Best of Los Angeles Award- “Best Legal Radio Show – 2018” for his Champions of Justice Radio Show, according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community.

The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed three years ago and consists of over 4,400 professional members living and working in Southern California. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.”

“The mission of the community is to celebrate the best of Los Angeles, and allow its community members to connect with other members who share the highest standards of quality and integrity,” expresses DeRose. "We're honored to include Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese into our BoLAA family."

With nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar.

In one of Girardi’s better-known cases against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility company agreed to pay $333 million to 650 residents of the desert community of Hinkley, California. The residents blamed incidents of cancer and other diseases on contaminated water leaked from a gas pumping station. This case was the inspiration for the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

Albeit, one of the most influential lawyers of our time, Girardi amorously sites, “Perry Mason. He was a lawyer on television, 7pm on Saturday night and I would watch that show every Saturday,” as one of his earliest childhood law inspirations.

Recently, Girardi appeared in “Without Notes,” an acclaimed television show for the web that rediscovers the art of long form communication. The show began in 2014 and has since grown a considerable and influential audience on YouTube. Some of the past guests of “Without Notes" have included Associated Press writer Linda Deutsch, Doctor M. Zudhi Jasser, world-famous dominatrix Isabella Sinclair and many more.

“I was humbled to have the privilege to interview one of the most influential legal minds of the last five decades” said moderator, Michael Levine. “Referring to Tom Girardi as an attorney is like referring to Michael Jordan as a basketball player. No matter what he does in the upcoming year, I know it will be great.”

The Champions of Justice Radio Show can be listened to online, where Girardi hosts an informative and entertaining hour illuminating the headline-generating legal challenges of the day.

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New 2019 California Laws Expand Expungement of Criminal Records

Reduce Felony, Expunge Convictions, Seal Arrests, Restore Gun Rights.

If your conviction was in a California court, we can handle your expungement, reduction, or Certificate/Pardon, including all the court hearings, without you needing to appear in court.”

— Richard Glen Boire

SACRAMENTO, CA, USA, January 4, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — More than 30 percent of California adults have a criminal record. Under a host of new laws that took effect earlier this week, people who have previously been unable to expunge their criminal record can now petition the court for relief.

Without an expungement or a certificate of rehabilitation, those with criminal convictions often face barriers to advancing in their careers or obtaining professional employment. But under the new laws, employers can no longer ask about expunged convictions during a job interview nor can they hold an expunged conviction against an applicant or employee.

According to California attorney Richard Boire, the new laws “not only make it possible for more people to shed their ‘felon’ label, these changes also expand the number of people who can qualify for a certificate of rehabilitation.” A certificate of rehabilitation is often the first step toward a full pardon by the Governor.

Boire’s law firm has won twenty pardons for clients under Governor Brown, six of which were just awarded on Christmas Eve. “The doors are now open for more people than ever before,” says Attorney Boire.

Boire has specialized in “post-conviction relief” (expungements, felony reductions, certificates of rehabilitation and governor’s pardons) for nearly 30 years and he has seen the political tide change. “When I started practicing in 1990,” says Boire, “a single criminal conviction could derail a person for his or her entire life. Today, many judges realize that it’s good for society to give people a second chance.”

“We specialize in helping professionals who may have had a drug problem in the past, or lost control of their lives at some point,” says Boire. A convicted felon faces major barriers in life. For example, a parent with an old felony conviction may not be able to volunteer at her child’s school and is often excluded from obtaining professional licenses necessary for any careers.

A felony reduction, says Attorney Boire, “converts the old felony into misdemeanor and, in most cases, this restores all rights previously lost as a result of the felony, including restoring gun rights.” The person is no longer a “felon.”

For those sentenced to prison, as opposed to probation, Attorney Boire says that the new laws make more people eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon. Boire’s firm has obtained certificates and pardons for people with a wide range of convictions. “These are complicated cases,” explains Boire, “but I’ve obtained certificates and pardons for people convicted of felony burglary, felony drug offenses, and all sorts of theft crimes.”

“Our job in court" says Attorney Boire, “is to place the person’s criminal behavior in the context of the rest of his or her life as a peaceful and productive citizen and show that he or she has learned from their mistakes and earned the right to advance in society without unnecessary obstacles.”

Most people with criminal convictions are not career criminals. “My clients,” says Boire, “are no different than the people you meet every day. Many are professionals: doctors and nurses, real estate agents, bankers, entertainers, cops and prospective politicians.” He has helped people in every California county and from all over the US and abroad. “If your conviction was in a California court,” explains Boire “we can handle the case, including all the court hearings, without you needing to appear in court.”

The new California laws took effect January 1, 2019.

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Steven R. Pietro explores the struggle of veteran homelessness

Steven Pietro

Military supplies business owner and founder Steven R. Pietro uncovers the struggles faced by America's homeless veterans.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — With cases of homelessness among U.S. veterans continuing to rise, it's currently estimated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that as much as 12 percent of the country's homeless population consists of veterans, according to Steven R. Pietro. This, says Pietro, a Florida businessman and law graduate, is largely the result of a lack of adequate or available support networks, insufficient affordable housing, and more general financial insecurity.

While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suggests that over 40,000 American veterans are currently understood to be homeless, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans recently revealed that the number considered 'at risk' was substantially higher. "Approximately 1.4 million veterans in the U.S. are considered 'at risk' of homelessness, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans," explains Pietro.

"Veteran homelessness," he continues, "is also both a cause and effect of poor mental health and addiction issues, just two of a long list of a further, complex range of factors."

According to Steven R. Pietro, a significant number of veterans, whether homeless or not, or otherwise considered at risk of homelessness, live with the persistent, continuing effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. This, he says, is a common trigger for alcohol and substance abuse.

As such, and with the top priority for homeless veterans often long-term, safe housing within a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol, Steven Pietro is keen to facilitate change, both in the state of Florida and elsewhere across the United States. "Addressing the urgent requirement for affordable housing is vital," he suggests, "as is providing ongoing, valuable skills training, and creating employment opportunities for out-of-work veterans."

Supporting valuable, skilled work for veterans, he says, is something which affords not only a feeling of purpose but also a healthy source of income, both of which are understood to help prevent against additional cases of veteran homelessness. "Myself and my company are, as a result, seeking to drive employment opportunities and facilitate work for veterans via partnerships with local businesses and organizations," Pietro explains, "while also promoting a better understanding of the social challenges faced by our country's incredible veterans in the process."

Steven R. Pietro is owner and founder of Justice Government Supply, Inc., a Native American service-disabled veteran owned business proudly serving the women and men of the U.S. armed forces with a complete catalog of the very best steaks, roasts, select butcher chops and more across the globe. "The percentage of homelessness among veterans has risen greatly in recent years, such as in Palm Beach, for example," he goes on to reveal, "where the number of homeless veterans is estimated to have increased by as much as 70 percent."

He continues, "Many people will give $10 and think it will make an impact, yet I believe in, and like to take, a much more hands-on approach."

"What's more," Pietro adds, wrapping up, "to see a smile on a veteran's face is all the reward I need."

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Kathy Bates to lead LE&RN charge on Capitol Hill in fight against LE & LD

Kathy Bates, 2018 #DCLymphWalk Lincoln Memorial

Kathy Bates, 2018 #DCLymphWalk Lincoln Memorial

LE&RN Activists at 2018 #DCLymphLobby, Capitol Hill

LE&RN Activists at 2018 #DCLymphLobby, Capitol Hill

Kathy Bates with Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)

Kathy Bates meets with Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) to discuss LE and LD

LE&RN activists will meet lawmakers on 3/29/19; followed by 3/30/19 Lincoln Memorial Walk & Rally

I will continue this fight until our lawmakers recognize how crucial this is to millions of Americans and hundreds of millions around the world.”

— Kathy Bates

NEW YORK, NY, USA, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Kathy Bates, Academy Award-winning Actress, is a longtime and outspoken advocate for the lymphedema (LE) and lymphatic disease (LD) communities, primarily through her role as Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN). For the second year, Ms. Bates will bring the power of her celebrity and her passion for the cause to Capitol Hill, leading like-minded activists in a day filled with Congressional office meetings in the fight against LE and LD. The next day, activists will meet on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the second annual DC Walk & Rally to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases.

“Only those who struggle with LE and LD know what it’s like to battle these diseases every day,” said Kathy Bates. “So, I’ll be making my way, alongside an army of activists, to tell our lawmakers that we are here, and we have demands. We want a cure – and a cure that not only prevents progression, but that reverses LE and LD. Until then, we need greater awareness in the medical community and more money for research. I will continue this fight until our lawmakers recognize how crucial this is to millions of Americans and hundreds of millions around the world.”

“LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates has proven to be a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill, and she never gives up,” said William Repicci, LE&RN President & CEO. “On March 29, we will once again gather in Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to ensure that $70 million of the National Institutes of Health’s increased budget will be allocated to lymphatic research. We will also advocate for the Department of Defense to include “lymphatic diseases” as a medical research area and will urge the passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act (LTA), which would ensure Medicare coverage for medically necessary compression garments. We won’t stop until Congress responds to the needs of our too-often-ignored communities.”

Sign up to join other activists from around the world for LE&RN’s DC Lobby Day (March 29) at https://learn.regfox.com/2019dc-lobbyday. Registration is free, and no experience is needed, just a desire to raise awareness and to make change happen. Registration must be completed by Monday, March 11. All Lobby Day registrants will receive an email with further details, including a discount code for the March 30 Walk & Rally to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases at the Lincoln Memorial. Social media activists: use hashtags #DCLymphWalk and #DCLymphLobby.

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Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (formerly LRF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable educational resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic diseases or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, please visit www.LymphaticNetwork.org or call (516) 625-9675.

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How Often Should You Check Your Credit Report?

Consumer Rights With Their Credit Report

You should check your credit regularly in order to see where you stand financially. You should also review your credit to catch fraud.

Keep in mind that you can check your own credit as often as you like without hurting it. In fact, it is a good idea to check your credit regularly, so that you can see what is affecting your score.”

— Patrick Mansfield

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —
How Often Should You Check Your Credit Report?
By: Patrick Mansfield | U.S. Gov Connect

You should check your credit regularly in order to see where you stand financially. You should also review your credit to catch fraud, many people do not know that they have been a victim of fraud until they check their credit report.

Fraudulent information can lower your FICO score. It can also make it harder for you to get a credit card or loan. It is important to note that your credit may be checked by an employer. This is especially true if the job requires that you handle money. Additionally, a low credit score can make it harder for you to lease a car, rent an apartment or get the best insurance rates.

How Often Should I Check My Credit?

Some people like to check their credit once a week. Others will check their credit once a month. Keep in mind that you can check your own credit as often as you like without hurting it. In fact, it is a good idea to check your credit regularly so that you can see what is affecting your score.

However, it is important to remember that your score can change from day-to-day. You should focus on the overall trend. While it is important for everyone to check their credit, there are incidences where you will need to check your credit more often. For example, if you have been a victim of fraud in the past, then it is a good idea to check your credit often.

You will also need to check your credit if you plan on getting a mortgage, loan or credit card. The number of times that you need to check your credit will depend on your comfort zone. Once a year may be sufficient for some people.

How to Check Your Credit

Everyone who is over the age of 14 can get one free copy of their report per year. However, people do not need to check their credit until they are 18. You can get a free credit report from annualcreditreport.com. You can also call 877-322-8228.

You will not get a copy of your credit score with your report. There are many lenders and financial institutions that will give you your score for free. Additionally, there are some companies that will charge you a fee to sign up for credit monitoring.

More Information:

Annual Credit Report

Patrick Mansfield
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The American Knife & Tool Institute Supports Sportsman-Legislator Summit

Bee Frederick (CSF), Rep. Mike Pitts (SC), Rep. Elect Bobby Cox (currently at Sig Sauer), April Donnelly (The Nature Conservancy – South Carolina Chapter), NASC Vice President Rep. Brian White (SC), CJ Buck, CEO, Buck Knives and AKTI President.

CJ Buck, AKTI President, Met with State Legislators to Discuss Knife Laws.

CSF is proud to have AKTI as an active, long-standing partner in ensuring common sense prevails in policies that impact America’s sportsmen and women.”

— Jeff Crane, Congressional Sportmen's Foundation President

CODY, WY, UNITED STATES, January 2, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) participated in the recent National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Sportsman-Legislator Summit held in Bretton Wood, New Hampshire. Over 50 bipartisan legislators from more than 25 states attended the annual event to exchange ideas with leaders from the outdoor industry about issues important to sportsmen.

AKTI President and co-founder, CJ Buck, CEO of Buck Knives, attended the event to speak about the importance of the organization’s involvement in promoting reasonable and responsible knife legislation to the entire assembly at the closing banquet.

“We have a successful record working together with legislators to find bipartisan solutions to the problems such as ambiguous terms, confusing language and restrictions which can keep knife owners from using their tools for everyday activities, including hunting and fishing,” said CJ Buck. “Partnering with legislators who understand the value of using the tool best suited for the task is crucial to the teamwork required to make effective changes to knife laws that benefit sportsmen, as well as workers and other Americans.”

Approximately two hundred knives and valuable AKTI information about knife laws were given to the attendees including legislators, their spouses, CSF staff and representatives from the outdoor industry. “We appreciate our member supporters who generously donated knives etched with the AKTI logo. A special thank you to American Outdoor Brands, Benchmade, Boker USA, Buck, Camillus, CRKT, Leatherman, Master Cutlery, Outdoor Edge, Spyderco, SOG Knives & Tools, and Swiss Army for unique knives they provided,” said Jan Billeb, AKTI Executive Director.

CJ Buck met individually with several legislators from different states to discuss not only the value of knives for individuals in daily activities, but also the importance of the knife and tool industry to jobs and the economy, and to review plans for legislative initiatives for 2019 and beyond. “We work for long-term, effective and rational changes, not short-term fixes,” said Buck, “and it takes time and teamwork to gain the bipartisan consensus and support that we value and that provides the best solution for the knife user.”

“Knives are an important tool when it comes to pursuing outdoor activities and, as a needed accessory while afield or on the water, they remain a crucial component of our outdoor heritage. CSF is proud to have AKTI as an active, long-standing partner in ensuring common sense prevails in policies that impact America’s sportsmen and women,” said Jeff Crane, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President.

The American Knife & Tool Institute has partnered with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation since 2009, first on the federal level during AKTI’s successful efforts to revise the definition of gravity knife, and more recently on several state initiatives, including Colorado, and the legislation, Interstate Commerce Act, to give knife owners a federal protection while traveling with their knives that they have never had before.

For more information about the Congressional Sportmen’s Foundation visit www.congressionalsportsmen.org/.
For more information about the American Knife & Tool Institute visit www.AKTI.org

Jan Billeb
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