Recent Escalation in Human rights Violations in Pakistan

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA, August 5, 2020 / — Sindhi Foundation is organizing a protest outside Pakistani ambassador's house in Washington D.C. on August 14th which is also Pakistan's independence day. Sindhi Foundations has appealed to Sindhi, Baloch, Pashtun, Siraiki, people of Gilgit-Baltistan and all other human rights organizations to join them on August 14, 2020 at 5pm EST for the freedom of victims of enforced disappearances. Enforced disappearances of Sindhis isn’t an issue of a single party, an organization, a group or any particular person but an issue of the entire Sindhi community. In today's time it's important to prove that Sindhis can struggle together and are united.

Sindhi Foundation and Sindhi Community of the United States wants to inform the media about recent escalation in abductions and enforced disappearances of Sindhis by Pakistani Authorities.

Sindhi Foundation started the “where is” campaign in 2017 when Punhal Sario (Convener Voice of Missing Persons Sindh) was abducted. This initiative by Sindhi Foundation has become a movement now and people from all walks of life including US representatives have joined the movement. Thousands of people are sharing “where is” videos with names of victims of enforced disappearance on social media.

During a protest against Enforced disappearance held on Saturday August 1, outside Pakistani ambassador's House in Washington D.C. Munawar Laghari , Executive Director of Sindhi Foundation said, “I want to tell the people in Sindh who are being tortured, suffering and fighting for their basic human rights, that ‘you’re not alone, I am with you.’ I also want to tell the families of the victims of enforced disappearances, that we are not weak, we are very strong and if we all stand united for Sindh, we will get all our people freed”.

The enforced disappearances of hundreds of Sindhis during past few years has been a cause of grave concern for every member of Sindhi community. Talking to the media recently, some of the victims' families described how they were brutally beaten minutes before their respective members were taken away forcibly. Neither women nor animals were spared from the brutal bashings of the so-called police. Posing as medics coming for a Covid19 check up to pushing their way inside the homes of the innocent to almost driving over them, these families have seen it all, some even receiving serious injuries but no justice as they don’t even know if an FIR (first information report) is lodged or not. Double Cabin Vehicles with police mafias and guns threatening to fire if an abduction was resisted has now become a familiar scenario. With the police itself involved in such cases, the poor have nowhere to hide nor a door to knock and seek justice. Where do they go? What do they do? How do they bring their loved ones back? These are some of the hard hitting questions that are asked and the answers to them are yet to be found.

Sindhis from all walks of life specially women are gathering in various cities of Sindh to protest against enforced disappearances. Most of these protests are led by women for the safe return of their loved ones. Families of the victims are being harassed by Police. Police came to arrest Aaqib Chandio’s sister Shazia today but she wasn’t home as she was organizing a protest at the press club. She has now refused to go home and will continue the protest and if police have to come and arrest her they can do so. Inaam Abbasi who has also been a victim of enforced disappearance has also lead the protests and has been on hunger strikes.

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BidPrime Latest Hub Designed for Companies to Address Governments’ Urgent Cybersecurity Needs

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The number of endpoint vulnerabilities have multiplied as a result of remote working during COVID-19 pandemic.”

— Stephen Hetzel, BidPrime's Co-Founder

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 5, 2020 / — BidPrime Inc. has released the latest bid / RFP tool, a ‘Cybersecurity Hub’, configured to streamline the process for companies to research and identify opportunities for providing cybersecurity-related services and solutions to the public sector in the U.S. and Canada. Demand for this tool has increased dramatically as government entities strive to address Information Technology vulnerabilities and prevent attacks by hackers, fraudsters, and other malicious actors.

The ‘Cybersecurity Hub’ will allow potential vendors to rapidly review, target and respond to potential contract opportunities in real-time, while using this trove of accessible information to enhance their capability in earning the contract awards. As with their core solutions and previously released hubs, this hub is backed by BidPrime’s technology and support.

Stephen Hetzel, BidPrime’s Chief Operations Officer, described how this hub was tailored to provide vendors with immediate access to the bids, documents, and updates.

"The number of endpoint vulnerabilities have multiplied as a result of remote working during COVID-19 pandemic", Hetzel confirmed. “Many agencies are addressing these matters, and our ability to quickly deliver bids and RFPs to vendors will serve to assist in expediting response and preventative measures.”

Josh Schwartzbeck, BidPrime’s CTO, noted how BidPrime has capitalized on design and implementation processes originating from release of the previous hubs.

"With the tremendous response to the COVID-19 Hub and Set-Asides Hub, we understand business leaders appreciate the ability to go to a very specific source for their bid / RFP information,” Schwartzbeck said. “The ‘Cybersecurity Hub’ is a natural addition, because cybersecurity is an enormous priority for many IT professionals.”

"Businesses have free access to BidPrime's Cybersecurity Hub and the substantial number of federal, state, and municipal solicitations", explained Schwartzbeck.

Bidprime requests public sector agencies wanting to publicize their bid / RFP opportunities to BidPrime’s vast number of vendors, please send cybersecurity-related opportunities to

There are close to 100k active bids / RFPs across innumerable industries in BidPrime’s database. Businesses are encouraged to sign up for a free, no obligation trial to leverage BidPrime’s robust technology, services, and support.

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Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak Discusses the November 2020 Election, Marxism, the Fair Tax, New York and the Spread of COVID-19

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Along with Portland, other cities like Seattle, Oakland, New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and Richmond have experienced riots, physical assaults on innocent civilians and law enforcement.”

— Emil Malak

WACO, TEXAS, US, August 5, 2020 / — CEOCFO Magazine, an independent investment publication that highlights important technologies and companies, today announced it has published an op-ed ( by Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak. Inc., Voip-Pal (OTCQB: VPLM), a Bellevue, Washington based company is an inventor and pioneer of the switching technology now being used by many of the world's largest telecommunication and social networking companies, without which they could not connect Landline phone calls to Internet phone calls.

Mr. Malak has other business ventures and is well versed in global politics and culture. In his op-ed, Malak covered a variety of topics including why the coming November election is about Marxism, not the coronavirus. He warns how the United States of America could see a transformation similar to what has taken place in many Third-World countries, “The American voter needs to be properly informed of the consequences of following failed socialist states like Cuba and Venezuela. If that sounds far-fetched, remember that before the arrival of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in South America, sitting on the largest proven oil reserve in the world with an estimated 300 billion barrels.” Mr. Malak continues “Policies like restricting political speech, making housing a right, the green new deal, elimination of gun owner rights, cutting police funding, Medicare for all, reparations for slavery, and letting China and Iran have their way with the U.S. are just a few of the radical planks in the party platform. Never before in American political history have socialist policies been so mainstream as they are today.”

Mr. Malak addressed several timely topics including the current civil unrest and violence that has been plaguing cities across the United States over the past few months, and was critical of Democrat leaders that refuse to denounce the rioters. “Along with Portland, other cities like Seattle, Oakland, New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and Richmond have experienced riots, physical assaults on innocent civilians and law enforcement officers, destruction of statues and monuments, vandalism, fires, and attacks on federal buildings, police precincts, and courthouses. Anarchist mobs are wreaking havoc and chaos as they terrorize these communities. All the while, Democrat leaders including their presidential nominee Joe Biden refer to them as “peaceful protestors.” Despite the billions of dollars in damage because of the senseless destruction, the loss of life, and the obliteration of countless businesses.”

Another topic Malak tackled in the article was regarding the need to make major changes to improve the current US tax code with the implementation of a fair, across the board consumption tax. Malak laid out his case for the flat tax suggesting it would be a winning platform for President Trump’s re-election campaign. “Study after study has shown that a flat tax system would greatly increase tax revenue and lessen the burden on taxpayers. Individuals would keep more of their own money, millions more jobs would be created, and the economy would expand even further. The coronavirus will take second or third place in people’s minds if there is the promise of fair tax reform, and the President will cruise to victory. The majority of hardworking voters have one main voting priority, the money in their pockets; everything else takes second place.”

As he has done in several articles over the past few months, Mr. Malak again provided excellent insights on the COVID-19 pandemic. Malak explains that with COVID-19 continuing to mutate, states must avoid making the same mistake made in New York state, “Some experts believe a recovered COVID-19 patient could become defenseless against the new COVID-19-2.0. Unfortunately, the new strain is believed to have come to the United States from Italy and Europe via New York City. New York’s Governor Cuomo did not restrict or advise against travel out of his state and allowed the new strain to spread rampantly.”

Mr. Malak continued, “In all likelihood, COVID-19 will only get worse between now and election day. The Administration should come out and deal with that reality head on with the American people. The American people know the virus is not Trump’s doing, but that of the Chinese regime, as the President has correctly called COVID-19, the “China Virus.”

On how we must learn to live with the coronavirus, Mr. Malak stressed, “Daily we live with such illnesses as coronary artery disease, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, breast cancer, other cancers, diabetes, and the list goes on. We have no choice but to accept the fact that we must deal with the coronavirus as we do with other serious medical issues. We have to adapt until a reliable therapeutic solution is developed, since any hope for a vaccine is out of the question. The economy must remain open. Just like we do not shut down the economy because we are having too many strokes or heart attacks, we cannot shut down because of this virus.”

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America’s $1 Billion Preventative Mental Illness Failure

America’s $1 Billion Preventative Mental Illness Failure

CCHR says mental health programs that are supposed to educate about and prevent racist abuse, restraint deaths, student mental stress and more have failed to reduce these, yet funding to them is now being increased without accountability.

CCHR says mental health programs that are supposed to educate about and prevent racist abuse, restraint deaths, student mental stress, and more have failed

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — A mental health industry watchdog cautions local, state and federal government agencies against pouring millions of more dollars into mental health delivery in schools and the community in response to current health and police issues. Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) says the push to provide more “mental health” models to address current community situations without looking at whether they even work, potentially adds more dangers. “One program is part of $1.07 billion allocated in recent years, yet has been criticized as being a conduit for creating new patients to be prescribed potentially dangerous psychotropic drugs,” said Jan Eastgate, President of CCHR International.

“Reviewing the failure of mental health programs and ensuring accountability for the billions of dollars already spent on them should be a priority. If these programs have not effectively countered or prevented restraint deaths, stereotyping minorities, medical racism and student mental health crises, then clearly more money should not be thrown at them,” Eastgate added.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was developed in Australia and has been endorsed in the United States since 2008. U.S. Police agencies throughout the nation are already trained in de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention and (MHFA).[1]

However, Jan Nadine Defehr of the University of Winnipeg pointed out: “Rooted in psychiatry, MHFA trains citizens to pathologize human suffering rather than critique the consequences of unjust social structures and power relations.”[2]

MHFA is sponsored by the U.S. National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), which Patrick Hahn, a professor of biology at Loyola University, said has 12 pharmaceutical companies supporting it.[3] Attending a Youth MFHA class, Hahn reportedly noted the training seemed geared toward pushing more young people toward more psychiatric drugs without regard for scientific evidence.[4] Hahn questioned whether those attending the program realized that they were essentially sitting through an eight-hour infomercial paid for by the drug makers.[5]

He noted that within the last 10 years, each of the pharmaceutical companies had “paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle claims of illegal marketing, in some cases including illegal marketing of powerful antipsychotic drugs to children.” This included a jury awarding $70 million to a boy who grew breasts after taking the antipsychotic risperidone.[6]

MHFA use is widespread; for example:

• The MFHA for Public Safety module claims to teach police officers how to safely deescalate a mental health crisis.
• In 2015, New York allocated $850 million for mental health programs that included in partnership with NCBH offering free MHFA training to 250,000 people, beginning with first responders, including police officers.
• In 2018, over 180 police chiefs, all members of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, pledged to train 100 percent of their officers in MHFA.
• In 2013, $50 million in federal funds were budgeted to train 5,000 mental health professionals to work with young people in communities and schools; one of the key components was MHFA.
• The Federal MHFA Act of 2015 authorized another $20 million for the program.[7]
• The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration budget included $15 million to provide MHFA training in school districts.[8]
• In the wake of mass shootings in 2019, the 2020 budget included $133 million for school violence prevention efforts, including MFHA. MFHA reported nearly $23 million was appropriated for it.
• Many of the mental illness advocacy group websites offering MHFA training are funded by pharmaceutical companies manufacturing psychotropic drugs that can cause debilitating side effects, including suicide, aggression, hallucinations, movement disorders, heart attacks, strokes, and death.[9] One New Jersey MHFA team received a grant from a pharmaceutical giant that has paid out billions of dollars in fines and settlements over its antipsychotic drug.

According to a PLoS journal article that provided an assessment of the effectiveness of MHFA on “improving mental health knowledge, stigma and helping behavior,” 18 trials (5,936 participants) were reviewed. It found that overall, effects were generally only small-to-moderate post-training up to six months later; effects up to 12-months later were unclear.[10]

According to Hahn’s experience with a MHFA class, “Neither our facilitators nor anyone else present pointed out that mania and bipolar disorder are toxic effects of medications commonly prescribed for ADHD and depression. Our training manual didn't say anything about this either, although it did claim that depression is caused by a deficiency of serotonin — a fable that by now has become…discredited….”[11]

Defehr said MFHA “produces new, more reachable psychiatric patients, presuming and thereby increasing citizen availability to psychiatric contact and life-long patienthood.”[12]

CCHR’s co-founder, the late Professor Thomas Szasz warned of “The Therapeutic State” we see now, where the “state seeks to remedy personal and social problems defined as diseases; its beneficiaries are often ‘helped’ against their will,” Szasz wrote.[13]

People rush to “embrace the therapeutic state” as a potential solution, Szasz said. However, “When they discover that the therapeutic state is about tyranny, not therapy, it will be too late.”[14]

“It’s not too late now to evaluate the results of mental health programs and whether they have reduced violence, suicide and rates of mental travail, to question why the number of Americans relying upon a mind-altering prescription drug hasn’t decreased. Why restraint deaths in hospitals and the community haven’t lessened. How electroshocking children as young as five and pregnant women is allowed. Funding should ensure effective results—people not living in fear of tyranny but leading happier lives in a safer community. Clearly, this is not happening. Funding must be kept in check with demands for results and a decrease, not increase of the problem,” Eastgate said.

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[2] Jan Nadine DeFehr, “Inventing Mental Health First Aid: The Problem of Psychocentrism,” Studies in Social Justice, Vol 10, Issue 1, 2016,

[3] “Drug companies prey on children,” The Baltimore Sun, 25 Dec. 2016,


[5] Op. cit., The Baltimore Sun

[6] Ibid.


[8] Ibid.

[9] Phillip Hickey, Ph.D., “Mental Health First Aid: Another Psychiatric Expansionist Tool,” MIA, 23 Jan. 2017,


[11] Op. cit., The Baltimore Sun

[12] Op. cit., Studies in Social Justice, Vol 10, Issue 1, 2016


[14] Ibid.

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Dr. Collis – Real-life Story about being a Pro-life Doctor

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As a doctor, I have had the opportunity to put into practice my belief that life needs to be protected from conception to natural death.”

— Dr. Noel Collis

HUTCHINSON, MN, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — Collis for Congress campaign does metro media buy to introduce voters to Dr. Collis.

In an emotionally moving story about a young girl who comes to his office seeking an abortion referral, Dr. Noel Collis talks about the real-life ramification of being a pro-life doctor and how it positively impacts others' lives.

"As a doctor, I have had the opportunity to put into practice my belief that life needs to be protected from conception to natural death," said Noel Collis, Candidate for Congress

"I hope that this story helps others see the issue of being pro-life from the survivors' perspective," said Noel Collis, Candidate for Congress

"When that young woman came up to me a few years ago and thanked me for saving her life, that was one of my most gratifying moments," said Noel Collis, Candidate for Congress

Dr. Noel Collis is a lifelong Minnesota resident, a practicing physician for over 30 years, an entrepreneur and business owner running to unseat Congressman Collin Peterson, a 30-year Democrat incumbent.

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Murray Condemns Carney’s “Indecision Decision” On School Openings

Says Carney Is The Master Of Avoiding Decisions

SEAFORD, DE, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — Georgetown attorney and the endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate, Julianne Murray, condemned Governor John Carney for his “indecision decision” today regarding the reopening of Delaware’s public schools under Delaware’s state of emergency. The Governor announced that Delaware’s schools were under what the Delaware Department of Education termed Scenario 2, which is minimal to moderate community spread. Under this scenario, Delaware schools would reopen using a hybrid model of in person and remote learning. While this sounds like schools will reopen, the devil is in the details noted Murray. Social distancing is required both on the school buses transporting the children and in the classroom. Delaware does not have the school buses to adequately social distance the returning students. Rather than take a stand and either reopen the schools or keep them closed, Governor Carney is punting the decision and making the local school systems be the ones to announce the schools are closed, Murray said. Murray unequivocally supports the reopening of Delaware’s public schools.

“John Carney is a master at not making a decision,” said Julianne Murray. “Today is yet another example of the Carney Administration’s “indecision decision” process. He knows fully well with social distancing policies in place under his draconian state of emergency that has crippled the state, local school systems do not have the school buses to transport our children. Yet rather than announce himself that the schools will not reopen, he leaves it to the local school systems to be the ones to announce it. It is another example of him leading from behind.

“I am reminded of the old song, “I love to dance a little sidestep” whenever I hear John Carney announce a decision because he never makes a decision,” continued Murray. “Where is the leadership? Someone asked me why I wanted John Carney’s job and I responded that I don’t. I want to be Governor of Delaware. Being Governor means making decisions. John Carney’s entire term in office has been marked by avoiding decisions as we see again today. He has had abdicated his role of Governor. Delawareans deserve better.

“I am for reopening our schools, no ifs ands or buts,” concluded Murray. “When I am Governor, I will make the hard decisions. You may not agree with every decision I make, but I won’t hide from making the tough choices for the citizens of the state.”

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David McKenzie Wins Emmy for Best Director with the Critically Acclaimed Documentary Film “Hate Among Us”

"We are very thankful that the Academy has given attention to this important subject that affects all of us." – David McKenzie

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — In a virtual ceremony Sunday night, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) awarded David McKenzie the Emmy for Outstanding Directing Special Class for the critically acclaimed documentary film Hate Among Us.

"We are very thankful that the Academy has given attention to this important subject that affects all of us,” said McKenzie. “I am honored that they recognized this work so that hopefully it will bring more attention to this subject matter and shine a light on the terrible situation that hate generates among people.”

Distributed by Associated Television International (ATI) and premiering on Popstar! TV, Hate Among Us from executive producers David McKenzie, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Sergey Sarkisov, tracks the origins of hate crimes against members of the Jewish faith as well as many others and the ultimate murder of an estimated 6 million European Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators that are still being exhibited by hate groups to this very day from Europe to the United States and throughout the world.

The film follows the family members of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who was murdered in her Paris apartment in 2018 in an anti-Semitic hate crime. The film also depicts unique perspectives on antisemitism from all cultures and all faiths, from within historic Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, to the streets of Charlottesville and Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. McKenzie’s direction told real stories of current survivors of violent antisemitism to those of the Holocaust. Hate Among Us illustrates how renewed intolerance is taking root in our communities, institutions and universities, with far reaching consequences around the world.

"It helps us to achieve our goal,” said Dean Cain, “which is to shine a light on hate and help educate people about the history and the current growth of hate and anti-Semitism. We are very excited about this recognition and hope this brings more awareness to this serious humanitarian crisis."

Montel Williams agreed. “When we set out to make Hate Among Us, we knew it was an urgent project. In these divided times, we have to remember that hate and bigotry are never the answer."

"The response of the community from this inhumanity proves that this topic is very important to many people as well as being very relevant," states Sergey Sarkisov. "I do believe that Hate Among Us contributes to the proper understanding and empathy that any kind of national, racial or religious hate continues to be an existing danger and every human, including humanity itself, can be a target."

Hate Among Us is the second film from the producing team of the McKenzie’s, Cain, Williams and Sarkisov with their first being the also critically lauded documentary Architects of Denial which shed light on the Armenian Genocide that is still not fully recognized as of this day. That film was also produced and directed by McKenzie.

Hate Among Us will be re-released this fall to major outlets worldwide.

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“Vote HERE: A film for the people by the people” releases Independent Segments of the entire film on Vimeo

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“Vote HERE” Segments Now on Vimeo

Independent segments from the recently released feature documentary – “Vote HERE: A film for the people by the people” now available on Vimeo.

People can have the luxury of watching the whole film or easy to reference segments. I wanted to make the film as easy and accessible as voting itself should be.”

— Director/Editor Steve Waxman

UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — Independent segments from the recently released feature documentary – “Vote HERE: A film for the people by the people” – are now playing on Vimeo. From early on the producers envisioned "Vote HERE" also being offered in categorical segments.

"People can have the luxury of watching the whole film or easy to reference segments. I wanted to make the film as easy and accessible as voting itself should be," shared director/editor, Steve Waxman.

The full-length film covers how our voting rights have wavered throughout U.S. history and pays homage to those who have and are still forging the way for what lays at the heart of our democracy: Easy and Equal Access to one of our most cherished and hard fought for rights – the right to Vote.

Renowned historians, journalists, scholars & legal experts share their insight on subjects including why the Founding Fathers left it to the States to control the voting process; how Congress came up with the system of the Electoral College; and the roughly 75 year fight for Women’s Suffrage. The film’s fourteenth and final segment features the late U.S. Representative, and life-long activist, John Lewis, as he takes you on a journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma that fateful day in 1965 which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday’ and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Along with the film’s historical revelations are the profiles of present day hard-working activists, nonpartisan & non-profit organizations, and spontaneous interviews with the voters themselves. They all play an important role sharing their insight, inspiration and hope!

You can now watch the full-length "Vote HERE" documentary and all of its Segments on Vimeo:

Full List of “Vote HERE” Segments:
Seg 1. Why The States Control Voting
Seg 2. Environmental Voter Project
Seg 3. Electoral College
Seg 4. Voting in the 19th Century
Seg 5. HeadCount
Seg 6. Gerrymandering
Seg 7. Women’s Suffrage
Seg 8. Ranked Choice Voting
Seg 9. Mi Familia Vota
Seg 10. The Progressive Era
Seg 11. Native American Suffrage
Seg 12. Black Suffrage/Voter Disenfranchisement
Seg 13. Joy of Voting
Seg 14. Voting Rights Acts/Credits (Hyperlink)

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Yale Study: SmartPower's Solarize Program Key To Engaging Low-To-Moderate Communities in Solar


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Research by Yale & NYU Shows That Solarize campaigns and messages, can lead to an average 1,000% increase in local installations.

…now we have the roadmap. Indeed each and every community is different and nuances matter. But with this Guidebook we unlock those nuances so all Americans can be part of the solar solution.”

— Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, August 4, 2020 / — A new guidebook from Yale University — and featuring the award-winning Solarize Campaign of SmartPower — offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in low-to-moderate (LMI) communities — communities that are often overlooked across the USA. At the same time this Guidebook outlines the barriers and potential benefits of bringing rooftop solar to these LMI households.

The guidebook is based on research by Dr. Kenneth Gillingham, associate professor of environmental and energy economics at the Yale School of the Environment, and Dr. Bryan Bollinger, associate professor of marketing at New York University, and is derived from a series of “Solarize” on-the-ground outreach campaigns managed by the nationally recognized nonprofit organization, SmartPower.

Solarize is a proven community-based outreach approach that brings together solar installers, environmental organizations, community-based volunteers, local officials, and residents to accelerate adoption of rooftop solar. Previously Gillingham, Bollinger and SmartPower collaborated and detailed the effectiveness of these Solarize campaigns and messages, which can lead to an average 1,000-percent increase in local installations

“Breaking through to low-and-moderate-income communities has been one of our long-term challenges and goals,” said Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower. “And now we have the roadmap. Indeed, each and every community is different – and nuances matter. But with this Guidebook we help unlock those nuances so that all Americans can be part of the solar solution.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), this resource offers a roadmap for installing rooftop solar panels in communities that are too often overlooked when it comes to promoting renewable energy solutions.

“The research underlying this guidebook provided new insights into how to reach LMI households to help them reduce energy costs and the negative environmental impacts from building energy use,” said Yale’s Gillingham.

The recent phase of the research focused on LMI communities, and how different messages can resonate differently with different communities. One first finding is that Solarize campaigns were proven to be effective among LMI communities. But the messaging field experiment provided further nuances on how to reach potential solar customers across all income groups. While self-interest, financially-oriented messages work best among high-income households, evidence suggests that community-focused — or “pro-social” messages — resulted in more satisfied customers who were more likely to tell their friends and neighbors about the positive experience.

Key findings from the research include:

1. It is critical to assess and remove key barriers. A starting point is to make sure that the policy environment is conducive to LMI solar adoption. It is especially important to have financing options that are tailored to the needs of these customers. When capital is available, solar can be much more attractive and accessible to LMI households. Shared community solar options also hold great promise for LMI adoption of solar.

2. Solarize programs work in LMI communities. Households in these communities are open to the idea of installing solar, and peer-to-peer and neighbor-to-neighbor campaigns that encourage solar adoption can succeed. A major reason for this is that trust matters, so community volunteers and local “solar ambassadors” can be very influential.

3. Getting the word out is critical. In LMI communities, customers are equally likely to adopt solar as a result of either a community-based or individual-based message; The researchers find that messaging does not matter for the number of adoptions. This suggests simply that engaging in messaging at all is critical.

4. Messaging matters for who adopts. Households that install solar after receiving community-based messages are happier with their installations and are more likely to recommend solar to their friends and neighbors, even if the installations tend to be somewhat smaller and less financially lucrative to the household. So, if the goal is to deliver happy adopters who continue to tell their peers about solar, community-based messaging is the preferred approach for LMI communities.

This guidebook aims to identify the best ways to connect with potential LMI customers and understand what makes them interested in purchasing rooftop solar systems. The authors hope that policymakers, once armed with this information and tools that they can use, will continue to develop programs making solar attractive for as many customers as possible. The Guidebook can be downloaded at the Yale School of the Environment website.


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Meridian Answers the Call to Keep Demonstrators and Police Safe

Meridian Barriers secure perimeter for La Mesa demonstrations

Archer 1200 Vehicle Barriers Create Secure City Zone

Meridian Barriers were our solution. They were quickly installed, very maneuverable, and provided the level of safety we were seeking.”

— La Mesa Police Department Capt. Matt Nicholass

PASADENA, CA, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2020 / — As last Saturday neared, it became clear to police in La Mesa, CA that the planned Black Lives Matter demonstration was going to attract large numbers of demonstrators. That is when law enforcement called Meridian Rapid Defense Group. Meridian quickly arrived with its mobile anti-vehicle barriers. Within hours Meridian, using its SAFETY Act Certified Archer 1200 barriers, sealed off an entire “safe zone” in La Mesa where both protestors and police could operate without fear of being struck by a rogue vehicle.

Back in May, rioters on foot and in cars caused widespread damage to many local shops and businesses. This time the local police were taking no chances.

"The City of La Mesa has experienced several protests recently and one resulted in a riot with attempts to burn down our police facility," explained Capt. Matt Nicholass from La Mesa Police Department. “During the planning of an upcoming protest on August 1, our goal was to provide the safest area possible for our protestors, law enforcement personnel, and citizens.”

The barriers and an Archer beam gate were placed on streets at the most critical access points to the designated protest zone. Law enforcement strategy was designed specifically to prevent vehicle traffic from entering high pedestrian areas.

“Meridian Barriers were our solution,” said Capt. Nicholass. “They were quickly installed, very maneuverable, and provided the level of safety we were seeking. They provided reassurance that the protestors and officers were protected.”

Peter Whitford, CEO of Meridian said, “We are a company which specializes in responding rapidly to requests of this type. We had the Archer barriers deployed and then quickly removed allowing the city to get back to normal. Once again we are proud to be the 'go-to business' when authorities need a quick solution to a particular situation.”

Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers are “SAFETY Act Certified” by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) providing the ultimate standard in keeping people, communities and places safer.

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Source: EIN Presswire