CCHR Calling for Greater Protection of Elders from Baker Act Abuse

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is calling upon lawmakers to protect senior citizens from unlawful involuntary psychiatric examination.

Seniors, especially those with dementia, are being taken from their homes or care facilities for psychiatric examinations when they don’t actually meet the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to exposing human rights violations, is calling upon lawmakers to protect senior citizens from unlawful involuntary psychiatric examination.

The overall mental health law in Florida, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for the legalized involuntary examination of senior citizens. When a Baker Act occurs an elderly person can be sent against their will for an examination and the receiving facility is then legally allowed to hold the senior for up to 72 hours. According to the Annual Report on the Baker Act, released in June of 2018, there were 199,944 involuntary examinations in 2017 — more than doubling from 2001 — with over 7 percent of the initiations on persons 65 years of age or older. [1]

“CCHR is very concerned that the Baker Act is being abused. Seniors, especially those with dementia, are being taken from their homes or care facilities for psychiatric examinations when they don’t actually meet the criteria for a Baker Act in the first place,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

Over 14,000 of Florida’s elderly, including those with dementia, were sent for involuntary psychiatric examinations in 2017, forcing the stress of physical transport to Baker Act facilities on these seniors. It is well documented that transferring an elderly person, and specifically one suffering from dementia, puts them at risk for depression, anxiety, and similar behavior disturbances, which may then result in the senior being treated with unnecessary psychotropic drugs which come with many side effects. [2]

Moreover, senior citizens who find themselves admitted for psychiatric evaluation are sometimes later informed that the criteria for Baker Acting was never met, that there was no evidence of mental illness, and instead it was found by clinical staff the senior simply needed rest, proper nutrition, or an adjustment to baseline medication. [3] [4]

Additionally, polypharmacy, which is the concurrent use of multiple medications, has doubled in the past decade among retirement-age Americans despite warnings from geriatric medical organizations. In fact, the number of office visits resulting in multiple pharmaceutical prescription has risen from 1.5 million in 2004 to 3.68 million in 2013 — more than a 50% increase — with rural areas showing the highest surge. Those diagnosed with dementia are even more susceptible to polypharmacy and specifically psychotropic drugging. According to the Office of the Inspector General, 304,983 elderly nursing home residents in the U.S. were given dangerous and often deadly antipsychotic drugs, 88% of which were prescribed off-label for dementia. [5] [6]

“Many retirement-age Americans are taking at least 3 psychiatric drugs but yet don’t have a mental health diagnosis on record,” said Stein.

For more information on the protection of elder rights under the mental health law, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

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

Sources:
[1] http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf
[2] https://hernandosun.com/Baker_Act_A_Dementia_Dilemma_7_29_16
[3]http://www.heu.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research_reports/HEU_Literature_Review_Sept23_2002.pdf
[4] https://www.crisisprevention.com/Blog/November-2010/A-Real-Issue-for-Many-Individuals-With-Dementia
[5] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/health/psychiatric-drugs-prescriptions.html?_r=1
[6] https://www.cchrint.org/issues/protectelderly/

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Hearing Health Foundation Maintains 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating and Consumer Reports “Best Charities” Distinction

HHF concludes our 60th anniversary year of groundbreaking hearing and balance research with repeat accolades from Charity Navigator and Consumer Reports.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) concludes our 60th anniversary year of groundbreaking hearing and balance research with a third consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator and a third consecutive designation as a “Best Charity for Your Donation” by Consumer Reports.

HHF’s mission is to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure hearing loss through innovative research. The organization also promotes hearing health through education and awareness programs. HHF funded the discoveries that certain animals are capable of restoring their hearing once deafened, and now works toward replicating this phenomenon in people, while also investigating new treatments and cures for other hearing and balance conditions like tinnitus, Ménière's disease, and auditory processing disorder (APD).

Consistent accolades from Charity Navigator and Consumer Reports affirm HHF’s life-changing work is carried out with financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency. HHF’s Board of Directors and the organization’s endowment cover all administrative expenses, so donations from generous supporters fully fund hearing loss research and awareness.

Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, its highest possible, signifies that HHF executes our mission in the most responsible way. The score considers program, administrative, and fundraising expenses, fundraising efficiency, Board policies, and the disclosure of financial records. Fewer than 25% of the 9,000+ nonprofits evaluated by Charity Navigator have received three or more consecutive 4-star ratings.

Consumer Reports’ annual list of the “Best Charities for Your Donation” aggregates data from Charity Navigator along with CharityWatch and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance to identify organizations most worthy of donors’ support. This year, HHF is the only hearing loss focused charity to earn a placement on the Consumer Reports roster.

As HHF enters our seventh decade of funding critical hearing and balance research, we express our gratitude to those who have given their time and financial resources in pursuit of new treatments and cures. We’re thankful to have your support in our efforts to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with hearing loss.

If you haven’t yet, and are able to give, please consider an end-of-year donation with confidence HHF will work diligently to ensure your contribution matters.

You can learn more about Hearing Health Foundation at www.hhf.org/hope.

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California Lawyers Association names Paula Brunoro-Borokhov Vice-Chair of Young Tax Lawyers Committee Taxation Section

International Tax Law Firm

Paula Brunoro-Borokhov, tax attorney and international legal counsel, will serve tax lawyers that have been practicing for 10 years or less in California.

I am honored to be nominated for this new role. I am excited to be a part of the YTLC to assist and promote the Taxation Section not only within San Diego but throughout the state of California.”

— Paula Brunoro-Borokhov

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is a nonprofit, voluntary organization dedicated to promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Paula Brunoro-Borokhov, who has recently served as the Chair of Young Tax Lawyers Section of the San Diego CLA Chapter, will now be the Vice-Chari of the Young Tax Lawyers Committee of the CLA (“YTLC”).

The YTLC works with regional chapters to provide education and support for new tax lawyers throughout California. The purpose of the YTLC is to provide opportunities for new tax lawyers to further their personal and professional development through participation in Taxation Section activities. Local chapters hold periodic meetings on current tax developments and facilitate educational talks on noteworthy tax topics while providing networking opportunities to meet fellow young tax attorneys and to meet more senior tax practitioners who often speak at the meetings. There are presently chapters in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brunoro will participate in the various taxation-specific educational programs organized by the committee and serve as an extension of the Taxation Section to the Young Tax Lawyers Section. Her guidance and participation with these committees will also help her serve the greater legal community in San Diego where her practice operates.

“I am honored to be nominated for this new role. I enjoyed serving as the Chair of the Young Tax Lawyers San Diego Chapter for the past 2 years and I am excited to be a part of the YTLC to assist and promote the Taxation Section not only within San Diego but throughout the state of California.”

About Brunoro Law, APC
Paula Brunoro-Borokhov is the principal attorney at Brunoro Law, APC, a leading international tax law firm located in San Diego California. Brunoro received her J.D. equivalent from the Faculdade de Direito de Vitória in Brazil, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She obtained her LL.M degree in Business and Corporate Law from the University of San Diego and her LL.M in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Brunoro has been recognized by both the San Diego Daily Transcript and San Diego Business Journal for her legal accomplishments and is an active member of the California Lawyers Association.

Brunoro Law specializes in assisting businesses and individuals with business and tax related matters. The firm’s practice areas include but are not limited to: Tax Controversy, Collections, Planning, International Tax, and Corporate law with a specialization in representing clients from or with business in the US and throughout the world. Contact the firm to receive more information or request a consultation from Paula Brunoro-Borokhov.

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Durango Reports Additional Visible Gold Grains in Till at Windfall Lake

Recent samples submitted for gold grain count & fire assay have all returned visible gold grains extending the previously known 5km trend to approximately 10km.

Durango Resources Inc. (OTCQB:ATOXF)

Durango's Windfall Lake claims are very compelling with 100% of the till samples tested in September and October all containing visible gold grains extending the gold trend distance to 10 km.”

— Marcy Kiesman, CEO

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, December 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO) (OTCQB-ATOXF) (Frankfurt – 86A1), (the “Company” or “Durango”) is pleased to report that further to its news of November 2, 2018, Durango has received further positive assay results on the additional till samples taken on the East claim block at Windfall Lake, Québec.

Nine (9) additional till samples were obtained down strike along the same gold trend where previous gold grains were discovered on the East block of claims. Each of the samples submitted for gold grain count and fire assay have once again all returned visible gold grains extending the previously known 5km trend to approximately 10km. The East Block (Barry Lakes property) now hosts a gold trend for approximately ten (10) kilometres in length subparallel to the main fault system (Barry fault) held by Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX – OSK).

Marcy Kiesman, Durango’s CEO stated: "Durango's Windfall Lake claims continue to gain in momentum and are very compelling with 100 per cent of the till samples tested in September and October all containing visible gold grains. We are also very excited to announce that the gold trend distance has doubled in size to a 10 km trend on the East Block (Barry Lakes) property which runs parallel our Trove Property and borders Osisko. The Windfall Lake gold camp has consolidated recently and has garnished the investment of Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (TSX – KL) in both Bonterra Resources Inc. (TSX – BTR) and Osisko, due to their continued positive gold results. Durango remains poised toward a major discovery on our 11,000 hectares of strategically located property in the Windfall Lake gold camp."

East Block (Barry Lakes Property)
Earlier this year, Durango discovered gold in the till immediately adjacent to Osisko Mining Inc.'s claims on Durango's East block of claims, which host the highest-priority IP target. The IP survey analysis deemed this target to be of high interest for gold exploration and recommended immediate follow-up fieldwork. Eleven till samples were collected in this area and returned calculated gold values ranging from 33 parts per billion to 529 ppb (0.529 g/t), with the average being 205 ppb (0.205 g/t) gold.

As reported on October 25th, 2018, these results are particularly interesting for Durango as it reveals a gold trend for over five kilometres in length subparallel to the main fault system which supports the IP survey results. One of the samples returned nine pristine gold grains, which suggests that the gold has travelled a very short distance from its source. Forty-two pristine gold grains reported values of 2,184 ppb Au (2.184 g/t) were obtained in the same area as announced in Durango's news release on July 23, 2018. One kilometre south of the area with the pristine gold grains till assays returned 32.5 ppb, 28.7 ppb and 17.5 ppb Au. From the nine (9) additional till samples, seven (7) of them contain pristine gold grains that confirm one more time the near source of gold mineralization. The gold value from this 9 samples calculated in the Heavy-Mineral Concentrates (HMC) ranging from 3 ppb Au to 183 ppb Au. The fire assays are pending and will be available soon.

These results, combined with the direction of the glacial movement, clearly indicate great potential for the East claim block. Results are extremely promising and Durango team of experts is already planning the next exploration program to take place as soon as possible. Preparation of a drilling campaign of 1,000 to 1,500m is in the works for early 2019.

The technical contents of this release were approved by George Yordanov, P.Geo., an independent Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The property has not yet been the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 report.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company is positioned for discovery with a 100% interest in a strategically located group of properties totaling over 11,000 hectares in size in the Windfall Lake gold camp in the Abitibi region of Québec, Canada.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO
Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243
Email: durangoresourcesinc@gmail.com
Website: www.durangoresourcesinc.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain or refer to forward-looking information based on current expectations and the impact on the Company of these events. Forward-looking information is subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including market conditions, as actual results may differ materially from forecasted results. Forward-looking information is provided as of the date hereof and we assume no responsibility to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. For a detailed list of risks and uncertainties relating to Durango, please refer to its prospectus filed on its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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American Fidelity Named One of the Best Workplaces for Diversity

American Fidelity Colleagues on Patio

American Fidelity Colleagues Enjoy the Outdoor Patio

American Fidelity Colleagues

American Fidelity Colleagues

Jeanette Rice, American Fidelity President and COO

Jeanette Rice, American Fidelity President and COO

American Fidelity Assurance Company once again made FORTUNE magazine’s and the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces for Diversity list.

At American Fidelity, we’re committed to having an inclusive culture to enable innovation, foster a great place to work for all environment and help us be a different opinion for our Customers.”

— Jeanette Rice, AF President and COO

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, USA, December 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — American Fidelity Assurance Company once again made FORTUNE magazine’s and the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces for Diversity list.

“At American Fidelity, we’re committed to having an inclusive culture to enable innovation, foster a great place to work for all environment and ultimately help us be a different opinion for our Customers,” said AF President and COO Jeanette Rice. “We know that our ability to embrace the differences between individuals is key to our business success as it promotes a culture that embraces many views and perspectives.”

To determine the list, Great Place to Work analyzed the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, those who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities, comparing their survey results to their Colleagues’ at the same organizations. All told, these anonymous survey responses on more than 60 survey questions reflecting day-to-day workplace treatment represented more than 4.4 million employees’ work lives.

At American Fidelity, 52 percent of all leadership roles are held by women and the team is more than 13 percent ethnically diverse. Age-wise, the Company is 22 percent Baby Boomer, 47 percent Generation X and 31 percent Millennial.

Having an inclusive company starts with recruiting. To ensure diversity in recruiting efforts, AF partners with a staffing agency focused on diversity staffing and had an external firm conduct a Diversity and Inclusion Diagnosis Communications Audit of recruiting materials.

Although American Fidelity has long focused on creating a diverse, inclusive environment, they recently took things a step further by implementing unconscious bias training for Colleagues in Corporate and Human Resources, with plans to expand the training in the future.

Inclusion doesn’t just apply to Company Colleagues. American Fidelity provides voluntary employee benefits to our Customers in niche markets and tries mirror Customers as much as possible. For example, if a school needs Spanish-speaking representatives to explain employee benefits, AF will develop a team that best fits the needs of the Customer including bilingual managers, Colleagues and Sales representatives.

“The 2018 Best Workplaces for Diversity are at the forefront of creating workplaces that are better for business and better for their people,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “These workplaces not only pay attention to how diverse their workforce and management teams are, but close critical gaps in how all their people are treated and developed day-to-day.”

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About American Fidelity
American Fidelity Assurance Company is a supplemental benefits provider serving more than 1 million Customers across 49 states with a focus on offering a different opinion for Customers in the education, public sector, auto retail and healthcare industries. More information can be found at americanfidelity.com.

American Fidelity has earned an “A+” (Superior) from the A.M. Best Company since 1982. One of the nation’s leading insurance company rating services, A.M. Best conducts a strict review process for financial stability every year.

American Fidelity has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine 11 times.

The Company was also selected for several other lists by Fortune, including: Best Workplaces for Millennials, Best Workplaces in Finance and Insurance, Best Companies for Giving Back, Best Workplaces for Women and the Human Capital 30: Companies that Put Employees Front and Center.

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About the Best Workplaces for Diversity
Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses representing more than 4.4 million employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 30 years of research, Emprising®, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.

Read our new book: “A Great Place to Work for All: Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World.” Learn more on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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AMCD Supports the Appointment of Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador

Secretary of State Pompeo observes Hearther Nauert in action (Getty images)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy fully supports President Trump’s pick to replace UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, the intelligent and capable Ms. Heather Nauert.

Ms. Nauert has been a first-rate journalist for many years, working at both Fox News and ABC News and covering a variety of national and international affairs. More recently, Ms. Nauert has proven herself very capable of representing the administration as State Department spokeswoman. In this role, she has worked closely with Secretary Pompeo and earned his trust and confidence as well as that of the President.

“The fact that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) opposes Nauert’s nomination is proof she is right for the job,” said AMCD co-chair John Hajjar. “CAIR is an arm of the global Muslim Brotherhood operating in the US as a ‘civil rights organization.’ The UAE has designated CAIR a terrorist organization and they have proven links to Hamas. So again, if they are opposed to Nauert’s nomination, that is a good sign.”

”CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups with American blood on their hands,” stated AMCD vice chair, Hossein Khorram. “Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror in the United States and CAIR has opposed every anti-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented. Its California chapter actually distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI, and its officials have told Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement.”

Khorram, himself a Muslim, finds CAIR's silence in condemning terror and not cooperating with FBI totally un-American.

“The Iranian people have endured the implementation of Sharia law by the Islamic Republic, proving it to be a total failure that has brought death and famine to one of the wealthiest countries in the world,” continued Mr. Khorram. “Ms. Nauert comments on Sharia law are based in proven facts that Sharia law is a failure and should never be implemented in any country let alone the United States which is the beacon of democracy in the world – the very antithesis of Sharia Law.”

“Ms. Nauert is well respected in the journalistic community and the diplomatic community in Washington,” added AMCD chair, Tom Harb. “She is poised and unshakable under pressure. We believe she will represent the United States brilliantly at the United Nations.”

“This appointment continues President Trump’s dedication to promoting intelligent and capable women to high-level posts in the administration,” added AMCD Secretary Rebecca Bynum. ‘We applaud this latest example of the administration’s dedication to selection on the basis of talent and merit. Ms. Nauert is a superb choice to fill Ms. Haley’s shoes.”

AMCD lends its full support to this excellent nomination.

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Are people dying from what they don’t know?

Drug-Free World Foundation launches Truth About Drugs campaign to educate on emerging threat of synthetic drugs

The drug crisis is not just a problem for ‘others.’ Drug education is the responsibility of all citizens. It needs to be a shoulder to shoulder effort.”

— Rev. Susan Taylor

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — WASHINGTON, DC – The Foundation for a Drug-Free World announced its campaign for 2019 focus on educating people about the dangers of synthetic drugs. While many people are now aware of the opioid epidemic and how easily one can get addicted to prescription pain killers, synthetics are an emerging threat overwhelming our cities and medical infrastructure.

In June 2018, more than 300 people overdosed on tainted synthetic cannabinoid, also known as “K2” or “synthetic Marijuana”, in a two-week period in Washington, DC, alone. Three people died after using K2 the next month according to the medical examiner’s report.

Many of those working to prevent drug abuse have noted that those on the street have no idea what synthetic drugs are composed of or what they are ingesting when smoking or eating drug-laced foods including brownies, popcorn and cookies. With the internet today, anyone can create or order one or more of a multitude of synthetic drugs.

According to the DEA website, synthetic marijuana is “A synthetic version of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, K2/Spice is a mixture of plant material sprayed with synthetic psychoactive chemicals. Often looks like potpourri and typically labeled ‘not for human consumption.’ Dangerous to purchase from Internet because its origins and chemical amounts are unknown. The ingredients and strength of products containing synthetic cannabinoids are almost impossible for the user to know.”

What happened in Washington is just a glimpse into what is occurring nation wide according to the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. According to National Public Radio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is tracking multiple outbreaks across the country associated with synthetic cannabinoids use and The Food and Drug Administration is warning of “severe illness and death” that have resulted from the use of contaminated synthetic marijuana products in recent months in several states.

A wide range of government agencies and non-profits including the US Attorney’s Office, the Department of Behavioral Health, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the DC Prevention Centers, Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner meet monthly to strategize on how to reach vulnerable populations.

“It is imperative that citizens educate themselves so in turn they can share the truth about drugs with their children, neighbors and co-workers. Knowing that drugs are poisons, knowing what dealers are lacing drugs with and knowing what is in the drug you are taking can save a person’s life,” said Drug-Free World Faith Liaison Rev. Susan Taylor of the Church of Scientology. “The drug crisis is not just a problem for ‘others.’ Drug education is the responsibility of all citizens. It needs to be a shoulder to shoulder effort.”

To respond and alert people to the new dangerous drug epidemic from synthetic drugs, Drug-Free World has started holding regular seminars and has distributed tens of thousands of its award-winning drug education booklets and videos throughout the Washington, DC, area at weekly drug education events.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World, a non-profit based out of Los Angeles, supported by the Church of Scientology, that focuses on grassroots level drug prevention and education and provides high quality materials to health counselors, teachers, Sheriff's departments and police, all over the world. Through the Foundation and its volunteers and partners, more than 62 million of the Foundation's educational booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held, and the Foundation's public service announcements have reached more than 260 million viewers in 123 countries. Successful uses of these materials are featured on the Scientology.TV network.

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18-YEAR-OLD ACTOR/SINGER OLIVER RICHMAN RELEASES 'I CAN SEE' WRITTEN BY HIS GRANDFATHER, LEGEND RON MILLER

Oliver Richman, New Music Release

Oliver Richman, New Holiday Release

Oliver Richman

A Newly Released Music Video of the Same Song, Recorded and Filmed By Oliver When he Was 10 Years Old, Accompanies the 2018 Recording

‘I Can See’ is a song of hope and optimism. In a world full of challenge, it is inspiring and empowering to remember to look for the good even while acknowledging some of the pain of the truth.”

— Lisa Dawn Miller, Producer

LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S.A., December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Keeping the spirit alive of his iconic grandfather, famed songwriter Ron Miller, 18-year-old actor/singer Oliver Richman (https://oliverrichman.com/) releases a powerful, piano-only ballad entitled "I Can See." Oliver is the first artist to release the track written by his late grandfather when it was discovered after Miller’s passing in 2007. The new recording is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and YouTube.

Oliver previously recorded the song as a child in 2010 and filmed a music video for its release, however the video was held and only recently edited as part of a college send-off to Oliver from his mother, producer/singer/songwriter Lisa Dawn Miller (https://lisadawnmiller.com/), who produced both recordings and the music video. The video is now available on Oliver’s website and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TXvwJUL6J0s.

“As part of my goal to get all of the unknown works of my father out there for the whole world to hear, I’m so grateful to have the extraordinary talents of my son, who knows how to interpret my father’s powerful, meaningful and profound lyrics with depth and sensitivity,” Lisa Miller said.

“‘I Can See’ is a song of hope and optimism. In a world full of challenge, it is inspiring and empowering to remember to look for the good even while acknowledging some of the pain of the truth. It was my father’s message to me and it is my message to my son, who sang this song as an innocent child full of hope and excitement about the future and who sings it now as young college student wanting to utilize his talents to go out there and change the world in the most positive ways,” Miller continued.

Just in time for the holidays, Oliver also recently released a beautiful rendition of the late Miller's holiday classic, "Someday at Christmas," originally recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1967. The song is also available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube. “Someday at Christmas” and “I Can See” are the first two releases from the younger Miller’s new record label, LDM Music.

Oliver's grandfather and Lisa's father, Ron Miller, penned standards such as, "For Once in My Life," "Touch Me in the Morning," "A Place in the Sun,” "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday," "Heaven Help Us All," "I've Never Been to Me," "If I Could,” “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time” (co-written by Oliver’s maternal grandmother, Aurora Miller), and many more.

Oliver was personally invited by Stevie Wonder when he was just 10 years old to perform the hit “One Little Christmas Tree” at the Nokia Theatre (now the Microsoft Theater) for Wonder's annual House Full of Toys benefit concert, where Oliver received a standing ovation from more than 7,500 people. Oliver is now a freshman at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Oliver’s prior releases include takes on his grandfather’s classics, “For Once in My Life – Special 50th Anniversary Edition,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Will I Still Be Me,” and “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time.” He also released many other songs including several penned by his mother, “You and I,” “Rise” “Believe,” “Today” and “The Diagramming Club.”

Lisa has written and/or produced other holiday recordings for the Miller-family catalogue such as “A Miracle,” "A Christmas Truce," We'll Always Have Christmas Eve," "A New Year" and “Celebrate Me Home.” She also recently launched LDM Publishing (https://ldmpublishing.com/) and is currently developing a new musical about the life of her father entitled, “For Once in My Life."

At 9 years old, Oliver released, “Defying Gravity,” his first music video. He first appeared in the critically-acclaimed show, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” as “Young Frank Sinatra” at age 10. At 13 years old, he released a piano-only ballad of Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me.”

For the latest on Oliver, visit https://oliverrichman.com/ and follow him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oliverrichman/,) Twitter (@OliverRichman1) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV4MZJ9nyozdmKigSrCz9jQ).

Chrissy Mrowczynski
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Mental Health Watchdog Helps Hundreds in Fight for Human Rights

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

Restoring Human Rights and Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

CCHR has helped more than 900 men, women and children who were being unjustly held under the mental health law in a campaign to protect human rights.

Too often people who seek help are instead taken into custody and held against their will for involuntary psychiatric examination.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida chapter of 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, has helped more than 900 men, women and children who were being unjustly held under the mental health law.

Known as the Baker Act, the mental health law in Florida allows for individuals to be sent against their will for involuntary examination and held for up to 72 hours. While efforts have been made to protect the rights of individuals over the years, the fact remains that the number of people being sent for involuntary psychiatric examination continues to climb and a significant percentage of them do not meet the legal criteria to be taken into custody.

“We receive over 140 calls every month on Baker Acts and way to often what is reported to us indicates that the criteria for an involuntary psychiatric examination was never met,” said the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein. “In fact, an analysis of 100 calls we received involving children revealed that around 70% did not meet the criteria for a Baker Act.”

For many years law enforcement, schools and the media have reported the overuse and misuse of the Baker Act and while there have been some legislative amendments enacted to better protect children, the changes that have been made are not adequate. [2]

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, in the 16 years from 2001 to 2017, involuntary psychiatric examinations more than doubled and in order to help address this situation, and violations of rights under the mental health law, the Florida chapter of CCHR operates a Psychiatric Abuse Hotline so that individuals who need help have someone they can call. [1]

In addition to the hotline, CCHR also works with the victims of Baker Act abuse to file complaints with the applicable agencies and officials to ensure that these abuses are investigated and those responsible are held accountable. Just since 2015, CCHR has filed over 700 complaints concerning abuse within the Florida mental health system that have resulted in multiple investigations and sanctions against offending psychiatrists and facilities.

“Too often people who seek help are instead taken into custody and held against their will for involuntary psychiatric examination. CCHR is here to expose this abuse, help those who have been unjustly incarcerated and ultimately change the mental health law to protect people from rights violations,” said Diane Stein.

About CCHR: CCHR has produced seven award-winning documentaries, with 7 million DVDs in 18 languages reaching 120 million people exposing drugging in the military, the irreparable harm of electric shock and the labeling and drugging of children. 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

SOURCES:
[1] Baker Act Reporting Center http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf
[2] http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-ucf-mental-health-finals-20151204-story.html ; http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-florida-legislature-should-reform-baker-act/2236045 ; http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article1940689.html ; http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article1940689.html ; http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2015-11-06/story/floridas-baker-act-overused-inefficient-and-inadequate

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BIG MOUNTAIN REUNITES AFTER 10 YEARS APART TO RELEASE ITS NEW SINGLE “DEPORTATION NATION”, IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS

Quino Mcwhinney, John D. Marquez, and James Mcwhinney. Photo by: Elena Rojas

Known worldwide for their hit ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, the band returns with a single to create awareness of the problems suffered by immigrants in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Big Mountain, the reggae band internationally known for its reggae remake of Peter Frampton’s “Ooh Baby, I Love Your Way”, is making big news in 2018. The song that the whole world fell in love in 1994 and was part of the soundtrack for the hit movie 'Reality Bites', starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, recently landed another big movie placement with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

“Ooh Baby I Love Your Way” has proven to be one of the most successful reggae releases in history, currently exceeding 3 million streams per month on Spotify and keeping Big Mountain busy touring the world year-round.

The band culminated their tour by crafting a new track that reinvigorates the band’s roots in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and its commitment to using art as a tool for social justice. “Deportation Nation” is a dark and fierce roots reggae rebuke to the Trump administration’s immigration and border enforcement policy and a broader history of border militarization. It features the spoken word performance of Dr. John D. Márquez, an acclaimed author and professor of Ethnic Studies and Latinx Studies at Northwestern University. Márquez is a veteran activist against border militarization, police brutality, mass incarceration, and other injustices. He and Big Mountain frontman, Quino McWhinney, met in the mid 1990s as members of a grassroots organization that was addressing human rights abuses at the border. They have been artistic interlocutors ever since. As Quino explains, “We wanted to demonstrate to our undocumented immigrant sisters and brothers that the band Big Mountain stands in solidarity with their plight. We believe that all people have a right to travel far and wide to fulfill their dreams, especially when it comes to bettering their lives and the lives of their families”.

With recent performances on LATV bilingual format television, Univision, and Telemundo’s Accesso Total, the music industry is finally becoming aware that Big Mountain vocalists, brothers Quino and James McWhinney, are Americans of Mexican heritage with strong ties to the histories, peoples, and cultures of Latin America. Their maternal grandfather, Onesimo Arias, immigrated to the United States and settled in the Coachella Valley in 1918. Onesimo was a migrant farm worker whose hard work led him to become a commercial farming leader. He also happened to be a skilled violinist and leader of many conjuntos, folkloric groups of northern Mexico. Accompanied by brothers Palemon on tololoche (stand-up bass) and Gabriel on Bajo Sexto (guitar), Onesimo’s conjuntos played corridos and standards that entertained, educated, and inspired Mexican farmworker communities. Quino and James are proud to further the Arias family’s legacy as artists and builders of community.

The themes and sounds of Mexican and Chicano culture have thus pulsated across Big Mountain’s foundation and story. In 1992 the band pioneered reggae in Spanish with the song “Llena mi Vida”, the Spanish version of “Touch My Light”, the reggae love ballad that would finish top 5 for airplay in Los Angeles city area. A radio disc jockey in El Centro, California spliced together a half Spanish, half English version and Spanglish reggae was born and soon being broadcast to big watt radio stations all over the southwestern United States. On Big Mountain's following album, Unity, the song 'Un Sensual Amor' landed within the top 10 hits in Spain in 1994.

Growing up in San Diego and considering their family’s history, Quino and James were inherently attuned to the plight of Mexican immigrants. They witnessed, first hand, the steady militarization of the U.S. and Mexico border which had a profound effect on how they envisioned their role and work as musicians. Immigration, identity, and racial harmony are thus central themes across Big Mountain’s catalog. “Deportation Nation” is but their latest addition to this body of work.

The bands breakout album Unity, which featured the platinum single “Ooh Baby I Love Your Way,” also contained the roots rocker “Bordertown” with its defiant chorus, “Stolen Land, a nation built on slavery. A poor example of democracy”. The song is a favorite among fans worldwide and is a testament to Big Mountain’s sincere commitment to cross border issues everywhere. As James simply explains "the political system is so stuck on oppressing… and Big Mountain is all about fighting against that".

The 'Deportation Nation' music video was released on October 26th of this year. It was filmed by the border wall that separates Mexico from the U.S. The video was directed by award-winning Colombian filmmaker Juan Zapata, who’s currently in final stages of postproduction of a documentary on the band to be released in a few days.

Since their comeback, the band has already led the Rototom Reggae Festival in Valencia, Spain, One Love Festival in New Zealand, Pol'and'Rock Festival and Colombo Music Festival in Sri Lanka.

Please enjoy the song and video ‘Baby I Love Your Way'.

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