Equal Opportunity Schools Statement On The Swearing In of Miguel Cardona as the United States Secretary of Education

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SEATTLE, WA, USA, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala D. Harris swore in the twelfth United States Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel A. Cardona. We at Equal Opportunity Schools look forward to the approach that Mr. Cardona’s experience as a public school alumnus, parent, former educator, and school system leader will bring to our work in closing gaps for historically underserved students in advanced level classrooms across the U.S.

We know and believe that Dr. Cardona, like much of President Biden’s cabinet, represents the diversity and fabric of America, and look forward to an evolving Education Department whose priorities represent that very diversity of America. We know that new opportunities will emerge to further not only our vision of a more inclusive and fairer America, but also one that provides truly equitable opportunities for advancing success for all.

“Dr. Cardona’s background is very similar to that of EOS’ target students and not only provides keen insights into the demographic we serve but it is also an inspiration to low-income and students of color everywhere,” said CEO Byron V. Garrett. “We applaud his commitment to safely reopening all schools for in-person learning and to closing large funding gaps between majority-White and non-White districts.” Garrett added that Cardona’s goals are in direct alignment with EOS’ mission to empower and equip students for the bright futures they deserve and is a compliment to the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Initiative.

BBB is a strategy aimed at reducing risk to people of nations and communities in the wake of disasters and shocks, and aims to integrate disaster risk reduction measures into the restoration of physical infrastructure, social systems and shelter, and the revitalization of livelihoods, economies and the environment.

You can learn more about Equal Opportunity Schools at https://eoschools.org.

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Small Business Coalition Calls For Cutting Red Tape

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The SBAC and a coalition of business groups are calling for Chicago policymakers to cut unnecessary red tape.

CHICAGO, IL, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Cutting unnecessary and burdensome red tape will help Chicago’s small and local businesses recover from the pandemic. Much of this red tape should have been eliminated long ago.

The Small Business Advocacy Council and a coalition of business groups are advocating for such reforms. We are calling on Mayor Lightfoot and every Chicago Alderman to:
• Eliminate the requirement that simple signs protruding over the public way by less than one inch (1”) be voted on and approved by the Chicago City Council;
• Eliminate the requirement that awnings, canopies and other structures on the public way be voted on and approved by the Chicago City Council;
• Eliminate the requirement that business owners attend hearings with attorneys for minor ordinance violations which do not impact the health, safety and welfare of the public. These should be paid by willing business owners without requiring a hearing;
• Legalize A-frame/sandwich signs placed safely in front of small and local businesses to help them bring back their customers.

There is an ordinance languishing in the committee on Transportation and Public Way that will eliminate the requirement for public way use permits to receive the approval of the Chicago City Council. This should be passed immediately.

“These reforms are long overdue and there is no time to waste”, states Elliot Richardson, President of the Small Business Advocacy Council. “Policymakers cannot make this about aldermanic privilege or settling scores. Cutting red tape for the small business community is about helping local businesses and Chicago’s economy recover.”

Kim Schilf, President & CEO of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce explains, “After a devastating year, it’s time to make it easier for our business community to operate in Chicago. This agenda cuts the red tape our businesses currently face and allows them to focus on rebuilding, rehiring and getting back to business.”

Executive Director of the Logan Square Chamber Nilda Esparza states, "Our small business community is the backbone of our neighborhoods and our City. This one-time in a century experience should allow us to institute reforms that will set the tone for the future. We've witnessed the devastation – let's make it a priority for small businesses to easily push through today so that tomorrow's unprecedented times have a solid guide to turn to."

Chicago’s Cut Red Tape Agenda is here: Chicago's Cut Red Tape Agenda

The SBAC is a nonpartisan, member-driven organization that advocates for the small business community providing networking opportunities and benefits for small and local businesses. To learn more about our mission, please visit www.sbacil.org

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Self-Published Authors enjoying great success during pandemic

Three titles by same author over 2 years.

GM Books celebrates its 35 years in self and collaborative publishing. With a Pulitzer and 7 Best-Sellers our authors are enjoying sales activity.

Experiences of Clinical Practice”

— Michael J. Young, M.D.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, USA, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — GMBooks.com has several authors enjoying success during the pandemic.

Dr. Michael Young, a Urologists and Surgeon for 34 years gave up his private practice due to big pharma and the power of the insurance industry. He has written, The Illness of Medicine, what everyone needs to know as thousands of doctors are selling their private practice to local hospitals who then dictate how much time the doctor spends with clients, what medications and test they are permitted to use. Their annual bonus is based on how many of their patients are placed in that hospital, an incentive not known to the patient. Dr. Young has also created two new novels, The Consequence of Murder based in a medical setting and The Net of Deception his newest that is based on the sex industry, the Internet and that “Little Blue Pill.”

The newest author comes out of the UK. Marcus Papadopoulos, Ph.D. entitled Arise, Rossiya: The Return of Russia to World Politics…a powerful book at the perfect time after 4 years of "Russia, Russia, Russia" in Washington. Dr. Papadopoulos is a leading expert on Russia, and appears frequently on Sky News, BBC News, RT, Al Jazeera, Press TV and Al Mayadeen as an analyst on contemporary Russian affairs. He also specializes in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia and is an analyst in matters relating to Syria, Iran, international relations in general and British politics. Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Modern History at London Guildhall University; took a Masters degree in Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London; and also at Royal Holloway, received a Ph.D. in 20th century Russian history. He is a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery of the United Kingdom, in his capacity as publisher and editor of Politics First.

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American Sustainable Business Council Appoints Michael Neuwirth Chief Communications Officer

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Michael Neuwirth, Chief Communications Officer, American Sustainable Business Council

Michael Neuwirth, Chief Communications Officer, American Sustainable Business Council

New role to increase Council’s visibility and efficacy among thought-leaders and policy influencers to advance stakeholder capitalism

My goal is to increase the Council’s visibility and efficacy among thought-leaders and policy influencers to advance stakeholder capitalism.”

— Michael Neuwirth

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced the appointment of Michael Neuwirth as its first-ever Chief Communications Officer. Reporting to ASBC CEO and Co-Founder Jeffrey Hollender, Neuwirth brings more than 25 years of growth-focused business communications to ASBC, the leading business advocate for governance reform and stakeholder capitalism. Having led communications for large and small organizations ranging from Danone’s North American businesses, totaling $6 billion, to a fledgling organic food company he helped lead earlier in his career, Neuwirth combines his expert communications skills with an operator’s understanding of how businesses work best when they consider the interests of all stakeholders rather than solely those of shareholders.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome Michael and his unmatched track record as a leading voice advocating for stakeholder capitalism to ASBC. Michael shares my passion and commitment and that of the leadership of the Council and its members to harness the power of business for the continued prosperity of people, planet, and profit,” said Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of ASBC, the nation’s foremost business advocate for a responsible, sustainable and equitable economy. “Michael has a unique track record helping to build campaigns that change the direction of industry, whether it be the creation of the market for probiotics, encouraging more plant-based diets, healthy hydration choices, and more recently corporate adoption of benefit corporation status and B Corp Certification.”

“The American Sustainable Business Council is the only national business advocacy organization that will land on the right side of history when it comes to corporate governance reform and finally replacing shareholder primacy with stakeholder capitalism,” said Neuwirth. “Our existential mission to put people, planet, and profit on equal footing in American business needs a louder and more present voice in the current dialogue and what’s to come. My goal is to increase the Council’s visibility and efficacy among thought-leaders and policy influencers to advance stakeholder capitalism.”

Prior to joining ASBC, Neuwirth led public relations and communications for the world’s largest Certified B Corp and has served on and led numerous industry association committees and industry-led coalitions, including the Working Parent Support Coalition, which advocated for paid family leave and other pro-business policies. He is an ardent and tireless supporter of corporate governance reform having helped companies make meaningful, lasting, and profitable impacts on their stakeholders in addition to their shareholders. In addition to his role at ASBC, Neuwirth will continue to serve non-competitive clients via his consulting practice, Neuwirth Communications.

Since its founding in 2009, ASBC has solidly established itself with a base of membership support and productive dialogue with policy makers, foundations, and like-minded partners. In adding the CCO role to its leadership team and Neuwirth in particular, ASBC seeks to increase its influence and demonstrate further value to its stakeholders.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. ASBC represents over 250,000 sustainable businesses in a wide range of industries and geographies. ASBC advocates for stakeholder capitalism and market-driven adoption of business practices that prioritize people, planet, and profit.
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NCHE Executive Director

Dr. Gail C. Christopher

NCHE Deploys Comprehensive HOPE Initiative Data on Minority Health to Guide KIND in Identifying High Food Insecurity Locations in BIPOC Communities

Their (KIND'S) efforts will certainly help address food insecurity in communities ravished by the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, and distressed from decades…of disparities.””

— Dr. Gail C. Christopher

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Contact:
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The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) is pleased to announce its collaboration with KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) to support the company’s efforts to address racial inequality and inequity facing Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities across areas of racial justice, education, food & insecurity.

As part of KIND’s partnership with NCHE, the brand released its second-annual KIND EQUALITY bar in support of the next generation of changemakers. KIND has made a $25,000 donation to support NCHE leaders addressing food security & injustice in local communities, and proudly included the donation commitment along with NCHE’s mission on the KIND EQUALITY bar carton. In addition, KIND is donating one million bars with guidance from NCHE to communities with the highest levels of food insecurity across the country.

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, NCHE’s executive director, applauded the company’s contributions to building community equity, saying, “We are excited to have KIND as a partner in our quest to jettison racism and racial inequities. Their efforts will certainly help address food insecurity in communities ravished by the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, and distressed from decades of health, economic, housing and education disparities.”

In fact, the American Journal of Public Health reported that researchers have documented unprecedented levels of food insecurity, higher rates than during the Great Recession. Estimates of food insecurity in the US hovered around 11% to 12% in recent years, but as of early spring 2020 national estimates of food insecurity more than tripled to 38%. Data found that 44% of all households were food insecure including 48% of Black households, 52% of Hispanic households, and 54% of households with children.

“People of Color have been disproportionally exposed to long-standing inequalities rampant across our healthcare system, economy, and society,” says Daniel Lubetzky, KIND’s Founder and Executive Chairman. “Overcoming these challenges will require all of us to deepen our commitment to standing up against injustice and taking stock of our own actions, big or small, each day. As a global brand and movement, KIND has an even greater opportunity and responsibility to make an impact and we’re proud to be supporting NCHE’s efforts.”

With data from their Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative, NCHE provided KIND with comprehensive food insecurity projections that are guiding the allocation of KIND bar donations to communities with the greatest food needs. To identify states experiencing the highest levels of food insecurity, NCHE used a combination of HOPE data for state information on food insecurity and Feeding America's 2020 county projections. With food insecure communities the focus of KIND’s donations, NCHE also used Census data to provide demographic mapping.

The data show that the states with the highest levels of food insecurity are Arizona, Wyoming, Mississippi, South Dakota, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Texas. Within each state, NCHE identified five counties with the greatest food needs, as well as providing demographic breakdowns of each county. “This is an excellent use of data from the HOPE initiative,” said Christopher. “It is the type of collaboration that we hoped to achieve. We want to partner with public and private sector organizations and provide them with this critical minority health data that can shape efforts to address racial injustice, inequality and inequity in communities across the country.”

The HOPE research tracked 27 indicators on health outcomes and factors that shape health and well-being – social and economic factors, food insecurity, community and safety conditions, physical environment, and access to health care. The research on these social determinants of health identified the opportunity gaps for people of color that frequently lead to racial inequities in health outcomes. The HOPE website provides an interactive experience with all 27 indicators, allowing users to explore data segmented by indicators, states, race and ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
The HOPE Initiative is a collaboration between NCHE, Texas Health Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center on Society and Health.
(To schedule an interview with Dr. Christopher, please contact Michael K. Frisby

About NCHE
Founded in 2014, NCHE established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion and collaboration. We work to create environments that foster the best possible health outcomes for all populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or nativity. NCHE also works to improve conditions for health and well-being, including those related to housing, education, income and wealth and the physical and social environment. Further, it is imperative that we address historic and contemporary structural, institutional and interpersonal racism, which fuels inequities in our society.

About KIND
Since 2004, KIND has been on a mission to create a kinder and healthier world – one snack and one act at a time. Its iconic KIND® bars – made with real, recognizable ingredients – sparked the growth of an entirely new healthy snacking category. Today, KIND has a family of more than 100 snacks that offer solutions for a variety of occasions. All of KIND’s products lead with a nutrient-dense first ingredient – whole nuts, whole grains or whole fruit – and do not contain genetically engineered ingredients, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.

Inspired by the belief that acts of kindness can be a transformative force for good, both the KIND brand and The KIND Foundation seek to inspire kindness and empathy. KIND was founded by Daniel Lubetzky. To learn more about KIND, please

visit www.kindsnacks.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube

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Former Trump Advisor Debuts New Show on Real America's Voice

Jenna Ellis’s Just The Truth will examine politics and culture from a Constitutional perspective

CENTENNIAL, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Real America’s Voice, a linear, digital news network owned by Performance One Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new show starring constitutional law expert and former counsel to President Trump, Jenna Ellis.

Ellis’s new show, Just the Truth, which premieres on Real America’s Voice on Thursday, March 4, will highlight the relationship between law, culture, and politics, cutting through partisan noise on cultural and social issues to examine the boundaries of the government’s constitutional authority.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Jenna to Real America’s Voice,” said CEO Howard Diamond. “Her expert legal knowledge, experience working as an advisor to President Trump, and knack for providing penetrating insights into complex issues make Jenna a valuable asset in our mission to provide viewers with the most in-depth, unbiased analysis available,” he continued.

“The tagline for the show is ‘Not red, not blue, this is just the truth,’ and that’s a promise,” said Ellis. “In this age of partisanship and polarization, it’s easy to lose sight of what the Constitution actually says and that America was founded on a recognition of biblical truth. Everyone has their opinions, but when it comes to what the government can and can’t do, the Constitution is clear,” continued Ellis.

Just The Truth will air weekdays at 6:00 PM EST on the Real America’s Voice network. You can watch all Real America’s Voice programming, including Just The Truth, at https://realamericasvoice.com or by downloading the app on Apple or Android. Real America’s Voice is also available on DISH Network, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Pluto TV, and Roku.

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A supple, transparent, reusable medical grade face mask with 60 replacement filters.

Ergonomically Designed, CE Approved and Type II mask – bubl is made from flexible polymer that fits snugly around the bridge of the nose, cheeks and chin.

Transparent Visibility – The bubl masks are transparent, allowing for natural, empathetic communication by reducing barriers that are caused by traditional masks. You can see facial expressions, emotions and catch visual cues.

Providing a reusable, empathetic and filtrated solution to face coverings, Denpro by Denroyl is introducing its ‘bubl’ to America.

Covid-19 has been devastating. President Biden’s mission to encourage face coverings as a preventable measure is commendable and one that has the potential to reduce the spread of the virus.”

— Kevin McNamee CEO of Denpro

NORTHERN IRELAND, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Providing a reusable, empathetic and filtrated solution to face coverings, one of the world’s leading innovators of high-tech, critical components for the aerospace and medical industries, Denpro by Denroyl is introducing its ‘bubl’ to America.

Following on from President Biden’s request that American’s mask up for his first 100 days, Denpro Global believes its ‘bubl’ will provide an innovative protective solution, ideal for all citizens to use. It also provides a safer alternative to double masking and one that will support the President’s fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Using its US based office and distribution centre Denpro by Denroy with its headquarters in Northern Ireland, has designed a transparent filtration mask coupled with a replaceable eight-hour filtration system, making it 100% reusable. This solution to standard face covering is more breathable than double masking, which could be claustrophobic for those with previous breathing issues and or asthma; plus ensures the air you breath in is cleaner.

The ergonomic design means the mask fits snugly around the bridge of the nose, cheeks and chin. It is also designed to a high spec allowing the wearer to breathe easier. The transparent visibility allows for natural, empathetic communication by reducing barriers caused by traditional masks. The aspect of being able to see facial expressions, read visual cues or even lip read, is a huge benefit. The newly awarded CE mark gives consumers confidence that bubl conforms with health, safety, and environmental protection.

Speaking on bringing bubl to the American people, Kevin McNamee CEO of Denpro said: “Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole world and no country has been able to avoid its impact. President Biden’s mission to encourage face coverings as a preventable measure is commendable and one that has the potential to reduce the spread of the virus. As Covid-19 took hold our business had to pivot in a slightly different direction but with that bubl was born.

“bubl has been extremely well received in the UK & Ireland; so to be able to bring it to America via our US Boston based office is fantastic.”

Lead designer of bubl, Marcus McCay adds: “Our design team has poured the same passion and invention into creating the bubl, as they would have for any other highly engineered product. It is comfortable, reusable and most importantly transparent. Seeing someone simply smile behind their mask, could make a real difference and positively impact many industries across America, who may consider swapping their tradition mask for the bubl.”

Bubl is a barrier mask and comes with 60 filters to be changed after eight hours of use. It retails at $49.95 per pack. Get 20% off your first order using promo code Launch20%. bubl can be purchased online via: https://denpro-us.com


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A New Political Party in North Carolina

Steve Boston, a television producer from Durham, NC has founded a new Party in the state to tackle the problems of a broken political and financial system.

DURHAM, NC, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Party of the United States, a new Political Party in North Carolina, founded by television producer Steve Boston seeks to bring long needed change to the distressed and forgotten counties in North Carolina, and to fix a broken political and financial system in Washington that he believes has been compromised by big money and special interests at the expense of the American people.

The Party of the United States declares itself as neither left nor right, but that it holds a set of shared principles and values not bound by dogma or partisanship, and where a difference of opinion is a bridge to finding a solution, and considered a virtue, not a vice.

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Former U.S. California Congressional Candidate Eric Early Responds to California Gov Gavin Newsome



Former U.S. California Congressional Candidate Eric Early Responds to California Gov Gavin Newsome

TX and FL’s Govs could school you if you weren’t so damned arrogant”

— Former U.S. Congressional Candidate Eric Early


Former U.S. Congressional Candidate & Attorney Eric Early said today in response to Gov. Newsome’s comments about the Gov of Texas opening his state and eliminating the Mask Mandate

Early said “ Gov. Newsome, YOUR Failed policies are “what’s absolutely reckless”. Take off your crown and go get a sense of tens of thousands of lives you destroyed by “Saving” us. “NEWSOMEVILLES: dot our once vibrant CA.

TX and FL’s Govs could school you if you weren’t so damned arrogant. https://t.co/ae59th3hxN

ONE AMERICA NEWS NETWORK (“OANN”) recently retained Early as their chief legal counsel to address threats from among others Dominion and Smartmatic USA. Early is also legal counsel for the RECALLGAVIN.2020 campaign, which is headed by Orrin Heatley and Mike Netter and which has obtained over 1.5 million signatures to-date on the Petition to Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Early also is continuing to host his political Radio show THE EARLY EDITION on KRLA AM 870 THE ANSWER live on Sunday’s at Noon and his CRN DIGITAL TALK RADIO and video show, broadcast live nationally every Tuesday at 4 pm Pacific and rebroadcast every Saturday at 10 a.m..

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Dr. Frank Smith, Founder of the African American Civil War Museum

Dottie Laster, Founder of Trafficking Victim Rescue Central

A few of the Youth for Human Rights DC members at a school prior to the pandemic. Azhar Haq, second from right.

Youth for Human Rights holds discussion on the vital role of Black soldiers and Frederick Douglass in the Civil War, and the fight against modern-day slavery.

Slavery was such a cruel, awful institution that the abolitionist movement wanted to have it gone.”

— Dr. Frank Smith, Founder African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Many people are unaware that a significant portion of the Union Army and Navy were, in fact, the “Colored Troops” (as they were known then). Yet the outcome of the war hinged on the over 10% of Union troops who were men of color while almost 20% of the Union Navy were men of color.

In fact, those who were formerly enslaved had to fight for their right to help in the war. Dr. Frank Smith, former DC City Councilman and Founder of the African American Civil War Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, detailed some of the struggles to gain the right to fight in the war and the debate within communities of color. Some wanted nothing to do with the United States and didn’t consider it to be their battle, while many argued that it was the way for those formerly enslaved and freemen to have rights. Frederick Douglass was one of the main proponents pushing escaped slaves and free men of color to enlist, and his image was on posters promoting recruitment. Two of Frederick Douglass’ sons enlisted in the Union army and fought as part of the war effort. According to Dr. Smith, Douglass argued that fighting in the Civil War was critical to getting equal citizenship for Black men.

Frederick Douglass and other prominent abolitionists urged Black men to enlist and help to win the war. As Dr. Frank Smith pointed out, “Slavery was such a cruel, awful institution that the abolitionist movement wanted to have it gone.”

Over 209,000 Black men joined the Union troops in the Civil War. Of these recruits, 150,000 were slaves when they enlisted. Several military leaders issued proclamations in their areas which allowed black men to fight. To increase the enlistment, on July 17, 1862, Congress passed the Second Confiscation and Militia Act, freeing slaves who had masters in the Confederate Army. According to Dr. Smith, this was a way for President Lincoln to arm these newly freed slaves and make them part of the fight as Union troops.

This had not been well-documented and well-taught history. So Dr. Smith created the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in the heart of Washington, DC, to encourage Americans to learn more about their history. The museum has expanded with more exhibits and is soon to complete a major renovation and expansion into a much larger nearby facility. Anyone can visit the museum, or go to their website, www.afroamcivilwar.org, to learn more about the impact of Black soldiers on the Civil War and securing voting rights for African Americans.

Tying this Civil War history to the modern-day fight against slavery, Dottie Laster, founder of Trafficking Victims Rescue Central, talked about how Frederick Douglass inspired her as a child and continues to cause her to fight against human trafficking daily. Ms. Laster commented that, “Douglass never accepted that he could be enslaved. He learned to read and realized that it was key to his freedom. He realized that [slavery] was not right, not to be tolerated.”

However, while the institution of slavery was defeated in the Civil War, action is still vitally needed today to fully eradicate the forms of slavery that still exist. Ms. Laster urged the attendees to fight slavery in all its forms, including modern human trafficking, both for sex and labor trafficking.

“Slavery is actually more prolific now than when it was legal,” said Ms. Laster. The number of people estimated to be held in slavery around the world this century is much higher than in the 1800s.

Wrapping up the panel discussion of the Civil War and modern-day slavery, the President of Youth for Human Rights DC, Mr. Azhar Haq, talked about the importance of human rights education in the prevention of modern-day slavery. It has been found that traffickers often prey on and try to manipulate those with low self-confidence and low self-esteem. Conversely, when kids are taught their human rights, they become more self confident. They are less likely to attract traffickers and will more effectively fend off and/or report the advances of would-be traffickers. One cause of low self-esteem is bullying in school; thus bullying is a key target for Youth for Human Rights in its prevention efforts.

“Youth for Human Rights DC has had some schools call [for seminars] because they have a lot of bullying,” said Mr. Haq. “We have gone back to the schools after doing human rights seminars and the incidents of bullying have gone down.”

Improving human rights for all youth can help reduce human trafficking by empowering youth and training them to fight for their rights and to respect the rights of others.

Youth for Human Rights DC created this panel discussion in honor of Black History Month relating this important Black history to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was adopted by the UN in 1948 and it is still the internationally accepted standard for human rights. Article 4 of the Declaration states: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is an nonprofit advocacy group formed in 2001 that promotes human rights education throughout the world. YHRI has gotten out over four million free booklets, videos, and informational materials about the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has chapters in nearly 100 countries around the world working in their local communities to teach human rights. Youth for Human Rights works to inspire youth to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI advocates for human rights both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such as through art series, concerts and other interactive community events, including regional and international human rights summits which bring youth together from across whole sectors of the world. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the 30 human rights every person has – and how they are a part of everyday life. To learn more about human rights go to https://www.youthforhumanrights.org. For a documentary on Youth for Human Rights and its founder, go to https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/mary-shuttleworth.html

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