End Citizens United Adamant to Defend Johnson Amendment

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling of 2010that recognized corporations and unions as individuals, the American political landscape has gone through a lot of changes.More money has found its way into American politics than ever before. Various Super PACs have benefited from this money and are now using it to repeal the 1954Johnson Amendment and allow religious money in politics.

President Trump’s government is determined to change this law though a tax bill. Conservatives are afraid that such a move will give room for secret groups to use churches to finance politics. Churches have strong financial muscles as the 2015 figures show that they received about $119 billion. This is a significant amount considering that America’s most expensive election cost approximately $6.5 billion. A change in the Johnson Amendment will give the wealthy more influence in politics.

Despite the critical role that this law plays in ensuring level playing field for all politicians, few people are aware of it. The American Constitution provides for a separation between the government and religion. A 2017 study by Pew Research Center showed that only 66 of Americans feel “uncomfortable” when politics is involved in faith. However, this can be blamed on lack of information on the importance of separating the two powers.

Role of End Citizens United in Saving Johnson Amendment

End Citizens United is a group that was formedto support candidates promising to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling that allowed corporations and unions to finance political parties and their candidates. Currently, the group is very determined to save the Johnson Amendment by working with other groups that don’t support achange to thisvital law. A repeal of this bill would allow big spending in campaigns and thereby affect the fairness of the American political system.

Origin of Johnson Amendment

During the American Senate elections of 1954, various religious groups targeted Texas Democratic candidate Lyndon Baines Johnson and labeled him a communist. John was angered by the use of money from tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations in politics. Johnson Act became law in 1954 and prohibits these groups from using their money to support or oppose candidates during elections.

About End Citizens United

ECU is an American political action committee (PAC) working towards the overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V. Federal Election Commissioncase.The organization provides financial support to candidates who promise to support their call to reverse this decision.

On October 25, 2017, ECU produced a list of ten Democratic Party candidates vying against the incumbents. This will allow them to rid of the Congress big-money-backed politicians. The group is planning to raise $35 million for the next year’s election cycle.

ECU is present in social media where it communicates with its supporters on various issues taking place in the country. They are present on Twitter and Facebook. Their fans get an opportunity to interact with them too. Learn more:http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality

 

 

Groups Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Several migrants face mistreatment in their destination countries. To protect them, several organizations have been established to defend and advocate for their rights. Some of these organizations include:

Women in Migration Network (WIMN)

WIMN was formerly known as Women and Global Migration Working Group. The organization was established in April 2009 during a pre-meeting at Associations for Women’s Rights in Development.

WIMN involves regional, national and global groups of women’s organizations, faith-based groups, human rights, migrants and trade unionists. The organization works towards advocating for migrant women’s human rights at workplace, home and in the society.

Its campaigns include helping migrant women get recognized in international policy-making arenas, fighting discrimination at work place, end of arbitrary detention, deportation and criminalization of migrants, end gender-based violence and discrimination, full access to equal opportunities for everybody and several others.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

NNIRR was established in 1986 to defend and expand the rights of refugees and immigrants regardless of their migration status.

The organization focuses on providing justice, equality and enfranchisement to all immigrants and refugees in the United States through advocating for human, civil, environmental and labor rights.

NNIRR is headquartered in Oakland CA. Among the organization’s achievements include pressing for fair and just migration of reform policies and practices, creating several organizations that help identify and address violation and abuses, educate and empower immigrants as well as publish reports to educate the community.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law

This is a non-profit and a non-partisan organization that bases its efforts in advocating for civil rights meant to eliminate racial discrimination. This organization was established in 1963 requested by John F. Kennedy, former President of USA.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law’s major aim is to fight elements that promote economic disparity and racial discrimination so as to ensure that minority groups access equal opportunities. The organization also help African Americans obtain justice for racial discrimination acts through representation. Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

This group was co-founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to advocate for freedom of speech as well as sponsor groups that advocate for migrants’ human rights. Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established following their arrest in 2007 after writing an article about a Sherriff.

The articled was revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings permitting the Sheriff to seek reporters’ notes.

Larkin and Lacey, who are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, took a legal action and ended up winning the case. They were awarded $3.75 million settlement which they used to run the operations of the organization.

Among the organizations funded by Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund include Arizona Justice Project, American Immigration Council, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project among many others.

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US Money Reserve Hands Out Generous Donations To Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

The catastrophe that hit Texas on August 25th in 2017 was classified a category four hurricane. Hurricane Harvey was a slow moving storm that filled up Houston with floodwater in a short period. In six days, the hurricane had caused a two-foot flood, which occurred in only 24 hours. Observers from Harvey’s peak stated that a third of Houston was submerged in the water. Hurricane Harvey displaced 39,000 residents into shelters. Learn more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-money-reserve-partners-with-austin-disaster-relief-network-to-raise-over-215000-for-hurricane-harvey-victims-300559046.html

 

Numerous donors extended their generosity to the survivors of the disaster by setting up funds to rebuild their homes and avail food and water. US Money Reserve was at the forefront of the campaign, by donating a substantial amount to the Disaster Relief Network. The chief executive officer of US Money, Angela Koch, stated that Harvey affected more than the displaced residents of Houston. She explained that her firm was empathetic to all the victims, including the families, clients and strangers connected to her company. She added that US Money was proud to be part of the initiative seeking to rebuild numerous lives in Houston.

 

The executive director of Disaster Relief, Daniel Geraci, echoed her statements by adding that US Money did an impeccable job at meeting the needs of the initiative. He was proud to note that the funds will go a long way in redesigning the lives of those affected. The accumulative amount was transferred to Texas Gulf Coast Region for a centralized financial management.

 

US Money raised a total of $219,622 in collaboration with Austin Disaster Relief Network. They launched an online campaign to accelerate the campaign by hosting a page on their official site to collect funds from extra donors. US Money is a more than a decade long enterprise that sells precious metals to clients within and without the United States. They have an open business communication policy that has played a key role in strengthening trust with customers. Since its inception, 400,000 clients have received extensive financial returns from the firm.

 

US Money has earned several accolades from reputable awarding platforms. It has a high rating from the Business Computer Alliance, which ranked it with an AAA marking. US Money stated that their primary role is to foster long and meaningful relationships with clients. They currently have 300,000 customers and a long term plan to stay familiarized with all candidates in their family. US Money Reserve has a legalized US Tender and their resources are US Minted. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/u-s-money-reserve#/entity

 

 

How End Citizens United is Defending the Johnson Amendment.

In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, teamed up with Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, in order to introduce the Johnson Act into law. The Johnson Act has been one of the cornerstones of our separation of church and state in America and despite its original bipartisan support, the law has been put under fire by the more-than-slightly unhinged Trump-administration. With the Trump administration taking aim at one of the most respected and important laws on our books, groups like End Citizens United are beginning to march and conjure up support for the Johnson Amendment. Check more on msnbc.com to know more.

End Citizens United is a political action committee, or PAC, that was established in order to help fight against the disastrous 2010 ruling regarding the conservative propaganda group, Citizens United. Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court that the strings of regulations surrounding lobbyists should be loosened. Inexplicably, the Supreme Court heard their case and approved it which many consider to be one of the largest turning points in the increasingly partisan United States government. While End Citizens United has been uniquely focused on getting rid of this disastrous ruling, by way of a constitutional amendment, PAC President Muller and the rest of her team are fully aware that other jobs are necessary. Of those other jobs, the task of defending the Johnson Amendment from the shocking attack by the right wing has made the list.

The Johnson Amendment has been one of the most integral laws on the books in keeping religion out of politics. Churches and other religious institutions are routinely given tax-free exemptions in order to help lessen the financial burden of their typically under-paid institutions. However, in accepting this tax-free exemption these religious institutions have also agreed, at least in writing, to refrain from political activity as an organization. The Johnson Act has routinely drawn the ire of the religious right but up until 2016, no politician has been willing to go to bat for their illegal desires. President Trump, however, is no typically politician and as a result he has signed an executive order demanding that the IRS stop pursuing cases against churches which break the Johnson Amendment’s ruling. For a supposed President of ‘law and order’ this is particularly distressing.

What makes President Trump’s decision to flout the Johnson Amendment particularly alarming is that it sets precedent that we, as a country, can ignore the rules and laws that we disagree with. The United States of America was founded on the fundamental concept of separating church and state. End Citizens United has taken a particular interest in this case because it also has massive impact on the way that dark money comes into Washington D.C. With the problem of lobbyists already existing, can you imagine how much worse it would get if churches got in on the action? Visit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United

The Brown Modeling Agency Moving in New Directions

The Brown Agency was founded in 2010 and is the top modeling agency for models located in the Austin, Texas area. The agency representing models specializes in commercial print, fashion, commercials, television, and film.

The agency formerly the Heyman Talent South was acquired by Whilemina National Agency with it then being re-launched as the Brown Modeling Agency. The agency is now headed by Justin Brown as president and CEO, who worked his way through college modeling and working at a modeling agency. Mr. Brown grew up in California where he began modeling learning tricks of the industry. He studied business management but had a passion for behind the camera. He then worked in a field called development and placement, which led him to train models. Mr. Brown in 2008 started JB Models and Talent that was a full-service type agency and then in 2010 the acquisition of the renamed Heyman Talent South. Now the Brown Agency competes with a few top agencies in the region.

Mr. Brown has said that the Austin area is a more relaxed vibe with funky hair, piercings, and tattoos as opposed to agencies in other areas like Dallas. He says of those agencies in a place like Dallas is more conservative.

While the Brown Modeling Agency is located in Austin, Texas the agency also has a presence in Los Angeles. The talent founder of Heyman Talent-South is Michael B. Bonnee who has joined the Brown Agency to grow the theatrical division for the company. Mr. Bonnee said of the merging that with his and agency’s expertise it will be exciting. He also commented that it would be an exciting opportunity for him.

The two companies are able to offer a broader portfolio and more talent experience for opportunities nationwide. The agency provides models for clients with some of the largest brand names including L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Toyota, and Dell. This is due to the company providing professional, dependable and talented people for clients.

Due to Mr. Brown’s business development experience, he formerly had he has experience with both New York and Los Angeles that benefits the models and brands represented by the Brown Agency. He also believes it can help to grow the agency with promising talent and to larger agencies on both coasts. The acquisition of the Heyman Agency and now the successful Brown Agency along with his prior experience he believes gives him more resources. These resources are resulting in print, commercials and fashion runway shows. Mr. Brown’s experience has led him to know how to have the right photos and introduce them to the largest agencies. This has placed the agency in the top 20 to 30 percent of talent that he says is high for the industry. For more info, visit blog.brownagency.co.

Humanitarian Groups Advocating For Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Abuse of human and civil rights is a growing concern in today’s global society. Migrants are among the most vulnerable groups exposed to the abuse of these rights due to increased socio-economic migrations.

There are several organizations that have come up to help advocate for civil, human and migrant rights at local, regional and international levels. Below are some of such organizations that have continued to fight for these rights in various part of the world;

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

The organization was established by the co-founder of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The two journalists had published an article uncovering the grand jury proceedings allowing the investigation of reporters’ notes regarding a local Sherriff. As a result of this, they were detained but they later took a legal action and won the case.

Winning the case earned them $3.75 million which they used to establish the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The organization fights for the rights of migrants in Arizona. Its existence has helped several people for instance the Hispanic community that at some time faced severe violation of civic and human rights.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is also dedicated to supporting groups that advocate for freedom of speech as well as civil, human and migrant rights. Such organizations include the Arizona Justice Project, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Justice for Immigrants and Families Project.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The UNHCR is a United Nations based organization whose consent is to protect and support refugees. It helps them to settle in a third country or move back to their mother country. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

It also assists them through the local integration process. The organization is also known as the UN Refugee Agency. It was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law

This is a non-profit organization founded in 1963 to advocate for civil rights and eliminate racial discrimination in the United States. Its main objective is to ensure that minority groups receive equal opportunities in the society.

The lawyers also represent individuals in obtaining justice against racial discrimination and economic inequality. It was formed under the request of President John Kennedy and its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., US.

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocate for Human Rights is an independent organization which has been in existence for about 30 years. The organization is based in Minnesota and focuses on helping needy people seeking refuge by providing free legal services. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

It supports the rights of women, children and immigrants in local, regional or global level. The organization also helps stop human rights abuse by creating awareness and offering free training and practical assistance.

American Immigration Council (AIC)

It serves to promote immigration policies, justice and human rights. From its Washington D.C headquarter, the organization has continued to facilitate educational and exchange programs meant to create awareness on socio-economic impacts of immigration in the region.

Thanks to all these groups, individuals can now access equal opportunities, express themselves freely and travel to other countries without fear of intimidation.

Shop Unique, Shop Smart, Shop Market America Products

Busy lifestyles, advanced technology, accessibility of the Internet and an increasing dependence on social media on a day-to-day basis creates the perfect climate for UnFranchise Business Owners to thrive. The goal of Market America is to know and understand the marketplace in order to personalize customer service, save time and money while fulfilling individual needs and wants.

Market America offers shoppers a wide variety of goods. In addition to their own exclusive brands, there are many well-known partner stores offering millions of products. Through SHOP.COM, customers have access to popular retailers like Best Buy, Target, Bloomingdales, Apple, Gap and many more.

Over the past 24 years, Market America offered high quality merchandise that exceeded consumer expectation. The company’s exclusive lines range from health, nutrition and skin care to pet care products including dietary supplements and grooming goods for dogs and cats. The company is able to identify the latest consumer trends and provide customized products with personalized service.

A recent article in the French Tribune featured Jim Winkler, Vice President of Sales for Market America. He focused on tips and tools for a successful Market America UnFranchise business. Winkler noted that revenue growth has been increasing each year and the company is standing on strong ground with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. He believes that the right attitude and a willingness to go the extra mile are key business traits and together with Market America’s proven plan with clear vision and strength will lead to a successful outcome. With unique Market America products, the right attitude, knowledge and a company that values each UnFranhise owner, there is the potential for financial security.

SahmAdrangi Uses KerrisdaleTo Disseminate Vital Business Information

Kerrisdale Capital Management is said to have raised about $ 100 million, money that has allegedly rooted from investors. The funds are meant to be betting cash against a stock that is well familiar to the reporter who reached out with the information to Reuters. According to reports, the current funds that originated from a partner are a co-investment schemes that appears to be special in many ways. It is projected that managers of hedge fund are always quick to put money to certain investment risks. Some investments focus on recovering distressed energy companies. Others focus on saving residential and mortgaged-backed securities.

Business

Being a small firm, Kerrisdale is focused on spending the funds to short stocks. In an email SahmAdrangi addressed the issue by stating that the amount was raised in a short time frame. The firm has taken over a company that is barely worth $ 10 billion. He states that it is important for investors to be in the loop. With Shane Wilson, the duo focused on future campaigns, report generation, website development and video. The preparation is with the aim of convincing other on the thesis and developed work. In mid-May, the target firm will be announced. This information was released on privacy. The fund continues to purchase stock in order to establish the position of operating.

Profile

SahmAdrangi is a prominent investor. He owns Kerrisdale Capital Management. Since 2009, he has been a huge part of the company growth. When he was launching the company, it was worth $ 1 million. Presently, the firm is worth $ 150 million. Adrangi is also known for his talent in writing. His works have been published to encourage investors in decision making. Adrangi offers advice on stocks and the generation of market shares in different businesses. Often, the market is misunderstood.

Conclusion

Adrangi has been working with his team to disseminate the right information concerning investment and the future of business. The foundation he has established has easily helped many investors. Kerrisdale is known for sharing vital data on the growth of industries and companies. In the present years, Adrangi has thrived on his focus on Kerrisdale’s development and the factors affecting the firm.

 

Dr. Samdi’s Sunday Housecall

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Dr. David Samadi in September 2017, is staring in a new online show, Sunday Housecall. The show will be broadcast live. To watch Sunday Housecall, it can be streamed on Youtube, Twitter or Facebook. Episodes can also be viewed on DrSamadiTV.com. The show will discuss current medical stories and healthcare issues. Tips for staying healthy will also be given by Dr. Samadi throughout the season. Who holds a seat on the chairman board of urology, professor of urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ of Medicine and Chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Samadi also works as a medical corrspondent for a show on the Fox New Channel called Medical A-Team. He is chief medical correspondent for am970 in New York City.

Due to the devastation of that was left by the Iranian Revolution, Dr. David Samadi and his brother fled Iran where they were born and raised until 1979. After arriving in the United States of America, Dr. Samadi attended high school continuing his education. He attended college on a full ride scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1994 from Stony Brook Univesity School of Medicine, becoming a doctor.

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Dr. Samadi will have several health experts to make appearances each week on Sunday Housecall. The show is expected to gain more viewers each week. Each week the show’s guest will be speaking about each of their individual physical and mental heath. Some segments will feature Dr. David Samadi discussing exercise and nutrition. Viewers will be able to call in to the show live and have their health questions answered. There will be a wide range of information provided to viewers including men’s health, women’s health, sexual health and disease prevention.

Dr. Samadi welcomes and medical professional that has a medical product or treatment that has been peer-reviewed to appear on his show as he is looking for health specialist to appear as guest. Dr. Samadi is also interested in Authors of wellness books. If Dr. Samadi is not able to take a call, there will be medical professionals on hand to answer all questions from callers.

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Anti-Defamation League

If you want to talk about a civil rights organization that grapples for the plight of Jewish people, then the Anti-Defamation League is a good subject for conversation.

Being pro-Zionist, they affirm that anything that is anti-Israel is anti-Semitic. This is a disputable idea, because there are plenty of pro-Jewish views out there that are either anti-Zionist or just neutral on the matter of Zionism. Not every individual who identifies as being Jewish agrees with Zionism and what is currently going in in the Middle East in Israel’s favor. There was an episode of “Broad City,” a comedy show on Comedy Central, that poked fun at Zionism.

For those who don’t know what “Broad City” is, it is a light-hearted, positive, “feminist” show about two young, college aged Jewish women living in New York. They go through their silly, realistic, comical, sometimes exaggerated experiences as they hang out, positively embrace their common Jewish heritage and grow up. In one episode, they go on a “Return” trip to Israel.

Their trip to Israel doesn’t turn out well as planned, and they end up coming back to New York. Once they come back to New York, they make a resolution to go to a falafal restaurant in the city, saying that it is “better than the real thing.”

The point of this episode runs along the lines of saying that Zionism and Israel aren’t the end-all-be-all, and that now other places are the homes of the Jews, not just Israel. Jewish identity as a Jew in a place that isn’t Israel is just as valid, important and full of substance as a Jewish identity of being a Jew in Israel. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The whole point of explaining this episode of “Broad City” is that there are many views on the gamut of Judaism, and even though the Anti-Defamation League has certain views, that doesn’t mean that they speak for every single Jewish person—even if they claim to do that.

Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey take note of the fact that there are human beings roving through the deserts between America and Mexico, desperate for safe havens and supportive communities. These people need help to fulfill various levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. What is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? It is a triangle of needs that looks kind of like the older versions of the American government’s food pyramid. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

On the bottom of the triangle are the most immediate, basic needs. These types of needs have to do with procuring shelter, food, water and warmth. On the top of the triangle are the needs that come after the most immediate physical needs that are just as important, but are not as necessary for immediate survival.

These needs include emotional support, friendships, relationships, a sense of fulfillment and a sense of community. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey give support to organizations that fulfill each level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for immigrants.