ICYMI: Hoyer Leads the Fight to Remove Hate from Congress
ICYMI: Hoyer Leads the Fight to Remove Hate from Congress

Wanted to make sure you saw news coverage of last night’s House passage of H.R. 3005, legislation to remove hate from the Capitol. The legislation, sponsored by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD), would require the removal of the bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who penned the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, and replace it with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The bill would also remove statues of those who supported slavery and segregation, as well as those who served voluntarily in the Confederate States of America. The legislation now heads to the Senate for further action. See below for highlights from press coverage of the legislation. The New York Times: House votes to remove Confederate statues at the Capitol “The House voted on Tuesday to remove statues honoring Confederate and other white supremacist leaders from public display at the United States Capitol, renewing an effort to rid the seat of American democracy of symbols of rebellion and racism… ‘We can’t change history, but we can certainly make it clear that which we honor and that which we do not honor,’ said Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the majority leader, who helped write the bill. ‘Symbols of hate and division have no place in the halls of Congress.’ The legislation will now go to the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to use their narrow majority to try to advance it.”

USA Today: House passes bill to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol “‘This sacred space, this temple of democracy has been defiled for too long. We ought not to forget history. We must learn from history. But we ought not to honor that which defiles the principles for which we … stand,’ House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said on the House floor before the vote. ‘It’s time to remove those symbols of slavery, segregation and sedition from these halls.’… The legislation would require states to remove and replace any statues honoring members of the Confederacy in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol by prohibiting ‘persons who served as an officer or voluntarily with the Confederate States of America or of the military forces or government of a State while the State was in rebellion against the United States’ from the collection.”

Politico: House again passes bill to remove racist symbols from Capitol “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s bill — a yearslong endeavor from House Democrats to rid the U.S. Capitol of racist symbols — passed in a 285-120 vote, with 67 Republicans crossing the aisle in support of the legislation…In a speech on the House floor earlier Tuesday, Hoyer invoked the Jan. 6 insurrection as a ‘watershed moment — seeing such evils pervade the halls of the American Capitol.’ But Hoyer said African Americans who have worked in the Capitol for decades were all too familiar with the ‘sense of defilement of this sacred space.’… Hoyer reintroduced the legislation in May and said ‘it’s never too late to do the right thing.’ While it has a greater chance of passing in the upper chamber this time around, it will likely face a similar fate with the Democrats’ slim majority in the Senate.”

The Wall Street Journal: House Backs Bill Removing Confederate Statues From Capitol “‘Symbols of slavery, sedition and segregation have no place in the halls of Congress,’ said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), a sponsor of the bill… ‘I would hope that at least a third of the United States Senate Republicans would vote for it. Hopefully more than that,’ Mr. Hoyer said. ‘This is, again, not about forgetting history, not about any kind of blurring over history, but it is saying we will not honor in the halls of Congress, by prominent display, either pictures, statues—or busts, in the case of Roger Brooke Taney—that give rise to a sense that somehow they are being honored when they dishonored democracy and human rights.’”

CNN: House tries again on removing Confederate statues   “The House legislation would not only replace Taney’s bust in the old Supreme Court chamber and remove statues of those who voluntarily served the Confederacy against the United States in the Civil War, but also would oust statues of three elected officials who defended slavery, segregation and White supremacy: John C. Calhoun, Charles Aycock and James P. Clarke… A June 2020 Quinnipiac University poll found 52% of Americans supported removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country, while 44% were opposed — the first time a majority of Americans supported removal.” 

CNBC: House votes to remove Confederate statues, bust of former Chief Justice Roger Taney from Capitol “Lawmakers put a particular emphasis on removing Taney’s bust, noting that he authored the infamous ‘Dred Scott v. Sanford’ ruling that declared that Black Americans could not be U.S. citizens. The bust will be replaced with one of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice on the high court. ‘The Dred Scott decision was a blot on our history and represents the tragic legacy of slavery and racism that should not be celebrated in our country … It is fitting that we honor Justice Thurgood Marshall instead, a fighter for justice and inclusion, who sought to advance the civil rights movement,’ said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in a statement.”

Forbes: 120 House Republicans vote against bill to remove Capitol’s Confederate statues “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the statues should be removed ‘not to forget them’ but because ‘they are not deserving of our honor,’ arguing Marshall would be a ‘far better ambassador for democracy’ than Taney.”

Roll Call: House votes to remove Taney bust, Confederate statues “Taney would be replaced by another Marylander in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the Capitol: Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice. The measure, introduced by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., would also remove the statues and busts of people who voluntarily served in the Confederacy and other white supremacists, such as John C. Calhoun, a former vice president… ‘It’s time, Mr. Speaker, to remove those symbols of slavery, segregation and sedition from these halls,’ Hoyer said.”

The Hill: House passes bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have long called for taking down the Confederate statues in the Capitol, including after the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. Wednesday’s vote marked a victory for their efforts after spending years in the Capitol passing statues of people who fought to keep their ancestors enslaved.”

Maryland Matters: U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Roger Brooke Taney “The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision—as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government… Taney wrote the majority opinion in 1857 in Dred Scott, a case initiated in Missouri. The ruling, which provoked intense opposition in the North, said that people of African descent were not citizens and had no right to bring suit in federal court — effectively upholding slavery.”

“The House bill also would direct the Architect of the Capitol to remove other statues and busts of individuals connected with the Confederacy. The bill specifically mentions three men who promoted slavery and segregation — Charles B. Aycock, of North Carolina; John C. Calhoun, of South Carolina; and James P. Clarke, of Arkansas…‘It is never too late to do the right thing,’ Hoyer said during Tuesday’s floor debate, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. ‘And this, today, is the right thing. It reflects our growth as a state as we have confronted the most difficult parts of our history.’”

Watchdog Group Helps End Abuse of Parental Rights
Watchdog Group Helps End Abuse of Parental Rights

The new law requires schools to make “a reasonable attempt to notify” parents before their child is removed from school in handcuffs.

The new School Safety law stops the Florida Baker Act from violating parental rights and traumatizing young children.

Our primary focus for years has been to restore parental rights by simply giving parents the opportunity to help their child as a first course of action.”
— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the last four years the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Florida’s Baker Act Hotline has received more than 700 calls from distraught parents trying to free their children from psychiatric facilities. According to the CCHR Florida staff who answer the hotline, eighty percent of those calls could have easily been avoided. Most common among them are children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, who do not meet the criteria for a Baker Act and in almost all cases the child is removed from school by law enforcement.For example, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Shawn, a 10-year-old boy with autism, is still haunted by the day in 2018 when he was Baker Acted. Shawn was separated from his distraught father, placed in the back of a police car and unable to contact his family while being held overnight at a psychiatric facility—“all because he expressed to a teacher some distress over losing a playground game.”

While Shawn was being questioned by a sheriff’s deputy, his father, Brian, “explained to the deputy that Shawn had autism and was not always able to control his emotions, but these kinds of reactions were normal, and he knew how to help Shawn deal with them.” Brian’s begging and pleas to spare his son from the traumatic experience of the Baker Act were refuted by the deputy, “claiming that the law required him to take Shawn to a facility once the school called, regardless of his father’s ability to care for him appropriately, regardless of his wishes, and regardless of the fact that his son had a known developmental disability that accounted for his behavior.”

Shawn, the SPLC report stated, had recurring nightmares about the incident and still “frequently talks about not wanting to ‘go to jail’ again.”

“Misconceptions on how and when a Baker Act can legally be initiated is one of the main reasons our organization began delivering training courses on the mental health law,” stated the President for the Florida chapter of CCHR, Diane Stein.

CCHR not only delivers continuing education to attorneys and mental health professionals on the Baker Act but also works with law enforcement to adopt internal policies that help prevent Baker Act abuse. In just two years there have been close to 160 policy adoptions, but CCHR believes that education alone is not enough to stop abusive involuntary psychiatric examination of children.

“We are on the ground speaking to these parents” whose children are wrongfully and involuntarily taken into custody, said CCHR Florida’s Abuse Case Coordinator Pat DiMartino. “So we know how much it’s happening. This is a real situation. It’s a law that has gone off the rails and is being totally misapplied.”

Its continued misapplication traumatized Hilary Caskey’s son after he was unnecessarily Baker Acted at nine years old. “I had to homeschool him for the next three years,” said Caskey. “If a cop show came up on TV he ran from the room crying.”

Caskey was never called when her son was Baker Acted and received a “nonchalant” message from school faculty about an incident involving her son. Only later that day did she find out that her son was Baker Acted.

Mya Camargo’s son was also wrongfully Baker Acted, and she said he refused to attend public school after the incident. “I am so happy that the School Safety bill is passed because it will save so many kids in the long run from trauma,” said Camargo.

The School Safety bill was signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on June 29th after it passed the Florida House and Senate unanimously. The change to the law will require schools to make “a reasonable attempt to notify” parents before police are called to transport their child to a psychiatric facility where their shoe laces are taken away and in some cases are they not allowed to see their parents for up to 72 hours.

“This legislation was definitely not something that happened over night,” said CCHR Florida’s Outreach Director Katerina Alemis. “Part of it came from educating people about parental rights.” By creating their own “Parental Rights” booklet and an online website to help parents understand some of the rights accorded to them under the law, CCHR Florida has reached 906,918 people since 2015 to raise awareness about parental rights that could help prevent misuse of the Baker Act.

“Our primary focus for years has been to restore parental rights by simply giving parents the opportunity to help their child as a first course of action,” said Stein. “The law clearly states that a person in crisis can be helped by a willing family member in place of a Baker Act, but this was being ignored. And when you are dealing with a child, this is not just abuse, it is a parental rights violation.”

Caskey said if she was called before her son was Baker Acted, “I would have been there in 10 minutes.” With the passing of the School Safety bill, “My rights don’t end at the school door.”

About CCHR:

CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog group dedicated to eliminating abuses committed under the guise of mental health. CCHR, an expert in mental health human rights, works to ensure patient and consumer protections are enacted and upheld. In this role, CCHR has helped to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive mental health practices since it was formed over 49 years ago. For more information about CCHR Florida visit, www.cchrflorida.org

CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “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.’” For more information on the Church of Scientology visit, www.scientology.org

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Putin says US sanctions on Russia ‘even did us good’
Putin says US sanctions on Russia ‘even did us good’

While not specifically singling out one incident caused by sanctions, he said that, in a way, they had furthered Russian technology.

The US has imposed various sanctions on Russian individuals and businesses since the 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea. The reasons for them vary from human rights abuses to Russia’s hostile foreign policy.

Speaking during a telethon with Russian citizens on Wednesday, Putin said: “We have not just adapted to the sanctions pressure. In some ways, they even did us good: replacing imported technologies with our own gave us an impetus to production. There are other positive things, such as the MIR payment system and the entire strengthening of the financial system.”

The MIR card payment system is a Russian financial services system that became operational in 2014 after the Russian annexation of Crimea and subsequent sanctions against the country.

“And the fact that they frighten us or impose restrictions on the secondary market on our bonds and government…

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Muellners Foundation appoints new members to its Advisory and Steering Boards.
Muellners Foundation appoints new members to its Advisory and Steering Boards.
(Monthly Press Release)

Copenhagen/Singapore/New Delhi: Muellners Foundation today announces the appointment of two new members – Lira Priyadarsani and Dinesh Singh to its board.

Lira Priyadarsani has been appointed to the ‘Digital Initiatives’ Advisory Committee of the Foundation.

Dinesh Singh has joined the Foundation on its ‘Finscale’ Steering Committee.

Lira Priyadarsani is an entrepreneur and a business strategist. She has been working for over two decades in marketing different products/services such as Mastercard. Lira is the founder of the Maximum Childhood initiative, a social network for parents focused on education. This initiative was also the winner of the business idea competition by Economic Times Power of Ideas (ETPOI 2015).

Dinesh Singh is an IT veteran with over two decades of experience in managing technology teams across industries. He has led technology, automation, analytics and digital transformation in multiple organisations. He has worked with the likes of Experian India and Tech Mahindra in key leadership roles. In addition to a long corporate career, Dinesh now advises start-ups in the fin tech sector. 

In the Foundation, Dinesh will contribute to open source technology initiatives such as Finscale.

On the appointment, Dinesh said, “I consider it a privilege to be working alongside people who share a common vision of making a difference in the society we live in.”

For more info on the Muellners Foundation, please contact via the contact form.

Muellners Foundation maintains open source projects such as Bitrupee, Finscale and promotes other open source technologies like Apache Fineract.

Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Muellners Foundation, on Wednesday 30 June, 2021. For more information subscribe and follow https://pressat.co.uk/