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 / — 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,

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,

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Villarreal Law Firm Announces New Content on Truck and Car Wreck Attorney Needs in Brownsville, Texas

Javier Villarreal offers a team of attorneys, considered among the best personal injury attorneys near Harlingen, Texas, and surrounding cities.

Trucks are massively bigger than cars, so a wreck between a car and truck is likely to create an injury.”

— Javier Villarreal

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, USA, June 30, 2021 / — The Villarreal Law Firm, a team of accident lawyers in Brownsville Texas seeking to be the best trucking accident lawyer for each and every client, is proud to announce a new post on car and truck wrecks in Brownsville, Texas. As summer returns to the Rio Grande Valley, the law firm is seeing an increase in inquiries on personal injury issues including car and truck wrecks.

“Trucks are massively bigger than cars, so a wreck between a car and truck is likely to create an injury” explained attorney Javier Villarreal, a managing partner at the Villarreal law firm. “Anyone involved in a trucking accident should call our office for a no obligation consultation on how our legal team might help them defend their rights and maximize any settlement, to the fullest extent of the law.”

Persons who want to read the new post can visit The post explains that due to an uptick in car and truck accidents throughout Brownsville, McAllen, Harlingen and other communities in the Rio Grande Valley, drivers should be more cautious. Should an accident occur, impacted persons might consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney. Trucking accidents happen in Brownsville and thus the need for an attorney.

Furthermore, persons who want to read reviews of the law firm can visit the newly updated review page at That page brings together reviews both on Google and Facebook. Many persons who have been the victim of an accident look for the best personal injury in Brownsville for their needs by scouring the Internet for listings and reviews. Obviously, reviews on Google are paramount but the law firm is justifiably proud of its listings and/or reviews on third party websites such as those listed above. Finally, persons who are looking for a “deep dive” into some of the issues surrounding trucking wrecks and finding a trucking accident attorney in Brownsville should visit


Here is background on this release. Many residents in Cameron County and throughout the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) don’t think about engaging with a personal injury lawyer until after an car or truck accident. Should that be a car accident, a truck accident, or even a slip and fall accident, they then turn immediately to the Internet to find the best lawyer for their needs. They scour the web for the best personal injury lawyer in Brownsville and often read listings on third-party websites. Often, given the uptick in accidents throughout the RGV, they turn to Internet resources to take the first step. The next best step is to reach out to an attorney for a personal injury attorney consultation. Indeed, persons in McAllen Texas can visit the McAllen attorney microsite at


The law firm of Javier Villarreal offers a team of attorneys, considered among the best personal injury attorneys near Harlingen, Texas, and surrounding cities in Cameron County. Whether a person is looking for an auto or car accident attorney, a lawyer with broad experience in trucking accidents and litigation (including 18 wheelers), or a lawyer for injuries that resulted from a motorcycle, boating, or other forms of accidents (including slip and fall), the Villarreal team of attorneys can help. The attorneys fight for client rights throughout Cameron County – and are known as the top personal injury lawyers in Brownsville and Harlingen, from Los Fresno to San Benito, and in all of South Padre Island.

Tel. 956-544-4444

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Youngman Reitshtein, PLC (YR) Welcomes Associate Attorney Nicole Herzberg to the Firm

Nicole Herzberg

The recent UCLA School of Law graduate has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Youngman Reitshtein, PLC (YR) is pleased to welcome the recent UCLA School of Law graduate Nicole Herzberg to their team as an Associate Attorney.

“We are thrilled to have Nicole join our firm,” says YR Attorney/Partner Barbara J. Youngman. “Nicole is a brilliant, hard working attorney and has already proven herself to be an invaluable resource for our clients," adds Attorney/Partner Ron Reitshtein.

During her time at UCLA School of Law, Herzberg worked at a civil litigation firm, where she supported attorneys working on real estate litigation, contract disputes, and intellectual property matters. She additionally served as the Chief Articles Editor of UCLA’s Entertainment Law Review, an Executive Board Member of the Jewish Law Students Association, and a Volunteer Coach for UCLA Lab School Mock Trial Team. Before joining YR, Herzberg recently completed a fellowship through UCLA’s Pritzker Center, where she served as court-appointed minor’s counsel for foster children in their dependency court cases. She also worked as a Judicial Intern in Kings County, New York's Matrimonial division.

“I’m very excited to be working with a firm that has so many years of expertise in family law,” shares Herzberg. “ I really appreciate the firm's approach to their clients and cases, and am honored to be joining such a distinguished team." Herzberg recently joined the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is looking forward to her journey at YR.

About Youngman Reitshtein (YR):
Since its founding in 2014, law firm Youngman Reitshtein, PLC (YR) has continued to grow and garner achievements. Attorney-Partner Barbara J. Youngman reached the milestone of 25 years in practice, and remains a highly sought-after attorney and mediator in the Los Angeles family law community. Attorney-Partner Ron Reitshtein is serving his term as a Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Senior Associate Attorney Lauren O. Youngman, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is currently co-hosting the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s monthly CLE program, “Direct Examination with Dan & Lauren,” interviewing prominent members of the family law community. YR hired accomplished Associate Attorney Dora M. Larson in 2017, Associate Attorney Kate Kearney in 2020 and Associate Attorney Nicole Herzberg in 2021.

For more information on YR, please visit

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Los Angeles Attorney V. James DeSimone Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

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Attorney V. James DeSimone

The legal trade publication, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is honoring DeSimone in its special edition

Having been named to this list more than 10 times, and every year since 2013, I think it’s a testament to the fact that we have consistently achieved excellent results for our clients.”

— Attorney V. James DeSimone

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., USA, June 30, 2021 / — V. James DeSimone has been recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication.

DeSimone’s Marina Del Rey-based firm has specialized in employment and civil rights claims for more than 30 years. Among his most notable victories in the past year was a wrongful termination lawsuit brought on behalf of a woman fired for having cancer. Though the woman died before she could receive justice, DeSimone pursued the case on behalf of her surviving children.

In a decision later affirmed by a Second Appellate District panel in a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge found the "defendants’ conduct was reprehensible," rewarding $500,000 in punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.

On July 23, 2021, DeSimone will argue the appeal in the case of Birden v. UC Regents to preserve his jury verdict of $1.58 million on behalf of an African-American phlebotomist who was racially harassed at UCLA Hospital, in violation of the Fair Employment & Housing Act.

In addition, DeSimone is representing: A plaintiff in a case involving a pattern and practice of sexual harassment, assault, and wrongful termination at Hollywood’s Magic Castle; several supervisory police officers, including two lieutenants, against the Los Angeles World Airport Police for a pattern and policy of racial discrimination; and an individual who was harassed on the basis of his Mexican heritage and Jewish religion by his coworkers at the City of Westminster.

In addition to his labor and employment work, DeSimone has recently secured victories on behalf of victims of civil rights violations. In November of 2020, he argued in the Ninth Circuit in an effort get the City of Los Angeles to pay a $210,000 civil rights jury verdict for physical pain and emotional distress with a finding of actual malice in a case involving a man assaulted by an LAPD officer. The jury also made special findings that the officer was acting in the course and scope of employment and under color of state law when he battered and arrested his neighbor.

Currently, he's representing numerous severely injured individuals, including the family of a mentally disabled man who suffered severe bite wounds and psychological damage after Visalia Police set a K9 on him during an unlawful arrest; a freelance journalist attacked by police while covering a protest of the death of George Floyd. He also represents the family of Daniel Rivera, whose death resulted from “prone physical restraint with electromuscular disruption…” by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the coroner’s report.

“It’s gratifying to know these cases are getting the attention they deserve, and I thank the Daily Journal for taking note of the righteousness of this litigation and the hard work that’s put into them,” said V. James DeSimone. “Having been named to this list more than 10 times, and every year since 2013, I think it’s a testament to the fact that we have consistently achieved excellent results for our clients.”

Los Angeles civil rights attorney V. James DeSimone has dedicated his 35-year law career to providing vigorous and ethical representation to achieve justice for those whose civil and constitutional rights are violated.

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Acclaimed Criminal Attorney, Vince Imhoff, Examines What to Do if You Are Falsely Accused of a Crime

Vincent Imhoff

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Being accused of a crime that you haven’t committed can be downright terrifying, especially if the alleged victim appears to have a solid case. In an ideal world, it would be possible to just sit back and let your innocence speak for you. In reality, however, there are many things that you should and should not do to keep yourself, your reputation, and your freedom protected.

Start Collecting Evidence and Contact an Attorney:

The first and most important thing to do if you have been falsely accused of a crime is to align yourself with a good criminal defense lawyer. Although you are aware of your innocence, you’ll want to have a qualified legal professional on your side. This is someone who can guide you through conversations with law enforcement agencies, assist you in collecting evidence, and determine the best way to present your defense.

In addition to hiring a lawyer, you’ll also want to collect as much evidence as you can. The extra evidence may include:

-Receipts indicating where you were and what you were doing at the time of the alleged crime
-The clothing that you were wearing on the date of the event
-Video or photo evidence of your whereabouts.

You should additionally make a list of evidence from the scene of the crime. If there’s blood or other bodily fluids, bullet casings or other weapons, or anything else of significance, write these details down for your attorney.

When meeting with your lawyer, be as forthright as you possibly can. This includes being honest about any threats that were made in past conversations or anything else that might show you in a negative light. These are things that will likely be brought up during a trial, and it is vital for your lawyer to know about them beforehand.

If you feel like you have stumbled across something that might be falsely incriminating you while collecting evidence, be sure to retain it anyway. You can talk about these things with your attorney. Destroying anything that might be perceived as evidence could make prosecutors believe that you have something to hide. Moreover, purposeful destruction of evidence could lead to additional charges, despite your innocence.

Never Try to Work Things Out with Your Accuser:

People are often falsely accused of crimes by someone they know. Your first instinct may be to reach out to this person to try working things out. This is always a bad idea. The only person that you should discuss your case with is a defense attorney.

A single conversation could make things infinitely worse between you and your accuser. More importantly, you may be seen as attempting to intimidate the witness. If you have not been charged and arrested, be sure to keep as much distance between yourself and this individual as possible.

Don’t Readily Relay Evidence or Consent to DNA Testing:

Before taking any actions or making any statements, always be sure to consult with an attorney. Your lawyer can determine which forms of evidence should be passed over to law enforcement, when, and how. If officers show up at your door, demand that they return with a search warrant, and remember that you have the right to remain silent.

Your attorney should be present whenever you make a statement and when anything is being signed. You should also consult with this professional before consenting to any DNA testing or other similar examinations.

Consider Counter Suing for Defamation of Character:

Once your innocence has been proved, your lawyer can help you recoup the damages caused by having false charges levied against you. Depending upon the severity of the charges you’ve faced, pursuing defamation of character suit could be necessary for restoring your personal and professional reputation.


Fighting against false criminal charges can be a nerve-wracking experience. Exercising your right to remain silent and availing yourself of a reputable defense attorney are two of the most important things that you can do to protect yourself and your reputation.


Vince Imhoff

Vince Imhoff is from Chicago, Illinois. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania. Imhoff achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Lewis University and later obtained his JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1989. After earning his JD, Mr.Imhoff was a Public Defender in Cook County, Illinois, from 1990 to 1997. He then entered private practice as a solo practitioner.

Vince Imhoff founded Imhoff & Associates, PC, in 2003. In 2005, he became Managing Director of the Cochran Firm, Criminal Defense section. However, following the death of Mr.Cochran, Imhoff left the Cochran Firm to re-establish Imhoff and Associates, PC. He was also the assistant coach for the trial team at Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, from 2000 through 2002.

Vince Imhoff is now the Managing Director of Imhoff & Associates, PC. With offices throughout the United States, Imhoff & Associates works with over 650 lawyers. Today, Vince Imhoff is a member of the State Bar of Illinois, State Bar of California, and State Bar of Pennsylvania. He is also an active member of the California Public Defenders Association, Santa Monica Bar Association (Treasurer 2012-2014, Board Member 2008-2014), Lesbian Gay Lawyers Association (Secretary 2009-2011, Board Member 2009-2015), San Bernardino County Bar, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

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Reps. Titus & Mace Applauded by Agriculture & Animal Welfare Leaders for Introducing OFF Act to Reform USDA Checkoffs

Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Dina Titus (D-NV)

Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Dina Titus (D-NV)

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby

Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby

Mike Eby

Mike Eby

The USDA’s Checkoff Program was supposed to ensure American farmers of all sizes could promote their products across the nation and across the globe.”

— U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Today, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), Animal Wellness Action (AWA), Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), and National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO) applauded U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C. for introducing the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, designed to reform and bring accountability and transparency to reform the USDA’s Commodity Checkoff Programs that have long been plagued by scandal after scandal for misappropriation of funds, lack of transparency, and misusing farmer and rancher tax dollars against the best interests of the producers to further the agenda of industrial agriculture.

“This legislation will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to USDA’s checkoff programs which have operated without sufficient oversight for far too long,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. “Family farmers should not be forced to pay into organizations that sometimes lobby against their interests and threaten animal welfare.”

“The USDA’s Checkoff Program was supposed to ensure American farmers of all sizes could promote their products across the nation and across the globe,” said Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. “For years now, small farmers have seen their hard-earned money used to fund the lobbying efforts of massive, multi-billion-dollar agriculture conglomerates. This program has devolved from producing ‘Got milk?’ ads to creating taxpayer-funded lobbying firms, and it needs to stop.”

“USDA’s runaway checkoff programs must be held accountable, and family farmers have a right to know where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and a member of the board of directors at the Organization for Competitive Markets. “The checkoffs remain under fire because of their lack of transparency, misuse of funds, and damaging anti-competitive practices that have bankrupted millions of American farmers, and harmed billions of animals.”

“The checkoff is an example of how farmers lost their voice,” said Mike Eby, executive director at the Organization for Competitive Markets and chairman of the National Dairy Producers Organization. “We are disappointed that historically, the USDA and Congress appear to have little regard for the millions of farmer dollars that are being used for purposes that are not being made public."

“OCM stands firmly in support of putting more farmers back on the land and reigning in the egregious and illegal activities National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to engage in,” said Vaughn Meyer, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets and a lifelong cattle producer from Reva, South Dakota. “The OFF Act is proudly supported by more than 250,000 farmers nationwide and the U.S. House should swiftly hold a hearing to address checkoff reform.”


The OFF Act would amend the authorizing checkoff laws to ensure the programs cannot contract with organizations that engage in lobbying, conflicts of interest, or anticompetitive activities that harm other commodities. It would also require that they publish all budgets and disbursements of funds for the purposes of public inspection and submit to periodic audits by the USDA Inspector General. The measure is supported by more than 250,000 farmers and ranchers across America in an unlikely coalition of allies that include OCM, AWA, AWF, NDPO, the American Grass-fed Association, the National Taxpayers Union, and the National Farmers Union to name a few.

Commodity checkoff programs (“checkoff programs”) were established to serve as mechanisms by which agricultural industries pool money for common commodity-specific promotional and research purposes. Fees are mandatory, from the smallest local farmer to the largest factory operation. Checkoff dollars go to federal, industry-specific boards, which are required by law to use these funds for mutually beneficial advertising campaigns and research.

Under federal law, farmers of certain commodities (including pork, eggs, beef, and corn) are required to pay a portion of their sales into checkoff programs. These mandatory fees are intended to be used by the U.S. government to research and market those commodities. Well-known examples of past checkoff-funded advertising campaigns are “Got Milk,” “Pork. The Other White Meat,” “The Incredible, Edible Egg,” and “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” Checkoff programs collect over $850 million from America’s farmers and ranchers every year. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that checkoff activities and speech are those of the federal government.

Despite the limited purpose of the checkoffs, checkoff programs have repeatedly acted beyond the scope of their statutory mandate. Lax oversight by the USDA has resulted in collusive and illegal relationships between checkoff boards and lobbying organizations, both of which have repeatedly used checkoff funds to influence legislation and government action despite a broad statutory prohibition. Such advocacy efforts have an anticompetitive effect and are forcing traditional family farmers to pay into a system that actively works against them.

The OFF Act was first introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Titus and former Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virg., in the U.S. House and Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J. in the U.S. Senate and a 2018 Farm Bill amendment that mirrored the OFF Act was one of only three amendments afforded a vote in the U.S. Senate, but the measure was not included in the final farm bill signed into law. Lee and Booker have since been joined by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. in the effort for checkoff reform and the Senators plan to reintroduce the measure in the Senate in 2021.

A copy of the legislation can be found here.

Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is a membership-based research and advocacy organization working to expose and break the stranglehold of corporate consolidation in our food and agricultural economy. Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, OCM was founded in 1998 by farmers, ranchers, attorneys, agricultural economists, rural sociologists and state legislators to challenge the growing income power disparities between agricultural producers and agribusinesses in the food system. OCM was founded on the premise that independent farmers and ranchers must ultimately survive and prosper by receiving fair and adequate compensation for their products through the marketplace.

National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO): "We Dairy Farmers pledge to thoroughly and immediately review and study each of the issues that impact the price of milk paid to producers in order to determine and facilitate needed changes that may be required to reach our stated purpose of producer profitability, for now and in the future.”

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Marty Irby sets the record straight on the Checkoff Programs and NCBA

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The ACLU's Antisemitism Problem

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Once again, the ACLU is siding with antisemites to oppose a common sense antidiscrimination law in Arizona.

It's impossible to square the ACLU's arguments that critical race theory, which many allege is a form of racism itself, should be encouraged while discussions of antisemitism should be prohibited.”

— Marc Greendorfer, President, Zachor Legal Institute

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, USA, June 30, 2021 / — The ACLU’s Antisemitism Problem

At a time when antisemitism, especially among the progressive left in America, is being normalized and taking on openly aggressive contours, it is time for America to take action against those who are promoting what has been called the world’s oldest hatred. While antisemitism in America has always been an issue, the rise of Marxist hate groups like Black Lives Matter, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Antifa have turned what was a fringe problem into a widespread concern.

The American Civil Liberties Union, once a venerable organization that sought to defend the rights of minority groups in America, is now openly aligned with extremist groups that foment domestic terror against Jews. Whether it’s turning a blind eye to Antifa's violence, teaming up with CAIR, an Islamist organization that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator of designated terror organizations, to attack common sense antidiscrimination laws meant to protect Jewish Americans or opposing the implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism in schools (a measure meant to educate young people on the pernicious ways in which antisemitism breeds), the ACLU has been at the forefront of undermining legal protections for Jews while empowering terror-backed groups who have launched an international campaign that has been deemed to be the "New Antisemitism."

In an attempt to sanitize its pro-hate agenda, the ACLU applies a double standard when it comes to antisemitism. With every other form of hate, the ACLU makes no distinction between acts or words that might have a political element and those that are apolitical and discriminatory. With antisemitism, though, the ACLU dances on the heads of pins of hate to find the most dangerous forms of antisemitism to be protected political speech.

The State of Arizona is currently considering a law, HB2282, which would implement the internationally supported IHRA definition of antisemitism, for purposes of ensuring that schools teach the history of the Holocaust, including information on how antisemitism has been promoted in the past. Part of this education will include discussions of hate groups who attempt to deprive Jews, an indigenous people of the Middle East, of their right to self-determination in their historic homeland of Israel.

The ACLU alleges that this type of information would somehow “chill” speech in schools. In fact, HB2282 would only chill the spread of rhetoric from groups like Black Lives Matter, CAIR, Antifa and other hate groups that has led to the dangerous levels of antisemitism we are now seeing.

While the ACLU sees attacks on the Jewish homeland of Israel as a purely political matter that should not be subject to antidiscrimination measures, just last year, Cecillia Wang, the ACLU’s Deputy Legal Director, contradicted this theory by publishing a statement titled “Let’s stop the scapegoating during a global pandemic”. Ms. Wang argued that reference to China when discussing COVID-19 encouraged hate against Asians. In 2020, Ms. Wang argued “President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other U.S. officials have deliberately referred to SARS-CoV-2 as “the Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus” … such labels lead to dangerous scapegoating and widespread ignorance…. In propagating this smear, these officials have fomented racism and overt acts of harassment and violence against Asian Americans.”

Just last month, the ACLU issued another statement in support of teaching critical race theory in schools, claiming that states that seek to prohibit such programs are censoring discussions of race and racism in schools.

Here’s what the ACLU has to say about Arizona’s attempt to curb antisemitism by teaching students about the history of antisemitism and encouraging discussions of antisemitism in classrooms: “Unfortunately, the definition and examples proposed for this bill incorrectly equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, including many constitutionally protected statements.”

It is impossible to reconcile the ACLU’s claim that references to China when discussing COVID lead to hate against all Asians with their current claim that spreading age-old stereotypes against Jews under the guise of criticizing their homeland is protected political speech. It's also impossible to square the ACLU's arguments that critical race theory, which many allege is a form of racism itself, should be encouraged while discussions of antisemitism should be prohibited.

With the ACLU’s antisemitic allies in Black Lives Matter and Islamist groups like CAIR hunting Jews down on our streets and using schools to indoctrinate children with antisemitism, Arizona’s HB2282 is not only a welcome step to protect Jewish Americans, it should be supported by those who traditionally embraced the ACLU before it became a partisan and antisemitic enabler of hate.

Marc Greendorfer
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California Congressional Candidate Ronda Kennedy LEADS the Fight Against Voter Fraud

" I am not just complaining about election fraud. I am fighting in court to assure our elections are fair."

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA, USA, June 30, 2021 / — California 26th Congressional District candidate Ronda Kennedy, a Republican civil rights attorney running against Julia Brownly, issued a statement vowing to restore election integrity in her district before voters go to the polls in 2022.

Kennedy defeated her Democrat opponent by 3-1 at the voting booth in the November 2020 election, but like Democrats across the country, Brownly was fraudulently reelected after receiving an overwhelming majority (94 percent) of the mail-in ballots in the district where only 55 percent of voters are registered Democrats.

In January, Kennedy joined forces with the Election Integrity Project and nine other candidates and filed a federal lawsuit, EIPCa, et al. v. Weber, et al., challenging California’s unconstitutional election process for future elections. Kennedy and the plaintiffs are seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief following rampant irregularities in the 2020 general election in California.

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals is reviewing the case that will likely be adjudicated in the Supreme Court, setting precedence for other states in the union, Kennedy contends:

“I am not just complaining about election fraud. I am fighting in court to assure our elections are free, fair and every American vote counts. My campaign represents the seventy-four-plus million Americans who were defrauded and are not gonna shut up – who refuse to step past the illegitimate elections as if nothing happened. If we allow the fraudulence to go unchecked, we have stepped from what was America into tyranny.

It’s time for photo-voter ID law. The absence of voter ID is a recipe for fraud waiting to happen. A photo ID is required for everything we do in this country. Eighty percent of Americans support voter ID laws. Yet, Democrats connivingly attempt to persuade voters into believing that verifying your identity to vote is a racist ploy and vote against Voter ID legislation. As a result, people can vote multiple times. The dead vote. Illegal immigrants vote.

It’s time we get rid of mail-in ballots. The enemies of freedom exploited a manufactured COVID pandemic in 2020 to rig the election with an unprecedented mail-in-ballot election for the express purpose of electing Democrats. In court, we will irrefutably prove that our electoral system is broken. California laws like ballot harvesting and mail-in ballots disadvantage minority groups who prefer to vote at the ballot box than by mail. We cannot dwell on the past. I am fighting for future elections. I expect that my 2022 election results will be fair.”


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Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. Helps Constructively Terminated Employees Get Justice in LA County

One of Southern California's top employment law firms offers legal representation to those who may have been constructively terminated from their jobs.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Representatives of the Akopyan Law Firm announced today that their law firm provides legal representation to constructively terminated employees in LA County.

“In California, it is illegal for an employer to create a workplace that is so intolerable that an employee is forced to resign, quit, or retire instead of having to endure intolerable working conditions,” said Michael Akopyan, founder and partner at the Akopyan Law Firm, and added, “If an employer creates intolerable working conditions the employee may have a claim for constructive discharge even if the employee is the one to leave the employment relationship by resigning, quitting, or retiring.”

Akopyan highlighted that in deciding if a reasonable employee would feel compelled to resign, courts will look at certain factors such as:

• demotion

• reduction in salary

• reduction in job responsibilities

• reassignment to menial or degrading work

• reassignment to work under a younger or more junior supervisor

• harassment or humiliation by the employer calculated to encourage the employee to resign

Employees in the Los Angeles area who feel there were forced to resign or quit involuntarily may have a claim against their employer for constructive discharge.

“If you are interested in speaking directly with a constructive termination attorney, and not some “assistant”, contact the Akopyan Law Firm today. We are dedicated to protecting employees and enforcing their rights,” added Akopyan.

Each lawyer at the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. has more than a decade of experience in litigating employment cases and personal injury cases. The Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. is dedicated to protecting the rights of workers who fall victim to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or other illegal conduct in the workplace. Employees who are terminated, laid-off, or demoted often don't know their rights and needlessly suffer at the hands of their supervisors and/or employers. Every employee deserves to work in an environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C.'s team of attorneys Ani M. Akopyan ( and Michael Akopyan ( were named to the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers List. Ani and Michael have combined experience of over 30 years. They have recovered millions of dollars for their clients.

For more information, please visit or call (818) 509-9975 today for a complimentary case evaluation.


About Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C.

The Akopyan Law Firm is committed to restoring the balance of power against the government, large corporations, and insurance companies alike whenever they seek to deprive people of their rights. The Akopyan Law Firm is dedicated to defending its clients against oppression and can stand up for them in their time of need.

The Akopyan Law Firm's employment lawyers in Burbank are dedicated to helping employees stand up for themselves and speak truth to power whenever they are wronged. The Akopyan Law Firm has experience handling nearly every kind of employment law case.

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2600 W. Olive Ave. Suite 587,
Burbank, CA 91505

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Paul Hammer Joins Barron & Newburger

Paul Hammer Joins Bankruptcy Practice

National Firm Expands Bankruptcy Practice Into Houston

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2021 / — Paul Hammer, an experienced and well-regarded bankruptcy and reorganization counsel specializing in complex commercial matters, has joined Barron & Newburger, P.C. as a senior attorney managing the firm’s new Houston office. Paul will work with the firm’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group, growing the firm’s presence in Houston.

During the last decade, Mr. Hammer previously led representations in restructurings and bankruptcies while working at major national law firms based in Texas, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Hammer has acted as outside general counsel to an international energy company in the downstream and midstream oil & gas sectors.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Hammer is a frequent speaker at CLE seminars, conferences, webcasts, and podcasts. He is proudly active in the local community, devoting considerable time to professional and philanthropic organizations, such as Houston Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, the Turnaround Management Association and Houston Bar Association.

“I am excited to have Paul join our team and open our Houston office, as his talent and reputation make him a great addition to our firm”, explained Stephen Sather, a shareholder, and the leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Reorganization Practice Group. “Houston is a logical place for us to expand our practice. It is a natural fit to add Paul, who has strong experience in many key industries that are experiencing growing demand for legal services – energy, retail, hospitality, restaurant, bar, and service, healthcare and real estate.”

“Joining Barron & Newburger is a great opportunity,” according to Mr. Hammer. “I am excited to work with this talented new team. Together, we will be able to expand our practices and serve the evolving needs of our existing and future clients. I look forward to expanding our firm’s geographic footprint to this area and helping small, medium and large businesses handle meaningful engagements.”

Mr. Hammer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Management and Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctor Cum Laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico and is admitted in many federal bankruptcy, district and appellate courts throughout this country.

About Barron & Newburger, P.C.

Barron & Newburger, P.C. is a national law firm based in Austin, Texas with offices across the United States. The firm’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group represents debtors, committees, trustees, and creditors in and out of bankruptcy court.


For more information about this announcement or the firm of Barron and Newburger, P.C., please contact Thomas Good at 512-476-9103, Ext. 248 or at The firm’s website is

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