Why EB-5 Investors Should Invest Today in a Direct Project at $500K

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — EB5 Affiliate Network (EB5AN), a leading EB-5 consultancy, regional center operator, and fund manager, will host a free webinar, “Why Direct EB-5 Today at $500K” with guest panelist Edward Beshara, Esq., of Beshara, P.A on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 3:00 PM EDT. Click here to register for the webinar or to watch a video recording of the webinar after the webinar takes place.

Following the sunset date of the EB-5 Regional Center Program on June 30, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting only I-526 petitions for direct EB-5 investments. Additionally, on June 22, 2021, a California magistrate judge invalidated the EB-5 Program Modernization Rule that came into effect on November 21, 2019. Consequently, the minimum investment amount for projects located in targeted employment areas (TEAs) has returned to $500,000 ($1.0 million if not located in a TEA).

To help investors make the most of the opportunity to make direct EB-5 investments of $500,000 in projects located in TEAs, the webinar addresses several frequently asked questions and provides an overview of the benefits of multi-unit direct EB-5 investments. The following questions will be covered in the webinar:

• How is a direct EB-5 investment better than a regional center investment?
• How does a direct project show 10 new jobs?
• How can I receive a return on my $500K investment?
• When will my $500K investment be returned?
• How can I evaluate immigration risk in a direct EB-5 project?
• How can I evaluate financial risk in a direct EB-5 project?
• What are multi-unit direct EB-5 investments, and what benefits do they offer?
• Will a multi-unit direct EB-5 investment diversify my immigration and financial risk?

EB5AN Managing partner Sam Silverman noted that there is likely a limited window for investing at $500,000 and encouraged prospective investors to take advantage of the opportunity while it remains available. “The EB-5 regional center program is likely to get renewed in the coming months,” said Silverman. “When it is renewed, it is highly likely that the EB-5 program’s minimum investment amount will be increased.”

“It is important to conduct due diligence on all prospective EB-5 projects, either direct or regional center, in order to make an informed investment decision that considers all financial and immigration risk aspects of the investment,” Edward C. Beshara, Esq., managing partner of Beshara, P.A., added.

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1990, the EB-5 program provides a clear pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. Tens of thousands of families from nearly every country have successfully immigrated by making qualifying investments in U.S. projects and business enterprises. The EB-5 visa is popular among people currently living abroad and those already working in the United States on nonimmigrant visas.


EB5 Affiliate Network is a national EB-5 regional center operator and consulting firm that has been trusted by 1,800+ EB-5 investors from 60+ countries. EB5AN works with direct EB-5 and regional center EB-5 project developers and sponsors to assemble high-quality EB-5 projects across the country. EB5AN also works with EB-5 investors from around the world to identify high-quality, low-risk EB-5 investments and to structure EB-5 projects for those who seek to create their own.

Beshara, P.A., is a top U.S. immigration law firm exclusively dedicated to immigration law. Their highly reputable legal services are available to EB-5 investors, regional centers, and developers. The firm is recognized as one of the top EB-5 visa-focused law firms in the U.S.

Jeremy Shackle
EB5 Affiliate Network

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SCOTUS Reinstates Remain in Mexico: What This Means for Migrants

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Queens immigration attorney Scott Messinger

Court rules President Biden improperly ended Trump-era program, keeping asylum seekers out of the country until their cases can be decided. by Nadia El-Yaouti

The Biden administration has recently announced rules that could make the asylum process more efficient.”

— Scott Messinger, Queens, NY Immigration Attorney

QUEENS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by the Biden administration to put a hold on a lower court’s ruling that required the Biden administration to continue the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy.

The High Court's ruling essentially requires the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-Era policy formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols or MPP. The policy, which is one of many Trump immigration policies that the Biden administration has worked to undo, requires migrants to stay in Mexican border towns as they awaited their cases to be heard by the U.S.

While the Biden administration is currently appealing the case, it has shared that it will act in “good faith” to reinstate the program.

The denial by the High Court came after the Biden administration asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to put a hold on the ruling. Texas and Missouri had brought forward a suit that challenged the way in which the Biden administration ended the program.

The two states argued that the program was stopped in a manner that was “arbitrary and capricious.” The appellate court agreed, citing that the Biden administration “failed to show a likelihood of success on the claim that the memorandum rescinding the Migrant Protection Protocols was not arbitrary and capricious.”

The court's ruling did note, however, that the three liberal justices would have issued the stay. Also, as immigration attorney Scott Messinger of Gladstein & Messinger, P.C., points out, the Court did not set a strict timetable for the administration to restart the program. “The Court merely said the administration has to make a “good faith effort” to do so,” says Messinger. In the meantime, Messinger believes the Biden administration could and probably will try to end the MPP in a way that would survive a legal challenge.

What Does This Ruling Mean for Migrants?

Amid the hotly contested issue of immigration since Trump left office, many migrant advocates are concerned about what this new ruling means for migrants seeking asylum in the states.

Since shortly after undoing the MPP in February, the current administration has admitted roughly 13,000 migrants seeking asylum who were initially sent back to Mexico because of the policy. This is just a sliver of the estimated 70,000 asylum seekers who were sent back to Mexico in the first year of the policy's implementation.

Many immigration advocates have criticized the MPP policy for being a misnomer as they argue the legislation does not actually protect migrants but instead puts them in harm’s way.

These advocacy groups have argued that migrants who are sent to these Mexican border towns fall victim to extreme violence, kidnapping, and extortion schemes. At the heart of the concern is the poor infrastructure in place for the asylum seekers who wait in these border towns. Issues like staffing shortages, the inability to communicate with migrants about pending court dates, and the lack of or difficult access to counsel for migrants have all hindered the efforts of helping migrants the way the program was supposedly intended.

U.S.-based advocacy group Human Rights First has documented over 1,500 instances of violence against migrants waiting in these border towns per the guidelines of MPP. Other reports estimate that this number is much higher as many of the incidents go unreported. Since Biden has taken office, Human Rights First reports that roughly 6,300 instances of violence against migrants in Mexico have taken place.

Another question left up in the air is what will happen to migrants who had already crossed the border after Biden initially stopped the Remain in Mexico policy and who are now in the Immigration Court system. Will they need to go back to Mexico to wait out the remainder of their case? While it is unclear at this point how those asylum seekers will be handled, attorney Messinger points out that the Biden administration has recently announced rules that could make the asylum process more efficient by allowing immigration asylum officers to review cases instead of having the cases automatically go to the overburdened Immigration Courts. “That could help alleviate some of the problem,” Messinger says.

While the Supreme Court's ruling made clear that the program was illegally terminated, it did not entertain the legality of the program itself. Messinger confirms that the legality of the program itself has yet to be decided and that this issue is currently being reviewed in the federal court system. “The Supreme Court allowed the program to be reinstated while the program’s legality is reviewed,” he explains. Meanwhile, immigrant advocacy groups and the migrants themselves remain stuck in limbo but hopeful that the policy will soon be lawfully revised or terminated. Just as the migrants haven’t given up on America, America hasn’t given up on them either.

Scott Messinger
Gladstein & Messinger, P.C.
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Facebook Strengthens Advertisement Policies Regarding Telehealth

Edward Kafterian, CEO Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

Edward Kafterian, CEO Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

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Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

New policy requires pre-approval and certification that telehealth providers and online pharmacies are legitimate – by Amanda Tjan

Facebook can be very useful to allow reputable companies to educate the public and provide high-quality medical information.”

— Dr. Edward Kaftarian, CEO, Orbit Health

CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Facebook is not only a longstanding social media platform but is also widely used to promote products and services to a mass audience. As telemedicine continues to penetrate the healthcare industry, it is not surprising that pharmaceutical companies use Facebook as a means of advertising. In 2019, pharmaceutical companies spent over $1 billion on Facebook ads alone. While the proliferation of telehealth poses new challenges for the multibillion-dollar company, Facebook is strengthening its advertisement policies centered around telemedicine.

In Facebook’s existing policy, online pharmacies are required to undergo a certification process before advertising on the platform. In addition, the company prohibits the sale or trading of all prescription drugs. Facebook also bans ads that advocate or promote the consumption of illegal substances and unsafe supplements. Ads promoting drug-related paraphernalia are also prohibited.

Facebook’s new policy, effective August 25th, 2021, will require pre-approval for telehealth providers, online pharmacies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers using LegitScript, a third-party health regulation service. LegitScript combines data to ensure that companies are operating safely and legally. Only certified advertisers that fall into one of these three categories will be allowed to promote prescription drugs on the platform. Advertisements may not promote prescription drugs without prior written permission. In addition, Facebook maintains that ads cannot target minors and will only be available in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

Doctor Edward Kaftarian, CEO of telepsychiatry provider Orbit Health and telehealth training provider Orbit University, notes that LegitScript certification is also required for advertising similar services on Google. According to Dr. Kaftarian, Orbit Health sees LegitScript as a marker of quality that recognizes Orbit Health and Orbit University for their quality education and public outreach about telepsychiatry and telemental health services. “LegitScript now certifies telehealth providers,” says Dr. Kaftarian, “which will be needed if providers wish to promote their services to new customers.”

Orbit Health has used Facebook ads in the past to increase awareness among potential clients, but Dr. Kaftarian cautions that first-time users might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options when it comes to scheduling ads anywhere from a few times a day to several times a week, plus choosing the locations and age brackets of consumers to target.

In Facebook’s announcement of the new policy, the company states that the purpose of strengthening its regulation of health advertisements stems from the intention of prohibiting illegal and unsafe substances. In 2018, Facebook cracked down on the sale of illicit drugs on the platform as a response to the growing opioid crisis. In 2017, there were an estimated 30,000 deaths due to overdose from opioids. Many of these drugs were bought online from social media platforms like Facebook.

Since then, Facebook has banned searches for words like “fentanyl” and “Xanax” to make it significantly harder for buyers to connect with sellers. In addition, Facebook has since added a feature that prompts users to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration helpline when they use the site to search for illicit drugs.

While this is a step forward, targeted advertising still raises the question about privacy for consumers. In the 2016 lawsuit filed against Facebook, the plaintiffs claimed that the company invaded users’ privacy by tracking their visits to health-related websites. The privacy suit was later dismissed as internet searches are not deemed to be sensitive medical information and users agree to Facebook’s terms of service when creating an account. In addition, Facebook is not necessarily obligated to conceal the health information of its users as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) only applies to entities that directly deal with patient information.

Facebook recognizes that businesses in the medical industry want to raise awareness for pharmaceuticals and other health-related treatments. However, Facebook is also aware that the company must change its policies in order to adhere to the changing landscape of digital marketing. Doctor Kaftarian of Orbit Health recognizes that Facebook ads can be very useful to allow reputable companies to educate the public and provide high-quality medical information. “Facebook is a communication channel that allows companies to promote their brand to new and existing customers,” he says. Meanwhile, Facebook’s paid ads “can be helpful in increasing traffic, boosting retention, and expanding customer bases for existing Facebook pages.”

“Facebook advertising is a great way for small businesses to reach out to their customers and expand their reach,” concludes Dr. Kaftarian. This latest move by Facebook to require pre-approval for ads from telehealth providers and others using LegitScript is seen as a positive step toward enhancing public trust and confidence in healthcare information while cracking down on the sale of illicit drugs and misinformation when it comes to vital issues of public health.

Edward Kaftarian
Orbit Health
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The Sales Control Plan Sets Standard for Sales Enablement

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Accurate Training Trends and Efficiency Ratings from CRM

The sales control plan management platform is the solution for all B2B selling challenges.

Sales leaders usually hire to solve talent problems, and choose a brand of CRM to solve process problems. Two of the biggest mistakes made when managing a sales force.”

— Edward Henry

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Imagine if you were able to see exactly where every opportunity is at in your pipeline. We have experienced those long-winded sales stories that still did not add up to a closed sale, or even determined what needed to be closed. Sales managers are in the dark when it comes to seeing where the opportunities are in the organization’s pipeline. This has been the reason for most of the sales waste that many companies struggle to identify.

As a leader we want those around us to succeed. It reflects well on our own efforts, but more importantly, on the organization. Sales Training is an excellent way of building relationships and supporting your team with all the necessary resources and tools that they require to succeed. You can easily create goodwill while simultaneously creating accountability amongst your team.

Sales Control Plan Management is a management and training resource that provides sales leaders, and the salesforce with everything they need to manage, train, onboard, and reference. It is the ultimate resource for sales intelligence. It is time to make real time solutions in real time.


Training & Adoption

As the world changes around us, so has the way we learn and expand our skills. Sales Control Plan Management’s sales waste assessment identifies the sales waste and sales operation deficiencies in the sales organization. The results of the assessment provide the accurate roadmap to achieve highest standard for sales training and CRM adoption success.

Sales Control Plan

There are so many elements to manage when it comes to supervising a sales force. Sales Control Plan allows you to work with transparent metrics that help you to clearly see everything in your entire pipeline. You know exactly where to spend you time and resources for optimum sales management success. After implementation of baseline metrics, Sales Control Plan Management will provide the workflow automation that ensures your sales reps do not miss any opportunities.

There has never been a better management system that integrates with all brands of CRM to provide the highest level of accountability and sales intelligence throughout the entire sales force.

There is no more training on random selling methodologies or skill development. Sales Control Plan provides accurate training metrics which are accessed from actual CRM activity. Companies will eliminate massive training waste by training specifically in the area where the sales rep or sales force is struggling. Sales Control Plan solves every organization’s most costly selling challenges.

Benefits of Sales Control Plan Management

• Improved Customer Engagement
• Reduced Sales Waste
• Eliminate opportunities from going COLD!
• Sales Force Accountability – Management Accountability – Customer Accountability
• No more missed follow up calls
• No more missed deadlines on sales deliverables
• No more inactivity
• Complete pipeline visibility
• Simple onboarding of new hires saving money on training and resources.
• Progressive evaluation and sales analytics that produce accurate training scope based on CRM and selling practices.
• Real Time is REAL TIME
• CRM integration to make sure that learning requirements are triggered based on CRM performance metrics.
• Reduce and eliminates false reporting in CRM.
• Triggered emails specific to the customers sales stage, and engagement to communicate relevant requests, or notices where the sales representative has lost engagement due to inactivity or missed follow up.

Edward David Henry
Edward Henry Company
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Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in St. Louis hires lawyer Josh Renbarger

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Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in St. Louis

This is Susan Hais of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in St. Louis

Susan Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in St. Louis

The firm has hired Josh Renbarger as part of its legal team. Josh is a Missouri Supreme Court-approved mediator as well.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in St. Louis has hired lawyer Josh Renbarger as an addition to their firm. Josh received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and later earned his J.D from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. In addition to his law degree, Josh is a Missouri Supreme Court-approved mediator.

Josh Renbarger is an experienced and compassionate family law attorney that works with each client to advocate for their unique situation. Josh understands that clients in divorce cases are often experiencing the most stressful and conflict-laden time in their lives and the lives of their children. Throughout each case, Josh ensures that his clients understand each step of the process and are confident that their priorities are being carefully considered.

Josh joined Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in July of 2021. Prior to joining the firm, Josh practiced family law litigation and mediation in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County, and St, Charles County. Josh has also been a small business owner and values his experience as a member of the local business community.

Susan Hais and her husband, Samuel J. Hais, lead the Hais, Hais, & Goldberger, P.C. team. Their practice focuses on divorce litigation, child custody, and child support issues. The firm and its lawyers have received a number of recent accolades. The firm was recognized as one of the top 10 best law firms in Missouri by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Susan Hais was chosen to receive the 2019 prestigious Top 10 Award for the state of Missouri, and the firm also won the award in 2018. Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. added the Lawyers of Distinction Award in 2018 as well.

Hais Hais & Goldberger St. Louis Divorce Lawyer

222 S. Central Ave, Suite. 600

Saint Louis, MO 63105


Terrie Swanek
Hais Hais & Goldberger St. Louis Divorce Attorneys
+1 314-326-4885

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Washington D.C. Eviction Moratorium Expires

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Key Dates for Landlords in Washington DC and Available Assistance

Due to the complexity of this law, it may be advisable to work with a local property management professional and/or a legal advisor.”

— Deborah Gomes

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, US, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recently, the Mayor’s office returned to the City Council a signed version of the PUBLIC EMERGENCY EXTENSION AND EVICTION AND UTILITY MORATORIUM PHASING EMERGENCY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2021, which will begin phasing in evictions in DC.

Under this new law, landlords may begin sending notices for nonpayment of rent immediately after the bill goes into effect, and may begin filing for evictions on October 12, provided the tenant owes at least $600 in rent, the landlord has applied for relief on behalf of the tenant through an existing DC rental relief program, and the tenant has been given a 60-day past due rent notice. Landlords may begin sending notices for non-monetary tenant defaults on September 26, but notices of eviction may not be submitted until January 1, 2022. Through this phase-out plan, all evictions will ultimately be allowed by February 22, 2022.

Landlords now can initiate residential nonpayment of rent cases, with some new requirements. Whereas the lease previously could have waived the necessity of a 30-day notice to quit, those waiver provisions are no longer valid, and all rent cases must begin with the issuance of a notice of past due rent. The new law also requires that an application to the Stay DC program is filed at least 60 days prior to filing of an eviction case, and landlords will be able to directly submit such applications on behalf of tenants in the near future. STAY DC is a financial assistance program for D.C. renters and housing providers who are looking for support to cover housing and utility expenses and offset the loss of income. Those eligible can apply to receive money to help pay for rent, gas, water, and electricity.

Landlords also now can file residential cases involving public safety, drug havens, or intentional property damage, so long as the case fulfills the specific requirements of the statute.

Some residential notices other than nonpayment of rent can be issued as soon as September 26, 2021, but breach of lease or personal use and occupancy cases cannot be filed until January 1, 2022. Similarly, squatter cases, post-foreclosure cases, terminated co-op member cases, and commercial cases cannot be filed until January 1, 2022.

The new law also adopted some new requirements for eviction cases. These include a requirement to incorporate a ledger in a nonpayment notice, a photograph to prove service of process by posting, a Notice of Claim for some cases, a basic business license, translation to the tenant’s primary language if other than English or Spanish, and a prohibition on nonpayment cases for amounts less than $600.

No residential or commercial landlord may issue a notice of rent increase until December 31, 2021.

For judgments that exist from prior to the public health emergency, the US Marshal Service will begin to reschedule evictions. Those landlords must provide the tenants with a 30-day notice of the new eviction date.

According to Deborah Gomes, owner of Keyrenter Washington DC, "Due to the complexity of this law, it may be advisable to work with a local property management professional and/or a legal advisor. Keyrenter Washington D.C. closely monitors local, state and federal laws that specifically apply to property owners, investors and renters. We apply the complex array of laws on behalf of our clientele."

Keyrenter Property Management Washington D.C. is a property management firm that provides comprehensive solutions for both homeowners and real estate investors. The company manages everything for its clientele. This includes tenant placement, maintenance, inspections, evictions and even accounting. Managing properties can be a cumbersome sea of complexity to navigate but Keyrenter Property Management takes that burden off the shoulders of property owners. Contact us today and receive a free rental analysis. They can be reached at (202) 838-6000.

This news release/blog post is made available for educational purposes only. It provides general information and a general understanding of the law, but does not provide specific legal advice and should not substitute for legal advice.

Keyrenter Washington DC
Keyrenter Washington DC Property Management
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Marijuana Expungement Program Hits Miami During Orange Blossom Classic Weekend

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Project Clean Slate will be in Miami, FL at Little Haiti Arts Center

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M4MM Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend with an HBCU Tailgate

M4MM's Project Clean Slate To Offer Free Legal Education Services to the Community

The return of the Orange Blossom Classic is a moment of reconnection for families and the community. Project Clean Slate is part of the restoration that our communities need.”

— Hinton Battle, President, Justice For All Foundation

MIAMI, FL, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) is bringing their Project Clean Slate to Miami. Project Clean Slate is M4MM’s social justice program providing expungement education and wrap-around services for individuals 18+ years old with minor marijuana possession charges. The clinic will take place Friday, September 3 from 4pm to 8pm at the Little Haiti Arts Center 5925 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137

“As we head into celebrating the social and economic achievements of Americans for Labor Day, it’s important that we take a closer look at those whose employment may have been impacted by having a criminal record, ” says Danielle Butler, Program Director, M4MM Project Clean Slate. “The ‘war on drugs’ has left a trail of individuals with low-level cannabis charges unable to secure gainful employment due to a plant which has now become a billion dollar industry. Labor activism extends to these individuals too.”

The previous and upcoming clinics are supported through the strength of local resources and committed volunteers. Project Clean Slate’s program partner, Hawthorne, will be joined by other sponsors and community partners for Miami’s clinic including Trulieve, Doctor Damas Wellness Center and the Justice For All Foundation. The clinic is a part of an entire weekend celebrating the return of The Orange Blossom Classic.

“After 43-years the Orange Blossom Classic is returning to Miami. This historic return marks more than a moment for football, but really speaks to a moment of reconnection for families and the community. Project Clean Slate is part of the restoration that our communities need,” states Hinton Battle, President/CEO, Justice For All Foundation.

Since April 2021, Project Clean Slate has hosted expungement clinics, reaching hundreds of individuals, in Riviera Beach, FL, Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. Efforts have also been activated in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Upcoming clinic locations include Hawthorne, CA, Capitol Heights, MD, Oakland, CA, and Las Vegas, NV. More information can be obtained by visiting www.ProjectCleanSlate.org.

About Minorities for Medical Marijuana: Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 organization based in Orlando, FL. Established in May 2016, the organization operates chapters in 27 states, three HBCUs, and three international chapters. M4MM's mission is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry. Project Clean Slate is the social justice program of M4MM. Project Clean Slate provides expungement and wrap-around services for those affected by past marijuana charges.

Danielle Butler
M4MM Project Clean Slate
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During Prison Covid Lockdown Florida Inmate Writes Criminal Justice Reform Bill

You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know”

— William Wilberforce

SORRENTO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — After almost 25 years in prison, Florida inmate Douglas Gilding was fed up with the gridlock in Tallahassee over criminal justice reform. So, being a trained paralegal who also teaches G.E.D. classes for other inmates and trains service dogs for disabled veterans in a prison VetDog program, Douglas decided to write a bill himself. In particular, he had been watching as other states changed or eliminated their felony-murder laws, but no reform bills were getting any traction in the Florida legislature.

Most people are unaware that someone can be sentenced to life-without-parole for a murder that somebody else committed. Florida felony-murder statutes allow a person to be held liable for a murder committed by their co-defendant during the commission of a felony, even if that person was not present when it occurred.

For example, in his 2007 New York Times article "Serving Life For Providing Car To Killers", Adam Liptak tells the story of 20-year-old Ryan Holle. He was partying at his apartment with friends one night, when they decided it would be a good idea to rob a drug dealer down the road. Other than that discussion, Ryan's only role in the robbery was to loan the friends his car. Ryan then went to bed, drunk.

However, the friends went on to rob the dealer; and ended up beating a woman to death with the butt of a shotgun. A terrible tragedy, yes…. but did Ryan Holle deserve to spend life in prison for the murder committed by his co-defendants while he was home in bed sleeping? Under Florida's harsh felony-murder law, that is EXACTLY what happened!

The United States is the only developed nation in the world that still has these draconian felony-murder laws on the books. In addition, a study by the American Bar Association found that a disproportionate number of defendants prosecuted under the felony-murder law are people of color. This absurdity was pointed out by former Florida Governor (now U.S. Senator) Rick Scott when, in 2015, he commuted Ryan Holle's sentence. After granting clemency, former governor Scott said that although Holle had some culpability, he certainly did not deserve the same life sentence his co-defendants received; and that "the purpose of commutations is to undo such obviously inequitable results."

After reading about Ryan Holle's commutation in the prison law library, Douglas Gilding realized that his own case was very similar: Douglas had been given a life-without-parole sentence under the felony-murder statute for what amounted to a ten-minute conversation in a car. Not for actually COMMITTING a crime, but just TALKING about it…. and he too was home in bed sleeping when the crime occurred.

It seemed to Douglas that the reform bills currently being introduced were too ambitious for Florida's conservative legislature, and were seeking to completely eliminate the felony-murder law. He realized this approach would never fly in Florida. So he set out to write a more conservative bill that merely amended the felony-murder statute, without deleting any of its provisions.

Ryan Holle's case was the inspiration for this bill, so after having his lawyer get Ryan's approval, Douglas titled the bill "Ryan Holle Reform Act". He wrote the first draft from his cell while the prison was on covid lockdown. The bill simply caps the amount of time in prison a person can get to 15 years…. IF they were not the actual killer, or were not a major participant that helped kill someone.

This very focused amendment would not release ANY killers to the streets, or even anyone who helped kill someone. But as simple as it sounds, this 17 page bill faces massive headwinds from prosecutorial and law enforcement groups, who view the felony-murder law as an important tool; and misunderstand what this bill would do. Public awareness and support is key to getting this piece of legislation passed.

If you would like to read the RYAN HOLLE REFORM ACT, or watch recorded interviews with both Douglas Gilding and Ryan Holle, please go to: www.WeHEARTFlorida.org. Also, please share this press release with others.
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Lisa Antonini
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CCHR’s PSA Informs Parents About How Child Mental Health Industry Creates Risks

CCHR’s PSA Informs Parents About How Child Mental Health Industry Creates Risks

Mental health watchdog releases public service video about potential risks to children and teens in the behavioral industry as prescriptions and restraint deaths rise; wants parents better educated to make informed decisions to safeguard their families.

Mental health watchdog releases video about potential risks to children and teens in the behavioral industry as prescriptions and restraint deaths rise.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Citizens Commission on Human Rights International launched its latest Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the child mental health care system it says has become a multi-billion-dollar business putting children and adolescents at risk.[1] It is one of a series of PSAs the group has produced for its Fight For Kids (FFK) campaign, which aims to inform and educate parents, protect children and youths and advocate for rights to safeguard them against mental health industry abuse.

The PSA addresses the foster care system milking Medicaid funds to put foster children on psychotropic drugs at rates four times greater than non-foster care children; behavioral hospitals masquerading as healthcare isolating children and teens in solitary confinement, subjecting them to brutal and lethal restraints and electroshocking them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 9.4% of U.S. children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis, while 1 in 6 children aged 2–8 years (17.4%) had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.[2] CCHR questions this because there is no scientific or physical test to confirm these problems as medical conditions, requiring a biomedical intervention. IQVia Total Patient Tracker Database for 2020 reveals 6.1 million 0-17-year-olds in the U.S. are on prescribed psychotropic drugs of which 3.1 million were drugged with stimulants to treat ADHD.[3]

CCHR says that parents are saturated with misleading information about children’s mental health needs. Wanting only the best for them, parents can have a hard time conceiving that the mental health care system is fraught with dangers to. Parents often find out about the risks too late.

Well-meaning parents and teachers have been duped into believing that “normal” childhood behavior is a mental illness. See CCHR’s video CCHRInt: Childhood is Not a Mental Disorder – YouTube.

CCHR also exposes unimageable parent losses in its documentary, Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child, in which parents expose all-too often lethal scenarios occurring in the mental health industry:

• You take your ten-year-old daughter to the doctor where she gasps for air and suddenly dies in your arms. You watch helpless, unable to revive her. You are informed afterwards that a toxic dose of an antidepressant—not approved for children under the age of 13—is responsible for the death.

• Your 14-year-old son leaves the house to go skateboarding. You never see him alive again. A coroner determines he had small vessel damage, although there was no pre-existing heart condition or defect. The cause of death is “Long Term use of methylphenidate, Ritalin.”[4]

• You excitedly await your 17-year-old son’s arrival home from a vacation when you receive a phone call. Your son parked his truck on an aging bridge, climbed its spans to the top, then jumped, and died. After a rough patch in his senior year of high school had left him feeling down, a psychologist had suggested the avid sportsman would benefit from an antidepressant, known to cause suicidal behavior in teens. Eight weeks later, he committed suicide.[5]

Children and adolescents suffer the consequences of abusive psychiatric and behavioral hospitals. It’s a scathing indictment of a failed mental health system that is rarely held accountable. Particularly haunting are the deaths of children in residential facilities, ProPublica found. It reported at least 145 kids dying from avoidable causes over the last three decades.[6]

• A mother took her 11-year-old son to a psychiatric hospital in Texas where he was detained without her consent. WFAA News detailed the boy’s anguish: “[T]he door locks behind you. You’re told you can’t leave. Stripped of your clothes, given a new bed. You have no idea when you’ll see your family again.” The facility billed his mother’s insurance more than $11,000 for the unwanted stay.[7]

• An investigation of one North Tampa Behavioral Health facility found it made “huge profits by exploiting patients held under Florida’s mental health law,” the Baker Act. The facility used “loopholes in the statute to hold them longer than allowed, running up their bills while they are powerless to fight back.” Hospital charges were up to $1,500 per night, creating an additional $1.4 million in annual revenue.[8]

• Attorney Tommy James added his voice against one Youth & Family Services company worth $11 billion, stating: “There is systemic violence in Sequel facilities throughout the country. The level of abuse is staggering and very disturbing…It is disgusting when our most vulnerable children are placed in these facilities and then treated like animals.”[9]

CCHR says the industry requires far greater scrutiny, exposure and accountability—until children are no longer being prescribed mind-altering drugs, electroshocked and restrained in psychiatric-behavioral facilities, putting them at risk of death.

CCHR helped obtain federal U.S. legislation that bans the practice of school personnel forcing schoolchildren onto a psychotropic drug as a requisite for their education and wants much broadener protections for children and adolescents.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknwAlXYY8M

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html

[3] “Total Number of People Taking Psychiatric Drugs in The United States,” CCHR International, https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/people-taking-psychiatric-drugs/

[4] “Questions Raised Over Ritalin,” CBS.com, 18 Apr. 2000, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/questions-raised-over-ritalin-18-04-2000/

[5] Glenn Smith, “Parents warn of possible psychiatric drug dangers,” The Post and Courier, 27 Nov. 2010, https://web.archive.org/web/20110220213908/http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/nov/27/parents-warning-others/

[6] Heather Vogell, “Unrestrained: While evidence of abuse of the disabled has piled up for decades, one for-profit company has used its deep pockets and influence to bully weak regulators and evade accountability,” ProPublica, 10 Dec. 2011, https://www.propublica.org/article/advoserv-profit-and-abuse-at-homes-for-the-profoundly-disabled

[7] https://www.cchrint.org/2019/10/25/cchr-rails-against-use-of-commitment-laws-that-detain-patients-for-profit/, citing: Charlotte Huffman, et al., “Against Their Will: Locked away in a mental hospital after voluntarily seeking help,” WFAA News 8, 29 Jun. 2018, https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/investigates/against-their-will-locked-away-in-a-mental-hospital-after-voluntarily-seeking-help/287-520570575

[8] “CCHR, Mental Health Industry Watchdog, Rails Against Use Of Commitment Laws That Detain Patients For Profit,” CCHR International, 25 oct. 2019, https://www.cchrint.org/2019/10/25/cchr-rails-against-use-of-commitment-laws-that-detain-patients-for-profit/, citing: Wesley Chappel, “You’re trapped. They’re crashing in. How one Florida psychiatric hospital makes millions off patients who have no choice,” The Tampa Bay Times, 18 Sept. 2019,

[9] “Utah State Law Curbing Behavioral Restraint Use On Children & Youths Is Applauded But Unconditional Ban Is Needed Nationwide,” CCHR International, 17 Feb. 2021, https://www.cchrint.org/2021/02/17/utah-state-law-curbing-behavioral-restraint-use-on-children-youths-is-applauded-but-unconditional-ban-is-needed-nationwide/, citing: Chelsea Retherford, “Lawsuit claims abuse at Courtland Sequel youth facility,” The Moulton Advertiser, 7 Jan 2021, https://www.moultonadvertiser.com/news/article_8affb2d2-5035-11eb-a4d8-f3037059f4ae.html

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The Child Mental Health Industry—Puts Profit Above Children’s Lives

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Texas Rear-End Car Accident FAQs – Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC

Rose Sanders Injury Law

Agressive Personal Injury Lawyers Repenting the Injured Across Texas

 Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. perfect

Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously.

Rear End Accidents Cause Significant front end and rear end damage to all vehicles involved in a rear-end collision.

Rear End Accidents Cause Significant front end and rear end damage to all vehicles involved in a rear-end collision.

People unfortunately are often involved a rear end car accident. This article address's those FAQs that any person might have that has been in this type wreck.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. Here are some answers to questions we often hear from injured drivers who have been rear-ended by other drivers.

Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault in a Rear-End Accident?

You may have heard that the rear driver is always at fault in rear-end accidents. While it is the case that they are often at fault, it is not the case that they are at fault in every accident. Drivers do have a duty to maintain a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them, so many rear-end accidents are caused by the rear drivers. That said, if drivers in the front are driving without brake lights, stop suddenly, or engage in other actions that make avoiding a collision inevitable, the driver may be at fault.

Can Rear-End Accidents Cause Serious Injuries to Drivers?

Yes! Even relatively minor rear-end accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries. In fact, many drivers who are rear-ended end up with whiplash, as the force of a rear-end impact can cause the head to snap back and forth on the neck like the cracking of a whip. Some other examples of injuries that are common in drivers that have been involved in rear-end accidents include:

Broken bones
Facial lacerations
Bruises and contusions
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
Herniated, Bulging, and Ruptured Disks
Torn shoulder ligaments i.e., a torn labrum, torn rotator cuff
Torn Knee Ligaments i.e., torn ACL’s, torn MCL’s, torn meniscus
Spinal cord injuries

Will A Person Have to Go to Court to Recover Compensation for a Rear-End Car Accident?

Many victims are concerned that they will need to go to court to recover compensation for their accident. While there is always that chance that your case will end up in litigation, the reality is that most cases settle out of court. This is particularly true when liability is clear, as is often the case in rear-end collisions.
That said, a person should always retain a Texas Car Accident after a rear-end collision, even if the person is sure that their case is going to settle. Insurance companies are out to make money and will do everything they can to settle your case for as little as possible – or even deny a persons claim outright. An attorney from Rose Sanders Injury Law can handles claim and protects victims of rear end accidents throughout the entire settlement process.

Can the average Person Afford an Attorney?

At Rose Sanders Injury Law, we take all of our rear-end accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that the person never has to pay up front for legal representation. In addition, we will only collect legal fees if we win the persons case, so at no point they have to pay out-of-pocket.

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Rose Sanders Injury Law Firm, PLLC
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