Hope and Life Press Announces The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by Angelo Stagnaro

The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual

Angelo Stagnaro

Hope and Life Press

In face of the destruction of innocent human beings as an inalienable right, Stagnaro offers overwhelming logic which exposes the lies used to defend abortion

Stagnaro refutes, with many outside sources, 119 top pro-abortion myths…So much good, logical information, it can be used to educate and arm Catholics on how to advocate for lives of the unborn”

— Maria McFadden Maffucci, Editor – Human Life Review

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA, USA, July 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hope and Life Press is proud to announce the release of The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by National Catholic Register editorialist, Holy See liaison, and Catholic News Service chief NY correspondent Angelo Stagnaro. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual presents the 119 top myths about abortion and detailed arguments against them derived from the fields of science, history, philosophy, logic and theology. Intended to foreground the distinction between truth and political correctness, science and pseudoscience, logic and pseudologic, history and pseudohistory, this manual similarly addresses in depth the topics of artificial contraception, genetic screening and designer babies. Several remedies against them are provided, together with a section on the five ways of natural family planning. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and major booksellers. The book has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.


Italian-American grant- and award-winning journalist Angelo Erasmus Stagnaro is a news correspondent with the United Nations, newspapers and international wire services in the United States of America (US), Europe and Australia. He is the principal liaison between the Consulate of the Holy See in New York City (NYC) and the Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C., as well as the Service's chief correspondent in NYC. Stagnaro is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and his major articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Catholic Herald, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, US Catholic Magazine, and The Tablet among others. He is foreign correspondent for OnlineCatholics Magazine and a freelance journalist with MercatorNet.com.

​Stagnaro is the author of The Catechist's Magic Kit, The Christian Book of the Dead, How to Pray the Dominican Way, and A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics. These books have been granted the Nihil Obstat/Imprimatur by the Diocese of Brooklyn. A professional stage mentalist and one of the world's experts in cold reading, he is also the author of eight books on stage magic/cold reading, all of which are seminal works that have been translated into the French, German, and Spanish languages. Stagnaro has lectured in more than 70 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Smoke and Mirrors, the net's largest ezine for professional stage magicians. He is also Guildmaster of the Catholic Magicians' Guild, President of the Society of Concerned American Magicians, and Chairman of the Occult Investigation Committee of the Society of American Magicians.

​Stagnaro holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from the State University of New York at Albany, with specializations in the Ethnology of Religion, Ethnicity in America, Physical Anthropology, and Population Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate of Asian Studies from Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku, with specialization in Contemporary Asian Religions, and pursued graduate studies in theology at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Hebrew Wisdom Literature, Liturgy, and Catholic Spirituality. Stagnaro was awarded the 2008 Catholic Press Association Award (First Place) for Best News Writing for National Event with his coverage of Benedict XVI's US papal trip. His article The Monastic Ways of the Wise Little Bee was included in the National Catholic Reporter's compilation Best Catholic Spirituality Writing 2013. Stagnaro is a professed member of the Secular Franciscans and has served as Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) catechist in NYC and Singapore.​


The author, Angelo Stagnaro, will offer $1000 to Planned Parenthood for any and all logical or factual mistakes found in The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual. If a challenge is made and found to be illegitimate or illogical, the issuer of the challenge must pay $500 to Bridge to Life, Flushing, New York and $500 to Stagnaro for each erroneous or spurious claim of logical error or factual inconsistency. Unique and specific to the challenger, proof of purchase of the book must accompany each claim. Contact Hope and Life Press at hopeandlifepress@gmail.com for the full details of this challenge.

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Solar Street Lights Illuminate Bujumbura, Burundi

Gigawatt Global launches its off-grid program in Africa, starting in Bujumbura

Bujumbura Mayor and Gigawatt Global leaders Michael Fichtenberg and Nathaniel Johnson sign the solar “Light Islands” deal

“Educating the next generation about how to use solar is part of our mission,” says Yosef Abramowitz, CEO of Gigawatt Global

Solar Pioneer Gigawatt Global Expands its Green Energy Offerings in Africa

By expanding our investments from commercial scale projects to include off-grid additionally, we are positively impacting the lives of millions of people in Burundi and throughout Africa”

— Yosef I. Abramowitz, CEO, Gigawatt Global

AMSTERDAM , HOLLAND , July 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Downtown Bujumbura just got a little brighter, thanks to an innovative partnership between Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA and Gigawatt Global, a founding member of United States Power Africa's Beyond the Grid program.

This week solar-powered "light islands" began appearing in the heavily-trafficked central bus station and nearby marketplace, extending commercial hours and personal safety.

“The city of Bujumbura is very pleased to be working with Gigawatt Global on this important solar street lighting project," said Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA. "This project will enhance security as well as provide opportunities for economic development to the citizens of Bujumbura. It is the hope and wish of all involved that this project can spread throughout the city, as well as expand to other cities in Burundi within the near future.”

Gigawatt Global is now in discussions to scale the solar-powered "light islands" program throughout the city and in other major Burundian towns. "We are grateful and pleased to work with the city of Bujumbura, and the Honorable Mayor Freddy MBONIMPA to realise this important first step of the solar street lighting project," said Michael Fichtenberg, Managing Director of Gigawatt Global Burundi. "We intend to expand throughout the capital and to other locations as part of our larger program of green electrification in Burundi, with 40 'light islands' planned in the first phase of the program," Fichtenberg continued. "Every country in which we develop commercial scale solar fields will receive additional benefits like these 'light islands' and rural electrification with mini-grids."

Gigawatt Global, which provides 100% financing for its projects, pioneered commercial scale solar power plants in sub-Sahara Africa, launching the first one in Rwanda in 2014, which is currently supplying 6% of the country's generation capacity. Gigawatt Global will complete a 7.5 Mw solar field in the Gitega region of Burundi in the next six months, which will supply 15% of the East African country's generation capacity. Similar projects are currently being developed in 10 African countries, including Liberia and South Sudan, among many others.

"Over 95% of Burundi's 11 million people lack access to electricity. Gigawatt Global is honoured to play a role in advancing economic and social development through green power in the country," says Josef Abramowitz, CEO of Gigawatt Global. "By expanding our investments from commercial scale projects to include off-grid installations, we are positively impacting the lives of millions of people in Burundi and throughout Africa, and are becoming a leading force in green energy projects across the continent."

The 'light islands' project in Bujumbura is produced by a team that includes local members Patrick NZINTUNGA, Gigawatt Global Regional Coordinator, and Deo HUGERE., Gigawatt Global Engineer. The engineering, procurement, and construction components of this project are being carried out by Asantys System. The pilot program is supported by the Energy & Environmental Partnership (EEP), an initiative of the governments of the United Kingdom, Austria and Finland, and with an impact investment from entrepreneur Alex Goldberg.

"God bless the people of Burundi," says Goldberg. "In Bujumbura, we found a place ripe for innovation and open to economic development."

As part of Gigawatt Global's commitment to additional Corporate Social Responsibility, one of its investors, Mark Gelfand, funded and built the STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at the Université Polytechnique de Gitega.

About Gigawatt Global:
Gigawatt Global is a multinational renewable energy company bringing new sources of green power and social development to Africa. Led by a team of seasoned project developers, financiers, impact investors and solar energy experts, the American-owned Dutch company develops, finances, owns and operates renewable energy installations (solar, wind and hydro) across the African continent.

About Power Africa's Beyond the Grid:
The USAID Power Africa Initiative’s goal is to enable electricity access by adding 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000 MW of new and cleaner power generation. Power Africa works to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sectors, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power.

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Starting in Rwanda and Burundi, Gigawatt Global is a solar and social development enterprise, concerned with empowering Africans

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Amazing New Pitbull In Town Eclipses The Singing One

Chico The Magic Dog

Chico Sits Still – Teleconnecting

Chico’s Autograph

A new pitbull arrived recently – from Narsica, a planet in our galaxy. He's here to save Earth from evil, and he loves you more than you can ever know

CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA, USA, July 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — July 17, 2017
For Immediate Release
More Information: Eugene Rosov, Dir. Blog Ops, 305 667-9375 (erosov@gmail.com). Provided by Io Products, Inc. – A New Blog

There’s a New Pitbull in Town – and He’s Not from Here

There’s a new Pitbull in town. And he’s also a Superstar. You can find him, complete with music, photos and background stories, at


which documents the life and adventures of this galactic Superstar. Oh – one thing: he’s not from here. And unlike the “other” Pitbull, he’s clearly not from Miami, Florida.

The Pitbull’s history, intragalactic abilities and fascinating perspectives – along with his fully orchestrated Theme Song, can be found on the blog. It includes historical and personal background on this Pitbull – his name is “Chico” – and some details of his home-planet and its location, his mission on earth, and the vast set of skills and abilities he brings to fighting evil on earth and throughout the Universe.

You can visit Chico's Facebook Page and get a FREE autographed photo, and take the Chico Quiz.


Chico (a Wogg, from the planet Narsica) is a real-live dog/person, and lives in Coral Gables and Hollywood, Florida. He arrived at his friend’s house in the Gables about two years ago, and has been working on a children’s book, a novel, and a musical. His musical theme song, created for him by another ancient Pitbull friend (Anubis) for his 100th birthday, is on the blog section entitled “Primer: Chico, the Intragalactic Pitbull.”


There you’ll find Chico’s Ballad, composed for and bestowed on him by Anubis. Despite a youthful appearance, this Pitbull is nearly as old as the Universe itself. He does have more hair than the earthbound Pitbull.

For a complete run-down on Chico’s basic history, and to stay updated as more stories are posted and recorded, visit chicothemagicdog.com – and stay tuned to the new Pitbull in town!

Eugene Rosov
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Proposed Partnership of Local Developer and Church Would Benefit West Palm Beach

Related Companies Flagler Project

Related Companies Flagler Project

A visionary idea between the Related Companies and the First Church of Christ, Scientist would create jobs, preserve history and shape the future of the city.

West Palm Beach is really positioning itself for smart growth, maintaining quality of life, and job growth”

— Chris Roog, Director of Economic Development, City of West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, U.S., July 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Related Companies has a development plan that would create Class-A office space to be known as One Flagler, preserve the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist, and protect and maintain the West Palm Beach waterfront with 1.25 acres of public greenspace.

The city needs additional Class-A office space, and the construction of One Flagler would result in a reported 700 construction jobs and 1,000 high-paying jobs as financial firms, family offices and hedge funds, among other businesses, take up residence in the tall, slender, tiered structure of 25 stories with a total of 274,000-square-feet that would anchor the city’s growing Financial District and proposed Okeechobee Business District.

“There’s a supply problem in the Class-A office market,” said Mark Pateman, managing principal at Cushman & Wakefield’s Palm Beach County office. “There hasn’t been any new office construction since 2008.”

At the ULI Southeast Florida’s West Palm Beach Development and Investment Forum on March 10, 2017 local officials and real estate development experts outlined the city’s plan for attracting new companies to the area. Related’s Senior Vice President Gopal Rajegowda, the City of West Palm Beach’s Director of Economic Development Chris Roog and President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County Kelly Smallridge presented a session on “Fostering Economic Prosperity and the Flagler Financial District.

The repurposing of historic buildings and non-traditional spaces for office buildings are attractive to companies looking for unique office environments.

“We build and lease office buildings all around the world, and have spoken to close to 20 qualified potential tenants who have been looking for this type of space in the Palm Beach market for a long time,” Gopal has stated. “The Palm Beach County Business Development Board, and the top-tier commercial brokers in this market have been telling us the exact same thing we’re hearing directly from CEOs in the Northeast.”

“When we look at the trend of who’s moving into Palm Beach County, we realize there are CEOs and company executive who own homes here and yet they don’t have business locations here, said Smallridge. “I can tell you that there has been a lot of lost opportunities in the city of West Palm Beach because of a lack of office space.”

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Palm Beach County, is at-risk of demolition, as it is not currently landmarked. Numerous development proposals have been presented over more than a decade, all of which covered the entire site with a new building. Under the Related proposal, the house of worship, designed by Julian Abele, a prominent African-American architect whose notable works include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University, and the Duke University Quad and Chapel, would be preserved forever through an endowment fund.

One Flagler would provide space for companies wanting to move to West Palm Beach, and preserve the church for its original intent and use.

At a community reception on June 8, 2017, nearly 100 community leaders gathered together at the church and learned about the endowment plan in detail from Harvey E. Oyer III, a historian and partner in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen.

“Landmarking the church, preserving greenspace, and maintaining its original concept is important for the church and the West Palm Beach community at-large,” he said. “Related’s creation of an endowment ensures the historic preservation of the building, regardless of what happens to the congregation or office building, provides reassurance to the public and sets a new standard for historic preservation that may be followed in the future.”

David Childs, the architect behind the plans for One Flagler, which would stand at Chase Street and Lakeview Avenue, behind the First Church of Christ, Scientist, designed Manhattan’s One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) and 7 World Trade Center. He has vowed to preserve the church building, constructed in 1928. His plans include an axial reflecting pool along Lakeview Avenue that would mimic the First Church of Christ, Scientist’s mother church in Boston, MA. Childs previously led the National Capital Planning Commission, which reviews projects that affect Washington, D.C. and its many historic and cultural assets.

“We took great care to select the most uniquely qualified architect in the nation to design this building, helping us create a magnificent architectural structure for West Palm Beach,“ said Related Urban President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Himmel. “He thoroughly understands how to build proximate to historical buildings and celebrate the site’s history heritage in ways that create 21st century vitality and enrich the value and experience of every aspect of this high-profile site.”

Tenants in the building would be offered unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, along with access to a high-definition webcam that would provide instant traffic information and views to tenants and accessible by all West Palm Beach residents.

Related has proposed numerous strategies to ease traffic, including adding computer software to more efficiently sync traffic signals, staggering work hours, utilizing the Tent Site property on Okeechobee Boulevard for an additional turning lane on to Quadrille Boulevard, and getting the Coast Guard to stop Intracoastal drawbridge openings during peak traffic hours.

“I believe Related has proposed a series of good solutions to the traffic concerns, as well as taken every precaution necessary to preserve the views of the surrounding buildings,” said Downtown Development Authority Chairwoman Upendo Shabazz.

It is estimated that tax revenues from the project could be used by West Palm Beach to reduce taxes, fund neighborhood projects, and improve public safety services.

“West Palm Beach is really positioning itself for smart growth, maintaining quality of life, and job growth, said Roog.

Related Companies is the single largest investor along the Okeechobee Corridor. The developer has opened CityPlace, CityPlace Tower, and the Hilton West Palm Beach. One Flagler would join Phillips Point, Esperante and CityPlace Tower as the fourth Class-A office building in the downtown area.

Tom Crowley, Editorial
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David Childs Interview

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Anoop Chandola's YA novel "MYTH AND PUNISHMENT" to be released by Black Opal Books

KENT, WA, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — July 15, 2017: Black Opal Books announces release of Anoop Chandola’s YA novel, “Myth and Punishment.”
Twelve-year-old, US born, East Indian Adina is searching for a lost family jewel. Her nani, maternal grandmother, claims to have offered the jewel to one of the Hindu gods in return for a grandchild, resulting in Adina’s birth. The family jewels are an Indian girl’s birthright, and should have come to Adina, but her mother secretly sold off the jewels, in defiance of Hindu tradition, after she divorced Adina’s father when Adina was two. So the lost “crown” jewel is the only one left…if Adina can only find it. Her quest for this piece of jewelry takes her on a virtual trip through Hindu cosmology and mythology and Indian history. She uses her laptop to find images of a given god, goddess, or historical figure then mediates on that image while remembering all she knows about the being, thanks to her paternal grandparents’ tutelage in her Indian heritage. Adina’s meditations are extraordinary, however, in that the figure comes alive, and she can interact with that being—sometimes at her own peril…
Anoop Chandola, an American linguist-anthropologist, was raised in a Himalayan priestly Brahmin family in India. Dr. Chandola, a graduate of the Universities of California-Berkeley and Chicago, has taught Indian literature, culture, and religion at S.V. Patel University, M. S. University of Baroda, University of California-Berkeley, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Linguistic Society of America, and Linguistic Society of India. Dr. Chandola, now Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona, lives in Tucson and Seattle with his wife Sudha. More information about him is available in Wikipedia.

Print ISBN: 978-1-626947-05-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-626947-05-4
Library of Congress Number: 2017946458
First Publication: July 15, 2017
Printed and published in the United States of America
Published by Black Opal Books (U.S.A)
Paperback (244 pages) Price: $9.34
eBook Price: $3.99
Available from the publisher and Amazon
Author’s email: anoopchandola@gmail.com

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Dajon Data Management Helps Decision Time Ministries Support Those in Need.

Decision Time Ministries collecting the van.

The moment Decision Time Ministries collected the van.

Volunteers at Decision Time Ministries

Volunteers at Decision Time Ministries

London-based charity Decision Time Ministries is continuing to help people in need thanks to a vehicle donation from Dajon Data Management.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, July 14, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The charity, founded by Phil Cartlidge, works with people the benefits system are unable to reach, in particular the homeless, those suffering from addiction or sex workers. Phil and his charity travel to various parts of the UK providing food, hot drinks and support to those in the greatest need.

The donation of the van from Dajon, a document scanning and robotic process automation company based in the capital, means his charity will be able to get out and help even more people. In the past, the charity has provided items such as suits for job interviews with the aim of helping someone finally get off the streets and into work.

Phil has said of his decision to start the charity: “I started this organisation to help the needy, the homeless and fill the gap where the government has failed to do so between the homeless and the benefits system.”

Although the charity has a current van, the one donated by Dajon – which was handed over following a social media appeal on the LinkedIn networking site, will help to spread the work of the charity further, enabling them to reach even more people.

Damien Andrews, Managing Director of Dajon Data Management http://www.dajon.co.uk, said: “The timing was perfect as we were in the process of upgrading our fleet of vehicles. Rather than selling the van we decided to donate it to Decision Time Ministries as it is such a worthwhile cause.”

Donations can be made to Decision Time Ministries at: http://www.decisiontimeministries.co.uk/donate/
People can also donate good such as toiletries, clothes, sleeping bags etc, by phoning Phil on 07415 109951.

Amy Charman
Dajon Data Management
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Tea McKay with Dreamer

Eric Roberts with Dey Young and TC Stallings

T.C. Stallings as Detective Sangrin

Horse Film Takes on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking must be addressed on multiple fronts. 'Unbridled' focuses on redemption and healing.”

— John David Ware

BURBANK, CA, USA, July 13, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — BURBANK, California — The 168 Film Festival announced today that on Saturday, August 26th, it will screen the victory-over-human-trafficking feature film, Unbridled, starring T.C. Stallings (War Room; Courageous), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight; The Pope of Greenwich Village) and Tea McKay, (Pass the Light, The Iceman). Tickets are available at www.168Film.com.

Unbridled (www.UnbridledMovie.com) is based on true stories of at risk, teen girls assisted by equine therapy at a North Carolina non-profit ranch called Corral Riding Academy. The film shot in Raleigh NC, which is situated along the infamous I-95 corridor, a gateway to traffickers. Sex Trafficking is estimated to involve hundreds of thousands of victims in all 50 states, including many children. It may be the fastest growing criminal industry at $9 billion dollars per year.

According to the film’s director, John David Ware, “This issue must be addressed on multiple fronts. Unbridled focuses on redemption and healing. It shows a great victory in this battle. At it’s heart, Unbridled is a girl-and-her-horse-film with a girl that powerfully overcomes great difficulties.”

In the film, Sarah (Tea McKay) escapes from her mother’s (Dey Young – Pretty Woman) maniacal boyfriend, Roger (Eric Roberts). As Sarah begins to heal at the Academy, she learns to trust humans again by bonding with Dreamer, a badly abused horse that no one can touch. Roger will stop at nothing to get her back under his control.

Unbridled is appropriate for children aged 12 and above. A discussion with director John David Ware and actor T.C. Stallings will occur immediately after the screening.

The film also stars Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon), David Topp (Beverly Hills Canine Country Club) and Rachel Hendrix (October Baby).

The 15-years-runnning 168 Film Festival is known as a vehicle for filmmakers and actors to launch careers. Lead actress Tea McKay was cast based on her excellent work in the 168 Film Project.

In 2018, 168 Film will produce a feature film with the top short film producer of 2017. 168 has birthed over 1,000 short films in 14 years.

168 Film Festival sponsors include Advent Media, Roush Media, Tiffin/Steadicam and Arri.

Mark Baird
168 Film
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Unbridled Official Teaser

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Rev. Dr. William Barber and Clergy Leaders to Condemn Nationwide Attempts at Racist Voter Suppression

Faith Leaders to Submit Letter of Protest to the United Nations

Racist voter suppression and district gerrymandering undermine the influence of the poor in the political process and allow extremists to get elected and promote policies that exacerbate injustice.”

— Rev. Dr. William J Barber II

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, National President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, co-Chair of the new Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, and Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary, joined by Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-Chair of Kairos and the Poor People’s Campaign, will gather NYC and other clergy leaders for a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Monday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. The group will condemn ongoing, proven acts of racist voter suppression and racial voting district gerrymandering that undermine our democratic process. They will also challenge President Trump’s newly formed, fraudulent Election Integrity Commission, and celebrate those who fight court-proven voter disenfranchisement. The event will culminate with attendees signing an open letter to the U.N., which accuses the Trump administration and other elected officials who promote racist voter suppression. These actions violate the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights by disenfranchising African Americans, other minorities, and low-income voters. Rev. Barber will also call on the United States Congress to fully restore Section V of the Voting Rights Act, institute automatic voter registration at age 18, expand early voting programs, and allow for same-day voter registration. These issues will be at the center of the ongoing planning for the Poor People's Campaign’s call for a national moral revival that will happen in 2018 in 25 states and Washington DC over a 40 day period.

“Enfranchisement is essential to human freedom and dignity,” said the Rev. Barber. “To deny citizens’ right to vote is to deny their full humanity. Too many people have bled and died in America’s long fight for voting rights. Their blood cries out against this evil. Racist voter suppression and district gerrymandering undermine the influence of the poor in the political process and allow extremists to get elected and promote policies that exacerbate injustice and inequality.”

President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission sought last week to obtain the personal information of all U.S. voters. This request was widely decried as not only unnecessary — given voter fraud’s virtual non-existence — but also as a likely pretense to further suppress voting blocs that are unlikely to support Republican candidates. Such attempts at disenfranchisement would not be unprecedented. 33 states have passed voter suppression laws that disproportionately affect poor, African American, and Latino voters. Moreover, in the 2016 election, there were almost 900 fewer voting sites when compared to 2012. An AP analysis suggested such policies, on top of race-driven gerrymandering in states like North Carolina and Wisconsin, could have given Republicans as many as 22 unearned seats in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, while the Justice Department has long fought efforts to deny voting rights, it has dramatically changed course under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In February, for example, the Justice Dept. dropped its objection to a Texas voter suppression law — one a federal judge later ruled unconstitutional. More recently, In June the Justice Department sent states a letter intended to push state voting commissions to remove more voters from their rolls.

It’s clear that voter suppression has a consistent, negative impact on our nation’s poorest residents. States that rank high in analyses of voter suppression have higher-than-average rates of child poverty, a lower-than-average minimum wage, and are less likely to take actions that benefit their poorer citizens, like expanding Medicare under the ACA. Accordingly, this fight for universal enfranchisement features prominently in the new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. While voter suppression affects poor people of all races, it is crucial to note their pernicious effects on communities of color. Black and brown Americans are disproportionately affected, a shameful reincarnation of tactics employed during the era of racial segregation and Jim Crow.

Despite continued attempts at disenfranchisement, voting rights advocates have won a number of important victories. The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments against racially gerrymandered districts in North Carolina and Wisconsin. It also let stand an appellate court ruling striking down a draconian voter suppression law that, as the court noted in their decision, “targeted African American voters with almost surgical precision.” Monday’s press conference will celebrate these wins and lay out a vision for how the United States can make good on its promise of universal suffrage.


About The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival reflects over a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end poverty, racism, militarism, environmental destruction & related injustices and build an equitable, connected, sustainable & participatory society. The Poor People’s Campaign will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking; the Summer of 2017 through the Spring of 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign will push forward concrete demands, build unity across lines of division, and draw on art, music, and religious traditions to challenge the dominant narrative that blames poor people for their situation. By engaging in highly publicized civil disobedience and direct action over a 6-week period in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia during the Spring of 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of poverty, racism, the war economy and environmental devastation during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018.

About Union Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of theology established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church.” Union believes that a new interreligious spirituality of radical openness and love is the world’s best hope for peace, justice, and the care of God’s creation. Empowered by groundbreaking inquiry aligned with practical realism and a bias for action, Union is charting a profound new course for enduring social change. Union graduates make a difference wherever they serve, practicing their vocations with courage and perseverance, and speaking clearly and acting boldly on behalf of social justice in all its forms.

Benjamin Perry
Union Theological Seminary
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Scepter Publishes Catholic Storybooks That Teach Kids The Richness Of The Faith

I Go To Jesus

I Go To Jesus, by Carissa Douglas, Scepter 2017

With these Catholic Children's Books we’re pleased to help our customers teach their children—with spiritual reading for kids.”

— Robert Singerline, Scepter Publishers

CLEVELAND , OHIO, USA, July 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cleveland, Ohio – Scepter Publishers is proud to offer Catholic Books for Kids with “The Little Douglings Series,” by Author and Illustrator Carissa Douglas.

The Little Douglings Series of Catholic Children's Books includes: “I Go To Jesus”— a book about the importance of prayer; “All Things New”— a book about healing and reconciliation; and “A Gift Of Myself”— a book about getting along with others.

“Giving children a foundation in the faith is key to helping them get to know and love God," says Bob Singerline— President of Scepter Publishers. "The Little Douglings Series helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers teach kids the richness of the faith they’ll experience through prayer and the sacraments.”

“The Douglings Series is an extension of our brand. We’re already known for books that are used for spiritual reading—to help men and women grow closer to God, and to realize sanctity in their work, family life, and everyday activities. Now with these Catholic Children's Books we’re pleased to help our customers teach their children—with spiritual reading for kids,” he adds.

“Douglas’ choice of words is impeccable. The lines are evocative and filled with words the reader can almost taste and feel. Most important of all in a children’s story are the pictures on every page; again Douglas succeeds with pictures which are beautiful, charming, and uplifting for children.” ~ Margaret Aitken, Catholic Insight

Les Proctor
Scepter Publishers
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Short Filmmakers Countdown to Indie Feature Winner Announcement

DP Pete Villani with Arri Alexa Mini on set of IN TUNE. Photo by Lenny Lesser 2017

Audrey DeLeon on set of IN TUNE, Photo by Lenny Lesser 2017

Tickets on sale now for the 168 Film Festival August 26-27

This year’s films are striking and all based on our universally poignant theme, ‘The Love of the Father.’”

— John David Ware

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, July 11, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The nominees are in for the 15th annual 168 Film Festival, Aug. 26-27 at Regal Cinemas Premiere House at LA Live, where awards will be given in 37 categories, including best actress/actor, director and film. See 2017 nominees.

White-knuckled producers and actors alike are thrilled at the “8168” grand prize; the prospect of making a feature film in 2018 with 8168 Films, LLC.

Nine Grand Prize Finalists will be announced at the Festival, tickets on sale now. They include the 168 Days Feature Screenwriting winner, James De Vince for his script “Military Grade.” The top finalist will partner with 8168 Films, LLC to produce a feature film in 2018.

As a final hurdle, these short filmmakers will pitch feature scripts, to the jury, which will announce the winner on November 6th, 2017. “8168” refers to the hours projected to complete the feature film.

"This year’s films are striking and all based on our universally poignant theme, ‘The Love of the Father.’ It's inspiring to watch God grow and stretch these filmmakers and give ear to their unique voice,” said John David Ware, 168 Founder and 8168 Producer.

168 Film Festival tickets are at http://168project.com. Prices range from $28-54. The Sunday ticket includes the Awards Show. VIP passes and group, student and senior discounts are available. Parental discretion is suggested under 12, but a block of younger kid films are scheduled for Saturday morning.

168 Founder, John David Ware said, "168 asks deep questions. Filmmakers, writers and audiences get to explore together. Whether subtle, or bold in message, ‘168’ stories can change lives. These short films may be the best conversation starters on the planet.”

168 is a worldwide incubator for artists focused on the media, including directors, writers, actors and crew who are interested in creating stories for popular culture. 168 includes writing and filmmaking competitions, training and exhibitions.

Sponsors include Advent Media, Arri and Roush Media

Mark Baird
168 Film
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Sneak Peek at the 2017 Films

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