Jews of NYC to Protest Forced Drafting of Girls in Israel

Jews Protesting at Israeli Military Court in Jaffa

Stop forcing Jews into the Zionist Army

Orthodox Jews to protest Friday Jun 19, at 1PM, at the Israeli Consulate 800 2nd Av. NYC, followed by march to the offices of Friends of the IDF 60 E 42nd St

The Israeli government’s primary motive with the current forced conscription laws is to assimilate religious Jews into their culture and society”

— Rabbi Hershel Klar

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, June 20, 2019 / — Orthodox Jews will hold a public protest outside the Israeli Consulate at 800 Second Avenue, NYC, followed by a march to the offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Force, 60 E. 42nd St, this Friday June 19, 2019 at 1 PM, in response to recent escalation of the drafting of girls into the Israeli army and the recent arrest of 3 women activists for providing legal advice to girls facing military draft.

Since 2013, the Israeli government has instructed its army to do everything in its power to increase the enlistment of religious Jewish girls. According to Jewish religious law, Jews may not serve in the Israeli army. For girls especially, the draft is seen as an effort to uproot the religious beliefs and lifestyle of the Jewish community.

Originally the Israeli government exempted any girl who sent in an affidavit declaring that she observed the basics of Jewish law. The army still officially exempts religious girls, but they are taking steps to draft them by finding flaws in their paperwork, or by subjecting them to harsh interrogation with the goal of claiming that they are not sufficiently religious.

The Israeli government is currently using its military as a tool to uproot religion from the Orthodox community. But even if the army was a religious environment, and even if they did not draft girls, Judaism teaches that Jews must remain in exile until the coming of the messiah, pray for the wellbeing of their host countries and not rebel against any nation. Therefore the existence of the State of Israel and all wars it fights are forbidden.

Those who are drafted but refuse to serve due to their beliefs are treated brutally, imprisoned or subjected to other harsh penalties. Peaceful demonstrators, who protest publicly against the government’s policy, are being met with extreme force, dispersed by inhumane means, such as horse trampling, water cannons and stun grenades, causing bodily injuries to men, women and children.

‘Chomosayich’ is a support organization for those Jewish youth of the community who wish to avoid the draft. The organization set up a watch-guard team to stand outside the IDF recruitment office to monitor and protect the religious youth who enter the building to request their exemptions from serving in the army. Their purpose is to inform young people of their legal rights and shield them from arrest and imprisonment in the event that they do not obtain an exemption. The volunteers of Chomosayich stand at their posts all year round, leaving behind their family obligations, undeterred by the fierce sun and cold rains.

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, three women volunteers of Chomosayich were handcuffed and arrested by Israeli police and interrogated as to who is sending them to stand there. After fierce protests in the streets of Jerusalem, they were released, but banned from coming near the recruitment office for fifteen days. The police seek to ban their standing there for a longer period of time, though they have violated no law.

It should be noted that the State of Israel is one of only three countries in the world with compulsory army service for girls.

“Jews follow the Torah, serve G-d and are loyal citizens of the countries where they reside,” said Rabbi Hershel Klar, an organizer for the demonstration. “That is indeed how Jews have lived historically during many centuries, including in the Holy Land prior to Zionism. Zionism is a new, heretical movement that attempts to replace religion with nationalism and, in effect, destroys Jewish belief and practice. The Israeli army and the wars it carries out are violations of the Jewish religion.The Israeli government’s primary motive with the current forced conscription laws is to assimilate religious Jews into their culture and society. As
David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister described the army as the “melting pot” of Israeli society.

“That’s why they are putting so much effort into drafting religious boys and girls. They use the girls to help meet their recruitment quotas. It started a few years ago with a small number of girls they claimed were not actually religious, but now thousands have been drafted (2,700 girls in 2018 alone). Just last week, they arrested and brutally jailed four girls refusing to enlist, one of whom already enlisted earlier but deserted the army when she couldn’t tolerate the army environment. This week, they arrested three women who have committed no crime, only helped advise girls of their legal rights.

“Anti-Zionist Jews, as conscientious objectors, deserve the right to be exempt from service in the Israeli army, as set down in UN Commission on Human Rights resolution 1998/77.

“These violations of Torah and oppression of its followers are only another proof that the State of Israel does not represent the Jewish religion or the Jewish people.”

Rabbi Hershel Klar
Rabbinical Alliance of the USA
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NYC Jews Protesting Religious Persecution in Israel

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Nonprofits Learn How to Inspire Others to Donate at the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center Luncheon

Terry Hitchcock, whose 2009 “My Run” documentary was inspired by his struggles as a single parent and completing 75 marathons in 75 days, will be the guest speaker at the June 26th CCV Charity Networking Luncheon at their downtown Center.

The networking luncheon was created to assist nonprofits to get the tools they need, like learning how to recruit more volunteers and enabling them to network within their social betterment campaigns.”

— Clemence Chevrot, Director of the CCV Center

CLEARWATER, FL, US, June 20, 2019 / — On June 26th leaders of Tampa Bay nonprofit organizations will gather at the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) Center for a monthly Non-Profit Networking Luncheon. At the luncheon Mr. Terry Hitchcock will deliver a short talk about how to inspire others to contribute to their causes. Nonprofits can RSVP by contacting the CCV Center directly. There is no cost to attend.

Terry Hitchcock has been an inspirational speaker for over 10 years, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Medal of Merit from President Reagan, one of the highest civilian decorations available in the United States. In 1996, Terry Hitchcock gained the national spotlight for running the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days from Minneapolis to Atlanta. He offered to speak at the luncheon as his way of giving back to the community.

“The networking luncheon was created to assist nonprofits to get the tools they need, like learning how to recruit more volunteers and enabling them to network within their social betterment campaigns.” said Clemence Chevrot, Director of the CCV Center.

The luncheon will begin with a short reception followed by a buffet lunch with a variety of items to choose from.

“Nonprofit leaders are the people who have the personal conviction to tackle the various ills in our society today” said Michael Soltero, Manager of the CCV Center. “Being able to inspire others is the trademark of a leader – and this is why we invited Mr. Hitchcock to deliver this seminar, he is a man of many accomplishments. Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard wrote ‘the first test any follower of a leader requires the leaders to meet is competence,’ and Mr. Hitchcock exemplifies this.”

Topics previously discussed at the CCV Charity networking luncheon are all targeted towards the different aspects of running a successful nonprofit. Among the list of subjects covered have been public speaking, photography and even going viral on social media.

Since March of 2018 the CCV Center has offered its facilities as a meeting space or event venue at no cost to nonprofit organizations. Made possible with sponsorship from the Church of Scientology, it serves to expand the Clearwater Community Volunteers’ community outreach.

To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center or to RSVP for next month’s luncheon please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their new center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.

Michael Soltero
Clearwater Community Volunteers Center
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Clearwater Center Helps Community Celebrate Father’s Day

A daughter offers moral support to her father during the Watermelon Eating Contest at the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center’s Father’s Day event in downtown Clearwater

Our fathers have a big influence on us during our upbringing. We wanted dads to be recognized for helping to shape our society’s next generation into responsible citizens.”

— Michael Soltero, CCV Center Manager

CLEARWATER, FL, US, June 20, 2019 / — On Saturday, June 15th, 89 fathers and their families converged on the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center and Way to Happiness Center in downtown Clearwater. Themed around the Way to Happiness precept “Honor and Help Your Parents”, children learned why they should honor their fathers, and participated in a myriad of outdoor activities with their dads.

The event began in the Way to Happiness Center with Steve Gill, professional cartoonist, who drew cartoons for the families at reception. He created cartoon animals and objects at the request of the children.

Ivan Batalla, Manager of The Way to Happiness Center, showed chapter 5 – “Honor and Help your Parents” from the Way to Happiness Book on Film. Several kids were invited to say what they liked most about their dad.

“I like that my daddy helps me with my homework.” said one of the kids. “I like that he comes home and plays with me!” said another.

Refreshments were served up in the CCV Center, including empanadas, gourmet sandwiches, a sundae bar and Fathers Day themed cupcakes. The families then crossed the street to the Osceola Courtyard where the kids scrambled to get in line for face painting, crafting their own “pet rock” and taking a picture with their dad at the “I Love You Dad” photo station.

The families participated in competitions like a water balloon toss, sack race and a dad-only watermelon eating contest. In each activity fathers united with their kids to try to overcome the other teams. After a hotly competitive set of sack races, one particularly speedy dad was dubbed “The World’s Fastest Dad”.

“Our fathers have a big influence on us during our upbringing,” said Michael Soltero, Manager of the CCV Center. “We wanted dads to be recognized for helping to shape our society’s next generation into responsible citizens. He brings to life what humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard wrote. ‘In this society and time, the family is the closest knit, self perpetuating, self-protecting unit. A culture will go by the boards if its basic building block, the family, is removed as a valid building block.’”

The event ended with the kids, dads and moms all engaged in a free-for-all water balloon fight between families to cool off in the summer heat.

The CCV Center and Way to Happiness Center are sponsored by the Church of Scientology. Their next community event will be the 4th of July Celebration in the CCV Center and Osceola Courtyard.

To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center or to reserve the Center for your nonprofit’s activities please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their new center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.

Michael Soltero
Clearwater Community Volunteers Center
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Scientology Information Center Celebrates Father’s Day with "Tribute to My Father" by Entertainer Ruben Celiberti

Argentine performer Ruben Celiberti showcases his talents at the Scientology Information Center, in tribute to his father. The Center hosts regular events and receptions for members of the community and is open daily from 10am-10pm for informational tours

Mr. Celiberti was a blur from dance floor to piano, belting out a diversity of songs in French, Italian and Spanish as he celebrated his father at the Scientology Information Center on June 15th.

From the time I first showed musical talent while still a small boy in Argentina, my father gave me encouragement and words of praise.”

— Ruben Celiberti, international pianist, dancer, singer

CLEARWATER, FL, US, June 20, 2019 / — On Saturday June 15th the Scientology Information Center hosted a pre-Father’s Day performance by Argentinian entertainer Ruben Celiberti, with 80 plus in attendance. The performance was a tribute to his father who encouraged Celiberti’s artistic career. At the concert, Celiberti showcased his life-long talents of singing, dancing and piano playing.

Ms. Amber Skjelset, Center Manager, welcomed attendees and provided them with a brief history of the century-old icon, the Clearwater Building and the purpose of the Scientology Information Center.

Celiberti shared his story about his father. “From the time I first showed musical talent while still a small boy in Argentina, my father gave me encouragement and words of praise. He also gave me a toy piano. Although my father was very much a workingman, he had the most rarified taste in music: from Italian opera to international songs and, of course, the Argentinian tango. In many ways, his loving support shaped my destiny as a performer.”

Celiberti performed 18 songs including the well known Neapolitan classic,"O Sole Mio". The Center lobby was Celiberti’s stage where he sang, leapt, spun, and delighted the audience with songs from his tri-language song selection; French, Italian and Spanish.

One guest Sophie Krekich said, “I don’t speak the languages, but from the way Ruben sang I understood the passion and the beauty of the songs.”

“Mr. Celiberti exhibited tremendous energy, skill and love for his craft which the audience definitely felt and enjoyed,” said Amber Skjelset, event organizer and Manager of the Scientology Information Center. “His performance garnered five standing ovations starting with his very first number! It was truly magnificent.”

The Center regularly hosts free cultural and theatrical events for the community. The next upcoming events are:

June 22nd – “GOLDEN AGE RADIO HOUR” Live dramatic reading with the L. Ron Hubbard East Coast theatre performing the Murder Mystery, Murder Afloat. At 6:30pm light refreshments are served and 7pm the performance begins.

July 4th – “Have a Cool 4th” Reception – Inviting families and the community to cool down, enjoy refreshments and learn about the “fastest growing religious movement” throughout the day. 1pm-10pm.

July 6th – Scientology Info Center: “Flag Episode” showing from the Scientology TV Network and Question and Answer period afterwards. 3pm-5pm.

“Since the Information Center opened in 2015 we have hosted over 150 events, several of which were musical concerts,” said Ms. Skjelset. “The Center is here to answer questions for those curious about Scientology and its Founder – L. Ron Hubbard. The Center also serves as a gathering place for community meetings and events. We enjoy providing uplifting entertainment that brings people together from the community.”

For more information about the Scientology Information Center or to attend upcoming event, please contact Amber Skjelset, the Scientology Info Center Manager, at (727) 467-6966 or by e-mail:

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

For more information on Scientology, visit or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

Lisa Mansell
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
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Author of Crushed to Restored, Dr. Feyi Obamehinti on the Authors Show: June 20, 2019

New Book by Dr. Feyi Obamehinti

Dr. Feyi Obamehinti, author of Crushed to Restored will be a featured guest on the acclaimed The Authors Show® on June 20, 2019.

KELLER, TX, USA, June 20, 2019 / — Dr. Feyi Obamehinti, author of Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah will be a featured guest on the global platform of The Authors Show ®. The unique show is dedicated to authors to share their work. Founded by the remarkable Literary Agent and Executive Producer Ms. Danielle Hampson, The Authors Show ® ensures the message of authors reach their targeted audience with clarity and precision.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, readers everywhere can listen to Dr. Feyi's interview with Host Mr. Don McCauley, a successful marketing and publicity consultant with over 30 years of experience. Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah (ISBN 978-1-59755-499-2, Advantage Books, 2019) by Dr. Feyi Obamehinti was released for worldwide distribution on March 11, 2019. This critically acclaimed Christian book draws from the teachings found in the Book of Nehemiah and offers core principles for individuals to be restored in faith and healing from any loss or abuse that they may have experienced. Written in easy to read style, Dr. Obamehinti includes her own personal journey and how the concepts of the Book of Nehemiah allowed her to recover; and grow spiritually and personally from her own agonies.

The book offers a specific approach to explain the principles from the Book of Nehemiah that will help Christians break free from past troubles and losses to grow in their walk with God. Crushed To Restored demonstrates that with faith, prayer, integrity and God's help we can thrive in our walk with God and overcome any obstacle or challenge. The hardback edition of the book retails for $41.00 on Amazon and at a discounted price from the Publisher: Advantage Books.The book is dear to Dr. Feyi's heart as it recounts her spiritual journey of wellness from emotional and psychological abuse and how God’s design of restoration from the Book of Nehemiah brought her to freedom, healing and wholeness.

According to Dr. Feyi Obamehinti, “Everyone faces challenges, obstacles, trauma and memories that prevent them from living a fully meaningful and spiritual life with God. It is my hope that after reading Crushed To Restored, readers will begin their restoration journey to fulfillment in their lives and develop intimacy with God."

Visit The Authors Show ® website at and click on the book title (Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the book of Nehemiah) to listen to the interview on Thursday, June 20, 2019. The interview may also be archived on

About the Author
Dr. Feyi Obamehinti is a wife, mother, ordained minister, speaker and author. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Oasis Focus Inc., and regularly hosts “Oasis Connection”, a Christian TV show she co-hosts with her husband, Dr. Johnson Obamehinti. She was born in Phoenix, AZ to Nigerian parents and grew up in Nigeria with her paternal grandparents. She currently resides in Texas with her husband. They are blessed with three wonderful adult daughters who live in different parts of the world.

Additional information on Dr. Feyi Obamehinti and Crushed to Restored may be obtained at ||

Dr. Feyi Obamehinti
Oasis Focus Inc.
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New IDSAF and NIA research grants will speed Alzheimer’s microbe hunt, says Dr. Leslie Norins of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest

An image of the brain, whichis devastated by Alzheimer's disease

The brain is devastated by Alzheimer’s disease

New research grants will allow inveigationofmany clues germs might trigger Alzheimer's disease

The actions of these prestigious funders show that investigation of germs in Alzheimer's can no longer be ignored.”

— Leslie Norins, MD, PhD

NAPLES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2019 / — The half-million dollars in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research grants recently announced by the Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation, and the possibly millions of dollars of “high priority” grants now offered by the National Institute on Aging to study infectious agents in AD, are a “welcome affirmation” of the need to investigate more thoroughly the possible roles of germs in triggering AD, says Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc.

“This new funding from these two authorities will help alleviate a severe shortage of research grants to follow up many promising leads that viruses, bacteria and other pathogens are involved in AD,” says Dr. Norins. He urges scientists with microbiological talents to apply.

Strangely, he says, several AD advocacy groups appear to still be ignoring microbes, and continue to channel their research grant monies almost exclusively to the traditional topics of amyloid plaques and tau tangles. Dr. Norins attributes this to a lack of infectious diseases experts on their policy and grant review committees.

Dr. Norins also points to a recent article in ALZFORUM, which reported that an anti-viral medication administered to fight hepatitis C might also reduce the later development of Parkinson’s disease. It said, “[This] supports emerging evidence that infections contribute to neurodegeneration.” Dr. Norins reminds, “AD, like Parkinson’s, is a leading neurodegenerative disease.”

Alzheimer’s Germ Quest is a public benefit corporation, headquartered in Naples. Florida. It is self-funded, and neither solicits nor accepts outside donations. Its mission is to accelerate and deepen research into the possibility that a microbiological agent triggers AD. It is the sponsor of the $1 million Challenge Award for the scientist who proves an infectious organism is the cause of AD. Recently, it launched a $100,000 hunt for the world’s first provable case of spontaneous cure of AD.

Dr.Leslie Norins
Alzheimer's Germ Quest, Inc.
+1 2396491346
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First ever Truth and Liberty Conference to be hosted in Woodland Park, CO

July 18-20, 2019 at Charis Bible College

Discussions on important topics such as freedom of religion, abortion and free enterprise.

There is no liberty without truth.”

— Stand for Truth & Liberty Conference Official

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2019 / — Conservative conference encourages voters to take a stand on moral and social issues facing America.

Andrew Wommack and church founder and author Bishop E.W. Jackson will host discussions on important topics such as freedom of religion, abortion and free enterprise at an upcoming ==FREE== conference hosted on the campus of Charis Bible College, July 18-20.

They will be joined by thought leaders such as David Barton, William Federer, Iverson Jackson, Cecil Blye, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, Tim Barton, Dr. Melvin Johnson, and Richard Harris.

Those interested in attending the STAND for Truth & Liberty Conference please register at

Eileen Quinn, Public Relations Manager
719.635.2111 x 22081

Eileen Quinn
719-635-2111, Ext. 22081
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STAND for Truth & Liberty: Conference in Woodland Park, CO

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Jacob Hefetz: Prominent Business Man Helps Build Jewish Community in Las Vegas Nevada

Jacob Hefetz at  Bamidbar Chabad Sephardic Synagogue in Las Vegas praying

Bamidbar Chabad Sephardic Synagogue

Jacob Hefetz in Las Vegas, NV Office

Jacob Hefetz in Las Vegas, NV Office

Jacob Hefetz with the skyline of Las Vegas, NV in the background.

Las Vegas, NV – Jacob Hefetz

Jacob Hefetz, a prominent businessman and entrepreneur, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to strengthen the Jewish community in East Vegas.

“Tradition is very important to the family. For the bond between husband and wife, between the children. Whatever they do, they must have tradition”.”

— Jacob Hefetz

LAS VEGAS, NV, US, June 19, 2019 / — Jacob Hefetz, a prominent businessman and entrepreneur, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to strengthen the Jewish community in East Vegas. Since first moving to Vegas in 1974, Jacob has sought to improve the quality of life for the local Jewish community through philanthropy and charitable donations. His most charitable donation to date being the construction of a Jewish Synagogue in East Vegas.

The Or Bamidbar Chabad Sephardic Synagogue has been serving this small Jewish community for the past 20 years. According to the synagogues website, “the organization has made “Ahavat Israel” – Love of a fellow Jew – the driving force that gives it momentum. Acceptance of every Jew on their own level, regardless of their background, observance, age or financial status, has become the trademark of Chabad.” The temple has served close to 2,000 families and continues to extend its reach into surrounded communities, bringing food to the homeless, prayer to the nearby prisons, and much more. Jacob explains one of the churches fundraisers to me, “In just 36 hours our church was able to raise over $120,000.” He contributes the success of the fundraiser to the members of his community.

For Jacob Hefetz, investing in the temple is his greatest achievement to date. Jacob feels strongly about encouraging a strong Jewish tradition in a place that lacks a strong Judaic presence. He believes that tradition heavily ties in with relationships and a healthy family dynamic. “Keep tradition”, he says. “Tradition is very important to the family. For the bond between husband and wife, between the children. Whatever they do, they must have tradition”.

Growing up in Israel, Jacobs family clung heavily to the traditions that have long since been in his family. Growing up with nine siblings, Jacob has always been surrounded by family and loved ones. In fact, he has over sixty close family members.

In a way, building this community has been a way for Jacob to surround himself with like minded individuals who in a way, have become like family to him. After speaking with him, it’s clear that his commitment to tradition and love of his family are huge factors in his success.

James O’Conner
Radah Media Agency
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Jacob Hefetz Making A Difference from LA to Vegas 2019

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Softlink IC Liberty Wellington NZ Conference This Week

This Thursday and Friday sees the 2019 series of Liberty V5 User Group Conferences kick off in Wellington New Zealand.

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

— Ray Bradbury

BRISBANE, QLD, AUSTRALIA, June 19, 2019 / — We are sure all our Liberty V5 customers attending the Wellington NZ Liberty User Group Meeting and Masterclass this Thursday and Friday will enjoy themselves. A great social evening of drinks and canapés will finish off a full Thursday very nicely!

This year Softlink information Centres will hold an illumin roadshow event after the conclusion of the traditional Masterclass on the 21st of June. For librarians working in any type of special library, who are interested in software that will help them efficiently and economically manage their deluge of reference queries, it will be worth an hour of your time to get a peek at illumim!

Registration for the Australian Liberty V5 UGM conference in Melbourne on the 8th and 9th of August remains open until July the 19th. The location, agenda and social event details are all there.

For our UK and European Liberty V5 customers, registration for the September London UGM will now open before the end of June.

The Softlink Information Centres’ Events page has all the details for the Melbourne conference. The London conference details will follow shortly.

About Softlink Information Centres:

Softlink Information Centres specialises in knowledge, content and library management systems and request management systems for special, education, government and corporate information centres and libraries.
Our leading solutions, Liberty and illumin, integrate with the latest digital technologies, providing a centralised performance platform to store, manage, discover and deliver your physical and digital resources.

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Softlink Information Centres
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Animal Wellness Announces Law Enforcement Council Led by former Oklahoma AG Drew Edmondson and Oregon DA Joshua Marquis

Cockfighting Match

Cockfighting Ring

Horse Soring

Example of a ‘Big Lick’ stacked shoe and ankle chains

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Former Oregon District Attorney Joshua Marquis to Lead Group Seeking Robust Enforcement of Anti-Cruelty Laws

One measure of a civil society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, and few are as vulnerable as the animals.”

— Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 18, 2019 / — The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and Animal Wellness Action (AWA) have announced the formation of a National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC), co-chaired by Drew Edmondson and Josh Marquis, and dedicated to enforcing our federal, state, and local laws against animal cruelty. Edmondson served for 16 years as Oklahoma's Attorney General and Marquis as Clatsop County, Oregon District Attorney for 25 years.

“One measure of a civil society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, and few are as vulnerable as the animals,” said Drew Edmondson, who served as Muskogee County District Attorney for a decade before becoming Oklahoma Attorney General. "We have a moral duty to show mercy toward all of God’s creatures.” Edmondson, who had a major role in preserving the state’s 2002 ban on cockfighting, served as a former president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

There is a documented link between animal cruelty and other forms of human-on-human violence and criminal conduct. The FBI’s homicidal triad includes early-age acts of animal cruelty. Animal fights are often staging grounds for a range of other illegal behavior. In homes where a man harms a spouse or a girlfriend, he will often turn his violent instincts toward a child or an animal.

“Cruelty to animals is not some isolated, easily compartmentalized act of aggression,” added Josh Marquis, who prosecuted numerous cases of animal abuse and neglect that were widely cited in the successful effort to secure passage of Oregon’s felony anti-cruelty law. “When we stamp out animal cruelty and apprehend people who have lost empathy for the suffering of others, we make our communities safer for everyone."

The Animal Wellness National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC) is focusing at the moment on enforcement of our federal anti-cruelty statutes, including laws against animal fighting, and offering assistance to law enforcement authorities as needed. The NLEC is also urging increased funding for anti-cruelty enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and also advocating for the passage of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (S.479/ H.R.724) led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), which would create a national anti-cruelty statute to crack down on perpetrators of acts of malicious cruelty with a federal nexus.

The National Law Enforcement Council includes a number of prosecutors who have distinguished themselves in their public advocacy and continue to advocate for safer communities for people and animals.

Other members of the NLEC include:

Dave Aronberg, State's Attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 2012, before which he served eight years as the youngest member of the Florida State Senate

Bob Butterworth, Florida Attorney General 1987-2002, former Broward County Sheriff

Steve Clark, former Attorney General of Arkansas, 1978-1989

Douglas Gansler, Maryland Attorney General 2007-2014 and State's Attorney, Montgomery County, DA 1998-2007

Chris Gorman, Kentucky Attorney General 1992-1996

Richard Ieyoub, former Louisiana Attorney General 1992 – 2004, Calcasieu Parish district attorney in Lake Charles from 1984 to 1992

George Jepsen, former Attorney General of Connecticut, 2001-2018, having spent 14 years as a State Senator and Representative

Jerry Kilgore, Attorney General of Virginia from 2002-2005, Secretary of Public Safety, 1994-1998

Peter Kilmartin, Attorney General of Rhode Island from 2011-2019, and a former police captain and member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

Barbara Lawall, the current prosecutor for Pima County. La Wall was recently re-elected to her sixth term for a jurisdiction center in Tucson

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of California, 1999-2007, and also served as State Treasurer, State Assemblyman, and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate

Patricia Madrid, former New Mexico Attorney General, 1999-2007, having first served as that state's first female district court judge starting in 1975

Ray Morrogh, current Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney, Virginia, since 2007

Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General from 2003-2007

Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Attorney, Nebraska, since 1999. He served in the sheriff’s office prior to that

John Sarcone, County Attorney of Des Moines, Iowa since 1991 and just re-elected to 8th term

John Thompson, executive director of the National Animal Control Association and former deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs Association

Gregg Totten, District Attorney of California's Ventura County since 2002. Past President of California District Attorney's Association and Vice President of National District Attorney's Association

Anthony Troy, Attorney General of Virginia, 1977-1978.

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.

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.

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