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first_imgPurple Hatter’s Ball has released the daily schedule for their 9th annual event at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Going down June 17-19 weekend, PHB will utilize four stages in the park, including the famed Amphitheater Stage, surrounded by live oak trees and Spanish moss, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River, and a Campground Stage, which will morph into the Silent Disco late night, keeping the party going until the wee hours of the morning.Closing out each night on the Amphitheatre Stage will be headlining sets from Papadosio on Friday, The Polish Ambassador followed by The Floozies on Saturday, and Melvin Seals and JGB on Sunday. Each night will bring a spectacular close to a fun-filled day of music, yoga, arts, and community.The Thursday Pre-Party, featuring a closing late-night set from Sunsquabi, will take place in the Spirit of Suwannee Music Hall right after the Action Day with The Polish Ambassador, where PHB attendees are invited to unite in action with their choice of community-building, and environment-sustaining activities, suited with tangibly regenerative projects that will make SOSMP a better place for everyone. Participants of the Action Day are invited to attend the Thursday Night Pre-Party for free. More information about the projects can be found here; and you can sign up here!The full schedule can be found on the festival’s website and in the graphics below:The Yoga & Art Village Program will offer 25 fun, informative, healthy living activities and classes that will include: Kirtan Morningstar; BoomYoga Spiritual Warrior with Joaquin Antonio; Sound Healing Meditation; West African Drumming with Luke Quaranta; Live Music Vinyasa Flow; Creative Expressions Drawing; AcroYoga; Contact Hooping and many more. Make the most out of your weekend of music and be sure to make your way over to the Yoga & Arts Village for some life-changing experiences. The full schedule can be found on the festival’s website.Buy your tickets today and get excited with this video:More information and tickets can be found on the festival’s website. As always, Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, who lost her life in a tragic turn of events when she was arrested, strong-armed into a role as a confidential informant to the police, and ultimately murdered at the hands of drug dealers. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss in this interview with her mother, Mama Margie, who will lead an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, the non-partisan music-based voter registration group, Headcount, launched a brand-new initiative dubbed the Cannabis Voter Project. Founded with the recognition that “cannabis legalization is an issue that has the power to drive voter turnout in a big way,” the Cannabis Voter Project seeks to educate Americans about how voting can impact cannabis policy.The Cannabis Voter Project’s website, CannabisVoter.info, offers an easily digestible resource for voters that breaks down where elected officials in all 50 states stand on cannabis issues. Voters can find out where every governor, senator, and congressional representative stands on things like federal marijuana legalization, state-level marijuana legalization, allowing veterans to use medical marijuana, allowing banks to work with marijuana businesses, CBD legalization, and industrial hemp legalization.This Cannabis Voter Project’s newly-launched website has a number of other resources for cannabis-friendly voters, such as resources for calling and writing elected officials. Those voters can also make their position known by purchasing shirts that say “I Smoke Pot And I Vote” and “Vote Green”, and the site makes it easy to connect with cannabis policy reform groups like NORML, Students For Sensible Drug Policy, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the Drug Policy Alliance. Of course, since this is a Headcount initiative, the site makes it very easy for folks to register to vote.Yesterday, The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein—who also happens to be co-founder and co-chair of HeadCount—announced the Cannabis Voter Project. You can read his full message below. For more information on the brand-new Headcount initiative, head to the Cannabis Voter Project’s website here. We’ve heard it all… My vote doesn’t count. or.. There’s no point in voting, both parties are the same… Nothing ever changes… or does it?Do you care about cannabis legalization?Let’s not forget that in all states where cannabis has been legalized, there was a vote by the people or elected legislature to make that happen.Voting has already legalized medical cannabis in 30 states and recreational use in nine states. Three more states are voting on legalization measures this November.With that in mind, check out HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project on our new website CannabisVoter.info.We created a singular resource for you to learn where your elected officials stand on seven major cannabis issues, from industrial hemp to outright legalization.CannabisVoter.info also has links to the best of cannabis media, advocacy organizations, and opportunities to take action. And of course, it’s a place where you can register to vote.Check it out. Click around the website. Share it on social media. Let us know what you think. You might be surprised by what you learn.Cannabis policy is incredibly unique. It is one of the only truly non-partisan issues in modern politics, with the power to engage people of all ages, races, and political affiliations. It’s an issue that shows how people’s votes can shape policy and directly change lives. This is why HeadCount launched the Cannabis Voter Project.And if you wear your colors, grab one of these t-shirts and be a proud cannabis voter.See you at a show,Marc BrownsteinCo-Founder and Co-Chair, HeadCountlast_img read more

first_imgLawyers representing Notre Dame in its Affordable Care Act lawsuit filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seeking a rehearing in front of the whole court instead of a panel of three judges.The petition, submitted by attorney Matthew Kairis and filed Friday, argues that the panel’s Feb. 21 opinion denying the University an exemption contradicts Supreme Court precedent and legal standards.“The panel majority should have accepted Notre Dame’s honest and undisputed assertion that it has a religious objection to taking the actions necessary to comply with the ‘accommodation,’” the petition reads. “By refusing to accept that assertion, and instead engaging in a protracted quarrel with Notre Dame’s description of its own religious beliefs, the panel majority strayed well beyond the proper realm of legal inquiry.”Erin Rice | The Observer Paul Browne, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications told The Observer on Monday that “at its core, this is a religious liberty issue.”Notre Dame’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services argues that the provision of the Affordable Care Act that orders health care plans to cover contraceptives violates its religious beliefs, even if the University isn’t paying for the coverage, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. Last summer’s revisions to the law enable religious nonprofit organizations to shift the cost for contraceptives to the government or to a third-party health care administrator by submitting an opt-out form.  Notre Dame currently provides the coverage through Meritain Health.The appellate court’s February ruling upheld a decision by a U.S. district judge in South Bend that denied Notre Dame a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the University’s health care plan to refrain from covering contraceptives until the case is resolved, according to the Tribune.The petition states that the appeal is especially important because the panel majority’s “erroneous new legal standard … casts secular courts in the untenable and unconstitutional role of arbiters of religious doctrine.”The full text of the petition can be found online.Tags: HHS, HHS Mandate, lawsuit, religious libertylast_img read more

first_imgSerena Zacharias | The Observer University of California Irvine law professor Mehrsa Baradaran spoke about the racial gap in America rooted in slavery Friday for the Klau Center’s ongoing webinar series, “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary.”Reconstruction eraBaradaran characterized the Civil War as a standoff between the armies of the North and the South, but she also sees the conflict as a battle between two currency systems. The South’s economy was not just based on Black labor, she said, but rather Black slaves themselves were capital for white owners.When Black people were emancipated former president Andrew Jackson vetoed the Freedmen’s Bureau bills which would help former slaves gain housing, education, healthcare and employment opportunities. He reasoned the free market would allow Black people to bargain for their own wages and buy their own land.“This was either unbelievably naive or incredibly cynical. The southern economy was nothing like a free market,” Baradaran said. “White’s refused to sell property to Blacks. As Southern legislators, lawyers and judges drafted laws governing every aspect of black labor, they restricted Blacks from skilled trades, vagrancy laws were prevalent, wages were capped by law and by cabal between employers.”Black people were forced to grow cotton because there were no other jobs available to them.“You don’t dedicate your entire lands to cash crops because that is a way to hunger and debt and exploitation,” she said. “If everyone grows cotton, the price is lowered. It’s a debt cycle.”Black people were continually denied access to wealth, Baradaran explained, and much of the little wealth owned by Black people was lost when the Freedman’s Bank collapsed in 1874.Today this day, Baradaran said, there are staggering race differentials in the unbanked and underbanked. She said up to 10% of white people are unbanked or underbanked in the South in comparison to 60% of Black people.Early 1900sBlack banks formed in response to the Jim Crow laws because Black men and women needed to create their own institutions. However, these banks struggled to create wealth or even maintain wealth in their communities, she said.“All of the bank deposits were small and small and volatile,” Baradaran said. “Higher operating costs lower their ability to lend because they had to offset the risk of their deposits by holding safe assets, more capital, more reserve.”The first Black families who moved into white areas were forced to pay a premium to purchase, and when a neighborhood attracted enough Black people to be considered a Black neighborhood the property values fell, which still persists today.Baradaran cited a New York Times article published in August about an interracial couple who received a housing appraisal in Jackson, Fla. When Abena Horton, who is Black, received an appraisal of $330,000 when meeting with an appraiser and her husband, who is white, received an appraisal of $465,000, the couple suspected race as the differentiating factor.Baradaran went on to discuss the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation’s Redlining maps, which documented how mortgage lending risks were assessed. These maps can show how discrimination shaped inequality in cities across America.“This is looking at a neighborhood and saying, ‘Is this a safe neighborhood where homes increase [in value] or is this a risky neighborhood?’ And the number one thing that they used was race,” she said.Civil Rights MovementDuring the Civil Rights Movement, Black leaders recognized the importance of revising the economic system in order to allow Black communities to create wealth by means of creating Black institutions.“I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank,” Martin Luther King Jr. urged the crowd in his “I’ve Been to the Moutaintop” speech in 1968.Baradaran said this call for Black capitalism through boycotts and through supporting Black banking and Black credit unions helped illuminate the where the true disparities between Black and white people lay.“Martin Luther King and others very well understood that the point of segregation was not to separate people,” she said. “This was an economic situation. They are not able to create wealth, and it’s just vastly different credit systems happening.”To this day, a significant wealth gaps persists between white and Black communities. Much of this gap, Baradaran said, is embedded into neighborhoods.“Where a child is born, that zip code determines their life outcome, their health outcome expectancy, potential schooling, their income potential, their likelihood of ending up in prison, more than any other factor,” she said.Although people in America who experience poverty as children are still more likely to experience poverty as adults, Baradan has hope.“We need to end the racial wealth gap, we need to stop segregating,” Baradaran said in closing. “These are slow burn issues that are hard to sloganize, but I do think it’s changing.”Tags: Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary, racial wealth gap, Racism Discussing the racial wealth gap in America, law professor Mehrsa Baradaran said the American economy does in fact discriminate despite popular belief.Baradaran is a professor at University of California Irvine and author of the acclaimed book “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.” She spoke at a reoccurring webinar series hosted by the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights Friday.“To say that our public policy efforts to eradicate the wealth gap had been a total failure would be an understatement,” she said while explaining the share of Black Wealth to total wealth in the United States in 1865 to the present day.At the time of emancipation, Black people owned 0.5% of the nation’s wealth, she said. Today, Black Americans own 1-2% of America’s wealth.In 2016, the Federal Reserve reported white families have a median family wealth of $171,000, while Black families have a median net worth of $17,600. Hispanic families net worth was $20,700.The biggest challenge to closing the race gap, she said, is the promise that the free market does not discriminate. While free markets are thought to operate with equal opportunity without control from government or other authorities, Baradaran does not believe the American economy bears a resemblance to a free market economy because Black men and women have been deprived of opportunities throughout U.S. history.“In each historical moment, when wealth was being created, whether it was through the Homestead Act, the FHA mortgage credit on Black communities and other instances, Black communities were shut out and land and wealth accumulation,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.LAKEWOOD – A Village of Sherman man is facing DWI charges after allegedly driving to a local cemetery while intoxicated.Lakewood-Busti Police say Kevin Cole, 56, was found slumped over his steering wheel while parked at Sunset Hill Cemetery on Saturday just before 5:30 p.m.Through investigation police allege Cole was drinking at a local establishment before he drove himself to the cemetery.Police say after Cole failed field sobriety tests he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Officers report a record check revealed that Cole had a pervious DWI conviction in 2015, upgrading his charge to a felony.Cole additionally, police say, has a revoked driver’s license and did not have an interlock device installed in his vehicle. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGood sanitation in the garden this fall will reduce disease problems next spring. Many disease-causing organisms can survive the winter in diseased plant debris. Reducing or eliminating these potential overwintering sites for pathogenic fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses will cut down on the occurrence of disease problems the following season.Many common foliar diseases can be partially controlled through good sanitation. Iris leaf spot, black spot on rose, tomato early blight, Cercospora leaf spot of ligustrum, and apple and crabapple scab are just a few examples. If leaf spot problems were a garden problem this year, remove and throw away plant debris and fallen leaves this fall. Removing crop debris from the garden prevents the overwintering of vegetable pathogens and insect pests. Many pathogens can survive the winter in plant debris, culled fruit or plant stubble left in the garden. Removing or plowing under crop stubble helps to destroy overwintering populations of pathogens. Equipment such as trowels and shovels that have been used in diseased areas of gardens and landscapes should be cleaned thoroughly before being used again. Also, prune out dead or diseased branches from shrubs or trees. Remember to prune at least 6 inches below the diseased area to make sure all diseased tissue is removed. Disinfect pruners in rubbing alcohol or a 10 percent bleach solution between cuts, and oil pruners when finished to prevent rust. Severe or renewal-type pruning should be postponed until February or March. A common question asked by home gardeners is whether pathogens on diseased plants can be destroyed through composting. The answer most often is “no.” If a compost pile reaches temperatures in the range of 110 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, however, most of the disease-causing organisms should be killed. A temperature probe can be used to monitor compost pile temperatures. If you are not sure if your compost pile reaches these high temperatures, it is best to discard diseased material by bagging and throwing it away or by burning if allowed. Simply maintaining a debris pile in the back of the yard will not effectively destroy plant pathogens.last_img read more

first_imgBy Kay Valle April 15, 2020 About 4,000 elements of the Honduran Armed Forces deliver food to the most vulnerable populations in the country, who are on lockdown as part of the government’s measures to curb the coronavirus spread.Food distribution efforts, which began on March 25 in Tegucigalpa, will continue in other departments to deliver about 800,000 bags of supplies during the first stage. Authorities expect to reach more than 3 million people in poor areas and in the cities with the most coronavirus cases.Honduran service members climb a steep hill in a Tegucigalpa neighborhood to deliver food to families in need, who are in quarantine due to the coronavirus spread. (Photo: Honduran Armed Forces’ Public Affairs)“We are doing everything in our power to save lives,” said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in a televised speech. “This includes ensuring that the most vulnerable people have food on their table, so they can be safe, even under the pressure of being quarantined.”The bags of supplies include, among other foods, rice, sugar, ground coffee, beans, flour, margarine, pasta, and instant chicken soup. They also include a hygiene kit with masks, antiseptic gel with alcohol, soap, toilet paper, and information about the coronavirus.The Logistics Directorate of the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff has been carrying out the food delivery plan day and night, executed by elements of the Humanitarian Rescue Unit (UHR, in Spanish), who are highly qualified to confront all kinds of challenges, such as traveling in hard-to-reach areas.“Some areas can only be reached on foot; our soldiers climb hills carrying the bags,” Air Force Colonel Yuri Chávez, director of the Armed Forces Public Affairs, told Diálogo.According to Private Luis Miguel Rivas, assigned to the Honduran Army’s UHR that has been distributing food in Tegucigalpa, the blessings that service members receive when delivering supplies are worth the steep hill climbs. “They remain in our hearts and give us the energy to continue delivering food,” Pvt. Rivas told Diálogo.While Pvt. Rivas, like his military comrades, has left his children and his family behind, he expressed pride in serving the Honduran population and providing support to people in need at a time of crisis. “I remember a special case, in the Los Pinos colony, Tegucigalpa; an elderly woman had eight people under her care. It made me really sad knowing how much need people have,” the soldier said.According to World Bank data, 60 percent of the 9.2 million Hondurans live in poverty, and in rural areas about one in five Hondurans lives in conditions of extreme poverty.In addition to food distribution, the Armed Forces have mobilized drinking water tanks to supply Tegucigalpa’s residents, who are undergoing a severe water shortage due to the drought that affected the country in late 2019. Since early April, the Armed Forces have also been manufacturing around 3,000 masks per day, while a team of engineers is working on prototype respirators to equip health centers.last_img read more

first_imgCaring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia can be a full-time job. From the day-to-day chores to the long-term planning, this situation can be stressful and scary, not just for the person suffering from the disease, but for the caregiver as well. However, with the right information and tools, you can make sure your loved one is protected as their condition progresses.Take care of yourself.Dementia takes a huge toll on a caregiver. There are ten recognized stages of caregiver stress: Denial AngerSocial withdrawalAnxietyDepressionExhaustionSleeplessness continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAchieva Credit Union has set a new precedent in a recent Florida bank merger (Calusa Bank), which could have significant ramifications on credit unions looking to do the same in the near future. And from the latest trends with credit unions taking over banks becoming more and more common (as opposed to the other way around), it appears it could come to fruition. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgBringing diverse talent and perspectives together drives innovation. Consider research published in Human Resources Today showing that 77% of respondents “believed that organizations benefit from hearing different points of view from their employees, and the diverse points of view can lead to better products and services for customers.” A recent Boston Consulting Group survey reveals that companies with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue.With such data in mind, CO-OP Financial Services formed its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council in February. The Council’s mission statement and its vision for CO-OP is to “understand, attract and engage a diverse workforce where every employee can live up to their value; ensuring that our employee base reflects the consumers we serve. The result of this effort is an inclusive environment where diverse talent thrives.”None of us anticipated back in February that by March we’d be in the middle of a pandemic nor that a tragic event in May in Minneapolis would create a worldwide reaction. While more and more organizations are embracing diversity of thought in times of more normal business, our Council has brought focused perspective on diversity, equality and inclusion to CO-OP’s pandemic response. Specifically, we will support our organization’s desire to recognize and respond to employees’ individual needs, gifts and aspirations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more