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Florida Budgets Put Priority on Hometown Projects Over At-Risk Kids

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Florida Budgets Put Priority on Hometown Projects Over At-Risk Kids

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending $39 million to hire 400 “boots on the ground,” or child abuse investigators who will respond to hotline reports and identify at-risk kids.From The Miami Herald (MCT)

TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state’s frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

But as the state’s annual legislative session winds toward the final gavel, many children’s advocates say legislative leaders have failed to match their words with action and fear some proposals may create new problems.

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending $39 million to hire 400 “boots on the ground,” or child abuse investigators who will respond to hotline reports and identify at-risk kids. But investigators typically work with a family for 60 days or less, and then families in need of follow-up help are sent to privately run local agencies.

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Florida Budgets Put Priority on Hometown Projects Over At-Risk Kids

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Florida Budgets Put Priority on Hometown Projects Over At-Risk Kids.

Florida Budgets Put Priority on Hometown Projects Over At-Risk Kids

 

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending $39 million to hire 400 “boots on the ground,” or child abuse investigators who will respond to hotline reports and identify at-risk kids.

From The Miami Herald (MCT)

TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state’s frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

But as the state’s annual legislative session winds toward the final gavel, many children’s advocates say legislative leaders have failed to match their words with action and fear some proposals may create new problems….

Bill Seeks to Stop States’ Detention of Status Offenders

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Bill Seeks to Stop States’ Detention of Status Offenders.

The growing success of CCHR’s campaign to restore human rights and dignity to the field of mental health…

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the-hidden-enemy-dvd-enACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE -PLEASE GO TO THE O-LINK TO WATCH VIDEO & LEARN MORE

The growing success of CCHR’s campaign to restore human rights and dignity to the field of mental health is due in no small part to the many contributions of concerned citizens, professionals, consumers, groups and organizations who assist in its actions on a global scale. Below are steps you can take that will make a difference.

1. PROTECT OTHERS FROM PSYCHIATRIC ABUSE: Share this documentary with friends, colleagues, family members and others who have been victimized within the psychiatric system. Log onto cchr.org/vets for more information on what soldiers and veterans can do to protect themselves and others.

2. REPORT CRIMINAL AND ALL OTHER PSYCHIATRIC ABUSE: If you or a colleague, family member or friend know of criminal psychiatric abuse, you can report the psychiatrist responsible for the crime (for example: assault, criminal negligence, false imprisonment or fraud) by contacting law enforcement. You can also fill in the Abuse Report Form online at cchr.org/abusereport. If there is insufficient evidence of criminal abuse, you can also file a civil complaint to a Medical Licensing Board which investigates and prosecutes medical malpractice and negligence. If you are in the Armed Forces or a vet, and the offending psychiatrist is military personnel, check with the Medical Department for avenues for filing a criminal or civil complaint. Provide CCHR International with a copy of your complaint at contact@cchr.org….

 

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http://www.cchr.org/documentaries/the-hidden-enemy/take-action.html

WATCH: Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform

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WATCH: Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform

The actor and his ‘West Wing’ alter ego have a clear message for Congress and President Obama.

Photo Credit: screengrab via youtube

On Tuesday, Brave New Films released a  new PSA calling on Congress to pass the  Smarter Sentencing Act. The proposed sentencing-reform legislation aims to reduce prison populations and costs by creating less severe minimum terms for nonviolent drug offenders. (On Monday,Yahoo News  reported that President Obama could grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of nonviolent drug offenders by the end of his second term.) The video was produced in partnership with the ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums ( FAMM), and stars actor  Martin Sheen. It’s titled “President Bartlet has a message for Congress,” in reference to Sheen’s role on  Aaron Sorkin‘s political drama  The West Wing.
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“448 `DEAD FRIENDS OF THE EARTH´in Brazil since 2002″

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448 ‘Dead Friends of the Earth’ in Brazil since 2002

Report reveals rising number of environment and land rights activists being killed worldwide

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CRY OF THE INNOCENT: TURN YOUR LIGHT ON!

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Veröffentlicht am 20.04.2014

Special Tribute to Supporters of the Documentary,
CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak

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The Cowboy Indian Alliance Rises to Protect Our Common Land and Water | Common Dreams

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The Cowboy Indian Alliance Rises to Protect Our Common Land and Water | Common Dreams .

Shane Red Hawk of the Sicangu Lakota band of the Rosebud Sioux and his daughter Tshina Red Hawk in a horseback ride in protest of the Keystone XL in Washington on Tuesday. (Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

“Indigenous sovereignty is all about protecting the land, the water, the animals, and all the environment we share.” —Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam

It’s not everyday you see cowboys helping to set up a tipi encampment, but that’s what is happening this week on the National Mall. An unlikely alliance of white ranchers and Native American activists, known as the Cowboy Indian Alliance, has erected the tipi encampment in the nation’s capital to protest plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Alliance (with the ironic acronym “CIA”) brings together Native Americans with white ranchers and farmers—the…

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BEES: Watch These Greenbees Take Direct Action

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Watch These Greenbees Take Direct Action

Join the «Greenbees» to save the bees and agriculture!

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UN Special Rapporteur on torture warns about abuse of solitary confinement in the Americas

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UN Special Rapporteur on torture warns about abuse of solitary confinement in the Americas

WASHINGTON D.C. (13 March 2013) – In a first-ever briefing to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on solitary confinement in the Americas, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, yesterday called* on the Commission to investigate the practice of solitary confinement and its harmful effects in the Americas. Mr. Méndez warned that there are insufficient safeguard mechanisms in the region for preventing, detecting, and responding to the use of solitary confinement, particularly in Latin America, and urged the Commission to push for stronger regulations on the use of solitary confinement. “Despite the fact that many examples show that the region of the Americas is not an exception to the global trend of abuses in the use of solitary confinement, I am concerned about the general lack of official information and statistics on the use of solitary confinement,” Mr. Méndez said, recalling the harmful effects of this widespread practice he comprehensively documented in his 2011 global report to the UN General Assembly (see below). “The use of solitary confinement can only be accepted under exceptional circumstances, and should only be applied as a last resort measure in which its length must be as short as possible, it should be duly communicated and it should offer minimum due process guarantees when it is used as a disciplinary sanction,” the Special Rapporteur said. In response to questions from the Commission regarding the application of solitary confinement to particular categories of prisoners, particularly juveniles and persons with mental disabilities, the human rights expert stressed that solitary confinement “always constitutes cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and even torture when applied to these categories.” He called for the absolute prohibition of solitary confinement on juveniles and persons with mental disabilities and for an equally absolute prohibition on indefinite or prolonged solitary confinement. For purposes of defining what constitutes prolonged solitary confinement, he suggested the benchmark of any term exceeding 15 days. For the Special Rapporteur “persons under solitary confinement should always count with access to adequate remedies to question the reason and the length of the measure, and should always have access to legal counsel and medical assistance.” “It is important for States to advance in modifying their legislation, policies and practices that are not in accordance with these standards,” the independent expert noted. “Although the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American System in general have a fundamental role in monitoring and guaranteeing the compliance of the penitentiary systems of the region with human rights standards, it is important for Governments to work on documenting and monitoring this issue through their national human rights institutions or similar bodies,” Mr. Méndez emphasized. Juan E. Méndez (Argentina) was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in November 2010. He is independent from any government and serves in his individual capacity. Mr. Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defence of human rights, and has a long and distinguished record of advocacy throughout the Americas. Learn more, log on to: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Torture/SRTorture/Pages/SRTortureIndex.aspx (*) Check the Special Rapporteur’s full submission to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (in Spanish): http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Torture/IAC12March2013.pdf Read the full report on solitary confinement of 5 August 2011 by the Special Rapporteur: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N11/445/70/PDF/N1144570.pdf?OpenElement Check the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CAT.aspx For more information and media requests, please contact Ms. Stephanie Selg (+1 202 274 4378 / sselg@ohchr.org) or write to sr-torture@ohchr.org. For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts: Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org) UN Human Rights, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unitednationshumanrights Twitter: http://twitter.com/UNrightswire Google+ gplus.to/unitednationshumanrights YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/UNOHCHR Storify: http://storify.com/UNrightswire Check the Universal Human Rights Index: http://uhri.ohchr.org/en
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