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Creating Inclusive Cultures storytelling & networking event comes to Miami

Creating Inclusive Cultures - Miami Storytelling and Networking Event

Creating Inclusive Cultures – Miami Storytelling and Networking Event

Inspire: Miami and South Florida

Inspire: Miami and South Florida

The Inspire-Ring is a unique meeting and networking format that provides a safe environment for all attendees

The Inspire-Ring

Storytelling and networking come together in a unique format as South Florida inspirers share experiences and ideas that impact organizations of all sizes

Inclusion is really about organizational efforts to ensure employees from different backgrounds and with different traits feel welcome, respected, and valued.”

— Shea Heaver

MIAMI, FL, USA, January 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Inspire: Miami and South Florida (a local community of the global Inspiring Workplaces movement) is hosting a unique storytelling and networking event that focuses on the highly relevant and important topic of ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ in the workplace.

The Creating Inclusive Cultures event introduces a novel approach to sharing ideas with the launch of The Inspire-Ring. This unique concept will see the attendees seated in a circular setting into which each of the featured storytellers will step to speak directly to, and interact with, the audience.

Each storyteller will talk for up to 10 minutes, after which the audience will have the opportunity to interact with that speaker for another 10 minutes. The process will then repeat for the other featured storytellers.

The Inspire-Ring facilitates an intimate and safe environment for all attendees to participate in the event, and there will be opportunities to network with other attendees before and after the storytelling portion of the event.

Creating Inclusive Cultures takes place on April 7 at 2:00 PM in the Miami Airport Marriott, with tickets available at https://creating-inclusive-cultures.eventbrite.com

The event is for executives, HR professionals, team leaders, and anyone interested in making their workplace more inclusive and productive.

An Inclusive Culture delivers benefits such as;
 Higher job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity
 Improved creativity, innovation, and problem-solving
 Lower turnover, complaints to HR, and legal action
 A better quality of life for ALL employees

“Inclusion in the workplace is often glossed over or misunderstood,” said Shea Heaver, Chief Inspiration Officer at Inspire: Miami. “Companies will claim they are inclusive simply because they can throw out stats showing that the payroll includes people from different backgrounds. But Inclusion is really about
organizational efforts to ensure the employees from all those different backgrounds and with different traits feel welcome, respected, and valued,” he continued. “Given the diverse demographics of the South Florida region, this is a very relevant topic that deserves attention.”

Matt Manners, CEO and Founder of Inspiring Workplaces said, “We are delighted that Miami is one of our founding Inspire: Cities locations along with others such as New York, Boston, Sydney, Milan, and Johannesburg.” Manners was speaking from the Inspiring Workplaces global HQ in London, England, and added, “At Inspiring Workplaces, we want to change the world through the world of work, and we believe in recognizing and helping forward-thinking individuals and organizations. By taking this purpose to local communities around the globe, we can engage with and make a positive impact on a much wider and diverse group.”

Shea Heaver
Inspire: Miami & South Florida
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Guardianship Abuse Victim’s Desperate Plea to Be Heard

Karilyn Montanti w/ grandson (photo courtesy of Christine Montanti)

Karilyn Montanti, Christine Montanti (photo courtesy of Christine Montanti)

Karilyn Montanti thought she’d have her chance to tell her story about her three-year long ordeal but was silenced by the judge and her court-appointed attorney

The Court waived Karilyn’s appearance at the hearing, despite her repeated requests to address the court directly, which precluded Karilyn from explaining the details of the questionable examination.”

— J. Ronald Denman – Attorney for Christine Montanti

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Guardianship abuse victim Karilyn Montanti was once again denied due process by the court on January 14th, 2022 in the Suggestion of Capacity hearing held in Broward County’s 17th District Circuit Court. After having been denied the counsel of her choice, Karilyn’s repeated pleas to her court-appointed attorney to allow her to testify at the hearing to determine her capacity, were shut down without any justification.  Instead, her court-appointed counsel told the judge that Karilyn’s presence would be of no benefit. Karilyn has not had the opportunity to address the court once during her three-year long ordeal and finally thought this was going to be her opportunity to tell her story and have her voice heard.
  
On January 8th 2022, without advance notice, despite being hospitalized for emergency surgery for a hip fracture and under the influence of narcotic pain medication prescribed by the hospital and suffering from Covid-19, Karilyn Montanti was required to undergo a capacity evaluation. This was conducted by a physician via Facetime who was selected by the court and who is not a psychiatrist. Without considering the effects of Ms. Montanti’s many, serious medical issues, and influence of the narcotic pain medication, this doctor found Ms. Montanti to be incapacitated. In addition, the doctor testified that Ms. Montanti’s Covid-19 diagnosis had no effect on her ability to make rational decisions or to participate in the evaluation.  The court -appointed physician claimed Karilyn was incapacitated because she resisted his efforts to conduct the capacity examination, notwithstanding the circumstances facing Karilyn in the hospital at that time.
 
With only four days’ notice, the judge proceeded with the capacity hearing in Karilyn’s absence in a courtroom closed to the public and refused to allow questions of the court appointed doctor. In addition, The Court refused to hear from any witnesses, including the other psychiatrists and doctors that examined Karilyn who were prepared to testify concerning her capacity. The judge also refused to hear any evidence or medical records concerning the effect of Covid-19. In addition, Karilyn’s court-appointed attorney never met Karilyn in person and only contacted her just a few days before the hearing despite being appointed by the court two months earlier. Ms. Montanti requested a continuance prior to the capacity hearing because she was not feeling well but this continuance request was also categorically denied by the court.  
 
When Christine Montanti’s attorney J. Ronald Denman tried to proffer the evidence into the court record, the judge abruptly logged off the zoom hearing. Within hours, the judge issued an order denying Karilyn’s request for the restoration of her rights citing almost exclusively the testimony of the court appointed doctor. Only a few hours after the hearing and the issuance of Karilyn’s Incapacity Order, her eldest daughter signed Karilyn out of the hospital and moved her to a new facility over an hour away from her current residence.  Upon arrival, Karilyn underwent a comprehensive capacity evaluation at the new facility which resulting in a finding that she was of full capacity.  This finding clearly contradicts the findings of the court-appointed physician upon who the court solely based its decision.
 
Karilyn has already filed several appeals seeking a reversal of the judge’s prior orders in this matter. She is hoping to overturn the court order which denies her request to restore her capacity.

Broward County Case Number: PRC180004278
www.browardclerk.org

Statement from Christine Montanti’s Attorney, J. Ronald Denman:

I represent Christine Montanti and briefly represented Karilyn Montanti until the court disqualified me from representing her based upon his determination that she lacked the capacity to hire me.  Karilyn, who sought me out to be her attorney, appeared lucid, coherent, articulate and charming during our conversations; however, the court recently issued an order confirming her incapacity and precluded me, even as Christine’s counsel from questioning the foundation for the court appointed doctor’s incapacity finding.  The doctor, who was an internist that specializes in pain management, not psychiatry, rendered his opinion of incapacity after a brief minute facetime examination while Karilyn was hospitalized and taking strong pain medication for a broken hip and suffering from the presence of Covid.  The Court waived Karilyn’s appearance at the hearing, despite her repeated requests to address the court directly, which precluded Karilyn from explaining the details of the questionable examination, or illustrating the degree to which she has capacity.  To date, Karilyn has never once been permitted to address the court directly in over three years since these proceedings started.  The Court also refused to permit Christine to present evidence on Karilyn’s behalf that she was recently examined by a renowned forensic psychiatrist who found her to have capacity, or the testimony of several other medical professional and lay witnesses who were prepared to testify concerning Karilyn’s capacity.  On behalf of Christine and Karilyn, several orders are pending appeal.

J. Ronald Denman
Partner
Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace | Attorneys at Law
15316 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613
Tel: (813) 221-3759
www.bbdglaw.com

Christine Montanti
Christine Montanti Public Relations
montanti@christinemontanti.com

The GCE Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Education (2022)

The GCE Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Education (2022)

As the Global Campaign to Education celebrates the fourth International Day of Education, we need to remember the ultimate purpose of education as a fundamental human right.”

— GCE

JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA, January 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Changing Course, Transforming Education

#IDE2022 #EducationDay #InternationalDayOfEducation2022

As the Global Campaign to Education celebrates the fourth International Day of Education, we need to remember the ultimate purpose of education as a fundamental human right.

In recent decades, the world has seen significant progress in schooling processes, especially at the primary and secondary education levels. However, these achievements have not been universalised. Many regions and countries continue to suffer the brunt of inequality and inequity in school access, which has greatly been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, armed conflicts, and climate change.

The struggle to provide public education systems with adequate and predictable funding is central to sustaining progress in schooling and, even more so, to guarantee the right to education and lifelong learning. Indeed, the educational opportunities for early childhood and in general for youth and adults seriously contrast with the relative advances that have been achieved with other populations. Girls and women, especially those living in rural areas, people with disabilities, people affected by emergencies, LGBTQI+ communities, and migrants and refugees, are consistently excluded, discriminated against, and left behind by education policies.

The Global Campaign for Education continues to break the dramatic effects of this exclusion. It has added its voice to the demands for justice and solidarity raised by its entire membership in more than 110 countries. On the International Day of Education, this fight takes on greater significance and is a reason to renew these efforts.

Advances in schooling have not been followed by improved education quality or efficiency so that educational content meets the aims set by the international human rights law. On the contrary, we observe a severe deterioration of learning processes: there are more children in the classroom, but they do not necessarily learn well or what they should. The curricular and didactic weakening has many causes, for which it is inadmissible that teachers be pointed out as those responsible for the learning crisis.

The Global Campaign for Education is concerned about the utilitarian turn of education policies that, due to corporate pressure, have emptied the curriculum of essential contents to give way primarily to the development of pseudo-pragmatic skills of a market-driven syllabus effect “building human capital.” Education must go beyond responding to the market’s needs and should offer people a wide range of knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve their potential and live decent lives.

These utilitarian tendencies cannot change the social and political structures that fuel inequality and oppression. For this reason, the Global Campaign for Education reaffirms its conviction about the transformative nature of education, as set by the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Transforming education needs, above all, that education be transformative!

The holistic approach to learning, in which philosophy, art, music, and human rights are central, also strengthens people’s productive skills while building values of people-to-people solidarity and empathy to build complete and happy lives.

Education must be transformative by nature. Transformation is not a mission that can be added artificially to education as a fashion or a casual trend. Knowledge is socially meaningful only when it dismantles injustice, exclusion, and violence.

The Global Campaign for Education calls on States to deal with the contents of education to advance the eradicating of hate, prejudice, racism, xenophobia, sexism, and all forms of violence, exclusion, and discrimination. For this, public policies must be promoted to implement human rights education, comprehensive sexuality education, and structural changes in which scientific and technical education coexist and feed on artistic, philosophical, and socio-community education.

None of this will be possible if governments do not comply with all of their education-related obligations, including the provision of a progressive budget to free public education systems and if increasing opportunities for training and support are not offered to teachers, who should always be part of decision making.

The Global Campaign for Education celebrates the International Day of Education with joy and hope and pays tribute to Paulo Freire, whose ideas inspired the path of liberation through education.

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Philani Ndebele
Global Campaign for Education
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philani@campaignforeducation.org
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Iran National Television: Twenty-sixth Telethon with Simay-e Azadi

We all have an opportunity to contribute to Iran’s freedom. Iran’s independent and free national TV, the Simay-e Azadi, is an essential medium to advocate for Iran’s freedom. By supporting this national channel, we can be the voice of our people.

We all have an opportunity to contribute to Iran’s freedom. Iran’s independent and free national TV, the Simay-e Azadi, is an essential medium to advocate for Iran’s freedom. By supporting this national channel, we can be the voice of our people.

The Simay-e Azadi (Iran National Television) telethon program started at 5:30 PM Tehran time on Friday, January 14, 2022, and continued Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It ended at 09:45 AM Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

The Simay-e Azadi (Iran National Television) telethon program started at 5:30 PM Tehran time on Friday, January 14, 2022, and continued Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It ended at 09:45 AM Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

In this telethon, the Resistance Units from Tehran and different cities in Iran took significant risks, often waiting for hours to contact the Simay-e Azadi. The presence of women both inside and outside during the telethon was very significant.

In this telethon, the Resistance Units from Tehran and different cities in Iran took significant risks, often waiting for hours to contact the Simay-e Azadi. The presence of women both inside and outside during the telethon was very significant.

Our compatriots who contacted Simay-e Azadi described this television channel as “the voice of the uprising and the Resistance Units, teachers and hardworking workers who protest every day, farmers and thirsty people of Khuzestan and Isfahan."

Our compatriots who contacted Simay-e Azadi described this television channel as “the voice of the uprising and the Resistance Units, teachers and hardworking workers who protest every day, farmers and thirsty people of Khuzestan and Isfahan.”

In its report, Simay-e Azadi described the “storm of emotions, affections, and ties with resistance and perseverance to achieve freedom” as “stark contrast to the crisis, division, and defections that have beset the religious dictatorship.”

In its report, the crisis, divisio Simay-e Azadi described the “storm of emotions, affections, and ties with resistance and perseverance to achieve freedom” as “stark contrast ton, and defections that have beset the religious dictatorship.”

A total of $6,665,454 was Contributed to Simay-e Azadi, the Iranian Resistance Against Religious Fascism, and for the Liberation of Iran.

Despite an increase in communication equipment and the extension of the length of the program, many compatriots and colleagues faced long delays to going on the air because of the volume of the calls.”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, January 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Defiant Youth and Brave Compatriots From All Over Iran and 42 Countries Support Simay-e Azadi, Stand Up in Support of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (Mek) And the Iranian Resistance Against Religious Fascism and for the Liberation of Iran.

The “Simay-e Azadi” (Iran National Television) telethon program started at 5:30 PM Tehran time on Friday, January 14, 2022, and continued Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It ended on 09:45 AM Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Twenty hosts worked with 28 guests with 105 telephone, internet, and video lines via Zoom and Skype during this time. At the same time, there was an uninterrupted flow of information, contributions, and raising awareness through a campaign with the hashtags and #FreeIranTelethon on the Internet and social networks Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram.

According to the final report of Simay-e Azadi, the total amount of contributions and financial obligations made in this telethon reached $6,665,454. The generous assistance of our compatriots to Simay-e Azadi came at a time when, in addition to the widespread poverty imposed on our people by the regime, the two-year Coronavirus restrictions have put most of the supporters, both inside Iran and abroad, in a very difficult economic and financial predicament.

Despite an increase in communication equipment and the extension of the length of the program, many compatriots and colleagues faced long delays to going on the air because of the volume of the calls. Also, it was impossible to connect many calls, play many video messages of support, and report a portion of the contributions and statements of support during the program.

In this telethon, the youth and Resistance Units from Tehran and different cities in Iran took significant risks, often waiting for hours to contact the Simay-e Azadi. The presence of women both inside and outside the country during the telethon was very significant. This indicated the leading role played by women in the struggle against the clerical regime to liberate our homeland.

Our compatriots who contacted Simay-e Azadi described this television channel as “the voice of the uprising and the Resistance Units, teachers and hardworking workers who protest every day, farmers and thirsty people of Khuzestan and Isfahan, the suffering and hardworking women of Iran who are under the double oppression of the misogynous clerical regime, porters, fuel porters, working children and rebellious people of Sistan and Khuzestan and Isfahan,” and “a light that brings hope and inspiration to hearts and homes.”

They thanked Simay-e Azadi for its accurate and uncensored coverage of the facts, including news of the COVID-19 tragedy, the revelation of the regime’s secrets, the daily release of the number of fatalities, exposing the corruption and looting of ruling factions and anti-patriotic missile and nuclear projects, as well as the regime’s terrorist and regional meddling.

They also offered gratitude for the broadcast of news of the Resistance Units and protest movements, and information about the activities of the Iranian Resistance in the international arena.

In its report, Simay-e Azadi described the “storm of emotions, affections, and ties with resistance and perseverance to achieve freedom” as “stark contrast to the crisis, division, and defections that have beset the religious dictatorship.”

The following are excerpts from comments to Simay-e Azadi by compatriots and supporters:

Hanif from Qazvin:
To reach a prosperous and free Iran, we will keep the lights of Simay-e Azadi brighter than ever with our help, albeit small but valuable ones.

Kourosh from Khuzestan:
It is our duty not to let this voice of truth be silenced. The source of all this poverty and unemployment is the disgraced Khamenei and his other criminals. I do not have much financial ability, but I am contributing 5,000,000 rials to Simay-e Azadi.

Iraj from Kerman:
The telethon program is the voice of the very Resistance that is the only alternative to the rule of the clerics, the same resistance that exposed the bomb-making project of the Supreme Leader and turned against the anti-patriotic war and paralyzed Khomeini’s war machine. In contrast to the mullahs’ cover-up of Coronavirus fatalities, this resistance provides the actual figures every night

Ahmed from Astara:
I am poor and stay at home due to illness, but I have a small saving of 60 million rials; I will donate this to Simay-e Azadi.

Yaser from Iranshahr:
Simay-e Azadi is the light to our home and should not be turned off under any circumstances. We will fight against the corrupt and bloodthirsty regime with all our might and power, and I especially declare my readiness to help the MEK overthrow the clerical regime.

Peyman from Mashhad:
Endless greetings to the President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. I am very sorry that I do not have money, but on behalf of the Resistance Units and the army of the unemployed, I present a flower to my brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their whole life for their nation’s happiness.

Khashayar from Khorramabad:
I wanted to tell the executioner Khamenei that we, the youth… have stood up to the end against your discrimination, injustice, and treasons. You should know that you have reached the end of the disgraceful life of your government, and the people and the Resistance Units have encircled you. I will spare no effort to establish democracy and freedom in Iran.

Amina Gharaei from Norway:
On the anniversary of the foundation of the MEK, we saw that a new generation of young women was elected as Joint Secretaries-General of the organization. This was inspiring and extraordinary. Simay-e Azadi facilitates spreading these values, and we see that the Iranian women and young girls in Iran stand at the forefront of the struggle.

Arash Momeni from Austria:
The regime and its allies and the remnants of the monarchy claimed that there was no way to overthrow the monstrous velayat-e faqih system, seeking to keep the youth away from the organized Resistance. Still, these youths have stepped out for a full-scale struggle against Khamenei, the IRGC, and the paramilitary Basij.

Roya Abdi from Sweden:
I want to greet the Resistance Units and say your voice and presence were inspiring, especially during this period. I thank Simay-e Azadi, Iran National Television, for connecting us to our people inside Iran with programs such as Saat-e-Vasl. (A live two-hour weekly program where people from Iran, mainly the defiant youths and MEK supporters, call and discuss the current social, economic, and political issues).

Yeganeh from Norway:
With the courageous action of the Resistance Units in torching the terrorist Qassem Soleimani’s statue on the anniversary of his death, we saw how happy the nation became.

Mother Fatemeh from Tehran:
With a heart full of love and hope, I am offering you 1,650 billion rials as a token of my sympathy and love to you, the vanguards of freedom.

Behzad from Canada:
Behzad donated 1.5 million dollars to Simay-e Azadi, and in response to how he could make such a contribution, he replied, “If you are in love and feel responsible, you can even move mountains. I have been working 16-17 hours a day, six days a week, for 32 years. I have not taken a day off except to participate in the Iranian Resistance annual gatherings and MEK’s rallies. I work in place of six managers … Remembering the martyrs of the path to freedom, it is shameful for a person to forget where he was and where he came from. There was a time when I was distributing newspapers in Toronto for 20 cents. It was so cold that my mustache and hands were freezing. My car did not have a heater, and to warm up. I had to pull off to the side in the street and hold my hands near the car’s exhaust pipe to warm up. I started there … I made a commitment to myself that I would be with the MEK no matter what happened. In response to your question, I must say that it is love and responsibility. Love for the leadership, love for the organization, and love for every MEK member and their supporters.”

Shahin Gobadi
NCRI
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Accessibility.com to Host Event That Provides a Comprehensive Overview of Digital Accessibility Legislation

Websites with accessibility overlays are a key trend to watch this year
MIAMI, FLORIDA, US, January 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Accessibility.com is inviting businesses to attend their latest event, “Are You Next? Trends in Digital Accessibility L…