Country Star Michael Shawn Hartman Warns Trump of Deep State Takeover

Michael Shawn Hartman, Photo Credit: Michael Sargent Photography.

Country Star Michael Shawn Hartman Warns Trump of a Possible Deep State Takeover, yet knows that Steve Bannon and his 'Killing Machine' will try have his back.

I know in my heart that President Trump is not a Nazi.”

— Michael Shawn Hartman

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — Former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon has reportedly been ousted from the Trump administration, sources including the New York Times and others report today. Liberals, who claim Bannon is a racist, were celebrating–but not much, saying Bannon will still wield his white nationalist political influence now with his job back at Breitbart. According to Breitbart itself today, Bannon reportedly refers to the online publication as his 'killing machine,' and he is–according to the site, preparing for war against Trump's enemies, including the Deep State. Country star Michael Shawn Hartman warns Trump to stand strong, and "Keep standing up against the fake news media."

As any President, Trump has no shortage of enemies. Even Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump had had a notoriously long standing feud in the media, that has never let up. With Trump famously calling Rosie O'Donnell a "fat pig," mainstream media jumped on the remarks during the Presidential campaign, which were also brought up by then Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. The feud was quiet for a while, until now.

It started earlier this week, when country stars Tim McGraw, Michael Shawn Hartman, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and other country music stars reportedly made statements strongly against the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that happened Saturday, August 12th, Hollywood Sentinel reports. Two police officers reportedly died attempting to assist in stopping the protest-turned-riot by helicopter, while one woman died on ground–struck by a speeding car that reportedly plowed in to another parked car that people were standing near. Reportedly 19 others were injured. Members of the rally which reportedly began as a protest to remove a statue of U.S. General Robert E. Lee, included the KKK, Nazis, and white nationalists, as well as counter-protesters.

Soon after, many mainstream media attacked Trump for not referring to and condemning the Nazis, KKK, and white nationalists specifically. Trump later gave a speech condemning them, stating he delayed as he had to get all of the facts known. But Trump also condemned some of who he called 'the alt left,' of whom he stated, some were bad people, carrying clubs and inciting violence, with no permit to protest. During this speech in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump repeatedly attacked the media, calling them 'fake news' who didn't care about the facts. At these remarks condemning the so called 'alt left' in addition to some on the so called 'alt right,' many media again attacked Trump, arguing he was not strongly enough condemning Nazis, racists, white nationalists, and the KKK, and essentially defending them, while the media arguably claimed, he was condemning counter-protesters who–many media argued, were simply protesting Nazi's and racists–the very thing America should stand against.

Mainstream media further hit back, stating that Trump was defending Nazis, white nationalists, racists, and KKK members. Trump hater Rosie O'Donnell took it a step further, reportedly tweeting this week that "if u stand next 2 and work with adolf trump – yes u f-ing are a nazi."

Country singer Michael Shawn Hartman came to a quick defense of the President, stating, "I know in my heart that President Trump is not a Nazi, and neither is anyone just because they want to have good working relations with our President. For a celebrity who is an opinion leader to say such harsh words and a lie about our President, is frankly, irresponsible, and foolish, and an insult to Americans as well as to the Jews and all other victim of actual Nazi's. Rosie O'Donnell should be ashamed of herself, and grow up. And I hope now that Mr. Bannon has more freedom, he can better serve and protect our President."

About Michael Shawn Hartman:

While other classmates were busy collecting spiders and baseball cards, a young Michael Shawn was busy jamming. The Singer Songwriter, and Musician, who Hollywood Sentinel hails as "The next Johnny Cash," began playing guitar at the young age of 9 years old. A second generation guitar player, music and a guitar was literally handed down to the young, future performer, growing up with his mother–also a singer and songwriter– performing on stage. With a guitar always in the corner, his older brother, who also played guitar, would tell him to pick up the instrument, and teach him how to play. "You'll know you get it right," his older brother told him, "When all of your fingers are bleeding!"

Having learned how to play 500 songs in the band "Step In Country" Michael was later invited to play a benefit concert back in 2010, and by this time had written 65 songs of his own. He later called up his old bass player, and the rest is history. Living just an hour drive from Niagara Falls, Michael Shawn was raised in the country– and raised on country. Citing Elvis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, and Merle Haggard among some of his favorite singers and influences, Michael Shawn's roots go deep, and one can hear his genuine soul and power in each song.

Constantly perfecting his craft, Michael Shawn Hartman recently started honing his talent yet again, now working with celebrity vocal coach Peisha McPhee, who was the Official Vocal Coach for "American Idol," and who trained her now famous daughter; singer and actress Katharine McPhee.

When asked what his life philosophy is, Michael admits, "My philosophy is don't take advantage of people, and be comfortable with everything around me. I try be the fairest I can to everybody." He adds, "Country music makes me happy when I hear it. It makes me feel good. I want to do the same for people. I want to make people happy and feel good with my music," and he adds, "stop fighting!"

Michael Shawn Hartman performs live at the Irishman Pub and Grill in Williamsville, NY at 9pm on August 26, and August 27 at 10:30am at Royalton Community Days in Gasport, NY.

For press, media interviews and booking requests please contact Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations at 310-226-7176.

Bruce Edwin
Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations
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Inc. 5000 Names Crisp Video Group As One of the Fastest Growing Private Companies

Crisp Video Group is an Atlanta-based company growing at incredible speeds while helping ambitious attorneys set themselves apart through the power of video.

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — While the nation’s economy grew at a pace of 6.7 percent, Crisp Video Group experienced a 3-year growth rate of 597%, earning a spot in the Top 20% of Inc. 5000’s annual class of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

Joining the ranks of private companies such as Orangetheory Fitness, S’well, and notable alumni including GoPro and Microsoft, this prestigious honor reflects an almost six-fold growth in Crisp Video Group since 2013.

Of the company’s explosive growth, Crisp Video Group CEO Michael Mogill said, “Earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 the very first time we applied just shows that we’re offering our clients a service that has real value. We’ve been able to harness the power of video marketing to help each of our clients differentiate themselves from their competition so that they become the obvious choice in their market. I’m confident that next year’s growth rate will be even higher.”

The team at Crisp Video Group is elated about joining one of the most exclusive clubs in the business world and is determined to aim even higher to continue achieving the company’s lofty goals.

One thing is for sure: If Crisp Video Group continues to grow their business at the current breakneck speed, they are soon to become one of the biggest titans in the video marketing industry.

About Crisp Video Group: Crisp Video Group is an Atlanta based video marketing company that offers ambitious attorneys the opportunity to tell their unique story through high-quality video. Founded in 2012, Crisp Video Group has since produced hundreds of videos for clients all over the country. Past awards have included Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Atlanta, Best Places to Work in Atlanta and the Wistia Choice Award. Check them out here.

Michael Mogill
Crisp Video Group
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Westside Grill & Fireplace Tailgating Extravaganza to Feature Food Network Star, Raffles, Live Music

In honor of the company’s 30th anniversary, Westside Grill & Fireplace of Houston will host a tailgating party and grilling demo, Aug. 26.

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — Westside Grill & Fireplace will celebrate 30 years of business with a Tailgate Grilling Demonstration party, complete with great deals on grills, live demonstrations from grill experts, raffle prizes, delicious eats from various vendors and music, Sat., Aug. 26, 2017.

The Texas Biker Chef, who appeared on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, will be at the event to meet fans and friends. In addition, grilling experts will be on hand to display grilling demos from:

-American Outdoor Grill
-Big Green Egg

The event will feature savory recipes that cannot be found anywhere else, as well as tasty treats for the whole family. The tastings from multiple vendors for this tailgating event will be mouth-watering. Enjoy live music from Andrew Wade Band as you tailgate and experience the latest that today’s grilling technology has to offer.

Westside Fireplace and Grill will be offering chances to win an AOG Gas Grill (retail value of $3,000), gift cards from HEB ($100 each), Rustic Cooler, and other giveaways on products and services. You do not want to miss out on this chance to win incredible prizes! In addition, special event pricing will be offered on quality LP and natural gas grills.

Don’t miss the tailgating event of the season. Grab your friends and family and enjoy this one-of-a-kind grilling experience on Aug. 26, 2017 at Westside Grill & Fireplace’s Katy location.

Heather Splawn
Westside Grill & Fireplace
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InMapz App Publishes Detailed, Interactive, Mobile Maps For Over 100 Top International Airports

InMapz venue maps for airports, trade shows, malls, shopping centers, resorts, hospitals, universities, corporate campuses.

Getting lost at airports? Let InMapz take the stress away. Use InMapz mobile app to find directions quickly at top international airports in the world.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — For business and leisure travelers airports can be stressful places as travelers rush to find where to check in, pass through security and immigration check points, and find departure gates. During layovers travelers want to find lounges to relax, restaurants to eat, smoking rooms to break, and restrooms to wash up and change babies' diapers. InMapz mobile app gives travelers detailed maps and wayfinding directions. InMapz shows GPS-based, live you-are-here locations and how to get quickly to destinations.

Airports are among more complex places to map because of multiple terminal buildings, multiple floors within each terminal, and many different points-of-interest types. InMapz app solves these problems. Most other airport maps are static images. InMapz airport maps are interactive showing you-are-here locations. All points-of-interests are searchable. Every detail of airports are included: departure gates, duty-free shopping, restaurants, restrooms, elevators access, etc.

InMapz maps are available for these world-wide, international airports: San Francisco SFO, Los Angeles LAX, Boston Logan BOS, Chicago Ohare ORD, New York JFK, New York La Guardia LGA, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson ATL, Houston George Bush IAH, Houston Hobby HOU, Las Vegas McCarran LAS, Miami MIA, Seattle Tacoma SEA, Washington Dulles IAD, London Heathrow LHR, London Gatwick LGW, Paris Charles De Gaule CDG, Amsterdam Schiphol AMS, Berlin TXL, Munich MUC, Frankfurt FRA, Barcelona El Prat BCN, Madrid Barajas MAD, Hong Kong HKG, Taipei Taoyuan TPE, Bangkok BKK, Beijing PEK, Shanghai Pudong PVG, Singapore Changi SIN, Kuala Lumpur KUL, Tokyo Haneda HND, Tokyo Narita NRT, Osaka Kansai KIX, Seoul Incheon ICN, Sao Paulo CGH, Mexico City Benito Juarez MEX, Toronto Pearson YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Dubai DXB, Abu Dhabi AUH, Istanbul Ataturk IST, Hanoi Noi Bai HAN, Saigon Tan Son Nhat TSN, Melbourne MEL.

InMapz maps are available in multiple formats. Free InMapz iOS and InMapz Android apps can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. InMapz maps are available for licensing as an API module to integrate into branded mobile apps. InMapz maps can also be installed and run on touch-screen kiosks deployed inside venues.

About InMapz (
InMapz is the leading mapping and location-based analytics platform designed for large venues like airports, resorts, trade shows, convention centers, malls, shopping centers, universities, hospitals, corporate campuses, warehouses, factories, and ports. InMapz maps are GPS-accurate with live you-are-here positioning. All points-of-interest are searchable and include details like name, description, website, phone numbers, etc. Traffic data are collected for analysis of traffic patterns within the venue. InMapz platform supports mobile apps, branded white-label API modules, and hardware kiosks. Hundreds of top venues in the world have been mapped on InMapz platform.

For more information please visit, email or call +1.213.533.9465

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With ‘Pill Head’ Petaluma Is the New Hollywood — Again

Pill Head

Pill Head is part of the “Lumaville” series by Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell & Karen Hess

Writer-director Daedalus Howell and Producer and production designer Karen Hess.

Photo by Dennis Ferguson.

Pill Head will be film on location in Petaluma, CA.

Creative Team Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Hometown Feature Film

Our motivation to make this film is not merely to scratch an aesthetic itch — we hope to galvanize our local film community, employ local artists, and add fuel to Petaluma’s creative economy…”

— Daedalus Howell

PETALUMA, CA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — Continuing in the tradition of Hitchcock, Coppola and Lucas, narrative art collective Culture Dept. will make their feature film debut in their native Petaluma, CA.

Comprised of producer and production designer Karen Hess and writer-director Daedalus Howell, the company’s “artsploitation” film Pill Head joins the ranks of The Birds, American Graffiti, Peggy Sue Got Married, Basic Instinct, Scream, Inventing the Abbots, and recent Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why this October when shooting commences following an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which soft-launched last week.

In the film, college student Theda (played by Petaluman Emily Ahrens) is a pill addict who elects to undergo an experimental sleep treatment overseen by a shady professor, Dr. Ashe (played by Petaluman Alia Beeton). When she awakes, she discovers that her treatment has resulted in the psychic ability to see into parallel universes. She seeks out a dodgy metaphysics writer to help her fathom the new power but his council leaves her ill-prepared for the machinations of the professor as the spectre of her own addiction wreak havoc on her sense of self. To break free, she switches identities with another young woman and, as her possible fates unfold before her, she ventures to the brink of sanity to make a defining decision. The path Theda finds herself on could lead to redemption but it may also cost her life. The question is — which one?

An expansion of the darkly comic universe of writer-director Daedalus Howell’s “Lumaville” novels (Quantum Deadline; The Late Projectionist), Pill Head marks the fifth collaboration for Culture Dept., which was aptly described by the Petaluma Argus-Courier as “A pair of local artists with a habit of staging offbeat performance art events in Petaluma” including a postcard exhibit, a pop-up video store, and a fake 80s New Wave band. Whereas Airport Bar, the team’s anti-travel ban performance that recreated an airport bar (“…Their most political statement yet.” — North Bay Bohemian) spoke to international concerns, Pill Head instead focuses its lens on local issues like the burgeoning opioid addiction in small towns like Petaluma.

"'Pill Head' makes a unique and personal statement on a universal theme — redemption — while interrogating the very concept with questions like 'Does it count toward my major?' and 'Is it habit-forming?'" says Howell. "Our motivation to make this film is not merely to scratch an aesthetic itch — we hope to galvanize our local film community, employ local artists, and add fuel to Petaluma’s creative economy while capturing this particular moment in its history."

The Indiegogo campaign can be found at or by visiting
The official hashtag for the film is #pillheadmovie. Karen Hess and Daedalus Howell are available for interviews. Call (707) 347-9772 or email to schedule.

Daedalus Howell
Culture Dept.
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LE&RN to host 8th annual New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases at Brooklyn Bridge, September 17, 2017

Nicole Faccio with her 2016 NY #LymphWalk team, Brooklyn, NY

Nicole Faccio with her 2016 NY #LymphWalk team, Brooklyn, NY

New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases

New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases

Nicole Faccio 2016 NY #LymphWalk team Brooklyn Bridge

Nicole Faccio 2016 NY #LymphWalk team Brooklyn Bridge

Hundreds of participants expected; New Yorker and lymphedema activist Nicole Faccio to keynote

I am asking our leaders to invest in quality of life for millions of citizens so people can get proper and affordable care. I am advocating for funding for research, education and, eventually, a cure.”

— Nicole Faccio

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — On Sunday, September 17, beginning at 9am, hundreds of supporters will come together at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge in Cadman Plaza Park, New York City, to kick off the 8th annual New York Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases. The yearly event raises awareness and funding for lymphedema (LE) and lymphatic disease (LD) education, research, and advocacy. Companies will provide LE and LD product demonstrations and information. Speakers will address the progress made and the challenges the community continues to face. Keynote speaker Nicole Faccio will be honored for her ongoing activism at the state level by New York State Senator Martin J. Golden and New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. Darren Wennen, Vice President of Marketing Tactile Medical, will be given the 2017 LE&RN Impact Award.

"I hope my voice increases awareness of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases,” Nicole said. “I am asking our leaders to invest in quality of life for millions of citizens so people can get proper and affordable care. I am advocating for
funding for research, education and, eventually, a cure."

Since her success at last year’s New York #LymphWalk, Nicole has become a leader in New York State's lymphedema movement, making a trip to Albany in March of 2017 for World Lymphedema Day. Nicole’s passion for the cause served to galvanize lawmakers; many have now joined forces with Nicole and LE&RN to pass a lymphedema insurance bill in New York State which would require insurance coverage for equipment, supplies, devices, complex decongestive therapy and out-patient self-management training, and education for the treatment of lymphedema.

To register for the year’s New York #LymphWalk, join a team, form a team, support a team, or become a Virtual Walker, just visit Registration is $20 and each fully registered team member will receive a t-shirt and medal at the end of the Walk. LE&RN thanks National Series sponsors BSN medical (Premier Presenting Sponsor), Tactile Medical (Presenting Sponsor), BioCompression Systems, Juzo, ImpediMed/L-Dex, Eiger, Sigvaris, MediUSA, Herantis, LympheDIVAS, and Lympha Press, as well as local sponsors Lymphedema Products, Norton School, Nesquik, ShechterCare, MME Ink, ILWTI, Wyatt Rehabilitation. Visit to find out more about New York #LymphWalk, as well as other events around the country.

About LE&RN
Founded in 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (formerly LRF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. LE&RN provides valuable education resources for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system. For more information about lymphatic disease or the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, please visit or call (516) 625-9675.

Laura Farrell
Lymphatic Education & Research Network
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Finch Wins Google’s Search Innovation Award 2017

Finch Gets First Place for Paid Search at Regional Premier Partner Awards

Winning this award is a great honor, and one that it takes a great effort from the entire team to reach this high level of performance for our clients.”

— Bjorn Espenes, Finch CEO and co-founder

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, August 18, 2017 / — Finch has won a major Google Premier Partners Award for Search Innovation 2017. Google created the The Premier Partners Awards to celebrate innovation and success in digital marketing. This comes after Finch won last year’s award for Google EMEA’s Best Shopping Performance of 2016.

This year, Google celebrated the “foresight, innovation, and dedication” of their Premier Partners by hosting a global awards program to “recognize and celebrate our top-performing Google Premier Partners for their contributions to digital marketing, product innovation, and client growth.”

To be allowed to participate, Google Premier Partners across the world had to submit regional entries in six digital marketing categories with only one winner in each category for each region. Finch won for Search Innovation in North America. Regional winners will go on to compete for Google’s global awards in September of this year.
Finch’s entry provided a case study highlighting their client Artisan Hardware, a premiere barn door and hardware manufacturer. This study showed the financial impact of growing the client’s business through their AdWords search campaign and an overall result of Artisan Hardware’s revenue increasing by 541%, while cost of sales reduced 62% in a year-over-year comparison. The account was managed using Finch’s proprietary technology and high-level consulting services to run an effective AdWords Search campaign for this client.

Artisan Hardware’s founder & CEO Chase Norton is quite pleased with the results he’s seen. He says that they “first started with Finch after cycling through a number of advertising firms that made big claims but delivered small results. Finch has been consistent and transparent from day one in an effort to increase sales and save money. They have been proactive in providing detailed analytics and strong performance metrics to make decision making easier for us. Ours has been a true and effective partnership.”

Finch CEO Bjorn Espenes says, "this is a great honor, and one that it takes a great effort from the entire team to reach this high level of performance for our clients." He stated that the award illustrates their commitment to being forward-thinking, and always pushing the boundaries of digital advertising.

The global award winners will be announced at the Google Partner Summit in New York City on September 28, 2017.

If you have inquiries, please contact Kim Pratt at or call 855-275-7772.

About Finch

Finch is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. A global company with offices in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia, Finch manages AdWords programs to create optimal business growth for clients using their proprietary programmatic advertising platform. Finch is a Google Premier Partner and boasts a global team of Google certified AdWords and Bing Accredited experts. Learn more about Finch at or through our official blog at


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Lerner & Rowe Invests in Bullhead City Youth Through $400 Sponsorship of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River

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Lerner & Rowe Gives Back

Arizona personal injury law firm's sponsorship supports the only youth basketball league program in the Tri-State area of Bullhead City, Fort Mojave & Laughlin.

Our legal team is pleased to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River and their efforts to better the lives of local Bullhead City youth.”

— Kevin Rowe

BULLHEAD CITY, NV, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — For the second year in a row, the Bullhead City personal injury law office of Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is a proud sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. The law firm’s $400 sponsorship will be put towards one of the Club’s youth basketball league teams. Having been around for over 27 years, the Club’s basketball league is the area’s largest and longest running youth basketball program in the areas of Bullhead City, Fort Mojave and Laughlin.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River ensures that over 1,300 local youth have a safe place to go after school. It is also a place that offers a variety of programs that encourages youth to grow and realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,” said personal injury attorney Kevin Rowe. “For these reasons and more, our legal team is pleased to support the Club and their efforts to better the lives of local Bullhead City youth.”

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River youth basketball league and other programs, visit or call (928) 763-1411.

More About Lerner and Rowe

For additional information about Lerner and Rowe’s Bullhead City personal injury attorneys call (928) 923-6777. To learn more about the criminal defense and bankruptcy services offered by their partner law firm Lerner and Rowe Law Group, visit or call (602) 667-7777.

To connect with the law firm socially, follow Lerner and Rowe on Twitter, or become a fan of their Facebook page. Also visit to learn more about the community services that the lawyers and legal support team of Lerner and Rowe actively support.

More About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River

Since 1988, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River have served the youth of the Tri-State area that makes up Bullhead City, Fort Mojave and Laughlin areas. The Bullhead City branch features game and activity rooms, tech center, education center, arts & crafts classroom, an instructional galley kitchen and an on-site greenhouse Learn more at or by calling (928) 763-1411.


Kevin Rowe, ESQ.
Lerner and Rowe, P.C.
(602) 977-1900
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NCJFCJ and National Juvenile Defender Center Address LGBTQ Youth and Adolescent Development

Two bench cards released for LGBTQ Youth and Adolescent Development

Judges play a critical role in both ensuring that courts and justice professionals recognize the developmental differences, and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

— Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — (Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards: one with principles and best practices to ensure that LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom are treated with respect, and one addressing adolescent development in delinquency proceedings.

The bench card, Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) supports and provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQ-GNC) youth.

LGBTQ-GNC youth are disproportionality represented in the juvenile justice system. LGBTQ-GNC youth represent five to seven percent of the nation’s youth population, but 20 percent of those are in juvenile detention facilities. 85 percent are youth of color, and 40 percent of girls in detention facilities identify as LGB-GNC.

“Judges are ethically obligated to promote access to justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion,” said Judge Jay Blitzman, Middlesex Division of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, who helped draft the bench cards. “With the NCJFCJ’s endorsement of this bench card, it allows us, as judicial leaders, to model good behavior for ourselves, our court personnel, members of the public including the children and families whom we serve.”

The SOGIE bench card encourages judges, and all those subject to the judge’s direction, to be free from personal and extracurricular biases while promoting access to justice for all. It outlines unique considerations at every stage of the case including to: not make assumptions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity; be mindful of the unintended consequences of “outing” a child; supporting an individual’s expression of gender identity by using their preferred name and pronouns of choice; allow transgender and gender non-conforming people to wear clothing that matches their gender identity and expression; among others.

It also outlines recommendations and considerations for specific stages of the case, understanding LGBTQ-GNC terminology, and encourages training and education for judges to ensure all treat LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom with respect.

“In many cases for LGBTQ-GNC youth the last stop before hope is lost is the courtroom. Disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system by the time they come to court these youth may have experience bias and prejudice at home, school and community,” said Judge Ramona Gonzalez, La Cross County Circuit Court. “How a judge speaks to and engages with a youth will not change past adverse experiences but it can be a new beginning where respect, hope, and justice thrive.”

Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings encourages judges to understand and learn the developmental differences between youth and adults, and must consider them in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“Youth are different from adults and young children are different from older teens,” said Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D., director of the NCJFCJ’s National Center for Juvenile Justice. “The way we understand their behavior and our response to their needs must take those differences into consideration. This bench card gives specifics on how to do that and still hold youth accountable.”

Research shows that adolescents are not just small adults, but are constitutionally different. Adolescents are less culpable and more capable of reform than adults, and are therefore less deserving of the most severe punishments. Adolescents also develop at different rates in social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains.

“Promoting positive youth development and encouraging judges and all actors to utilize research and evidence-based practices reduces recidivism and empowers children,” said Judge Blitzman.

This bench card outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's case. Important judicial considerations and practical guidance is offered to help judges translate those principles into practice in the courtroom, which includes sample questions and colloquies that can be utilized in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“These bench cards are essential tools to assist juvenile and family court judges and ensure developmentally appropriate, bias-free courtrooms that strengthen a child’s likelihood for success,” said Mary Ann Scali, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. “The NCJFCJ’s endorsement of these cards encourages strong on-the-bench judicial leadership to improve outcomes and increase youth understanding of the court process while ensuring everyone in the courtroom is treated with dignity and respect.”

"The State Justice Institute commends the NCJFCJ and the National Juvenile Defender Center for their continuous effort to provide outstanding educational tools to better inform juvenile and family court judges about the best practices and latest science available on adolescent development,” said Jonathan D. Mattiello, executive director of the State Justice Institute.

The NCJFCJ Board of Directors voted to support and endorse the policies and practices outlined in these two bench cards during their July 2017 annual meeting.

“These resources are part of a line of important informational and policy statements from the NCJFCJ,” said Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi, NCJFCJ president. “Judges and judicial leadership play a critical role in both ensuring that courts and justice professionals recognize the developmental differences, supported by the research on adolescent development, between youth and adults and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

For more NCJFCJ resolutions and policy statements, visit

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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$5 Million Real Estate Artifical Intelligence R&D Has begun for GREL


Real estate artificial intelligence

Global Real Estate Licence, the provider of online real estate education & technology solutions, today announced the launch of their dynamic R&D with AI.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / — Global Real Estate Licence, the provider of online real estate education & technology solutions, is proud to announce they have begun their research & development with artificial intelligence. GREL is pleased to say that they are spending in the next 24 months, $5 million on dynamic R&D, to support agents in dominating the industry with their ‘AI’ technology. Designed to be focused for real estate agents all around the world, GREL understands the true potential of artificial intelligence and how it can get agents to become top sellers through constantly providing updated workout scripts, Area Analysis Reports, CMA’s and more. With Google, Microsoft and other large companies developing superb softwares, they each have artificial intelligence systems as their key nucleus for what they are doing, GREL’s AI will be your ticket to become a real estate expert.

“It is evident that each real estate agent has to follow a sales process, which requires to not only be sales oriented, but to also focus on marketing, customer service, accounting, content creation, advertising and more. Perfecting that sales process is key. Right from gaining the knowledge to becoming experts in the industry, providing a platform to agents which helps perfect the sales process, will ultimately results in agents focusing on providing value to their clients. The solution is not about throwing more tools their way, it’s about strategically creating a platform, focusing on mindset and knowledge, first. The expertise of a real estate agent can be severely underestimated in markets all around the world. The influence agents have in their local markets affects the largest assets of families, businesses and investors, leading them to play an incredible role in their communities current, and future, wellbeing. The launch of our mentorship program was built on this foundation, to guide the influencers to make a positive impact on their communities, and we are extremely proud to offer this. It is geared towards agents who are eager to learn and contribute, but may not have the funds to complete the training. We will never shy away from making a positive impact on people’s lives, especially for those who can benefit most from it.

The importance of artificial intelligence has become increasingly evident for industries around the world, such as IBM’s investment into their Watson program. GREL is able to expand their reach to deliver their education and technology to the real estate industry with the launch of their mentorship program. In addition to their platform, Global Real Estate Licence is integrating other platforms to create a result oriented workflow. This introduction restructures the sales process, producing more efficient and productive results for agents. This announcement falls in line with the aggressive roadmap GREL had set out, with more industry shakeups aimed for agents, which would be worthwhile to keep an eye out for in the near future..

About Global Real Estate Licence:

GREL is a California-based organization that provides real estate training, licencing and guidelines to real estate professionals around the world. The online business platform by GREL helps users build their real estate knowledge, enhance skills, and properly brand their business for success. Real estate licence editions provided by GREL are designed to help real estate professionals understand the property market, master the skills required for success, and implement robust strategies required for success in real estate. Visit our website to learn more about Global Real Estate Licence:

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Source: EIN Presswire