Johnson Amendment At Risk – End Citizens United Works To Protect It

With so much happening in the universe of politics in the United States, it’s easy for big stories to go unnoticed. While the general public seems to be more concerned about what the President is or not doing, the nation’s long history of the separation of church and state is more at risk than ever. Republicans are working tirelessly to revoke the 1954 Johnson Amendment. If they succeed with their plans, organizations such as churches, universities, and charities risk losing their tax-exempt status by participating in political campaigns.

Contrary to what many Americans were made to believe for many years, the Johnson Amendment doesn’t completely restrict the groups mentioned above from taking part in the nation’s politics. They are permitted to choose sides and even hold an event to support a candidate of their choice. Churches have always enjoyed certain privileges for being non-partisan, but the amendment signed into law by President Eisenhower is currently at risk.

The amendment was designed to protect these groups from being manipulated by covetous political donors. Unfortunately, the conservatives want to change that and give these people more ways to buy Americans’ democracy. If they succeed to repeal this amendment, it means that anyone can now donate money to tax-exempt groups for political reasons. The money donated is considered to be tax-exempt, so the donors can also receive tax deductions.

The Johnson Amendment was proposed and signed into law for good reasons, but in the recent years, it has become a political tool. In light of this, organizations have been formed with intentions of repealing the law. For example, a GOP organization called The Alliance Defending Freedom runs a campaign known as Pulpit Freedom Sounding that seeks to encourage religious leaders to protest and help in the process of repealing the amendment. IRS has audited one of the participating churches, but no one has been fined or charged with anything yet.

About End Citizens United

In 2015, End Citizens United was founded in direct response to the 2010 Citizens United decision. The group is determined to have as many right people elected to public office as possible. They are concerned about the politics of money which has corrupted the system of governance in the US.

Currently, more than 100 organizations have joined hands with ECU in the fight against the repeal of the Johnson Amendment. They have huge support in various social media networks including Facebook and Twitter. ECU understands that if the Republicans are left to have their way, it’s going to be hard to get America out of this problem. Visit:http://endcitizensunited.org/about/

 

Ted Baumann’s Solution of Getting out Of a Financial Rat Race

     Ted Baumann is a prolific business player who is relentless in his mission to re-educate society on financial matters. He posts serial articles on his blog on a wide array of topics such as stock, revenue creation, debt elimination and world events. One of his posts enlightens on how individuals miss out on amassing more wealth by piling up debts.

Ted began by stating people are not overly concerned with debt as they are with taxes. He explained that the real reason taxes are a concern for the average American is the distinguishable difference they make on the net salary. He however explained that taxes are not the real drain ones salary. According to the seasoned financial expert, debt is the culprit when it comes to missing out on gains.

Ted Baumann has a contrasting view of America’s economy. While the United States remain a top provider of high-quality living, the lifestyle comes at a high cost. Ted believes that a credit-based market is more expensive to the average citizen, in comparison to paying for items on cash. In the long run, the entire amount disbursed to acquire a liability such as a house digs a hole into the overall pocket of the individual. This payment plan is even more severe since it is as open for other purchases such as education and vehicles.

Ted Baumann outlined mortgages and student loans as the biggest drains on society. He revealed that the depth of excessive debts have plunged since 2008. He explained that borrowing leads to more lending and the cycle repeats itself. His observation estimates that buying things on credit is a ticking time bomb which will eventually strain incomes. Ted Baumann’s recommendation to getting out of the rat race is to end the vicious need to borrows money. Additionally, the United States can adjust the interest rates to ease the repayment burden for Americans.

Ted Baumann does more than talk about ways of getting to the fast lane. He is the founder of Alpha Stock Alert – a stock investment company that has proven to have a powerful index. In the last ten years, Alpha Stock Alert has beat S&P 500 Index with vigorous trading strategies. He writes on his blog, the Baumann Letter, with the aim of helping subscribers gain an out of the box mind in investing. He values the privacy of all his clients and works to retain their trust in all financial transactions.

Immigration Rights Inspired by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Technology has made the world a fascinating place to be. This is because everything is reachable online. Everyone can access everything from wherever they are. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

It is this exposure that has led to individuals moving from one place to another. Research shows that more than 200 million individuals are living as immigrants.

This migration rate has improved the standard of abuse of human, immigrant and civil rights. Immigrants in many states are discriminated and denied their rights. Most immigrants are denied the right to participate in the decision making of a country. In some states, they do not even enjoy the most basic human rights.

Being an immigrant with this kind of situation can be very depressing. This is because you feel less and so not have the power to talk and be heard. It is however not as depressing with the presence of humanitarians in the society.

The philanthropists feel your pain and not rest until your voice is hard. There have been uncountable philanthropic groups since time immemorial. Every team with one common goal of achieving justice and equality. Some of the groups that have been active in the field are discussed below.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The Frontera Fund was formed by the famous journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two are recognized by their bravery to face the law and fight for what rightfully belongs to them.

On this particular day, they placed the story of the evil deeds that a sheriff had committed in their first page of the New Times. The residents could not believe when they saw the publication.

The Sherriff was a respected and feared man of the society. Just as the residents expected, the Sheriff was not amused by the act. He, therefore, arrested them from their homes at midnight. He then drove them to an unfamiliar location.

Luckily, the occupants demonstrated and demanded their release. The Sheriff had no choice but to honor the wish of the people.

Lacey and Larkin then proceeded to court to seek justice. As usual, they won. They were declared innocent and compensated with $3.75 million.

They used this money to begin the Frontera Fund. They first assisted the immigrants who lived in Arizona.

Frontera Fund has fought any battles in relations to human, civil and immigration rights. It also works to ensure that everyone has the freedom of expression.

The DACA Foundation

There individuals who have been in the states for a long time. Although some of this immigrants might not be legally documented, they are the members of the states.

DACA foundation is created to assist such individuals specifically. This is because they have invested a lot of their time and talent in building the state. Deporting such individuals is not the best way to pay them back.

The DACA Organization ensures that its members get an additional two years in the state. During the two years, the member can complete their mission or acquire the required documents to be members of the United States.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

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End Citizens United Doubles Down on Defense of Johnson Amendment

The United States government has been under a systemic, financial attack by the elites in the country for almost a decade now. The root of this problem goes straight back to the 2010 Supreme Court decision which saw James Bopp and Citizens United argue for looser campaign restrictions. Bopp argued that corporations were essentially ‘people’ and that their ability to donate was just an extension of their freedom of speech. Of course, now it is clear to see what the ultimate endgame of Citizens United was: to flood politics with money from billionaires and millionaires who have a cause to rally behind. Nowadays, End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee that has focused on introducing a constitutional amendment in order to undo the damage done by the Citizens United decision. Unfortunately, thanks to the election of Donald Trump this task may have just gotten harder.

Donald Trump rose to power on a populist message that thinly veiled his real goal, introducing more and more money into the political machine. Donald Trump took aim at the Johnson Amendment this past summer in order to get more money from the religious sector to flood into Washington D.C. The Johnson Amendment was introduced as the Johnson Act back in 1954 by Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson. With bipartisan support, the Johnson Amendment helped to keep tax-exempt religious services from entering the political machine. The trade off was simple, if you don’t pay taxes then you need to keep your political messaging out of your halls. Despite having widespread support for decades, Trump decided to take aim at the amendment in order to throw a bone to his far-right religious base.

End Citizens United knows that repealing the Johnson Amendment will lead to a dramatic influx of millionaires into the political arena. Imagine mega-churches that are suddenly allowed to donate their congregational earnings straight into the coffers of far-right politicians. End Citizens United is a grassroots political action committee led by Tiffany Muller. Their goal over the past two years has been to address the prevalence of dark money and elite spenders in Washington D.C. When millionaires and billionaires get to control politicians, the average American will end up losing.

According to a Pew Research poll nearly 66% of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of letting the church impact the United States government. Still, the other third of respondents are vocal and on board with Trump’s bloviating and posturing surrounding the Johnson Amendment. Now, End Citizens United is engaging in a coordinated effort to bring awareness to the disastrous idea of repealing the Johnson Amendment. Progressives and moderates around the country will need to coalesce around this message in order to make it effective.

Read more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/end-citizens-united

 

The Dreamers’ dream though DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, popularly known as DACA is a federal program that provides temporary protection to undocumented immigrants who came to America as children. DACA was launched back in the year 2012 when Barack Obama was the president.

The program aimed at helping those who illegally immigrated to the US to live, study, and work temporarily in the United States. Those who wished to join DACA must pass through vetting.

In the vetting process, they assess one’s criminal history and other acts that might pose as security threats to the state. They must have also completed school or out of military services.

Once an applicant passes the vetting process, their deportation procedures are deferred for two years, and given a chance to renew as well as access to basic utilities such as driving license, working permits, and can join any college in the United States.

Deferred action means that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will classify the individual as a low priority when it comes to immigration enforcement, and will not deport him or her.

Though this may come as a relief to the immigrant, deferred action may be revoked at any time and cannot be seen as immunity or even amnesty.

Those who are protected by DACA program are popularly known as the DREAMERS. By the time Trump administration came into power, there were 787,580 Dreamers approved to benefit from the program. To apply, the immigrants must have been;

  • Less than 31 years on 2012, the same year DACA program was started
  • Undocumented as mentioned earlier
  • Came to the United States before they were 16 years old

As per the program official reports, most Dreamers are from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. Also, many of them are living in New York City, Florida, Texas and California.

The idea behind the DREAMer program was that most of them had been raised in the US. Plus, they wanted to divert the immigration enforcement attention from what seem to be ‘insignificant’ individuals who had commendable behavior.

 

Even though the DACA program seems to give hope young immigrants in the United States, the Trump’s administration poses a significant threat. During his campaigns, Trump mentioned that he would render the DACA program illegal, meaning all its beneficiaries will be facing deportation.

Many view Trump’s stand as a divisive and inappropriate by the way he treats the immigrants. Many human and immigrants’ rights organization including Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which was formed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, came forward to condemn Trump’s stand. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

However, Trump mentioned that the Dreamers would not be considered as low priority by immigration enforcement if they are involved in any criminal activity that poses security threat to the state. For instance, being a member of a gang, or has been involved in criminal activity.

For what looked like a sigh of relief, though for some time, the Trump’s rescinding of DACA program was postponed for six months to give the Congress time to pass similar legislation.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The fund was founded by Michael Lacey along with Jim Larkin. They are also the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The tow journalists channeled about $3.75 million settlement resulting from their arrest to this fund.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund seek to support groups that fight for immigrants, civil, as well as human rights. They also help freedom of speech and public participation throughout Arizona.

Boraie and Sons Empire

Last year’s summer the state theatre of New Brunswick in New Jersey, offered the community some latest movies for free. Two organizations supported the project, The Provident Bank Foundation, and Boraie Development. The whole idea was to provide the youths a period to enjoy with their family and friends. The Theatre is historical and sentimental to the people of New Jersey, where most live concerts happen. The structure was brought up 1921 as a movie house. It wasn’t the first time for Boraie Development to sponsor the project. See, centraljerseyworkingmoms.com.

Boraie Development

Boraie Development is an enterprise in which its primary focus is the urban real estate market that is real estate development, property management, and sales & marketing. It is devoted to its vision. It has been running for the last 30 years and has set a record of being one of the best in New Jersey, published through New Jersey Stage. Boraie Development works together with large commercial banks for funding of their projects plus their capital.

They also have an excellent marketing strategy that attracts their customers and investors who enjoy widespread period ownership. One of their primary strategies is the management of their properties. Their assets can add value with time. Boraie Development is categories: Industrial Building and Warehouses. (http://www.boraie.com/ company/development)

Omar Boraie

Omar Boraie is the President and Head of the Boraie Development. He is a 73-year-old man. While a young man as he traveled to Europe for his studies in chemistry, he was inspired by developments and buildings and when Omar went to New Jersey it became his dream to make New Brunswick look the same as what he had since in Europe.

He faced many challenges, and at some point, people thought of him as a crazy man. It is 40 years down the line, and his vision for New Brunswick has become a reality. He bought land on his block which had old worn-out buildings and changes the whole site the plan he had in mind one by one.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, he brought about Albany Street Tower One which was 250,000 square feet and 2003 he completed Tower Two. The two towers had Class A office space. He later constructed residential units with the New York City look. It was the tallest building in New Brunswick. Wasseem Boraie, Omar’s oldest son, is the Vice President of the company. Read more on centraljerseyworkingmoms.com.

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Jeff Yastine’s Experience in Economic Report

     Jeff Yastine is an editor at Total Wealth Insider. Jeff has lots of experience of over 20 years in financial journalism and stock market investment. Banyan Hill Publishing was the beneficiary of Jeff’s vast experience in editing and writing when he joined them in 2015. He also contributes to Winning Investor Daily and Sovereign Investor Daily. His contribution helps investors to understand business, economic, and financial trends by shading light on openings that are available in the market with the potential of creating profit.

Jeff’s experience is from many years in the field and again from interviewing highly prolific persons in the business world like Michael Dell, Warren Buffet, and Sir Richard Branson among others. His reporting helps investors realize opportunities from every corner possible. He warned investors about the instability that was witnessed in mid-2000, his other big announcements was the effects of the hurricane in 2005 and its financial impact. Jeff was in Cuba in 1994 and later in 2003 to file a report on the contribution that investors were making on Cuba’s economy. Jeff was also an Anchor and financial correspondent on PBS Nightly Business Report; he was there from 1994 to 2010.

In 2007, Jeff was a nominee of Business Emmy Award courtesy of a report that he did on underfunded American infrastructure. Jeff’s credible reports have given him many awards for more than two decades that he has been an economic reporter. Jeff did both local and international business stories that turned to be helpful to concerned parties.

About Banyan Hill Publishing

Banyan Hill Publishing is a network of experts from all over the world who are seeking investments opportunities with the aim of empowering Americans economically. The business opportunities are for Americans to use as a bridge to their financial freedom. They get the name from a banyan tree that grows in a way to support itself and again reproduce at a higher rate.

The tree grows in a manner that enables it to withstand harsh weather conditions and at the same time retaining its ability to reproduce at a higher rate. Those are the characteristics that Banyan Hill is working with to empower their clients and at the same time grow with them.

Banyan Hill aim is to become the pillar to their customers as they grow to their financial freedom. Banyan is assured of reliable support with contributions of an economic veteran reporter like Jeff.

The Life And Work Of Legal Litigator: Karl Heideck

Karl Heideck is a renowned lawyer and a brilliant blogger who has done several articles that talk about legal matters that are addressed to corporations and also individuals who wish to get legal advice. He became a successful blogger after years of working as a lawyer in several firms, where the time he spent at courtrooms and his work at the companies became the stepping stone towards the successful man he is today.

Heideck is a well-known litigator and a brilliant researcher who has written some fantastic and compelling articles. Currently, Karl Heideck serves in the corporate sector offering counsel on various issues that affect corporations in their day-day operations. He has majored in corporate law and commercial litigation.

With a strong educational background, Karl Heideck was bent to have a successful career, and he took advantage of this opportunity to build himself up. He joined Swarthmore College where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Art’s in English and Literature, six years later Karl graduated with a master’s degree in law from Temple Beasley University and soon after he became a certified lawyer after graduating from Temple Beasley School of Law.

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Karl Heideck started his work soon after graduating where he worked hard for several years representing firms and individual clients. However, after years as an advocate, Karl dream of helping out drove him to start a blog where he spoke out about profound legal matters. One such article is one that talked about a lawsuit against Wells Fargo a prominent bank. The state of Philadelphia filled the suit where the state alleged that the bank had knowing allocated minorities’ high-risk loans that came with significant interest rates despite the fact that these clients were entitled to loans which had minimum risks as well as low-interest rates. According to the article, the state then claimed that due to the high levels the applicants were rendered unable to complete their mortgage payments which would consequently lead to foreclosure.

Another such article was one where he wrote to employers who owned small business around Pennsylvania where he warned them to adhere as well as be updated themselves with the always changing labor laws. Karl Heideck stated that laws like the Pennsylvania Child Labor Law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and all the guidelines outlined in the FLSA are relevant legislation that an employer needs to familiarize themselves with to avoid being in trouble with the law.

Find more about Karl Heideck: https://gazetteday.com/2017/09/karl-heideck-explains-salary-history-law-in-philadelphia/

Cameron Clokie: Canadian Maxillofacial, Oral and Regenerative Treatments

There are a lot of people out there who have to have parts of their facial tissue removed for issues like cancer. It might seem like such a foreign concept for those who don’t have such problems or those who do not know anyone with such problems. Unfortunately, people with these types of issues end up having gaps in their face that affect their appearance and sometimes disable them to an extent.

There are regenerative therapies on the horizon that help people in these situations regrow parts of their faces so that they can go back to their normal selves. Cameron Clokie, a doctor in Toronto, is one of the people at the forefront who is pioneering regenerative treatments that restore the quality of people’s lives.

Cameron Clokie is a well-reputed man who goes the extra mile to seek out ways to treat his patients. He performs maxillofacial and oral surgeries on his patients in his own clinic. Cameron Clokie also teaches students about oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Toronto. Read more: Dr. Cameron Clokie Gives His Quick Tips for Tooth Care While Traveling

You can find published articles by Cameron Clokie about his area of expertise. Cameron Clokie is not a young man, and he has is not new to the field of regenerative therapies, oral surgeries and maxillofacial surgeries. Of course, the definitions of “old” and “young” are relative.

He is neither a young man out of medical school, nor an elderly man who is all gray and wrinkled. Cameron Clokie serves his time has a CEO for a company called Induce Biologics, Inc. This company has to to with his business of regenerative therapies.

Cameron Clokie does not just do regenerative therapies. He also does dental work, tooth implants, and wisdom tooth removals. Most of his clients who give reviews online say very, very, very positive things about him.

Somebody from his personal life tried to ruin his career by making trouble for no good reason—perhaps other than to take out some sort of childish, drama-filled petty revenge on him.

Learn more about Cameron Clokie:

https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Cameron-Clokie-1711496149080699/
http://inducebiologics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=18

How A Local Company Owned By The Boraie Family Is Making New Jersey A Better Place To Live

There are many actions that individuals, organizations and businesses can take in order to make their neighborhoods a better place. For example neighbors who are concerned about the appearance of their neighborhood can link up to organize monthly beautification days where they get together to clean up a nearby park. Some people might decide to work with the people that they live near in order to start a garden where everyone commits to doing work such as watering plants or planting vegetables or flowers. Collaborating on a community initiative like a garden can help a local neighborhood to look much more beautiful and it can provide a source of food for people who live in the area. Some people might choose to help make their neighborhoods a better place by spending time tutoring elementary school students in math or by volunteering to help care for cats and dogs at the local animal shelter. These are the kinds of actions that make neighborhoods and cities great places to live.

One way that the company Boraie Development, LLC has made efforts to help its neighborhood become better is through using its resources to help a non-profit. Boraie Development, LLC along with the philanthropic institution that is known as The Provident Bank Foundation, formed a partnership with a local non-profit that resulted in both entities providing the organization with the resources that were needed to show several movies to the general public. Boraie Development was able to do its part to continue to make its local neighborhood a better place by supporting this non-profit’s film screenings.

The six films that were screened were part of the nonprofit’s efforts to ensure that more people had the ability to enjoy movies regardless of whether or not they have the resources to pay for a movie ticket. This was possible because the assistance that Boraie Development, LLC and The Provident Bank Foundation offered the nonprofit enabled the organization to have film screenings that were open to everyone free of charge. Check out Central Jersey Working Moms for more.

In addition to lending its support to a local nonprofit Boraie Development, LLC has also helped to spearhead the execution of projects that have involved building housing for college students, community members and leading the construction of hotels. In recent years the company has been playing an important role in projects that are related to redeveloping Atlantic City and making Atlantic City much more appealing to a younger crowd.

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