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Royse Events to Host the 2020 California Statewide Candidates Forum: The Future of California

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Royse Events LLC, a nonpartisan organizer of technology and policy events, today announced its upcoming 2020 California Statewide Candidates Forum. The CASC Forum will provide a virtual platform for candidates from across the state to briefly share their vision for California's future.

Candidates will either appear live via videostream on October 10, or can choose to submit a prerecorded video for publication. Participation is open to all California candidates currently running for the United States House of Representatives, California State Assembly, or California State Senate.

The CASC Forum is a free event and open to the public. Attendees should register at https://cascforum.com/.

Confirmed participants include:
* Chris Bish - Candidate for US Congress (District 6)
* Ritesh Tandon - Candidate for US Congress (District 17)
* Jeff Gorman - Candidate for US Congress (District 20)
* Andy Caldwell - Candidate for US Congress (District 24)
* Eric Early - Candidate for US Congress (District 28)
* Angélica María Dueñas - Candidate for US Congress (District 29)
* David Kim - Candidate for US Congress (District 34)
* William "Liam" O'Mara - Candidate for US Congress (District 42)
* James S. Waters - Candidate for US Congress (District 46)
* Gary J. Michaels - Candidate for State Senate (District 19)
* Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh - Candidate for State Senate (District 23)
* Cathy Cook - Candidate for State Assembly (District 8)
* Eric M. Rigard - Candidate for State Assembly (District 9)
* Carlos Villapudua - Candidate for State Assembly (District 13)
* Peter Ohtaki - Candidate for State Assembly (District 24)
* Julie Solis - Candidate for State Assembly (District 34)
* Mike Graves - Candidate for State Assembly (District 43)
* Jeffi Girgenti - Candidate for State Assembly (District 45)
* Toni Holle - Candidate for State Assembly (District 52)
* Godfrey Santos Plata - Candidate for State Assembly (District 53)
* Fatima S. Iqbal-Zubair - Candidate for State Assembly (District 64)
* Sharon Quirk-Silva - Candidate for State Assembly (District 65)

Roger Royse, founder of Royse Events, shared "we look forward to bringing the California candidates together in a virtual forum to meet their voters and share their vision of the future."

The 2020 California Statewide Candidates Forum is the third political forum hosted by Royse Events since 2016. Previous events included the 2018 Silicon Valley Candidates Forum in San Francisco, CA and the 2016 Presidential Candidates Forum in Menlo Park, CA in which 5 US Presidential candidates participated.

About Royse Events

Royse Events LLC is an organization committed to helping, and connecting founders, investors, markets, and regulators. Royse Events promotes visionary thinking in technology, hosts dozens of local, national, and international events and webinars, and publishes useful resources for the technology community. Today, more than 19,000 members have been actively involved with Royse Events.

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Phillip Snowden Formally Announces His Run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

MONROE, La. -- The Phillip Snowden Campaign announces, mentor and retired engineer, Phillip Snowden on August 29, 2020 will officially announce his candidacy to represent the hard-working people of Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. The announcement will occur at 11 a.m. in his childhood home of Dubach, Louisiana near the Hamilton Warehouse Event Center (124 Hico Street).

Mr. Snowden believes the people from Louisiana 5th Congressional District deserve a leader who will bridge us together and thereby collectively solve the problems which help to lead us out of this pandemic, increase access to affordable health care, have world class education, and infrastructure which rivals that in the best funded areas in our country.

"I will work to construct bridges between Louisiana communities and Washington, D.C. to ensure the government serve its' citizens not the opposite. My focus is delivering on America's promise to Louisiana's hard-working families up and down the financial ladder."

The public is welcome; however, we ask that you wear masks and employ social distancing. We encourage everyone to stay safe.

Those who are unable to attend can see the live stream from Facebook at the Phillip Snowden Campaign https://www.facebook.com/phillp.snowden.104.

Come meet the candidate, provide your suggestions, and hear his thoughts as well as positions on what's needed to build bridges between people and collectively address the hard problems that endanger our way of life, and our children's future in the district, Louisiana, and this nation.

More information visit our website: https://www.phillipsnowdencampaign.com/

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Tennessee’s 1st Democratic Nominee Blair Walsingham Announces the ‘Freedom Grant’

EIDSON, Tenn. -- Blair Walsingham, Democratic Congressional nominee in Tennessee's 1st District will award two "Freedom Grants," $500/month for one year to district residents. Walsingham says that her Freedom Grant, not dependent upon a vote for her, is intended to "empower individuals to move beyond survival." If elected, she will seek legislation for a Freedom Dividend, a monthly basic income of $1000 to Americans 18 and over.

Walsingham says that corporations thrive on benefits from tax dollars, and says, "It's time for taxpayers to thrive too." Walsingham cites direct cash distributions by Dolly Parton following the Gatlinburg fires, and per capita distribution in the nearby Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as models of basic income. "In the EBCI, this practice improved quality of life and increased opportunity," says Walsingham, who interviewed Principal Chief Sneed for her podcast.

While basic income plans vary, Walsingham's plan is universal. "This dividend unites Americans with a shared benefit of citizenship," she says, pointing out that while her plan could eradicate poverty, the advantages are not just for low income households.

"Middle class Americans," adds Walsingham, "are suffering from debt and healthcare bills." A common rationale for basic income is automation in the workplace, which the McKinsey Global Institute says may eliminate 73 million jobs by 2030.

Interest in basic income has grown during COVID-19 after Congress passed a round of stimulus checks. A trial UBI in Stockton, Calif., showed that recipients increased spending on food by 12% from the same time last year.

More money in the hands of Americans means more spending. Walsingham says we can "replace the cycle of poverty with a cycle of prosperity," and that her campaign's Freedom Grant initiative is a step in that direction.

If elected, Blair Walsingham would be the first Democrat to represent Tennessee's 1st District in over a hundred years.

To learn more, visit https://blairforcongress.com/

About Blair Walsingham:

Blair Walsingham, candidate for U.S. Congress, TN-01, is endorsed by key community and national organizations, including former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Running on a platform of health, freedom, and financial security, Blair is a veteran, small business owner, and resides in Hawkins County with her family.

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Oz Sultan Announces Campaign for New York’s 30th District State Senate Seat

HARLEM, N.Y. -- District Leader Oz Sultan announced today that he is the reformed Republican candidate for New York's 30th District for State Senate.

Sultan, a Harlem resident, has gone from a Harlem Resident to a District Leader for the 70th Assembly. In that time, he's worked with the 5 Borough Homelessness Coalition to stop blockbusting, push legislation in Albany, bring job opportunities and giving back.

"It's time to put politics aside and do what's right for Harlem. We need Community Leaders that build - and need to continue Ruby Wright's Mission. That's why I'm running for New York's State Senate 30th District, Harlem," stated Oz Sultan.

"Those of us across Harlem deserve a true leader, who is not afraid to ask questions, engage the community, demand the truth, and who will always put the needs of the district and its people before self-interest. The people deserve an independent-minded representative who is willing to fight for a stronger health care system, strategic investments in infrastructure, and getting corporate special interest money out of our politics. Most of all, we need someone in Albany who will lookout for more than just themselves."

Working in his community Sultan has been involved in Harlem for years and seen first-hand how much has been lost with the passing of leaders like Brother Akil Rose and Sister Rubye Wright. Sultan's background is 20 years in Corporate America and Startups, with a decade working with Non-profit Organizations and Interfaith groups.

"Post COVID, we are going to need the leader that has shown they are willing to first respond, as well as able to get work done in Albany. We will have bi-partisanship and cooperation."

Learn more at: https://www.ozforny.com/

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Stand Up Delaware’s Reopen Schools Committee has submitted a White Paper to Governor Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting

DOVER, Del. -- Stand Up Delaware, a Facebook group launched on April 13, 2020 by two special needs mothers, Lisa McCulley and Didi Figueroa, has formed a "Reopen Schools Committee" for the purpose of composing and launching a White Paper with a common sense, scientific, feasible approach to reopening our schools in Delaware.

This group currently has nearly 9,300 members. The Reopen Schools Committee is composed of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, school nurses, teachers, para-professionals, and administrators.

"It is respectfully and urgently requested that our Governor and Secretary of Education read, revue, and strongly consider our approach," said co-founder Lisa McCulley.

Much research and consideration went into this effort to offer safe, reasonable, scientific, common sense solutions for best practices to reopen schools for our school faculty, parents, and our biggest priority, our students.

Learn more at: http://standupdelaware.org/

White Paper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_ZDp90CQ4Lr7FhN64cNgfvGT2ZxUbbHq/view?usp=sharing

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Walsingham and Yang Team up to Promote Basic Income in Tennessee

EIDSON, Tenn. -- Blair Walsingham, candidate for US Congress TN District 1, announced today an endorsement by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his non-profit, Humanity Forward. Yang's campaign focused on Human Capitalism and Universal Basic Income, inspiring a movement to end partisan politics and seek solutions driven by data.

"Blair volunteered for my campaign and is now running for Congress," says Yang. "She is well-positioned to win her primary." He adds, "Blair is just the kind of person we need in Washington, a true fighter for the people who doesn't owe the big companies a thing."

Walsingham's platform leads with Universal Basic Income which she says will root out poverty and offer the opportunity for Americans to invest in themselves through education and entrepreneurship. COVID-19 demonstrated how many Americans were ill-equipped to confront the challenges of job loss and unforeseen medical expenses. Walsingham and Yang contend that basic income will ensure life-long financial stability and opportunity. "Passing basic income is a critical safety measure. It's planning ahead for the rainy days you know will come," Walsingham explains.

In his endorsement Yang states, "Blair is fighting passionately for rural Americans. There is a need for medical services, internet access, and educational opportunities in her community. People in Tennessee relate to Blair because she just wants better for families."

Walsingham says, "Despite living in the richest country in the world, millions of Americans still can't cover their basic needs." She emphasizes that basic income is not just an economic policy, but also a social policy. She says, "where Universal Basic Income programs have been tried, they have been shown to improve mental health, reduce crime and abortion rates, all while encouraging economic activity. The Eastern Band of Cherokee has been providing basic income from the revenue of its casino since 1996. During this time, the rate of employment has remained steady, and a long-term study indicated a reduction in both crime and suicide rates."

Yang's campaign attracted a large number of libertarian and conservative supporters who see basic income as a tool to reduce bureaucracy and provide greater individual freedom. Advocates contend that federal assistance has been distributed to every industry across the board, but rarely has it gone to where it's needed the most -- into the hands of hard working Americans.

The Tennessee Democratic Primary will take place on August 6.

To learn more visit: https://blairforcongress.com/

About Blair Walsingham:

Congressional candidate for U.S. House TN District-1 Blair Walsingham is committed to putting people before politics. Endorsed by key community and national organizations including the Humanity First Party, Black Coffee Justice, and Income Movement, Blair is a veteran, outdoorswoman, small business owner and mother who can now also tout this new prestigious endorsement by Yang's organization, Humanity Forward. Her campaign is laser-focused on helping the 1st District survive today and thrive tomorrow.

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Healthcare Executive SHEILA CHERFILUS-MCCORMICK, J.D. Qualifies for the August Democratic Primary against Incumbent Alcee Hastings

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, J.D., Democratic candidate for Florida's 20th Congressional District announces she has qualified for the upcoming Democratic Primary against Incumbent Alcee Hastings who is in his 3rd year of aggressive treatment for late stage pancreatic cancer. Mrs. McCormick is the CEO of Trinity Healthcare Services, a home health company with offices in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

"We will be running a smart, grassroots campaign that puts the people's needs at the forefront," said campaign manager Willis Howard, a legend in South Florida politics and the strategic consultant instrumental in the surprise blow out win for the Andrew Gillum campaign in the 2018 August Democratic primary for Governor. The election date is August 18, 2020.

"We need a leader who will show up to work every day with the energy to fight for us in Washington. Mr. Hastings has missed key votes in Congress including the recent stimulus program which our community is desperate need of and has not been seen in the district in months. Our community is one of the hardest impacted by the Coronavirus in Florida," explained Mrs. McCormick on the need for new leadership in the district.

"Sheila McCormick is definitely the future of the Democratic Party," exclaimed Willis Howard.

The McCormick campaign has been focused for months establishing a lasting presence in the community and hosted various virtual town halls, activist briefings, and food and face mask distributions. The results of months of hard work are demonstrated after successfully outraising the incumbent in the first quarter reporting period.

"Members of the community have bombarded my campaign seeking help in applying for the Payroll Protection Program, as minority and women-owned small businesses have been largely denied relief. As a member of Congress, I will fight to ensure that federal programs are required to be equitable and focused on helping Main Street, instead of funding more Wall Street bailouts," concluded Mrs. McCormick.

About Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, J.D.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, J.D. is an executive, philanthropist, mother, wife, and healthcare advocate. Sheila has invested 20 years in building a healthcare company for the growing number of Americans who need access to quality healthcare. She is also an active voice on Capitol Hill advocating for positive Healthcare Reform. As the innovative CEO, she leads a small business with over 500 employees providing home-based continued healthcare, trains families on how to care for their loved ones, and provides vocational training in the medical field.

Sheila has seen first-hand the hardship our families are experiencing without access to quality healthcare. She is the Committee Woman for the Women's Leadership Committee of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Autism Speaks Grassroots Advocacy Network.

For more information or inquiries, visit her website at: https://www.SheilaforCongress.com

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About Florida's 20th Congressional District

Florida's 20th congressional district is located in southeast Florida's Broward and Palm Beach counties. The district includes most of the majority-black precincts in and around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It also includes a vast area inland to the southeastern shores of Lake Okeechobee, including the community of Belle Glade, where Florida's sugar cultivation and Everglades restoration efforts are both centered.

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Bob Olsen Announces His Democratic Candidacy for Arizona Congressional District 8

SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Bob Olsen announced that he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Arizona's 8th Congressional district.

"I think of representing the people of Arizona in Congress as the culmination of my life's work," stated Olsen.

Olsen believes that America must resume its leadership position in combatting climate change; investing in our nation's future by fully funding education for every student; providing affordable healthcare for every citizen; and establishing a minimum wage that can support a working person with dignity.

In addition, Olsen supports strengthening and protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for seniors and those people with disabilities. These programs are based on the contributions of a working lifetime, and are not part of the national budget. Raiding these funds is tantamount to grand theft on a national scale.

Olsen also wants to preserve the promises made to veterans and the working people of this country, and protect the nutritional status, health and welfare of children.

"These issues are important to the men and women of Arizona and this country. My Republican opponent consistently ignores the needs of the people of Arizona and the country," Olsen says. "Every day that passes without change puts the solution further out of reach."

Olsen brings a strong blue collar perspective to the table. He urges citizens to support his campaign so they will have a Representative who truly represents the people.

Olsen dedicated his professional life to serving the public. He served in the U.S. Navy and The U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves for 32 years. He was recalled to active duty twice after 9/11.

Olsen then served as a firefighter, police officer and first responder. Olsen used his downtime while a firefighter to put himself through college and law school, and then served as an attorney for the Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program, which served low income people in civil and criminal courts.

Olsen and his wife, Linda, live in Sun City West. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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350 Bay Area Action Creating Climate Report Cards for California and Local Candidates

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Climate action group 350 Bay Area Action today announced climate report cards, to be issued for 2020 Bay Area candidates for the California Assembly and the state Senate. Local candidates in crucial city council and supervisorial races will also be rated. The group will endorse candidates rated as true climate champions in key regional legislative races, and selected candidates in local elections as well.

"Climate change is now the #1 priority for California voters, and climate impacts such as fires and drought are buffeting the state," said Judy Pope, co-lead of the 350 Bay Area Action Electoral Committee. "With our new climate report cards, we will make it easy for voters to act on climate, their #1 concern."

California is seen worldwide as a leader on climate change, ever since the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), in 2006. The 2020 goal, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, was met in 2016.

A subsequent bill, SB 32, updated California's climate targets - which, while ambitious, are not aggressive enough to meet science-based requirements. And many local governments, in California and elsewhere, have passed Climate Emergency resolutions. But the state is falling behind the 2030 goal, a 40% cut from those levels.

"We are seeing a rapid increase in awareness, especially among young people, that the climate crisis is happening right here and right now," said Laura Neish, Executive Director of 350 Bay Area Action. "Politicians have often resisted these concerns in favor of moneyed interests. So we're setting out to help get people elected who are listening to all of their constituents, especially the young. We want to elect people who will lead on urgently implementing solutions that will reduce climate- and health-harming emissions."

350 Bay Area Action is now reaching out to general election candidates and their campaigns with a questionnaire, seeking their positions on climate-related issues relevant to California. Current bills include SB 54, which bans single-use plastics, and AB 345, which establishes a buffer zone around schools, health clinics, and homes from oil and gas infrastructure. Local governments are being urged to pass Climate Emergency resolutions, to require the decarbonization of new buildings, and more.

In the coming weeks, questionnaire results will be tabulated, and answers will be publicized. The group will then rate candidates, issue candidate report cards, and announce endorsements.

"It will be a busy few months for the team," said Pope. "We are looking forward to issuing our report card ratings and endorsing candidates - especially for local races, where climate is often ignored as a campaign issue. We expect to help create a new generation of climate champions - across California, and beyond."

More information: https://350bayareaaction.org/

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Women and The Vote NYS Initiative Honors State Suffragists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Women and the Vote NYS announces that a new initiative, timed to coincide with the 19th Amendment Centennial, is being launched to develop a mobile-friendly online database with interactive map of gravesites across New York State of the suffragists who worked tirelessly to bring about women's right to vote.

The goal is to catalogue both well-known suffragists, regardless of gender, as well as individuals whose contributions may be all but lost to history. Additionally, the site will provide links to voter registration.

A second focus of the project will take place on Election Day 2020, when filmmakers from across the state will be stationed at suffragists' gravesites to interview visitors coming with their "I Voted' stickers. Those interviews will be assembled and edited into a documentary film, ELECTION DAY 2020 NYS.

Residents across New York State who know of, or are related to, an individual who took an active role in the Suffragist movement are invited to help identify their gravesite by visiting the website http://www.womenandthevotenys.com/ and adding information, including:
* Name of the suffragist
* Name and location of the cemetery where the suffragist is buried
* Names of any living relatives
* Suffragist activities in which the individual was involved
* Photo of the gravesite or other historic photos

In addition to adding suffragist listings to the website, residents are invited to join the "Suffragist Search Parties," in which groups of volunteers will populate the website catalogue by entering information on suffragists.

Rochester-based party dates include:
* Saturday, February 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House Carriage House, 17 Madison St, Rochester, NY
* Saturday, March 14 from 10 am to 1 pm at the 1872 Café, 431 W Main St, Rochester, NY
* Friday, March 27 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries. University of Rochester
* Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm at the 1872 Café
* Friday April 24 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Because of space limitations, residents interested in volunteering to participate in these events through researching, fact checking, and entering confirmed suffragist submissions must register in advance, by sending an email noting date(s) available to info@womenandthevotenys.com. Volunteers will need to supply their own computers for data entry

This project is the brainchild of Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, programmer, and educator Linda Moroney, owner of Low to the Ground Productions. Linda will produce and direct the documentary ELECTION DAY 2020 NYS. Collaborating on this project will be award-winning storyteller Lorraine Woerner-MacGowan, owner of Four Cats Creative and Laura Chekow, film educator, aficionado, and community project coordinator.

In sharing the mission of this project, Linda Moroney explained, "After making ELECTION DAY 2016, it was clear there was a much bigger story to tell from New York State's vast involvement in the suffragist movement. Our goal is to connect the dots from that history to the present day and to shine a light on New York State's rich suffragist legacy, as inclusively as possible."

This program is being funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Susan B. Anthony House & Museum serves as the fiscal sponsor for this project.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.womenandthevotenys.com/

Low to the Ground Productions, owned by Linda Moroney and Todd McCammon, is a Rochester-based, independent film production company, dedicated to making compelling and innovative films since 2001.

Four Cats Creative is a Rochester-based digital media company. Owner Lorraine Woerner helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations develop their brand through storytelling across digital media. Her company is a certified New York State Minority Women Business Enterprise (WMBE).

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen critical society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns.

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House interprets the great reformer's vision and story, preserves and shares her National Historic Landmark home and headquarters, collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work, and offers tours and interpretive programs to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference.

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